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

August 8, 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

New location, New grant, but same spirit of giving

In the last year the Morrisville Community Church Food Pantry has undergone several changes, including a new location and new grant money, but the pantry continues to have the same spirit of giving and helping those in need.

The pantry moved to the lower level of the church, which is located at 824 Swamp Rd., Morrisville, in December 2018.

"This move has proven to be beneficial for all of those involved with our mission of distributing food to families and individuals that continue to need a little assistance from time to time," church officials said.

Even with the decrease in the number of people applying for Food Stamps, there will always be food emergencies: sudden work loss, a tragic house fire, or low income households.

In 2018, the food pantry provided 10,341 meals to 356 households that visited the pantry on a monthly basis. 

"The food pantry could not function without our dedicated volunteers who assist us on our
days of operation and at other times for donation and food pick up," the church said. "We are very fortunate to have seven regular pantry distributors and four subs."

The church received grant money from the Food Bank of Central New York and a donation
from one of our parishioners for the purchase of a new glass front freezer and refrigerator. 

"We rely solely on grants, monetary and food donations to continue our
mission, the church said. "Our community has been very supportive, in this regard, with their generosity of money, food and other products."

"Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth
and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food."
                                                                                                                                    Genesis 1:29

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 Elder Rita Hooper who has had a lingering summer cold .
  • Pray for Elder Bob Davenport, chair of the Finance and Property Work Group, who is suffering from numerous issues with his cervical spine. He has an appointment with a specialist on August 13th to determine if there is an alternative to a full disc replacement.
  • Pray for all those who have lost their lives due to gun violence. Pray for their friends and family. Pray for everyone who has felt the pain of loss and fear due to gun violence in Syracuse and across our country.
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
"Rise and Shine" Westminster Presbyterian Church of Auburn
held an outdoor worship last Sunday.

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.
Stated Meeting 
Presbytery Gathering Preview
The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse will hold a stated meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 at Faith United Church of Oswego, 12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive, Oswego, NY 13126. The gathering will begin with registration at 2:00 p.m. with the call to order at 3:00 p.m.  
From 2:30 to 3:00 pm there will be a time for a Q&A with Communications Coordinator Sarah Buckshot as well as a time for sharing Good News and Announcements.
Things to know:
  • Childcare is available by reservation. RSVP to by Wednesday, August 7.
  • Dinner will be served at a cost of $8.00 payable at registration. Requests for special dietary needs should be made to by August 7.
  • Internet service will be available.
  • Requests for excused absences should be sent to by August 9.
  • Names of new commissioners may be sent to for nametags by August 9.
  • The gathering may be recorded and pictures will be taken.
  • Dress comfortably. The sanctuary and fellowship hall are not air conditioned.
Things to anticipate:
  • Greetings from our new Resource Presbyter, the Rev. Karen Chamis
  • Election and installation of a Stated Clerk
  • A "first read" of the proposed budget for 2020 (per capita remains $38.50)
  • Examination of two Inquirers who are transitioning to the status of Candidate Under Care
  • Granting the status of Honorably Retired to the Rev. Dr. Peter Shidemantle
  • Saying "Godspeed" to the Rev. Dr. Craig Lindsey as he transitions to Arizona
Presbytery gatherings are important opportunities to do business together, to worship together around Word and Sacrament, to learn together, and to connect with and engage in "one-anothering" with our sisters and brothers from throughout the Presbytery.
2020 Draft Budget First Read 8-13-19 (print for best viewing) 
Minutes to follow
From the Leadership Team

Benevolent Care Fund Grant applications:
The Benevolent Care Fund Grant applications are now being accepted through Nov 1, 2019.   

The purpose of this fund is to provide benevolent grants to institutions that assist in the care of elderly persons within the bounds of the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery. 

Examples of previous requests are: food gift cards for shut-ins within the church community, senior lunch programs, "Music and Memory" program for nursing home residents, replacing dining room chairs and driveway/parking improvement at senior centers.

The application form can be found on the our website. Completed applications can be submitted to Leadership Team Chairperson, Lynn Jacques, at

Around the Presbytery

Little Library, Big Service

First Presbyterian Church of Weedsport recently
installed a Little Library next to its lighted sign.

The intent is to make books available to the public at
no charge.

As noted in the box all the church expects community members to TAKE a book, RETURN a book, or LEAVE
a book. 

The Little Library is open and available 24/7.

Each book will be labeled with the church name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, website
and Facebook page name. 

"While we can't control books that may be left unattended, the intent is to provide Christian and Spiritual based reading material," church officials said. 
Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Exploring the benefits of beauty and diversity
Flyaway Books' 'Brian the Brave' can prompt healthy conversations among children

By Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - Flyaway Books announces the Tuesday release of the picture book " Brian the Brave."

Written by best-selling author Paul Stewart, this timely picture book tells the story of a sheep named Brian who believes all of his fellow sheep can play together despite their differences. The book will help will prompt conversations about friendship, acceptance, and teamwork. "Brian the Brave" is ideal for children ages 3-7 and it features bright, playful artwork by illustrator Jane Porter.

"Stewart uses a group of sheep friends to relay messages of tolerance, acceptance, and non-judgment," says Kirkus Reviews. "The illustrations are distinctive and vivid; fans of Eric Carle will find the textured, collagelike pictures reminiscent of his classic work."

About Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart is the author of many books for children, including the best-selling Edge Chronicles and Far-Flung Adventures series, both cocreated with Chris Riddell.

The Wuppertal Call includes urgent cries for our planet's health
  'The Earth seems no  
longer able to heal itself'

By Tammy Warren
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - An old farmhouse, converted into a conference center, sits atop dem heiligen berg, "the holy mountain," overlooking the city of Wuppertal, Germany. It is from this spot that many residents say Earth seems to touch heaven.

In June an ecumenical conference of 52 participants from 22 countries and many confessional and faith traditions took place in Wuppertal. The four-day gathering, "Together Towards Eco-Theologies, Ethics of Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Churches," recognized that although God has not abandoned our planet, "the Earth seems no longer able to heal itself." The symptoms of the crisis are evident for all to see in the building blocks of life: water, earth, air and fire, and also climate-induced forced migration.

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