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

July 27, 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 and supportive. In other words, we hope that these things will matter. Your input is valued, and your comments are always welcomed!
We want to hear from you!
We want to share your stories, missions, activities and more. 

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Deadline is 12 p.m. on Wednesdays for the current week's edition of Presbytery Matters.
Joys and Concerns around the Presbytery
In our prayers together this week...
  • Deb Herst requests prayers for her mother, Jeanne Herst, who will be having a complex total left hip replacementon July 31 in Concord, N.H. The replacement will include grafting the eroded socket, which will mean 2-3 months in a wheelchair before she starts rehab on the new left hip. That period of inactivity, as you know, causes its own problems. Surgeon Neil Dion Concord orthopedics is suggesting 6-9 months of rehab but we will return home as soon as she is cleared for eight hours of travel.
  • Pray for two Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches that were damaged by fire within the same week. The First Presbyterian Church of Girard in Pennsylvania was destroyed after fire broke out early Sunday, July 15. A fire also destroyed the 40-year-old sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas on Thursday, July 19. Please keep these church communities in your prayers during this heartbreaking time. 
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individuals: Port Byron Federation; First, Scipioville; Sennett Federated Church; First, Skaneateles.

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

Please Welcome Our New Communications Coordinator
My name is Sarah Buckshot and I'm very excited to join the team of staff, leaders and volunteers at the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse.

I've been the youth educator at Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church in Syracuse for 7 years. I love working with children and helping to guide them on their journey of learning about Jesus and His teachings. I also coordinate OHPC's social media pages. I work full-time as a general assignment reporter for The Post-Standard and I've been a journalist for 13 years. I'm passionate about telling peoples' stories and being the voice for those in need.

I live in Nedrow (south of Syracuse) with my husband, Jonathan. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my large, crazy family and enjoying the outdoors, especially the Adirondacks.

I look forward to working for each of you and serving the communication needs of the churches of this presbytery. Please contact me anytime at
Thank you and God bless.

Other Voices from the Presbytery

Cayuga-Syracuse/Utica PW
   Fall Vanderkamp Retreat

Theme: Mission is Every Where

  • Virginia Champlin will share her mission venture on her Global Mission Trip to Indonesia.
  • We will also hear from Director of the Center of New Americans Olive Sephona. She will share information on the current status of refugees and she hopes to bring a refugee to share her story with the group.
  • We also hope to hear from ladies from the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church about their current refugee project.
  • Please bring with you samples of the mission work your church is doing or involved in.
  • We will also involve you in some hands-on activity.
When:   Tu esday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 12, 2018
WhereVanderkamp Center, 337 Martin Road, Cleveland, NY 13042 
Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Commons
Sign in before heading to cabin
What to Bring:
  • Change of clothes
  • Personal items
  • Flashlight
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Pen or pencil and paper for notes
  • Do not bring sleeping bag or towels. All bedding and towels are furnished.
If you require special dietary needs, please state so on your registration form
Deadline for reservations:  September 1, 2018
Cost : $70 per person,which includes 3 meals, linens and room
Questions: Susan Silliman Smith at or Rita Hooper at


Around the Presbytery
Next Presbytery Meeting

The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse will hold a stated meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Scipioville First Presbyterian Church, 3428 Route 34 B, Scipio Center, NY 13147, with registration at
9:30 a.m
., call to order at 10 a.m. and adjournment at about 2 p.m. More information to follow.

Homecoming for the Morrisville Community Church

Morrisville Community Church is planning a "Homecoming" event on August 25 & 26. Letters have been sent to former and current church members, as well as friends, inviting them to this celebration. Former ministers have also been invited to attend and participate in the Sunday morning worship service. On Saturday there will be a carnival for children, outdoor games, church history captured in picture and word, snacks and a cultural scarves program by Gertrude Sindima. Saturday will culminate with the Master's Touch Choral Concert under the direction of Warren Ottey beginning at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, followed by an outside bonfire. Sunday features the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. and a farewell brunch.  All are welcome.

Job Opening at the United Church of Fayetteville
An Administrative Assistant is needed for the United Church of Fayetteville, which is located at 


The Administrative Assistant is responsible for coordinating operations of the church office. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, social media and technology skills are required for newsletters, weekly bulletins, database and website entries. Must be self-motivated, organized, exhibit teamwork & confidentiality.

Pay is $15 per hour. The job description can be found at
Respond with cover letter and resume by 8/17/2018 to 
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.)
Jesus among the Navajos
Pastor discovers the Gospel's influence

By Krin J. Van Tatenhove
Presbyterians Today
It is Easter morning and members of Del Muerto Presbyterian Church assemble around a roaring fire. They gather close to the edge of Canyon de Chelly in northeastern Arizona - an ancient home of the Anasazi Indians and a historic hideout for Navajos resisting Spanish and American invaders. The morning gathering is the culmination of "SingSpiration," the congregation's three-day tent revival, which has been so successful that they ran out of mutton stew at Saturday's lunch.

Now near dawn at the canyon rim, one of the worshippers plays "Amazing Grace" on the flute. The instrument's breathy notes mingle with the desert breeze. Danny Halwood, a commissioned ruling elder of the church, reads the resurrection narrative from the Gospel of Matthew. His voice emphasizes the words of the angel, "He is not here, for he has been raised."

Francis Draper, a patriarch of the church, then gives a homily. His face in the firelight is deeply weathered, his eyes shining with fierce brightness. Holding back tears, he says that though he is uneducated, God gives him words to preach, much like the prophet Jeremiah. He shares a simple message centered on John 3:16. "Those who believe," he summarizes, "will receive eternal reward, but unbelievers are thrown into a place of never-ending flames."

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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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