South Wedge Food Program

South Wedge Food Program Brochure Color

The Children’s Defense Fund 23rd Annual Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

2017 Sam Dewitt Proctor Inst. for Child Advocacy Notice (Flyer)

Dear CDF friend,

I hope all is well with you! I am reaching out to share about our upcoming Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Each year clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates participate in our Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry to make a difference to end child poverty and dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. This institute is an opportunity for spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the intersection of race and poverty.

The dates for this year’s Proctor Institute are July 17-21, 2017, and we host it in CDF’s Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee. Attached we have our postcard and application. Visit our website for more information and use this link to register.

There are a few scholarship opportunities available for youth and community advocates interested in attending Proctor! If you or someone you know is interested in this scholarship opportunity, please email me and I will share more details.

I am reaching out hoping to partner with you to share this great resource! We would like to know if it would be possible to:

  • Share the information among your networks
  • Help us identify potential young leaders (18-30) that may want to apply to the scholarship. There are limited spots and we would love to have NYC leaders be able to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Please let me know if this would be possible! Interested participants can reach out to me for any questions or if they would like to learn more about this training.

All my best,


Giovanna M. Romero Director of Programs and Youth Leadership Development Children’s Defense Fund-NY 15 Maiden Lane, Suite 1200 New York, NY 10038 p  (212) 697-1457   f   (212) 697-0566 e  [email protected]

Youth Leaders Get-Together!

Hi youth leaders, pastors, CE directors, etc,

No matter how many youth your church has, summer is a great time to do exciting mission and fellowship activities with them. You’re invited to come to a youth leaders get-together to share your own church’s plans for summer youth activities, and learn about programs for your youth to take part in! 

Join us for an open house from 5-7 on Wednesday, April 12 at Lovin’ Cup Bistro (300 Park Point Drive in Rochester). We’d love to have you come learn and share together. If you can’t make it, feel free to send someone else from your church or just ask us for notes about summer opportunities. 


Katie Styrt.


An Invitation

An invitation from KaeLyn Rich, New York Civil Liberties Union, Genesee Valley Chapter: 


Our next scheduled monthly activist meeting is Wednesday, April 19th, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM and the topic will be our immigration work. We’ll discuss Sanctuary Cities, the Farmworker Bill of Rights, what the two Muslim Ban executive orders mean, and how you can get involved right now! Please RSVP to [email protected] with “Volunteer Night” in the subject line so we know how much food to get. (Oh yeah, there will be refreshments!)




United Church of Pittsford is Seeking a Christian Education Director

Click for More Info:  CE Director job posting March 2017

(American Baptist and United Methodist)
123 South Main St., Pittsford NY 14534
585-586-6870 – [email protected] – Facebook: United Church of Pittsford

The United Church of Pittsford has announced a part-time job opening, available immediately. Please let your constituency know about this opportunity with the summary job posting below and/or the full job posting (see attachment). Thank you.

POSITION AVAILABLE NOW:  Christian Educator Director at the United Church of Pittsford, NY (United Methodist and American Baptist) – 40 weeks a year, 12 hours/week – Primary responsibilities: Sunday School and outreach to children and families. Compensation is competitive. See full job posting on the church website at Apply with resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Youth Spring and Summer Schedule

Read About What’s Happening!  Youth Spring and Summer Schedule

Two articles that may be of interest!

JPC 45th Annual Fundraising Luncheon

“Promoting Integration:  Reflections on the Reentry Movement”

Judicial Process Commission

Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (letter/flyer)

Sanctuary City Info

Hi folks,

Attached are the various resources we’ve collected on sanctuary city/county/municipality organizing, as promised. I’ve also attached notes from Doug Noble on sanctuary work in Onondaga County that he followed up on (pasted below my email signature).

Attached are:

Thanks and I look forward to continuing work together!



KaeLyn E. L. Rich
Director, Genesee Valley Chapter
New York Civil Liberties Union
121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614
■ o 585-454-4334   ■ [email protected]
■ f 585-454-0516   ■ m 716-673-5960

KaeLyn and other committee members,

I offered last week to find out about the status of the sanctuary movement in Syracuse and Onondaga County. Here’s what I’ve found so far, from the Syracuse Peace Council:

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor is fully supportive, already calling Syracuse a sanctuary city,  and the police chief is honoring an informal agreement  not to cooperate with ICE requests. Efforts are being made to adopt the NY Attorney General’s guidelines and even go beyond these by, for example, eliminating language about felons.

The ultimate goal is to broaden existing sanctuary efforts to include green light legislation (permitting drivers licenses), rapid response protections, and other forms of protections for undocumented immigrants. A recent sanctuary training workshop held in Syracuse attracted over 100 participants and focused on rapid response, sanctuary legislation, and ”know your rights.”

Mayor Minor has suggested that attempts to move Onondaga County to adopt sanctuary measures will not be successful and that it makes more sense to focus on the state level. But while local activists have the support of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, state legislators Upstate are pretty much uniformly opposed to the state’s sanctuary bill (“Liberty Act”), which has mostly downstate support. So local state legislators might prove to be no more promising than County officials in supporting sanctuary measures. Efforts to address local town and village officials have not yet gotten off the ground.

Members of the Syracuse  Worker Center and Sanctuary Committee might have additional information, but they were in Albany for the Green Light action today.

Doug Noble


Free Jose Coyote Rally

On Thursday, March 9th, there was an Emergency Rally to Free Jose Coyote hosted by Metro Justice, at Summerville Presbyterian Church with 150+ people in attendance.  Jose Coyote Perez is a dairy farmworker, father, and community leader in Upstate NY who has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Jose has been a longtime champion in the fight for farmworker rights and is an active leader of the Alianza Agricola and Workers’ Center of CNY.   Jose was able to telephone in from the Batavia Detention Center during the rally.

How can you help Jose and others?

    • Sign an online petition to support the release of Jose Coyote:
    • Call ICE Buffalo Fed. Detention Facility office of the Chief Counsel and demand Jose’s release. Script and number here:

Photos courtesy of Kay Michelinie

Thank you!

Rural and Migrant Ministry: Menu of Hope

Menu of Hope (flyer)

Keeping Vigilant on Religious Liberty

The Commission on Christian Muslim Relations (A GRCC Subgroup) is sponsoring the following program on Religious Liberty on March 19 at 5:30 pm, at the Islamic Center @ 727 Westfall Road, Rochester NY.  (See Attachment)

CCMR 3-19-17 Medley Program -Keeping Vigilant on Religious Liberty

Presbyterian Mission Peacemaking Program

2017 Travel Study Seminars Opportunities, for more information click:  Presbyterian Mission Promotional flyer for 2017

Pittsford PC Seeking P/T Financial Administrator

Pittsford 2017 Financial Administrator Job Posting

Mission Day Movement

As we journey through resurrection and the season of rebirth we are likely moved to new projects and new actions. Some of these new actions may be individual and some may be corporate. Outreach to our community is a great new action for this season of change.   This year rather than participating in a presbytery-wide event, PGV churches and neighborhoods are encouraged to develop mission and outreach activities suitable to their own context.  Given our evolution to the new PGV model of “bottom-up” support to churches (rather than “top-down” ) the Mission & Advocacy and Resource & Education Committees stand ready to provide support (e.g. resources, publicity, connections, etc.) for the formation and implementation of  church developed mission activities or events. Hopefully the collaboration between congregations will result in some unique new events – or rebirth of previous mission activities. Contact Susan Orr at [email protected] to make connections or for more information on creating new mission events.

FOCUS ON THE CHILDREN of Livingston County Volunteer Opportunity

2017 Craft Show Presbytery Shout Out

Disaster Preparedness Training

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – Presbyterian Women

PW DP NY Flyer April 2017

NEACE 2017 Annual Event

“Digital Media for Ministry”
NEACE 2017 Annual Event

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

EAD 2017 Details

2017 EAD flier rev (Click for details)

Deadline is March 10th!

Volunteers build community as they work for change

Our own YAV Jeremy Glidden, along with others, making a change!

Asheville Young Adult Volunteers meet challenges of a growing city

The Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network

The Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network  (Click for Newsletter)

Ogden Presbyterian Seeking an Organist

Position – Organist

The organist will play for the Sunday service, as well as special services on occasion, playing both organ and piano.  Included in duties are weekly choir rehearsal and working with the minister and choir director on music selection.  Knowledge of both traditional and contemporary music necessary.  The position is for 52 weeks a year.

Send resume to Ogden Presbyterian Church

2400 South Union Street

Spencerport N.Y. 14559

Or email to [email protected]  Attn: Personnel Committee

A Thank You from The Garden’s Edge

Garden’s Edge 2016 Report

Bethany Presbyterian Church Seeking Part-Time Help

Bethany Help Wanted flyer

We Choose Welcome

We Choose Welcome

Motor City Mission Corps

The Presbytery of Detroit has two Work Groups that would like to promote service opportunities to the newsletters of close by Presbyteries. A brief overview is below. Are you the right person to send that information to for your Presbytery or could you point me in the right direction?

The Hands on Mission Work Group Inbound Mission Subcommittee sponsors both Summer Work Groups and Alternative Spring Break groups to serve within the Presbytery of Detroit.

The Motor City Mission Corps Work Group seeks 18-30 year olds who would be willing to come to live and serve for a year in our Presbytery.

Peg Carpenter, member of both of the above Work Groups.

Motor City Mission Corps Flyer (1)

Feasting on the Word Spring Curriculum Now Available

Spring Curriculum Begins March 5  (Click to read more…)

Advocacy Training

Details:  Advocacy Training Weekend April 21

Third PC Seeking a P/T Pastoral Administrator

POSITION AVAILABLE: Third Church seeks a pastoral administrator to perform administrative, word processing and other organizational tasks. Position is part-time (20 hours/week). For further information, contact John Wilkinson at the church.

 John Wilkinson
Third Presbyterian Church
4 Meigs Street
Rochester, New York 14607
[email protected]
585 271-6537, ext. 105

We’re Changing Our Dining “Habits”!

Kirkhaven Action

The Children’s Agenda

As we head into the final weeks of New York State budget negotiations, it’s more important than ever that our NYS Senators and Assemblymembers hear from us.  Do your part by letting them know that you want increased investments in high quality early care and education for our children. Send a message to your representatives right now saying “Thanks” to those who have already signed on in support of child care and to urge all of them to stand up for kids and working families during this budget session by advocating for:

  • Rejection of the Executive Budget proposal to transfer $27M in Title XX funding from current critical local services to child care, pitting necessary programs against each other on the local level. Keep both programs whole to ensure current children and families do not lose services.
  • Investment of $100M in subsidies.
  • Creation of an early childhood learning fund with a dedicated revenue stream to serve significantly more children who are eligible but going unserved because of lack of funding. NYS currently only services about 17% of those who are eligible.
  • Implementation of the new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations without passing costs onto providers.

Budget decisions will be made in the next few weeks, so please take action today! Thank you.

Light the Way

Light the Way flier

Update from the Holy Land – October 2016

To Read, Click:

Update from the Holy Land Newsletter

Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless (REACH)

REACH October 2016 funding letter

People’s Ministry in Christ

People’s       pmic      Ministry in Christ

516 Dewey Avenue, P.O. Box 13654,  Rochester, N.Y. 14613

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

November 1, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;

As we begin a new season of serving God at People’s Ministry in Christ, we wanted to extend our sincere appreciation to you for your faithful support. By partnering with us, we have had the privilege of serving the people in the Dewey-Emerson neighborhood.

During this time of transition, a team of people, with a heart for this neighborhood and the city have been meeting to discern God’s will and direction. We are excited about what God is showing us!  Presently, we are continuing: Bible Study, prayer, neighborhood prayer walks, training in preparation for Celebrate Recovery, and outreach to Edgerton Square.

After the building renovation is complete and God clarifies other ministries, People’s Ministry in Christ will be “REBIRTHED!” (Probably spring!) We will keep you informed as we move forward and would invite individuals and churches to stay connected in any way God is leading.

As of November 15, 2016, Parkminster Church, 2710 Chili Ave, 14624 has agreed to act as financial administrator until PMIC reaches Not for Profit Status. Any donations should be made out to Parkminster Church with PMIC on the memo line.

We covet your prayers, are thankful for all of the donations (clothing, household items, hygiene products, Bibles) and most importantly, the time you gave sharing the love of Jesus with our neighbors.

“May the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”

People’s Ministry in Christ

People’s Ministry in Christ (PMIC) is a worshipping community located at 516 Dewey Avenue in the city of Rochester. In 2015, it was determined that a Presbytery ministry team be assembled for the following purpose: “to discern and determine the future direction of People’s Ministry in Christ.”

On July 17, 2016 the following recommendations of the Ministry team, as approved by Council, were voted and passed by Presbytery:

  • Dissolve the administrative relationship between People’s Ministry in Christ (PMIC) effective October 31, 2016.

The Presbytery of Genesee Valley will no longer be responsible for financial records or paying bills beyond this date. To ensure a smooth transition, Cheryl Battaglia (PGV Financial Administrator) will be available to PMIC for consultation.

NOTE: Funds must be released to an active 501(c)(3).

  • Authorize the Mission & Advocacy Committee to extend the contract of mission co-worker the Rev. Tedd Pullano through December 31, 2016. Tedd’s leadership and presence at PMIC is significant, and this action will create stability for them in this time of transition.

NOTE: The Mission Co-worker, in consultation with PMIC leadership, concluded his service to PMIC on August 31, 2016.

  • Release the funds from line item 3109 (currently $18,223.17) to PMIC once the 2016 books have been closed and all financial matters have been settled (approximately mid-February 2017).
  • Continue to encourage financial partnerships between the presbytery’s congregations and PMIC. Currently, those congregations include Dewey Avenue, Pittsford First, and Webster.
  • Provide, through the Mission & Advocacy Committee, financial support to PMIC beyond December 31, 2016 (currently $2,300.00 per year).

The Presbytery office is awaiting instructions regarding the transfer of 2016 operating expenses to the new administrator. As of October 31, 2016 the Presbytery will not be responsible for any administrative oversight or services in connection with PMIC.  It is our understanding that a letter will be crafted by People’s Ministry in Christ, co-signed by the Presbytery, detailing instructions on where donations will be received and by whom expenses will be paid.  This must be an entity with a current 501(c)(3).

PMIC is currently not gathering for worship on Sunday but still meets for Tuesday Bible study (led by Ann McCrossen) and Thursday Bible study (led by James Graham).  PMIC Mission Co-worker Tedd Pullano completed his service to PMIC on August 31, 2016

The Presbytery no longer has an administrative roll but will continue as a spiritual partner and champion of PMIC. We hope share further updates with you soon.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rev. Danny Peters, Mission and Advocacy Committee
Sue Tedesco, Mission and Advocacy Committee
Ronald Hansen, Board of Trustees
Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission and Education


‘Rochester In Focus’ Interview from Channel 10 News:


PC(USA) Peace & Global Witness Special Offering: Blessed are the Peacemakers

2016 Peace Global Witness

2016 2nd Chance Grants

2016 2nd Chance Grant cover and application

Sarah Noble Moag’s Women of Faith video


RCRGL: Rochester Coalition for Reasonable Gun Laws

RCRGL Ltr for Sponsors

Continuing Education Scholarship for Christian Educators and Youth Workers

The Resource and Education Committee is proud to offer a scholarship to support the continuing education of our current Christian educators and youth workers.

This scholarship will pay the registration cost for any of these four conferences: Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE), Northeast Association of Church Educators (NEACE), Presbyterian Youth Workers Association (PYWA) and Progressive Youth Ministry (PYM). These scholarships are drawn from a special fund previously used for Christian Education Certification: once the funds have been spent, they will not be replenished.

Requirements: Applicants must be a clergy member, staff member, or layperson currently active in Christian Education or Youth Ministries in the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. Each person may only receive one scholarship from this fund. There is no application deadline; applications will be considered by the Resource and Education Committee as they are submitted. Plan for approximately a one-month delay before receiving news about your application, since the committee meets monthly. Recipients of this scholarship must write a newsletter article about their conference experience (less than one page, pictures encouraged) to share with the presbytery.

Click and Complete the Application now


Red Cross

PC(USA) young adults get down on the farm

Greetings and good afternoon from the Presbyterian Mission Agency! Our latest story from Stony Point Center on its Food Justice and Sustainable Agriculture retreats – and the lasting impact that the retreat has had on a young adult group from Gates Presbyterian Church – just went live this afternoon at:


2015 Second Chance Grant Descriptions

2015 Second Chance Grant Descriptions

United Christian Leadership Coalition

“[The use of body cameras] is not a magic bullet which will resolve conflicts between the police and the public,” stated Rev. Lewis Stewart at the start of this year when it was announced that Rochester police will start using them.   A trusting relationship is needed between the community and the officers who serve them.

With this need in mind, the United Christian Leadership Coalition will be hosting a Prayer and Informational Breakfast Meeting, Saturday, November 14th at First Church of God, 344 Clarissa Street at 9:30 AM to share with the general public some of the building blocks that will move us to work together like: Independent Police Review Board, P.E.A.C.E. Program, and Community Healers.

UCLM’s objective is to promote a holistic ministry in which families and the community are delivered from spiritual bondage and institutional, racial-cultural racism, socio-economic and educational obstructions which impedes the poor and oppressed from achieving their human potential.  UCLM seeks to partner with religious leaders, educators, businesses, health providers, labor union, political and government officials to assist in the survival and robust growth of the community.

UCLM is a grant recipient of the Presbytery of the Genesee Valley’s Self Development of the People Grant.  “We see this program” stated Luis Torres, member of the Self Development of the People Committee “as an opportunity for those who are directly affected by a situation to work together for solutions.”

If you would like to learn more ( or attend the breakfast please call the Ministry at 585-454-0077 by November 10th.  It you would like to learn more about how the Presbytery support community empowerment through the Self Development of the People Grant please contact Rev. Doug Holmes at [email protected]

Webinar on Gun Violence with Rev. J Herbert Nelson

If you were not all able to participate on the live feed, here is a link to the recording of the webinar. Please share far and wide.

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Feasting on the Word Curriculum





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Introducing PC(USA) Denominational Children’s Curriculum


growing in grace logo

Growing in Grace & Gratitude

Here is a very short video to help get the word out about a PC(USA) curriculum

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children’s curriculum will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude.

Growing in Grace & Gratitude is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love, and it reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

Published by Congregational Ministries Publishing, Growing in Grace & Gratitude is a quarterly curriculum available in English and Spanish. Each session shares a Bible story that reveals God’s grace for us. Through fun, age-appropriate activities, prayer, and singing, children and their leaders will celebrate the meaning of this grace in their lives as they encounter a living God.

“This is the way you teach Reformed faith to children,” said Lib Caldwell, noted Presbyterian educator and professor emerita at McCormick Theological Seminary. “With thoughtful biblical background for the teacher and age-appropriate learning activities, children will grow in their understanding of God’s grace as it is revealed through biblical stories.”

Churches can try Growing in Grace & Gratitude for free by ordering a sampler in English or Spanish at

Congregational Ministries Publishing is the denominational curriculum publisher of the PC(USA). Its mission is to bring glory to God by inspiring, equipping, and connecting Presbyterians of all ages with faithful, affordable, educational resources that further commitments to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

2015 Congregational Grant Descriptions

The Congregational Development Committee has awarded several congregational grants as listed below:

First Presbyterian Church of Albion

Awarded a grant of $895 for to address the struggles of teenage drug abuse and criminal activity often stemming from gang related activity.  The congregation will host, at local parks, a series of dinner events targeted at this high risk group. Many of these teens are hungry and in survival mode. This will give teens a good meal, a place to feel safe and a place that provides positive relationships they may not have at home so that they don’t turn elsewhere for validation i.e. gangs.

Perinton Presbyterian Church

Awarded a grant of $900 to provide a monthly fellowship space for young adults (20s and 30s) in the PPC community. The church will provide a catered dinner and childcare for families to alleviate the stress of finding babysitters. This will be a fun, non-threatening space for young adults to invite their friends, thus serving as a means of outreach to others in the community as well as building a greater sense of community among the existing young adults in the worshipping community. This is a new way of reaching out to young people who might not feel comfortable showing up to worship and connecting them with the life of the congregation.

Ogden Presbyterian Church

Awarded a $1000 grant for “Puppets at the Pavilion” The project is a community outreach effort which will provide a series of Puppet Shows to children and young families in the Spencerport, NY area and surrounding townships. The shows will increase awareness of OPC as a community resource and strong Christian organization. They will also provide a unique programming opportunity that will extend and grow the traditional OPC youth oriented Christian curriculum as well as generate a bridge between the current OPC congregation and younger families with children in the Spencerport area.

John Calvin Presbyterian Church

Awarded a $1200 grant to raise the awareness in the JCPC community regarding the ecological peril befalling our planet. A series of dinner lectures given by experts will present the current ecological state of our planet and how these conditions affect our air, water, food and health. Participants will learn how to make a difference at a personal level to reverse these effects. The series will culminate in a concert of “Missa Gaia” the Earth Mass which is a musical score dedicated to the Earth’s nature and wildlife by John Winter.

Urban Presbyterians Together

Awarded a $1200 grant for a workshop led by professionals which will provide a basic understanding of mental illness and skill development for Greeters/Ushers in dealing with those who “stop by” when the doors are open, for Deacons/Session in ministering to both mental health consumers and their families, and for Youth Leaders in reaching out beyond church walls to the larger community. As urban churches, UPT face these kinds of situations on a regular basis because of the high density of homeless and other at-risk populations.

South Presbyterian Church

Awarded a $1200 grant for “Mapping Our Future Parts I and II” Part I of the project will to address the need for strategic planning. The Session, Deacons and other congregational leaders will be led through six hours of prayer, discussion and discernment through large- and small-group work by an outside facilitator. Part II supports the Visiting Training Program which includes in-depth review of the duties of a Deacon, tips for carrying out this ministry and role-playing visits with parishioners. This year the program has been expanded by request of the residents of St. John’s Meadows who are now part of the SPC worshiping community to provide them with the basics of visitation.

Triple Play Grant Recipients for 2015

Triple Play Grant Recipients for 2015