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

Jan. 30, 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
'God's word  touched our hearts'
Korean Church of Syracuse hosts successful New York Bible Conference

By Yunhee Kim
Korean Church of Syracuse 
With God's grace and your prayers, we had a gracious time at the 2019 New York Bible Conference that was held Jan. 10-12 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton.
More than 210 people attended and learned the Bible through five seminars and experienced the grace and power of God's word. Those people came from Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Canada, Korea and France.  
Their passion and heart toward God's word touched our hearts. Praise the Lord.  
We learned Deuteronomy, Song of Songs, Haggai, Luke, 1 John, 2 John and Jude this year through the five seminars.
T hank you for your prayer and support for this ministry.   
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 those who lost a loved one in 2018. May God be with them. Pray for all those who welcomed the birth of a new baby in their family in 2018. May God watch over them.
  • Pray for Rod Spingler, of Sennett Federated Church, who fell and broke his femur.
  • Pray for all Presbytery leaders and members who are preparing for the stated meeting on Feb. 9.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: United Church of Fayetteville; First United Church of Fulton; God's Vision Christian Church, Hannibal; Jamesville Community Church; First, King Ferry

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

Photo of the Week
On Sunday morning, the First United Church of East Syracuse honored its music director, Christy Knowlton, for her five years of dedicated service. "She brings such joy to our worship services," the church said. 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.
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:
  • Childcare is available by reservation. RSVP to or 315-687-7355 by Tuesday, February 5.
  • 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: All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
When: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
Where: In Community Hall at King Ferry Presbyterian Church on Route 90/34B
"The church is celebrating its 25th year of making pancakes"
First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles hosts 2 Super Bowl events

What: Super Bowl Sunday Tamale Benefit
When: Feb. 3. Orders will be taken on Jan. 27
Cost: Suggested donation $20 per dozen or $10 per half dozen
Fundraiser supports EFWA's Winter Survival Campaign
Selection: Pork, chicken, vegetarian and vegan

What: "Souper Bowl Sunday"
When: Feb. 3
Everyone is encouraged to bring a can of soup or a dollar for "Souper Bowl Sunday." All collections donated will go to the EFWA's Emergency Food Pantry. Collection bins will be located at the front entrance and Sims Room.  

First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles is located at 97 E. Genesee St., in Skaneateles                    

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.

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
'Waiter, I'll have  
what he's having'
Preacher: Isaiah's transformation is evidence that we too can  
claim God's anointing

By Mike Ferguson
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - The spirit of the Lord is upon me, Isaiah confidently tells readers in the 61st chapter of the book that bears his name, because God has anointed the prophet to bring good news to the oppressed, release of the prisoners and comfort to all who mourn.

Is this the same guy, wondered the Rev. Alexandra Zareth, who just a few chapters before had offered up unclean lips as an excuse and had timidly but hopefully voiced what would become the hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel?"

"This is a different kind of person. What happened?" she said Wednesday during the weekly chapel service at the Presbyterian Center. Then she quoted, with a different pronoun, the most famous line from the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally": "Waiter, I'll have what he's having."


Presbyterian homeless ministry
serves 8 millionth meal
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas' Stewpot reaches milestone

By First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - Last month, the Stewpot, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, served its 8 millionth meal - equivalent to 13 million pounds or 2,800 pallets of food - marking a major milestone in the ministry's 44-year history.

According to the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, about 4,100 people are experiencing homelessness in the city on any given day. "Helping Dallas feed those individuals who are experiencing homelessness is an honor," said Brenda Snitzer, executive director of the Stewpot. "We aim to provide support for as many of those individuals as possible, and a large part of that support is meal assistance."

In 1975, First Presbyterian Church began serving soup in the church's basement to hungry neighbors. As the ministry grew, it moved to its own building, and eventually to the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, a space operated by the city. The Rev. Dr. Laura Barnes, First Presbyterian Church's interim pastor for mission and evangelism, said that in addition to casework services for people experiencing homelessness, the church provides more than 1,000 meals each day, 7 days per week.

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