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

Dec. 27, 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
Spreading Christmas joy by serving love

A group of volunteers from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Auburn served a beautiful Christmas meal at the Salvation Army Sunday afternoon.

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 Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church. The church family lost a piece of its heart with the sudden passing of Doug Miller on Sunday morning. Doug was a member of session and the praise team, and he was the driving force behind the church's annual and highly successful Harvest Dinner and Chicken BBQ. Doug's beaming smile greeted every visitor who walked through the doors and his love for the Lord was felt with every note he played or sang. There will be a memorial service for Doug at 10 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church. Please keep Doug's family and his OHPC family in your prayers during this extremely difficult time.
  • Pray for the Arvidson family. The Rev. Ebbe Arvidson, former pastor at the Collamer United Church, died on Dec. 15.
  • Pray for all those who are battling depression. The time period after the holidays can be a particularly painful time for those suffering from depression. Please keep these people in your prayers.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: Taunton, Syracuse; Westminster, Syracuse; First, Weedsport; Whitelaw

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

Happy New Year

Photo of the Week

Children celebrate the birth of Jesus at the family Christmas service at the United Church of Fayetteville. 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: Free Family Movie
When: 1 to 3 p.m. Today
Where: Federated Church of Port Byron at 35 Tex Pultz Parkway in Port Byron
The church will be showing a family friendly film that is rated PG.

What: Blood Drive
When:1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3
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.)
Christmas Joy gifts help Puerto Rican pastors, other church workers recover from Hurricane Maria
Assistance provided much-needed care for those who 'were rushing out caring for others'

By Pat Cole | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, Presbyterian pastor Manuel D. Silva bore the dual burden of caring for his family and his congregation.
Nobody in his family or congregation was among the thousands who perished, but the September hurricane caused tremendous destruction in Aguadilla, where the Silva family lives, and across the island. The property damage wrought by the storm was in the billions, and many Puerto Ricans were without electricity for months.
When the storm hit, Silva's wife, Sylvette, was pregnant with their second child, and like thousands of others in Puerto Rico, the Silva family's home was unsafe for habitation. The couple and their firstborn son, Caleb, moved into a tiny apartment Silva's father owns in a neighboring town.

Pipes, rebar form rudimentary delivery table in Ghana

Mission partners can use a little to get a lot done

By the The Rev. Joshua Heikkila  
World Mission regional liaison for West Africa
LOUISVILLE - Back in 2013, I joined a German colleague of mine who was working in Ghana at the time on a visit to a rural health clinic run by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. The clinic was in the community of Kwahu Praso, about three hours northwest of Accra, the capital of Ghana, and for several years, it had been receiving financial support from some German Protestant congregations. The visit was a chance to learn more about the place and see how it was doing.

The clinic provided a wide range of basic health services to its rural community, like giving vaccinations, treating malaria, and helping people recover from minor illnesses and injuries. But I was especially struck by the busy maternity ward, which served as the primary pre- and postnatal care center for women in the surrounding towns and villages. Each month, more than a dozen women - and sometimes up to two or three dozen - gave birth in the Kwahu Praso Presbyterian Health Centre.

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