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

March 21, 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

Sweet Reward

First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango collects donations for food pantry

The First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango is collecting non-perishable food items during its Joy of Giving campaign for the Town of Sullivan Food Cupboard in Chittenango.

The church met its first goal of 200 items so the children were rewarded Sunday with a ice cream party.  
See more photos on the church's Facebook page.

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 Gail Banks, Commissioned Lay Pastor at Amboy Belle Isle. Gail was sent to the emergency room on Tuesday and as of late Wednesday afternoon was still in St. Joseph's Hospital waiting for results of a stress test.
  • Pray for honorably retired the Rev. Jerry Shave and family in prayer. Jerry's wife, Carola, is in Francis House in hospice care. Their daughter, Margaret Carter, is in the hospital recovering from a long illness and surgery. 




Prayer for the third Sunday of Lent:

God of patience and compassion, cause our lives to bear good fruit - the fruit of repentance - so that others may taste and see your goodness and grace; through Christ our Lord.

In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: 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
Robinson Elmwood United Church is taking part in CNY Rocks. Members painted rocks on Sunday. The "CNY Rocks" is an initiative to bring a spark of joy and a bit of color to Syracuse and Central New York.

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

The Ministry Information Form (MIF) for the position of Resource Presbyter for Cayuga-Syracuse has been posted and is now on-line with the PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection (CLC). Potential matches and self-referrals have been coming in since March 14 and are being directed to the Human Resource team for initial screening.  
Many thanks to the Rev. Lorrie Cooney and elders Mark Kasdorf and Donna Hunt for their assistance with this stage of the process. 
What: "Website 101" Training 
When: 10 a.m. on April 27 
Where: First United Church of East Syracuse, 823 Franklin Park Drive in East Syracuse.
Meet with Communications Coordinator Sarah Buckshot about the basics of website creation and design, and other media-related questions. More information to come.  
Around the Presbytery

Registration is now open for Vanderkamp's 2019 Summer Kamp Programs

Cynthia Tracy, a dear member of Park Central Presbyterian Church, is turning 100 this month! 
If you would like to send her good wishes on this very special occasion, her address is:
The Nottingham, A-126
1301 Nottingham Rd.
Jamesville, NY 13078
"We give thanks to God for Cynthia's life and for the gifts she has shared so generously with her church family," the church says. 
The Spiritual Rene wal Center in Syracuse has an open Administrative Assistant position.
Part time: 15 to 20 hours per week.

For more information, contact Jim Krisher at (315) 472-6546 or
Provide administrative support to the Director of Spiritual Renewal Center. Will perform diverse, highly responsible, and complex administrative functions that require independent recurring contact with ministerial staff and the outside spiritual community throughout central New York, and beyond. The Administrative Assistant exercises initiative and independent judgment in managing daily administrative activities, while assisting the Director in achieving the mission of the Spiritual Renewal Center.

What: Chicken and Biscuit Dinner
When: 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26
Where: LaFayette Columbian Presbyterian Church, corner of Route 11 and Route 20 in LaFayette
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 5
To-go orders available.

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Children's 'Soup for Goats'  
stirs congregational support
Presbyterian Giving Catalog inspires mission project

By Pat Cole
Presbyterians Today

The soup at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Glendale, Arizona, is a recipe for encouraging mission support.

A Sunday school class composed of elementary and middle school students has generated mission interest through a soup-making venture aimed at helping Presbyterian Mission. They assembled the ingredients, put them in jars they had labeled, and sold the mixture to the congregation. The children used the proceeds to give a pair of goats, a family of chickens, a piglet and six refugee food baskets through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.

The project was called Soup for Goats because the possibility of giving goats created much excitement among the students, said Marcia Callaghan, the class's lead teacher. When the congregation's generosity exceeded expectations, the students added other gifts that reflected their passions. The result was $553 given to support Presbyterian Mission.


We need to stop holding out for a hero, CPJ Day speaker says
Musician, speaker David LaMotte will deliver keynote about importance of movements at April PC(USA) event

By Rich Copley
Presbyterian News Service

NEW YORK - To many people, Rosa Parks' life was one day long, David LaMotte says.

It was, no doubt, a historic day: Dec. 1, 1955, when the woman who was black refused to move from her seat that was reserved for whites on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and was arrested. That sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a key event in the Civil Rights movement.

"We don't tell the story of the decades she spent as an activist, doing unsung, boring work moving the ball forward," LaMotte says. "And that work mattered. It wasn't just the moment that mattered. It was the movement that mattered. Without that movement, the moment wouldn't have mattered at all.

"We know this because other people had the same dramatic moment before and after her. Her moment mattered because the movement chose to hold it up as an emblematic moment and as a symbol of this oppression, and contest things in the public sphere, based on this particular incident."

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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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