Across the Presbytery November 27, 2019



Mt. Moriah Presbyterian Church and Moriah Methodist  Church has been collecting both money and school supplies and children’s games for a church in Freeport, Bahama. This church suffered severe damage during hurricane Dorian and what was not destroyed by wind and water has now been deemed dangerous and thus useless due to mold and mildew.

The money and the gifts will be shipped just before Advent.  The dollar amount is now at $800 with a goal of $1,000, gained mostly with gifts of quarters. ($.025)!!  Pray for our project and feel free to donate wither paper, crayons, small medical supplies and of course quarters! To help contact our Pastor, Rev. Ken Parker at or 518-592-5079.


First Presbyterian Church of Watertown will have their 2019 Christmas Pageant/Cantata on December 22, during Worship Service. Come and seek the Light of Christ anew with narrators, actors and the choir.


Christmas Eve a Candlelight Service will be held  at 7:30 pm at Watertown FPC. Lessons, Carols, with Choir, Organ, Brass and Handbells.


Northern Choral Society Concert on Saturday Dec. 7th at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 8th, at 3 p.m. At Asbury United Methodist Church, 327 Franklin Street, Watertown. Tickets are available from choir members ,or at Kinney Drugs on Washington Street and or at the door. Bus service for the parking lots at city hall and FPC Church starting one hour before each concert. Join us for this celebration of the true reason for the season!


 First Presbyterian Church Rouses Point, NY will be hosting on Sunday December 8 from 3:30- 5 pm the upcoming Neil Wright Christmas Show. Free will offering event.  Open to all. This will be a wonderful afternoon.


Dailey Ridge Church at 411 Elliott Road, Norwood are hosting a Holiday Ham Dinner on December 8th from Noon – 2:00pm. Menu is Ham/sauce, Baked Potato, Green Beans, Cabbage salad, applesauce, Homemade Rolls and desserts.  Adults $10.00, Children 5-12 yrs $5.00 (under 5 and over 90 free dinners) Take out available phone 315-244-0331.


The office will be closed November 28, 2019 for Thanksgiving Day.


Tradition tell us that barnyard animals were the

First to welcome the Christ Child.  In celebration

of God’s gift of creation and the animals that are

precious to us, the First Presbyterian Church,

located at 57 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY is

holding an Advent Animal Blessing service on

Sunday December 8 at 3:00 pm in the Great Hall.

All animals and animal lovers are welcome.

Representatives from the Adirondack Loon

Conservancy will share stories about their work on  behalf of our feathered friends.  Light refreshments will be served following the service.  Call the church office for more information, 518-891-3401.


 Good News from Malawi, Africa, Tyler Holm has been released from hospital as an outpatient at a hotel 200 yards from hospital. He still needs follow-up  at hospital with physical therapy , and healing of ribs and lung damage.  Please keep praying for his healing strength and persevering faith for all three of them.


MELT Central Library to be located in Area 4, a new development in Mzuzu, the building is designed to withstand Malawi’s serious rains and winds.  The library includes a large library space, small kitchen, bathrooms, and MELT Administrative Office.

This $95,000 project covers land acquisition, all filings charges, construction and finishing of the building inside and out including fixtures for the library, security wall, and security lighting system. Also included are taxes, insurances and building supervision for the first five years. Starting out with funds in place to handle expenses for the first five years allows MELT to maintain focus on publishing new materials and professional development. They have raised $36,000 of our goal of $95,000 goal! We have a $1,000 giving level that includes the donors name being included on the Giving Plaque to located on the reception area wall of the library. Contact Heather White for more information 315-778-9867 or


M.E.L.T. is in need of a central Library Building to house thousands of books and literacy materials that serve 40 classrooms in 20 schools in the Northern Region of Malawi…nearly 4000 students each year.

The solution is to build a building to take care of this issue.


Please keep Rev. Evelyn Meredith from Western Adirondack Presbyterian Church in your prayers as she is in the Canton-Potsdam Hospital with pneumonia.



Dear Lord,

Today we give thanks

For our many blessings,

As we pray for those in need.

We give thanks

For our family and friends

As we pray for those who are lonely.

We give thanks for our freedoms

As we pray for those who are oppressed

We give thanks for our good health

As we pray for those who are ill.

We give thanks for our comfort and prosperity

As we share our blessings with others.

On this day of Thanksgiving,

May the love of God enfold us,

The peace of God dwell within us

And the joy of God uplifts us.



                  SAVING GRACE

           For food that stays our hunger,

               For rest that brings us ease,

           For homes where memories linger,

                We give our thanks for these.


Joan Merritt wishes to thank the Presbytery for the gifts of a hand made table runner ,and a crochet shawl and a gift card and a retirement cake that was presented to her at the Presbytery Meeting. She will be retired on December 31, 2019.

Thank you for all the good wishes extended to her personally.


 Orchestra of Northern New York will be performing on Sunday December 15th at 3:00 pm in Sanctuary  Watertown First Presbyterian Church.


Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday Dec. 31, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. In fellowship Hall at Watertown First Presbyterian Church.