Across the Presbytery June 19, 2019


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.


SAVE the Date! A Rest and Renewal Retreat for church leaders is being planned for Friday September 6th and Saturday 7th at two neighboring houses on Trout Lake ( near Edwards, NY). Food will be provided, and a short program, but mostly this will be an opportunity to rest, renew, and connect with colleagues in ministry.  More information will be forthcoming, but if you have questions or know now that you’d like to attend please contact Rev. Mike Catanzaro ( pastor at Canton First) at there will be no, or very little cost ( thanks to support from the Presbytery).


 News from Tyler, Rochelle & Mphatso Holm’s in Malawi, they had elections about 2 weeks ago and will be having 6 groups of visitors over the next 2 months visiting their family, their ministry and the Mzuzu Community. The Mzuzu University has just appointed a new Vice-Chancellor position and everyone is excited about the filling of this position. Please lift up in a special prayer the children of Mphatso’s school. A schoolmate passed away in May. Prayers for the child’s family, the children at school who are so young to understand death, and for the teachers to be sensitive to this difficult time for the children.

Please send prayers and financial assistance for 2019, their service depends on our help. Tyler’s position at the University of Livingstonia, Faculty of Theology through Presbyterian World Mission. Please let them know how they can be praying for you! Pray for the country of Malawi, its government, its leaders, its students, its future, and also pray for our local partner the CCAP, and the universities that we work for.

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The Watertown Multi-Ethnic Community is Hosting “A Dance Camp”. Come celebrate with us and learn new dance moves with Rev. Michael Gehrling an accomplished competitive dancer in West Coast Swing on June 22, at 10:30 am to 4: 00 pm. To RSVP call 315-788-8286 or text/ message 315-286-3576. June 23 1pm-3pm, 2nd Year Anniversary Worship, lunch and Dance Group. Where 236 Mullin Street, Watertown, NY.  Bring your family and friends. You may bring a dish to share each day , no charge to attend. A free will offering and donations are welcomed.


Vacation Bible School at Peru Community Church “ Son Spark Labs” July 29- August 2, 2019  at 9:00 am to Noon ages 3 years to 6th Grade.


St. Lawrence County residents wanting to properly retire American Flags can drop off torn and tattered flags at the St. Lawrence County Court House located at 48 Court Street, Canton, NY.  There will be an official US Flag Disposal Box in the area outside the Board of Legislators Chambers. This area is located near the Country Clerks and Treasurer’s offices. The American Legion Post 68 in Norwood will properly retire flags in a ceremony held once a year on Flag Day.


July 10, from 7 to 8 pm, the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake will host the Calvin Handbell Ringers for a free concert. The Calvin Ringers feature 11 youth from the Tower Hill PC of Red Bank, NJ. These high school musicians will play on 5 octaves of Bronze Bells and 4 octaves of choir chimes. The program will feature sacred and secular music, including Handel, Campra, and Grieg, as well as a Broadway medley and the Beatles. Director is Jennifer Corboy.  A time of hospitality with cool drinks and sweet and savory treats will follow the concert in the Great Hall of the church. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Parking available in the lot adjacent to the church.


Mandy Boyd has had treatment and surgery at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City. The surgeons, with the guidance of our Almighty God, removed all of her tumor, and for now, is cancer free.  She had a follow up consultation, and since this is the type of cancer that reoccurs, will have preventative chemotherapy.  We are rejoicing this outcome and realize it is the result of many, many prayers on her behalf.

From Bonnie Boyd, Dailey Ridge Church


Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church having their annual Church Picnic on June 23, 2019 after church service. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and table service will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  All are Welcome.


JUNE 25 is Tuesday Primary Election Day. Voting will be from noon until 9:00 pm at Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church.

There is also a bake sale that day in Friendship Hall in the church.


Memory Café’ is a new group formed by Seniors Helping Seniors supporting those with dementia and their caregivers.  It will be held every third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. at Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church.  All are Welcomed. Starting June 18, 2019.


Watertown First Presbyterian Church - 12 children graduated from this church in 2019.

The congregation offers its congratulations and continued blessings to all the graduates for these accomplishments.  Please pray for them as they face new opportunities and challenges in their next phase of Life.!!!!!