Across the Presbytery August 21, 2019


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:


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.


Oxbow Presbyterian Church is hosting a Vacation Bible School starting August 21, 22, and 23, 2019 at 9:30 am till noon.

All children are invited to attend.


Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church will be starting Small Group meetings Sunday, September 8, 2019 after worship.  A simple meal will be provided.  Each group will meet three additional times in September. Everyone is needed for participation call the office (315-788-5630).


Peru Community Church will be doing a mission project of the Knit Wits and Sew and Sews will be knitting for “Christmas at Sea” a project which is administered by the Seaman’s Church Institute. We invite you to knit or crochet a garment to warm mariners’ hearts and heads this winter. Note no pom-poms, tassels and fringe on these items as they would present a danger to the Mariners who work on the machinery. Since 1898, volunteers will be knitting hats, scarves, vests, socks and sewing ditty bags which we will donate.  They will also be making twiddle muffs and shawls for our Prayer Shawl project. We will continue to make sweaters and blankets for the children’s crisis Home in Malawi which will be shipped along with those made by the knitting group at the Presbyterian Church in Potsdam.  By Carol Gallagher, call the church for more information.


              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”.


Books of Order will now be ordered but you can go online and download the Book if you so desire.  If you gave office an order they will be ordered this week and will be at the PNNY meeting.


             Saving Grace

We have so much to Thank Thee for,

     O God who dwells in heaven,

    So very many pleasant things

         Thy love to us has given.

We thank Thee for the sunny hours,

          And for the falling rain,

   That helped the tiny seed to grow

          And gave the golden grain. 

For apples on the orchard boughs,

     For purple grapes and plums,

And all the wealth of luscious fruit

     That with the autumn comes. 

The nuts that drop from the branches high

          On spreading chestnut trees,

        And all the treasures of the field,

          We thank Thee  too, for these. 

    But most of all thy dear love

         That watches night and day,

   And follows us and brings us back

            When e’er we go astray. 

So may our thanks be more than this,

         In more than songs of praise,

      But by our gentle, kindly deeds

       And thoughtful, loving ways. 

            -Mary E. Plummer ( adapted)


To Northern New York Presbytery Congregants,

On behalf of the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery, I would like to thank you for your recent precious support of funds amounting to 684,952.32 Malawi Kwahca ( $1,000.00).

Your financial support helps the nursery continues in its mission to assist those infants in its care.  Your support came at the right time when the Nursery greatly needed it.  It was a bail out from financial inadequacy.

The generous support of our churches makes it possible for the Nursery to exist and to make it a great place for little children to live and be cared for with much love and affection.  The financial support helped the nursery pay for water, security, and electricity bills; purchase infant formula, and eggs; pay the nannies their stipends; as well as gas and car maintenance.  The support brought life to the Nursery and evidence that there are still more institutions which do care about the babies.  Positive changes in the welfare of the infants have been recorded with more joy.  Your support and prayers are highly appreciated.

The Crisis Nursery cares for children from day old to 18 months. It’s only for infants who have lost their loved mothers during childbirth, or their mothers are mentally ill,

Or the babies are abandoned.  Most of the babies come to the Nursery through District Social Welfare Officers to receive care, support, and protection.  After 18 months the infants are discharged back to their surviving relatives or fostered / adopted.  As a last resort they are transferred to another  institution. The Nursery provides

everything for free, hence it requires a lot of support from different passionate stakeholders like you through Rev. Paul & Darlene Heller.  The main purpose of the Nursery is to restore HOPE in the hopeless children and relatives.

Thank you again for your support! Your church has truly shown to the little ones from a distance.  Help us in prayers so that the infants we care for will become good citizens and pleasing children of God. We send our greeting to all the lovely church members who are our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  Please allow children to continue seeing the hand of God through Northern New York Presbytery.

Sincerely, Augustine Harawa ( Administrative Officer ) For the Director: Joyce Nyasulu


Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church will resume ,It’s Fall Worship time of 10:45 am on September 8, 2019.


Presbytery of Northern New York meeting will be held at Lisbon United Presbyterian Church on Saturday September 28, 2019. More info will follow. Mark your calendars.