Across the Presbytery - December 27, 2017


Youth Trip to the UN on February Tuesday 20- Thursday 22, 2018.

The New York State Council of Churches will sponsor a trip for senior high youth to the United Nations.

The focus of our time together will be :”Reclaiming the Voice of Resistance.”

WE will study at the Church of the Covenant, near the Hilton Hotel where we are staying, and tour the UN. The seminar is designed to equip youth to be advocates for change. The cost is $400 which covers lodging, travel by chartered bus, 2 lunches and two breakfasts. Students will need to bring money for dinner Monday and Tuesday (unless they opt to join the group for a Broadway show and dinner in times Square on tuesday) which will be an additional charge.

For additional information please contact Christy D’Ambrosio at

 or 518-423-4763.


Gouverneur First Presbyterian Church has a Epson Perfection v200 Photo Color Scanner with disk that’s looking for a new Home. FREE.

Call church at 315-287-0560


University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that we will be offering eight online courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders in our CLP/CRE lay ministry program. The spring term is scheduled from January 29 to May 12, 2018. The tuition rate is $390.00 per course. As always, current students can register by going online and paying via PayPal at or by contacting me ( (  or 563-589-3630/1-888-207-8218), to pay by credit card or check.


We are looking for churches that would like to Host the Clerk of Sessions Reviews in 2018.

Dates are February 24, March 10, March 17 and the final make up date is March 24, 2018 which  will be at Western Adirondack Church. These are all on Saturdays. The church usually furnishes snacks or lunch if they are able to host the event. Please call or email the office if you can do this for us. Thank you.




Every January, we are pleased to host our largest gathering for young adults: College Conference @ Montreat, or CCM. CCM is a three day event for college-age people full of worship, recreation, discussion, fellowship, study, and some times snow! For the past few years, attendance at CCM has exceeded 1,000 young people. It’s always an exciting time in this valley, and this year is no exception.

 The CCM 2018 theme is Home. As young people go to college,study abroad, begin jobs, engage in mission work, and leave their hometowns and families of origin. “Home” begins to have new meanings. Their email is


Peru Community Church Mission Trip to Jamaica will be their 19th annual trip. They are searching for donations no matter how small to help cover the expenses of the building materials they need to purchase in Jamaica for several home building projects this January. At this point, 8 mission members, each paying their own way, are going.  We have been told by the Outreach committee of the Ridgemount Church in Jamaica that the need for our services is greater than ever.  Checks can be made to Peru Community Church and marked for Jamaican Mission. For more information contact: Jon Ruff at 518-593-2431 or Harriet Burrell at 518-643-9778.


Heuvelton First Presbyterian Church has many choir robes some Red, some light blue to give away to anyone who would like them.  The Robes will need to be cleaned as they have not been used for years and have just been hung in a closet. Please write to the church Clerk of Session at PO Box 438, Heuvelton, NY 13654, if you are interested.


               God’s Christmas Tree

Some people, when a Christmas tree they see,

               May only think it’s just a tree

      With shining lights and a star so bright

  And pretty colors that gleam in the night.


                But to me it’s so much more

Than lights and stars and ornaments galore.

          For when a Christmas tree I see,

              This is what it means to me:


           At the top is a star shining so bright;

               Like the one that shone that first

                       Christmas night,

Or an Angel, like those who to the shepherds

                                 did sing,

          “Glory to God…”for the newborn King.


The tree, made of wood, with its branches   

                           spread wise,

Is like the cross upon which our Savior died.

   It’s color, evergreen, means life everlasting

   Which can be yours if you will just ask Him.


      Its lights, shining so pretty and bright,

Are like “the lights of the World”, God’s Son,      

                      Jesus Christ

     Like pieces of tinsel, too many to count,

              Are God’s unending mercies—

                     they freely abound.


       The ornaments are a bright crimson red

Like great drops of blood that for you He shed;

    Garland, gracefully wrapped around the tree,

    Is like God’s grace which wraps you and me.


The gifts under the tree are as nice as can be,

      But the greatest gift ever is Jesus, you see,

   For He came to this earth to die on a tree

        So you and I from sin might be free.


                               Contributed by Trudy Fisher

                             Scotch Presbyterian Church


 The Presbytery Office prays and hope everyone had a safe and Merry Christmas Day.

The office will be closed on January 1, 2018.


A NEW YEAR OF 2018 WILL BEGIN AND WE PRAY FOR PEACE AROUND OUR WORLD AND WITHIN OUR OWN COUNTRY. Prayer is an act of Love by which we bring our joys and concerns for others before God. Carry the day’s prayers and a sense of God presence with you this coming year.


 Are you related to anyone famous? I don’t want to brag, but I heard my dad calling God his father.


I am convinced that anytime a sock goes missing from the dryer. It comes back as an extra Tupper Ware lid.


Angels live in cloud houses made by god and his son, who’s a very good carpenter.

              Jared ages 8


All angels are girls because they gotta wear

Dresses and boys didn’t go for it..

             Antonio, age 9


What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.

           Sarah age 7


The standard of success in life isn’t the things.  It isn’t the money or the stuff—it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.  Abraham.


If anyone has some funny jokes or stories, the office is always looking for something to fill the spaces all year long. Have a great day. Joan