Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
May 11, 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!
Annual Stated Meeting of the Presbytery
The Annual Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse is tomorrow:
Saturday, May 12, 2018 
at Vanderkamp Center, 
Our co-hosts are Vanderkamp and Parish-New Hope Presbyterian Church. 
Registration begins at 9:00 am, with initial gathering at 9:30 and worship at 10:00.  

For more information, and for all the meeting's documents, click here.

See you tomorrow!

Mission Stories
Grace in destruction: Upstate NY church mission trip brings help to Puerto Rico

A article
about the recent presbytery mission trip

A group of Upstate New York residents recently witnessed the devastation incurred by the string of hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in September 2017.

Nine people from Presbyterian congregations in Upstate New York traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico earlier this year as part of a Latin American Mission Partnership trip.

For 14 years, Latin American Mission Partnership has connected the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse and the Compeche Presbytery Church of Mexico. This partnership sends a handful of people on an annual mission trip each February, typically to Mexico.

This year, the group decided to bring its service to a church community in Puerto Rico. They left Feb. 20, exactly five months after Hurricane Maria hit the island, and spent a week cleaning up debris, restoring churches, and handing out necessities.

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Send any mission stories from your congregation that you would like to share to
Patrick Heery:

Joys and Concerns around the Presbytery
In our prayers together this week...
  • Pray for the family and church of Gloria Hooper-Rasberry, member of Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, who died on May 7. Pray for Gloria as she enters the blessed rest and eternal love of God.
  • Pray for the family of Shirley DeHority, who died recently. Shirley was the widow of George DeHority, long-time Cayuga-Syracuse executive, was a long-time member of the United Church of Fayetteville, and a life-long worker for social justice and peace. Cards can be sent to 8416 Woodbox Road, Manlius, NY 13104.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: minister members of the Presbytery who are engaged in specialized ministries, who are at-large members, or who are retired.

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

Other Voices from the Presbytery
Syracuse Memory Café
As our population ages, Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia are on the increase. One challenge of living with memory changes is that social ties become strained and even severed at a time when they are so badly needed - both for the person experiencing the changes and for their caregivers. A helpful response to this challenge is a memory cafe. Started in Holland, then spreading throughout Europe there are now more than two hundred memory cafes in the United States.  
The aim of the Syracuse Memory Café (SMC), an outreach program of Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church in DeWitt, NY, is to provide individuals with memory changes and their care partners with a place for community and socialization in a safe, welcoming, friendly environment. Participation has been growing over the last year and a half, and interest is strong enough that other memory cafes are being fostered and formed in nearby locations.

We invite any interested person(s) from your place of worship to join us on the third Wednesday of each month, year round, at Pebble Hill Church in Fellowship Hall  from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon . A typical Syracuse Memory Café includes coffee and socializing, a humorous ice breaker, a few songs, a specially arranged activity or entertainment such as a drumming circle, magicians, tai chi, or a ventriloquist followed by a light meal. We often hear that people who couldn't imagine they would like such an event are surprised at how much fun they have. Once they join us they keep coming back.

There is no charge to attend. The only requirement is that our guests be a person experiencing memory changes and a companion or care partner to accompany them. 

At the April Syracuse Memory Cafe, the local talk show "Bridge Street" joined us to film a segment, which aired on channel 9.
Other Voices from the Presbytery
A Vanderkamp Testimony 

For the past ten years I have had the pleasure of being part of the Vanderkamp family. This place has helped me develop into the person I am today. I started off as a shy camper, but camp allowed me to come out of my shell and make friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Not only did I learn about myself, I learned many life skills that will help me throughout my experiences. It even helped me choose the field I wanted to study in college: recreation and leisure. However, there are two things that camp gave me, two things that I will cherish forever the most, and those are my faith, and amazing friends. Growing up in a church I was taught about the Christian faith but it wasn't until I got to camp that I really learned to implement this faith throughout my daily life. Vanderkamp also gave me the opportunity to meet other Christians my age that I could relate to. The people that I met have also changed my life for the better. Each person that I became close with at camp was a person who was always there for me, and always taught me something new. Vanderkamp is an amazing experience no matter what age and I hope that as many people as possible get to experience the amazing place that is Vanderkamp.

~    Rachel Kilts, Whitelaw Presbyterian Church, Canastota
Around the Presbytery

WorkCamp 2018

Plans for this summer's Syracuse WorkCamp are progressing well. In less then three months, nearly 400 teens from around the country will be arriving in our city to provide simple and free home repairs to many need, elderly, and physically challenged residents. The response thus far has been tremendous. We have received more than 155 applications for work projects, though we will only be able to accommodate around 65 of them. So, the need is there, the teens are coming, and a strong foundation for the success of the workcamp has been laid. But we are not there yet! There is still much work to be done, many opportunities for volunteer involvement, and an URGENT need for financial support.

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Roast Pork Dinner / Rummage and Bake Sale

Amboy Belle Isle United Church (6190 Airport Road, Syracuse, NY13209) will be having a ROAST PORK Dinner
on Saturday, May 12th. Serving begins at 4:30 PM(take-outs available).  

Adults               $10.00
Ages 5 - 12      $5.00
Under age 5     Free

Amboy Belle Isle United Church will be having a RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE on Friday, May 19th, 9am to 2pm.


Artisan Fair and
Faith Plant Sale

Liverpool's First Annual Artisan Fair will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 - 2:00. Weather permitting, the sale will be held in the Liverpool First Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Route 57 and Tulip Street in the village. The sale will be moved indoors if needed. We will have home made cards, jewelry, knit and crochet items, watercolor paintings, handmade soaps, paper crafting, quilted items, tote bags, zippered pouches and more. All proceeds benefit Friends in Faith Christian Preschool. All are welcome to come and shop!
The Annual Friends in Faith Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. We will have beautiful hanging baskets and flats of flowers to brighten your yard and all of your days. Hanging baskets are once again $18. **We will again be selling gift certificates ahead of the sale so you can tuck one inside a Mother's Day card (or any card!) and then your special someone can come to our sale and pick out her/his own flowers! For more details call the church office, 315-457-3161.

Liverpool adds: We would like to thank the Rev. Jenna Heery for being our guest speaker at Liverpool First on April 29th while Rev. Garrett Anderson and his family were away!
You always may keep abreast on happenings in and around the Presbytery by
checking the Presbytery events calendar ( and the

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbyterian Mission Agency Board elects
Diane Moffett as president and executive director

Currently the senior pastor of Saint James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina where she has served since 2005, Moffett is also the moderator of the Executive Council of Salem Presbytery and was previously moderator of Salem Presbytery. Current PC(USA) Stated Clerk, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, also served as pastor of Saint James several years before Moffett's arrival.

Following a nearly three-year absence in settled leadership for the PMA, Moffett is positioned to take the helm of the agency that has been the focus of many of the reforms suggested by the Way Forward Commission and All Agency Review Committee, including the restructuring of the corporate entity, known as the A Corp, of the denomination.

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Stated Clerk issues statement in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear agreement

Peacemaking is at the heart of the Christian Gospel, and it is intended to guide us as citizens to advocate and work for peace in our own nation and around the world. As a denomination, we have supported the framing of international treaties whose purpose is to make the world safer for all its citizens. Treaties are most effective when they involve the largest possible number of nations agreeing to take specific measures to reduce risks of war. The Iran Nuclear deal is such an example, in that it involves not only Iran and the United States, but also the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, all stewards of nuclear arsenals that are potential threats to our whole planet.

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East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
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