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

Nov. 29, 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
Otisco Presbyterian Church makes 'Shoeboxes'  
for Samaritan's Purse & Flood Buckets
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the church community of the Otisco Presbyterian Church was on a Mission. Volunteers boxed up 48 "Shoeboxes" for Samaritan's Purse and 25 Flood Buckets. Shoeboxes go out around the world to childre n who wouldn't normally get anything for Christmas and the Flood Buckets help in disasters around our country.

The church's Sunday School class spear headed the Shoebox project three years ago.

"Our first year, we did 18 boxes, last year we made 34 boxes and this year we were up to 48 boxes," said Robyn Root, a church member. "We have a collection area set up in our Fellowship Hall and members donate new toys, toothbrushes, combs, wash cloths, band-aids, coloring books and crayons all year long."

For the first time, the church also made Flood Buckets -- items were purchased by the church or donated by the members.


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 all those whose lives have been touched by AIDS. Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, and Presbyterians are encouraged to participate as part of Presbyterian HIV/AIDS Awareness. This year's theme is "know your status." "Jesus mandated us to care for the sick and love one another," said Ann Jones, Presbyterian AIDS Network (PAN) co-moderator. "AIDS awareness is so important because there are still many barriers to wholeness."
  • Pray for all those who are estranged from their families during the holidays. Ask God to comfort them and connect them with a church family.

In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: Columbian, LaFayette; First, Liverpool; First, Marcellus; First, Mexico; Morrisville Community Church 

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

Photo of the Week

An artistic day at Isaiah's Table with the creation of a wreath of handprints and celebrating Christ the King. See more pictures on the Isaiah's Table's 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: All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
Who: The King Ferry Presbyterian Church
When: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 1
Where: The King Ferry Presbyterian Church at 8813 State Route 90 in King Ferry

The church's gift to you this December is free real maple syrup!
What: Annual Christmas Shoppe
Who: Children ages 5 to 12 years old
When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1
Where:  First United Church of East Syracuse, 823 Franklin Park Driver in East Syracuse

Children are invited to come shop for their families with help from our church "elves" in Fellowship Hall downstairs. Prices range from  $0.25 to $5. Refreshments will be available, as well as an additional shopping area for adults while they wait for their children to finish shopping.


  Sennett Federated Church to host 2 fundraising events

What: Doug's Fish Fry To Go
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1
Place orders: Order ahead until 4 p.m. by calling (607) 423-5996.
Take out or stay and eat in the Memorial Hall.
Baked goods will also be for sale.

What: "Arise & Go" Celtic Concert  
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1
Cost: Free-Will Offering   
Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio that finds its roots in the dance music of Ireland, Scotland and Atlantic Canada. Blending pipes, whistles, fiddle and guitar, the group's varied musical backgrounds combine to produce a sound that is both grounded in tradition and uniquely fresh and driving.
Both events take place at the Sennett Federated Church, which is located at 77 77 Weedsport-Sennett Road in Sennett.

What: Soup and Dessert Café
When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 
Where: Meeting house of First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia, 27 Albany Street, Cazenovia NY 13035 (Entrance to the Meeting House is on Sullivan Street.)
Gourmet soups include a loaded potato soup, a seafood frogmore stew, cheddar broccoli, shrimp bisque and buffalo chicken wing. In addition we will have "holy cow chili" made by the church's pastor, the Rev. Tom Oak.
Come early; the soup goes quickly, and the desserts are wonderful. Eat in or take out.  For more information, call (315) 655-3191
New York Bible Conference Fundraising Concert
Presented by  
Eastman Korean  
Christian Community
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 8
Where: Korean Church of Syracuse
1800 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse 
Cost: General Admission $15 Students $10 
More information: Call Korean Church of Syracuse (315) 474-8346
This classical concert is a fundraising event for the New York Bible Conference,
which will take place from Jan. 10-12, 2019 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton.
New York Bible Conference, going beyond all denomination, focuses on its mission for Christian students and adults to reestablish their faith in the Word of God through Jesus Christ. It is targeted for those in Upstate NY in areas such as Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton, Ithaca, Syracuse and Albany.
What: Annual Cookie Walk 
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 
Where: Amboy Belle Isle United Church
             6190 Airport Road, Syracuse  
Cost: $10 per pound
  Annual SU Brass & UCF Bells Holiday Concert
Additional performers for 2018-The Syracuse Chorale
What: Come enjoy the sounds of Christmas 
When: 3 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: In the Sanctuary at the United Church of Fayetteville, which is located at 310 E. Genesee St., in Fayetteville   
Cost: A free-will offering will be collected to support education and clean water in Paulette, Haiti. Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishables for the F-M Food Pantry
Questions: (315) 637-3186 
Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, Syracuse Chorale and the United Church of Fayetteville Hand Bell Choir will perform. Reception to follow the concert.

What: "Holiday Voices in Concert," an acapella and choral performance for all ages
Cost: Tickets are available at the door for $8 to $12 (sliding scale)


What: Annual Cookie Walk
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15
Where: First United Church of East Syracuse
             823 Franklin Park Dr. in East Syracuse
Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Advent 'reorients us to the radical hope of the gospel'
PC(USA) resources help worshipers enter a time of yearning
By Paul Seebeck
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - The season of Advent, which begins on Sunday, Dec. 2, is often misunderstood. Before Thanksgiving is even finished, people are inundated with the sights and sounds of Christmas.  Within this consumer culture, it's easy to confuse the season of Advent with the number of shopping days until December 25.

"In Christian tradition, Advent challenges us to think about time in a much deeper way," said the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) "Advent asks us: What are we really waiting and hoping for? How long will evil, injustice and violence continue? What is God doing in the world? How can we in the church prepare for the coming of God's righteousness, justice and peace?"

Gambrell says Advent has a double focus which "reorients us to the radical hope of the gospel."


'How can we be the change?'

National Climate Assessment identifies a dozen challenges - but there's hope

by Mike Ferguson
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - A declining economy, including a possible downturn in tourism. Threats to water, agriculture, infrastructure and health - and a half-dozen other potential near-term calamities.

Released Friday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Fourth National Climate Assessment summarizes 12 significant threats posed by climate change, including to communities, essential services, indigenous peoples, ecosystems, and oceans and coasts.

While the impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country, future climate change is expected to "further disrupt many areas of life, exacerbating existing challenges to prosperity posed by aging and deteriorating infrastructure, stressed ecosystems and economic inequality," the report states. "People who are already vulnerable, including lower-income and other marginalized communities, have lower capacity to prepare for and cope with extreme weather and climate-related events and are expected to experience greater impacts."

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East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
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