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

August 30, 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.
Mission Stories
Sennett Federated Church Holds Tractor Sunday
Sunday, August 26, was Tractor Sunday at Sennett Federated Church. The idea began when two children in the church, Chase Weller and William Pratt, brought toy tractors to church. Pastor George Huffsmith thought it might be a good idea to have a Tractor Sunday with a Blessing of the Tractors. The church agreed, and Tractor Sunday was born.
It was a "bring your tractor to church" Sunday. There were farm tractors, lawn tractors, children's ride-on tractors and more. The morning began with worship on the front steps of the church that ended with a blessing of the tractors. There was a hotdog roast potluck picnic to feed the body after feeding the soul.
For children there was a bounce house, corn pool and obstacle course. For teens and those who just never grew up, there was an egg toss and water balloon toss.
At the end of the day, about a dozen tractors were blessed and got a sticker proclaiming "This Tractor was Blessed at Sennett Federated Church." For more photos check out the church's Facebook page. 
Helping Fight Hunger in Syracuse Schools

  Here's a look at what some churches continue to do to make sure that children don't go hungry:
For the past two years students in five of the Syracuse City School District elementary schools have been taking home nutritious meals each weekend during the school year through the national Blessings in a Backpack program. All 550 students in one of the schools are being supported by a group of local churches and nonprofits and the generosity of a local businessman.  
Bellevue Heights Methodist Church, Robinson Elmwood United Church, Isaiah's Table, Jamesville Community Church, Marcellus Presbyterian Church, University Methodist Church and a generous local businessman team up to buy meals through a national food distributor. The food is then packaged at Bellevue Heights Methodist Church on Tuesdays and Robinson Elmwood United Church on Thursdays into individual bags and delivered to the school for distribution to the children on Friday before they go home.   
Want to help? Donations can be made through The online giving link at 
Learn more..

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...
  • Recognizing the joy that was created on Saturday, August 25 when so many took part in a "Day of Kindness." Pray that we can learn from the day and share kindness in every moment.
  • Pray for those affected by the mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida that killed two people and injured others at a video game tournament. Please keep the family of the victims in your prayers and pray for healing for all those affected by the mass shootings that have rattled our country. 
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: Amboy Belle Isle; First, Auburn; Westminster, Auburn; United Ministry of Aurora; First, Baldwinsville

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

From Our Leadership Team

Healthy pastors and church workers promote safe, healthy churches. Training/refreshing every three years is a standard "best practice" for Boundaries Awareness and this is a local, convenient opportunity to bring yourself "up-to-date."
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Liverpool First Presbyterian Church, 603 Tulip Street, Liverpool, NY 13088
All pastors and CLP's currently serving churches in Cayuga-Syracuse, pastors/elders on pulpit supply list, church elders, educators and youth ministry and human resources representatives
$15 for lunch for Cayuga-Syracuse participants
$40 for lunch and registration for non-Cayuga-Syracuse participants 
(This training event is being jointly offered and subsidized by the Leadership Team and Ministry  Work Group.) 
Contact Heather Brown at Liverpool First Presbyterian Church at 315-457-3161 or
To register, participants must provide the following information:
Pastor, elder, educator, other
Church & Presbytery
Cell phone & email
Food allergies
Payments should be made by check payable to "Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse" with "Boundaries Awareness" noted on memo line and mailed to:
Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057 
October 17, 2018
More information:
Linda Russell at
Nancy Wind at  
About the presenter:
David Olsen, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
David has served as the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center for the last 32 years. He has been an adjunct professor of family therapy at Sage Graduate School, and is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and provides consultations and training for a number of judicatories.

Peace & Global Witness Offering  
It's time to prepare for Oct. 7
The Peace & Global Witness Offering is one of four Special Offerings of the PC(USA) that serve as a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace that ends on World Communion Sunday, which this year is October 7, 2018.

In the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, local congregations retain 37.5 percent of the Offering they collect, while 12.5 percent is to be used by Synod and 50 percent is to be used by the PC(USA)'s Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) for their peacemaking programs.

All congregations are encouraged to give prayerful consideration to joining in peacemaking efforts supported by the Peace & Global Witness Offering, and perhaps our collective witness will be much stronger in 2018. Resources can be found here.

Other Voices from the Presbytery
Attention Women!
Cayuga-Syracuse/Utica PW Fall Vanderkamp Retreat
Deadline to register is Saturday
Theme: Mission is Every Where
  • Virginia Champlin will share her mission venture on her Global Mission Trip to Indonesia.
  • We will also hear from Director of the Center of New Americans Olive Sephona. She will share information on the current status of refugees and she hopes to bring a refugee to share her story with the group.
  • We also hope to hear from ladies from the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church about their current refugee project.
  • Please bring with you samples of the mission work your church is doing or involved in.
When: Tuesday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Deadline for reservations: September 1, 2018
Cost: $70 per person,which includes 3 meals, linens and room
Around the Presbytery

The King Ferry Presbyterian Church will be hosting its monthly Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 1 at the church's community hall.

With more than 20 years of experience, the church serves a hearty breakfast with specialties like homemade blueberry syrup and applesauce. The church invites everyone to come hungry and enjoy the food and fellowship.

Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for youth and children are free.The church is located at 8821 State Route 90N in King Ferry.
Turkey BBQ 
A Turkey BBQ Take Out-only Dinner will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (or until sold out) on Saturday, September 8  at the First Presbyterian Church, which is located at 4362 Church Street in Mexico.
Dinner will include BBQ turkey, salt potatoes, baked beans, corn on the cob, rolls and dessert.
Cost is $9.00 for Adults and $7.50 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 years old and under are free.

For more information, call 315-963-7902.


What: The Collamer United Church will hold its annual rummage sale.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday September 14 and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 15. (Please note that the time was incorrect in last week's "Presbytery Matters." The sale opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 15.) 
Where: Vollmer's Greenhouse across from the cemetery on Route 298 in Collamer  
(2 miles east of Carrier Circle; or ½ mile west of Exit 7 off from Route 481.)
The sale will offer a wide variety of great bargains from the nearly new to the nearly antique. There will also be a food counter and a bake sale so shoppers can snack while searching for treasures.
Outside the presbytery
Organist - Choir Master Position Availab le
 The Episcopal Church of Saints Peter & John  
169 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
(315 ) 252-5721  

Service times:             Sunday 10 a.m.
                8:00 - Recessional Hymn and Postlude
Choir Rehearsal:        Thursday 7:30 to 9:00 &/or Sunday when necessary
Instrument:                  1887 Roosevelt Pipe Organ - 2 - Manual pipe organ with                                                               much of the original pipe work intact, renovated; and
                                       1910 Steinway Grand Piano.  Both well maintained.  

Submit resumes and letter of interest via email.

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline looms for records preservation grants for churches
Smaller, older churches face October 31 date to apply to digitize records

By Presbyterian Historical Society
To assist congregations with the preservation of church records, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official records.
To qualify, congregations must be 250 members or less, at least fifty years old, interested in the preservation of historical records, and looking for financial assistance to digitize these records. Grants must be used within a two-year period.
Applications are due annually on October 31. Grants must be used within a two-year time period.
To apply, the congregation's clerk of session should submit:
  1.  A letter describing:
      • the condition of the records (i.e. binding, pages, ink, any previous water or insect damage, etc.);
      • where the records are currently stored and any history you know about where they were stored in the past;
      • why the records are important to the congregation;
      • plans the congregation has for preserving its original records in the future; and
      • the financial need of the congregation.

2. An inventory of the records.

3. A copy of the congregation's most recent annual budget.


Application materials should be submitted to:
Presbyterian Historical Society/Heritage Preservation Grant
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
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