Across the Presbytery July 10, 2019


Annual Ogdensburg Stone Church Festival on Saturday July 13, 2019 at 11:00 am till 7:00 pm, free admission, Crafters, Vendors, and Food, Wine Tasting/Slushies, Ninja Turtle Bounce House, New games, Face Painting, Horse rides, Silent Auction. Music from 1-5pm by the “Buckskins”, line dancing. 2:00 pm Chicken Barbecue, featuring Eddy’s Marinated chicken, salt potatoes, beans, roll and a dessert, price is $10.00. Take outs and delivery available call church 315-393-0426. Located between Morristown and Ogdensburg off route 37 at golf course or off CR 6 at sign.


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.


Margot McGroman and Kathy Curtis are in Malawi now. They have seen the destruction first hand. They are safe and sewing today at the Marion Medical Mission house.  I am in daily contact with them. Prayers are needed for them, the teachers, MELT, and thousands of children we serve in Malawi.  From Heather White. Team Leader.


July 16, 2019 6:30-7:30pm Coffee Hour at Gouvernuer FPC featuring Witness, guest guitarist Robert Wagoner and vocals by Kathleen Buell. Parking behind the church, refreshments, free will offering. Enjoy!


Malawi : On July 4, the Central M.E.L.T. library went under attack by demonstrators.  The building remains standing, but the library is a complete loss.  We were victim of a political protest aimed at the building’s owner, Grace Chiumia.  M.E.L.T. was not the target.  Organized and peaceful demonstrations have been occurring since the presidential election on May 21st.  We are thankful our employees and volunteers are safe. It might help to clarify not only our losses, but more importantly what remains.

Our losses include: over 5,000 of our early readers, The Big Book collection, Book bins, book bags, and additional materials, shelving, racks and tables.

Our focus is on what remains to work with:

The building remains structurally stable, our 6 new library shelves were untouched, 1200 books are currently out in schools, 400 books were in route with team member Margot McGorman, ABC Fluency kits are safely housed permanently in classrooms, each school houses their own easel, The MELT 1 Land Cruiser is safe and running beautifully, The Professional development we have given the teachers since 2015 is alive and well in practice in over 30 classrooms.

We appreciate your patience as we work with our teams here and in Malawi to re-build our library. M.E.L.T. will not allow the acts of a few to stop our good work for 20 schools, over 40 teachers and a circulation of 40,000 books annually. M.E.L.T. has built so much since 2015 and we will continue on this journey to literacy.  Please head to link below for more information, pictures, and options to help. Heather F. White leader.


 A Rest and Renewal Retreat for church leaders( lay and ordained, however defined) is set for Friday September 6th and Saturday 7th at two neighboring houses on Trout Lake ( near Edwards, NY,visit and

Food will be provided, and a short program, but mostly this will be an opportunity to rest, renew, and connect with colleagues in ministry. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, napping and yes, S’mores. Sleeping space for 12 is available, and we need a minimum participation of 6 to hold the event. If you would like to attend, or have questions, please contact Rev. Mike Catanzaro ( pastor at Canton First) at There will be no, or very little cost ( thanks to support from the Presbytery). The hard deadline for registration is Tuesday August 6th.


Elizabeth Von Trapp in Concert

First Presbyterian Church, 52 Washington St., in Rouses Point, NY Sunday August 4th from 4-5 pm. Donation offering will be taken.


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.


Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church Worship hour starting July 7, 2019 will be at 10:00 am through September 1, 2019.


Canton 1st Presbyterian Church summer hours for service is 9:00 am in July and August, come in casual clothes. No communion in the summer months.

Brick Chapel summer hours are 10:30 am and Rev Mike and Pastor Donna will be filling the pulpit.


 July 10, 2019 from 7 until 8 pm, the Frist Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake will host the Calvin Hand-bell 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.


 Oxbow Presbyterian Church will be hosting a 5 week Concert in the Park starting June 27, 2019 till July 25, 2019. Time 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm. Food will be available during the concert- Hamburgers $3.00, Hot Dogs $2.00 each with salads available. Bring your lawn chairs for comfort and enjoy the music and food. Benefit is for Oxbow Historical Assoc.


 From July 4th to July 25th, Kathy Curtis from the Theresa Presbyterian Church and Margot McGorman from Watertown First will be traveling to Mzuzu, Malawi on behalf of  the Women of Grace Widows Fund. They will be reviewing the various projects of the organization ( roofing upgrades for widows’ homes, fuel efficient stoves, pig husbandry) and they will continue to advance the sustainable sewing project, which makes washable menstrual kits for village girls in the local area. Kathy & Margot will also visit Tyler and Rochelle Holm, PC (USA) missionaries in Mzuzu, delivering essential items like bike tires and brake pads that are difficult to source in Malawi. Please pray in July for Kathy and Margot for their travel safety and mission success. 

Thank you Margot