Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
When we left for Africa, the trees were just beginning to bloom and the beautiful smell of spring was just beginning. When we returned three weeks later it was amazing. We were all commenting on our drive back home from the airport, how green everything was and how beautiful the trees looked. Our azalea bush, which last year was rather disappointing, came and went without our being able to enjoy its beauty.
Life can be that way. Sometimes we get so caught up in the business of our lives that things around us come and go and we don’t even notice. I think that being gone for an extended period of time really brought that home for me this year.
Being in a third world country heightens your awareness of everything around you. You spend most of your day quickly moving your head from side to side to take everything in. You don’t want to “miss” anything and everything is so different and foreign that you struggle to make sense of things.
There is so much that I want to share with all of you about our trip. How do I begin to process it all? I am quite certain that there are some things that I will not be able to adequately describe. There were many instances of “you just had to be there.”
Driving on the other side of the road in heavy traffic was a challenge for Jay and there was one particular traffic jam when the robots (traffic lights) were out that was truly mind boggling. There were at least twenty cars at an intersection all going in different directions and we were right in the middle of them all. People were beeping at Jay and all telling him to do different things when, in fact, there was nothing he could do until it all sorted itself out.
Waking up in the middle of the night hearing a strange noise and then looking out the window to find a hippopotamus eating right outside of your bedroom window, close enough to touch was very surreal. Coming around a round about to find two giraffes casually having their dinner feasting on the trees and walking along a path as zebras grazed no more than five feet away from you all seem like a dream to me now but they were very real.
I will put together a program about our trip and try to share as much as I can, we have some amazing pictures. But in the meantime, pay attention to the little things around you so you don’t miss the beauty with which God has surrounded us. Going away helped to remind me to pay attention.
Yours in Christ,
June Bible Study
The noon Bible Study Group will continue to meet Mondays until June 19th and the evening Bible Study Group meets on Tuesday evenings 20th. We will continue with the Half Truth Bible Study until our summer intern Victor comes to lead the Bible Study.
June, July & August Knitters and Quilters
The knitters and quilters will continue to knit at church through the summer (It is nice and cool on hot days!). Come join us at noon on Thursdays.
June 3& 4Annual Quilt Show
Our 22nd annual Quilt Show will take place on Friday, June 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.and continue on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday evening, Sue Pfau, quilt pattern designer and teacher, will present a trunk show at 6:30.See article later in newsletter for more information. Tell your family and friends and be sure to come see the church transformed with the beauty of quilts.
June 4An Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Story and Song
Cantor Abbe Lyons will present a program that is open to everyone at Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville on Sunday, June 4th at 2:30 pm. There is no admission fee and it is open to the public. Our choir will be singing and the program is suitable for upper elementary, middle school and high school youngsters. There will be visuals, lots of music and audience participation – a fun afternoon!
June 5Building and GroundsCommittee
The next Building and Grounds Committee meeting is Mon. June 5th, 2017 at 6:00 pm. The July meeting will be Mon. July 17th at 6:00 pm.
A golf tournament will start at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 17th at Holland Meadows Golf Course with registration beginning at 7:30 am. See article for details or call Art Dahl (661-5800).
June18 Children’s Sunday
June 18th will be the last day of Sunday School. The children will be participating in the service. They will also be providing coffee hour and donating the proceeds to the Mayfield Elementary School BackPack Program. The recipients of the Niles Scholarship will also be coming to church on this day.
June 21Presbyterian Women
The Presbyterian Women will meet at 4:00 on Wednesday, June 21thto discuss the Networking dinner in the fall. This month’s letter is “M”.
June 25Outdoor Worship & Church Picnic
The annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, June 25 at the home of Chris and Art Dahl, 183 Priddle Point Rd. The outdoor service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and a pot-luck picnic will follow. Everyone is asked to bring a chair, if possible, table service and a dish to pass. In case of rain we will worship at the church at 10:30 a.m. followed by a picnic in Fellowship Hall.
June 26Session Meeting
The Session will meet at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 26th. Speak to Janis Frisch or Rev. Bonnie if you have anything that needs to come up before them.
June 26-June 30Vacation Bible School
From 9:00 to noon, Monday – Friday, June 26 – June 30, our church will come alive with eager children at Vacation Bible School. More details follow in the newsletter.
July 2Summer Worship
Beginning on July 2nd and continuing through Labor Day our worship will begin at 9:00 a.m. with an old-fashioned hymn sing. The service will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be over at 10:00 a.m. On Sunday, September 10thwe will return to our fall schedule and begin at 10:30 a.m.
Summer WednesdaysPainting with Acrylics & Oils
Dates: Wednesdays July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Dick Foster will again be offering painting classes at our church this summer. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board along with a list of supplies that you will have to bring and where you might find them. Come and learn from accomplished artist, Dick, as he explores and teaches how painting with acrylics and oils is different from painting with watercolors. There will be no charge for the lessons, however people will be responsible for the cost of their canvases and materials.
July 29 Annual Chicken Barbecue
Our Annual Chicken BBQ is fast approaching on Saturday, 7/29! Advertising flyers to display in your car window to get the word out while youtravel around the area will be available soon. Sign up sheets will be posted next Sundayand pie calls ware usually made early July! New this year – the cooked chickens will be delivered to the church and ready to serve! This year we are asking that you please label your pies so that we can have an accurate list of all varieties available for our guests. Lori Kucel
October 7Annual Craft and Vendor Fair
Our fall craft show is scheduled for October 7, 2017. Anyone who is interested in helping please let Sue Cichy know. There will be a meeting for new ideas and planning within the next few weeks. Date and time will be announced. All ideas are welcome. Let's make this the best craft show yet.
SUMMER INTERN NOTES
Victor Kostanada Doe is our summer intern from Princeton Theological Seminary this year. Victor will begin his internship on Sunday, June 4. Victor cannot drive while he is here so he will need some help with transportation. Having Victor at Mayfield Presbyterian Church is a wonderful opportunity for all of you to get to know Victor and to learn about his culture. I encourage you to consider inviting Victor to join you for a meal, either at your home or take him out for a meal.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL NOTES
Join us the week of June 26 for our 2017 Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is Maker Fun Factory – Created by We will need lots of volunteers to help with food, games, decorating, crafts, Bible time and music. Please let Pastor Bonnie know where you would like to volunteer. We will begin at 9 am and end at 12 pm. Kids from throughout the surrounding communities are welcome, so make sure your kids invite their friends! Please mark the dates on your calendar and volunteer to help make this a success for all the youth of Mayfield and beyond.
Be sure to see an anniversary through children’s eyes as the children of our Sunday School present a program for the congregation showing how our world , our church and people change throughtout history but God remains faithful and the same over time. This will be presented worship on June 18th.
Some of the letters sent from servicemen during WWII to the Young Crusaders Sunday School class taught by Albert Niles will be read and discussed during the church service on July 9. Some of the extended Niles family will also be here to remember the days when the boy’s Sunday School class was active in all kinds of mission work for our church.
Hitrick and Brooks will produce their music for a special evening on the 21st of July from 6:30 to 8:30 in the sanctuary. Their program is one for all ages to enjoy and our church is one of the many venues where they will be playing this summer. There will probably be some appropriate summer time snacks to be enjoyed also.
Carla Kolbe, photographer extradinaire, has offered to help us put a photo directory together of the members and friends of our church. She has worked in this area for a long time and is very good at what she does. This is a chance for us to show the world, or at least Mayfield, how we appeared in the year 2017 when our church celebrates its 225th anniversary.
The culmination of our festivities will be on Saturday, September 9 with a catered dinner at 6:00 pm.
One of the services that the OutReach Committee is involved with is the Prayer Wheel. When we are informed that someone needs prayers the member who is first informed calls the next member on the list until all members have been reached. We start praying that day forthem. They might need prayers for an illness, a personal matter, a death, depression, or any number of reasons, and they feel good knowing someone is thinking of them and praying for them.
If you would like to serve on this mission, please contact one of the followingmembers: Libby VanNostrand, Casey Warner, Eileen Brink, Elaine Putman,, Ginny Mei, Laurie Harrington, or Kelly Wager. We would love to have you join the Prayer Wheel. Remember there is great power in prayer.
Thanks to all who helped pick up food at the post office, sort, check for outdated food and get the food on the shelves. The drive was very successful.
There are spots on the sign up sheet for passing out food to our clients. Also, I'll be asking for help to pick up food at Gloversville near the farmers market as needed through the summer. If anyone would like to donate food you can leave it in the pantry or bring it to church on the third Sunday's. All items are welcome, check the items for expiration dates. Thanks again, Crystal
The Mayfield Group did a marvelous job serving 67 very appreciative people at Friday’s Table on May 12th, 2017. We are scheduled to serve at Friday's Table at Holy Spirit Community Center on Friday, Sept. 1st & Nov. 10th, 2017.
We have a great time preparing the meals. All are welcome and we range in age from 9 to 80 years young! We gather at Holy Spirit Community Center, 161 South Main Street, Gloversville at 3:30pm or whenever folks can get there! We usually serve roast pork, carrots, and roasted potatoes! The bread, salad fixings, and desserts are all donated by Price Chopper and Hannaford.
If you can join us please arrive at 3:30pm or whenever you can, we serve at 5:30pm and we are all cleaned up by about 6:30pm, amazing! Please let Mary DiSanto-Rose at email@example.com or 224-2080 know if you can come.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES
For the remainder of the school year we will be practicing for the year end performance on June 18th. It is very important that all attend these practices in order to participate. We will be telling the congregation how the world has changed over the last 225 years but God remains faithful and his love is always with us.
A Fun Night is also being planned (no date yet) to prepare for the coffee hour after the service. We are raising money to help the Mayfield Elementary School’s BackPack Program which will provide 30 students who demonstrate chronic hunger, with a reliable food source on weekends and school breaks.
GOLF TOURNAMENT NOTES
Our annual golf tournament is on Saturday, June 18th (rain date of June 25th) at the Holland Meadows Golf Course on Route 29. Registration starts at 7:00 am, with coffee and donuts and a shotgun start at 8 am. Teams of four will be starting at different holes at the same time. Anyone wanting a cart please call ahead to the golf course ( 883-3318) to reserve your cart ahead of time. The cost for each golfer is $50 for 18 holes of golf, a home made luncheon, prizes and lots of fun.
If you wish to purchase a new sign to put on the tees the cost will be $50 per sign and you would need to call Art Dahl (661-5800) so he can have that sign made up for you. Anyone who has had signs made up in the past can renew their sign for acost of $25 and moneys can be given to Art Dahl or put in the offering plate with a notation of the purpose. Donations are welcome. We have sign up sheets if you are so inclined, we can always use more help, and any ideas you may have are welcome. Elaine Putman will be taking registration and fees before the start or you can pay before at church, and Mary Lou Bryan has graciously agreed to coordinate the luncheon.
As the school year comes to a close, the choir, too, will be closing out its year of singing. Please thank a choir member for their dedication in being part of the worship service every Sunday and contributing their musical talents to enhance the service
QUILT SHOW NOTES
Our 22nd annual Quilt Show will take place on Friday, June 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.and continue on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are pleased that our Featured Artist this year is quilt teacher, designer and author, Sue Pfau. Ms. Pfau lives in Diamond Point, NY with her husband and two children. She has two quilting books in print and a third one that will come out in January 2018. Because she likes to work with precut fabrics, her books are written primarily for “fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs”. Ms. Pfau is the owner of “Sweet Jane’s Quilting and Design” _ a popular pattern-design company. She will present “My Journey to Becoming a Pattern Designer of Precut Fabrics” s well as a trunk show of her quilts at 6:30 pm on June 2nd.
Lunch items will be available thanks to the PW ladies on Saturday. There will be sign-up sheets for bringing in goodies, soup and sandwiches. Quilt shop vendors have also been invited to “set up shop”. Please tell your friends and/or bring them to this show and see the church transformed with beautiful quilts. Call Nancy Frank (661-5328) or Mary Seaman (567-8341) for more information or to “get involved”.