First Presbyterian Church            May 2017




          What Are You Thankful For?



Every month I go to see a “spiritual director”, who is kind of a pastor to the pastors.  She has both theological and psychological degrees, and many ministers go to her, or other such professionals, for spiritual reflection like I do.  This month we talked about how things were getting back to “normal” (whatever that means) after all the busyness of Lent and Easter.  For example, we had a nice Easter Sunday service that was well attended, and I am sensing a good feeling among our fellowship as we head into spring. 


I was almost afraid to say that, as I worried that the proverbial other shoe would drop by doing so. Granted, I might feel differently if I owned Mark’s Pizzeria in town, had lakeshore property, or other problems of a far more serious nature.  My spiritual director suggested to me that during relatively calm periods, such as now, it is best to focus on being thankful.  Counting your blessings is always a good idea, but it has special significance when you can pause and take a look at them more closely.


Last night, I tried her suggestion of living in the moment more, and paying particular attention to being thankful.  I sat on my back porch listening to the night noises in the woods behind my house, and I tried to set worries of the future aside for awhile.  My thoughts were not exactly profound at first, e.g. “thank God the mosquitoes aren’t bugging me”.  Gradually, I did get better at being thankful though, such as appreciating the sounds of crickets and frogs.  There are so many soothing night noises like the wind, etc., to which I rarely pay attention. 


I still do not have any earth shattering revelations to report, but it was enough to feel a bit more peace with God and the world around me.  Try this yourself, and let me know how it works for you. 



Thankfully yours,








Rev. Walter Stuber
First Presbyterian Church

11988 W. Main St., Wolcott, NY   14590






            Youth News


The Youth will be cleaning some yards and planting bulbs for our make-a-difference work project.


Our checkbook balance was $3,675.80.   We collected $57.60, making our new total $3,733.40.  Thank you all for your support.  If you need cans and bottles picked up, you can contact Susan Vezzose or Mary Lou Lockwood.


-       Mary Lou




            Food Pantry


Food Pantry wish list:  jams & jellies, cereal, pork & beans, baked  beans, tuna.


-       Mary Lou




          2 Cents a Meal


April’s collection was $50.00, making our total to date for this year $293.00.  Great job, everyone!


-       Mary Lou






Please remember your pledges during the summer.  Some new words for your thoughts this month:


                                                “Fast from criticism; feast on peace.

                                                               Fast from self-pity; feast on joy.

                                                     Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.

                                                       Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful

                                                             Fast from jealousy; feast on love.

                                                     Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.

                                                             Fast from complaining; feast on

                                                        Fast from selfishness; feast on service.

                                                                 Fast from fear; feast on faith.

                                                            Fast from anger; feast on patience.

                                                       Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.”


Author Unknown

-       Mary Lou





Women’s Association Spring Rummage Sale


The Women’s Association’s annual Spring Rummage Sale is on May 4th, 5th, and 6th starting at 9 a.m.   We not only need your good but no-longer needed items, we NEED your HELP!!  Set-up will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. and Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  There is a sign-up sheet at the church.





Looking Ahead


Thursday, May 4th:  National Day of Prayer, Village Park at 12:00 noon.


Thursday – Saturday, May 4th-6th:  Spring Rummage Sale.  Set up May 1st – 3rd.  If you                                   need things picked up, give the church or Mary Lou a call.  Sale times are:                                                                          Thursday 9 – 4

                                                            Friday 9 – 2; 5 – 7

                                                            Saturday 9 - 12


Saturday, May 6th:  Crop Walk; sign-up at 8:00 a.m., walk at 8:30 a.m.


Friday, June 9th:   Ham Dinner


Sunday, June 11th:  Children’s Day


Saturday, June 17th:  Strawberry Festival