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Across the Presbytery August 14, 2019

8/14/2019

You are invited to participate in discussions about the future of our churches in Central NY and the North Country.

August 14, 2019 for retired pastors throughout the presbytery from 11:30 to 1:00 pm meet at Coffee Fever; 4239 NY State route 3, Star Lake-

For those in the northeastern area of Presbytery: Wednesday August 14 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Little Italy restaurant: 12 Main St., Saranac Lake.

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Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church has an immediate opening for a part time ( approx.. 15-20 hours per month) position for a Church Financial Secretary. Confidentiality, strong organizational, computer, and communication skills are required along with the ability to work with volunteers.  Back ground checks will be done.  If interested please send resume and request a full job description to: PersonnelStonePresby@gmail.com

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In the Presbyterians Today magazine, Rev. Melodie Long  in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has an article and photo about holding its first Grillin’ on the Green and it runs from June to August and welcomes 40 to 100 people. ”There is a theological underpinning to grilling brats: our desire to be connected to one another.”  Rev. Melodie was our minister from Sackets Harbor a short time ago.   Nice article about Summer time ministry!  Sounds like an idea for the North Country in summertime.

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 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary hosting Thursday August 22, 2019 at 8:45 am EDT to Friday August 23, 2019 5:00 pm EDT Couples Therapy Training.

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals.

Register contact: Becky Timerding

502-895-3411, ext 363 or

btimerding@lpts.edu

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64th Chipman Chicken Barbecue,

 Saturday after Labor Day September 7, 2019 at Scotch Presbyterian Church at 4 pm, take outs available and a Country Kitchen Bazaar. Adults $10.00, child $4.00, Half chicken only $6.00. Dining room is handicap accessible. We are located 4 miles from Madrid or 6 miles from Waddington at 35 County Route 33, Madrid, “Look for the Green Steeple”.

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Hammond Annual Fish Fry Dinner will be held August 15th from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Presbyterian Church pavilion.  Fish, Mac & cheese, salt potatoes, cole slaw, desserts, and beverages for $10.00 adults, $5.00 for ages 5-12.  Take outs available.

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 We are happy to share information about the Women of grace Widows fund and the Sustainable Sewing Project with local groups. Please contact us at :

info@womenofgracewidows.org

Kathy Curtis and Margot McGorman have returned from Malawi and share the following: This Women of Grace Mission Trip was a joy and a blessing, filled with constant reminders of the magnitude of God’s love and the power of the Spirit.  We felt protected and secure, physically and spiritually, experienced the joy of shared worship at 2 Malawi churches, and connected with our friends, Tyler and Rochelle Holm, PC(USA) missionaries.

The sustainable Sewing Project continues to move forward, thanks to so many in NNY and Malawi, who prayed, donated and worked for the success of this mission.  Thanks to your donations, we were able to transport 119 purses, 260 panties, and 280 pads made in the USA, as well as enough flannel fabric for the widows to make more than 1800 pads over the coming year.  Keep those flannel sheets coming!

Sadly, our smallest workshop, located in the same building as MELT, was destroyed during the political demonstrations and violence. Although we lost $650 worth of equipment and fabric, we hope it will be running again by October, using items borrowed from the other 2 workshops.

 We were able to distribute 246 Pantipacks, the washable menstrual kits made in Malawi by widows, and the USA by volunteers. The widows in Mzenga, our remotest workshop, were overwhelmed with gratitude when PantiPAcks were distributed to 90 girls at their village primary school. They said, “We are grateful to be earning money sewing flannel pads, but we NEVER THOUGHT that the girls in our own community would benefit.” The sincerity of the widows’ fervent prayer at the event was crystal clear, even though it was in Chitumbka and we could only feel the emotion.

The 24 widows in the sewing program are producing good quality items, but really appreciate our ongoing training program to work toward excellence.  The lives of all of the women in the sewing project and their families are improved with the small but reliable income they now earn.  We were blessed and grateful to be sent on this mission. Thanks to the WOG board and all our supporters for their confidence in us.

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Hammond PC Missions: One of the places we send our Mitten Tree items is to St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, So. Dakota.  In May, the school celebrated a nice group of 8th grade graduates.  Graduating from 8th grade is huge for some Native American children, especially due to the obstacles many of them must overcome.  The students were awarded completion certificates and presented with a star quilt by their families.  This represents honor and generosity.  Also in May, a group of students participating in the High School program graduated from Chamberlain High School.  For some, the future will be college, military, or the work force.  Fr. Anthony, chaplain for the school, realizes that,” only the Great Spirit has complete knowledge of what the future has in store for our students.”  He states that those of us who support their program help feed, clothe and educate the children, and help carry out their mission to care for the whole child—mind, body, heart, and spirit.  This school has educated and cared for over 200 Lakota children each year since 1927.  So the little part that our Hammond Church plays, has a big impact on the lives of these children so far away.  By Joan Hadlock

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Office will be ordering the Presbyterian Planning Calendars.  Make sure you have sent in your order to the office this week.

They will arrive for our September 18-19 Presbytery Meeting.

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