Across the Presbytery May 22, 2019


Thank you for your faithful support of the MINC Emergency Fund during the worst of our long winter.  The Fund is currently almost depleted.  There are still folks calling who are in need of assistance with fuel for heating.  They have exhausted all, HEAP benefits.  I think of them each time my furnace starts. If you are able to give at this time it would be most appreciated. Mail checks to Cynthia Coleman 5 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY  13676


Planning Calendars have been ordered but will not be shipped to our office until August 2019.  Our current calendar is good till December 2019. They will be handed out at the September Presbytery Meeting.


Theresa Presbyterian Church is holding its Annual Pie Sale along with a yard sale as part of the Memorial Day weekend activities taking place in the village on Saturday, the 25th. Both events begin at 8:30 am with the pies being sold for $9.00 each on Commercial Drive near the Post Office and proceeds benefitting Heifer International. The yard sale is up the hill at the church in the parking lot.  The proceeds from the yard sale will be donated to the Theresa Food Pantry.  Looking for a service project or two?

Come and partner with Theresa Presbyterian church on a work project through both MINC and Habitat for Humanity.  We are looking for people to partner with us on future summer projects.  To be added to our list  contact the church at (315) 628-5026.


Location for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sixth Big Tent will run from August 1-3, 2019 in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

The theme- based on Romans 12:2, Called to a Movement beyond Institution, will emphasize our hope of the gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. The goal is to come together and live in this moment, immersed in our current cultural context of racial division, gender identity, and economic disparity to be renewed, refreshed and reformed, so that we may be sent out to affect change in our own communities. Based at 2 downtown hotels, the Radisson and Lord Baltimore, the event will be accessible and affordable- making it possible for more Presbyterians to come together for a time of learning, engaging and fellowship.

Further details will be posted on the Big Tent website at when finalized.


Registration for summer and Fall 2019 season for CLP/CRE at Dubuque University.

Summer dates are June 3 to August 23, 2019 Registration for Fall Sept. 3 to Dec. 14, 2019.  Call our office if you need contact information or website. Phone # is 563-589-3630 or  attention Rev. Emily Blue


Rhoda Hall has put her 3 bedroom home up for sale in Brasher Falls. Contact Brittany Matott at County Seat Realty-315-386-5400.


Rhoda Hall has made a cookbook, she used to be the PNNY administrator coordinator for many years.  The cookbook is called “The Farmer’s Daughter” Recipes and Memories and the cost is $15.00 each plus postage. It is a collection of my own recipes, my Mother’s and several other family members. Please contact Rhoda at :


Childwold Memorial Presbyterian Church, which has been in recent decades a summer only church, will begin services this year on Mother’s Day, May 12.  For so many years in the past, we relied on seminary students and teaching pastors who only had their summers free.  We now have the services of Marty Weitz, and having a pastor who lives in St. Lawrence County has allowed us to remain open later into the autumn, and now, this year, open earlier as well.  Join us at 11:00 am each Sunday, and stay for our unique “Front Porch Ministry” after services!  Mark Friden, Elder.


POAMM 2019 Regional conference will be held at St. Leo Abbey at 33601 State Rd 52, St. Leo, Fl on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Registration deadline is May 7, 2019 cost $35.00 per person, housing available at the Abbey in single or double rooms ($75 single room or 495 per couple.) or at the Hampton Inn Dade-City-Zepher Hills at $109 plus taxes.


Theresa Presbyterian Church has 6 “Hymns for the family of God” hymnals to anyone that would like them.  We also have several binders with Lenten and Advent Worship Series from various years 2003-2014.  These are free for the asking and taking. Please call Theresa Church 315-628-5026.


On behalf of the Church and Community Program in Canton NY wish to thank the Mission Committee of the Presbytery of Northern New York for two gifts of $500 each month in March and April 2019. Our local, not for profit organization is an important resource for needy families in our community throughout the year. In 2018 this organization assisted an average of over 422 individuals with food every month. That means 164 families in our 5 town service area received enough nutritious food for 6,770 meals each month. In 2018 we started a new program to serve seniors and other homebound people living in the two high rises on Riverside Drive. We will also partnership with the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility’s garden produce program, and look for opportunities to continue to impact poverty in our area.

Thank you for being a friend and supporter of the Church and Community Program, Patricia Alden, President of the Board.


Lynda Bell was elected and installed as Moderator for the Presbytery of NNY on April 9, 2019.  Everyone is wishing her well and much success in this position. The committee is now working on an installation of Rev. Richard Hinkle as Pastor to the Madrid Scotch Presbyterian Church at Chipman for June 9, 2019. More

information to follow. The next Presbytery meeting will be held Jun 8, 2019 at Plattsburgh First Presbyterian Church.


Heifer International’s animal crackers is an educational resource to help children and youth see themselves as part of a global family and gain a deeper appreciation for the ways Heifer helps people, animals, and plants live in harmony as God’s good creation. This program is educational and will also foster children’s faith; traditional proverbs about each animal are included, as well as prayers. Visit website: and download or order our free materials. At your fingertips will be a variety of games, bible stories, quizzes, prayers and more.