Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
June 21, 2018
Dear Friends of Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery,

Welcome to this week's edition of our e-letter, Presbytery Matters.  Our goal is to highlight things going on throughout the Church:  within our Presbytery, in our congregations, as well as in the Synod of the Northeast and across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  We hope that these are things that will be helpful, informative, challenging, encouraging, supportive. In other words, we hope that these things will matter.  Your input is valued, and your comments are always welcomed!
Joys and Concerns around the Presbytery
 In our prayers together this week...
  • Pray for the immigrant children of families seeking asylum who have been detained and separated from their parents (a policy that may now be coming to an end).
     
  • Pray for Revs. Patrick and Jenna Heery, of Westminster, Auburn, who just adopted a baby boy born on June 11! They ask for prayers for the baby as well as the birth mother, who has the option of changing her mind over the next 30 days. Patrick and Jenna have pursued an open adoption, emphasizing the choice and agency of the birth mother and the opportunity for her to continue a relationship with her son. They will share the name and photos after that period of time if the adoption goes forward. In the meantime, private messages are welcome, but please no public Facebook posts, etc., out of respect for the process and privacy of the birth mother.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: United Church of Fayetteville; First United Church of Fulton; God's Vision Christian Church, Hannibal; Jamesville Community Church; First, King Ferry 

If you'd like to share a particular joy or concern with the Presbytery, please contact Patrick Heery: pastor@westminsterauburn.org.

Other Voices from the Presbytery
 In our prayers together this week...
  • Pray for the immigrant children of families seeking asylum who have been detained and separated from their parents (a policy that may now be coming to an end).
     
  • Pray for Rev. Mario Bolivar and his family, who will be moving to Florida as he accepts a new call to become the next installed pastor of Eustis Presbyterian Church beginning on July 27th. Pray for Mario's next step in his ministry and vocation, for his new congregation, for the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles which has loved and supported Mario for many years, and for all of us in the presbytery who will miss Mario's friendship and gifted leadership.
     
  • Pray for Revs. Patrick and Jenna Heery, of Westminster, Auburn, who just adopted a baby boy born on June 11! They ask for prayers for the baby as well as the birth mother, who has the option of changing her mind over the next 30 days. Patrick and Jenna have pursued an open adoption, emphasizing the choice and agency of the birth mother and the opportunity for her to continue a relationship with her son. They will share the name and photos after that period of time if the adoption goes forward. In the meantime, private messages are welcome, but please no public Facebook posts, etc., out of respect for the process and privacy of the birth mother.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: United Church of Fayetteville; First United Church of Fulton; God's Vision Christian Church, Hannibal; Jamesville Community Church; First, King Ferry 

If you'd like to share a particular joy or concern with the Presbytery, please contact Patrick Heery: pastor@westminsterauburn.org.

Around the Presbytery
Lodi Summer Camp for Refugee children
 
Lodi Summer Camp is an annual summer camp (Vacation Bible School) organized for refugee children (all children are invited to join however) . This camp has been held for 8 years since 2010 through the work of the Korean Church of Syracuse.  
 
In addition, the Korean Church of Syracuse carries out refugee ministry in the form of the Boaz Project, and Lodi Summer Camp is one part of the Boaz Project . Each year, more than 100 children from around 10 different countries
have attended the camp, and more than 80 percent of these children accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. 
 
This year the camp has about 20 volunteers coming from Pennsylvania, Chicago, Ithaca, and even Canada to learn how to do this refugee ministry. Ministers and a young adult group from Yuong-Sang Presbyterian Church, PA, will join so that they can be trained to do their own refugee ministry in Pennsylvania.
 
The camp would like to invite the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery churches to join their ministry efforts and share this joyful and gracious moment. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience such true "mission" in the United States of America. Anyone can visit to witness God's work and join as volunteers. Here are some details regarding the camp:
 
Theme: The Good News to all creation ( Mark 16 : 15)
Date:  
June 25, Monday - June 29, Friday 
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Cornerstone Christian Church, 713 Catherine St., Syracuse, NY
Content: worship, Bible study, art, games, snacks
Contact: 315-474-8346, info@kcsyr.org 
 
Watch the video clip about 2017 Lodi Summer Camp!
 

You always may keep abreast on happenings in and around the Presbytery by
checking the Presbytery events calendar (http://cayugasyracuse.org/calendars) and the

Around the Synod
Westminster, Auburn, among Innovation Grant recipients

Westminster has been awarded a $10,000 Innovation Grant from the Synod of the Northeast to help with start-up for their new children and youth ministry called REACH (Relate Explore Act Care Help).
 
A historically activist congregation in a historically activist community, the Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks to embrace its legacy to meet the new and emerging needs in its neighborhoods and region. Seeking to provide radical welcome to the diverse population of children, youth, and families in their area, the congregation is establishing multi-sensory, multi-modal, co-developed, and socially engaged opportunities to encounter meaningful community and spiritual formation.
 

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Lodi Summer Camp for Refugee children
 
Lodi Summer Camp is an annual summer camp (Vacation Bible School) organized for refugee children (all children are invited to join however) . This camp has been held for 8 years since 2010 through the work of the Korean Church of Syracuse.  
 
In addition, the Korean Church of Syracuse carries out refugee ministry in the form of the Boaz Project, and Lodi Summer Camp is one part of the Boaz Project . Each year, more than 100 children from around 10 different countries
have attended the camp, and more than 80 percent of these children accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. 
 
This year the camp has about 20 volunteers coming from Pennsylvania, Chicago, Ithaca, and even Canada to learn how to do this refugee ministry. Ministers and a young adult group from Yuong-Sang Presbyterian Church, PA, will join so that they can be trained to do their own refugee ministry in Pennsylvania.
 
The camp would like to invite the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery churches to join their ministry efforts and share this joyful and gracious moment. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience such true "mission" in the United States of America. Anyone can visit to witness God's work and join as volunteers. Here are some details regarding the camp:
 
Theme: The Good News to all creation ( Mark 16 : 15)
Date:  
June 25, Monday - June 29, Friday 
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Cornerstone Christian Church, 713 Catherine St., Syracuse, NY
Content: worship, Bible study, art, games, snacks
Contact: 315-474-8346, info@kcsyr.org 
 
Watch the video clip
 
about 2017 Lodi Summer Camp!
 

You always may keep abreast on happenings in and around the Presbytery by
checking the Presbytery events calendar (http://cayugasyracuse.org/calendars) and the


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(315) 632-5698
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