Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
January 23, 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!
Vital Information
Deadline for Session Annual Statistical Report Submission

The deadline for submission of the 2017 Session Annual Statistical Report is February 8, 2018. Information in each session's report will be combined with that from other PC(USA) congregations to become the "OGA Statistics" that appear annually in the General Assembly Minutes, Part II, Statistics. This information is also used in assessing each congregation's per capita; as such, accurate information is essential to ensure that your congregation is assessed its per capita equally and fairly.
Please note that the Session needs to approve the report as early as possible after December 31, 2017. This is a session report and DOES NOT require approval at a congregational meeting.
If you have questions or comments regarding the 2017 Session Annual Statistical Report, please contact Larry Beasley, Stated Clerk at, or call
Joys and Concerns around the Presbytery
In our prayers together this week...
  • Pray for Carol Beasley, wife of Stated Clerk Larry Beasley, as she recovers from foot surgery.
  • Pray for Amy Jorolemon, a member of Sennett Federated Church, whose dad John Lusk died.
  • Pray for Rev. Karen Dimon, pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, whose mom's memorial service was last weekend. Lorraine Dimon's life was celebrated and remembered at the United Church of Fayetteville last Saturday.
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 Patrick Heery:

Upcoming Presbytery Meeting
Presbytery gathering preview
The next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse is Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Our host is First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles located at 97 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152, at the north end of Skaneateles Lake.Registration begins at 8:00 am, and the meeting will convene at 9:00. The meeting will be recorded and pictures taken.
Please send the name(s) of your elder commissioner(s) to by February 5 so that nametags can be prepared.
Childcare is available for this meeting by reservation.RSVP to the church at 315-685-5048 by Monday, February 5, for childcare.
Lunch (Doug's fish sandwiches, coleslaw, dessert and beverages) will be served at the church for a cost of $7.50.
We will be joined in worship by the Rev. Michael Gehrling, 1001 New Worshiping Communities: Associate for Assessments and the Northeast Region, as guest preacher. (Michael will also be available for conversation during lunch and immediately following the close of business.) Also participating in worship will be the bell choir and vocal choir from Skaneateles. The offering during worship will support Eastern Farm Workers Association in Syracuse and Skaneateles, a new mission of the Skaneateles church.
A number of special things are happening at this gathering including
  • installation of our new Stated Clerk, Larry Beasley,
  • recognizing the work of Jenna Heery as a Family Services Coordinator for Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network as a validated ministry and her examination for ordination,
  • an "Open Space" time for those present to weigh in on the future of the presbytery during "Discerning God's Will Together" with Tom Oak, chairperson of the Visioning Work Group,
  • and more!
Presbytery gatherings are important opportunities to do business together, to worship together around Word and Sacrament, to learn together, and to connect with our sisters and brothers from around the Presbytery.

Other Voices from the Presbytery
From the New Worshiping Communities Workgroup:

We are excited to welcome Michael Gehrling, 1001 New Worshiping Communities Associate for the Northeast Region from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to our Presbytery on Friday and Saturday, Feb 9 & 10. Here are some opportunities for you to meet Michael, and learn more about New Worshiping Communities:
Friday, February 9th: Pull up a chair, order some food or a drink, and enjoy a very casual conversation with Michael. We will have a table at Gordon Biersch (Destiny USA) on Friday night beginning at 6:30pm. Food and drinks are on your own, and we will supply the conversation! Michael is a church planter, and was one of the co-founders to The Upper Room, a New Worship Community in Pittsburgh, PA.
Please RSVP for the Friday night event, so that we have enough chairs.  Kindly email Dan DeBrucker-Cota @ by Friday afternoon (2/9)
Saturday, February 10th: We continue our visit with Michael. He will lead our Presbytery in Worship and conversations. We are very fortunate to have him in our midst during this season of visioning and revitalization across our Presbytery.
There will have time during lunch and after the Presbytery meeting to have more conversations with Michael and the New Worshiping Communities Workgroup. If your plans allow, and would be interested in joining Michael and members from Isaiah's Table  for dinner on Saturday evening, you may RSVP with Nancy or Dan at the Presbytery meeting by Noon.  Dinner will be Dinosaur BBQ - Location TBD and a donation of $10 is welcomed.

Other Voices from the Presbytery
From Isaiah's Table

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? ~ Isaiah 43:18-19a

Isaiah's Table is once again focusing on one of our foundational scriptures. We indeed WERE perceiving that God was doing a new thing, but didn't quite know what it meant. Our neighborhood is changing. Our food pantry is getting used much less. Fewer people are coming on Saturday mornings. Yet during this period of contraction, we have been growing much deeper. We added people to our covenant relationship roll (membership). Our worship and study has been even more meaningful and soul full. And during Advent we ordained our first Covenant Partner (our equivalent to an Elder).

Now we understand what this new thing is... we are being called to move away from 620 West Genesee Street. Because of the blessing of the growth of two of Missio Church's Immigrant communities, they need our space and have asked us to find a new home by the end of June.

Our leadership is excited about the possibilities. We are enthusiastically entering into a time of discerning where God is calling us to be. Please pray for our discernment. We honor your support and partnership as we journey forward to a new neighborhood. Please contact Nancy Wind with any ideas to add to our list. January is our time of listening. We will be doing prayer walks in different neighborhoods beginning in February. Thank you so much.

     ~ Nancy Wind

You always may keep abreast on happenings in and around the Presbytery by
checking the Presbytery events calendar ( and the

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community

Because the beloved community is what God intends for us, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is engaging in an ongoing campaign to share a wealth of antiracism resources with the greater church. As part of the Facing Racism campaign, books, worship suggestions, studies, training sessions and other resources are posted here to assist in equipping congregations in their work against racism.

This month, the PC(USA) is offering a variety of antiracism resources from Presbyterian-related organizations, including NEXT Church, Presbyterian Women and Covenant Network of Presbyterians.

Call to action: Plan an educational event with your congregation using resources related to this month's featured resources.

Let the denomination know if your congregation is hosting an event focusing on antiracism, diversity or racial justice. Please submit your event information by emailing so we can feature it on the Facing Racism web page.

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East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
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