Across the Presbytery July 17, 2019


Madrid Scotch Presbyterian Church will Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of its founding on Sunday July 21, 2019 with a special  worship service at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow.  Please join us to celebrate this occasion with family and friends. Please join us in this Bicentennial Celebration.

Also please keep in your prayers this week: Jennifer, Shirley, Marge, Bob and Brenda for healing and their comfort for ease in dealing with their current medical conditions, for the loss of a child, for God’s grace to hold their hand through these difficult times our friends are moving through. And pray for their families.


There will be a funeral Service at the Potsdam  First Presbyterian Church for Art Frackenpohl on July 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm, he was their Organist and did many concerts in the area and very active in the Presbytery for many years including MINC group. Rev. Scott Barton will officiate. Following Service, a joyous reception will be held in the adjoining Community Center.


Margot McGroman and Kathy Curtis are in Malawi now. They have seen the destruction first hand. They are safe and sewing today at the Marion Medical Mission house.  I am in daily contact with them. Prayers are needed for them, the teachers, MELT, and thousands of children we serve in Malawi.  From Heather White. Team Leader.


We just received a phone call from Timothy Drew’s son, that the husband of Rev. Carol Drew, Allen G. Drew passed away this past Saturday, the funeral service will be held  at  Densmore Church on Wellsley Island, Alexandria Bay, New York State, August 5, 2019 at 11:00 am. Refreshments served afterwards. The family just notified us of Allen’s passing as he was living in California.


Malawi : On July 4, the Central M.E.L.T. library went under attack by demonstrators.  The building remains standing, but the library is a complete loss.  We were victim of a political protest aimed at the building’s owner, Grace Chiumia.  M.E.L.T. was not the target.  Organized and peaceful demonstrations have been occurring since the presidential election on May 21st.  We are thankful our employees and volunteers are safe. It might help to clarify not only our losses, but more importantly what remains.

Our losses include: over 5,000 of our early readers, The Big Book collection, Book bins, book bags, and additional materials, shelving, racks and tables.

Our focus is on what remains to work with:

The building remains structurally stable, our 6 new library shelves were untouched, 1200 books are currently out in schools, 400 books were in route with team member Margot McGorman, ABC Fluency kits are safely housed permanently in classrooms, each school houses their own easel, The MELT 1 Land Cruiser is safe and running beautifully, The Professional development we have given the teachers since 2015 is alive and well in practice in over 30 classrooms.

We appreciate your patience as we work with our teams here and in Malawi to re-build our library. M.E.L.T. will not allow the acts of a few to stop our good work for 20 schools, over 40 teachers and a circulation of 40,000 books annually. M.E.L.T. has built so much since 2015 and we will continue on this journey to literacy.  Please head to link below for more information, pictures, and options to help. Heather F. White leader.


 A Rest and Renewal Retreat for church leaders( lay and ordained, however defined) is set for Friday September 6th and Saturday 7th at two neighboring houses on Trout Lake ( near Edwards, NY,visit and

Food will be provided, and a short program, but mostly this will be an opportunity to rest, renew, and connect with colleagues in ministry. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, napping and yes, S’mores. Sleeping space for 12 is available, and we need a minimum participation of 6 to hold the event. If you would like to attend, or have questions, please contact Rev. Mike Catanzaro ( pastor at Canton First) at There will be no, or very little cost ( thanks to support from the Presbytery). The hard deadline for registration is Tuesday August 6th.


Elizabeth Von Trapp in Concert

First Presbyterian Church, 52 Washington St., in Rouses Point, NY Sunday August 4th from 4-5 pm. Donation offering will be taken.


Vacation Bible School at Peru Community Church “ Son Spark Labs” July 29- August 2, 2019  at 9:00 am to Noon ages 3 years to 6th Grade.


Canton 1st Presbyterian Church summer hours for service is 9:00 am in July and August, come in casual clothes. No communion in the summer months.

Brick Chapel summer hours are 10:30 am and Rev Mike and Pastor Donna will be filling the pulpit.


Oxbow Presbyterian Church will be hosting a 5 week Concert in the Park starting June 27, 2019 till July 25, 2019. Time 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm. Food will be available during the concert- Hamburgers $3.00, Hot Dogs $2.00 each with salads available. Bring your lawn chairs for comfort and enjoy the music and food. Benefit is for Oxbow Historical Assoc.


From July 4th to July 25th, Kathy Curtis from the Theresa Presbyterian Church and Margot McGorman from Watertown First will be traveling to Mzuzu, Malawi on behalf of  the Women of Grace Widows Fund. They will be reviewing the various projects of the organization ( roofing upgrades for widows’ homes, fuel efficient stoves, pig husbandry) and they will continue to advance the sustainable sewing project, which makes washable menstrual kits for village girls in the local area. Kathy & Margot will also visit Tyler and Rochelle Holm, PC (USA) missionaries in Mzuzu, delivering essential items like bike tires and brake pads that are difficult to source in Malawi. Please pray in July for Kathy and Margot for their travel safety and mission success. 

Thank you Margot


On behalf of the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery, I wish to thank you for your recent precious support of funds of $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. Help us in prayers so that the infants we care for will become good citizens and pleasing children of God. We send our greetings 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. From Director Joyce Nyasulu.


Best wishes,Prayers to the Triennium people from Hammond Presbyterian Church who are attending this event at Purdue University.