Paige Pendleton  

[Update from Paige]

Photo Album . . . 

Paige Pendleton,  our lovely and lively young lady athlete here at OFPC, is presently serving a summer internship with this Fellowship group of  volleyball athletes.   Please keep Paige in your prayers while she completes this mission.

I would really just love for you to watch this 2-minute video of what we have been doing so far:


FCA/V - Their Vision

To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.

FCA/V - Their Mission
Use the sport of volleyball to restore relationships with God, self and others and to develop leaders to be part of building His kingdom.

 Caroline Hood 

JULY  2014

Ni hao, friends!

Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.   Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’  and does not doubt in his heart,  but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:22-24  
continued . . .

 JULY 2014 -  

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

Special Worship Service July 27

The Session wants to hear from you.  Our purpose is:

  • To hear the concerns of the congregation regarding the current health of the PC (USA)
  • To acquaint members of the congregation with the Fellowship of Presbyterians.

       We will introduce the Fellowship of Presbyterians by:

  • Explaining the history of this group, and
  • The Relationship of the Fellowship to the PC(USA)

Discussion Groups:

Elders will lead groups in conversation as a way to hear your comments.  All of these events are designed to fit into our usual Sunday worship hour, and Children’s Church will go on as usual.

We urge all our members to attend on  this important Sunday.

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A letter from the Fellowship of Presbyterians

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


Meeting in Detroit, our 221st General Assembly has taken two significant actions on the teaching and practice of marriage according to the PC(USA)'s Book of Order. First, the GA approved an Authoritative Interpretation (AI) that now permits PC(USA) pastors to conduct same-sex weddings, and allows sessions to approve the use of church property for such ceremonies. Secondly, the GA approved a proposed amendment to the Book of Order that would replace current language with a description of marriage as a relationship between "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."


While the AI goes into effect immediately, the proposed amendment requires ratification by a majority of the presbyteries before any change could be made, a process that takes about one year. Both measures are designed to allow pastors and congregations to participate in same-sex weddings, in states where gay marriage is legal..


We grieve these actions by the General Assembly. We believe we will look back on this day and see the error of these decisions. But an Assembly of our denomination has spoken, and now we must move ahead without compromising compassion or conviction.


It is extremely important to understand that while the AI and the constitutional amendment broaden the denomination's interpretation of marriage, they do not require any pastor to officiate or any session to authorize the use of church property for a marriage service with which they disagree. It remains up to each pastor and each session to determine what is and is not appropriate for their congregation.


Proponents of these two actions have made great effort to invite and welcome those who hold unwaveringly to a traditional interpretation of marriage to remain engaged in the mission and ministry of the PC(USA) with full integrity. Some will resolve to do this-others may not. Those of us who do remain in the PC(USA) will, no doubt, encounter other decisions and actions with which we will disagree. We are not here to fight and divide, but to continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to testify to the transforming power of his love that is available to everyone. We urge you in the strongest possible way to refrain from actions, attitudes, and language that would mar the image of Christ in your response to the Assembly's actions.


Let us commit to one another, and to Almighty God, that we will seek to embody the grace and love of our Savior across our theological differences, and in personal and congregational deliberations about our future in the PC(USA).

 Upcoming Events 


July    28 – August 1    Vacation Bible School

TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD:  CLICK LINK   https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/oneidavbs/gpgs/home.aspx

VBS is for children  31/2  and older

and up who are potty-trained, able to participate & can stay all morning without separation anxiety.  We will also have a special late afternoon/evening schedule for middle/high school age group.  The suggested donation per child is $5 to help offset costs of Bible buddies and supplies.   Each day, the children will get a snack, do crafts, see a Bible Story come to life, participate in a gym class, sing, and so much more!!

 The older groups will have fun activities and there will be at least one community service project for them to take part in!

Please see Becky Williams, Ashley Carpenter,  or Rachel Mancarella
with any questions.

July       21 – 25        Vanderkamp

July       27                  Newcomers' Class

July    31               VBS program for families (7 pm)

August    3                  Newcomers' Class
August    3                  Communion
August    3                  Christian Ed meeting after worship

August 7  --> 


August  20                     NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

August 23            


Delta Lake State Park Pavilion, August 23rd

It’s that time of year again!! Many families get together for the  annual camping trip at Delta Lake State Park.  

If you want some great fun and fellowship and the chance to enjoy the beautiful     nature that God has surrounded us with, plan to join us on the weekend of August 22-24.  It is always a great time of fellowship and this is our biggest year ever; few sites remain in   Loop C   for that weekend, so get one while you can!!

       August  27         Teacher & Youth Workers Training (6:30)

September  14         Sunday School Registration

 OFPC TRIP Planned 

Please think about joining us for another wonderful trip this Fall  (September 23 - 24)
to Lancaster, PA and the

where we will  enjoy another fantastic theatre experience MOSES

 Our bus is filling up but there are still seats available.  
This is an overnight trip and also includes attending a performance  at the


to enjoy a musical treat which includes hits from the
Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and so much more!

further info . . . . 

July 6 - July 12

Our faithful volunteers have just returned from their week of  being in God's service for the people of Delaware.   .....   see photos  


How do I get
to Oneida First

  Who  Are  We ?
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 Sunday Worship
 at 10am 

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Sunday Schoo

has concluded for
the year

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 The Connection
Teen Group

has concluded
for the school year.

Watch for 
special events
in the summer.

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Kids Korner
 has concluded for
the year 

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  Junior Youth Group
Ages 11 - 14


                 E-Mail News Flash:  
addendum -  as of  7/16/14 

Parish Paper

The Fellowship
of Presbyterians

A New Season for ECO

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  Essential Tenets of ECO




Oneida City/ Madison County Long Term Recovery Group 
The mission of the Oneida City/ Madison County Long Term Recovery Group is to knit  together faith communities, government agencies, not for profit service organizations,  businesses and volunteers in a coordinated effort to overcome the effects of the June 28, 2013 flood by serving the unmet needs of the city of Oneida and surrounding areas and Madison County.  We seek to assess the needs, restore what can be restored, and overcome what cannot.  

More information is available at their website www.oneidamadisonflood.org

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