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2019 Church News

Lent - Palm Sunday - Holy Week - Easter
Our re-organized Session celebrated gifts accomplished as they look to 2019 with changes as well as continuing traditions that make us who we are.  Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter were celebrated through many worship experiences.

We kicked-off Lent with a Mardi Gras meal hosted by the Deacons.  In March we welcomed Rev. Dennis Dewey, a master Biblical Storyteller who shared "The Passion - Holy Week Stories."  Mary-Esther Circle concluded their study of "God's Promise: I Am With You."

The Deacons
We re-instated the Deacons with 6 members making up the team.  Areas of ministry will be CHEAR, a card Ministry, hosting special events and more! Sunday school children made over 50 Valentines cards and took to the Lewis County Nursing Home.  The congregation said goodbye to dear friend and 67 year member John Parker who died January 11.

A New Year!
Our year begins with taking care of business with the completion of our 2018 Annual Report and our Annual Meeting. Pastor Laurie invites us to be Neighbors as she shares with us points of her thesis project. And the end of 2018 had us say good-bye to long-time members George and Jane Hadlow.

2018 Church News

Christmas and December are here!
The children of our church shared a special play on December 9, named "T.S.O.C. Kudos to all!! Our church hosted the Lowville Community Chorus Christmas Concert. We reflected on the many gifts we are blessed with as we kicked off our Stewardship Campaign. Good byes were given to Jean and Dave Puddington as they leave us for Georgia. And we celebrated the wonderful birth of our savior with many services as we remember the joy of Christmas.

Getting into the Holiday Spirit
The culmination of a year of craft making, baking, gifts baskets and more was held on November 10 with our annual Holiday Bazaar. Several folks worked to decorate a tree for the Lewis County Historical Society's Annual Festival of Trees. And our own Heidi VanZandt was the guest speaker at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner held October 10.

Different Activities in October
We collected items for the Lewis County Safe House and held our first Death Café, giving the opportunity to gather to talk about the most difficult of topics. Our Presbyterian Women hosted the annual Fall Gathering of the Utica Presbyterian Woemn in October.

September Kick-off
With September we get back into the swing of learning - this year Bible Study was again on track, the Presbyterian Women began the study of a book, and a Theology/Spirituality Class began.

July and August begin with the fun of our returning "Flat" Jesus expeditions! We get to enjoy all the places he travels in the summer. In July we had something different with Theology of Pixar. Several Pixar movies were watched followed by a Sunday sermon to bring them together in faith and fun. VBS with three other Lowville churches was again held in August. Shipwrecked was the theme and another great year was celebrated.

2018 Presbyterian Women of the Year
The honor of receiving this special award was presented to Linda Grimes for the many ways she brings life and spirit to our church.

Big Day in June
On Father's Day we celebrate the conclusion of one year with recognition of our students and staff. A Crazy Hat Day is a fun time. The day is concluded with our Annual Ice Cream Social!

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
The congregation was very generous in their giving to the One Great hour of Sharing offering with $721.67

New Styles
Ideas and planning are being implemented as we have two new teams forming this spring: the Worship & Music Design Team and the Prayer & Care Team. VBS 2018 is also happening this August with two other churches in town. We look forward to where this will take us!

Spring at First Presbyterian
Once again we celebrate Holy Humor Sunday the week after Easter with the theme: "Believe it...or Not!" Our Stone Soup Dinners continue along this year with new folks preparing and leading each month.

Lent 2018
Moving into the Lenten season Pastor Laurie facilitates the congregation in thought provoking activities, encouraging all to "go deeper". She challenges everyone to take part in "Curious, Courageous Conversation of Faith".

Planning and Remembering
We take time to remember the events and activities from 2017 as we plan for a new year in 2018. The season of Lent is before us as we prepare to journey into this holy time.

2017 Church News

Our church prepares for Christmas with some fun celebrations as our sock exchange and office open house. We worship during the season with a Blue Christmas service, Taize Services, a children's play and our Traditional Candlelight Services as we remember the best gift of all - Jesus!

Holilday Preparations
The church has begun to collect food items for our annual Head Start Thanksgiving boxes. The Presbyterian Women have their annual Holiday Bazaar featuring many homemade items, a bake sale and luncheon.

New North State Street Entrance
The new entrance is now ready for use and is working well. Steps leading down from the parking lot are now inside the entrance making for safety. Another door leads from the building to the North State Street sidewalk.

Presbyterian Women Activities
The Presbyterian Women were busy in October attending a Presbytery PW Event in Clinton on October 11 and their semi-annual lunch on October 14.

During the summer long-time members George and Jane Hadlow celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. The church family lost two long-time members, John and Betty Schlieder who passed on.

What an amazing week! It took an unbelievable amount of talent, time and energy...not to mention a great many volunteers to make VBS 2017 such a wonderful week. "Maker Fun Factory" was a great way to explore God's creation. We are looking forward to 2018!

Summer Stone Soup
It was decided to offer Stone Soup dinners this summer. The July meal was a summer time feast of hot dogs, beans, salads, chips and dessert while in August the crew offered a different approach with a drive up, bag dinner of sandwiches, fruit, chips, and water bottle.

Summer Taize Worship
Four Taize worship services were held in July and August offering a quiet, meditative time of song and prayer.

Flat Jesus
During the summer folks shared their adventures away from church by capturing Flat Jesus in a picture, which are on display in the Fellowship Hall. Awards were presented on September 10 for different categories at which time the Psalm sermon series concluded.

New Changes
By the beginning of summer we had new carpet installed in the church dining room. And we now have a brand new North State Street entrance which allows for covered steps leading into the church. 

Recognition Day!
June 18 was a busy day! At our Sunday school recognition time we acknowledged our Sunday school children and teacher. Then we had some fun with Crazy Hat Day with Phyllis Rohr taking the hat! And then we ended our time together with our annual ice cream social.

Summer Sermon Series on Psalms
This summer we enjoyed a sermon series on the Psalms. We explored how the Psalms draw in the natural world and the depth of emotions we experience as humans. Each week our sanctuary provided us with a visual and physical representation of the Psalms. 

Summer Sunday School
Our Sunday school continued through the summer allowing our children to learn and explore their faith.

On June 4 we celebrated the birthday of the church with kites that we each decorated. 

Meditation Wellness Retreat
A Meditation Wellness Retreat was held at church on May 20 which brought lite relaxation exercises into the meditation process. 

Spring Clean Up Day
On May 13 a major Spring Clean Up Day was held helping us get our "houses in order".

Holy Humor Sunday Service
The Sunday following Easter we enjoyed worship by having Holy Humor Sunday. This special service was enjoyed by many. A special treat was the sermon which was delivered by Pastor Laurie and her sister, Rev. Dr. Cindy Parker.

Installation of Pastor
The Installation of the 31st. pastor at First Presbyterian Church was celebrated on April 23. Rev. Laurie Sponaugle officially became our pastor, although she has been serving us since the beginning on December. This special time in the life of our church concluded with a fellowship time.

One Great Hour of Sharing
On Palm Sunday we finished receiving donations toward the One Great Hour of Sharing. Our children participated by collecting a noisy offering on Sundays and because the generosity of our congregation we have collected around $1,137.16. Thank you!

First Presbyterian Church of Lowville • A member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
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