Hammond Presbyterian Church

October 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

September Gratitude
Rejoice in the Lord, always; again I will say Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:4-7

Thank You!
We give thanks for individuals, events and relational ministry taking place.
Ellen Armitage~ Four months of chair yoga and teaching people about self care.
Bridget Sherman and Choir~ Resumption of weekly music worship leadership.
Nancy Chase~ continued Mindfulness Meditation Classes reaching village members and beyond.
Jackie Scheiwiller~ for introducing us to Y12SR program reaching village and beyond.
Hammond Fair Board members and volunteers: Joan Hadlock, Allison Barrigar, Ann Root,
Liz Bawden, Jennifer Gardner, and more.
Pipe Organ care and follow up~ Jennifer McGregor, Greg Washburn, Donna Chase,
Allison Barrigar, Bridget Sherman and more.
Commissioner to Special Presbytery Meeting 9/16~ Ann Root
International Day of Peace Labyrinth Walk and program.
Labyrinth Workshop led by Nathan Wiles, and those who attended (local folks and beyond the village);
Lunch providers: Liz Bawden, Randy Kraft, Liz Scarlett
Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher: Jennifer Gardner
RiverLedge 4th Tuesday morning worship~ Liz Scarlett
Coffee Hour Providers, Hosts
Presbytery Retreat & Meeting Helpers, Cooks, Servers, Greeters, Grocery Shoppers,
Kayak providers, and more.  Hammond Fire and Rescue- Art Howie for providing, placing and removing canopies; The Gardners (kayaks and life jackets);
Tom Gordnier (kayaks, guitar, baked goods, presence), Liz Scarlett (life jackets, presence, meal preparer, server, commissioner), Nancy Chase (workshop leader),
Ellen Armitage (workshop leader), Nancy Seeley (presence, stories), Christine Visscher (presence, stories), Suzanne Seibert (Presence, stories), Denise Diana (grocery shopping, lasagna recipe, cook, meal preparations, server), Jennifer McGregor (meal prep, table and meeting set up), Ann Root (grocery shopper, meal prep, server), Mark Schnittger (egg salad recipe and perparer), Joan Hadlock (meal prep), Randy Kraft (meal prep, server, clean up, etc.), Marilyn Hunter (meal prep, server, clean up), Nancy Hadlock (grocery shopper, dining hall supplies), Anne Lott (prep and greeter), Tara Cole (helper, communicator!); And more….
Commissioner to Stated Presbytery Meeting 9/28-9/29~ Liz Scarlett
Hammond Food Pantry Coordinator~ Joan Hadlcok; and volunteers.
Girl Scout Coordinator~ Janice Salamacha
Church Beautifier~ Randy Kraft, Nancy Hadlock
Worship Leaders (liturgists, small talk) and Volunteer Coordinator~Joan Delosh
Contributions of energy, time, skills, funds, presence!
And of course those who have been anonymous!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Refrigerator Art
Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Steve Goobic
Friday, October 5, 2018
7:00 PM in the Chapel
Everyone Welcome! Trail Mix Provided.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
World Communion Sunday
October 7, 2018
Since 1940, World Communion Sunday is an ecumenical celebration of oneness
in the Spirit and the Gospel, of Jesus Christ, bringing churches together in Christian unity.
We will receive the Peace and Global Witness Offering
25% of the Offering stays with local congregations and 25% with mid-councils to unite congregations to support peacemaking in their regions.
50% of this offering supports the work of peace and reconciliation being done by Presbyterians across the globe.
Peace
At all Times
In all ways.
--2 Thessalonians 3:16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Congratulations,  Sarah Koerick & Brady Hayden
 of Gouverneur  on their wedding Saturday, October 13, 2018
in the church sanctuary. The rehearsal will take place Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Deacons’ Annual Harvest Dinner
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:30PM-6:30 PM
Adults $10.00
Kids 5-12yrs. $5.00
4 and under Free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 All Saints Day Observance
November 1, 2018
6:00 PM
Church Sanctuary
We will especially remember Dorothy Bryant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Spaghetti Dinner at the Catholic Church, October 18, 4:00-7:00 PM
Adults $10.00  Kids $5.00  Family $20.00
Spaghetti, Salad, Bread, Dessert


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Two Thanksgivings
By Tara Atherton

With fall beginning at the end of September, I have been looking forward to all the holidays to come. You may think the first holiday we get excited for in October is Halloween, but it’s actually the second holiday. Our first is Canadian Thanksgiving. Since my husband is Canadian, we celebrate two Thanksgivings every year. Usually this thanksgiving is my practice run. I try a few new small dishes and if they come out well, I’ll make a bigger batch for November Thanksgiving. And if the smaller dish doesn’t turn out to be the best or something that everyone likes, it’s no big lose to me, because it’s a small batch. This year, things will be a little backwards. I have my childhood friend and her family coming to visit, and when I explained to her what I plan on doing, she jumped right on board with the whole idea wanting to help make our little thanksgiving  into something special. She cooks the way I cook. We taste, we make lots of yummy noises, and we always add our secret ingredient into everything we cook, love. I feel that the food always tastes so much better when you cook with love.

Another “Thanksgiving” meal that I enjoy having is our Harvest Dinner that the Deacons put on in our church. Our church family comes together and cooks all day to serve to our “childhood friends”. Tray after tray of delicious food comes out of the kitchen and when you sit down and take that first bite of the meal, you can taste it; you can taste the love in the food that God has put into it. No one needs to have a practice run with the food being made, no one needs to make a small dish and just in case it doesn’t come out right. Everything that is made makes you feel warm inside your soul as we enjoy our meal like one big family celebrating everything that God has blessed us with this harvest season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 The Youth Group is getting ready for another exciting year.  Ziplining will be our first event and we have a large group of kids taking part.  One favorite activity that we are looking forward to is getting back to the nursing home to do some drumming with the residents.  That is always a great experience for the residents, and it is amazing to see the kids interacting in such positive ways with each other and the people they are serving at that time.  We are also planning to have dinner and a movie, perhaps a game night or two sprinkled in, and hopefully some wintertime activities such as sledding or snowshoeing. 

We would like to say Thank You to all who donated bottles and cans over the summer months.  We will be able to support many activities using the money that we made returning the bottles.  This will be an ongoing fundraiser, so please feel free to bring your returnable bottles and cans and leave them in the purple box at the back of the parking lot. 

Our Youth Group includes up to 14 kids in grades 7-12, most of whom are not otherwise associated with Hammond Presbyterian Church.  This is a group of motivated and fun kids.  As teenagers navigating the world they live in, they can always use prayers of guidance and support.  The line between right and wrong , Christian and not, is sometimes a thin one, and difficult to navigate.  What a great opportunity we have to support these kids as they grow into being a force for good in the world.  I invite you to pray for the Youth (and their leader J) who are all a part of this ministry. 

If you have any questions, ideas for activities, or know of any interested Youth, please contact Rev. Evon or Jen Gardner (315-324-5940 or JenGardner1@gmail.com). 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ​
Meditation Program to be given at the Hammond Presbyterian Church,
Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

 Swami Kena will again travel from his home in Minnesota to give meditation programs in northern New York and eastern Ontario during the last two weeks of October. Swami Kena will lead the regularly scheduled Monday evening meditation program given by Nancy Chase. He is looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and providing guidance to individuals’ meditation practice.

This two hour free-to-the public program consists of meditation, talk by Swami Kena, question and answer period, and personal consultation and healing requests.

Swami Kena continues to travel around North America and South America throughout the year, offering the gift of meditation to everyone willing to accept it. Swami Kena has dedicated his life to serve humanity in this way. Even though Swami Kena has initiated and helped thousands of people, he lives a very simple life in his humble country ashram in rural Minnesota. Till this day and even during his travels, Swami meditates daily.

The more people practice meditation and awaken spiritually, the more stress will go down and the world’s situation will improve. Swami Kena states: “To meditate is the way to understand yourself, and a way to solve problems in a clear and intuitive direction. It brings stress down, allowing one to make the right decisions at the right time.”

 Swami Kena does not charge for these meditation programs. His mission is to make this meditation available to as many people as he can help. To further Swami’s mission and cover his travel costs, donations are welcome. Books and shawls are also available at these programs.

Please do not miss this rare opportunity.





Swami Kena is also scheduled to give these programs nearby, which are open to everyone:





October 19 – 9:00 am – Shantilanka Meditation Center, 32 Daniels Lane, Hammond
October 19 – 6:00 pm - Subramanya Yoga Centre, 2131 Parkdale Avenue, #3, Brockville, ON
October 26 – 9:00 am – Penny & Gene Kring’s Home, 48600 County Road 1, Redwood
October 26 – 6:00 pm – Kelly & Sam Charlton’s Home, 25 Old State Road, Heuvelton
October 28 – 5:00 pm – Shantilanka Meditation Center, 32 Daniels Lane, Hammond

For more information, please call Christine Visscher 540-556-6931.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 The time has come for my summer season to once again come to a close with my North Country friends. I’m so thankful for my HPC family who allows me the chance to bring my love for chair yoga to the Hammond Community. The HPC chapel is a safe haven for this class that connects one’s mind/body and spirit. Three days a week I was given space and time to help people heal and transform from the inside out through breathing, stretching, balancing and going inside their heart/mind through meditation. For all this I feel truly blessed. Until next spring may everyone have a safe, happy and healthy winter. Namaste, Ellen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
FOOD PANTRY–The next Hammond Food Pantry will be Thursday, Oct. 25th at the Hammond Fire Hall from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  All income eligible people are encouraged to attend and receive a nice quantity of food.  Those receiving food are encouraged to bring a large box or bags for their food. Signing up for Food Pantry is easy, with a form to fill out and sign when receiving food.  On the same day as Food Pantry, the Food Sense program is open to anyone and is a great way to save on your food dollars. Each month, there is a unit of food, including meats or fish, fresh produce, prepared meals and some canned goods. A unit costs $20.50 and must be ordered and paid for ahead of delivery. Along with the unit there are several specials of meats or fish, prepared meals, fresh produce and other items.  These, also, must be ordered and paid for ahead of time.  I have the sheets needed to order Food Sense.  For further information, contact Joan Hadllock at 315/324-5517.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
MISSION-
Another of our Mitten Tree recipients is the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. This facility was founded in 1927 to serve Lakota (Sioux) children and their families. St. Joseph’s strives to educate Native American children and families for life, touching, mind, body, heart and spirit.  Over two hundred Native American children are educated and housed each year, at no cost to their families.  Childhood poverty and abuse are serious issues on Indian reservations.  St. Joseph’s helps Native American children in need reestablish pride in their culture by learning the Lakota language, studying Native American culture and healing the broken family circle from which the child comes. At St. Joseph’s, there are no dormitories, as the children live in one of 21 supervised campus homes as families, with responsibilities such as meal preparation, household chores and completing homework. Elementary students attend classes on the St, Joseph’s School campus.  High school students go the the Chamberlain High School for their education.  St. Joseph’s Indian School students may live there for a year or less, or may live and learn there for many years, the goals being a safe life, education, spiritual growth, cultural identity and healing for families where possible.

PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2018 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.75. Each per capita payment is divided, with $8.11 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.54 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

        Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!

September                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

August Gratitude List

Thank You!!

Youth Sunday, August 19, was coordinated
by Jen Gardner and Bridget Sherman. 
The Children and Youth were excited to serve in capacities of worship leadership including reading, praying, preaching, singing, ushering and welcoming the day’s church attenders!
Many thanks to parents: Jen Gardner, Bridget Sherman, and Allison Barrigar, Janelle and Theo Richardson, Tara Cole and Pete Atherton.
Thank you, Youth and Children:  Madeleine Rathbun, Savannah Rathbun, Kennon Gardner, Nolan Gardner, Taylor Farr, Tanner Farr, Tyler Farr, Elizabeth Barrigar, Emilie Barrigar, Vivian Gardner, Jensen Gardner, Nathan Atherton, Sabrina Atherton

Music Camp had a Circus theme this year and was held the first week in August.  Many thanks to Bridget Sherman for coordinating the event, leading, and inspiring everyone.  Snack helpers were Joan Hadlock, Denise Diana, Leanne Morrell, Ann Root, and Anne Lott.  The Friday evening concert was enjoyed by parents, friends and neighbors.  A representative group of students from the camp provided special music on Sunday, August 12.  THANK YOU!!

Y12SR
On two Tuesday evenings in August, summer resident Jackie Scheiwiller, led a Yoga 12 Step Recovery program which was greatly appreciated by the numerous people who attended. The program combines an hour of yoga with an hour of conversation based on AA’s 12 Steps of recovery.  The program is open to anyone affected by any addiction, whether themselves or by someone they love, which means, the program is open to everyone!
Jackie will lead one more Y12SR program on Tuesday, September 11 from 6-8 PM in the chapel.  Thank you Jackie, and as expressed by those who have attended, thank you HPC for welcoming and supporting this program!

 Our newly rebuilt labyrinth was completed on Friday, August 3 by Nathan Wiles of Innate Creations. 
Tom Gordnier was the runner for the final landscaping supplies and tender of relocated hostas and newly planted grass.  Tara was point person in the office for questions and assistance. Thank you, Nathan, Tom and Tara!!  Ellen Armitage’s yoga class was the first group to walk the labyrinth.  It has been used daily since its completion.  Many thanks to the late Beverly Budde for her financial gift to the church which made the labyrinth possible, to the Session for committing to the wide-reaching value of this project, and to those who created the first labyrinth giving a meaningful foundation for the new one.

Church Family Gratitude Celebration was held in The Reverend Cathryn Stevenson Memorial Community Pavilion on Saturday, August 25.  A brief program expressing gratitude to all those involved in the creation and completion of the pavilion was held with the informal dismissal of the Pavilion Committee: Lisa Gallagher, Jackie Washburn, Joan Delosh, Jennifer McGregor, and Connie Wortman.  Contractors who worked to complete the kitchen, memorial brick garden, and framed dreamcatcher, along with appliance transport and cleanup were recognized: Steve Goodbic, Ron Bertram and crew, Ted Elk, Vern Lowery and Crew.  The list increased as more gratitude was expressed for people and activities while many expressed how significant it is for them to be part of this church family.  A Pot-Luck Picnic with BBQ Chicken prepared by Art Howie was delicious! The evening’s entertainment was provided by The Sax Man which included a bit of karaoke.  A labyrinth walk was held at dusk.

Thank you everyone!

Continued thanksgiving to Ellen Armitage for Chair Yoga and Nancy Chase for Mindfulness Meditation.  Both programs will continue in September.
Chair Yoga: Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the chapel 8:30-9:30 AM
Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 PM
Mindfulness Meditation, Monday evenings in the chapel 6:30-7:30 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


​MISSIONS: One of the places where we send Mitten Tree items in November is Buckhorn Children’s Foundation in Buckhorn, Kentucky.Buckhorn Children’s Home was founded in 1902 and is a private, nonprofit agency which provides psychiatric residential treatment, adoption, transitional living for young adults, and reunification of children and families throughout Kentucky and Ohio.  Buckhorn is a residential facility with several cottages and supervised family type homes to house and care for children in need.  The children of all ages may be removed from difficult family situations and brought to Buckhorn, often with very few possessions. Many of the children there have endured crime, abuse, domestic violence, addiction and neglect.  They often don’t want to talk about the issues they have faced, but in time, will realize that they are safe and can share their feelings. Buckhorn provides opportunities for quite fragile children to feel some normalcy in their lives and have successful living experiences in a family setting. These children can hopefully work to achieve their full potential and become productive citizens. Joan Hadlock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY
The next Hammond Food Pantry will be Thursday, Sept. 27th, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  at the Hammond Fire Hall.  Any income eligible persons may come and receive a large quantity of foods, including meats, butter and cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, pasta and sauce and many other items.  It is helpful if the recipients can bring a large box or large bags. Families from the Hammond, Rossie, Brier Hill and Morristown areas are welcome.  Signing up for Food Pantry is a matter of filling out a little family information and then signing to receive the food .If you know anyone who could benefit from receiving Food Pantry food, please spread the word. The food is here and we are happy to share it with those who may need a little help.  That is why we have a Food Pantry..
On the same day, the Food Sense program is distributed.  Food Sense is for anyone, with no income guidelines.  Food Sense units are $20.50 and include meats or fish, some packaged meals, fresh produce and canned goods.  There are also specials which may be purchased separately.  The Food Sense program is a great way to make your food dollars go further.  All Food Sense must be ordered and paid for ahead of time.  The Food Sense truck comes in around noon on Food Pantry days. Anyone interested in either Food Pantry or Food Sense may call me for a menu or details at 315/324-5517.  Joan Hadlock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
HAMMOND FAIR will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15th at the Fair Grounds on Lake St. in Hammond.  Come join the fun at this great community Fair where the youth of St. Lawrence County show off their work.  For more information, see Joan Hadlock or Ann Root.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Pumpkin Spice
By Tara Atherton

A couple of days ago, it was a bit of a cool day, and I found myself yearning for my jeans and a sweatshirt. I forced myself to wear shorts, but I snuggled up into a new sweatshirt that my husband gave me and handled the cool breeze on my legs because, it was August after all and you should be wearing shorts still in August, or at least that’s what I kept telling myself. I caught myself wanting more hot beverages also. I went to make myself a cup of coffee and a thought came into my mind that, I still have pumpkin spiced coffee and I should make myself a cup. I got excited about the thought and then said, “No, it’s August, wait until its fall.” and I made myself a regular cup of coffee, defeated. The next day, it was still a cool day, but warmer than the day before, and I brought my mother in law and my kids out for a day of fun and to let the kids burn as much energy as possible. As I was driving home, I asked my mother in law if she would like a cup of coffee. She agreed and that’s when it happened. I pulled up to the drive thru speaker and there on the menu was pumpkin spiced coffee and donuts. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw all the pictures. My mother in law and I both got a pumpkin spiced coffee and pumpkin spiced donuts for the kids. It may be too early to be so excited for fall, but I couldn’t help myself.
It’s the little things that we find joy in. It’s the little things that we don’t even think about that bring a smile on our faces. It’s the little things that God puts before us, that we don’t even notice that makes us smile. It could be a memory that pops into your mind, the smell of something tasty being cooked, or the changing color of tomatoes in your garden from green to red. Little things that make me stop and smile, even for a second to me, is Gods way of touching my heart. I catch myself sitting in Sunday Service grinning. It could be because my daughter is coloring in a coloring book on the floor, or playing quietly with stuffed animals with her friends. And I know it’s not just me, because as I smile, I look up and notice others around me smiling too. God is touching our hearts as we all worship together. We smile at the little things, while God is smiling at the bigger picture he has created for all of us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
        Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you! 

August                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mind, Body, Spirit Workshop
led by Rev. Evon in the Chapel
August 9, 2018 Thursday, 4-6 PM
Who is I Am and What is My Purpose of Being?
We will employ some basic yoga stretches, study Exodus 3:7-17, and respond with artistic expression to the questions “Who Is I Am?” and “What is my purpose of being?”  Come dressed in comfortable clothing, be prepared to spend some time in bare feet, and if you have one, bring your favorite Bible.   The workshop is intended for older youth through older adults. There is space for eight to twelve participants!  If you have some magazines from which you are willing to cut appealing photographs, please bring them along.
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The Summer of the Thistle
The Thistle o’ Scotland        (As translated by Malcolm MacFarlane)
Chorus
O, the Thistle o’ Scotland was famous of auld,
Wi’ its toorie sae snod and its bristles sae bauld;
’Tis the badge o’ my country – it’s aye dear to me;
And the thocht o’ them baith brings the licht to my e’e.

Its strength and its beauty the storm never harms;
It stan’s on its guard like a warrior in arms;
Yet its down is saft as the gull’s on the sea,
And its tassle as bricht as my Jeanie’s blue e’e.
O, The Thistle, …

O, my country, what wonder yer fame’s gane afar;
For yer sons ha’e been great baith in peace and in war:
While the sang and the tale live they’ll aye win respect,
The lads neath the bonnets wi’ thistles bedeckt.
O, The Thistle, …
 
Langsyne the invaders cam owre to our shore,
And fiercely our thistle they scotched and they tore;
When they maist thocht it deid, ‘twas then it up bore,
And it bloomed on their graves quite as strong as before.
O, The Thistle, …

My blessings be yours! Is there Scotsman ava
Wad stan’ by and see ony harm on ye fa’?
Is there gentle or semple wha lives in our land
Wad refuse to drink health to the thistle so grand?
O, The Thistle, …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thistle_o%27_Scotland
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 Y12SR Workshops
We are blessed to have a summer resident, Jackie Scheiwiller, offer two workshops in August which are open to the public and will take place in the chapel.
Y12SR is based on the 12 Steps of Recovery and is open to anyone who is dealing with any kind of addiction in their own lives or in the life of someone they love.  An hour discussion based on the 12 Steps will be followed by an hour of asana (yoga stretches), pranayama (breath work) and a brief meditation.
 The two 2 hour workshops will be held
Tuesday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 28
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jackie received her Y12SR leadership in December 2017.  You can read more about the program at http://y12sr.org
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A Memorial Service for Beverly Shelato will be held Tuesday, August 7, 1:00 PM at Pleasant Valley Cemetery
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MISSION: Josh Heikkila, our missionary in West Africa, tells about how even the smallest villages often create a church, which can become a focal point for community life.  Hearing the Gospel preached inspires a new confidence and empowers people to become agents of transformation.  Many churches begin under a tree, often a mango tree with its lush shade.  As the church grows, the church becomes a shed or pavilion, with walls and a roof and in time,  a complete building for additional activities and meetings.  The church offers the “halo effect”, offering many blessings to the neighbors around them.   Presbyterian congregations in particular are known for introducing education to their villages and work to provide public primary schools and a new awareness for health and development facilities. As people are empowered, they recognize their gifts and strengths and work toward positive changes in their lives.  In his work, Josh Heikkila reminds us of the wonderful ways the Holy Spirit continues to work in West Africa.  Money is needed to construct simple church structures in Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Niger.  If anyone is interested in helping with this project, a donation may be left in the offering plate and marked “Mission”.
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SHALLOW WELLS: We are once again collecting funds for another shallow well in Malawi and other African nations.  A shallow well costs $400.00 and is constructed by a group of American volunteers and their African counterparts.  Marion Medical Mission builds hundreds of these wells each year, providing clean water for a village and virtually wiping out childhood death and illness due to poor water. Our church has made it possible to have six wells built in recent years, and our goal is to provide another life saving source of clean water for hundreds of people.  Any donations may be given to me or left in the offering plate, marked “Well project”.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Joan Hadlock
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FOOD PANTRY Next month the Hammond Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, Aug.23rd.  Any income eligible families may come to the Hammond Fire Hall on that day, between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and receive a quantity of food.  Please bring a large   box or bags if possible. New families just have to fill out a simple registration form and sign in when receiving food.
On the same day, the Food Sense program will be held. This program provides a nice quantity of foods, including meats, vegetables, fresh produce and some packaged meals.  For $20.50, a unit of food can be purchased, along with several specials which are priced individually.  Food Sense orders must be made and paid for ahead of time..  The Food Sense truck comes in around noon on Food Pantry days. Any questions about these programs may be directed to me.
      Joan Hadlock 315/324-5517
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PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!

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Stone House Tour, July 20

Opportunity to Serve!

Hammond Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Pavilion will be the site of a luncheon for those taking part in the Museum’s Stone House Tour.  The menu has been chosen and volunteers are beginning to sign up to provide help for the lunch.  If you are able to assist by setting up, serving, cleaning up, or preparing food in advance please let Tara in the church office know!  Lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, July 20 to those participating in the tour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Parade Participation

Randy Kraft and his team are planning and creating a float to represent the Hammond Presbyterian Church in the Annual Hammond Fire and Rescue Parade on Saturday, July 21, in the middle of the Scottish Heritage Festival Weekend.  Prepare to be amazed and proud!!  Thank you, Randy and team!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Scottish Heritage Service
Planning Meeting
July 5, 2018 6:00 PM

A Planning and Brainstorming meeting for the July 22 Scottish Heritage Service will be held Thursday, July 5 at 6:00 PM in the Dining Hall. Some special things are already underway, and folks have already accomplished some tasks.  A new banner has been created (Joan Hadlock,) hymns have been chosen (Howard Bariteau,) our affirmation of faith will come from the Scots Confession which was written in 1560 (see accompanying article prepared by Dot Weber) There will be a display of memorabilia in the chapel.  Feel free to bring your brainstorm to the July 5th meeting!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
July Abundance Concludes with Saturday, July 28 Fish Fry in the Memorial Pavilion 4:30-7:00 PM
and Sunday Morning Worship July 29 in the Sanctuary. 9:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
A Bit of History: The Scots Confession

    The Scots Confession is the first Reformed confession in the English language. It has been called the Charter of the Church of Scotland and of World Presbyterianism.  Since Catholicism was the only recognized religion in 16th century Scotland, the Scottish parliament at the conclusion of a civil war invited John Knox and five colleagues to frame a confession of faith for the parliament’s newly declared Protestant church and nation.  They did this in four days.  They hoped the nation would then fly a Protestant flag emblazoned with the cross of St. Andrew.
    On August 17, 1560 John Knox introduced the Scots Confession, also hoping to demonstrate its solidarity with the Reformed Churches of the Continent.   The Scots Reformers had been preparing themselves and their thoughts for a long time.  John Knox had studied with John Calvin in Geneva in Switzerland.
      In the confession the Scots wanted to show their unity with Christians of the ancient church.  The structure parallels that of the Apostles’ Creed. The twenty-five chapters are developed around the theme of Father, Son, Spirit, Church and Consummation.
       The Scots Confession of 1560 remained the doctrinal standard of the Church of Scotland until 1647. It was then superseded by the Westminster Confession of Faith, drawn up in England. Its aim was continuity with the Reformed community.  (It was this Westminster Confession which was brought to America in the 17th Century.)
        The Scots Confession sets forth three marks of the true and faithful church: “the true preaching of the Word of God,” “the right administration of the Sacraments of Christ Jesus,” and “ecclesiastical discipline…whereby vice is repressed and virtue nourished.”
         Key words in this document are “Cleve, serve, worship, trust.”  As a call to action in a turbulent time, the Scots Confession reflects a spirit of trust and a commitment to the God whose miraculous deliverance the Scots had experienced firsthand.
                The Scots Confession is contained within the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
Article prepared by Dot Weber                                                                                                           Resources: Presbyterian Creeds, by Jack Rogers


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Mind, Body, Spirit Workshops
led by Rev. Evon in the Chapel

July 12, 2018       Thursday, 4-6 PM
Who Am I?
We will employ some basic yoga stretches and breathing techniques, study Exodus 3:1-6, and respond with artistic expression to the question “Who Am I?”
Come dressed in comfortable clothing, be prepared to spend some time in bare feet, and if you have one, bring your favorite Bible.  The workshop is intended for older youth through older adults. There is space for eight to twelve participants!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
August 9, 2018 Thursday, 4-6 PM
Who is I Am and what is the purpose of being?
We will employ some basic yoga stretches, study Exodus 3:7-17, and respond with artistic expression to the questions “Who Is I Am?” and “What is the purpose of being?”

Come dressed in comfortable clothing, be prepared to spend some time in bare feet, and if you have one, bring your favorite Bible.  The workshop is intended for older youth through older adults. There is space for eight to twelve participants!  If you have some magazines from which you are willing to cut appealing  photographs, please bring them along.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Vacation Bible School is being planned for August 7,8,9. More details to come!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 Memorial Pavilion Update:
All kitchen appliances have been purchased and work will start on getting the kitchen area completed by July 20th. 
Memorial bricks will also be installed by this date.
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Geocaching                             By Greg Washburn

Excitement is building!
New adventures, latest passion
 It’s been here for years
 Not at all the new fashion.
Not at all about seeking, searching, and finds.
I’ll lay it all down, basic verse, simple rhymes.
Geo means earth, cache, French for hidden
 All new to us, suddenly smitten
 Hitting the road, with super smart phones
Siri a help with her monotones
Apps, GPS, the satellite maps
Maybe too modern techno crazy perhaps
But why fight the future
And become obsolete?
Who can tell what we’ll learn?
What sort of folks that we’ll meet?
It gets us outdoors, out on the land.
Some places awesome, others quite bland
At our destination, parking the car.
Some will lie close, others quite far.
Craftily hidden by special named teams
Given a name, shadowed forest, sunny beams.
In different containers, various size
Something to trade, take out your prize.
Whip out your pen, write in the book.
Who’s been here before?
Let’s take a look!
Some we will find, others allude.
Some we fear stolen, by people quite rude.
The well beaten paths
The geo crazed mob
We drag out their garbage
Make it our job
We grab all their “Monsters”
Their bottles and cans turn them all in,
Leave with nickels in hand.
We’ll leave the trails, better than found
A few muddy tracks
But much cleaner ground.
Caches hidden again, for the next geo hound
Nestled in rocks, hollow logs. Seeker bound.
We punch at our screens,
Add to our list.
Many more yet to find, are you getting the gist?
Maybe I’ve lost you, you haven’t a clue
Summon up Google, Bing, or Yahoo!
Expand your horizons, open your mind.
Hop in with us! Come along for a ride!
We’ll beat the woods, scratch, dig, and yell.
This geocache hunting caught under its spell.
Following the herd with electronic toys
New age explorers, two millennial cowboys!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY The next Hammond Food Pantry food distribution will be on Thursday, July 26th between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. at the Hammond Fire Hall.  All income eligible families are welcome to take part and should bring boxes or large bags for the food.. Registering for the Food Pantry is simple and involves some paper work which the client signs upon receiving the food. The Hammond Food Pantry serves the Hammond area, Brier Hill, Morristown, Rossie and parts of Gouverneur and Ogdensburg.  Another program is the Food Sense, where a unit of food (to include meats, produce, some canned and packaged meals,) can be ordered and purchased for $20.50.  There are also Food Sense specials, of meats, fish, produce and other items. Food Sense is ordered and paid for ahead of time.  This program is open to everyone and is designed to save on food dollars for the participants.  For further information, please contact Joan Hadlock at 315/324-5517.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
MISSIONS: The impact of Marion Medical Mission shallow wells has been amazing.  In 2017 MMM built 2835 wells in fourteen weeks, providing an estimated 348,705 people, (209,223 of whom were children), with safe drinking water.  In 28 years, the agency has built over 32,000 wells in Africa, reaching over four million people. (Look at these figures again.  They are truly outstanding!)  The benefits of these wells have been significant, the most positive being a reduction in childhood illness and death and less time spent collecting water. In addition, the MMM wells were associated with many positive changes including increased farm productivity, improved school attendance, increased income generating activities, stronger family relations, increased safety and improved hygiene and cleanliness.
Because of MMM’s African governance system, the villages feel a sense of ownership of the wells, along with a high degree of participation by the women in the decision making.

We are once again raising money for another well in central Africa.  Each well costs $400.00 and includes the African villagers in the building and maintenance of the wells.  Donations for a well may be placed in the offering plate and marked “well”.  This will be our seventh well, so let’s all help make this possible for another African village.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 The Hammond Presbyterian Church would like to offer you the opportunity to reserve a spot to sell your items inside the church basement on Saturday July 14th during our Town Wide Yard Sale. There is no fee for hosting your sale at the Church, but monetary donations will be accepted if you wish to offer. For more details and to reserve your spot, please call Anne at 315-324-5485
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The Garden                   By Tara Atherton

School has ended, the warm weather is upon us, and the garden that I wasn’t thinking about having this year, is growing on its own. I usually start my seeds while there’s still 3 feet of snow on the ground. I watch over my little plants as they grow like any mother watching over a newborn. I keep an extra spray bottle around to stop my cats from also “assisting” me with keeping aerating the soil.  This year though, I had a bit too much going on with the kids that I knew I wouldn’t have time to care for one more thing. So this year I thought, I’ll leave the garden as it is and see if anything grows. Sure enough, my tomato and green bean plants have come up and are doing beautifully. There are other plants also growing. Yes some are weeds, but other plants are making me question, will you give me goodies, or are you also a weed. I wish I could say I have a green thumb like my mom does, who can bring a dead twig back to life with green sprouts, but I’ve killed cactus (with the help of my cat assistance). So seeing these plants grow makes me very excited, but also very uneducated because I might be growing a very beautiful garden of weeds. “It’s a poor day when you don’t learn something new.” my husband says to me, but I have no idea where to even begin.

Summer time is such a busy time for our church also. I just finished putting together July’s calendar and after I printed it out, I double checked everything to make sure that the empty days are supposed to be empty. Our Church is growing the way God has intended it to continue to grow, like my tomato and green bean plants. Luckily, when I looked everything over again, I didn’t notice any weeds in our calendar. Everything is where it should be and growing nicely. People are excited to see their little plants grow and flourish even if they weren’t expecting the large amount of growth that God has given them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
SCOTTISH FESTIVAL Hammond Historical Museum is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Hammond’s first settlers, with a Scottish Festival at the Museum on Saturday, July 21st from

10: am to 4:pm.Activities will include bagpipers and Celtic music, highland games, photo booth with Scottish costumes, children’s games, crafts, dance demonstrations, food and beverages and more. Events will go on throughout the day, leading up to the 7:00 p.m. Firemen’s Field Day Parade, led by the Brockville Pipe and Drum Band. The Firemen’s chicken barbeque will be held in the afternoon at the Fire Hall.  On Friday, July 20th, there will be a Stone House Tour, followed by a luncheon at the Hammond Presbyterian Church. ($10.00 for the tour, $5.00 for lunch).  Also on Friday there will be a Short Bread baking contest, with entries (six pieces, 2 ½" long, on plate covered with plastic wrap) to be submitted for judging to the Museum between 10: and noon on Friday.

Sunday, July 22 the Hammond Presbyterian Church will hold a Scottish Heritage worship service beginning at 9:30 a.m.. All are welcome.

For other events scheduled during the week, go to www.thehammondmuseum.org and click “HOME”.

This Festival promises to be an exciting time filled with activities and history, with no charge for admission at the Museum. Everyone is invited to be part of this historical event.   Joan Hadlock

June 2018_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________​Presbyterian Coffee Project

Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee, Tea and Hot Cocoa is available in the Dining Hall.  The coffee served in the Dining Hall during our church events is from the same source!  We are proud to support Small Farmers and encourage you to purchase coffee here.  There is no added mark up on the product.  Our mission is to support small-scale farmers worldwide and create an avenue for all of us to do so, by purchasing products that aren’t grown locally.  Equal Exchange partners with over 26 coffee co-ops in 11 countries in Central America, South America, Africa and Asia.
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 Scottish Heritage Festivities
Planning and preparations continue to be made for Hammond’s Scottish Heritage Festivities.  Hammond Presbyterian Church is participating in a variety of ways.  Several members are working with the Museum planning and preparation team.  Scottish flags have been placed in the local cemeteries.  Volunteers are helping to create costumes, taking charge of games for the July 21st festival.  
There are numerous ways for us to still join in. 
*On July 20th the Presbyterians will be hosting a lunch in the pavilion for a Stone House Tour.  If you are able to help out please contact Tara in the church office!!
*On July 21st we will be represented in the Hammond Fire and Rescue Field Days Parade.  If you are interested in preparing for and/or participating in the parade, please let Randy Kraft, our coordinator know!
*On July 22nd our morning worship service will be a Scottish Heritage Service.  A banner illustrating the Scots Confession, sown by Joan Hadlock, will be unveiled. Music and devotional practices will illuminate our Scottish heritage.  We will also have a display of Scottish historical memorabilia in the chapel.  Feel free to contribute time, energy, ideas, stuff!!
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Adopt-a Highway Road Crew Fan Club
They saw our buckets as we picked up trash along Highway 37. Each one had been bucket fed earlier in their beautiful lives.
Many thanks to the clean-up crew:
Nancy Hadlock, coordinator; Randy Kraft,Ann Root, Allison Root Barrigar, Elizabeth Barrigar, Emilie Barrigar, Tom Gordnier, Marilyn Hunter,
Cherie Hadlock, Evon Lloyd.

Hammond Presbyterian Church is responsible for the stretch of highway from the Hammond Museum, north of the village, to south of the Triangle Road. Thank you to the Girl Scouts who helped with the portion of the highway within the village from Ned’s to Dollar General.
The stretch of highway is long enough that the clean-up project with the church team took place on two different days and 9 hours.
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 Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission.  A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church. Such involvement includes (these among others):

-supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents,
-living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life
-caring for God’s creation

Book of Order 2017/2019 G-1.0304 The Ministry of Members
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 Gone to the Dogs
As years have passed
                And I have grown older
I think of hot summers
                And winters much colder
So many memories
                With family and friends
Life plays like a film
What will happen? How’s it end?
With so many thoughts
                And so much to ponder
What tale could I tell
                If I let my mind wander?
It starts like a breeze
                Then blows with a gust
I’d write of some friends
                Tell of time, love, and trust
The best kind of friends
                Some present, some past
Some friends who grew quickly,
                Lived life, left too fast
Years filled with seasons
                Years of sun, storms, and fogs
Years spent with companions
                Years spent with my dogs
They come in all colors, sizes, and shapes
                But unconditional love
one can never escape
First a mother names Cleo
                Offspring Hush Pup and Snoop
Woe to the chickens
if they started from the coop!
Born to chase rabbits,
                The love for the hunt
Savvy Snoop in the rear
                Quick Hush Pup out front
Both tails were wagging
                Giving chase, lustful bays
Sounds crossing years
                Echoes still heard today.
The miles we traveled
                The adventures we had!
We’d leave for hours
                And Pop would get mad!
We’d come dragging in,
                Hungry, tired, and wet
I’d tell what I’d seen,
                Dodge the grounding I’d get
But what sense denying
                The boy’s greatest love?
Off we’d go running,
                Wild country, sky above
My constant companions
                For a good many years
Now in hallowed graves
                Once soaked wet by my tears
High on a ridge
                They lay side by side
A most special place
                Hand picked, silent pride
I go there sometimes
                In tall whispering pines
The boyhood long gone
                With threes two friends pof mine
But new puppies came,
                Lived life and went under
How many to come?
                Sometimes this I wonder?
At times it all seems,
                A strange and unfair
We live much longer
                Less is their share
But the blessing of dogs
Love without measure
Our hairy buddies,
                One of life’s greatest treasures
Chico, A.J. and Schultz
                My chosen few
Presently, Scout
                And of course, Gracie, too!
I have tales of dogs
                If you’ll please just request
I’ll spin out the stories
                Give you some of my best
Our exploits are many,
                More than a few!
A life spent outdoors,
                Simple, humble, all true
A life we spent crossing,
                Hills, streams, and bogs
A life I’ve spent well,
                Loving my dogs!

Greg Washburn
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…..caring for God’s creation!

For opportunities to volunteer, or to take part in a program in a local natural setting for the entire family, or hike on a prepared trail, please seek out the Indian River Lakes Conservancy!!
www.indianriverlakes.org
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Recommended Books for

Summer Time/Autumn Reading!!
Please contact Rev. Evon by June 15 if you desire to order or borrow these books for discussion!
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality        by Sarah McBride
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy


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Volunteers Needed
There are several large projects that should be address around the church including refurbishing the playground and painting one of the sheds. The building and grounds committee is searching for  willing volunteer workers to tackle these projects. The date chosen for this work day is July 28th with a rain date of August 4th. Materials and sustenance will be provided. Many hands make light work. Any questions or ideas please contact Ann Root at (315) 783-0831. Thank you for your help in advance.
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Sunday, June 10
10:30 AM
Service of Wholeness
 including Sunday School Recognition
Our Annual Church Picnic will be held following the service.  Please bring food to share!


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I have received the following information from Adopt A Platoon.  I will be reaching out to other organizations about sending packages to support our military men & women.  Packages are still able to be sent to our current platoon until July 2018.  Please continue to provide items for our platoon, next package to be sent 6/11/2018.
Dear Lisa,

It is with regret that I am writing to let you know that due to financial and security issues we are unable to continue linking the public directly to U.S. deployed Services Members.

We did not reach this decision easily...
However, conducting this program that directly paired a specific deployed Hero with an American back home was not only time intensive, but costly.
It was essential for us to do security checks on both parties by way of applications and interviews which meant that we had to have several specially trained staff members in place and databases to maintain and run it effectively.

We understand this due diligence was necessary to protect our "Adopters" as well as the Service Members, and we don't regret our decision to conduct it for over fifteen years, however, due to our increased support for our Troops and with the U.S. Military's presence up by 35% in hot-spots around the globe since August, we had to make some tough decisions.
Lisa, as you have been one of our caring "Adopters" through the years, I thought I should let you know immediately.
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“JUST DO IT” WEEKLY MEDITATION
Do you wish you could slow down your obsessive thoughts when confronted with life’s challenges? DO you aspire to be more loving, compassionate and less judgmental?
Why not try learning how that can happen, fairly easily, by spending time in a daily practice of mindful meditation.
We’ll be rewiring our brains (entrenched thought patterns), by simply sitting quietly for a period of time, while becoming aware of intrusive thought. We will watch these thoughts come and go in our minds and bring them back to a focal point of your choosing or at the suggestions of the facilitator.
 By practicing this “workout” for your brains daily, you may notice a more calm approach with you.

I have been practicing this for about a year and a half and will share my observations with you.
Neuroscience is just in the early stages of trying to figure out some of the workings of the brain and to date, it is very promising that we have the ability to change our thought patterns thru meditation. Remarkable!!
We will meet on Mondays 6:30PM-7:30PM, in the Hammond Presbyterian Church Chapel, with the focus on actual quiet time in meditation. Start date is June 4th.

Let’s just do it!! Nancy Chase
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HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY
Hammond Food Pantry will have food distribution on Thursday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Hammond Fire Hall.. All income eligible persons may sign up to receive food once a month.  Many thanks to all who donated food items for the Postal Service food drive in May.  The Food Pantry received several nice boxes of food for handing out.

Food Sense program is not based on income and is open to anyone.  It is held the same day as Food Pantry.  Food Sense customers must order and pay for their orders ahead of time.  A basic unit of food, including meats, produce, packaged items and more, is $20.50.  Other specials may be ordered as well.  These may be meats, seafood, canned goods, fresh produce.  Food Sense is a great way to save money on groceries.
There will be a covered dish dinner for anyone who has helped at the Food Pantry, on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Hammond Presbyterian Church.  Anyone who has volunteered at the Food Pantry is invited to attend.
For further information about the Food Pantry or Food Sense programs, please contact Joan Hadlock, 315/324-5517.

MISSIONS: Our missionary, Josh Heikkila, is an ordained minister serving in West Africa as
Mission Coordinator.  He writes that he sometimes preaches and celebrates the Lord’s Supper in
a very poor neighborhood of Accra, where the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana has a congregation. This area is completely lacking in government services like health, education, water and sanitation, problems over which the residents have no control. But this church is considering opening a public school and, working with a Presbyterian Relief Agency, is exploring the possibility of opening a health clinic for the residents.  Josh is excited about these developments and eager to lend a hand by contributing his skills and resources to these ventures.

As always, Josh Heikkila and his parishioners need our support and prayers.

       Joan Hadlock
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The Fisher
By Tara Atherton

I brought my kids to the Thompson Zoo in Watertown recently and it’s something that we always love to do. The kids run around and look at all the animals. One of our favorite animals to spy on is the Fisher (who, I found out on this visit, is no longer there). A fisher mainly looks like a big weasel. My husband always tells the story of his Father and the Fisher when we get to the exhibit and this is how that story goes. My Father in law was a geologist and he was out in the woods during the winter months doing survey work. As he was quietly working, he heard a strange noise coming his way. He turned around and walking up the snowmobile trail was this weasel like animal coming his way. The animal was making all sorts of hissing and grumbles. My father in law was a man who wasn’t scared of many things, but when he saw this animal coming his way, it was  the one time that he decided it was a good idea to get off the trail and stay away from the mean animal. And so this Fisher passed my father in law, still making all its angry noises and my father in law went back to work like it was just another day at the office. I never got to meet my Father in law because he passed away before my husband and I ever met, but I often wonder about whom he was and what other stories he had.

Other stories I love, come from the bible. I remember being little and hearing stories about Noah and his Ark, Moses parting the red sea, David and Goliath, and the birth of Jesus. These are stories that God (The Father) has shared with us. Stories that have been passed down from generation to generation and will continue to be passed down to generations to come. It’s these stories that help our hearts and spirits grow to love someone that we don’t need to meet, but feel like we already know so well in our soul.

 Happy Fathers Day!
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PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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Youth Group – June Newsletter

The HPC Youth Group continues to meet regularly and have a ton of fun!  In May, we made a “stained glass” craft for Riverledge Nursing Home residents.  We hope to personally deliver those in the near future. 

We also have a busy summer coming up.  We are planning a work day to take care of all the cans and bottles that have been generously donated (keep ‘em coming!) and to do some work on the Labyrinth.  We will be volunteering at the Scottish Fesitval at the Hammond Museum on the 21st of July.  And, we hope to sprinkle in some fun with Zip-Lining, kayaking/canoeing, and a pool party!  Whew! 

Any students in grades 7-12 are welcome to join us.  Contact Jen Gardner (324-5940 or JenGardner1@gmail.com) or Rev. Evon for any information. 
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Pavilion Committee Update:

Members of the Pavilion Committee met on May 24th to discuss the completion of the kitchen area and installation of memorial bricks.  A big thank you to Steve Goobic for installing the memorial dream catcher, it looks amazing!   The committee has purchased a commercial refrigerator, stainless steel work table and given 3 fryers and misc. kitchen bowls, pots and pans.  Flowers will be installed in front of the pavilion so that we can be included in the Barn Quilt Garden Tour.  There are fund raising events planned for the pavilion with more information to follow in the near future. 

Now that the completion of the pavilion is near a Pavilion Rules & Regulation Committee will need to be formed.  Anyone that is interested in being on this committee please contact Lisa Gallagher at 315-244-4416.  The committee will be limited to 5 people. 

The pavilion has been a dream come true for many and we wish to thank everyone that has helped with the construction and completion of the pavilion.  The pavilion will offer an additional place of gathering for our community.  Whether it is used as a place of worship, line dancing, family gathering, yoga or meditation the pavilion stands true to our church mission statement:

“The mission of the Hammond Presbyterian Church is to continue to be compassionate and grace-filled Christian community and reach out with the good news of God’s love while nurturing the existing community of faith.”

 

May 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Spring is here! 
Our additional programming begins! 
Please take note of the following events and those which may helpful to you, or someone you love!
 Wednesday Morning Al Anon
Wednesday Morning Al Anon will meet from May through October, beginning May 2
at 9:30 AM in the Dining Hall.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve our common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.  We learn to deal with our obsession, anxiety, anger, denial, and feelings of guilt.  By sharing in the fellowship, our focus shifts from the alcoholic to where we do have some power—ourselves.
Anonymity is a key principle in the program and is protected by the attendees, therefore, what is shared in a meeting stays there.
It is important that the Hammond Church family assists in this recovery program by respecting the use of the Dining Hall on Wednesday mornings and by not planning other events at the same time.
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 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Saturday, May 19 at the Masonic Lodge
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
The Masons and Deacons are coordinating a Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Pavilion.  Our Deacons will be providing the serving and clean up power, while the Masons provide the supplies and space, and cook the food.  Proceeds after expenses will benefit our Community Pavilion. Bring your friends!
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 May 20
Day of Pentecost
Liturgical Color is Red!
Please come to Morning Worship prepared to celebrate by wearing red.  Coffee Hour will be hosted by our Worship Committee and will be complete with a Birthday Cake to celebrate the birth of the Church and the liberating empowering  movement of Holy Spirit.
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Meditation Workshop with Swami Kena
Tuesday May 29
6:00 PM
You are invited to attend this workshop on Meditation whether you are beginning to practice meditation or have been practicing meditation for a long time, or are simply interested in learning something about meditation.  The teaching will take place in the Chapel followed by a time of refreshment in the Dining Hall.  Please bring food to share!  Our host for this event is Christine Visscher.
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Hammond Memorial Day Observance
will be held Monday, May 28 at 11:00 AM with a parade leading to the center of the village. 
In case of inclement weather the observance will take place in the Fire Hall.
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Long Awaited Chair Yoga Begins June 12
Ellen Armitage will be leading three Chair Yoga sessions a week in the Chapel.
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Wednesday evenings
6:30-7:30 PM
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Sunday, June 10
10:30 AM
Morning Worship
A Service of Wholeness which includes prayer and laying on of hands for health, healing and completeness be held.
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Church Library
The coordination of a Church Library has been assumed by Liz Scarlett.  The specifics are being worked out and eventually the ease of locating and sharing books on various and diverse subjects will exist!  If you are interested in assisting Liz in this project please contact her!
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Thank You

·         Denise Diana and crew, along with contributors of time, funds, baskets, and service for a successful community building event with the April 12th Italian Feast.
·         Ann Root, Pete Atherton, & Tom Gordnier for repairing and re-hanging the door to the sanctuary.
·         Lisa Gallagher for allowing her inner self out on Easter Morning. 
·         Deacons for a lovely and delicious Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt.
·         Elaine Hunter for serving as our church custodian for many many months!
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July Scottish Heritage Festival
There are many ways to be involved with the Scottish Heritage Festival in the middle of July. 
If you are interested in assisting please contact these folks:

*To help with the Museum Festival on Saturday, July 21, contact Pamela Winchester.

*To help with planning and coordinating a lunch in the Community Pavilion on Friday, July 20, for a Stone House Bus Tour, please give your name to Tara in the church office.

*To be part of the Hammond Fire & Rescue Field Day Parade, representing Hammond Presbyterian Church on the evening of July 21, please contact Randy Kraft.

*To take part in planning and/or leading our Scottish Heritage Worship Service on Sunday, July 23, please contact Rev. Evon

If you have Scottish Historical Memorabilia you would like to share as part of a display on Sunday, please let Rev. Evon know that as well!
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 Guest Preachers the first two Sundays in May

The Reverend David Bennett will preach on May 6 and administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  David is the Resource Presbyter of the Presbytery of Northern New York.

The Reverend Marti Montovani will preach on May 13.  Marti lives in Watertown and serves our presbytery in the capacity of Interim Pastor, as a member of the Commission on Ministry, and as moderator of the Theresa Presbyterian Church Session.   Please welcome them heartily!

Rev. Evon and Tom will be on Study Leave
May 1-7 and Vacation May 8-14.
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Adirondack Mountains           June 23, 2017
Middle Saranac Lake
“Camping Day Two”


 
What can be said of this hobby of ours?
The love for forest, lakes and flowers,
the need to leave our homes and beds
to stay outdoors, the days ahead.
The plans, the prep, the packed up trip
What lies beyond? Our pulses skip.
We hit the site with spirits soaring
work lies ahead, though never boring.
We quickly claim our home spot
when darkness falls our energy shot
the scent of wood smoke,
the crackling flames.
We’ll hit is hard, tomorrow’s aim.
To tent we settle by lanterns’ glow
the whole of earth lies just below.
Our trusted dog lies just outside
if something comes, he’ll fight, not hide.
The sound of thunder, wind and rain
the thought “Oh no! Oh what a pain!”
We pray the morning finds us dry
at dawn we’ll search the rolling sky.
A cup of coffee brings me round
the scent of freshness, soggy ground
but we’ve survived our first night.
A second chance as day grows light.
What should we do on this rainy day?
Stay back at camp or go and play?
We launch the boat, we try to fish
Storm drives us in against our wish
but we’ve prepared for just such luck
a tasty breakfast under tarp we’re tucked
The time beyond, we cannot gauge
our camp life story, unwritten page.

                        Greg Washburn
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PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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I have received the following information from Adopt A Platoon.  I will be reaching out to other organizations about sending packages to support our military men & women.  Packages are still able to be sent to our current platoon until July 2018.  Please continue to provide items for our platoon, next package to be sent 5/21/2018.

Dear Lisa,

It is with regret that I am writing to let you know that due to financial and security issues we are unable to continue linking the public directly to U.S. deployed Services Members.
We did not reach this decision easily...
However, conducting this program that directly paired a specific deployed Hero with an American back home was not only time intensive, but costly.
It was essential for us to do security checks on both parties by way of applications and interviews which meant that we had to have several specially trained staff members in place and databases to maintain and run it effectively.
We understand this due diligence was necessary to protect our "Adopters" as well as the Service Members, and we don't regret our decision to conduct it for over fifteen years, however, due to our increased support for our Troops and with the U.S. Military's presence up by 35% in hot-spots around the globe since August, we had to make some tough decisions.
Lisa, as you have been one of our caring "Adopters" through the years, I thought I should let you know immediately.
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Happy Mother’s Day

by Tara Atherton

As I write this, I’m waiting for my mother to visit me for a week. We’ve been planning for weeks on things to do, things to catch up on, and just spending quality time together. I love when my mother comes to visit because it makes me feel like a kid again.  Feeling that safety and security, smelling old familiar smells, remembering certain times in my life that I spent with her and realizing that one day, my kids will feel the same way as I do now. I know that my mom sits back and watches me handle life with my kids and she giggles at me. She always says, “It’s funny watching my baby, with her babies.” Being a mother myself, I’ve often called my mom and said, “I’ve just dealt with an issue and I remember being a kid and you dealing with this issue. Thank you for being strong for me, when at the time, I was being an ungrateful brat. I understand now.” I’m still learning so much when it comes to being a mom.

I think about the mommy support we all have for each other in our little church family. When I bring my children to church, it’s not just me raising and teaching them. I’ve had others comfort my daughter when she has a boo-boo, or set boundaries for my son to make sure he stays safe. I’ve snuggled babies that aren’t my own so someone else can have a break, even if it’s for 10 seconds. It’s those 10 seconds that we all live for. I’ve had my daughter fall asleep on our Reverend during our Annual meeting, I’ve whispered answers in a little ones ear when questions were being asked of him during Small Talk, and we are all Moms to the children that bless our church. We are all still learning so much about motherhood, and God has brought us together every Sunday so we can learn and laugh together. The good, the bad, the ugly, the silly, and the love, that’s what it’s truly all about when we all come together. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there.
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What a community building event! It was wonderful to see our dining room filled with folks taking the time to visit! People visiting long after they had finished with their meals, just catching up with friends (new or old), neighbors and family.
We all kept saying during the event, “Isn’t it wonderful, we brought these folks together and they’re really enjoying each other.” Whether it could be attributed to the long winter or just a need for fellowship, it was indeed magnificent to witness.
Our missions also will benefit greatly from this event. And they are: AIDS/Hammond Food Pantry/Habitat for Humanity/SPCA/St. Lawrence County Hospice/Noah’s Ark Preschool. A total of $2150.00, has been generated on their behalf and will be distributed between them.
Let’s not forget the generosity of our local business donators, big thanks to them for their support, it takes a Village!
I must say I am humbled and overwhelmed to see the body of this congregation in motion. The way in which everyone pours out their hearts, talents and energy to make it happen! It’s astonishing.
I’m humbled- Denise Diana on behalf of
Church In Action
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The Youth Group is collecting returnable bottles and cans in hopes of using the money for some special get togethers this year.  Please leave any donations in the wooden box at the back of the parking lot.  Thanks for helping out!
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Missions

I would like to report that we collected enough school kit items...and school kits. to come up with a total of 22 school kits.  Thanks to Miriam Bariteau for supplying some homemade bags.

I took the school kits to the Methodist Church in Canton.  The minister there takes them to Syracuse and they are sent on from there where needed.  Many thanks to all of you who gave the various items for our school kits.  From our Christmas Mission offering, we were able to send over $300.00 to our Missionary in West Africa, Josh Heikkila, as well as having many nice plants to decorate our sanctuary.  Again, many thanks to such a generous congregation.

Joan Hadlock


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With Gratitude!
*Thank you to those who cleaned the sanctuary on Saturday, March 24, in preparation for our return to worship: Joan Hadlock, Liz Bawden, Tom Gordnier, Liz  Scarlett, Ann Root, Joan Delosh, Evon Lloyd. 
*Thank you, Randy Kraft and Denise Diana for taking down Christmas decorations from the sanctuary and for organizing the upstairs storage and classrooms.
*Thank you, Tom Gordnier for changing the light bulbs in the chapel and replacing the torn plastic on the screenhouse.
*Thank you all for the ongoing provision of Coffee Hour following morning worship services.  They are greatly enjoyed.
*Thank you, Doug Delosh for another winter of snow plowing of the church and manse driveways and parking areas.
*Thank you all who are serving as Sunday Worship Liturgists and Small Talk providers!!


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Completed Property Repairs and Upgrades
The Pipe organ has been repaired and is ready for much music during Sunday worship and special occasions.
The cracked furnace has been replaced.
The Yamaha clavinova in the chapel has been repaired and made music worthy.
New all weather mats have been placed at the east entrance doors.
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Dream List
An organized and accessible church library!
If you would be interested in brainstorming the creation of and preparation of a church library, please contact Rev. Evon. Volunteer planners are needed!

A Scottish Heritage themed float representing our church in the summer parade on July 21.
A lead coordinator is needed, as well as planners and participants. Let your imagination loose!


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​HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY
The next Hammond Food Pantry will be held Thursday, April 26th between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m at the Hammond Fire Hall. Any income eligible person may receive a variety of foods on food distribution day.  People who have not signed up to receive food can come that day and fill out the necessary paper work. Those in need of emergency food may call me at 324-5517. The

Food Sense program is a way to make your food dollar go further and is held the same day as Food Pantry.  Food Sense items must be ordered and paid for ahead of time.  The unit of food includes meats, fish, fresh produce, prepared meals and other goods for a set price of $20.50.  There are also several specials to be ordered separately. Food Sense pick up is usually around 12: noon or after on Food Pantry days.
Anyone needing further information on Food Pantry or Food Sense many call me.
 Joan Hadlock 324-5517


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MISSIONS
Our missionary, Josh Heikkila, has served in West Africa for nine years. He writes that when the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (EERN) sends out pastors and evangelists to start a new congregation, there is a challenging road ahead for them. Often the church cannot pay the pastor’s salary, so families have to find a way to generate their own income. It may mean finding land for a farm or it may mean raising goats. In spite of these challenges, families are stepping forward to be trained and sent.  While the Christian presence in Niger is very small–probably .5 percent are Christian and 98% are Muslim, the EERN has undertaken large projects.  In recent years, the EERN has established half a dozen primary schools for Muslim and Christian children alike. Also, a health clinic was established in the capital and hundreds of patients are now seen at the clinic each month. For a family in ministry, the church has learned that providing them with three goats can empower them economically to do the work that they are called to do. A goat sold at market can provide enough money to send a child to school for one year. A goat can provide a special holiday feast or help to lift a family out of extreme poverty. Because women are often engaged in agriculture, the church plans to start this goat project specifically with women engaged in ministry and evangelism. From our church Easter memorials, we are able to send $360.00 to Josh for his work in West Africa.  Thank you again for your generosity!
  Joan Hadlock
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PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2018 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.75. Each per capita payment is divided, with $8.11 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.54 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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HAMMOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
ITALIAN FEAST NIGHT
April 12TH
4:30PM-7:00PM


LASAGNA
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS
STUFFED SHELLS
TOSSED SALAD
DESSERT
BEVERAGE
$10.00 PER PERSON
$5.00 FOR CHILDREN
UNDER 5 FREE
RAFFLE BASKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE
Take Outs Available
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT
 AIDS COMMUNITY RESOURCE,  S.P.C.A., ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HOSPICE, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, NOAH’S ARK PRESCHOOL & HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY
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There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from Alabama to Romania until August 2018. Unless Nicole Davis advises you otherwise, we suggest you send your final packages or letters no later than July 1, 2018 to ensure support arrives before their postal closes. Most of the Soldiers are in remote locations working long hours.

REQUESTS: Assorted pocket snacks, including protein/granola bars, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, cookies, drink mix singles, hard shell gum, ramen noodles, tuna or chicken pouches, crackers, bath/baby wipes and travel size personal hygiene/toiletries for both genders. For down time: magazines, assorted puzzle books, DVD movies, board games, stationery, envelopes,

adult coloring books, colored pencils and anything to boost morale. Sending theme packages that include handmade decorations during all holidays would also be appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who donated Girl Scout Cookies for our platoon.  4 cases of cookies were shipped to them, which I am sure they will enjoy!  Without your support this would not have been possible.

Next  box will be shipped out on April 16th.
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Autism Awareness
By Tara Atherton
As most of you know, and for those of you who do not, I am a mom of a special needs child. My son is diagnosed with Severe Autism. I want to open up about this, because April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and what better way to celebrate this day, than to spread a little awareness to everyone. I see autism as a rainbow; you have a start, a long bow, and an end. No one knows where it starts and no one knows where its ends, but that’s okay, because it is beautiful to look at. Some people are on one side of the rainbow, some on the other side, some in the middle, some are over here and some are over there. You can’t just fit autism in a box and say, all people with autism do this ­­­­_________. I’m constantly being surprised at the endless abilities my son can do that I thought he would never be able to accomplish.
Easter is also in April, and we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus was strengthened by God through his life of challenges in knowing that in the end, he would ascend into heaven. I was always told that God gives us challenges to strengthen who we are. I feel that I am truly blessed when it comes to my relationship with God showing me that I have the strength and courage to advocate and raise such a special person. I also feel extremely blessed with the love and understanding that our church family has with my son. In a world where disabilities aren’t completely understood, people are judged for being different, and negativity collects in a shallow pool; God has given us all strength to go through all of those challenges to see the beauty of a rainbow right in front of our eyes.
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Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department 82nd Annual Bullhead Supper
2678 State Highway 37
Brier Hill, NY 13614
April 27, 2018
4-?
Menu includes: all you can eat fresh bullhead, haddock, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner rolls, refreshments and homemade desserts.
For the non-fish eaters, we also offer chicken strips and French fries.
Adult beverages will be available for purchase
4 and under free
$9/per person for 5-12 year olds
$13/per person for 13 and older
eat in or take out.
Take advantage of our separate take out line so you don’t have to wait. 
Any questions call 315-375-4128 or 315-323-0047 


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Children Know
like all creatures,
when to eat and when not to eat.
And yet we feed them God
and they starve, yearning
For what they already have.

John Scarlett
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Session Contacts for 2018

Clerk of Session: Lynn DeCondo
Stewardship: Jennifer McGregor
Personnel: Mark Schnittger
Finance: Joan Hadlock
Building & Grounds: Ann Root (with Jen McGregor & Mark Schnittger)
Church In Action: Denise Diana
Mission: Joan Hadlock
Worship, Music, Christian Ed: Liz Scarlett
Moderator: Rev. Evon Lloyd
Appointments:
Receiving Treasurer: Donna Chase
Disbursing Treasurer: Tara Cola
Memorial Treasurer: Marilyn Hunter

Deacons Contacts for 2018
Moderator: Jackie Washburn
Secretary: Tom Gordnier
Treasurer: Liz Bawden


Lenten Programming
Wednesday Night Movies and Conversation
6:00-8:30 PM in the Chapel
March 7  Peaceful Warrior
March 14  Luther
March 28  Invictus
Maundy Thursday
Soup Supper and Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
March 29, 6:00 PM in the Dining Hall
Easter Sunday
Easter Prayer Breakfast 8:30 AM in the Dining Hall
Easter Egg Hunt
Morning Worship 10:30 AM
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News in the Presbytery of Northern New York

Knitting Mission Opportunity

First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam continues to knit baby sweaters and blankets for Malawi, Africa.  They gather together on Mondays at 3 pm to knit. Everyone is welcome to come and help in this project. They plan on mailing these items by the first of May. If your group wants to make these items in your own church please call 315-265-5325 and they can arrange to get your finished donations before the first of May, 2018.
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OGHS

While each of the Special Offerings sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports important ministries and missions of the denomination, our ONE GREAT HOUR  OF SHARING Offering is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. When you and your congregation participate, you are making a transformative impact on people’s lives through the ministries of: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self –Development of People.

These programs play related roles in providing safety, sustenance, and hope to individuals and communities in need. They work with local groups to develop long term strategies for recovery. The Presbytery total giving to OGHS over the past 4 years has declined from $15,700 in 2013 to $11,700 in 2016 while the number of disasters has grown.

Hammond Presbyterian Church is collecting coins in fish banks during Lent, and we will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Easter Sunday, April 1.
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Church Library

We are gathering a small group of book lovers to come together to create a church library.  The task involves determining a place within the church to house the books we already have, in order that they may be accessible to everyone and safe from dampness, mold and mildew.  The task includes organizing the books and coordinating the construction and placement of shelves.

If you are interested in working on this special project, please contact Rev. Evon
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Girl Scout Cookies will be delivered, Sunday, March 4th
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There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from Alabama to Romania until August 2018. Unless Nicole Davis advises you otherwise, we suggest you send your final packages or letters no later than July 1, 2018 to ensure support arrives before their postal closes. Most of the Soldiers are in remote locations working long hours.
REQUESTS: Assorted pocket snacks, including protein/granola bars, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, cookies, drink mix singles, hard shell gum, ramen noodles, tuna or chicken pouches, crackers, bath/baby wipes and travel size personal hygiene/toiletries for both genders. For down time: magazines, assorted puzzle books, DVD movies, board games, stationery, envelopes, adult coloring books, colored pencils and anything to boost morale. Sending theme packages that include handmade decorations during all holidays would also be appreciated.
Next  box will be shipped out on 3/12/2018 which will be a St. Patricks Day Theme.
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PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2018 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.75. Each per capita payment is divided, with $8.11 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.54 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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EASTER MEMORIALS
Anyone wishing to place Easter plants in the sanctuary may let me know by Sunday, March 25th with memorial or honorary names to be listed.  In addition to plants, we will be collecting a fund to be sent to our new missionary, Josh Heikkila, located in Ghana, Nigeria.  See article about Josh elsewhere in this newsletter.  Joan Hadlock
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SCHOOL KITS–Missions
Church World Service is pleading for School Kits.  Thousands of School Kits are needed all over the world for children whose lives have been disrupted by chaos or natural disasters.  Let’s help them!  To assemble a School Kit, see list below:
 
1 pair blunt scissors with rounded tip
3-70 count spiral notebooks
1-12 inch ruler
1 hand held pencil sharpener
1 large eraser
6 new pencils with erasers
1 box of 24 (only 24) crayons
Place in plastic bag and leave on table in dining room.  Items will eventually be placed in cloth bags for shipment. Additional lists are in dining room.
OR–you may bring several of one item to be combined with others when kits are assembled.
Please help in any way you can.

 Thanks!  Joan Hadlock
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MISSION REPORT

We have adopted as a missionary, Josh Heikkila, a young man who serves in Ghana, West Africa.  We will be sending support for his work there.  Josh’s current need is for a a durable, dependable vehicle for use as he travels as regional liaison for West Africa. Based in Accra, Josh works with the Northern Outreach Program, (NOP), a ministry with 60 congregations that use nine different Ghanian languages.  The NOP was created many years ago to work with migrants from the north who have traveled to the south for school and work and into the denominational churches. If anyone wishes to support Josh in his work on line, go to presbyterianmission.org/donate or mail to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, with Heikkila E200353 on the memo line.  Joan Hadlock

  MARION MEDICAL MISSION: We have sent in funds for two more wells (making our total of six wells!), along with funds to go toward Malawi hunger programs. This is an amazing accomplishment for our congregation. MMM spends 100% of all designated donations on the designated purpose, working in partnership with the village communities.  The village digs the well, makes the brick to line it, and provides the sand, clay and gravel needed.  MMM provides only what the villages can’t: the cement, pipe, pump and skilled African well builders.  U.S. volunteers journey to Africa each year to help install the pumps and dedicate the wells, paying their own travel expenses. This is quite a process, but MMM wells are highly cost effective and will provide clean, safe drinking water for thousands of people for many years. Once again, many thanks for all who made this happen.  Joan Hadlock

HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY   Hammond Food Pantry continues to serve Hammond and surrounding areas.  We average about seventy-five families per month, along with emergency food requests when needed.  We serve income eligible people from large and small families.  We are fortunate that we have a large group of volunteers who help unload the delivery truck from Syracuse, move the food into the Fire Hall on distribution days and help dispense the food to our Food Pantry clients.  It is quite a process, but with the help of many, it all goes smoothly.  The Food Sense program happens the same day and is open to anyone who wishes to make their food dollars go farther.  Food Sense must be ordered and paid for ahead of the delivery date, and includes several meat items, produce, and prepared foods. Anyone interested in either ot these programs may contact me.  Joan Hadlock 324-551
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Time Flies
By Tara Atherton
The other day, I was talking to my mom on the phone, and we were discussing growing up. She gushes over how much my kids have grown, and reminiscing about when I was that age. It seems like forever ago, when I was tiny like my kids, but in my mom’s eyes, I still am that baby. I never understood that feeling, until having kids of my own. I look at baby pictures of my son and think, wow that seems like yesterday when he was that little, where did that time go? My son will be 9 years old this year and my baby girl will be 3 years old. When did that happen? I have that same feeling right now about spring. Everyone has been waiting for Spring since after the New Year, and I’m sitting here thinking, “It’s spring already? Where did this winter go?” Now, I’m not saying that I would like to have winter any longer than what we already had, but I feel like time is going by a lot faster than what I remember. Months seem to be flying by for me right now. There are a few days where I force myself to slow down so I can enjoy the time around me. I definitely got to enjoy watching the beauty winter; I just wasn’t expecting spring to be right around the corner. It even shocked me when I saw the geese flying over the house this morning. I thought, “So soon?”

This is the last month that we will be in the Chapel for the winter season, and then back up to the Church for Sunday services for Easter. The one thing that has happened in our Chapel that I believe everyone has noticed is seeing everyone grow, and not just the children. God is helping us grow when we show each other how much love we have for one another. God is helping us grow, when we reach our hand out to one another saying, “I understand and I’m here for you.” God is helping us grow from deep within our souls, that I have definitely also enjoyed watching the beauty of our souls growing. Soon enough time will have gone and you’ll feel the warmth of spring heating up our Church, for our summer family to come back and joining us again. That is something we all can look forward to.

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Ash Wednesday Observation
14 February 2018
Soup Supper in the Dining Hall 6:00 PM
Service in the Chapel 7:00 PM
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 Installation and Ordination* of Officers
Sunday
18 February 2018
Ruling Elders  Class of 2020
Denise Diana*
Mark Schnittger
Deacons Class of 2020
Randy Kraft*
Liz Bawden*
 
We are grateful for those who have faithfully completed their terms of service.
Ruling Elders Class of 2017
Lynn DeCondo
Lisa Gallagher
Deacons Class of 2017
Nancy Hadlock
Claire Mathews
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 Scottish Heritage Festival

Hammond Presbyterian Church will be participating in this summer’s Scottish Heritage Festival which is being coordinated by the Hammond Museum.  On Friday, July 20, we will be hosting a luncheon in the Picnic Pavilion for the folks who are taking a Stone House Bus Tour. On Sunday, July 22, our morning worship service will include elements of our Scottish Presbyterian Heritage.  Saturday evening, July 21, is the Annual Fire and Rescue Field Day Parade.  Might someone be willing to coordinate the preparation of a float for our church family’s participation in the parade? 

If you are interested in helping with these events please let a session member know, so planning can begin.  Thanks!
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 Innovation News

In the late summer of 2017, the Pavilion Committee sought out our own, Christine Visscher, who is a professional Grant Writer, to determine what was needed to apply for an Innovation Grant from the Synod of the North East.  Thanks to Christine’s tireless work and coordination of input from various sources and people, especially guided by our Synod representative, The Reverend Margaret Mitsayusu, the first deadline, January 19, for submission of a 2018 grant application was met. Our hope is that grant money received may be used to enhance our ministry of community building in Hammond, which includes the completion of our pavilion kitchen this summer and in future months the renovation of the church kitchen.

 Many thanks to the efforts over the past several months of our Pavilion Committee who built on the dreams from years past.  They are Jen McGregor, Joan DeLosh, Connie Wortman, Jackie Washburn, moderator Lisa Gallagher.  The coordination and planning of this group allowed the rest of us to be involved in an exciting process with them.  Soon

we will all experience the completion of the beloved Picnic Pavilion project!


Watch for the date and more information about our Italian Feast coming up in the spring!
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Many thanks to Greg Washburn, who gave of his time and skill to upgrade the electrical system for the pipe organ.  Greg, you are appreciated!
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Thank you to Furgison & Co., for preparing all of our tax information for our church so quickly and efficiently. We greatly appreciate everything you do for us, each and every year.  
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 Love
By Tara Atherton
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I started thinking about what Valentine’s Day means. So much so, that I went online and did all sorts of research on
St. Valentines, to come up with something clever or have a bit of inspiration. I found none of the above, but the one common theme I kept coming across, obviously, is love. Love is such a big part of our lives. For example, I love my husband, kids, and all my family members, I love coffee in the morning and chocolate, I love my phone and my fluffy socks, and I love quiet time and bedtime. And that’s just the start of the list of things that I love. We all have that list. When I was a kid, my mom would come up to me, hug me tight and plant kisses all over my face. And as any normal kid would, I tried to squeeze away from her, grossed out, trying to wipe her kisses away, and she would say to me, “Don’t wipe my kisses away, you need the love, it’ll help you grow big and strong”. I was never, at any point a small kid, but I often wondered, if what my mom said was true. I catch myself, squeezing my kids tightly and kissing them all over there face and saying the same thing, not because they are small (my 8 year old is over 4ft tall and my 2 year old fits into 4T clothes comfortably) but because of love.
Ash Wednesday also falls on Valentine’s Day this year. While we celebrate the love that we have growing in our hearts for each other, we get to come together as our church family to celebrate the love that Jesus showed us when he went into the desert for 40 days after he was baptized. We show Jesus our love for him after Ash Wednesday with Lent and giving up things to feel a more pure love, without the distractions. Whether its sweets, meat, or bad habits, it helps to take a step back and look at what is important and what is truly loved. As much as I love sweets, for 40 days, I plan on giving it up for my family. It’s not a challenging sacrifice like 40 days in the desert, but it will be enough of a challenge for me to show my family that I love them.
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There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from Alabama to Romania until August 2018. Unless Nicole Davis advises you otherwise, we suggest you send your final packages or letters no later than July 1, 2018 to ensure support arrives before their postal closes. Most of the Soldiers are in remote locations working long hours.

REQUESTS: Assorted pocket snacks, including protein/granola bars, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, cookies, drink mix singles, hard shell gum, ramen noodles, tuna or chicken pouches, crackers, bath/baby wipes and travel size personal hygiene/toiletries for both genders. For down time: magazines, assorted puzzle books, DVD movies, board games, stationery, envelopes,

adult coloring books, colored pencils and anything to boost morale. Sending theme packages that include handmade decorations during all holidays would also be appreciated.

Next  box will be shipped out on 3/1/2018 which will be a St. Patricks Day Theme.
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PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita Assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2018 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.75. Each per capita payment is divided, with $8.11 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.54 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

          Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!

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17 December 2017 Celebration
We rejoice with Denise Diana, Elizabeth Bawden, Randy Kraft, and Evelyn Saphier and their commitment to Jesus and this church family. 
Our joy is made full!!
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 Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Sunday, 28 January 2018
following morning worship with a Pot Luck Dinner in the Dining Hall.
(Moderators/Secretaries, please have your reports turned into the church office by 12 January 2018 in order for them to be included in the printed report!)
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 Sunday, 7 January 2018
Celebration of Epiphany
 Morning Worship will be held in the Chapel, followed by a Coffee Hour in the Dining Hall, provided by the Worship Committee (There will not be a pot luck dinner this day.)
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 Our love and sympathy
to the families and friends of
Dorothy Bryant, Beverly Shelato, and Paul Truax.
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 MITTEN TREE

This year our Mitten Tree yielded many nice gifts for some needy children.  We had 30 hats,34 pairs of gloves, 9 head bands, 11 scarves and 2 ear muffs, which filled two large boxes.  These were divided and sent to St. Joseph’s Indian Home in Chamberlain, South Dakota, a residential school for around 100 mostly native American children from difficult home situations. And to Buckhorn Children’s Foundation, Buckhorn, Kentucky, a Presbyterian residential school serving children from broken homes. I am sure that our donations are well received and appreciated by the children and the staffs of both of these facilities.  Many thanks to all who decorated our tree, many with hand knit or crocheted items.  Joan Hadlock
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CHRISTMAS MISSION TREE

Thank you to all who participated in our Mission Christmas Tree project.  The following selections will be sent to Presbyterian Mission Fund, Food for the Poor, Church World Service and Heifer International.  Farming tools, 2; feed a child for a year, 4; feed a family, 4; seeds and tools, 4; school supplies, 4; jerry cans for water, 4; books for students, 1; share of large animal, 2; 2 pairs rabbits, 2; rehab a malnourished child, 1; bag of native seeds, 1; family of chicks, 2; bees, 2; donations for shallow well, 2.  These gifts will change the lives of many people.
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HAMMOND FOOD PANTRY

The Hammond Food Pantry served ninety families in December.  In addition to the regular food distribution, we had bags of fruit, bags of health products (soaps, toothbrushes and tooth paste,  shampoos, etc.), plus grocery gift cards.  Your Angel Tree gifts, (thank you so much for these), were placed in family bags, along with pajamas donated by a group in Ogdensburg.  Many people helped with wrapping the pajamas and organizing the family bags, sorting a large donation of food items, and helping to greet the Food Pantry guests and hand out the food and family bags.  Many thanks to everyone who helped make this program happen and enrich the Christmas time for many area families.  Joan Hadlock

On December 16th with the help of several Elves and Mr. & Mrs. Claus our church was able to provide breakfast to over 100 people and gift bags were given to over 70 children.  The feeling of Christmas was felt throughout the church.  The looks on the faces of the children as they spent time with their families and enjoyed a chat with Mr. & Mrs. Claus was priceless.  Each year the money from the breakfast is our gift to a family in our community that needs a little extra and this year the tears of joy as the family received our gift of $500.00 was the true meaning of Christmas.  God Bless everyone that supported our 7th Annual Breakfast with Santa and helping us to spread joy within our community. 
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 The Youth Group would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Ted Elk who donated a large shipment of delicious Honey Crisp apples that we had for sale this fall.  Also, a big thanks goes to all who supported us by purchasing apples.  We were able to raise over $250 and the funds raised will help the Youth Group take part is some very fun activities in the future.    This season the group has enjoyed dinner together in October, had a fun time drumming with the residents at Riverledge Nursing Home in November, and joined in with Christmas Caroling in December.  Our next Youth Group meeting will be on January 21st.  Please keep these amazing young people in your prayers and let Jen Gardner or Rev. Evon know if you think of any interested young people who would like to join us. 
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New Year, New me?
By Tara Atherton
Every New Year it’s the same thing. I threaten my body that I’m going to go back on my diet and start working out again and lose that 10 lbs that never seems to want to leave my body. I tell myself that I’m going to read more and exercise my brain. I tell myself that I need a complete body and mind make over, because that’s what I “need” in my life to be comfortable and happy. But do I need that? Do I need to improve so much of myself every year when the clock strikes midnight? A couple years ago, I hit every goal that I aimed for and all I could think was; “Now where do I go from here? Do I maintain? Do I try for a new me?” Looking back at that, I’ve realized, I could never accomplish a new me, because I was happy with me as being me. I’m learning to embrace that, and let it shine.
God created man in His own image. Do you think, when he made us, he thought, “Now they have to fix everything on themselves that isn’t to their liking…” NO. God loves us for who we are and make us all shine in our own light. When we all come together to show support for one another or pride in ourselves, our light shines even brighter. We are seen by God as beauty. From the tip of our hair, to the tip of toes, we are all the same. There is nothing that God would change on us, that’s why we are all the same. We all have one heart, that beats with love, we all have one mind, even though all of our thoughts are different, we all have one body that we should put on a pedestal, and we all have one soul that we should cherish and protect. That beauty is something no new year’s resolution could ever touch.

 

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We’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy…..!!

On Sunday morning, December  17, we will welcome and rejoice with four of our church family members who have determined that they would like to make their participation in the Hammond Presbyterian Church a bit more formal.   Elizabeth Bawden, Denise Diana, Randy Kraft, and Evelyn Saphier professed their faith to the Session, and were received, at the regular November meeting.  During September and October these four enthusiastic folks  participated in quite lively class discussions using The Presbyterian Handbook. 

Each of these blessed children of God rejoice in the community that is this church family, the service extended to one another and outward to the community of Hammond, and the openness which is characteristic of this congregation.  They each bring distinctive gifts, a passion for service, and a deep spirituality to their faith practice.   By becoming active members on the role of the congregation they are eligible to serve as elected officers and have voice and vote in meetings of the congregation.

Please be in worship on Sunday, December 17 as we rejoice together and mark a significant and special day for Randy, Liz Denise, and Evie!!
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 Hammond Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at the Hammond Fire Hall on December 3, 2017 at 6:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FOOD PANTRY The next Hammond Food Pantry will be Thurs. Dec. 21st from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Hammond Fire Hall. Income eligible families may receive a large box of food, as well as gifts for the children.  I so appreciate all the volunteers who faithfully help with the food distribution each month.  In November, we served 74 families and anticipate more in December.  The Food Sense program provides food budget savings for anyone interested.  This takes place following the Food Pantry on the same days.  Food must be ordered and paid for ahead of delivery.  Items are ordered from a menu from the Food Bank in Syracuse.  Anyone interested may call me.

Joan Hadlock 324-5517
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MISSIONS  As the Christmas season approaches, we have several mission projects.  The Mitten Tree is up and ready for decorations of hats, mittens, scarves.  They will be sent to two residential schools for children from difficult home situations.  The items will be sent by mid December.

   The Angel Tree is set up in the dining room.  You may select a gift card, or more, and purchase $10. to $12. gifts for these children. The wrapped gifts need to be returned to church by Wed. Dec. 13th.  We will also be receiving donations of pajamas, which will need to be wrapped and then organized with the gifts into family bags.  I will be asking for help with these projects when the pajamas become available.

   Our well project is “well” underway.  These Marion Medical Mission wells are built with the help of teams of some forty American volunteers, as well as local African workers.  These highly cost effective shallow wells virtually eliminate early childhood disease and death caused by contaminated water. Thousands are helped with this new source of clean water right in their villages. It is an amazing testament to people working together, with God’s blessing, for the benefit of many. Each well costs $400.00.  Your donation may be left in the offering plate or given to me.  Many thanks for everyone’s support for our Mission work.  Joan Hadlock
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There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from Alabama to Romania until August 2018. Unless Nicole Davis advises you otherwise, we suggest you send your final packages or letters no later than July 1, 2018 to ensure support arrives before their postal closes. Most of the Soldiers are in remote locations working long hours.

REQUESTS: Assorted pocket snacks, including protein/granola bars, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, cookies, drink mix singles, hard shell gum, ramen noodles, tuna or chicken pouches, crackers, bath/baby wipes and travel size personal hygiene/toiletries for both genders. For down time: magazines, assorted puzzle books, DVD movies, board games, stationery, envelopes,

adult coloring books, colored pencils and anything to boost morale. Sending theme packages that include handmade decorations during all holidays would also be appreciated.

Christmas Box for platoon will go out December 4th.
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PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

        Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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Winter
By Tara Atherton
If you know me well enough, you know that I am a Christmas lover. If I could have my tree up year round, I would. Yes, I am that kind of person. Among my love for the lights, music, and ornaments that hang off of everything, I also love winter. When I was younger, I wasn’t much of a fan of it. I think it was my inexperience with driving and stress of school not closing, that made me a scrooge. Now, as an adult, I look at winter in a different light. I appreciate the beauty of freshly fallen snow, or a snow storm that’s rolling in. I go outside in it, even if it’s for a second or two, and absorb the feeling of winter falling from the sky. I feel this way with every season. The smell of rain in the spring, the feel of the hot sun on my skin in summer, the crunch of the fallen leafs as I walk in fall, and admiring the beauty of winter. “Let there be snow, let there be snow, this kind of weather brings people together so friendships can grow.” as Frosty sing in Frosty Returns.
Let’s go to church, let’s go to church, this time of year, Christ brings us near to worship and grow. My favorite snowman doesn’t say that in the movie, but it is something to think about. What else does winter do to people? It brings us all together. Even in church, we move to the chapel where we all can be brought closer together. It’s this time of year, where I feel, that God feels our love the most. We worship closer, sing louder, and love more. We blanket our church with our own beauty that I also like to look upon and admire. The wind may blow, and the storms may hinder us, but nothing can take away the warmth and love that God has given our church and family.
Merry Christmas Everyone!

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FOOD PANTRY Hammond Food Pantry and Hammond Food Sense programs will be held Thursday, Nov. 16th and Thursday, Dec. 21st at the Hammond Fire Hall.  The dates have been adjusted to accommodate the holidays.   The Food Pantry is open from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  Any income eligible people can receive free food on these days, and thereafter, once per month.  Persons with food emergencies may call me to receive food at any time.

The Food Sense program is not income dependent.  For $20.50, anyone can order a unit of food, to include meats, produce, canned goods and some specials, which are ordered and paid for separately. If anyone knows of someone interested in either the Hammond Food Pantry or the Hammond Food Sense, they may contact me (Joan Hadlock–315/324-5517.)
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The HPC Session has received and approved the bid for repairs to our church pipe organ by St. Joseph Pipe Organ Works. The work will be done by David Raville of Chaumont, NY.  David has maintained our organ for many years and is an expert at his craft. Details of the specific repair work include, replacing damaged couplers and upgrading wiring. 
The cost of the repairs to the organ is $9515.  If you would like to support this project, you may send donations to the church (P O Box 193, Hammond, NY  13646), or drop them in the Sunday collection plate with “organ repairs” in the memo.
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 MISSION REPORT

One of our current goals for our Mission Program is to raise $400.00 to provide a Shallow Well in Western Africa.  Marion Medical Mission works with African nationals to site and build these wells, in places which have never had a sustainable source of clean water.  Each well will service hundreds of people, virtually wiping out childhood illness and death caused by a contaminated water source, often miles away from the villages. In 2016, a total of 2731 wells were installed, serving approximately 386,000 of the extreme poor, (232,00 of these were children).  Marion Medical Mission guarantees that 100% of all monies donated for wells will be used for that purpose only.

In addition to the great need for water, there are six million people at risk of starvation in Malawi. For a donation of $25.00, a 100# bag of maize can be purchased to provide food assistance to feed a family of six for a month.  When there in not enough maize for everyone, those who do receive share with other families.

Let us consider helping with either of these projects.  Donations may be left in the offering plate, mailed to the church, or given to me.  Checks should be made out to the church with either “well” or “maize” on the memo line.  Only together can we be who God created us to be.

Joan Hadlock (315/324-5517)
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ANGEL TREE AND MITTEN TREE

It won’t be long before our Angel Tree will be set up, with requests for gifts for our Food Pantry children.  The Mitten Tree will soon be decorated with your gifts of hats, mittens, scarves, etc. to be sent to needy children at two residential schools.  Look for these two opportunities to help brighten the lives of others.

Joan Hadlock
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A THANK YOU from Liz (and John)
Tears stain the page as I attempt to write a heartfelt meaningful thank you to many friends and family. Memories flood back to March, 2016 when John and I composed a thank you for the benefit held to raise money to help with John’s medical expenses and numerous trips to John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. We were overwhelmed with your love and generosity of spirit then, as I am now, a year and a half later.

I am deeply grateful for your expressions of love: hugs, stories, insights, food, music, pictures, computers and written skills, prayers, phone calls, laughter, cards, more hugs, emails, tears, more food, more laughter, more prayers. We are compassionate love filled Christian community which I am blessed to be a part of.

As I live my grief, I am recognizing that it is a skill and the twin of grief is the skill of being able to praise and love life. At John’s memorial service I purposely stated that with John and our children I have lived a joy filled life and with a little help from my friends and family, my intention is to continue to create a joy filled life.

I thought it appropriate to include a poem of John’s from his third book of poetry, “Setting Sun-Rising Moon” which will be published before the end of the year. The poem reflects his love of words, his ability to observe and celebrate the ordinary and the mystery connecting it all.

JANUS DAYS

Late November’s twin
in early April-
puddles thinly frozen
snow about to melt
or getting deeper
the low sun casting
slats of tree shadow
across the roads
April or November
hard to tell the difference sometimes
between endings and beginnings

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PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Veterans Day Program
Friday, 10 November 2017
7:00 PM
Hammond Presbyterian Church, Hammond, NY
Chapel
What Life is Like for a Soldier Living with PTSD
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder):
Raising Awareness in Our Community

Guest Speaker: Vill Villamor

Please come to the chapel on Friday evening for a meaningful, inspiring, and educational evening with one of Hammond’s own, Mr. Bryson J. Villamor.  Vill served in the US Army for eight years and will be talking about what it is like for a soldier living with PTSD.  He served in South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.  We will be able to ask questions, and learn how we might be of service to our veterans – who are our friends, neighbors, family members- when they come home from war.
Within Five Affirmations to Guide the Peacemaking Witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) it is stated: We promise to support materially and socially veterans of war who suffer injury in body, mind, or spirit, even as we work toward the day when we will need to fight no more.
Please join us for this very important program!


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Five Affirmations to Guide the Peacemaking Witness
of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 
Approved by the 222nd General Assembly
(2016, Portland, Oregon)

1.       We affirm that peacemaking is essential to our faith in God’s reconciling work in Jesus Christ, whose love and justice challenge evil and hatred, and whose call gives our church a mission to present alternatives to violence.

2.      We confess that we have sinned by participating in acts of violence, both structural and physical, or by our failure to respond to acts and threats of violence with ministries of justice, healing, and reconciliation.

3.      We follow Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Reconciler,   and reclaim the power of nonviolent love evident in his life  and teaching, his healings and reversals of evil, his cross and resurrection.

4.      Learning from nonviolent struggles and counting the costs of war, we draw upon the traditions of Just War, Christian pacifism, and Just Peacemaking to cultivate moral imagination and discern God’s redemptive work in history.  We commit ourselves to studying and practicing nonviolent means of conflict resolution, nonviolent methods of social change, and nonviolent opposition to war.  
Even as we actively engage in a peace discernment process,   we commit ourselves to continuing the long tradition of support by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for our sisters and brothers who serve in the United States military, veterans, and their families.  We promise to support materially and socially veterans of war who suffer injury in body, mind, or spirit, even as we work toward the day when we will need to fight no more.



5.      We place our faith, hope, and trust in God alone. We renounce violence as a means to further selfish national interests, to procure wealth, or to dominate others. We will practice boldly the things that make for peace and look for the day when ‘they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.’

Shine like stars in the world, holding fast to the word of life.  Philippians 2:15,16
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Morning Worship will be led by The Reverend Sarah Lee who is pastor of a new worshiping community in Watertown.  The community is part of an initiative of the PCUSA to create 1001 New Worshiping Communities in 10 years which began in 2012. 

Rev. Lee pastors a multi-ethnic fledgling community in Watertown.  She will also be administering the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Remember November 5 is Pot Luck Sunday- the first Sunday of the month!  Please bring food to share.



12 November 2017

Healing Service

Morning Worship on Sunday, 12 November 2017 will include the order of A Service for Wholeness from our Book of Common Worship.  The service will include Intercession for Healing followed by Laying On of Hands by our Pastor and Elders for those who desire individual prayer.   Please be present in mind, body, and spirit as you are able this day.
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Al Anon- Says Thank You!!

The Al Anon Group, Women’s Step Meeting – Paths to Recovery will not be meeting from November through April and will begin again the first Wednesday in May.  Gratitude is offered to the Hammond Church for the hospitality and meeting space during the June through October weekly Wednesday morning meetings.
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Presbytery of Northern New York

The November 14 meeting of the Presbytery of Northern New York will be held at the Adirondack Presbyterian Church in Lake Clear.  If you are interested in attending and carpooling please let Rev.  Evon know by November 12th.
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Winter Adult Study
How may we look at, respond to, and address racism within ourselves and our country,
 and world?

During January and February an Adult Education Program will be held using a workbook entitled:
Race and Reconciliation
Workbook: Confessions of 1967 and Belhar

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the workbook to either use independently or as part of the group study, please leave your name in the church office with Tara by the first of December.  We will order books for those who sign up at $10.00  per copy.

At the beginning of the new church year- for the liturgical season of Advent - each church family household will receive a copy of
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30 Days with the Belhar Confession
Reflections on Unity, Reconciliation, And Justice.

This booklet may be used at home for family or individual devotions and as preparation for the Winter Adult Study Group using the workbook noted above.
The 30 Days booklet has been purchased using our 25% of the Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering which we receive on the first Sunday in October annually.
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19 November 2017
Drumming at RiverLedge
(United Helpers) in Ogdensburg
Please meet at the church at 1:15 PM
to carpool to the nursing home.

We will take our church drums and you are welcome to bring percussion instruments you may have at home.  This is the Youth Group activity for the month of November and the entire church family is invited to participate!!  Drumming with the residents brings smiles to everyone’s faces!  See you on the 19th! 


October 2017​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
The HPC Session has received and approved the bid for repairs to our church pipe organ by St. Joseph Pipe Organ Works. The work will be done by David Raville of Chaumont, NY.  David has maintained our organ for many years and is an expert at his craft. Details of the specific repair work include, replacing damaged couplers and upgrading wiring. 

The cost of the repairs to the organ is $9515.  If you would like to support this project, you may send donations to the church (P O Box 193, Hammond, NY  13646), or drop them in the Sunday collection plate with “organ repairs” in the memo.

Another summer has come and gone. The time seems to fly by faster each year. I want to thank Hammond Presbyterian Church for allowing me to teach chair yoga classes in the chapel. It’s such a joy for me to help folks bring their mind/body/spirit together a few days a week. Until next summer…may everyone have a joyous winter living in God’s love, mercy and grace.

Ellen Armitage

Youth Group – October 2017 Newsletter

The HPC Youth Group is growing!  We welcome any kids in grades 7-12 who would like to join us for some fun times of Christian fellowship.  Some past events have included: game night, a pool party, kayaking, movie night, drumming with nursing home residents, dinner together, hiking, and Christmas caroling.  On October 15th we will be making dinner to enjoy together at the church.  November 19th will be another trip to United Helpers for drumming with the residents there.  December 17th is to be determined.  Times are variable depending on the activity for the day.  If you know of any interested kids, or have any questions, please get in touch with Rev. Evon or Jen Gardner (JenGardner1@gmail.com or 315-324-5940). 

Answered Prayers

By Tara Atherton

 

Awhile back, I had a day that was so perfect; I was kind of expecting something bad to happen. Let me explain. It was a Saturday morning that was so beautiful out, I decided to take my daughter out of the house for the day. I had a couple of errands to run, but it was mostly a day to get out and enjoy the day. I decided to go to Burrville Cider Mill for some fresh donuts and some apple cider. I knew that going on a Saturday, we had the chance of being stuck in a long line waiting, but when we showed up, we got a great parking spot, the line wasn’t too long and it was moving very quickly. We got our donuts and went back to the car to sit and enjoy a hot fresh donut. I took my first bite and my phone rings, it’s my husband. He called to inform me that he got a call back on a new job that we were hoping to get, and the schedule was everything that we wanted and were hoping for. When I got off the phone with Peter, I had to go to the mall and pick up a collared shirt for my son for picture day. As I was getting Sabrina out of the car, I looked on the ground and I saw 2 pennies. When my great aunt Lillian was alive, she would find pennies on the ground and tell me that it was my great uncle Eddie saying hello to her. I saw the 2 pennies and I felt that my great aunt and uncle were there saying hi to Sabrina and myself. By the time we got home, so much good had happened, that I was wondering, am I going to break my leg now? Sounds silly doesn’t it.

 

Its days like that though, that I feel my prayers are being answered and I shouldn’t question the goods that come. Every Sunday, we discuss our joys and concerns with everyone and then we pray. All of us pray for the health and well being of a sick friend or family member, all of us thank God for the joys of having our prayers answered. It’s almost like a big loud speaker coming from our church to God and its beautiful when he hears us loud and clear. It feels like, every week, we are able to announce the joys from our prayers of concerns the week before and not have to worry about breaking a leg.

 

PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!

 

 All AAP Supporters of the following deployed U.S. Troops

From: AdoptaPlatoon Support Management Team

We have been asked to let you know that your Platoon's support should be put on "HOLD." A complex, international dispute about “value added tax” has the Egyptian officials withholding American mail (packages) until this dispute is settled between the Egyptian and American Governments.  Our Military contacts will let us know when the "Hold" is removed and they are able to receive mail again.   We were not given a time frame for when this would happen.

 A new platoon has been requested so please continue to bring in supplies to support our troops.

Mission

Have you supported our new well project yet?  Marion Medical Mission builds wells in remote corners of Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.  They hope to install 2800 wells over roughly 57,000 square miles before the end of the1027. Africans decide where to place the wells, organize the communities, and make the galvanized steel pumps and the foot valves and plungers.  American teams of volunteers go to Africa and complete the work. One local minister states “Each time I go to my village, I see what was once impossible. We now have clean water to drink. Cholera, diarrhea, and dysentery were once the orders of the day and are now no more.  We praise God for this.”

As each well is completed, the volunteers ensure that each village knows that their well is special because it is God’s love that is shared with them.  We can continue to share God’s love in this

life saving ministry.  Each well costs just $400.00. Please make checks out to the church and mark “well” on the memo. Donations may be left in the offering plate, mailed to the church or given to me. Thanks be to God!  Joan Hadlock


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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

While I write this anxiety levels close at home and around the globe continue to escalate. Climate related concerns include devastation from wild fires, flooding, hurricanes, wind damage, mud slides.  Immense heartache and life threatening circumstances from political decisions and political posturing continue to astound us.  The turmoil is great and it is real.

The challenge is to face the turmoil with love, to face those anxiety producing and life threatening issues within our own spheres of activity responsibly, to seek and offer help, and to join our complete beings (mind, soul, body) with others in prayer and meditation.

It may be tempting to close and lock our doors and never venture forth. 

Yet, how fortunate we are to even have doors to close and lock.  There are innumerable people in our world who have no door to lock, and have no huge piles of possessions to put out on the curb for the waste management company to pick up after a severe flood, or to even set out for an annual townwide yard sale.

One evening recently, Tom and I watched the movie, Queen of Katwe.  It is a true story whose Queen is Fiona, a girl living in the poor sections of Katwe, Uganda, who discovered hope and new life by learning to play the game of chess. Fiona’s family, neighborhood, community, and country were affected by this activity she learned.  Her chess coach, life coach, teacher and friend, and his family were a significant part of the entire life enhancing and transforming story. Fiona’s coach was young man, a university graduate awaiting employment as an engineer, who became part of a ministry which offered a sports program in which he coached football (soccer) to young boys.  There were some boys who were not permitted by their parents to play such a physical sport because their families could not pay for medical treatment if they became injured.  So, this man added chess to the boys’ program, welcomed girls, and provided meals.

To make a long lovely poignant true story short, from 2007 to 2011, Fiona increased in her chess playing ability and became champion in a prestigious international chess tournament which resulted in Fiona, as a young teenager, purchasing a home in the country for her family. For the years after her father died, Fiona’s family existed in one room dirt floor rented hovels on the income her mother earned by selling maize.  Some had doors, some did not.  All of their possessions could be transported on their backs in one trip.  And this was/is the norm for many in Uganda. (And many other places around the world.)

This is the norm for hundreds of thousands more.  And if we consider all of the needs in our world among all the members of our human family, we will become overwhelmed.  Some of us will indeed want to close and lock our doors to shut the pain out.  Some of us will work so hard to make things better we will experience something called Compassion Fatigue, which is a real thing. 

Some of us will talk about it all and do nothing. And yet, many of us will seek avenues by which we may make a difference. 

Right here, right now, God is presenting each of us individually with specific tasks we may carry out or concerns that we may address.  The only way to discern them is to be watchful, to be alert and to be willing to take a risk and make a choice in the moment at hand that meets with our own unique gifts and abilities.  If one needs to close one’s door for awhile and rest, so be it.  But, please, open it again and allow God’s gentleness and mercy to be present in you and through you.

Right here, right now, God is presenting to all of us together the task of being gentle and merciful as human family.  Together we are part of something grand even in the face of the anxiety and turmoil.  Our heritage, cultures, ethnicities, music, art, diversity, foods, abilities, riches and poverty all contribute to our world village.  In our present day it has become clear that we as human family are not   independent separate entities, but we are together a diverse and marvelous Life.  Therefore, our immediate individual choices and activities matter.

May our choices be made gently and mercifully in the loving Divine presence of the Source of All Life, God who is Love.

In the manner of Jesus, be who you are, embrace your personhood, receive and offer love, cry and laugh, and be filled with hope.

I am your companion on the way,  Evon​​

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Book Discussion Group Books for the Autumn and Winter months:

If you have books to recommend please make your suggestions to Lisa Gallagher, Rev. Evon or any member of the Worship, Music and Christian Education Committee (Liz Scarlett, Joan Delosh, Liz Bawden, Bridget Sherman)
We’ll make some choices later in September and get the list out before the end of the month!

In your considerations, what about:
Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue
A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy
New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book

 Let Yourself Be Lovevd: Transforming Fear Into Hope, Phillip Bennett
Let Yourself Be Loved is a book of hope for all who desire love but also fear it. In its pages, readers are likely to recognize feelings within themselves: the part that is longing to be loved; and also fears within themselves: fearing vulnerability, judgment, and loss of control the part that holds back. In this updated volume, with a new foreword, and additional chapters and prayers, readers will discover a joyful and liberating invitation simply to be loved: to recognize the loving presence of God that is always there unconditionally, ready to embrace and enfold them despite their fears and resistance.
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What Does It Mean to be Presbyterian?
An Adult Education Class is in the works!
If you are interested in participating, please contact Rev. Evon, so that the best time can be chosen for all participants.  The class will serve as a new member class, will be perfect for those wanting a refresher on Presbyterianism, and will serve as a community building small group around this topic!! The class will ideally last about 4 weeks. The learnings will last a lifetime!
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Blessing of the Animals
4:30 PM Wednesday
October 4, 2017
We will mark the Day of St. Francis, October 4, 2017, with a Blessing of the Animals Service in the Memorial Picnic Pavilion!  Please bring your pets and livestock!  Dogs need to be leashed, Cats need to be crated, and other beloveds either leashed or crated (fish bowls, bird cages, etc.!) 
We will gather for the ceremony at 4:30 PM. 
A planning and preparation committee is being created, so if you are interested in helping out, please contact Rev. Evon or a member of the Worship, Education and Music Committee (Liz Scarlett, Liz Bawden, Joan Delosh, Bridget Sherman) by September 15!
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Wednesday Morning Bible Study
11:00 AM
(No Study September 13)
September 20  Matthew 20:1-16
September 27  Matthew 21:23-32
October 4  Matthew 21:33-46
October 11  Matthew 22:1-14
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Sunday School for children, ages 3-10, begins September 17!  Growing in Gratitude will be the theme, and teachers will rotate responsibilities in the same manner as last spring.  Jen Gardner is coordinating the teaching list.  Many thanks to all and see you on the 17th!
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Weekly Choir Rehearsals
7:00 PM
Thursday evenings
in the Chapel
Beginning September 7, 2017
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Many thanks to all those very special musicians who provided special music during the summer months and on September 3.  You provided your listeners with holy moments in the sharing of your divine gifts.
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I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
listen to this music
I am the concert from the mouth of every creature
singing with the myriad chorus
I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
listen to this music

                                                                Hafiz
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 PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
 Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Agency

If you are interested in contributing financially to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s emergency response and long-term recovery work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, please, designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey

 You may send your gift to Hammond Presbyterian Church with the appropriate designation or you may mail it with the appropriate designation (account number, name- i.e. DR000169-Harvey) to:

 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
PO Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

 Your financial support and partnership enables Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to witness to the healing love of Christ and to bring hope to communities and individuals recovering from natural and human-caused disaster situations. The list of active accounts provides an opportunity to make donations to specific disaster situations. Thank you!

 There are many needs and many places.  If you are interested in contributing to the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance overall or specifically here are additional response accounts.

 Initial Response Accounts

DR000148 — General Relief and undesignated program support: supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering and enables members and congregations to make general designations to use funds where they are most needed as determined by PDA.
DR999999 — International Disasters and Emergencies: supplements the OGHS offering to enable a significant, initial response to major international disasters and emergencies.
DR000015 — U.S.A. Disasters and Emergencies: supplements the OGHS offering to enable a significant, initial response to major national disasters and emergencies. 
OG100000  — to designate your One Great Hour of Sharing Gift to PDA.

Designated Disaster Accounts

Afghanistan (DR000159)
Blanket Fund (DR000072)
Church Support (DR000180)
CWS Gift of the Heart Kits (DR000151)
Democratic Republic of Congo (DR000088)
Food Security (International) –
Foods Resource Bank (FRB) (DR000182)
Gun Violence/Public Violence (DR000188)
Haiti Relief (DR000064)
Hurricane Matthew (DR000193)
Iraq (DR000082)
Kenya (DR000131)
Lebanon/Syria (DR000007)
Malawi and Southern Africa (DR000158)
Middle East (DR000081)
Moringa Tree (DR000175)
Nepal (DR000192)
Pastoral Support and Caregiving 
(DR000177)
Philippines (DR000012)
Refugee Emergencies (in the U.S.A.) 
(DR000095)
Refugee and IDP Programs (International) 
(DR000156)
South Sudan (DR000042)
Superstorm Sandy (DR000187)
Syria (see Lebanon)
U.S. Flooding (DR000191)
U.S. Wildfires (DR000165)
 A portion of our annual  One Great Hour of Sharing Offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
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 The Reverend Cathryn Stevenson Community Memorial Pavilion
Pastor Cathy had a dream and after a few short months, the generosity and hard work of many, that dream has come true.   Starting with a $3520.00 fund and looking at approximately $30,000 to build, was a little overwhelming.  Painting Class, Fish Fry, Chicken BBQ, Silent Auction, Raffle Baskets, Ice Cream Social with Sweet Adeline, Paddle for Purpose, Memorial Brick and the personal donations of many we have raised over $17,000!  The Pavilion has a functional bathroom, electricity and the kitchen will be enclosed within the next couple weeks.

A committee of 4 people will be organized to work on rules and regulations of the pavilion.  Anyone interested in being on this committee please contact Lisa Gallagher at 315-244-4416. 


The first order of 40 Memorial Bricks has been placed.  The bricks should arrive within the next couple weeks.  We will not install the bricks until spring, which will be around the exterior of the pavilion.  The campaign for brick ordering is ongoing and there is no deadline.  Anyone interested in ordering bricks can contact Lisa Gallagher at 315-244-4416 or go online at polarengraving.com/HammondPresbyterianChurch. 

The dedication service held on August 26th during the 9:30am service was a beautiful spiritual experience for all that attended.  Pastor Evon, Connie Wortman and the worship committee thought of every detail when preparing the service.   The circular seating, music, drumming, rain stick, readings, fresh flowers, hanging of the mandala and the beautiful sunny morning were all part of moving are past and present together.
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 A Year
By Tara Atherton

 It has been a year since I started writing monthly to you, and so much has changed in a year. My baby is no longer a baby. She walks and talks constantly. She’s independent and she’s so smart. It breaks my heart to see how quickly she’s growing and developing, but it’s also wonderful to see what a little person she is turning into. Speaking of progress, my son is progressing into a new program at school, since he has also mentally out grown his old programs, and out growing some baby teeth. He’s such a loving and sweet big brother. Seeing how much the kids have grown and changed in a year, makes me think about myself and if I’ve changed and grown with my children. I’d like to think that I have, but it isn’t until I look back at where I was to where I am now, that I actually see some of the changes that has happened to me and my life. I often find myself calling my mom and asking her, “How did you make everything look so easy?” And her reply always is, “It wasn’t, but I did the best I could for you kids.” In so many situations, I find myself asking so many questions still, and with that, I believe that I am still growing also.

Our church has grown all summer long also. It seems like only yesterday they had the stakes in the lawn to where the pavilion was going to be. I was here when the cement was first poured, and struggled not to put my hand prints in the wet cement. Every morning when I came to the Church, I was amazed with how quickly everything was progressing. How quickly all the fund raisers went also. We all pulled together and made progress. We all came together and grew as a church and as a community. We all came together as one.
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MISSIONS

We are once again sponsoring a Shallow Well, to be built in Malawi, Tanzania or Zambia. Teams of 20 or more American volunteers travel to Africa and complete installation of these wells in villages across an area of 57,000 square miles.  In 2016, the people in 2528 villages received their wells with their very first readily accessible clean water. Each area is headed up by a local Field Officer, a college educated employee who oversees the locating, digging and cement work for the wells. Then the American volunteers come in and complete the installation of the pipe and start pumping out the clean water, to the joy and amazement of the villagers.   The first 1374 wells in 1374 villages were completed in just 14 days, seemingly impossible but it was not! Nothing is impossible through the power of prayer, the work of the Holy Spirit, an unbelievably committed group of American volunteers and over 1500 local Africans working hand in hand to make this happen.

So our part in this incredible operation is to help provide funding for a well.  So far we have funded four wells.  Now is our chance to do it again.  A well costs $400.00.  All monies donated to this cause is guaranteed to go directly to the building of a well.  Checks may be made out to the church, with “well” on the memo line, and placed in offering plate or given to me. Having clean water is just part of our daily lives, something we don’t think about. But for villagers whose children suffer from illness and death due to the poor condition of their water, these wells may seem like a miracle.  Let us all reach out and help save young lives.  Joan Hadlock
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FOOD PANTRY

The next Hammond Food Pantry will be Thursday, Sept. 28th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Hammond Fire Hall. Any income eligible persons may come to the pantry for the food distribution, which includes several meat items, fruits, vegetables, soup, pasta and sauce juice, cereal and other miscellaneous items.  If you know someone who might benefit from this service, they can call me at 315/324-5517 for more information.  Joan Hadlock

FOOD SENSE PROGRAM
Along with the Food Pantry, there is a Food Sense program which has no income restrictions.
Food Sense can be ordered and paid for monthly by anyone interested.  It is a great way to conserve food dollars.  A Food Sense unit consists of meats and fish, produce, frozen products, some Stouffers products and costs $20.50.  Also available are several specials which will include
cheese, meats, protein or produce boxes with a variety of goods, produce and other items, each
priced individually.  Anyone interested in the Food Sense program may call me at 324-5517.
Joan Hadlock
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 All AAP Supporters of the following deployed U.S. Troops
From: AdoptaPlatoon Support Management Team

We have been asked to let you know that your Platoon's support should be put on "HOLD." A complex, international dispute about “value added tax” has the Egyptian officials withholding American mail (packages) until this dispute is settled between the Egyptian and American Governments.  Our Military contacts will let us know when the "Hold" is removed and they are able to receive mail again.   We were not given a time frame for when this would happen. A new platoon has been requested so please continue to bring in supplies to support our troops.


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Dear Brothers and Sisters:

When we live our lives by routine, content with putting one familiar foot in front of the other, change shakes us up.  It became clear in early May that the summer season of 2017 was going to be different in the North Country and all along the St. Lawrence Seaway.  As the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding water bodies continued to rise it became even clearer that what we have taken for granted in the past would not be so this year.

Some of our familiar summer faces have determined not to travel to the North Country this year leaving empty cottages and camps and empty places in the church pews.  Only a seasoned boat owner can describe what it’s like to not be able to either put a boat in the water or power the boat from a flooded boathouse. And for those seasoned and familiar River travelers shoals once seen were hidden, logs and other debris caused folks to change their minds about venturing out on the water.   As docks and river bank property washed away and cattail islands appeared where there have been none before, anxiety heightened. 

Tom and I expressed the same word over and over as we drove the country roads, looked at Black Lake, the ponds where there had been none, the water lapping over thresholds to summer residences: “Wow!”

The flooded docks where businesses in the river towns depend upon summer visitors for winter livelihood.  Wow!

Our church family’s prized labyrinth has been difficult to maintain this year, for just as preparation for labyrinth walks are even thought about the rains come and the lake re-forms over the mud.

Wow!  Change yields anxiety, conversation, adjustment, and if not embrace of something new, at least toleration and temporary acceptance- acting “as if” until it becomes familiar and acceptable.  One day the river will go down even more than it already has. 

Smiles are returning to beleaguered and worry weary faces even when part of the river property, boathouse contents, docks have floated away.  Some summer residents may even venture to camp for the remaining weeks of summer and we will welcome them “home” for however long they are able to stay.

Life is transition. To live, to exist, means to change. 

Our faith informs us and upholds us as we trust that “all things work together for good for those who love God.” (Romans 8:28)  All things may not remain or return to the way they used to be, but something new and different will arise.  Our faith in God’s transforming power and abiding love and mercy inspires us to be watchful and alert to the wonder God is doing.  And at the same time we remember that in order for there to be transformation, the chaos that seems to mean destruction, endings, and deadends is truly the way of creation and new life.  May we receive it all with compassion and in trust.

Hammond Presbyterian Church has been all about transformation and adjustment with life in ministry during this summer of 2017.  We held a Vacation Bible School which hasn’t been done in a few years.  We tried something new and held it in the evening and used materials in projects that at one time were originally used for something else and with nimble hands and creative minds were transformed into something new.  The vision held by a previous pastor of a picnic pavilion in which people could be fed and nourished in mind, body, and spirit is fast on its way to completion.  Our beloved Earle Goodwin, died at 93 years of age, and we mourned an ending while celebrating the promise of new life in Christ.

Each of us individually have been faced with the evidence of change, the willing and unwilling necessity of things never remaining the same.  However, among the faithful change does not happen just for change’s sake.  In lives of faith, transformation is the way to wholeness, and may be embraced for what it is if we are alert: a  way to become one with God and united with our human family. 

Those things which may have been unhealthy for our own wellbeing; things, people, or routines which we have taken for granted, look different during and after a time of growth and transformation.  And what that view is cannot be seen until the change has occurred.

Some of us have been taking ukulele classes this summer.  The fun of the first class yields days of practice when the tips of the fingers hurt, when muscles in wrists, arms, and hands express discomfort in the process of adjusting to unfamiliar positions holding this benign looking little instrument.  And yet the goal of persevering and enduring is music that uplifts and comforts. And soon those aches and pains will be no more- just the music!

I wonder if the River hadn’t flooded and the waters hadn’t been too high to navigate as safely these first weeks of summer if all this other transformation would be taking place.  There’s something happening in the North Country, which means there’s something happening in New York, in North America, and in our world.  Let’s be alert and watchful for the sacredness of each and every moment and the sacredness of each and every person.  Let’s receive God’s grace and mercy and love one another, in compassionate service.

I write in wondrous love and peace, and I’m still saying, “Wow.”

Evon
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Al Anon
Wednesday Morning Paths to Recovery Woman’s Step Meetings will be held at the Hammond Presbyterian Church in the Dining Hall. 
Wednesday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Confidentiality is primary at an Al Anon meeting.
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 AUGUST
Sunday Worship Service
9:30 AM
Coffee Hour following each service
Potluck Brunch:
August 6th
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July 16-19 found the creation of two Bible Scenes in miniature to be both enjoyable and challenging.  The Old Testament scene of Noah’s ark and God’s Rainbow of Promise alongside the New Testament scene of  Jesus blessing the children and the confirmation of Jesus’ disciples bearing the light of God’s love to the world have been focal points for visitors and church family alike.  The scenes will remain in the front lawn of the church for the rest of the summer.

The VBS program was initially inspired by the Hammond Museum’s summer program of Faerie houses and Faerie Teas around the village.  Our mini biblical scenes were completed in time to be included on the Faerie House tour on July 20. 

In preparation for this summer’s VBS, the planners Ann Root, Ellen Armitage, Pam Winchester and Rev. Evon skimmed favorite Bible stories and chose the ones ultimately used, brainstormed music choices, and talked about supplies needed.  Registration forms were sent out, a schedule was created, and Jen Gardner and the Youth Group gathered lots of natural building supplies from a trip to Adohi Kanti. Ellen and Evon scoured yard sales.  Ellen gathered craft supplies. 
Joan Hadlock provided and served themed snacks. 
Jen McGregor provided a wonderful supply of drift wood which was a result of the river flooding. 
Cory Phalen videotaped the children describing what had been created upon completion the final evening.
 It was decided that it would be worth a try to  hold VBS in the evening with the hope of encouraging families to attend together making it possible for an intergenerational experience and a wider range of ages.  It worked!  Out of the six families represented three of them spanned three generations! 

Many thanks to everyone involved and for the church family support!
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August Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 23
The Shack, William P. Young
Movie Night!!
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 Weekly Bible Study
11:00 AM
Wednesdays
In the Screen House
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 Picnic Pavilion
Dedication Service
Sunday
August 27, 2017
9:30 AM
The many many months of hoping and dreaming moved into planning and coordinating and has now yielded a picnic pavilion in the east lawn of the church property.  The church family has been engaged in discussion and debate, questioning and answering, watching and participating, giving and receiving  all during the weeks of studying Jesus’ parables in the Gospel of  Matthew which encourage collaboration with God in our everyday lives and cooperation with each other.  Jesus’ teachings inspire audience participation which is empowering!  The use of parables was inspiring and challenging centuries ago and continue to be so, as has been shown here this summer!

The day for dedicating the initial fruit of that labor,  the picnic pavilion, is soon upon us.  On Sunday morning, August 27 our worship service will be held in the pavilion, which means worshipers need to come dressed appropriately for the weather, and ready for a very special time together.

 The pavilion will be Dedicated to the Glory of God in loving memory of The Reverend Cathryn Stevenson and her ministry within the Hammond community.  The liturgy for morning worship will be crafted with this dedication in mind.

 The Picnic Pavilion Committee, moderated by Ruling Elder Lisa Gallagher, has been tireless in its effort to bring a Spirit led vision to life.  The church family’s excitement may include the wonder at what God is doing in our midst and how the ministry of Jesus Christ in Hammond may be enhanced by the presence and use of this special building.

Pavilion Committee Members:
Ruling Elder Lisa Gallagher, Moderator
Ruling Elder Jennifer McGregor
Joan Delosh
Jackie Washburn
Connie Wortman
Teaching Elder, Rev. Evon Lloyd 

Fish Fry Helpers:
Coordinator: Ruling Elder Lisa Gallagher
Paul Truax
Ruling Elder Jen McGregor
Ruling Elder Joan Hadlock
Ruling Elder Ann Root
Ruling Elder Liz Scarlett
Jackie Washburn
Joan Delosh
Doug Delosh
Connie Wortman
Marilyn Hunter
Denise Diana
Anne Lott
Ellen Armitage
Norm Armitage
Sue McWharf
Rosie Salamacha
Dick Watson
Harold Pfleiderer
Don Crepeau
Bridget Sherman
Savannah Rathbun
Janet Woodside
Rev. Evon Lloyd
Brier Hill Fire Department provided hospitality and space to hold the event.

THANK YOU
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 Session and Deacons
Pot luck picnic and joint meeting
Sunday
August 20, 2017
4:00 PM
At Jen McGregor’s Camp
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The Reverend Cathryn Stevenson Memorial Pavilion is up and almost ready to use!  Ray Roberts and his guys of Triple Ridge Contracting have done an amazing job.  We were able to raise $1796.00 at our recent Fish Fry.  Funding raising for the pavilion will continue with a chicken BBQ, silent auction and live music by the Jack Kelley Big Band on August 12th.   There will be an Ice Cream Social with The Sweet Adelines on August 26th at the Iva Smith Gallery.   Anyone interested in ordering a memorial/honor brick please contact Lisa Gallagher at 244-4416.  The bricks will make a beautiful exterior sidewalk around the pavilion.  God has blessed us with the talents and support of many to make this memorial possible.
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Our Platoon still needs our support. Even if you just want to send a card they would really appreciate that! 
There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from North Carolina to Egypt until January 2019.   They have minimal access to amenities at their location.
REQUESTS:  Assorted snacks, including protein/granola bars, drink mix singles or liquid, sunflower seeds, cookies, beef jerky/sticks, tuna or chicken pouches, filled crackers, assorted toiletries, feminine hygiene items and bath/baby wipes.  For down time:  magazines, assorted puzzle books, board games, stationery, envelopes, adult coloring books, Crayola colored pencils, black ink, pens/pencils and anything to boost moral.  Warm Weather Items: eye drops, sticky fly paper, lip balm, Cortisone Cream (anti itch cream), medicated powder (for heat rash), sunscreen for nose and face and Non-Aerosol insect repellent w/Deet.  Send ONLY in bottles with pumps or wipes.  Please don’t feel it necessary to send every item listed. Just getting a touch of home will really boost morale. 
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 Me Time
By Tara Atherton
July was such a crazy month, I think for everyone. I had extra company visiting my family and myself and the weather was finally catching up to us to be out in the warmth of the sun and swim down by the water. I think the only time I saw the inside of my house, was when I was laying down for bed. Meals are all eaten at the table that is outside, bath time might be pushed back a day of two from swimming, and lots of sun block and water flying everywhere. August looks to be just as busy as July since summer school will be coming to an end for my son Viktor, more family will be coming to visit, and we usually end the summer with a visit to the water park. So, when do I get “Me Time”? As much as having my son go to summer school stinks, I’m starting to realize the little joys in having some much needed me time. The bus picks him up, I start my morning with a cleansing prayer and some yoga, and appreciate the quiet time that I will have before everyone else wakes up. It’s my time with God, to just stop, look around and be thankful for everything that he has given my family and me. Recently, my Great Aunt Lillian passed away, and I was talking to my mom, who was having a hard time with the passing, and told her, go to a church and just sit there and be one with God for a few minutes and I promise you will feel better. The next day she called me telling me that, doing that was exactly what she needed, since she couldn’t make it to the funeral.
I catch myself thinking about what Jennifer Gardner said at small talk a few weeks back, about what we do in between dentist visits and in between when we come every Sunday to worship at church. You brush your teeth every day, so when you go back to the dentist, its only for a quick cleaning and you’re on your way, but if you don’t brush your teeth for 6 months until the next cleaning, you’re going to be in the hot seat for a bit longer. So doing something good, helping others, praying, is our way of brushing our teeth until our next visit with God. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 it says “All of you surely know that you are God’s temple and that his Spirit lives in you.” and I feel that, the bit of “Me Time” I get when its quiet in the house, is my time to sneak into my inner temple and “Brush my teeth” as Jennifer would say. With all the madness of the summer and kids running rampant, with the few Sundays that we may miss, I feel good knowing that when I come back to church, I won’t need to have a filling.
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Yard Sale at the Hammond Presbyterian Church
Do you still have that box of stuff sitting in your attic that you forgot to sell at the village wide yard sale, or maybe you’ve been spring cleaning and created a box of things that you would love to sell…On September 2nd  from 8am-2pm, The Hammond Presbyterian Church would like to offer you the opportunity to reserve a spot to sell your items here at our church. No worries about the weather for that day, because it will be done inside, so come rain or shine. There is NO fee for hosting your sale here, but any donations would be greatly appreciated to help benefit the church.
All sale items remaining at the end of the shopping day, must be taken home with the seller
For more details, please contact Anne at 324-5485 to reserve your spot TODAY
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PER CAPITA

The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.

            Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!

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July 2017

Dear Friends:

Where did the last year go?  Wowee, what a ride!  A year ago now, Tom and I were newbies and full of wonder at our new home and family! Thank you for welcoming us and including us so rapidly into this marvelous loving community.  We are happy to begin year 2 with U.  (Ah, text lingo.)

 The diversity and uniqueness expressed while growing in community is a real blessing here.  At the same time, we acknowledge that being unified in the compassionate love of God in Christ Jesus takes effort.  I encourage you in your efforts.  There is much to celebrate and much to open ourselves to in this wondrous life.  In the midst of it all we grow through our individual and collective suffering, we are inspired by compassionate hospitality, and we make healthy choices to the best of our ability, through discernment in prayer and meditation, we trust one another and God’s presence in our midst.

You will note in this newsletter several opportunities through the life of this congregation to put into practice Jesus’ commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. 

The planning, construction, and fundraising for
The Reverend Cathryn Stevenson Memorial Pavilion is revealing far reaching links to loved ones close at hand and those geographically distant.  The conversation, mutual concern, active participation and debate has been and will be helpful, as we continue to engage one another with compassion and understanding!

Change and process with love is Resurrection life! 

 It has been a pleasure for me to learn how beloved Pastor Cathy was and to experience something new growing from her ministry in this community of Hammond.  I encourage you to participate when you can in the various fundraisers, planning sessions, and activities. 

While there is transformation there is at the same time the stability of familiarity in worship on Sunday mornings.  A gathered assembly of individuals who seek renewal, learning, nurture, comfort, compassion, and even challenge and empowerment are present weekly in the name and presence of the Risen Christ. 

(Please note that we will be meeting at 9:30 AM during July and August!)

Now that Tom and I have experienced the pattern of life and worship here in Hammond for a year, we have a sense of stability as we continue serving and working among you.  We know what to watch for and to make every effort not to miss, while we also note that with the high water levels, flooding and frequent rain that the usual rhythm of the summer is not typical this year.  May we rejoice in what is familiar and encourage one another in remaining grounded during that which is unfamiliar.

That being said, I offer to you this familiar prayer, even though the words may be different.  It is The Jesus Prayer which is part of the Celtic Christian Tradition of Casa del Sol at our Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in New Mexico.

Ground of all being, Mother of Life,
Father of the universe,
Your name is sacred, beyond speaking.
May we know your presence,
May your longings be our longings
in heart and in action.
May there be food today for the human family
and for the whole earth community.
Forgive us the falseness of what we have done
as we forgive those who are untrue to us.
Do not forsake us in our times of conflict
but lead us to new beginnings.
For the light of life, the vitality of life,
and the glory of life
are yours now and forever.
Amen.

Peace and Love, Rev. Evon
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2017 Deacons Awards were presented to:
Ellen Armitage, Jennifer Gardner, and Ann Root.
Appreciation for these women and their participation in the servant life of Christ is acknowledged on behalf of the congregation of the Hammond Presbyterian Church by our Board of Deacons.  Ellen, Jen, and Ann are HPC Community Builders!  Our current Board of Deacons membership is: Jackie Washburn, Joan DeLosh, Claire Mathews, Nancy Hadlock, Tom Gordnier, Sue McWharf, and Rosie Salamacha.
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 Congratulations Seniors!
On Sunday, June 25, two Hammond Central School Seniors were recognized during worship and were presented with Bibles.  We are thankful for Paige Frisina and Chauncey Dupuis who shared their graduation day with us.  The entire Class of 2017 was kept in prayer.
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Sunday School Recognition
Gratitude was expressed to the Adults who have served as Sunday School teachers during the past school year.  We celebrated the beginning of an additional Sunday School class and additional teachers since the need arose!  Cherie and Eliza Hadlock and Savannah Rathbun were presented with Bibles.
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 Church Choir
A rousing jazzy rendition of I’ve Got Peace Like a River concluded the choir’s season on Sunday, June 25.  The service of these very talented singers and director has been greatly appreciated. Their return in September following a summer break will be greatly anticipated.  Many thanks to Director, Bridget Sherman, and singers: Altos: Evie Saphier, Joan Hadlock, Ann Root, Christine Visscher; Tenors: Donna Chase, Tom Gordnier;  Sopranos: Jennifer McGregor, Dorothy Bryant, Liz Bawden, Liz Scarlett, Evon Lloyd; and sub: Allison Barrigar. 
If you would like to provide special music one Sunday this summer, please contact Bridget!
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 Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant was joyously celebrated on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 4.  Madeleine Rathbun and Zane Washburn received the sacrament of Baptism.  Kennon Gardner and Nolan Gardner reaffirmed their baptismal covenant.  These four young people are our newest church members and we rejoice with them as they have taken a decisive step in living out their faith.
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Book Discussion Group
July
The Color of Water by James McBride
July 26, 2017 7:00 PM
August
The Shack by William P. Young
August 23, 2017 7:00 PM
Copies of these books can be picked up in the church dining hall.
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Al Anon
Wednesday Morning Paths to Recovery Woman’s Step Meetings will be held at the Hammond Presbyterian Church in the Dining Hall. 
Wednesday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Confidentiality is primary at an Al Anon meeting.
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 Weekly Wednesday Bible Study
11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
In the Pastor’s Study.
When weather permits we will meet in the Screen House in the Church Lawn.
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 JULY AND AUGUST
Sunday Worship Service
9:30 AM
Coffee Hour following each service
Potluck Brunch:
July 2nd and August 6th
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 PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita assessment is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
Many members of our church have already made their per capita contributions. Our Church pays per capita for each member.  Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita contributions can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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Summertime
By Tara Atherton
I know my kids have been looking forward to the summertime, since Spring Break back in April. My step son Nathan comes to visit for a few weeks and he’s looking forward to all the activities that our little town has to offer. His favorite thing that happens in our town though is Field Days. Actually, its so popular in my house, that a lot of my in laws come to visit for Field Days also. What’s not to love about Field Days? The Vendors show, the chicken barbecue, the parade, the auction, and then the kids games, plus all the fair food. It’s the most talked about event in my house. There are other events that we look forward to, but Field Days is on the top.
Another Event that Nathan is looking forward to is the Music Camp that our Church has. That’s all he talked about last summer. He played instruments that we had never heard of, which in turn makes us look it up online to make sure he wasn’t pulling our leg. It seems like the summer time is when so many events also happen at the church. You have the Yard sale, Family Vacation Bible School, 14th Annual Summer Music Camp, Chair Yoga, and Benefit Dinners.
 Just like our little town, our little church blossoms like the flowers in our gardens. We flourish when the weather gets warm and we all come together to make a beautiful summer of fun and activities for everyone to enjoy look forward to every year.
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 Chair Yoga
Ellen Armitage is back this year teaching her chair yoga, chair dancing and line dancing classes. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water if you want to join. For more information, please get a hold of Ellen.
Chair Yoga Classes: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm at the Hammond Presbyterian Church
Chair Dancing Classes: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm at the Chippewa Bay Community Center
Line Dancing Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:30pm at the Iva Smith Gallery
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The Hammond Historical Museum is planning a Harvest Festival for October 7th & 8th in conjunction with the New York State Designer Blacksmith Convention being held on the museum grounds that weekend.
We are looking for people to get involved with the organization and planning of the event.
Our hope is to make this a community wide celebration of Hammond's abundance and traditions.
If you are interested in getting involved and have ideas for the event, please contact the museum.
Email: hammondhistorian@gmail.com
Phone: 315-324-6628 or 315-324-5731
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Town Wide Yard Sale at the Hammond Presbyterian Church
Do you live on a side road where no cars come down? Do you have stuff that you would love to sell at a yard sale, but don’t think anyone will make it to your location? Than come sell it at the Hammond Presbyterian Church.
On July 8th from 8am-2pm, The Hammond Presbyterian Church would like to offer you the opportunity to reserve a spot to sell your items on our lawn (or inside if the weather is rainy) during the Hammond town-wide yard sale. Please bring your own sale table, since we only have a limited supply of tables to share. All sale items remaining at the end of the shopping day, must be taken home with the seller or, seller can donate items to the Hammond Fire Dept for the Field day Auction (if you don’t want to bring it home with you) There is NO fee for hosting your sale here.
For more details, please contact Anne at 324-5485 to reserve your spot TODAY
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 The Reverend Cathryn Stevenson Community Pavilion Fund:
Thanks to everyone who supported the recent painting class fundraising event held on June 26th. The class raised $960.00! Thanks to Jade Reynolds for an amazing class!
July 22nd there will be a Fish Fry held at Brier Hill Community Center. The event will be from 3:00pm-7:00pm. There will be raffles, entertainment and amazing food! Menu will include fish, macaroni & cheese, salt potatoes, Cole Slaw, roll, dessert & beverage. Cost will be $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids, under five free.
Anyone interested in purchasing a Memorial Brick please contact Lisa Gallagher, 315-244-4416. The bricks will make up the exterior of the pavilion and are a great way to honor a loved one or your family.
Construction of the pavilion will begin the end of July with hopes it will be ready to host a Chicken Barbecue on August 19th! Thank you to the church family and our community for making this dream come true!
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 Our Platoon still needs our support. 

There will be platoon box sent on July 10th.  Even if you just want to send a card they would really appreciate that! 
There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from North Carolina to Egypt until January 2019.   They have minimal access to amenities at their location.
REQUESTS:  Assorted snacks, including protein/granola bars, drink mix singles or liquid, sunflower seeds, cookies, beef jerky/sticks, tuna or chicken pouches, filled crackers, assorted toiletries, feminine hygiene items and bath/baby wipes.  For down time:  magazines, assorted puzzle books, board games, stationery, envelopes, adult coloring books, Crayola colored pencils, black ink, pens/pencils and anything to boost moral.  Warm Weather Items: eye drops, sticky fly paper, lip balm, Cortisone Cream (anti itch cream), medicated powder (for heat rash), sunscreen for nose and face and Non-Aerosol insect repellent w/Deet.  Send ONLY in bottles with pumps or wipes.  Please don’t feel it necessary to send every item listed. Just getting a touch of home will really boost morale. 
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 Meditation Program to be given at the Hammond Presbyterian Church,
July 24 at 6:30 p.m.
This two hour free-to-the public program consists of meditation, talk by Swami Kena, question and answer period, and personal darshan (individuals can come up one at a time for personal consultation and healing requests, etc.)

Born in Minnesota in 1945, Swami Kena began his spiritual quest at an early age. He studied ancient texts, sought guidance from religious masters, and took private sabbaticals in the northern woods to meditate and study. By the time he met his guru (spiritual teacher), Shivabalayogi, Swami was well prepared to undertake the strong practice of deep meditation known as “tapas”, which involves long continuous hours of meditation.  Swami Kena completed seven years of tapas, meditating 10 – 15 hours a day. Eventually Swami Kena was directed by his Guru to travel around North America and South America and offer the gift of meditation to everyone willing to accept it. Swami Kena has dedicated his life to serve humanity in this way.

Even though Swami Kena has initiated and helped thousands of people, he lives a very simple life in his humble country ashram in rural Minnesota. Till this day and even during his travels, Swami meditates daily. In meditation, despite his Guru having dropped his body, Swami has direct contact with him.

The more people practice meditation and awaken spiritually, the more stress will go down and the world’s situation will improve. Swami Kena states: “To meditate is the way to understand yourself, and a way to solve problems in a clear and intuitive direction. It brings stress down, allowing one to make the right decisions at the right time.”
Swami Ken does not charge for these meditation programs. His mission is to make this meditation available to as many people as he can help. To further Swami’s mission, donations are welcome. Books, shawls, and meditation supplies are also available at these programs.

Swami will serve anyone of any faith. Meditation will enhance your chosen path or discipline. No one will be turned away from a meditation program who is sincere in his or her desire to learn to meditate.  Please do not miss this rare opportunity.
Swami Kena is also scheduled to give programs nearby:
July 18 – 6:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Ogdensburg
July 21 – 6:30 p.m. Satyana Yoga, Watertown
July 25 – 6:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, Canton
July 26 – 6:00 p.m. Kripalu Yoga & Wellness Center, Adams Center
July 29 & July 30 – 1:00 to 7:00 pm – 2 Day Meditation Workshop, Shantilanka, 32 Daniels Lane, Hammond
For more information, call Christine Visscher 540-556-6931​​


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June 2017

Dear Friends:

One of the most joyous experiences a pastor may have is working with young people who are preparing to make a personal profession of faith in Jesus and a commitment to discipleship within a community of faith.  Such a joyous experience has been mine during the past months as I have shared in the current portion of the faith journey of four members  of the Hammond Church family. My portion was only a chapter in the lives of these individuals who have experienced the presence of Christ in various Sunday School teachers, loving parents, and a nurturing church family. 
On May 17 these four young people met with the session and shared their statements of faith.  Their commitment to Jesus in discipleship was received  and welcomed with grace and gratitude.
On June 4, the Day of Pentecost, we will all participate in Baptism and the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant. We will participate in the Holy Baptism of Madeleine Rathbun, daughter of Bridget Sherman and Tom Rathbun; and of Zane Washburn,  son of Greg and Jackie Washburn.
We will Reaffirm the Baptismal Covenant with Kennon Gardner and Nolan Gardner, the sons of Nick and Jennifer Hadlock Gardner. 
             From Madeleine, Zane, Kennon and Nolan’s statements of faith we learn of their commitment to lovingkindness and the love of Jesus.  Here are their statements.
At this point in your life tell what you have learned about Jesus that helps you in your daily life.
Zane: I have learned that Jesus will be there when I need him.
Madeleine: I have learned that Jesus helps me be kind to people and helps me when I get mad or upset.
Nolan: Knowing that he is there gives me strength to do what I think is right.
Kennon: In my daily life, Jesus’ teaching to love others helps me to try to help others even when I don’t want to; and try to respect others.
Who is Jesus to you?
Zane: Jesus is a healing person.
Madeleine: Jesus is a person who helps me get through life and is always there when I need a break to think about what to say and what to do.  He is a leader, a healer, and a helper.
Kennon: I think Jesus is the human manifestation of God and the educator of God’s word.
Nolan: The man who saved us from sin.
Kennon and Nolan chose four symbols from our PCUSA seal that are important to them.
Nolan: The first symbol I chose was the fire because it reminded me of Moses and the Burning Bush, which is one of my favorite stories.
The second symbol I chose was the dove. It reminded me of Noah and the Ark  and the rainbow in the end can show me how beautiful nature can be.
The third symbol is the fish because it showed how persistent we are to get the word of the Lord out.
Finally, the fourth symbol is the cup because even though Jesus knew he was going to get arrested that night, he still decided to make the most of his life by sharing his last dinner with his friends.
Kennon: In the Presbyterian Seal there are 4 images that mean a lot to me. They are the Dove, the image of the cup, the scripture book, and the fire.  The dove is important because it helps me to give the Holy Spirit a form. The scripture book is important because I believe it gives us instruction on how to live our lives.  The cup is important cup is important because it signifies the agreement between God and us. The fire is important because it symbolizes that Christ’s love burns bright in our lives.
 Madeleine and Zane chose four marks of the Ministry of Members from our PCUSA Constitution that are significant to them.
 (see Book of Order G-1.0304,  below)
Madeleine:  I want to lift one another up in prayer and active support.  That I want to pray and be with people when they need me or God’s help.
I want to respond to God’s activity in the world through service to others.  That means I want to help people bring God into their lives and to do the things God would want me to do.  I want to always care for God’s creation and help the world become a better/safe place, clean the roads, help people care about our world.  I want to participate in the governing responsibilities of the church. That means I want to help the church become better and help people who need God’s love to be welcome to come to his creation and notice more about what he has done for us.
Zane: Caring for God’s creation: Picking up trash.  Taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation: Going to church regularly.  Proclaiming the good news in word and deed: Always trying to be kind to people.  Lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support: Praying for people and helping people.
 On the Day of Pentecost we will all review what it means to be a member of a PCUSA congregation as disciples of Jesus.
 Book of Order G-1.0304      The Ministry of Members
Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege.  It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission.  A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church.
Such involvement includes:
-proclaiming the good news in word and deed,
-taking part in the common life and worship of a
congregation,
-lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern,
and active support,
-studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith
and life,
-supporting the ministry of the church through the
giving of money, time, and talents,
-demonstrating a new quality of life within
and through the church,
-responding to God’s activity in the world through
service to others,
-living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational,
political, cultural, and social relationships of life,
-working in the world for peace, justice, freedom,
and human fulfillment,
-caring for God’s creation,
-participating in the governing responsibilities of the
church, and
-reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful.

 Rejoicing in God’s love in the Church and the world,

Rev. Evon​

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Al Anon
Weekly Al Anon Meetings will soon be held at Hammond Presbyterian Church in the Dining Hall.  Initially the meetings are only for women, which may change once the group is established.  If you are a woman who has been affected by alcoholism in your immediate or extended family, or in the lives of your friends, Al Anon is a tremendous resource for you.  
Wednesday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
in the church dining hall beginning June 7.
Confidentiality is primary at an Al Anon meeting.
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 ATC Workshop
Have you ever heard of Artist Trading Cards?  ATC’s are miniature original works of art that are created and then swapped with other artists.  The only rule for a trading card is that the size be 2 ½ by 3 ½ inches. 
On Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Rev. Evon will be leading an ATC workshop at the Iva Smith Gallery.
The base cards and a variety of media will be supplied such as colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, pencils, and materials for collage.  If you are already an established artist and would prefer to bring your chosen medium that is fine.  Quilters, knitters and those who work with fibers are also welcome to bring fabric scraps or yarn to create an ATC.  All ability levels and ages welcome!
Our goal will be to create two ATC’s during the workshop.  One will be left with Evie to be used in a display at the gallery.  The second will be part of a swap with other participants held at the conclusion of the workshop.
A love offering may be given if one desires.
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Weekly Wednesday Bible Study
11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
In the Pastor’s Study. When weather permits we will meet in the Screen House in the Church Lawn.
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Celebrations in June!!
June 4 
10:30 AM
Day of Pentecost
Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant
Madeleine Rathbun
Zane Washburn
Kennon Gardner
Nolan Gardner
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Pot Luck Dinner
The liturgical color for the day is RED! 
Feel free to come wearing something red!
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 June 11 
A meeting of the congregation will be held at the close of morning worship for the purpose of sharing information about the progress being made on the picnic pavilion and to approve the expenditure of funds for the initial construction of the pavilion, to be reimbursed through various fund raising efforts.
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June 18 
Sunday School Recognition and Appreciation Church Picnic following morning worship
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 JULY AND AUGUST
Sunday Worship Service
9:30 AM
Coffee Hour following each service
The first Sunday of each month a Pot Luck Dinner will follow the service.
(Sunday Services in June remain at 10:30 AM)
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Music Camp and Vacation Bible School
is being planned for July. More information to come!
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​PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.  Thank you!
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Chair Yoga
Ellen Armitage is back this year teaching her chair yoga, chair dancing and line dancing classes. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water if you want to join. For more information, please get a hold of Ellen.
Chair Yoga Classes: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm at the Hammond Presbyterian Church
Chair Dancing Classes: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm at the Chippewa Bay Community Center
Line Dancing Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:30pm at the Iva Smith Gallery
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The Hammond Historical Museum is planning a Harvest Festival for October 7th & 8th in conjunction with the New York State Designer Blacksmith Convention being held on the museum grounds that weekend.
We are looking for people to get involved with the organization and planning of the event.
Our hope is to make this a community wide celebration of Hammond's abundance and traditions.
If you are interested in getting involved and have ideas for the event, please contact the museum.
Email: hammondhistorian@gmail.com
Phone: 315-324-6628 or 315-324-5731
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Town Wide Yard Sale at the Hammond Presbyterian Church
Do you live on a side road where no cars come down? Do you have stuff that you would love to sell at a yard sale, but don’t think anyone will make it to your location? Than come sell it at the Hammond Presbyterian Church.
On July 8th from 8am-2pm, The Hammond Presbyterian Church would like to offer you the opportunity to reserve a spot to sell your items on our lawn (or inside if the weather is rainy) during the Hammond town-wide yard sale. Please bring your own sale table, since we only have a limited supply of tables to share. All sale items remaining at the end of the shopping day, must be taken home with the seller or, seller can donate items to the Hammond Fire Dept for the Field day Auction (if you don’t want to bring it home with you) There is NO fee for hosting your sale here.
For more details, please contact Anne at 324-5485 to reserve your spot TODAY
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Pride
By Tara Atherton

Out with the old and in with the new. Or in my case, out with the old and enjoy the space. Many of us have been doing some much needed spring cleaning. I have an attic, that is packed to the door. I’m dreading having to open it and have a tidal wave of gunk fall on top of me, but it really has to be gone through. My issue with going through the attic is, the weather has gotten so much nicer and the last thing that I want to do is be stuck in a hot attic with a mess that would make me miss a whole day of being outside having fun. As if I was a child, I need my mother around to ground me to the attic to get work done. I know that once I get the work done, I’ll be so proud of my accomplishments, it’s just taking that path to get there.
The kids in our Church have been sacrificing some of their play time the past few Sundays, working in the confirmation class. It’s been such a joy watching them reading the scriptures to the congregation, doing small talk with the children, and being a part of the church. And they do it so willingly (not like myself and my attic) and soon, all of their hard work and efforts that they have been putting forth these last few Sundays are really going to pay off and I hope they get that sense of pride when they get confirmed. Congratulations to Kennon Gardner, Nolan Gardener, Zane Washburn and Madeleine Rathbun for all your accomplishments here at Church and to everyone who is graduating or moving up in school.
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Book Discussion Group
June
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
            June 28, 2017 7:00 PM
            Place to be determined.
July
The Color of Water by James McBride
            July 26, 2017 7:00 PM
August
The Shack by William P. Young
            August 23, 2017 7:00 PM
Copies of these books can be picked up in the church dining hall.
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 It’s Spring

It’s spring the TV keeps saying,
But that cold north wind still blows.
I bundled up for a walk in the park.
Instead I wallowed through knee-deep snow.

 It’s spring, It’s spring they keep saying.
There should be warm sunshine and birds in that park,
But as I wallowed out here no birds did I see,
And all I heard was a far away dog bark.

 Sunshine, What sunshine did I feel?
Dark clouds and rain hit my face.
I keep looking for birds and sunshine
And the strength to keep up this pace

 It’s Spring, It’s spring, I know it’s spring.
I feel warm sunshine and hear birds that sing.
It’s spring, I tell you, I know it’s spring.
Clouds are gone and all the birds sing.

 So take my advice, let winter go its course.
Then spring will come and there will be signs.
The sunshine will be warm and birds will sing.
If we wait for spring,
                          “In God’s time.”
Ruth Brooks
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Rumors

The new wet leaves
of the maple
are flung outward
by the wind
rebounding only to
be shaken furiously
in all directions.
You can almost hear
the squeals of delight.
Leaves who before last week
were buds
with no prior experience
of being leaves,
had for months
been hearing rumors,
pumped to the most
remote branches,
of a sweet new life
coming soon
and of wings.

JRS, May 19,2017
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 Rev. Cathryn Stevenson Community Pavilion Fund:

Many fund raisers have been lined up to help us reach our goal of $25,000!  The pavilion was a dream of Cathy’s and we are hoping to make this dream come true and honor her love of the community.
*On June 26th from 5:30-7:30 we will be posting a family painting party in the fellowship hall.  The class is instructed by Jade Reynolds and she will supply all the materials.  There will be snacks and beverage available.  The cost is $30.00 per person and Jade is donating all money, less her expenses to the Pavilion Fund!  Please contact Lisa, Jen, Jackie, Connie or Rev. Evon if you are interested.  We will be painting the Anchor picture see here.
*On July 22nd there will be our famous Fish Fry held at the Brier Hill Community Center from 3:00-7:00.The menu will include fish, salt potato, mac & cheese, cole slaw, dinner roll, dessert & beverage.  We will also have raffle baskets available and live entertainment!
*On August 12th there will be a Chicken Barbecue held at the church.  There will be a silent auction and live entertainment.  More details to follow!
*The exterior walk way of the Pavilion will be designed to include memorial/honor of bricks.  The bricks can be purchased in memory of someone, in honor of someone or just because!  The cost of the bricks will be $50.00 and all proceeds after cost will be donated to the Pavilion Fund.  More details on how to order a brick will follow.
As you can see we have been busy planning events to support this project.  Anyone that is interested in donating to the project can send checks to Hammond Presbyterian Church % Pavilion Fund. Anyone interested wishing to help with these events please contact Lisa, Jackie Jen, Connie or Rev. Evon.  Many hands make light work!

The session has received a request from The Rev. Cathryn Stevenson Community Memorial Pavilion Committee to transfer/borrow the funds to start construction of the pavilion by the 1st of July from the Church Repair Account & if needed the Mutual Benefit Fund. The amount to be not greater than $22,000 with repayment in full as money is received for the pavilion by donations and fund raising. Because this is money that the church community has donated there will be a congregational meeting on June 11th following worship to discuss this matter and vote to approve the request for funding as described.
The Pavilion Fund Committee has several fund raising events scheduled over the next 3 months. There will be a Painting Class with Jade Reynolds June 26th, Fish Fry July 22nd, Chicken Barbecue August 19th and there will be Memorial Bricks available, which will be used for the exterior of the pavilion.
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Our Platoon still needs our support.  There will be platoon boxes sent on June 5th and July 10th.  Even if you just want to send a card they would really appreciate that! 
There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from North Carolina to Egypt until January 2019.   They have minimal access to amenities at their location.
REQUESTS:  Assorted snacks, including protein/granola bars, drink mix singles or liquid, sunflower seeds, cookies, beef jerky/sticks, tuna or chicken pouches, filled crackers, assorted toiletries, feminine hygiene items and bath/baby wipes.  For down time:  magazines, assorted puzzle books, board games, stationery, envelopes, adult coloring books, Crayola colored pencils, black ink, pens/pencils and anything to boost moral.  Warm Weather Items: eye drops, sticky fly paper, lip balm, Cortisone Cream (anti itch cream), medicated powder (for heat rash), sunscreen for nose and face and Non-Aerosol insect repellent w/Deet.  Send ONLY in bottles with pumps or wipes.  Please don’t feel it necessary to send every item listed. Just getting a touch of home will really boost morale. 
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Mission Report

As a follow-up to our donations of $545.00 toward the Malawi food crisis, the Marion Medical Mission has reported on its progress. They distributed 49,000 110 lb bags of maize since October 2015.  Each bag, costing $18.00,  fed a family for a month.  250 bags have been distributed since November. The personnel witnessed families who had received the maize, sharing with other families who had not, even though it would mean shortages for themselves. Others saw small children on the side of the road, picking up kernels of corn which had fallen from oxcarts, and a man scooping up dirty maize flour from the roadway.  For many, with no rain and no crops, there was just no food.   Marion Medical Mission is thanking all who prayed and donated funds.  Many people are alive today because of help such as ours, making it possible for many villagers to survive to the next growing season.  Hopefully, rains are reported to be good this year.

Thanks to all!
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Hammond Food Pantry
The next Hammond Food Pantry food distribution will be Thursday, June 25th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. All area income eligible families are encouraged to come to the Food Pantry to receive a substantial box of food, which includes meats, fruits and vegetables, soup, cereal and juice, cheese and margarine, pasta and sauce and other items. First time guests may sign up at the Food Pantry that day.
We also sponsor a Food Sense program with no income guidelines.  For $20.50, a unit of food may be purchased, to include meats, produce, some canned and frozen items—a good use of your food dollar.  There are also special items which can be purchased separately  These may include fish products, cheese, chicken, fresh produce and other products.  Again, a very good use of your food dollars.
Anyone interested in either the Food Pantry or the Food Sense program may contact Joan Hadlock at 324-5517.
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A Country Doctor

The family stand in the crowded room
Kind words, condolences, hands are pressed
Familiar faces from days gone by
More in and through the tear fresh eyes.
 A father lies in deep repose
Life’s work is past, his soul goes on
Hands folded idly on his breast
These hands that tended life and death
So many fleeting pictures pass
The new born spanked, the healing touch
on aged brow or trembling hands.
Sometimes his voice was just enough.
 A wife sits queen-like, stoic still
Receiving friends with regal flair.
Moderator, hostess , help-mate, friend
Fifty years of love and care
 The children now in middle years
Stand idly midst the homilies
Remembering all the many times
Their father's hands had touched and healed.
 To wipe a tear
To mend a cut
To cradle with a shielding arm 
With wisdom, understanding charm
 Though the earthly shell is gone,
Memories of love are strong
A life time shared
His gifts go on

 A Fathers Day Tribute

This is a poem I wrote after my father A. Charles MacLean died in 1975 at 76 years. He had been a General Practitioner for 55 years in New Richmond, Québec, Canada. This was a rural community on the Gaspe’ Peninsula situated on the Bay des Chaleurs which looks across a 27 mile body of water to New Brunswick. The nearest hospital was 60 miles away and in the winter the only way to get there was by daily train. Up until 1950 or so horses and sleighs were used. He made house calls and 3000 home deliveries over the years. There were no trauma centers or ambulances, he was it. He had his own pharmacy and x-ray. His charge for an office visit was $3.00 which included medicine if needed. A delivery which included pre-natal, delivery, post-natal was $25 total. He never lost a mother. He never sent a bill. People paid when they could and if they couldn’t, it was never mentioned.
After horse and sleigh his conveyance graduated to snow mobile, Jeep and then roads improved in winter for cars. By this time more doctors moved to the area and a hospital opened 20 miles away.
He always loved horses and raised race horses in later years. I remember him as a child going on a call with horse and sleigh wearing a buffalo coat, a beaver hat and a buffalo wrap over him.
He was always a scholar and a voracious reader. He was a very spiritual man and always said that he felt the hand of God with him in the many challenges throughout his practice.
 Dorothy Bryant


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May 2017

Dear Friends:

The winter of hibernation is over!  The season of newness is fast upon us. Once more we are reminded that suffering given to God yields something radically new, something we have never seen before.  The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus to his disciples took some adjusting to for his appearances were unexpected and unfamiliar.  Whether at breakfast on the lakeshore, or at evening repast around the dining table at home, recognition of the presence of the divine, the risen Christ, came with Jesus revealing himself to those who loved him. 

Jesus’ presence was revealed as they gave of themselves in hospitality to a stranger or upon listening to the instruction for increased yield while fishing in the wee hours of the morning.  The trust deep in their hearts, the commitment to live as Jesus of Nazareth taught them, with love in action and vulnerable risk taking resulted in life abundant.  Trust in the goodness of God and living in that trust yields abundant life today in the same way that it did for those first disciples years ago.

I am always inspired and comforted by Luke’s story of  the two disciples walking to Emmaus, welcoming a stranger and telling him about the wonder and awe of Jesus of Nazareth, his mighty words and deeds , the traumatic experience of his crucifixion and death,  the shattering of hope they, and those of their group, had experienced. And of the disappearance of his dead body with the word from angels that he was alive.

This stranger who accompanied them on this walk through their life journey, asked questions and listened.  He let them pour out their hearts with the gospel story they had actually lived and witnessed.
Our Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister says: “God does not commonly come to us in words that match our own. God comes in insights and understandings and feelings that must be carefully culled.”

Upon pouring out their words and feelings and their own understandings to this stranger, he in turn  interpreted the scriptures for them so that they could now understand that God’s life-giving activity in Jesus’ death and resurrection followed the same pattern of all Israel’s history with God: God created life from chaos; God freed the slaves in Egypt, God brought the people home out of exile and renewed them.  The suffering and trauma experienced by the people throughout the history in scripture  yielded a radical new way of life and living. 

And in the new and radical way of life that Jesus taught, these two disciples, a husband and wife, or two people whose genders are not specified, act in the manner of Christ and offer hospitality to this stranger they met on the road.  They acted freely for his benefit , risked themselves and their private space, and provided for his needs of food and shelter.

We contemporary disciples struggle with this idea of welcoming the stranger.  We discuss the risk of taking someone in need, who is a stranger to us, into our home, or our car, or welcoming them into our community or country, or any other scenario we might think of.  Yes, the risk is real.  It was for the two people on the way to Emmaus, and it is for us.  And yet, Jesus taught that no one’s  life is any more important than anyone else’s.  Life is life!  Jesus gave his life to prove this point!  Living a life of service to one in need, chosen service without condition, is a huge challenge.  We are not coerced into doing so, we are loved into doing so, by one who gave everything, his very life, to show us how.


 Jesus’ commanded,  “Love one another as I have loved you.” We are commanded to give of ourselves in love, which entails vulnerability and risk. If we choose to live the life of discipleship we do so without knowing what the future bolds, only that the future, as the past, is held by God and all life is of God.,
For the two disciples who welcomed the stranger into their home, an awakening took place. In their midst was the very presence of the divine at their humble table.  Christ gave them a blessing in the blessing, breaking, and giving of the bread.  Something radically new and different in their life experience yielded the comfort and foundation of something familiar and trustworthy.  Their  hopelessness gave way to hope, their melancholy fell away to joy and they returned to their group, and discovered the presence of the risen Christ had been with them also.

We are all part of something so much bigger than ourselves, something grand and glorious, something sacred, something holy.  Suffering and joy are comingled in our human condition.  Our choice to live in the manner of Jesus provides us with the foundation from which to offer hospitality to strangers, to welcome all without barrier or condition into “our group.” And together at the table in community, our eyes are opened to the very real presence of the Divine in our midst.  We look across the table into the eyes of those we love and joy fills our souls. This is abundant life!   

                        Peace, peace, peace,

                        Evon

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Holy Week and Easter Services
The meaningful worship experiences from Palm Sunday through the Day of Resurrection were shared by many of the church family!  Palm Sunday we processed into the sanctuary from the brisk sunny day with palms waving and voices singing. During the Maundy Thursday service we washed each other’s hands, ate soup and bread in solemn and respectful silence then shared in the Lord’s Supper all while remembering the Lord’s command to love one another as he loves.

On Good Friday we read the story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion then placed red paper hearts upon the rough wooden cross.  On the hearts we had written words or phrases of things in our lives we were giving to Christ for transformation and healing. 
Sunday morning the bright sun rose behind grey clouds over Black Lake, while the air was warm, the breeze light, and the company strong.  Music, and dancing, reading of scripture, rejoicing and comfort in community were enjoyed along with fresh baked muffins.  Some of that company returned to the church to hide candy filled Easter eggs for the morning egg hunt.  The deacons served a delicious breakfast and additional church family members joined for further nourishment and community. 

The 10:30 AM service was triumphant and glorious.  The red hearts from Good Friday had been transformed into butterflies, and soon the entire cross was covered in meaningful colors of transformation. All of this happened with planning and participation by many, many people.  Thank you Deacons and Easter breakfast planners, preparers, chefs, bakers, and servers; Worship, Music and Education Committee members including Rev. Evon; Bridget and Choir; Dick Watson; Soup and Bread preparers: Liz Bawden and Christine Visscher; Lisa Gallagher and Easter Egg hiders; Furniture movers Pete Atherton and Tom Gordnier; Flowers and memorials coordinator, Joan Hadlock. This is community, this is family!  Praise God!
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Holy Baptism
Violet Mae Charleson, born 24 July 2016, to Christopher and Kelly Rogers Charleson was baptized at Hammond Presbyterian Church, Sunday, 23 April 2017.
We celebrate together this holy occasion and blessed child!

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VBS
A Community Vacation Bible School is in the initial planning stages with target dates for it to be held at Hammond Presbyterian Church from Sunday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 19 in the evening.
In brief, the concept idea is to form groups of 4 or 5 young people with an adult in each group. Each group would choose a particular Bible story from a given list of stories; gather natural supplies together, and create that Bible Story in Miniature on the church property.  A planning committee will work out the details, create the list of stories to be used, choose and map out a given area on the church property, coordinate Snacks (of course!), and whatever else needs to be addressed. 
Ah! At present, Volunteers are needed to participate in the planning committee.  If you are interested, please contact Rev. Evon or Liz Scarlett by May 14, and we will set an initial planning committee date!
This is an opportunity to “serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination,  and love!!”
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Sunday Pot Luck Dinners
For many months Coffee Hours have been enjoyed following Sunday morning services and will continue to be enjoyed!  In addition, Pot Luck Dinners are now on the schedule for the first Sunday of each month beginning May 7.  Please, include these special meal times in your carefully constructed plans!
If you are able to provide food to share, please do. 
If you are not able, please still attend and provide the rest of the group with the pleasure your company!
Pot Luck Dinners are scheduled for May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6
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Confirmation and Commissioning Sunday
The Day of Pentecost
June 4, 2017

 We will Confirm and Commission our youth on Sunday during morning worship. The liturgical color for the day is Red!  So, please join in the festivities by wearing red, bringing food for the Pot Luck, and rejoicing with: Kennon Gardner, Nolan Gardner, Madeleine Rathbun, and Zane Washburn on this wonderfully significant day in their lives and in the life of our church family.
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Labyrinth Work Day:

On May 13th starting at 8:30 there will be a Labyrinth Work Day.  We will be replacing the fabric and placing new mulch down, many hands are required, everyone is invited!  If anyone has some hosta plants please bring to plant on the outside of the labyrinth.  Please bring gloves. 
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Books, books, books!!!
Inspirational, Instructional, Biblical, Writing, Leadership, Theology, Social Issues……..
Book Fundraiser
Upstairs in the Christian Education building, a room full of books awaits your perusal and purchase by donation.  The donations will support the construction of the Picnic Pavilion in Loving Memory of The Reverend Cathy Stevenson.  If you know someone who may be interested in looking at the books, please, extend the invitation to look at them!.  You may need a gift or two for someone.
So far $150 has been raised by the sale of the books!
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 VOLUNTEERS BRIGHTEN LIVES
Thursday, April 27, the theme of a luncheon for volunteers at Riverledge Nursing Home was "Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place". Some of the people from our church who have 'brightened lives" are Joan Delosh, Jennifer Gardner, Jensen Gardner, Vivian Gardner, Tom Gordiner, Evon Lloyd, Rosie Salamacha, and Liz Scarlett.
Reverend Evon Lloyd , Rosie Salamacha and Liz Scarlett were able to attend the luncheon. Each person attending the luncheon received an unusual beautiful blue ball point pen inscribed with "Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place". The pen is very unusual and contains a small bubble level, a measurement indicator along the side, and a philips/straight screwdriver on the end. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Evon.
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The 2nd Annual Sunflower Growing Contest sponsored by the HAGC.
Sign up and receive your Sunflower seedling on Saturday, May 20th between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM at the Hammond Historical Museum during the annual plant sale. A winner will receive a prize to be given at the Annual Hammond Fair in September. Rules for the contest will be given out during sign up day. The church will be participating in this fun contest this year!
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 PER CAPITA
The annual Per Capita tax is based on the membership reported by each church. The 2017 Per Capita fee for our Presbytery has been confirmed at $23.00. Each per capita payment is divided, with $7.50 for General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the North East, and $11.40 going to the Presbytery of Northern New York.
Many members of our church have already made their per capita payments. Our Church must pay per capita for each member, whether or not the member pays us. Your contribution helps Hammond Presbyterian Church cover our portion. Per Capita payments can be mailed to the church or dropped in the Offering with “Per Capita” written in the memo line.  If you have any questions about Per Capita, please contact Tara in the church office or Rev. Evon.
 Thank you!
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 Platoon Box:
The next platoon box will be sent on May 8th.  Please have your items at the church by this date. There are approximately 20 Soldiers, including 6 females, in your US Army Platoon. They are deployed from North Carolina to Egypt until January 2019.   
REQUESTS:  Assorted snacks, including protein/granola bars, drink mix singles or liquid, sunflower seeds, cookies, beef jerky/sticks, tuna or chicken pouches, filled crackers, assorted toiletries, feminine hygiene items and bath/baby wipes.  For down time:  magazines, assorted puzzle books, board games, stationery, envelopes, adult coloring books, Crayola colored pencils, black ink, pens/pencils and anything to boost moral.  Warm Weather Items: eye drops, sticky fly paper, lip balm, Cortisone Cream (anti itch cream), medicated powder (for heat rash), sunscreen for nose and face and Non-Aerosol insect repellent w/Deet.  Send ONLY in bottles with pumps or wipes.  Please don’t feel it necessary to send every item listed. Just getting a touch of home will really boost morale. 
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Morristown Gateway Museum Summer 2017
Saturday, July 1st              The Shoes Tennis Court 7:00
Monday, July 10th             Don Woodcock & Barb Heller 7:00 Bogardus Farm Campfire/Sing-along
Monday, July 17th             Northern Lights Orchestra Pavilion 7:00
Monday, July 24th             Waydown Wailers Gazebo 7:00
Monday, July 31st             Steelin’ Country Gazebo 7:00
Thurs.-Sat., Aug 3rd-5th   Display of Local Talent in Museum
Thurs. August 3rd              Lecture Lee Willbanks Museum 7:00 Save The River Eecutive Director
Monday, August 7th        Bill Vitek & Friends Gazebo 6:30
Monday, August 14th      Rustic Riders Gazebo 6:30
Friday, August 18th           Pet Ceresoli’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, August 19th     Shore Dinner    
Monday, August 21st      Back Country Gazebo 6:30
Monday, August 28th      Chipman Jazz All Stars Museum 6:30
If rain, the event will be moved to the spilman Auditorium in the Gateway Museum on Main Street .
Yoga will be offered on Wednesdays at the Museum June 21-August 30
Gentle Yoga 9:00-10:15                  Moderate Yoga 10:30-11:45
Instructor- Jane O’Neill
To register call 518-852-0546 or Email joneillo546@gmail.com
Museum Hours for 2017 are Saturday from 9-1
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Mission News

Hygiene Kits–Through your generosity, we were able to assemble seventeen Hygiene Kits.  We also received a large monetary donation, which will cover our cost of processing and sending the kits.  The kits were taken to a drop off point at  the Methodist Church in Canton.  From there, any kits will be taken to Church World Service in Syracuse, for further distribution where needed.
This project would not be possible without the help of so many in our church who brought completed kits or items for kits.  With the help of these kits, CWS is able to help refugees, those affected by floods and fires, the homeless and migrant workers. Your support has made an impact on the lives of those recovering from disasters and displacement around the world.  For example, nearly 14,000 hygiene kits were provided in Southern United States following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  Many thanks to all who contributed so generously..

Blanket and Tools Fund–We will be holding our Blanket and Tools Sunday on Mothers’ Day, May 14th.  Informational pamphlets and fund envelopes will be distributed that day and the following Sunday. Each blanket costs $5.00.  In 2016, over 3,000 blankets were given out in the United States, many in the south following Hurricane Matthew. Blankets can give warmth, shelter, protection and certainly comfort to those suffering from difficult times.  Donations to the Tools Fund can help someone trying to provide a shelter, food and a living for themselves and their family.  Thank you in advance for helping to provide these items in times of need.

Malawi Hunger–Many of you chose to give memorial donations at Easter time, to help relieve the Malawi hunger situation. Marion Medical Mission is committed to purchasing and distributing 17,800  110 pound bags of maize to the vulnerable. With their infrastructure, MMM is in a unique position to reach out to where the needs are the greatest.  Again, many thanks for all the donations to alleviate hunger in Malawi.  To date we have received $545.00.
In addition to the donations, we had many beautiful Easter plants to decorate our sanctuary. Thanks to all who helped celebrate this Easter season in such a special way.

Food Pantry–Our monthly Hammond Food Pantry serves approximately 80 families from Hammond, Brier Hill, Morristown, Heuvelton, Rossie and Antwerp.  Our food is ordered from the Food Bank of Central New York in Syracuse and delivered by them to us by tractor trailer.  Food is stored in the Food Pantry building next to the Fire Hall.  On food distribution days, the food is brought into the Fire Hall by volunteers, set up on several tables and then handed out to qualified individuals and families who sign their Food Pantry forms before receiving their food. We are open between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on designated days once per month.\
We also have a Food Sense program with no income guidelines.  For $20.50 participants can receive a unit of food, usually with three or four meats, produce, some frozen and canned items.  Definitely a bargain of food for the money.  Several specials are also available for purchase including various meats, cheese, frozen and canned goods–another good value.  Anyone interested in the Food Pantry or the Food Sense program may contact Joan Hadlock at 315/324-5517.
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An Autism Thank You    By Tara Atherton

As some of you know, last month I was celebrating Autism Awareness month. My son is on the spectrum and that has really changed my life. I’ve learned so much from other people, myself, and my son over these past few years since he’s been diagnosed, and people are so wonderful to me when I explain, “He might not look you in the eye” or “he might not answer you” when they talk to him. It’s not my son being disrespectful, it’s my sons’ way of being, and we are working on it. When we had the Autism Awareness dinner, I was asked about my son. I was asked what the puzzle pieces mean, and I answered the only way I knew how to explain it. If you open a puzzle box up and throw all the pieces on the table, do you have a made puzzle? Of course not. You have a mess of a puzzle that has to be put together to make the picture. People like you and I thought, already have a put together puzzle in our heads. My son is still flipping pieces over and getting the outline put together. He’s so smart, that once his puzzle is put together and he can express himself the way you and I do, he’s going to show people how amazing the world really is through his eyes. I hope for that day, every day, and I pray that the people in our lives continue to show us the love and support that they showed the night we raised so much awareness in our community with our Italian Dinner.
Let me explain how this all came about. I was playing around with the idea of doing a fund raiser for the program that my son goes to after school. This was an idea that I had been playing around with, but never really thought of taking the steps to make it happen. If it wasn’t for Ann Root, who quickly stepped up behind me and pushed me, this might have still been an idea running in the back of my mind. Immediately, people wanted to help. They understood my son and they understand special needs children. The morning of the dinner, Ann Root, Marilyn Hunter, Jennifer McGregor, Joan Hadlock and I, started prepping for the dinner. 5 large lasagnas and salads were put together and bread was put in baskets. Towards dinner time, Rosie Salamacha and Sue McWharf came to me and asked if they could help greet people who came in and collect money. I was so thankful for them jumping right in to help us and take over such an important job.
And so the night began. Tim Neuroth brought his team of people from the Children and Youth program through St. Lawrence NYSARC, which all the proceeds where donated to, and a bunch of the special needs kids to help with the dinner. These kids were amazing. They cleaned tables, served drinks, helped dry dishes, and sold raffle tickets. We received 10 raffle baskets that night, which included a Keeps Collection basket from Amanda Kroeger, Avon from Janice Salamacha, Goodie basket from L.P. Thompson Insurance, A wine Basket from The Iva Smith Memorial Gallery, a movie night basket form Lisa Gallagher, and such beautiful art work done by a local artist and also from our very own Reverend Evon Lloyd. We sold 360 tickets that night. But the dinner couldn’t start, without being served by Jen McGregor, Joan Hadlock, Ann Root, Marilyn Hunter and Liz Bowden. Between take outs and stay in, we sold over 100 dinners, went through 4 ¾ lasagna, served 36 lbs of Spaghetti and hundreds of meatballs. As the night got crazier, people started to jump in to help out. Janet Woodside came over and helped me serve desserts, that the NYSARC program baked the night before for us,  Lynn DeCondo, Lana Storie, Allison Barrigar, Jennifer Gardner, and Randy  Kraft who worked behind the scenes helping to clean and keep things running smoothly. I really hope that I didn’t forget anyone, because everyone who came to help that night, I can’t thank enough for your time. But the biggest thank you for me to express, is to everyone that came that night, to show love, support, and understanding, a very big thank you to the people who sent in donations, and a huge thank you to our community for being so accepting to what is different. That night we raised $1531.00 for the Children and Youth Program through St. Lawrence NYSARC. I don’t know the proper way of thanking everyone who gave that night, but just know that, as a mom, I am completely overwhelmed with all this support that was given and I hope that I can give back to everyone, as much as I was given. They say it takes a community to raise a child, well that night, it took a community to raise Autism Awareness and it was beautiful. Thank you all so very much.
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Rev. Cathryn Stevenson Memorial Pavilion:

The planning committee met on April 27th with many ideas and thoughts about what our dream is in building the pavilion.  We met with Bill Billings, who is an engineer and who will design the building and Ray Roberts who will be giving an estimate for the construction of the pavilion.  Fund raising ideas were discussed and will begin.  A fish fry will be held July 22nd and we will be selling memorial/honor bricks for the exterior of the building.  More information on these and future fund raising will be announced.  Anyone that would like to donate to this dream please contact Lisa Gallagher at 244-4416.  We are excited about what our vision is and hope that we will get the support from the community, as this will be a community pavilion!  As I like to say "Go big or go home"!
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REACHING OUT
The mission statement of the Hammond Presbyterian Church is printed in the weekly Sunday bulletin and on the front of the monthly Session meeting agenda. It states that the mission of the Hammond Presbyterian Church is to continue to be a compassionate and grace-filled Christian community and reach out with the good news of God's love while nurturing the existing community of faith. Recently in the Watertown Daily Times I read an article entitled NNY Dentist Serves During Training in Dominican Republic. It was about some of the work Nick Gardner has performed which I think reflects the reaching out we are talking about in our mission statement.
Nick has a dental practice at 119 Main St. in Gouverneur, NY, but from September 25, 2016 to September 28, 2016 for 12 hours a day Nick replaced or assisted in placing dental implants at a clinic in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The clinic run by Arun Garg, a dentist in Miami, is part of a "Live Dental Implant Training". Dentists train with knowledgeable people, learn a new skill while serving people who need dental care which improves their lives. Thirty dentists treated patients with advanced sinus and ridge surgeries and more than 500 dental implants. Nick states, "It's the idea of servant/leadership. I am doing something that is of service to a person and that makes me feel more whole. When I am helping other people that's when I feel the most alive. That is when I am doing the things that I am suppose to be doing."Type your paragraph here.