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Across the Presbytery December 18, 2019

12/19/2019

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.

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

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Madrid Scotch Presbyterian Church  Candlelight Christmas Eve Service  Dec. 24 at 7:00 pm. Reception following service. Please bring cookies or finger foods to share.

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December 21, 2019 at 4 pm at Frist Presbyterian Church, 34 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh join First Presbyterian, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and Plattsburgh United Methodist Church in this special worship opportunity.

Christmas is a painful time for some. The first without a loved family member. A reminder of broken relationships.  Or just always tough. The constant refrain in the media, in shopping malls, and churches about the season’s joy reminds many of what they’ve lost or have never had.  Some feel very alone in the midst of celebration.  Some need the space and time to acknowledge sadness and concern.  Worship with us on

Saturday, December 21, at 4 pm on the longest night of the year. We’ll share prayers, hear the comfort of God’s word in scripture, and lift our voices in song- acknowledging that God’s presence is for those who mourn and struggle—and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.  Everyone welcome. A Worship Service of Hope, Strength & Community.

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 Theresa Presbyterian Church is presenting “ A Child’s A King” Christmas Cantata during worship on 12/15 at 9:30 am.  It will also be shared a second time at Summit Village in Watertown on Dec. 21 at 10:00 am. Christmas Eve service will be at 7:00 pm.

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Brick Chapel Candlelight Service will be on Friday Dec. 20, at 7 pm. Bring a wrapped gift if your child would like a visit with Santa Claus. (Winter Storm date is Saturday, Dec. 21st.)

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Dailey Ridge Church will have a Candlelight service at 7 pm on Christmas Eve.  A service of scripture and song…. Come join us.  It is “magical”!

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Urban Mission in Watertown needs Winter apparel, please only new or nearly new coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, scarves, mittens.  Please leave them at Watertown Stone PC in Fellowship Hall. Help someone stay warm and they will be taken to Urban Mission.

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The Chazy Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday Dec. 24 at 6:00 pm.  Please bring Hats, Gloves, Scarves or any item to help keep a person warm for our Giving Tree.  Donated items will be given to the Plattsburgh JCEO.  All are welcome.

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Childwold Memorial Presbyterian Church are planning to have our Christmas Eve Service this year. If you have never been to our little church in the forest decorated in fresh boughs and lit red candles, it is a wonderful place of peace and Joy. Come one—Come all!  Call Mark Friden 315-848-3222 for time of service.

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Good news from Malawi, Africa, Tyler Holm and family are now home in Mzuzu, Malawi.  Please keep praying for his healing strength and persevering faith for all three of them. It is summer weather in Malawi  now. Tyler will still need several more weeks of rest and recovery before returning to work, but it is good to be home as a family. We would like to thank you for your unwavering prayers during our family tragedy and messages of encouragement to our family. Please continue to pray for Tyler’s recovery milestones for his lungs and ribs to be met.

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Peru Community Church has put out a plea for the JCEO Food Shelf in Peru has an urgent need for cans of tuna fish and jelly (any size jars, any kind). They also are in need of diapers, size 1 and size 5 and toilet paper.  Please bring your donations to the Fellowship Center during the week or to church on Sundays.  Let us give generously so that people in our community may continue to have their basic needs met.  Thank you.

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1st Presbyterian Church of Rouses Points invites you to join us on Thursdays for Bible Study at 10 am for Advent.

 Sunday Dec. 22, Neil will be at our Church with special music and we will have a church family coffee hour.  Then at 2 pm we have been invited to Carol with Three Steeples meeting in their parking lot at 2 pm with fellowship at Cathie Davenport after caroling. ( community event).  December 24th we will have our candle light Christmas Eve Service at 6 pm.  All are welcome in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

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Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum sponsored by the New York State Council of churches visit the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC and the National Museum of African America History & Culture. Tuesday-Friday February 18-21, 2010. Cost $450 ( limited Scholarship Assistance is available) Train transportation to & from Washington DC, Lodging for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts & 3 lunches included. For more information, contact Christy D’Ambrosio, Youth director, First Presbyterian Church, Albany, NY, Christy@firstpresalbany.org or 518-423-4763

 

Isaiah 11: 1-10

The Promise. As human beings, creatures living and breathing, we are often, even mostly, absorbed in the immersive world around us. Chaos,  Strife,  Contention.  For some a daily struggle to survive. For many a struggle to remain connected to the God who promises a peace to us that we can only dream of.  It is the promise of God that we live for; the promise of our salvation and sanctification.

Isaiah prophesied that one day, long after he and his contemporaries had gone down into the bosom of Abraham, one day there would be one to stand as signal to the peoples that God was manifest and here.  When we look at the text we can day-dream about that time, imminent, yet seemingly unmanifest, when the world no longer has predator nor prey.  NO more us and them, nor these nor those.  The important differences we fight over now will be without gravity and without meaning in that great day to come.

Some resist such notions as mere fantasy. Or, worried that in a world where God is manifest, they fear that their own uniqueness will be washed out in light of relativism.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The prophet speaks of the promise of God; that Wisdom, Understanding,  Counsel,  Might,  Knowledge and  Awe of God will be embodied.   Once, long ago in Bethlehem, yes.  A second time at an unknown moment yet to come, yes that too.  As the waters cover the sea the knowledge of God will be throughout the Earth. Emmanuel is here.  In our hearts that we can feel, if we are brave enough to place our hand in the mystery of God’s Promise. The Promise that God’s dwelling shall be glorious. The God who lives within us all. All of us carry the image of God. All of us carry within us the Promise of Peace. 

By-   Rev. Donald P. Hammond Interim Co-Pastor, the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, MDIV 2011, San Francisco Theological Seminary

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Gouverneur  First Presbyterian Church  will hold a Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday Dec. 24, 2019 at 7 pm.

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Merry Christmas everyone  from Joan Merritt, Administrator coordinator.