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

Feb. 7, 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
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn hosts a 'Souper Bowl of Caring' 
The Westminster Presbyterian Church collected more than $300 for the Calvary Food Pantry on Sunday morning's Souper Bowl of Caring offering.
The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Its vision is to transform Super Bowl weekend into America's largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving.  
Young people collect monetary and food donations with 100 percent of the money and food given directly to local charities of the group's choice. At Westminster, all donations benefit Calvary Food Pantry.  
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 Rachel Movsovich, daughter of David Movsovich, pastor of the Federated Church of Port Byron. Rachel broke her ankle in three places and will have surgery on her ankle today. (Feb. 7)
  • The Liverpool church is asking for prayers for a young family connected to its congregation. Erik and Stephanie have two young children (one with special needs.) Stephanie has multiple medical issues that have kept her hospitalized: severe vertigo, short-term memory loss and loss of muscle strength. Please pray for healing for Stephanie and strength for Erik as he cares for his children.
  • Pray for all Presbytery leaders and members who are preparing for the stated meeting on Saturday. 
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

 Elaine, a LOGOS student at Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church, shows off her painted hand. LOGOS students decorated T-shirts with their thumb prints and hand prints Tuesday night. See more photos on the church'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.
From the Leadership Team
Triennium 2019
If you have students who are interested in attending this mountain-top experience for youth entering 9th grade through graduated 12th grade, please send the name of your church, the names and contact information for each student, and the name of a contact person in your church along with their cell phone and email to:

Leigh Anne Herd and Tracie Folley from First Presbyterian Church in Liverpool will serve as co-chairs of the 2019 Triennium Presbyterian Youth Triennium team for Cayuga-Syracuse.
Basic Triennium information can be found here. For information on local arrangements, contact Leigh Anne at (315) 727-0178 or

Notes to Pastors from the Leadership Team:
  • Please be sure to send requests to be excused from the February 9 presbytery meeting to
  • The Nominating Committee reports that there is a noticeable imbalance between pastors and elders on the Leadership Team going forward and requests that ministers of the Word and Sacrament give prayerful consideration to serving a three-year term from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022. If you feel you can serve your presbytery in this way, please contact elder Donna Hunt at
Stated Meeting
The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse will hold a stated meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango, 118 Arch St., Chittenango, NY 13037. The gathering will begin with registration at 8:30 am, with a Q&A session on the amendments from GA at 8:45 a.m., followed by the call to order at 9:30 a.m.
Things to know:
  • Lunch will be served at a cost of $7.00 payable at registration.
  • Limited internet connection will be available.
  • Names of new commissioners may be sent to for nametags.
  • Names for excused absences should be sent to .
  • The gathering may be recorded and pictures will be taken. Please let Sarah Buckshot know if your image can't be used. You can let her know at the beginning of the meeting or before by contacting her at
  • A website update form is attached. Email requested information to
Things to anticipate:
  • A Q&A session from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. to prepare for voting on 10 proposed amendments to the Book of Order
  • A special presentation by Dr. Lori Klivak of InterFaith Works of CNY on their One to One program for elder orphans. InterFaith Works has received three grants from Presbytery and requested an opportunity to say thank you, interpret the value of this program, and offer their expertise to local congregations.
  • Reflection on the future of Presbytery leadership
  • Ideas from our Communications Coordinator, Sarah Buckshot
  • "Good News" from our Congregations and Worshipping Communities
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.
Papers for this meeting can be found here, and include:
Around the Presbytery

What: A Taste of Chocolate
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
Where: Columbian Presbyterian Church, Route 11 and Route 20 in LaFayette

Sample-size treats and full-size desserts for purchase.
Create custom boxes of goodies for your sweetheart.
A Taste of Chocolate is a fundraiser for the food pantry at LaFayette Outreach
What: Spaghetti Dinner 
When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11  
Where: Weedsport Presbyterian Church, 8871 S. Seneca St.  Cost: Free  
Gluten-free and regular past available. Donations graciously accepted for the Presbyterian Youth Programs. Bring your friends. Everyone welcome.  
What: Fire and Ice Vanderkamp Dinner Dance Fundraiser 
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 16 
Where: Vanderkamp, 337 Martin Road in Cleveland 
Cost: Advance sale tickets through Feb. 8 are $35 per adult. Tickets can be purchased by emailing or calling  
(315) 675-3651.
The event, which features beer tasting, raffles, music, dancing and a cash bar, is a fundraiser for Vanderkamp's scholarship fund. Visit the Vanderkamp's Facebook page for more information.  
Seeking participants for LAMP trip to Puerto Rico
Latin American Mission Partnership (LAMP) has planned a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico April 11-18, 2019 leaving from Syracuse.  
The group is still accepting applications for both youth and adults that would like to participate in this trip. The group will embark on this trip to assist with projects that involve clean up and rebuilding projects from destruction that still remains from the hurricane.
The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 20. 
The cost for the trip is $1,100 and payment due dates are included on the application, which can be found by clicking here.  
LAMP highly encourages youth (minimum of 14 years old) to participate in this trip as it is an experience of a lifetime and many amazing memories are made through experiencing a new culture. It is not necessary to know the Spanish language; there will be translators available.  
For questions, please contact Julianne Pease at (315) 430-4536 or by email to julianne.pease1@gmail. com. To see pictures of past LAMP trips, visit its Facebook page. 
What: Slow Smoked Pulled Pork Dinner  
When: 4 to 7 p.m. March 2  
Where: Sennett Federated Church
              7777 Weedsport-Sennett Road, Sennett  
Cost: Adults: $10
          Youth (5 to 15 years old): $5
          Under 5: Free   
Menu: Pulled pork with roll, salt potatoes, coleslaw, homemade applesauce, dessert and beverage.  
Take-outs available.  
Pastors Lunch
The next Pastors Lunch will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 in the Robinson/Elmwood Church. The group will be discussing the book "Canoeing the Mountains"
Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Creating a modern 'Wailing Wall'
Twin Cities church connects with community through public prayer
By Sherry Blackman
Presbyterians Today

Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis continues to break down walls between church and community. As an engaged urban partner, it is listening to, and praying for, the concerns of its people.

Last summer, the church created its own kind of "Wailing Wall." Passers-by were invited to write their prayer requests and hang them on the church's railing that borders Nicollet, a 12-block shopping and dining hub in the city. Thousands of people pass by the church every day.

The prayer wall was the idea of the Revs. Sarah Brouwer, Westminster's associate pastor for congregational life, and Meghan Gage-Finn, the church's executive associate pastor. The pastoral duo wanted to move the midweek contemplative worship service onto the church's new outdoor plaza during the summer months.   So, they hung a sign on the railing that read: "We pray for the city . . . let us pray for you, too."

Go and build kinder,  
more compassionate communities
Women's ministry scholarships allow four young women to attend College Conference at Montreat
By Gail Strange
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - Nearly 1,000 college-aged students and their UKirk pastors and leaders began the new year together at the annual College Conference held last month at the Montreat Conference Center in Monreat, N.C.

Featured speakers for the event included author and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, along with residents and chaplains of the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. Patel was a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Interfaith Youth Core is a Chicago-based international organization that aims to promote interfaith cooperation.

In addition to the featured speakers, conference-goers participated in small group "critical conversations."

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