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Across the Presbytery - March 21, 2018

3/22/2018

Record Session Review dates are as follows:

March 24- Final Make Up Date- Western Adirondack Church- 10 am- Youngs Rd.,Star Lake, NY.

Theses dates are for all the CLERKS of SESSIONS to attend at least one.

The Packets were all mailed to the Clerks Jan, 16, 2018.  If you do not get a packet please call the PNNY office at 315-713-4343

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Minc Emergency Fund has paid a lot of heating fuel bills as well as some rental deposits and some utility bills. Now it is out of funds. If you can possibly help some of our neediest North Country neighbors, please send a check to MINC, c/o Cynthia Coleman, Interim Treasurer, 5 Grant St., Potsdam, NY  13676.  The NEED IS GREAT

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A lot of our churches will be holding their Annual Congregational Meetings this month.

Forms have been sent and emailed to each Churches Clerk of Session for their Necrology Report for 2017, Directory information of new officers of the Church with complete addresses, phone and email, and Session Record Review for 2017 and Pastors Terms of Call for 2018. 

We also need Your Pledge Card returned to this office for 2018 so we can send this info to the Mission Committee and Treasurer.

This is very important for you to complete so the office can update all the information for the new 2018 Directories. We also need them as soon as you can send them to the office after you hold your Annual Meeting.

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Plattsburgh First Presbyterian Church schedule time change as follows: 9 am-Youth & Adult Christian Education & Confirmation class, 10 am Worship and 11 am Coffee fellowship.More to follow next newsletter.

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  The following churches have not replied to the Office: Brasie Corners, Canton Crary Mills,  Chaumont, Chazy, Dexter, Evans Mills, Hammond, Oxbow, Potsdam, Rouses Point, Waddington, Western Adirondack. Thank you for all your help this past year and this new year of service not only to your church but to the Presbytery of Northern New York. Again I thank you for all your cooperation. Joan Merritt, Administrative Coordinator.

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April 24-27, 2018- The Forum gathers Christian leaders who are passionate about young people and the church. Youth ministers, Christian educators, pastors, ministry innovators, and emerging scholars from the USA and beyond gather annually for this 4-day event on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary. This year, our theme is IMAGE. We will explore what it means to practice youth ministry in a visual age.  Forum Website is http://iymforum.com

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Presbytery Planning Calendars orders will be taken at April 10, 2018 Presbytery Meeting. They will be $9.00 each when you order. They will arrive and be handed out at the June Presbytery Meeting for the year 2018-2019.

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March 20, 2018  First Day of Spring!!!!!!!

Let’s pray it comes in the north country.

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                   Children Know

                Like all creatures,

           When to eat and when not to eat.

               And yet we feed them God

             And they starve, yearning

               For what they already have.

                                        John Scarlett

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Church World Service can provide Hygiene Kits, CWS School Kits and CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to communities in need,this spring! Shopping lists and packing instructions, and more information can be found at cwkits.org

To find a kit depot near you, visit cwskits.org/depots or call 1-800-297-1516.

There will be new hand outs of CWS at Presbytery Meeting in April 10, 2018.

Jefferson County pick up April 3-20 Tues-Fri 9:00 am-12:00pm Location Emmanuel Congregational Church 119S. Hamilton St, Watertown call 315-782-2650 to make arrangements.

St. Lawrence County- Canton one day only April 12, 10 am- 2-pm at Canton United Methodist Church 41 Court Street, Canton, NY 315-386-4500. Call so they know you are coming.

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 2017 CWS Kits/CWS Blankets total distributed 243,952- Cleanup buckets 4,612, Baby Kits 975, Hygiene Kits 180,766, School Kits 51,129, Blankets 6,470.

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Peru Community Church will be having a Blessing of the prayer shawls, lap blankets, and quilts at both services on Sunday April 8, 2018. If you would like to donate to the program with a crocheted, knitted or quilted blanket/shawl; they will be accepted until Thursday April 5th. For more info call the church at 518-643-8641.

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Plattsburgh High School Auditorium Thursday April 12th, 5 -6:30 pm Resilience Movie  and from 6:35- 7:45 pm in High School Cafeteria Dinner and Community Café Conversation.

Resilience : the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, produced by Kpir Films, directed by Robert Redford. FREE and Open to the Public! Registration required: Call Courntney at 518-561-4999. Join us for a film, dinner, and community conversation about how we can work together to support people affected by early childhood stress and trauma.

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Peru Community Church invites all to the Annual Palm Sunday Brunch to be held Sunday March 25 from 9am to 1 pm in Fellowship Center at 13 Elm St, Peru, NY. Menu includes: Scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, biscuits & sausage grave, hash browns, fresh fruit salad, milk, coffee, tea and assorted juices. Prices Adults $8.00; children ages 5-12 $5.00; under 5 free. Proceeds benefit church missions.

 Also on this date   during the service at 10:30 the cantata “NO Greater Love” by John Peterson will be performed by the choir, soloists, with speakers from the Confirmation Class retelling the story of Jesus entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through his Crucifixion on Good Friday.

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Let us be reminded of the reason for the Easter season! Amongst all the busyness that goes on reflect on Jesus and His resurrection. Jesus said---“I am the resurrection and the life. Who ever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.  ( John 11:25)

St. Paul said, “ When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways” ( 1Corinthians 3:11). Perhaps Paul is telling us that it’s time to move beyond gentle prayers.  Maybe now, when terrorists darken our future and the world cries out for hope, pleading for God’s people to make a difference- maybe it’s the right time for all of us to pray prayers more like this one:

Lord, we come into your presence seeking a gracious blessing.  But we dare to ask for an outrageous portion of Your grace. We ask that You not simply equip us, but that You chase us  into Your world.

Make us people of vision who look not in but out, not backward but forward, not down but up, not at what cannot be done but at what might be accomplished by Your Spirit.

Make us those who seek mountains and not valleys, narrow paths instead of wide and easy ways, sending us new places instead of resting places, stars instead of finishes, horizons instead of waysides, tomorrows instead of yesterdays.

Give us running shoes instead of slippers, alarm clocks instead of sleep switches, accelerators instead of brakes, sailboats instead of sandcastles.

Make us startle even ourselves with the power that You give. For all we do is moved by Your breath, enveloped by Your spirit, filled with the wind of Your grace, and resounding to Your glory and not ours.

“Give us wings to fly like eagles: ( Isaiah 40:31) We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

But then again, perhaps we couldn’t want to say a prayer like that. After all, what if God answered with a mighty :YES”? Then where would we be?  Would we be ready? Pastor Carl Pattison, Interim Pastor at Scotch Presbyterian Church