Across the Presbytery July 25, 2018


I haven’t been to a movie lately, but I was deeply moved by a current film. However is was rated PG 13. The film’s concentration was focused on children: being different is OK, letting them express feelings, allowing them to ask questions, and above all giving them unconditional love.  The film as you may have guessed is “ Won’t you be my neighbor?” and is about Fred Rogers of PBS’s “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”. I’m from the “Howdy Doody” era and over the years have seen bits and pieces of this iconic program. FYI before his television debut Fred Rogers’ ambition was to enter seminary and become a Presbyterian minister, but his life goals changed and his focus became the goodness to be found in all children. The tiger puppet Daniel was a portrayal of his own insecurities growing up.  A Fred Rogers quote was we must “repair creation”.  This is a non denominational / non sectarian must see film.  Let us not give up HOPE. Our children are our future.  Nancy Olsen, Plattsburgh First Presbyterian Church.

The Planning Calendars have arrived, They will be distributed at the next PNNY meeting in September. Call the office if you need them sooner as the cost will be expensive to mail them.  Joan Merritt, Admin

Mt. Moriah Presbyterian Church has joined with Moriah United Methodist Church in sponsoring a Grieving Children’s program. This is a respite program using animal oriented therapy. Children will play, touch, and inter act with the animals. Both Churches have volunteers to help with program and pre-registration is required.

1st Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton

Will have a Guest Preacher Rev. Vanessa Syvertsen, is a child of their congregation and received her Masters of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is teaching downstate. She will be leading worship on July 29 and August 5, 2018.

Presbytery of Northern New York holding a  Respite and Replenishment for Church leaders retreat from Thursday evening September 27 to Saturday morning September 29, 2018 at the Lodges at Oak Point on the St. Lawrence River.Presbytery meeting at Hammond Presbyterian Church on Saturday Sept. 29, 2018 .Cost of lodging and meals $65 per person.More details to come later, Mark your calendars if you are interested in attending. Registration soon too start.

                     A Prayer for everyone

Holy God, we praise you.

Let the heavens be joyful,

And the earth be glad.


We bless you for creating the whole world,

For your promises to your people Israel,

And for Jesus Christ in whom your fullness dwells.


Born of Mary, he shares our life.

Eating with sinners, he welcomes us.

Guiding his children, he lead us.

Visiting the sick, he heals us.

Dying on the cross, he saves us.

Risen from the dead, he gives new life.

Living with you, he prays for us.


With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup

And proclaim the death and resurrection of our Lord.

Receive our sacrifice of praise.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us

That this may be

A communion in the body and blood of our Lord.

Make us one with Christ

And will all share this feast.

Unite us in faith,

Encourage us with hope,

Inspire us to love,

That we may serve as your faithful disciples

Until we feast at your table in glory.


We praise you, eternal God,

Through Christ your word made flesh,

In the holy and life-giving Spirit,

Now and forever..   AMEN

Peru Community Church 13 Elm Street, Peru, NY---- Vacation bible School dates are July 30 to August 3, 2018 9:00 am to Noon.