PRAYER MISSION for APRIL
— 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."
LOVE TREE –
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.
Oneida First Presbyterian Church
304 Broad St., Oneida, NY 13421 Tel. 363-7590
Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 Reverend Stuart Wattles
THE GOD WHO WALKS WITH US – Luke 24:13-35
“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked with us on the road,
while he opened to us the Scriptures.” Luke 24:32
Have you ever stopped to think how many miles you have covered in your life? I know in 2006 I traveled more than 50,000 miles on the New York State Thruway while I served as an interim pastor in Palmyra. That was unusual. But since I have to keep track of my miles for tax purposes I can tell you that I have averaged more than 27,000 miles a year for 38 years now. Despite all that travel I can’t say I ever saw Jesus along the way. The two disciples whom Jesus met on their long journey to Emmaus were blessed indeed to have him walk along with them and explain the Scriptures.
But in another sense I know exactly what that experience was like. Many of those hours I spent driving were quiet. But in some of them I was animated. I fell into a habit during the Palmyra years of preparing my children’s sermon during the drive on Sunday morning. And if I was not feeling very creative I’d complain aloud to God that I needed a message. I’d talk as if I was facing the children and when I was stumped about how to explain the Scripture for that day I’d ask aloud just what I should say next. I’d call out phrases or start telling a story not knowing how to end it, and then pause to listen. I always had something ready by the time I arrived. And more times than not, it wasn’t the idea I’d started with. It was something better. I would find in that hour on the road eventually what it was I needed to say.
The disciples said their hearts burned when Jesus explained things to them. I believe that is a reference to the feeling we have of the Holy Spirit (which is often represented by a tongue of flame). I have had many people tell me that when they spoke a prayer for help aloud in a crisis they felt a warmth come over them and calm them. I believe Jesus, who was raised on Easter, is still walking down the road with you and me. It is his Spirit that comforts and encourages us. It is his Spirit that brings us insight and understanding. The sealed tomb was able to hold a dead body. But the risen Jesus Christ broke through stone that day to walk with us when we’re tired, or encourage us when we are sad. He’s still warming human hearts.
How have you experienced reassurance in a time of stress?
Lord, fill me with your creativity and your words
so I may encourage others in your name. Amen
The following was printed in the Oneida Dispatch - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
We are fortunate to have many fine churches in our community. On Palm Sunday my wife and I had the privilege of attending First Presbyterian Church on Broad Street where the Rev. Stuart Wattles is pastor.
Beautiful choral, organ and piano music brought us joy, along with the hymns sung by the congregation. Included in Pastor Wattles’s morning prayer were names of many of our troops who, as Pastor prayed, “are some of our best and they serve us.”
Perhaps a reader of this letter is in need of a prayer, or a church. If so, please know that you are welcome at First Presbyterian Church, or any of the other fine churches in our community. May God bless you!
On another note, two films about the Christian faith are now playing at the Oneida theater: “God is not Dead” and “Heaven is for Real.”
— Tim Berquist, Oneida
3rd Annual Celebration of Women Tea
You are cordially invited
to be our guest at the
Women's Celebration Tea
May 10, 2014 from 1 - 3pm.
The tea will be held here at OFPC [enter thru the church parking lot dooor].
Come sample various teas, finger sandwiches and desserts.
Wear your favorite tea attire. Your hat or ours!! All are welcome. Bring any women you would like - young to old[er] - or, you may wish to attend alone and meet some new women at the tea.
We will have many surprises in store for you, one of which will be Tea Bingo.
W look forward to seeing you. There is no cost for this event and you may register early by calling 363-7590 and ask for Kathy Bruno.
God Bless all our ladies, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, friends!
photos below are from our 2013 Tea
"Congregations working together
the love of Christ."
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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