— Karing Kitchen

Volunteers from numerous Churches, Youth Groups, and other Civic Organizations help serve lunch, from 11:30am-1pm, with a coffee hour at 10:30am at this local based soup kitchen.  Every day of the last full working week of each month a hot lunch is served to members of the community at no cost. Take outs are available as well. 

Karing Kitchen, however, is not just a lunch. At Karing Kitchen we offer an environment where anyone can come as they are and feel comfortable, have someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, and someone who cares for them. Karing Kitchen is about "providing a nutritious hot meal, ensuring food security and advocating for a person's rights and responsibilities."


Forty-eight Love Tree baskets were donated by 
OFPC members.  Thank you for such a generous response.

This year, all baskets will go to families who are still affected
by last June's devastating floodwaters.

 Love Tree 
 APRIL 2014 

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Oneida First Presbyterian Church
304 Broad St., Oneida, NY 13421   Tel.  363-7590

circa 1960
 This Week's Schedule 


           Friday, April 18       12 noon       Good Friday Ecumenical Service at St. John’s
   Sunday, April 20       
                                                                7 am      Sunrise Service at the YMCA        
                                                                No BB–103
                                                                No Sunday School
                                                                10 am     Worship 

SCHEDULED EVENTS - next four weeks

LENT is a time for quiet reflection and contemplation


Today's Lenten Devotional:

Good Friday, April 18                                                       Kathy Bruno

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO? – John 19:38-42

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.  Now, Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.        John 19:38-39

I have to admit I was stumped when I read this passage.  I read and re-read and finally had to get guidance from Stuart.  I was focused on all the wrong things.  I was focused on the fact that they were preparing Jesus’ body for the tomb and death, but not WHY and HOW that came to be.  Did you ever know someone who wasn’t like everyone else and didn’t fit in?  Well, Jesus was kind of like that.  The people rejected him at the end, and chose to crucify him for being who he was.  It took courage, loyalty, and love for a friend for Joseph to go to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus.  It’s true that he did it secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders, but who wouldn’t be scared?  They were scary!  So together Joseph and Nicodemus took Jesus’  body and prepared it with all the spices and oils reserved for the rich and important people of the times, not someone who was hung on a cross.  That is friendship.

I have never done anything so impressive or powerful, but I can recall back in grade school, around second grade or so, being friends with a boy that everyone made fun of.  Kids weren’t labeled with things like ADD or autism back then (and I would not have known what that meant anyway), but this boy had many challenges.  I chose to talk to him, while others called him names and pushed him around.  Because of my being his friend,  I was made fun of for talking to him.  Still, I knew it was the right thing to do.  Hopefully our small acts of kindness and friendship can lead to bigger ones and set an example for others to live by.  Joseph and Nicodemus can teach us so many lessons and we can follow their example.

                      How far would you go for a friend? Are you willing to stick your neck out?

Dear Heavenly Father, we ask you to help us to not look the other way.
We ask that you guide us to do the right thing, not just for a friend
we know, but even for a complete stranger.
We ask this in your name.   Amen

 Love in Action 
 OFPC in the News 

The Women's Retreat,  Food for the Soul [held April 5] ,
was a treat for the body and soul for those ladies who attended.  
The ages of those attending ranged from 20-years old to senior citizen!

and appreciation go to Kathy Bruno and the women who

agreed to give presentions on meditation, nutrition, yoga, and exercise:
Sheryl Campanie, Liz Metzger, Lori Peryer, Pam West




"Congregations working together
to demonstrate
the love of Christ."


How do I get
to Oneida First

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Sunday Worship
 at 10am 

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Sunday School 


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Bible Basics BB103:

8:45 - 9:30am
Noon - 12:30pm

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Ladies' Bible Study
Fridays, 11am

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The Connection
Teen Group


3 - 6:30pm

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Kids Korner
up to 5th grade]  Thursdays

in partnership 
w/Assembly of God

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  Oneida Area
Junior Youth Group

Ages 11 - 14
... contact 
Becky Williams

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info . . .

May 4 -  2014
A Festival of Sacred Song

All are invited to attend the Spring Festival of Song in the Welsh Tradition, sponsored by St. David’s Society of Utica.  Known in Welsh as a “Gymanfa Ganu,” it will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 3PM  at the Sauquoit United Methodist Church, corner of Pinnacle Road and Mohawk Street in Sauquoit, NY.

Everyone will be encouraged to join in the singing of favorite hymns.  The conductor will be Jay G. Williams III of Clinton who has led Gymanfa Ganus locally and throughout the Northeast.  He will be accompanied by James Hanosh on the organ and Jeanne Jones on the piano.  Special music will be provided by Becca Williams on the cello.  Following the singing, a “te bach” (afternoon tea) will be held in the social hall.  All will be welcomed.

 Submitted by Roger Williams, CLP


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