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

Jan. 3, 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
Korean Church of Syracuse spreads Christmas cheer at fundraising concert
About 200 people enjoyed a wonderful time with beautiful musicians last month for the Korean Church of Syracuse fundraising concert at Colgate University.

"Their performance truly touched our hearts and it was true praise and worship for God," said Yunhee Kim, of the Korean Church of Syracuse. "All of audiences were very moved by their voices and hearts that celebrate Jesus' coming."


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 Susan Alloway, a retired minister in our presbytery. Susan and and her family are facing serious financial difficulties after her son's (with whom she was living) business partner "wiped them out" and skipped town --- this after Susan suffering total loss of her home and belongings to Hurricane Harvey in late 2017. If anyone would like to contact Susan her email address is:
  • Pray for all the children battling cancer and other diseases. Give them strength and pray for their doctors and their families.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: minister members of the Presbytery who are engaged in specialized ministries, who are at-large members, or who are retired

If you'd like to share a particular joy or concern with the Presbytery, please contact:

Reminder for the New Year


Photo of the Week
Columbian Presbyterian Church in LaFayette updates its sign to wish all a happy and blessed New Year. See more from the church on the its Facebook page.

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.
Around the Presbytery

What: Blood Drive
When:1 to 6 p.m. Today
Where: Cazenovia First Presbyterian Church at 27 Albany St., in Cazenovia
Call 1-800-733-2757 or visit the Red Cross website to schedule an appointment.


Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Woman of the cloth, woman of the belt
Finding the spiritual in the physical

By Donna Elia
Presbyterians Today
A doctor of ministry degree would be easier than this for me.

I told that to myself many times as I took three arduous 2½-hour tests, as well as a black belt practice test, all leading up to a final exam. This was over and above four years of rigorous classes, color belt tests and a binder full of requirements toward the rank of "1st dan," the first-degree black belt in tae kwon do, a Korean martial art that emphasizes kicking techniques.

I say this not to diminish the considerable effort a doctor of ministry entails, but as recognition that I'm much more comfortable in an academic environment than in a gym filled with jumps, spins and kicks.

Thankfully, the tae kwon do requirements also included written essays and exams. It's an understatement to say that these came more easily to me than the physical requirements that included 3,600 pushups, 3,600 situps and 30 miles of running.


Stated Clerk looks to challenges, opportunities facing the church in 2019
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson says change is needed for 21st century church  

By Rick Jones
Office of the General Assembly

For two and a half years, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, has listened to the heartbeat of the church. The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been on the road for most of his tenure, meeting with presbytery and synod leaders and listening and worshiping with churches facing difficult times.

Nelson says one of the challenges is the continued need to lift the spirits of those who have been through trauma over the past 30 years in the life of the denomination.
"Congregations that are representative of splits from larger congregations that existed and the struggles that we've had in becoming an all-inclusive church are among those challenges," he said. "There have also been struggles in addressing or not addressing some of the contextual realities that we are dealing with in the world."

5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
"I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them
bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
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