First Presbyterian Church            September 2017


Locks and Creeds


Did you ever have to do a report in school on something you did over your summer vacation?  Well, here is my pastoral “report” to you about my recent family vacation in Michigan.  We went to two cities with the same name, Sault Ste. Marie, though it was really one city that is divided by the US and Canadian border.  It is kind of like a Michigan version of Niagara Falls, as it connects two of the Great Lakes, and is part of both Canada and the US. 


There is a lock there, which connects Lake Superior to the other Great Lakes, and gargantuan container ships use this lock for international trade.  Other than the War of 1812, the two cities have always had a peaceful coexistence because geography and commerce have united them.  Americans and Canadians get along quite well in general, but in this particular town the locks give them an especially close relationship. 


In the Presbyterian Church (USA), we have a “Book of Confessions”, which is a list of historical creeds that we have adopted over the years.  One of the first, and perhaps foremost, is the Apostles’ Creed, and we used to recite it as part of our communion liturgy. The Apostles’ Creed came into existence about sixteen hundred years ago, and it is a faith statement that is shared by most other major Christian denominations around the world, too.  For Presbyterians, a creed or confession does not carry the same weight as scripture, but they are helpful guides to our faith and practice.


If two cities in different countries can be united by a lock, how much more are we united by our faith in Christ?  A creed is a particular church’s expression of that faith, and I think it is good to go over them from time to time.  You do not even have to believe every word of it to be a follower of Jesus, in my opinion.  Yet in these troubled times, it is helpful to me to focus on things that are uniting in nature rather than divisive.  For over sixteen hundred years, the Apostles’ Creed has been just that.  Hallelujah!


                                                        The Apostles’Creed

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and he is seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.”


Rev. Walter Stuber
First Presbyterian Church

11988 W. Main St., Wolcott, NY   14590




            Labor Day Ecumenical Worship Service


On Sunday, September 3rd, the Labor Day Ecumenical Worship Service will be held in Northup Park at 10:30 a.m.; in case of rain, it will be held at the First Baptist Church.



           Sunday School Classes Begin


On Sunday, September 10, adult and youth Sunday School classes will begin meeting for the season at 9:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome.  The adult class will be studying “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race”.

-       John Gingerich


            “Piece Makers” Quilting


            The “Piece Makers” Quilting Class will begin on Thursday, September 14, at 1 p.m.


                                                Want to join our class?

                                                We meet each Thursday @ 1 p.m.

                                                Beginners to Advance sewers are welcome.

                                                Bring a friend.

                                                Any questions?  Call me.   315-594-2604


-       Henrietta


          Reminder  of Fall  Rummage Sale


October (fall) is fast approaching and so is our Fall Rummage Sale.  Please save your good seasonal clothing, books, puzzles, toys, housewares, etc., for the sale.  Mark your calendar; the sale is October 5th, 6th, and 7th.  You may leave your items any time starting September 24th after church, or any time the church is open.  As in the past, the proceeds are used for local missions (ex: Food Pantry, Firemen, Ambulance, camperships, and other missions).  We also, when needed, contribute to the maintenance of the Church.  We will need lots of help; please, sign up even if it is only for an hour or two.  Setting up, sorting, and marking will start the Monday (October 2nd)

before at 9 a.m.  Any questions, contact Henrietta Trine (315-594-2604), Mary Ann Sparnon (315-594-2643), or Mary Lou Lockwood.  Thank you.



           Food Pantry


Food Pantry Wish List:  jams & jellies, tuna, canned fruit, mayo, salad dressing, canned pasta, baked beans, juice, canned chicken.

-       Mary Lou



    2 Cents a Meal


July’s collection was $71.00 and August’s collection was $63.00, making our total to date $568.00.  Great job, everyone.

-       Mary Lou




          Youth News


Our start up for fall will be September 17th  at 1 p.m..  Youth are to come with ideas and their calendars to set up dates.


Our checkbook balance was $3,905.40.  We collected $43.85, making our new balance $3,949.25.  Thank you all for your support.  If you need your bottles/cans picked up,  please contact Mary Lou or Susan.

-       Mary Lou



          Golf Tournament


Special thanks to Mike and Linda Douglass for all of their hard work.  Thank you everyone who helped in any way and for all who golfed.  We had twenty teams this year, and the weather was wonderful.      

-       Mary Lou





Be watching for your letter and opportunity to support our Church.  If you would like to help, there is still time.

-       Mary Lou



 Back to School Kits


Sunday, September 10th, is the last day to bring school items:


We’re fast approaching that time of year when kids are getting ready for school.  There is a box in the entrance, and I hope you will consider contributing toward helping us assemble school kits. 


Many stores are already offering “good deals”.


Items we will need to assemble one kit:


One rounded tip metal scissors

                        One large eraser

                        One box of 24 crayons

                        Three 70 count spiral notebooks OR notebooks totaling 200-210 pages

                        One hand-held pencil sharpener

                        One 12” x 14” to 14” x 17” canvas bag

                        12” ruler

                        6 new pencils with erasers


Any contribution of the listed items will be greatly appreciated.

-       Henrietta








Congratulations to Michael and Chantel Lockwood on their recent marriage!



                                                             Looking Ahead


Sunday, September 3rd:  Labor Day Service in the Park at 10:30 a.m.


Wednesday, September 6th:  Choir rehearsals resume at 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 10th:  Adult and youth Sunday School classes will be begin at

                                           9:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome.


                                             Last day to bring school items.


Wednesday, September 13th:  Our Church will be providing a meal for the teachers     

                                                 group.  If you can help, please let Henrietta or Mary Lou                            

                                                      know.  We will be serving at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 14th:  “Piece Makers” Quilting resumes at 1 p.m.


            Sunday, September 17th:  Youth Group resumes at 1 p.m.


Sunday, September 24th:  2 Cents a Meal Offering.


October 5th, 6th and 7th:  Fall Rummage Sale.   Set up starts on Monday, October 2nd.




Hurricane Harvey


“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”  - Song of Solomon 8:7.


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