Across the Presbytery December 31, 2019


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.


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.


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.


Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church’s Annual Meeting will be February 2, 2020 after worship. Soup and sandwiches will be provided by the Nurture Committee.


Tai Chi for Arthritis- Class for Beginners are held Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 am with a ten minute break  starting January 8, 2020 at Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church at 140 Chestnut Street.

Facility is handicap accessible. To register, or more information call Jefferson County Public Health at 315-786-3770 and leave your name and number with the secretary. This is a safe and gentle form of exercise that can be done seated or standing and is for any level of fitness. Ask your doctor if Tai Chi for Arthritis is right for you.  Class is sponsored by Jefferson County Public Health, so there is no cost or fee.


January 1st, 2020 ( New Years Day) Wednesday is a National Holiday most church offices will be closed and so will the Presbytery Office.


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, or 518-423-4763


January 20, 2020 ( Monday) is the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church is starting an Adult bible Study on Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 starting January 12, 2020. Let Jessica Branche know by calling 315-767-4435  so she will have enough books for everyone. “Six Themes of Matthew Everyone Should Know” by James E. Davison.


Annual Meeting for Canton First Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday February 2, 2020 following church service in Fellowship Hall. Annual reports are due by Thursday January 9,  2020.


Hammond Presbyterian Church have assembled 29 school kits and will be sent to church World Service for further distribution. Our Christmas

Mission will provide many needed gifts for families worldwide.  We gave a total of $632.00 in donations of animals, school and health supplies, farming tools, jerry cans, and kitchen kits, as well as beautiful poinsettias for the sanctuary. The various donations will go to Heifer International, Church World Service and Presbyterian Missions. This could not happen without the generosity of so many of you.  Many thanks for thinking of others beyond our walls.

The mitten tree items have been sent to St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. Most of the children there are from broken homes and these gifts will remind them of the love and caring we send along with the warm items to see them through the cold winter.

Joan Hadlock.


          SAVING GRACE

For the breath of life and healthy Zest,

For a night of calm and peaceful rest,

For the early dew and sparkling sun,

For the mountain peaks where waters run,

For the birds that sing and flit the air,

For flowers and songs and friendships rare,

For faith and hope, God’s presence near,

           For the strength with which

                  to lift this prayer.

For the bread we eat on each new day,

For the food before us, we do pray,

And give God thanks.

                         By Philip Kapusta






        Winter! Winter ! Winter!

The snow falls like glitter.

The cold sun wakes up England,

The snow covers the land.


The red robin flies out of  it’s nest

But oh so does it want to rest

For it’s family, it needs to find food.

Meanwhile the fox is in a mood.


The trees branches bend over like spindly fingers.

The choir of birds all sounding like singers.

The snow like a blanket puts summer to sleep.

Plop! Plop! Plop! The snow falls on a robin in a heap.


Would you like to be under a heap of snow?

All the animals are thinking “Oh no.”

The snow falls down: it is a magnificent Sight.

The mystical day goes by and turns into night.


By Abraham Bello


This is my last newsletter for the Presbytery.  Thank you everyone for all the info to put into the newsletter for everyone to learn what all our churches are doing within our Presbytery.  It has been a joy reading all your accomplishments and I wish for you much success in the future years. I will enjoy my retirement and think of all of you often.  Hopefully I will be moving south for warmer climate in the future months.

 Best wishes to everyone.  Joan Merritt, admin