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

September 6, 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.
Mission Stories

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...
  • A Prayer For Back to School: Dear God, please watch over our children as they go back to school this year. Keep them safe every day. Help them to remember that you are right there with them in the halls and classrooms. Help them soak up good knowledge and to dimiss any negative messages they may hear. Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and to guard their hearts with the armor of Your Word. Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen. 
  • Pray for the family and friends of J. Gary Rhodes. The Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn mourns the death of J. Gary Rhodes whose soaring tenor voice and passionate solos stirred the congregation's souls from the choir loft on so many Sundays. Gary is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
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:

From Our Leadership Team

Training/refreshing every three years is a standard "best practice" for Boundaries Awareness and this is a local, convenient opportunity to bring yourself "up-to-date."
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Liverpool First Presbyterian Church, 603 Tulip Street, Liverpool, NY 13088
$15 for lunch for Cayuga-Syracuse participants
$40 for lunch and registration for non-Cayuga-Syracuse participants 
Contact Heather Brown at Liverpool First Presbyterian Church at 315-457-3161 or
To register, participants must provide the following information:
Pastor, elder, educator, other
Church & Presbytery
Cell phone & email
Food allergies
Payments should be made by check payable to "Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse" with "Boundaries Awareness" noted on memo line and mailed to:
Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057 
October 17, 2018
More information:
Linda Russell at
Nancy Wind at  
Peace & Global Witness Offering  
It's time to prepare for Oct. 7
The Peace & Global Witness Offering is one of four Special Offerings of the PC(USA) that serve as a collective witness to Jesus Christ's love for the whole church. The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace that ends on World Communion Sunday, which this year is October 7, 2018.

In the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, local congregations retain 37.5 percent of the Offering they collect, while 12.5 percent is to be used by Synod and 50 percent is to be used by the PC(USA)'s Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) for their peacemaking programs.

All congregations are encouraged to give prayerful consideration to joining in peacemaking efforts supported by the Peace & Global Witness Offering, and perhaps our collective witness will be much stronger in 2018. Resources can be found here.

See more below!

Other Voices from the Presbytery
Devotional for the Season of Peace
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Special Offerings
Pastor Patrick David Heery from the Westminster Presbyterian Church wrote the first daily devotional for the Season of Peace:

Subscribe to the daily devotionals here 
Around the Presbytery
  What: Chicken BBQ II
  When: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20


What: Roast Beef Dinner
When: 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or until sold out) Saturday, Sept. 8
Where: Federated Church of Port Byron
Address: 35 Tex Pultz Parkway, Port Byron, NY 13140
Cost: Adults: $11
         Children 5-12: $5
         Children under 5: Free

Roast Beef Dinner includes mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, sweet breads, dessert and a beverage. Served family style or as take-out.

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
God's kingdom:  
close, yet so far
Stepping up our  
kin-dom work
By Donna Frischknecht Jackson  
Presbyterians Today
Dr. Brian K. Blount's book Go Preach! Mark's Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today sits on my desk. It's one of the books that survived the move from our rental in Maryland to our Vermont home. During packing, I promised my husband I would limit the books to three large boxes. What didn't fit wouldn't come. There just wasn't room in our 1760-something home for my dog-eared friends. It was painful, but I was brutal in my decisions as to which ones to keep and which ones to give away. It says a lot that Go Preach! made the cut.  
Blount was teaching a class on "The Kingdom of God in Mark's Gospel" during my senior year at Princeton Theological Seminary. It was a topic that didn't interest me. I wanted to take the class on women mystics, but I needed one more New Testament credit to graduate. His class fulfilled that requirement in the only slot left in my schedule.
Small Hunger Action Congregation uses food pantry to impact community
Covenant Presbyterian Church broadens its reach through active engagement
By Scott O'Neill
Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE - "I'm just the pastor. This congregation rocks!"
Such is the outlook of Kirk Perucca, pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church. This small, ethnically diverse congregation located south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, has been a Presbyterian Hunger Program Certified Hunger Action Congregation since 2017, but has been advocating hunger, fairness and justice issues for most of its 110-year-plus existence.
"Covenant has always been a church that cares deeply about justice," said Perucca. "In the '70s and '80s, we were one of the few true multiracial, predominantly African-American and white congregations around. It's in our blood to care about justice, access, fairness and hunger; it's who we've been and who we are."

5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
"I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them
bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
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