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

May 9, 2019
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
Sold Out!
Annual fundraiser honored beloved OHPC member

Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church held its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, May 4. Volunteers wore T-shirts honoring OHPC member Doug Miller who passed away in December 2018.  
Doug was an organizer and driving force behind the annual fundraiser, which raises money  
for the youth work camp/mission trips.  
The T-shirts f eatured a drawing of Doug's face and his signature "Sold Out!" saying.  
 His presence was felt during the day.
"Doug was smiling down on us!"
See more photos of the fundraiser on OHPC's Facebook page.


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...
  • Pray for all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and women who fulfill that mother role in our lives this Mother's Day. Pray for all those who find Mother's Day difficult because they've lost their mother or child, and for all those women who are unable to become mothers. May God be there to comfort and celebrate with all of us.
  • Prayers of thanksgiving and celebration on the installation of the Rev. Stephanie Weaver as the pastor of Robinson Elmwood United Church on Sunday, May 5.
  • Pray for everyone whose lives have been touched by gun violence. Pray for the city of Syracuse and communities that are plagued by violence. Pray for the victims of school shootings and other mass shootings. Pray for an end to the senseless violence and tragic deaths. 
  • Pray for the Resource Presbyter search committee, the Leadership Team, and the presbytery during this in-between time.
In the cycle of prayer for our Presbytery, please pray for these congregations, faith communities, and individual: Isaiah's Table, Syracuse; Korean Church of Syracuse; Park Central, Syracuse; Robinson Elmwood United Church, Syracuse; South Valley, Syracuse
If you'd like to share a particular joy or concern with the Presbytery, please contact:

Welcome Reverend Stephanie Weaver
Robinson Elmwood United Church & The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
celebrated the installation of the Rev. Stephanie J. Weaver on May 5
See more photos on the Robinson Elmwood United Church's Facebook page.
Photo of the Week
Can you list the books of the Bible in order?
This fifth grader at First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango can!

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.
From the Leadership Team
Search for Stated Clerk

At its April 25th meeting, the Leadership Team approved the positions of Stated Clerk and Associate Stated Clerk for Administration. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received until the positions are filled. Training and resourcing will be provided. Applications and/or questions should be directed to elder Mark Kasdorf at or (315) 420-1581. 
The position descriptions can be found here: Stated Clerk & Associate Stated Clerk 
What: Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Office of Public   Witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is coming to town 
When: June 10  
Session one: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This session will be focus for clergy and Presbytery leaders. Hawkins will address the challenge moving beyond the needs of our individual churches and  addressing the needs of our communities in rural poverty and poor urban areas.  
Session two: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This session is open to the public and will focus an analysis of the systematic nature of poverty, along the lines of the Poor People's Campaign. 
Dinner: 6:30 p.m. 
Wher e: Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center, which
is located at 21 South Street in Aub urn (former Case Man sion adjacent to the Auburn-First church building)
RSVP: Linda Van Buskirk at or (315) 237-7115 
Cost: Sessions are free; $12 for dinner  
The general theme:  
Understanding Poverty and What to Do About It.  
Presbytery Meeting
The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse will hold its annual stated meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Presbyterian Church of Otisco, 1873 State Route 80, Tully, NY 13159. The gathering will begin with registration and fellowship at 3:30 p.m. and call to order at 4:30 p.m.
Things to know:
  • Communications Coordinator Sarah Buckshot will be available during the registration hour to answer questions and share best practices on church communications.
  • Dinner (by David Forrest) will be served at a cost of $8.00 payable at registration.
  • Internet service will not be available.
  • Names of new commissioners may be sent to for nametags.
  • Names for excused pastor absences should be sent to .
  • The gathering may be recorded and pictures will be taken.
  • We welcome Elder Chris Burger as our Stated Clerk Pro-Tem for this meeting. Chris is one of two co-clerks for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley and has served us twice before.
Things to anticipate:
  • Worship with communion and a variety of special music
  • Remembering our saints who have passed away in the past year
  • Recognizing students going to Triennium
  • Celebrating the Rev. Janet Newman as she transitions to "Honorably Retired"
  • Adjusting terms for Leadership Team officers
  • Update on search for Resource Presbyter and Stated Clerk(s)
  • Update on the work of the CNY Missional Structures working group
  • "Good News" from our Congregations and Worshipping Communities
  • Tips from Communications Coordinator Sarah Buckshot
Presbytery gatherings are important opportunities to do business together, to worship together around Word and Sacrament, to learn together, and to connect with and engage in "one-anothering" with our sisters and brothers from throughout the Presbytery.
Papers for this meeting can be found here: 
Planning Calendars for 2019-20  
Churches and individuals are invited to order Presbyterian Planning Calendars for 2019-2020 through our presbytery's bulk order process at a cost of $9.00/calendar. Orders should be placed by email to no later than May 15, 2019 with "calendars" in the subject line. Calendars are expected to be available by the first of August and will be handed out at the August 13th presbytery meeting (or sooner if possible.) 
Around the Presbytery
Seeking pianist/accompanist 
The First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango is looking for a pianist/accompanist and a choir director to play, conduct and accompany choir rehearsals on Sundays.  
Service  starts at 9:00 am  and choir rehearsals take place after the service ends  until 11:00 am . The service includes a prelude, two hymns and two worship songs. The choir consists of only women that sing mostly SA music with simple accompaniment. We are looking for a pianist who is skilled in sight-reading and has experience singing in choirs. There is compensation. 
Please contact Mark Kasdorf for more information
Senior Funday at Vanderkamp is fast approaching
Senior Funday will be held on June 4 starting with coffee and goodies at 9:30 a.m., and ending with vespers at 4 p.m., around the campfire.   
This years "counselors" come from several churches in our Presbytery and beyond and all are excited to share their expertise with the "campers."  Many different activities have been planned so there is sure to be something of interest for everyone to take part in. And of course there will be all the old camp favorites including music, games and s'mores!
Please call "Aunt Vannie" (der Kamp) at (315) 706-3564 or email her at and let her know you'll be there -- the cost for the day is $20 and includes lunch.     


What: Roast Pork Dinner 
When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 
Where: Amboy Belle Isle United Church
6190 Airport Road, Syracuse 
Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12, children under 5 are free
Take-outs available  

What: Chicken BBQ Saturdays at Columbian Presbyterian Church
When: 11 a.m. until gone
May 18, June 15, July 20 & August 17
Where: Route 11 & Route 20 in LaFayette

Half chickens are $6 & full dinners are $11

"The best chicken anywhere!"

What: A Cappella Choir
When: 7:30 p.m. May 20
Where: Park Central Church
504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Cost: Free Donations encouraged

Around the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
When Mother's Day Hurts
 First Presbyterian Church in Michigan held a service
of hope and healing

By Tammy Warren
Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - The closest the Rev. Bethany Peerbolte has come to heartache associated with Mother's Day was a couple years ago, when her parents moved from Michigan to North Carolina. "I'm like, 'If that was hard for me, I can't imagine what the people in my church are going through when they've lost a mother or haven't had a mother figure who's really been kind and loving to them, like a mother should be.'"

Peerbolte, associate pastor of youth and mission at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Mich., and her ministry colleagues recognize that there are many bitter emotions that can come up around parenting holidays, such as Mother's Day, Father's Day and Grandparents' Day. In fact, she said First Presbyterian Birmingham intentionally doesn't mention mothers on the second Sunday in May because it is not a joyous occasion for everyone.

This year for the first time, the church took a step further by holding a special evening service prior to Mothering Sunday, When Mother's Day Hurts, offering anyone struggling with painful Mother's Day associated feelings "a chance to grieve, to lament and to invite the God who loves us into our struggle," Peerbolte said.


'Leaning on God with everything they've got'
The Rev. Luke Choi aids Korean congregations,
mid councils and the General Assembly

It's the job of the Rev. Luke Choi to inspire, equip and connect the 400 Korean Presbyterian congregations and their 50,000 active members spread across the United States.

Along with that responsibility, Choi, the guest on Monday's edition of Coffee with the Clerk, works with presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly to help Korean congregations "get the help they deserve," Choi told the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, during the Facebook Live event.

"A lot of Korean congregations do not know how to get support from their mid councils, and mid councils because of language and cultural barriers have a hard time reaching out to them," Choi said.

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