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

May 30, 2019
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.
Mission Stories

Angels in Skaneateles

The Presbyterian Manor, which is located at 49 West Genesee St., in Skaneateles, had a very special overnight guest on May 24.

His name is William Shuttleworth and he is a veteran walking the country to bring attention to Veteran's Legislation, Policy and Advocacy.

On May 26, William posted the following statement in his blog about his stay at the manor:

"I was a guest at the Manor, a joyful community of well elderly men and women who live as a family. They saw that I was both well and elderly and provided me with a room, shower and fellowship. This lovely home in Skaneateles, NY is a model for senior living. These dear people were my guardian angels. Bless them and all of you who I don't get to mention." 
-- William Shuttleworth

We want to hear about the mission stories from our Presbytery's worshiping communities. What mission work are you involved in? How are your members working in the community? What story would you like to share with others in the Presbytery?
Send any mission stories from your congregation that you would like to share to:  
Deadline is 12 p.m. on Wednesdays for the current week's edition of
Presbytery Matters.
We want to share your stories, missions, activities and more. Also, make sure to like our Facebook page by clicking the "Like us on Facebook" tab at the top of this letter.

Joys and Concerns around the Presbytery
    In our prayers together this week...
  • Pray for the family and friends of Rev. William L. Coop who passed away early Friday morning, May 24, in Colorado where he had been living with his son Joe.  Bill came to Cayuga-Syracuse in the mid 1990's when he became pastor of the then South Presbyterian Church. He was predeceased by his wife Joan, a certified Christian educator, who, along with Bill, was a mentor and beloved friend of our presbytery's church educators. Plans for a memorial service in Syracuse will be announced at a future time. Donations in Bill's memory may be sent to Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, 17 Cricketown Road, Stony Point, NY or online by clicking here.
  • Please continue to pray for the officers and elected leaders of our presbytery, giving thanks for their willingness to serve and asking for God's blessing on their efforts.
  • Pray for all the pastors and almost 3500 members in our worshipping communities as we continue to practice the "one-anothering" we are called to by our Lord and Savior.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individual: our Presbytery (the Leadership Team, Work Groups, Committees, and Mission and Ministry Teams), the Synod of the Northeast, General Assembly staff
If you'd like to share a particular joy or concern with the Presbytery, please contact:

Photo of the Week
A day for celebration: Merle celebrated her 96th year
with Weedsport First Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

To have your photo considered for "Photo of the Week" post it to your church's Facebook page and tag the Presbytery of Cayuga Syracuse's Facebook page.
From the Leadership Team
Introducing & Please welcome

The following elected Presbytery officers and Leadership Team
members as they begin their new terms of service on June 1:

Presbytery Moderator, Rev. Tom Oak (
Presbytery Vice-Moderator, Rev. Monica Styron (
Leadership Team Chairperson, Elder Lynn Jacques (
Leadership Team Vice Chair, Elder Linda Van Buskirk (
Associate Stated Clerk, Elder Linda Russell (

Calling the Presbytery

The Presbytery's phone number is: 315-632-5698
Beginning June 3, 2019, when you call the Presbytery's phone number you will be able to reach the following persons through the menu options:

Associate Stated Clerk & General Information: Linda Russell
Presbytery Moderator: Rev. Tom Oak
Leadership Team Chairperson: Elder Lynn Jacques
Committee on Ministry Work Group Co-Chair: Rev. Lorrie Cooney
Committee on Ministry Work Group Co-Chair: Rev. Lorrie Day Anson

From out-going Leadership Team Chairperson Linda Russell:

My term of service as your Leadership Team Chairperson ends on May 31, 2019. It has been my honor to serve you in this capacity for the past three years and I will be forever grateful to God, and to you, my sisters and brothers in the Presbytery, for trusting me with this responsibility and for the "one-anothering" which has made my work ever so much more doable and filed with joy. Thank you.
Pentecost Offering
The Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. Forty percent of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community.
  The remaining 60 percent is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency including the Young Adult Volunteers program and Triennium! We are able to send our delegation of 13 participants from Cayuga-Syracuse to the mountain-top experience of Triennium 2019 because of donations from churches like ours to the annual Pentecost Offering. Thank you!
The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (June 9 this year.) However, you can help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by the Pentecost Offering by making a gift at any time throughout the year. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, or by mailing a check to the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, 5811 Heritage Landing Drive, Syracuse, NY 13057. 
Learn more about Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center by visiting its website or clicking here to download the center's brochure. 
Around the Presbytery
Seeking pianist/accompanist
The First Pr esbyterian Church of Chittenango is looking for a pianist/accompanist and a choir direc tor to play, conduct and accompany choir rehearsals on Sundays.  
Service  starts at 9:00 am  and choir rehearsals take place after the service ends  until 11:00 am . The service includes a prelude, two hymns and two worship songs. The choir consists of only women that sing mostly SA music with simple accompaniment. We are looking for a pianist who is skilled in sight-reading and has experience singing in choirs. There is compensation. 
Please contact Mark Kasdorf for more information

What: Doug's Fish Fry to Go
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 3
Where: Memorial Hall at Sennett Federated Church
7777 Weedsport Senntt Road, Auburn


Call ahead to place orders until 4 p.m.: (607) 423-5996

Take out or eat in.

Baked goods also for sale!

What: Calling all Women and Girls of the Church to join as Presbyterian Women Gather
When: 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2018  
Where: Harriet Tubman Home at 180-182 South Street in Auburn
Rita Hooper: or 315-706-3564
Susan Silliman-Smith: or 315-591-4623 (text or leave message)
The day w ill s tart with a tour at the Harriet Tubman Home at 9:45 a.m. The cost of the tour is $3 fo r seniors and $5 for adults.  
Lunch will be served at Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center at 108 South Street. Lunch will be $8. Virginia Champlin will be presenting on her Global Exchange to Indonesia . Learn about  USA Mission Experience to CNY   , which is happening this summer.
After the program, you are on your own to visit the Seward Home (cost: $10-$12) or the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center
(cost: free) Both are on South Street in Auburn.  
Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in contact with presbyteries affected by Midwest floods

Denomination stands ready to help

By Mike Ferguson
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in contact this weekend with presbyteries in states in the lower Midwest, where flooding and tornadoes have impacted communities and forced evacuations.

Jim Kirk, PDA's associate for disaster response in the United States, said Saturday that affected presbyteries were assessing flood damage brought on by heavy rainfall in the Missouri and Illinois River basins as well as the upper and middle portions of the Mississippi River basin.

Kirk says PDA anticipates receiving "multiple" assistance grant requests. It's possible, he said, that PDA National Volunteers will be deployed, although as of Saturday no invitations for National Volunteers had been received.


Gift allows congregations to put 'Faith in Action'
Donor gives money to Detroit Presbytery, making mission dreams come true

By Tammy Warren and Eleanor Ferguson
Presbyterians Today
According to Karen Linnell, elder of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington in Farmington Hills, Michigan, "It's not often that you get to see a dream come true, especially when it turns out to be more meaningful than you imagined."

Linnell was referring to a $350,000 gift from an anonymous donor, which is inspiring congregations and community partners to work together to put their faith into action through new and existing mission initiatives in communities across the Presbytery of Detroit.

Although no specific guidelines for the use of the gift were provided by the donor, who has been involved with and supported the Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, the conditions of the gift are that the funds must be disbursed within one year for mission projects presbytery-wide.

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East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
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bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
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