Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor
East Syracuse, NY  13057
(315) 632-5698
August 6, 2020
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.
Mission Stories
B'ville member makes masks  
to raise money  
for food pantry

Trying to keep busy during the pandemic's home isolation, Baldwinsville Presbyterian Church member Barb Winegard began making face masks for friends and family using fabric left over from past projects.   
 
After giving away more than 300 masks, she began selling them for $5 with all proceeds going to the Baldwinsville Food Pantry.   
 
Her "stash" of fabric was soon depleted and she now purchases the fabric, elastic and thread. Barb donates all the materials and her labor. To-date, she has sent more than $3,000 to the local pantry.  She displays the masks on a table in her garage where customers often stop by to shop and chat.   
 
Masks consist of 2 layers of cotton, with elastic loops for your ears and a pipe cleaner at the top to shape the mask around your nose. There are more than 50 fabrics to choose from -- one size fits most adults. With about 200 masks in stock, if you would like a mask or two, call Barb at 315-635-7133.
 
If you live out of town, masks can easily be mailed. The Food Pantry will thank you for your purchase!
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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: CaySyrNews@gmail.com. 
  
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... 
  • Please pray for elder Dan DeBrucker-Cota as he recuperates from surgery. Dan had his left foot amputated on July 20 and is looking forward to being fitted with a prosthesis (he already has one for his right leg) so that he can walk around Central Park unaided and "hands free." Dan is a Candidate under Care in our presbytery and currently studying at Columbia University in New York City.
  • Pray for schools, students, teachers and
    administrators as they make plans for the new year of learning. Read a prayer for the 2020 school year.
  • Please pray for James Russell, a member of Westminster Syracuse. His esophagus cancer has returned.
  • Pray for all the doctors, nurses and medical staff on the front lines fighting to save COVID-19 patients.
  • Please pray for all those who are sick with COVID-19 and all those who have lost loved ones.
  • Pray for our leaders and officials as they continue to make difficult decisions regarding social distancing and COVID-19.
In the cycle of prayer 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: CaySyrNews@gmail.com.

Photo of the Week
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church's cross has a beautiful new light.

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.
Stated Meeting  
The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse will hold a stated meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020 online via the Zoom platform. Karen Chamis and Ben Fitzgerald-Fye will be available on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. to help with technical issues for those choosing to log in earlier.
 
Things to know:
 
This gathering will be recorded for informational and accuracy of minutes purposes only.
 
Things to anticipate:
  • First Read of the Proposed 2021 Budget
  • "Good News" from our congregations and worshipping communities
  • Recognition of Staff Service to the Presbytery
  • Anti-Racism Updates
Papers for this meeting can be found here, and include:
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
If you need to phone in, please contact Karen at (908) 217-7725 prior to 3 p.m. on August 10th (if possible) so that she can make certain you are properly identified in the room.  If you are dialing in you can raise your hand to speak by dialing *9.  You can also use this function to vote -- simply wait for the Moderator's prompts. If you would like to speak, raise your hand (*9), and when recognized, unmute yourself using *6.
Resource Presbyter's Virtual Gatherings 
Our Resource Presbyter will be on vacation until August 8th. If there is an emergency, she can be reached at 908-217-7725.  Please leave a message and she'll get back to you as soon as possible.  Office hours, etc. will resume the week of August 9th.
Dates to Remember
August 11         Presbytery Stated Meeting, Zoom  
November 14    Presbytery Stated Meeting, Westminster-Auburn
Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
 
Presbyterian Week of Action:  
Black Lives Matters
 
It is abundantly clear through the gospel narrative and the greater witness of the Bible, that God has called us, as people of faith, to seek justice for those most marginalized in our world. As a Matthew 25 denomination, it is the vision of our church to eradicate white supremacy and dismantle institutionalized racism.

Furthermore, in an effort to do the "hands & feet" work the Lord ordains, we must act and bear witness to the gospel in these crucial times.

The PC(USA) staff expressed a deep yearning to be more engaged in responding to the murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who died at the hands of the police and racism. From this need has come the "Bearing Witness" working group which has participation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Office of the General Assembly, Administrative Services Group and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. From this group a number of strategies are being formulated to provide advocacy campaigns, education initiatives and opportunities to join with community efforts organized by the Movement for Black Lives, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Bail Project and other grassroots groups.

As a centerpiece of this movement, we will host a Presbyterian Week of Action, from August 24-30, 2020. This endeavor is structured to provide a public witness that facilitates education, visibility, and action that reinforces our PC(USA) statements and policy around the support of eradicating racism and acknowledging that God loves all Black lives. By joining together as national staff and the greater church, we hope to provide faithful leadership in the area of justice, love, and equality within our denomination and communities.

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There's no 'them.' There is only 'all of us'
Mission co-workers believe protecting human rights  
is a global mission

By Kathy Melvin
Presbyterian News Service
 
 As COVID-19 circles the globe, mission co-workers
the Rev. Ryan and Alethia White in Berlin, Germany believe that working together, in our respective corners of the world, can improve protection for human rights everywhere.
 
The Whites have served with the Iranian Presbyterian Church in Berlin since 2013, working with refugees and seeing firsthand how religious and political organizations can make a difference.
 
Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, millions of Persian-speaking people have migrated to the United States, Europe, and other areas of the world. Well over 100,000 Iranians have settled in Germany. The Iranian Presbyterian Church in Berlin, in addition to providing worship opportunities in Farsi, helps Iranian refugees and immigrants begin a new life in Germany. Ryan White serves as the congregation's pastor. He and Alethia White work with a pastor and social worker of the congregation to offer pastoral care to those who are now making Germany their home. They also collaborate with ecumenical partners to provide training and continuing education opportunities for leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Iran.
 
In October 2019, the Whites visited the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos and witnessed the terrible conditions people are forced to endure there, including overcrowding, fires, riots and violence.
 
"People continue to arrive seeking shelter and a chance to live life fairly," Alethia White said. "We ask ourselves, 'What if it were our family in that situation?' That simple question helps to do away with the violence notion of 'us and them.' There is no 'them.' There is only 'all of us.'"


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