Across the Presbytery June 26, 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.


There will be a funeral Service at the Potsdam  First Presbyterian Church for Art Frackenpohl on July 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm, he was their Organist and did many concerts in the area and very active in the Presbytery for many years including MINC group. Rev. Scott Barton will officiate. Following Service, a joyous reception will be held in the adjoining Community Center.


Please keep Rev. Kenneth Parker in your prayers as he is quite ill with an infection and has been in several hospitals the last 3 years. He now is going to the Wound Center three times a week for treatment. Cards can be sent to his home:648 Calkins Rd, Peru, NY 12972.


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).


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


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.


Churches please send me any activities that you will be holding this summer , lots of room to advertise in coming newsletters.

If not have great summer months and lots of sunshine. 


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.


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.


July 10, 2019 from 7 until 8 pm, the Frist Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake will host the Calvin Handbell ringers for a free concert. The Calvin ringers feature eleven youth from the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church of Red Bank, New Jersey. They will play with five octaves of bronze bells and four octaves of choir chimes. The program  will feature sacred and secular music, including Handel, Campra, and Grieg, as well as Broadway medley and the Beatles.

A time of hospitality with cool drinks and  sweet and savory treats will follow the concert in the great Hall of the church. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 57 Church Street, Saranac Lake. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church. The Event is free of charge and open to the public.


Pastors and Clerks of Sessions a notice was sent out to you last week by Rev. David Bennett, Resource Presbyter, you need to register by Noon Wednesday 6/26/19 by going to

First 2 listening sessions are Thursday and Friday this week in Watertown and Potsdam.

Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Bob Evans at 21050 NY State Route 3, Watertown.

Friday June 28 noon – 1:30pm at Sergi’s, 10 Market St., Potsdam.

 This is in regards to discussions about the future of our churches in Central NY and the North Country. These discussions are to Listen to you! The team members will lead and guide the questions, but they are there to listen to you and your ideas on the future of the church.


Season of Prayer and Reflection in the Korean Peninsula Begins June 25- August 15, 2019.   Please keep them in your prayers.


Summer weather has arrived, so please enjoy the sunshine and of course now the rain is coming also. The flowers are in full bloom. The birds have returned, please remember to put out food for them. It will be a long summer.