Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
June 7, 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!
Seeking Stated Clerk and Communications Coordinator
On May 12, our presbytery voted to approve recommendations to establish the positions of Acting Stated Clerk (10 hours/week with a focus on serving stated meetings of Presbytery and as a general polity resource) and Communications Coordinator (10 hours/week with a focus on the weekly e-newsletter, website and social media); and empowered the Leadership Team to prepare compensation agreements and begin a search process.

That search process has now officially begun! And we need your help! If you know someone who might be interested in either position, please encourage them to apply. If you yourself are interested, please apply. We are on the verge of a new day for the presbytery, and we're looking for the right staff to help bring on the light. Below are the job and application process descriptions:
Mission Stories
Partnership inspires creation of Presbyterian Peace Network for Korea

By Kurt Esslinger
Mission Crossroads Magazine

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Soon after my wife, Hyeyoung Lee, and I began our mission co-worker assignment in South Korea, a Presbyterian elder from Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery, Linda Russell, called to tell us that her presbytery has been maintaining a Korean Partnership Team for over a decade. Linda suggested this team might be interested in our work as site coordinators of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. We felt our excitement for the work ahead reciprocated. That began what has been a long and fruitful partnership with Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery.

Send any mission stories from your congregation that you would like to share to Patrick Heery:

Joys and Concerns around the Presbytery
In our prayers together this week...
  • Pray for the family of Shirley DeHority, for whom a memorial service will be held at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 East Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY at 11am on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Shirley lived her life 
    advocating for the underdog, working for peace, and trying to leave the world a better place. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Rev. Dr. George DeHority with whom she shared marriage and ministry for almost 60 years.
    Dr. DeHority spent his life in leadership roles in the Presbyterian Church at all its levels, including a term as Synod Executive. Shirley's obituary can be found here.
  • Pray for Rev. Edgar Thornburg, former pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church. His wife recently passed away, and there is going to be a memorial service held for her at 11:00am on June 9th at Northminster, 7444 Buckley Road, N. Syracuse, NY 13212
    There will be a reception following the service.
  • Pray for Rev. Ed Kang and his wife, who had to have emergency surgery while they were in California. Ed is a minister member of the this presbytery.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals:  First, Cazenovia; First, Chittenango; United Church of Collamer; Pebble Hill, DeWitt; First United Church of East Syracuse.

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

Planning Calendars Update
The PCUSA 2018-2019 Planning Calendars have been delayed. Due to errors discovered on nine different pages, the calendars had to be reprinted. Calendars are now expected to ship beginning mid-June and beginning with "standing order" customers. Cayuga-Syracuse calendars should, hopefully, arrive by the end of June. When they do, churches and individuals will be notified and arrangements made for pick-up or delivery. Thank you for your patience!
Around the Presbytery
Appleseed Outreach:
Meals and Events

Our presbytery has endorsed Appleseed Outreach as a new worshiping community, sponsored by both South Valley Presbyterian Church and Atonement Lutheran Church.  

Appleseed Outreach is looking for partners to help them continue their dinner program during June, July, and August 2018. They typically feed anywhere between 70 and 90 people on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM. 

If your organization or faith community would like to prepare and serve a meal for the folks in the community, please use this link to sign up.    

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Beth DuBois (, Pastor Dana Smith (, or Vicar Anna Hurley ( The church phone number is 315-492-9065. 

If you cannot cook a meal but would like to financially provide for a meal, the meals tend to cost between $200-250. Any support - physical, spiritual, and financial - is greatly appreciated.

Lastly, please accept this invitation to our community summer events and invite your neighbors.

The Blessing of the Bicycles will be Saturday, June 23 at 10 AM. 

Cycling Across America will be coming through Syracuse and parking their RV at our building on Thursday, July 5. They are planning to give a community presentation on homelessness in America. More information can be found on their website.

Movie Nights will occur on the lawn (or inside the church if the weather is bad) each second Tuesday at 8 PM. Popcorn will be provided.
  • June 8 - Lilo & Stitch
  • July 13 - Moana
  • August 10 - Finding Dory

An Urban-Rural Dialogue Conference 
July 10 - 12, 2018
Registration is now open for the New York State Council of Churches' summer conference, "The Church as a Catalyst for Community Renewal: An Urban-Rural Dialogue". This exciting event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown, NY from Tuesday, July 10th to Thursday, July 12th. Please register today---and invite a friend to join you! The full conference registration fee is $199.00. Hotel information and much more is available on the registration page.
This year's program will focus on the role churches can play in the economic revitalization of their communities, an issue that crosses some of the political divisions that increasingly characterize our country and our state.  
Reverend Donna Schaper from Judson Memorial Church in New York City and Reverend Dawrell Rich from the Mount Moriah Church in New London, Connecticut will lead the discussion at the opening banquet on Tuesday night. Both lead congregations that are deeply involved with their neighborhoods and have addressed head-on both the need for economic development and the importance of economic justice.  
Participants will leave this conference with a host of new ideas and new colleagues to call on for inspiration and support.   

CNY Voices Concert

This Sunday, June 10, at 4, CNY Voices---a choral community in Central New York---will offer a variety of musical selections for your enjoyment at Amboy Belle Isle United Church, 6190 Airport Road, Syracuse, NY 13209.


Three Remaining Openings for Weekly Kamp Nurses/Health Directors

If you have people in the medical profession in your congregation or know people in your community, PLEASE help Vanderkamp fill their last three vacancies for Kamp Nurses/Healthcare Directors by sharing the flyers below. The three weeks are July 1-6, July 15-20, and July 29-Aug 3.
You always may keep abreast on happenings in and around the Presbytery by
checking the Presbytery events calendar ( and the

Getting Ready for the 223rd General Assembly!
From June 16 - 23, commissioners and advisory delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries, and other delegates and observers from around the world, will converge on the America's Convention Center in downtown St. Louis for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination's biennial gathering.

Joining them from our presbytery will be the Rev. Diane Munger, our elected minister commissioner; Rebecca Wind, our elder commissioner; Shavonn Lynch, our theological student advisory delegate; and Rachel Kilts, our young adult advisory delegate.

Learn more about the 223rd GA here or follow the links below:

223rd General Assembly: The Spirit at work in St. Louis

Hands & Feet initiative engages Presbyterians in racial healing

It is there, in one of the nation's most racially segregated cities, where loud cries and wordless groans against racial injustice are being heard through the Hands & Feet initiative. The initiative invites Presbyterians to come to the host city of General Assembly to not just cast their votes in an air-conditioned convention room, but to also become part of the community, working with their hands, their feet and their hearts, for justice and peace.

GA223 public witness seeks to create a "Matthew 25" church

Opening worship offering to provide bail relief in St. Louis

Reclaiming the prophetic voice of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for social, racial, and economic justice, the 223rd General Assembly (2018) [GA223] will take an unprecedented active role in addressing conditions in St. Louis and other cities that devastate the poor and oppressed. The assembly meets June 16-23. The call for the PC(USA) to be a "Matthew 25 Church" was issued by the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

GA223 backgrounder:
Church Polity and Ordered Ministry

Paid parental leave, requirements to amend the Book of Order, renunciation of jurisdiction to be considered by Assembly Committee

GA223 backgrounder: Mission Coordination

New Presbyterian Mission Agency leader, mission work plan and mission budgets on the docket for Assembly Committee 10

GA223 backgrounder: Middle East Issues

Advocating for first amendment rights to speak in support of Palestinians leads list of proposals for Assembly Committee 12

GA223 backgrounder: Peacemaking, Immigration and International Issues

Mission, advocacy around the world is focus of Assembly Committee 9

GA223 backgrounder: The Way Forward

Three major reports on denominational roles, structure and future to be considered by Assembly Committee 4

GA223 backgrounder: Theological and
Church Growth Issues and Institutions

Connection between theological education and church growth to be explored by Assembly Committee 14

GA223 backgrounder: Environmental Issues

Divestment from fossil fuel industry to be considered - again - by Assembly Committee 8

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(315) 632-5698
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