Across the Presbytery - October 9, 2019


“Come to the Table” event at Stony Point on November 8-9, 2019.

  It is open to everyone and features Liz Theoharis as plenary speaker who has authored the book, “Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said About the Poor.” Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Co-Moderator of the General Assembly  is preaching; and Ruling Elder Warren Cooper who focuses his music ministry on jazz will provide musical leadership.

Workshops include: “Building a Movement to End Poverty” led by Liz Theroharis; “Conversations with the Moderator,” led by Cindy Kohlmann; “Presence in the Midst of Crisis”  led by Danielle Hilerio and Michelle Muniz; “ Solidarity, Justice, Community and the Church” led by Dora Arce Valentin; “Proclaiming A New Thing- Ministry in an Age of Crisis” led by Jose G. Gonzalez-Colon; “Manos Indocumentadas- “ A Narrative of Hope” led by Edith Alomar; and “Migration As  Human  Right”- Root causes & Faithful Responses” led by Emily Brewer. Registration is open and may be completed by going to the Synod Website:


The Clem Hawkins Revival Band Concert, Friday, October 18, 2019. $10 advance ticket, at the door $12.00 , show time 7 PM, Doors open at 6 pm at the Peru Community Church Center, 13 elm Street, Peru NY 12972. Come suppot the Capital Campaign for the Community Church Sanctuary repairs , ( they need a new steeple!)


Madrid Scotch Presbyterian Church having Adult Bible Study the Beatitudes Monday evenings at 7:00 pm leader is Pastor Rich for month of October.


Watertown First Presbyterian Church hosting  the Orchestra of Northern New York on October 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary. Celebrate the 250th birthday of one of the world’s greatest icons- Ludwig van Beethoven.


1st Presbyterian Church of Rouses Point are having a youth Club Oct 20th from 3:30- 5:00 pm all are welcome to join in for lessons, snacks, crafts, and more. Come join us for trick or treat as well or stop by and say Hi.


Mt. Moriah Presbyterian Church & Moriah United Methodist are working together on a project for a church in Freeport, Bahama Islands. In addition to a “Give a quarter” drive they are collecting a variety of school supplies for a church program for young children in an area of Freeport that experiences wide spread poverty. The churches are collecting back packs, paper, crayons, note books, pencils, and sharpeners. Also collected are tooth brushes, paste, soap, band-aids, and other small health items.  The church sponsors a program for children up to age 10 or 11 and everything they owned and counted on has either been damaged, blown away or more recently devastated by mold and mildew. Small gifts and toys are also acceptable for this program.

 To help or to collect at your church please contact, Ken Parker at 518-593-5079.


Turkey Supper, Thursday Oct 24, 2019 at Theresa Presbyterian Church, take outs begin at 4:30 pm $9.00 per dinner. Sit downs 5:00-6:30 pm, Adults $9.00; Children ages 5-10 $5.00; under 4 is free. Proceeds to benefit local outreach programs.


October 20th, Sunday, will be a fellowship Hour after the Worship Service and the CROP WALK with registration at 1:30 pm, and walk will begin at 2:00 pm beginning at Watertown Stone Presbyterian Church. Come join the walk by stopping Hunger One Step at a Time.


First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur invites everyone to attend Our Witness Coffee Hour on Wednesday Oct 16, 2019 from 7-8pm. Featuring the Seaway Valley Brass as well as a Clarinetist. Refreshments after program and a Free Will Offering. Parking in the back of church, with handicap entrance.


Dailey Ridge First Presbyterian Church is hosting on Sunday afternoon ,October 20, 2019 at 1:30pm a Sign Painting Party. Choice of design must be selected prior to the event on Facebook.  $40 per person.  All materials are provided, and participants leave with a professional decorative sign for the home or gift giving.  For details check out the Dailey Ridge Church’s page on Facebook, or contact Bonnie at 315-353-2847. This event will be held at the Piecemeal Palace next to the church at 411 Elliott Road, Norwood.  Proceeds will go to help with pulpit supply cost.


Hammond Presbyterian Church Deacons will be putting on our Annual Harvest dinner on October 24, 2019. Our delicious Dinner  will include turkey, Gravy, Mashed potatoes, Scalloped corn, Cole Slaw, Beverages and Dessert. Time starts at 4:30- 6:30 pm. Adults are $10, kids are $5, and children 4 and under are FREE! If  you can’t stay for Dinner, we also will be offering Take- Outs.


First Presbyterian Church on the Park, Canton has scheduled a Church Bazaar on Saturday Oct. 19,2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. White Elephant, Hand crafted items, baked good, candy, plants & harvest, books, Jewelry, luncheon.


Canton Fall Rummage Sale will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday Oct 12 from 9 am to 12 pm.


As I write this, I have just made arrangements to pay yet another shut off notice.  This family is expecting a baby within the next couple of weeks. They needed $94 to prevent a heat shut off.  With this promise to pay, then MINC Emergency Fund is depleted.  If you are able, please consider a donation to the fund.  All monies are used directly to meet the needs of people. Send checks to Cynthia Coleman, Emergency Fund, 5 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY  13676.


Presbytery Offering Day

At the 252nd Stated meeting of the Presbytery, held on September 28 in Lisbon, the Presbytery acted to establish a ‘Presbytery Offering Day.’ The date chosen was the first Sunday in November. This special offering is intended to provide additional financial support for the mission and ministry of the Presbytery beyond what is received from ‘per capita.’ The reason for these additional funds is well presented in a video available on the Presbytery’s website, In essence, in order to sustain the continued part time work of our Resource Presbyter, Rev. David Bennett more income than is available from per capita and return from investments is required. The Coordinating Council has set a goal of raising $40,000 for the fiscal year 2020 (January through December 2020). Each Session has received a letter providing an opportunity to pledge an amount beyond per capita for the work of the Presbytery. This offering is intended to be a way of supporting that additional pledge. It is anticipated that the offering received will be only part of that pledge with the remainder coming from specific fund raising events the congregation sponsors (possibly in conjunction with nearby congregations) and/or being included in the church’s 2020 budget.


Mission Funding in the Presbytery

In the past several years the Presbytery has provided funding for various local missions with the funds being derived from the ‘mission pledge’ that congregations made, although the total funding in recent years far exceeded what was received with the difference coming from accumulated unspent ‘operations’ funds and return from investments. There are no more accumulated funds! In light of this the Coordinating Council has chosen to no longer provide funding for these missions (Watertown Urban Mission, Helping Hands, Church and Community and Samaritan House). The Council will continue to support the work of MINC and the Watertown Multiethnic Worshipping Community (WMEC) as part of its budget. Congregations that in the past have directly supported MINC and WMEC are encouraged to continue to do so.


 Sessions/congregations are also invited to directly support the particular local missions for which funding will no longer come from the Presbytery.


Remitting the proceeds from Special Offerings

For many years the receipts from the ‘Special Offerings’ (OGHS, Pentecost, Peacemaking and Christmas Joy) were required to be sent to the Presbytery which in turn remitted them to the Presbytery Mission Agency. In more recent years, it has been possible to remit the funds directly as well as support other denominational mission needs congregations chose to support.

The Coordinating Council strongly recommends that church treasurers remit all special offering funds directly to PMA at this address:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

P.O. Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700


Also note that the whole amount received for the OGHS and Christmas Joy offerings are to be remitted. The churches are to retain 40% of the Pentecost Offering to support local youth programs. For the Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering, 50% is to be sent to PMA with the local congregation retaining 25% for local peacemaking work and 25% being sent to the Presbytery which will be shared with the Synod for Presbytery/Synod Peacemaking work.


New mailing address for Jan & Tom Fife- 60 Gerber Road, Apt 113, Asheville, NC 28803, phone and emails the same, but use Tom’s email.