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

March 28, 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

Painting for a Purpose
Marcellus First Presbyterian Church organizes fundraiser for Purpose Farm 
Youth at Marcellus First Presbyterian Church organized a colorful fundraiser called Painting for a Purpose.  
The painting fundraiser raised $1,000 for Purpose Farm in Baldwinsville, a faith-based, family-run, non-profit that mentors youth ages 6 to 18 who have suffered emotional trauma at no charge.  
See more photos on the church's Facebook.  
Learn more about Purpose Farm, by visiting the program's website.  
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...
  • Gail Banks, Commissioned Lay Pastor at Amboy Belle Isle, thanks for the prayers. She's home from the hospital and trying to following doctor's orders to rest.
  • The Haiti Mission and Ministry Team, also known as the Haiti Education Mission Partnership (HEMP) of Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery, is requesting prayers as members of the team travel to Haiti. The team will leave on March 31 and return on April 5 . Scott Manuel (United Church of Fayetteville), Tim and Georgette Schmidt and Ann Gonyea  (Park Central) will fly from Miami to Cape Haitian where a rental van will take them to their base house, Deep River Mission. From there they will travel daily to the town of Paulette to meet up with the Haitian FEED Team and visit both schools, L'Ecole Nationale and L'Ecole Baptiste, share lessons with the teachers and then co-teach with them. The team will observe the daily lunch program sponsored by HEMP's new partner from Oregon, Vibrant Village. They will discuss the water situation, a possible educational garden and chicken farm, and visit the adult literacy class. Please pray for wisdom and for traveling mercies.


Prayer for the fourth Sunday of Lent:

God of the lost, the least, and all who long for home, when we wander from your ways and waste the gifts you have given us, welcome us back, we pray,  so that we may celebrate and rejoice in your presence forever; through Jesus Christ your beloved Son. 
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: Amboy Belle Isle; First, Auburn; Westminster, Auburn; United Ministry of Aurora; First, Baldwinsville
If you'd like to share a particular joy or concern with the Presbytery, please contact:

Photo of the Week
The LaFayette Columbian Presbyterian Church had a successful and delicious chicken and biscuit dinner this week. Visit the church's Facebook page to see more photos.

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
Planning Calendars for 2019-20
Churches and individuals are invited to order Presbyterian Planning Calendars for 2019-20 through our presbytery's bulk order process at a cost of $9.00/calendar, the same price as last year. Orders should be placed by email to no later than May 15, 2019 with "calendars" in the subject line.
A change this year is that the 2019-20 calendar will begin with September 2019 (rather than June) and run through December 2020. Calendars are expected to be available by the first of August and will be handed out at the August 13th presbytery meeting (or sooner if possible).
Note: All pastors are entitled to a complimentary calendar. If you do not receive yours by the end of July, contact
The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, is coming to Cayuga-Syracuse on Monday, June 10, 2019. 
The Office of Public Witness has been raising a prophetic voice through the social justice policy of Presbyterians since 1946. Through this office PC(USA) participates in direct advocacy with members of Congress and the administration though in-person meetings, letters and phone calls. This office also encourages Presbyterians to call for action by Congress and the administration on matters of conscience and faith, as well as to advocate for the less fortunate.
Preliminary plans are to hold both an afternoon and an evening program. Watch for more details on venue, times and topics.  
Questions and ideas may be directed to Linda Van Buskirk at
What: " Website 101" Training 
When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 27 
Where: First United Church of East Syracuse, 823 Franklin Park Driv e in East Syracuse.
Meet with Communications Coordinator Sarah Buckshot about the basics of website creation and design, and other media-related questions. More information to come.   
RSVP: Sarah Buckshot at  
Child/Youth Protection Policies
From the Ministry Work Group
Churches are reminded of their obligation to establish a child/youth protection policy. If you already have a policy in place, or as soon as you create one if you still need to do that, send your policy to presbytery c/o for the presbytery files.
For reference and examples, here are links and downloads to policies from:
Around the Presbytery
The First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles
announced the selection and acceptance of the church's new interim pastor, the Rev. Monica Styron.  

The church's Session entered into a covenant agreement with the Rev. Styron to serve as interim pastor from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.  This covenant may be renewed for an additional year.

Monica is a native Californian raised in San Diego while spending her summers in Northern Wisconsin. She graduated from Monmouth College, Illinois with a year at Schiller University in Ingersheim, Germany. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church USA in Washington DC (now Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.).

Her service in the church has included a variety of ministries -- as pastor, pastoral counselor, hospital chaplain, mission supply in East Jerusalem, executive director of an interfaith organization, and 10 years experience serving five congregations as an interim pastor. Monica has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Upstate New York, Maine, California and Florida. Her interests focus on nurturing spiritual development, organizational integrity, education, interfaith relations, social justice issues, and Palestine/Israel.
What: Clergy Brown Bag Lunch and Book Discussion 
When: 12 p.m. April 2 
Where: Robinson Elmwood United Church, 126 South Terry Road in Syracuse 
Book: Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger.

Registration is now open for Vanderkamp's 2019 Summer Kamp Programs
The Spiritual Rene wal Center in Syracuse has an open Administrative Assistant position.
Part time: 15 to 20 hours per week.

For more information, contact Jim Krisher at (315) 472-6546 or
Provide administrative support to the Director of Spiritual Renewal Center. Will perform diverse, highly responsible, and complex administrative functions that require independent recurring contact with ministerial staff and the outside spiritual community throughout central New York, and beyond. The Administrative Assistant exercises initiative and independent judgment in managing daily administrative activities, while assisting the Director in achieving the mission of the Spiritual Renewal Center.

Marcellus First Presbyterian Church is seeking a Church School Coordinator.

The position is available immediately.

Apply to Marcellus First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 147 Marcellus, NY 13108 or
Questions? Call 315-673-2201.
MFPC is an equal opportunity employer.

Around the Synod of the Northeast
Introducing the Servant Leadership Institute
 The institute aims to assist leaders in cultivating the new competencies
needed for leadership in the 21st Century

The Synod of the Northeast continues to live into the promise of the New Way Forward. One of the goals is to expand the pool of leaders in the presbyteries by enhancing competencies and pursuing greater diversity. Old models of leadership that are focused on top-down leadership styles are obsolete. The new challenges in leadership require competencies in deep listening and the heart of a servant. New leaders must have the ability to cultivate a vision rather than dictate one, and they must have the tools to work collaboratively within a broader community of leaders.

The Servant Leadership Institute seeks to develop, nurture and deploy leaders that are committed to working collaboratively with the diverse communities of the Synod; leaders who will meet the complex challenges of church in the 21st Century with creativity and a ground-up perspective. Areas of development include relationship development and management, communications, creative problem solving, emotional intelligence and resilience.


Read Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Northeast's
February's edition of the Lighthouse newsletter by clicking here.

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Using his talents to serve the church is a dream come true
  Daniel Pappas creates videos to recruit English teachers for Christian volunteers in Thailand

By Kathy Melvin
Presbyterian News Service

BANGKOK - In late January, Daniel Pappas was riding in a van with his video equipment traveling toward the border of Burma (Myanmar). Most people don't get that kind of opportunity, but to him it's just another happy step on a path he didn't know he was taking.

A native of Dallas, Pappas was born into Eastminster Presbyterian Church . Some 25 years later he is making videos for mission co-worker the Rev. Sharon Bryant to recruit English teachers for the program she supervises, Christian Volunteers in Thailand (CVT). Both Bryant and Pappas are connected with Grace Presbytery in Texas and when a delegation from Grace visited Thailand, Bryant was so impressed with the video work Pappas did, she invited him back to create recruitment videos.

The video project is being funded by The Presbyterian Church of Red Bluff in California from a bequest made by Gordon Todd, who died at 99 and wanted Red Bluff's special funds committee to use the money to support mission projects. Todd's sister was a missionary in China and he was so enthralled with her stories, he wanted to honor her work. Three brief videos will be available in April for congregations and presbyteries who want to learn more about teaching English to children in Thailand.


Find your lane, and go  
as fast as you can
Workshop leader at White Privilege Conference has tips for creating anti-racism spaces

By Mike Ferguson
Presbyterian News Service
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Ali Michael, an author and the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, says her main task as a white person working primarily with other white folks toward racial justice is "to find my lane and go as fast as I can - in my lane."
Michael led a lively workshop Friday called "White on White: Working with Other White Folks Toward Racial Justice" during the 20th White Privilege Conference. About 1,300 people attended, and Michael's workshop drew a standing-room crowd.
Michael said she began her work about 18 years ago after attending a workshop on creating anti-racism spaces. She established an anti-racism space, a community of allies that meets regularly, with another like-minded woman.
"It's where I've done most of my learning about racism. We agreed we would ask our stupid questions of one another," Michael said. "I grew up in a house where talking about race was impolite."

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(315) 632-5698
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