Presbyterian Church            November  2017

 

          

          Harvest Time

He also said, The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”                                                                             

Mark 4:26-34

I like to go to the Forever Young Senior’s luncheon every first Thursday of the month because they are a great source of wisdom for me.  For example, when I wanted to know how the apple crop was doing this year, I just asked some of the apple farmers who could authoritatively tell me all about it.  I will spare you the details of how more rainfall has increased apple size, etc. but suffice it to say that it has been a good harvest this year overall.  Of course, they also tell me that one cannot really say how a harvest was until the apples are in the barn.   As with any kind of farming, there is always the possibility of a hail storm or some other problem happening before crops are harvested.     

I find it interesting how a great deal of the life of a church reflects the natural world around it. The timing of Sunday morning worship was largely based on the needs of farmers to tend to their animals, e.g. milking a cow, even though most of us no longer have that kind of lifestyle.  We have Stewardship Sunday the week before Thanksgiving probably because of its connection to harvest time. Speaking of which, the Stewardship Committee has asked me to remind people to get your pledge cards in by Sunday, November 19th, so we can plan the church budget for next year.  That too is a way of giving thanks for the innumerable blessings in our lives when we dedicate the pledges that Sunday.

Last, but not least, Jesus’ teachings about the kingdom of God often had to do with harvest time, as well as agriculture in general.  In the verse that I quoted, he talks about how God is at work in the world in much the same way a farmer grows a crop.   Seeds of faith are planted, and they sprout and grow over time in ways that can be quite mysterious, even in this modern age.  Yet God knows the movements of the seasons, and eventually a glorious harvest time does come.  To quote Rev. Michael Ware, a far better Bible scholar than me, “These are times in our scatterings, like seeds on the ground, when we come together for growth. The aim is for us to mature and become fully ripened servants of our God in spreading the Good News. It is harvest time!   Amen!

Rev. Walter Stuber

First Presbyterian Church

11988 W. Main St., Wolcott, NY   14590

585-217-6030  stuberman1@yahoo.com

www.wolcottpresbyterian.com                                         

       

 

 

                                                           

           Food Pantry

 

Food Pantry Wish List:  jams & jellies, baked beans, pork & beans, juice, mayo, salad dressing, and fruits.

-       Mary Lou

                                                              

    

                                                          2018  Stewardship Reminder

           

November 19, 2017 is Stewardship Sunday.  If you have already sent your 2018 Pledge in, thank you.  We would like to remind the rest that the committee would appreciate it if you would send your pledge into the Treasurer, Susan Vezzose, soon.  This would help us create the budget for 2018.  “No gift is too small.”

 

As you know, your giving along with our fundraisers help maintain the church and support the needs of the members and the community  (example, Food Pantry).

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration in helping the church better serve God.

           

-       Mary Ann

           

                                                           

                                        2017  Successful  Fall Rummage Sale

 

I would like to express a “HUGE” thank you to all who helped make the Fall Rummage Sale a success.  We earned $2,408.55.  It ran well even if we were a little short of help.  Over the winter, save your items for the Spring Rummage Sale which will be the first full weekend in May.

 

Thanks again.  IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST!!!!!!!

-       Mary Ann

 

                                                                                                                      

        Youth News

 

Our checkbook balance in August was $3,949.25.  We collected $43.80 for September, making our balance $3,993.05.  We collected $43.70 in cans and a $50.00 memorial donation in memory of Gabriele Lockwood, making our new balance $4,086.75.  Thank you, everyone, for your support.  If you need your cans and bottles picked up, please contact Mary Lou or Susan.

-       Mary Lou

 

 

            Two Cents a Meal

 

September’s collection was $66.00, and October’s collection was $84.00, making our total to date $718.00.  See, pennies do make a difference.  Thank you, everyone.

 

-       Mary Lou

 

 

 

 

 

      Thank You                                                                                  

 

The family of Gabriele Lockwood wishes to thank everyone for your cards, prayers, food, time, and words of encouragement at the time of her passing.  Special thanks to Pastor Walter for all of his support and time.  Much love to all of you.

 

                                                                                                In Faith,

                                                                                                The Scott Lockwood Family

 

 

 Golf Tournament

 

It was a great year; a nice day to golf and lots of support.  Again, special thanks to Mike and Linda Douglass.  We will turn over $5,389.43 to the treasurer for our insurance bill.  Great job, everyone.

-       Mary Lou

 

 

                                                             Nominating Committee

 

            We will be meeting soon.  Be prayerfully considering a position.

 

-       Mary Lou

 

 

   New Address

 

Maxine Pankratz has a new address:

c/o Laurie E. Rice

P.O. Box 305

Lyons Falls, NY   13368

 

 

 

Looking Ahead

 

Sunday, October 29:  Short Deacon’s meeting after church

 

Sunday, November 5:  Time to change your clocks back 1 hour before going to    

                                         bed on Saturday night, November 4

 

Sunday, November 26:  Two Cents a Meal Offering

 

The Christmas food and toys give away will be December 8th

                       

The Jeff Sawyer Concert will be December 10th at 3 p.m.