Across the Presbytery August 7, 2019


You are invited to participate in discussions about the future of our churches in Central NY and the North Country.

August 14, 2019 for retired pastors throughout the presbytery from 11:30 to 1:00 pm meet at Coffee Fever; 4239 NY State route 3, Star Lake-

For those in the northeastern area of Presbytery: Wednesday August 14 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Little Italy restaurant: 12 Main St., Saranac Lake.


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:


Childwold Memorial Presbyterian Church

Ice Cream Social- Annual Fund Raising Event, Saturday, August 10, 2019. Church located at 104 Bancroft Rd, Childwold, NY 12922. Time -12 to 4 pm. Featuring Food- Hot Dogs, Italian Sausage, Beverages, Ice Cream with Flora’s famous Brownies and toppings.  Events will be Silent Auction, Theme Baskets raffle, Bake Sale, 50/50 Raffle. Make and Take Craft table for kids of all ages. Please plan to attend this family friendly fun event at our historical Church in the Woods.  Take the Eastern Bancroft Road turn-off-the western entrance to Bancroft road is blocked off.

Need more info call Marty 315-379-9392.


August 11, 2019 at 10:00 am an Ecumenical Service will be held in the Madrid Community Park on August 11, 2019. There are no worship services at Scotch Church for the August 4 and 11. Worship will resume on Sunday August 18, 2019 at the church.


Outdoor Worship Service and church Picnic August 4th Watertown Stone PC at 10:00 am.  Worship will be held out in the prayer garden next to the church. Come dressed casually. The Nuture committee will be hosting a picnic to follow the worship service.  Bring a side dish/dessert to share.

All are invited.


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.


THE OFFICE OF PRESBYTERY OF NORTHERN NEW YORK WILL BE CLOSED FROM August 5 – August 9, 2019.  Joan the administrator is taking a week off as her niece and family are visiting her from PA.

Office will reopen August 12, 2019.


Call Pieter Visscher for any emergency. He is at his home: 315-848-2575


 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary hosting Thursday August 22, 2019 at 8:45 am EDT to Friday August 23, 2019 5:00 pm EDT Couples Therapy Training.

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals.

Register contact: Becky Timerding

502-895-3411, ext 363 or


      A Disciple is:

D-Disciplined in his/her relationship with 

     God    (2 Timothy 2:15)

I-  Involved in a gathering of believers

                  (Hebrews 10:25)   

S- Spirit-filled & Spirit-led ( Romans 8:14,

              Ephesians 5:18)

C- Concerned for others rather than self

             ( Philippians 2: 3-4)

 I- Involved in serving in his/her area of 

    Giftedness (Peter 4:11)

P- Prayerful in all things ( Philippians 2:3-4

          1 Thessalonians 5:17)

L- Leading others to become disciples

          (2 timothy 2:2)

E- Enjoying God always. (Isiah 61:10,

                   1 Thessalonians 5:16)


We are happy to share information about the Women of grace Widows fund and the Sustainable Sewing Project with local groups. Please contact us at :

Kathy Curtis and Margot McGorman have returned from Malawi and share the following: This Women of Grace Mission Trip was a joy and a blessing, filled with constant reminders of the magnitude of God’s love and the power of the Spirit.  We felt protected and secure, physically and spiritually, experienced the joy of shared worship at 2 Malawi churches, and connected with our friends, Tyler and Rochelle Holm, PC(USA) missionaries.

The sustainable Sewing Project continues to move forward, thanks to so many in NNY and Malawi, who prayed, donated and worked for the success of this mission.  Thanks to your donations, we were able to transport 119 purses, 260 panties, and 280 pads made in the USA, as well as enough flannel fabric for the widows to make more than 1800 pads over the coming year.  Keep those flannel sheets coming!

Sadly, our smallest workshop, located in the same building as MELT, was destroyed during the political demonstrations and violence. Although we lost $650 worth of equipment and fabric, we hope it will be running again by October, using items borrowed from the other 2 workshops.

 We were able to distribute 246 Pantipacks, the washable menstrual kits made in Malawi by widows, and the USA by volunteers. The widows in Mzenga, our remotest workshop, were overwhelmed with gratitude when PantiPAcks were distributed to 90 girls at their village primary school. They said, “We are grateful to be earning money sewing flannel pads, but we NEVER THOUGHT that the girls in our own community would benefit.” The sincerity of the widows’ fervent prayer at the event was crystal clear, even though it was in Chitumbka and we could only feel the emotion.

The 24 widows in the sewing program are producing good quality items, but really appreciate our ongoing training program to work toward excellence.  The lives of all of the women in the sewing project and their families are improved with the small but reliable income they now earn.  We were blessed and grateful to be sent on this mission. Thanks to the WOG board and all our supporters for their confidence in us.


Renee Stauffer invites you to her home to make special hearts to draw attention to the plight of the detained children along the southern U.S. Border, on Aug. 8, 2019. Her address is 707 Ferris Rd., Nicholville, NY 12965. Phone # 315-742-2478 for directions.

A member of Potsdam Presbyterian Church.