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

Today is the day God has made.... through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen


This church year will see our largest confirmation class in years.  Nineteen young people will spend the months October to May learning and preparing to become members of the OFPC congregation.  Mentors and confirmands have been paired.  Please remember our young people in your prayers during this 2014 - 15 church year.  

     The Lord enjoined his ancient people to exercise the greatest care that young people, even from infancy, be properly instructed.   Moreover, he expressly commanded in his law that they should teach them, ….  God has no less concern for the youth of his new people, when he openly testifies and says:  “Let the children come to me; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Mark 10:14), … the churches act most wisely when they early and carefully catechize the youth, laying the first grounds of faith, and faithfully teaching the rudiments of our religion by expounding the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the doctrine of the sacraments. … Here let the Church show her faith and diligence in bringing the children to be catechized, desirous and glad to have her children well instructed.


Superintendent of Sunday School
Are you someone who has an hour a week to help out with this position?  This is a very rewarding position.  The title Superintendent of Sunday School may sound intimidating to you, but don’t let the title scare you.  This position requires someone to keep attendance records of the Sunday School classrooms, make a rotation schedule and set up materials needed for Children’s Church.

For further details of this position, please contact Kathy Bruno.

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The Kid’s Korner children will be preparing shoeboxes for Operation Shoebox in the beginning of November. We strive to teach the children the importance of giving back and that anyone (young or old) can help out. We are asking the congregation for anything that you would like to donate to help fill the shoeboxes. Please ask Pat Thorpe or Kathy Bruno for the full list of items that are acceptable to place in the shoeboxes.  

We would need these items dropped off at church by November 2nd.  Thank you.

 Events Calendar 


October is National Pastor Appreciation Month

The concept of Pastor Appreciation, we believe, started with the apostle Paul as he was establishing the first Christian churches. In 1 Timothy, he wrote, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1Timothy 5:17).  And, in 1Thessalonians 5:12-13, he said,  “Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.”

The goal is that every pastor (including staff ministries)  would feel appreciated by those they serve.  We can counter the negative erosion in the lives of our spiritual leaders with the positive affirmation they need.  It is important to remember that appreciation, affirmation and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.

Pastor Appreciation History

In 1992 it was established as a holiday with a mission to uplift and encourage pastors, missionaries and religious workers.  This year, Pastor Appreciation Day is October 19th.

In 1994 Focus on the Family named and began emphasizing Clergy Appreciation Month, reminding congregations that it was biblical and proper to honor their pastoral staffs and pastoral families throughout the year, but suggesting that they set aside the month of October for a special tangible tribute.

In 2002 Hallmark first offered Clergy Appreciation cards.

It has been a long-standing practice to recognize and honor our pastors either formally or informally…. In your special way, please show your appreciation during the month of October and throughout the year.  There is a specially decorated donation box available during Sunday Coffee Hour.  It will be located at the rear of the auditorium near the coffee area.


       October      1             Kids' Korner registration 6:30pm

        Sunday, October      5             Communion

       October      6             Committee meetings 7pm

       October      8             PW Gathering in Old Forge

       October      8              THE  CONNECTION  BEGINS

      October     15             NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

      October     19             Harvest Brunch after worship service
                                               Pastor Appreciation Day

Crop Walk

      October    20             Deacons' Meeting

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  Who  Are  We ?
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 Sunday Worship
 at 10am 

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Ladies Bible Study

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Sunday Schoo

September 21

Our new 
Nursery Supervisor
Sarah Mastriano!

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 The Connection
Teen Group

will resume
October 1

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Kids Korner
will resume in October

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  Junior Youth Group
Ages 11 - 14
contact Becky Williams

 Missions Corner 

Operation Shoebox


PRAYER MISSION OCTOBER – The Mary Rose Clinic, Oneida Free Medical Health for the Uninsured, exists to provide primary healthcare services to low-income, uninsured adults within Madison County and the surrounding areas. We believe high quality healthcare is a basic human right regardless of socioeconomic status. The Mary Rose Clinic was co-created by Dr. Martyn and The Gorman Foundation and is administered by Community Action Partnership of Madison County.  For further information please visit their website            http://www.maryrosecenter.org/index.php 

First Presbyterian Church
304 Broad Street | Oneida, NY 13421 | PH: (315) 363-7590

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