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Across the Presbytery - January 10, 2018

1/10/2018

Session Members of all our Churches are invited to attend a special meeting of “New Beginnings” which will be presented by Cindy Kohlman. “New Beginnings” is a program that guides congregations in reassessing their current physical, financial, mission and programs, this then allows them to discern where God could be calling them to go. 

 Meeting on Tuesday January 16, 2018 will be held at Saranac Lake Presbyterian Church 57 Church Street, NY Saranac Lake. Time is 10:00 am till 1:00 pm. Please let David Bennett know you will be attending so lunch can be prepared for everyone.

Coordinating Council and  Commission on Ministry will also be attending this event. David’s email is presbydavid@gmail.com or call 518-930-8182.

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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

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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 http://udonline.dbq.edu/mod/page/view/php?id=301859 or by contacting me ( (CGibbons@dbq.edu  or 563-589-3630/1-888-207-8218), to pay by credit card or check.

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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.

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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.

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We do need Churches to host our Presbytery Meetings, we  have two churches offer their church so far.  The dates are: Tuesday- April 10, 2018; Saturday June 9, 2018, Retreat September 28-29-Friday and Saturday, Tuesday November 13, 2018.  Please advise the office or the Coordinating Council to let them know you are interested in hosting one of these dates.

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First Presbyterian Church at Potsdam will be hosting at their church March 1, 2018 a Seminar for Social Justice with Politically Diverse Communities from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

This announcement comes from New York State Council of Churches. Faith leaders, unions, advocacy groups, government officials, and interested citizens are invited to attend.

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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.

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A lot of our churches will be holding their Annual Congregational Meetings this month.

Papers are being mailed and emailed to each Churches Clerk of Session for their Necrology Report for 2017, Directory information of new officers of the Church, and Session Record Review for 2017 and Pastors Terms of Call forms.  This is very important for you to complete so the office can update all the information for the new 2018 Directories. We also need them as soon as you can send them to the office.  Thank you for all your help this past year and this new year of service not only to your church but to the Presbytery of Northern New York. Again I thank you for all your cooperation. Joan Merritt, Administrative Coordinator.

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Hammond Presbyterian Church had a MITTEN tree which yielded 30 hats, 34 pairs of gloves, 9 head bands, 11 scarves and 2 ear muffs which filled two boxes. They sent one box to St. Joseph’s Indian Home in Chamberlain, South Dakota- a residential school for around 100 mostly Native American children from difficult home situations. The 2nd box went to Buckhorn Children’s Foundation, Buckhorn, Kentucky, a Presbyterian residential school serving children from broken homes. Many thanks to all who decorated our tree, many with hand knit or crocheted items.  Joan Hadlock Chairman.

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Hammond Presbyterian Church also had a Christmas Mission Tree project. The following selections will be sent to Presbyterian Mission Fund, Food for the Poor, Church World Service and Heifer International. Farming tools,2 feed a child for a year,4. feed a family ,4 seeds and tools, 4 school supplies,4 jerry cans for water, 4 books for students,1 share of large animal, 2 pairs of rabbits,2 rehab a malnourished child, 1 bag of native seeds,1 family of chicks,2 bees, 2 donations for shallow well. These gifts will change the lives of many people.

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Several Elves and Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus visited the Hammond Presbyterian Church in December and they were able to provide breakfast to over 100 people and gift bags were given to 70 children.  Each year the money from the breakfast is our gift to a family in our community that needs a little extra and this year the tears of joy as the family received our gift of $500.00 was the true meaning of Christmas. God bless everyone that supported our 7th Annual breakfast with Santa and helping us to spread joy within our community.  Hammond Presbyterian Church.

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Mount Moriah Presbyterian Church recently received two men into full membership, one drives from Middlebury VT. A study group has been formed jointly with the Moriah Methodist Church with Ken Parker leading the group.

 The study material Is a series from Cokesbury, the book titled “ Half Truths”. This group has two different sections, one meeting at 5:00 pm and a smaller group meeting at 7:15 pm on the same day.

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An article from Tara Atherton

               New Year, New Me ?

God created man in His own image. Do you think, when he made us, he thought, “Now they have to fix everything on themselves that isn’t to their liking…” NO. God loves us for who we are and make us all shine in our own light. When we all come together to show support for one another or pride in ourselves, our light shines even brighter. We are seen by God as beauty.  From the tip of our hair, to the tip of toes, we are all the same.  There is nothing that God would change on us, that’s why we are all the same.  We all have one heart, that beats with love, we all have one mind, even though all of our thoughts are different, we all have one body that we should put on a pedestal, and we all have one soul that we should cherish and protect.  That beauty is something no new Year’s resolution could ever touch. Happy New Year 2018.

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Dailey Ridge First Presbyterian Church had a longtime and faithful member and Treasurer Barbara Young passed away on Dec. 27 and her memorial service was held on Jan 6th. We were just notified. I have no address for cards, please contact Bonnie Boyd  5 Douglas  Rd., Norwood, NY 13668 or 315-244-0331 for more information.