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

September 13, 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
Church helps Baldwinsville students in need 
Baldwinsville's First Presbyterian Church got on board with this year's school supply drive. Their approach was twofold.   
They joined with the local school district, which spearheaded a "Stuff-A-Bus" project to distribute supplies to Baldwinsville students in need.Through the generosity of the Social Gifts Committee, the church purchased and delivered 108 pads of sticky notes, 42 soft pencil pouches, 18 3-ring binders, and 23 backpacks.
Secondly, in conjunction with the Eastern Farm Workers Assoc., congregation members contributed supplies to be distributed, through EFWA, to under-served children in the Syracuse area. Carol Hovey, pictured here, was one of dozens of members who added items to the collection box located in the church's sanctuary.  
Continuing to reach out to children in the community, First Presbyterian is working alongside the Baldwinsville High School Key Club.The Key Club has launched the Bee Full program, a food pantry housed in the high school that assists students with food insecurity.The pantry serves as a resource in addition to lunch programs that are available on school days.

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 9/11 Anniversary:God of grace and God of glory, on this anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, grant us the wisdom to remember the lessons from that tragic day that make us more Christ-like. Drive away from us any vengeful urges, any hate-filled sentiment, any whisper from within or without that goads us to return evil for evil. We pray for those whose lives were forever changed on September 11, 2001. Grant comfort to those who grieve. Strengthen those who struggle with questions that remain unanswered. Assure those who worry that they should have said or done something differently that you gather up all the fragments of our lives, bless and use them in ways that nourish. Click here for full pastoral prayer. 
  • Pray for all those in the path of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that is headed towards the Carolinas. Please watch over all the people and animals in the storm's path. Florence is one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Pray for all those who are headed to the areas to help. May God comfort and lead us.
  • Pray and rejoice for all the teachers, students and youth educators returning to Sunday School this week and this month.
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:

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  
October 7, 2018 
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.

Around the Presbytery
Open Mic Night  

What: An open mic is a live show, usually at a coffeehouse or pub, where audience members who are amateur performers or professionals looking to try out new material are given the opportunity to perform onstage.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 14
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville,
64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville

Feel like performing? Sign up when you arrive, or email for more information or to reserve a slot. The church welcomes performances of all kinds - original poetry, acoustic music, singing, small A Capella groups, comedy and more.

Are you more interested in being a spectator? Come on out and show your support for our local artists in a fun and safe atmosphere. Click here for more information.  
Administrative Assistant
Needed for the United Church of Fayetteville
310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville 
  • About 20 hours per week
    (14 hours in July & August)
  • Coordinate operations of church office
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, social media, & technology skills required for newsletters, weekly bulletins, database & website entries. 
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, exhibit teamwork & confidentiality.
  • $15 per hour
Respond with cover letter and resume by 9/30/2018 to


Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn

Westminster is creating a new youth space in the church
and is looking for a foosball table and/or air hockey table in good condition.
If you have one you'd like to donate or sell, please contact
Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
College coffeehouse provides safe space for race conversation
Cal Poly students envision a healthier community

By Paul Seebeck
Presbyterians Today
When racially insensitive photos surfaced at Cal Poly University in the spring, Front Porch, a coffeehouse and 1001 worshiping community in San Luis Obispo, California, began engaging students - many of whom were disgusted by what they saw.

An Instagram photo showed Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members flashing gang signs while dressed as gangster stereotypes. In another photo, a student was in blackface. Ten days later, another photo surfaced of Sigma Nu members holding Corona bottles and wearing clothes that apparently were meant to impersonate Hispanics.

Front Porch, which is owned by Santa Barbara Presbytery, is next to the entrance of Cal Poly. Thousands of students walk by Front Porch every day, with some 500 dropping in for free coffee and conversation.

"We became the place for students to process and grieve," said Front Porch ministries director Joel Drenckpohl.

Continue reading...

Congregation restructures its committees and thrives

More members getting involved, greater excitement

By Jeannie Hunter
Presbyterians Today
First Presbyterian Church in Dickson, Tennessee, was in a rut. The pastor of more than 30 years had retired a year before, and the six-member session was keeping the church together. But they were barely surviving. It was all they could do to keep up with their regular tasks, let alone start any new creative ventures.

Throughout this time of transition, there was growing confusion among the congregation about who did what. Who did a member contact to reserve the fellowship hall? Who did a person call to put an event into the newsletter?

Something needed to be done.

Continue reading...

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
Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.