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by Rev. Colin Pritchard
The next Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting is Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The meeting is being held at First Presbyterian Church of Byron
(6293 W. Main Street, Byron, NY 14422)
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The “Better Together” mission network focuses on promoting collaboration among congregations involved in local and global mission. Why such a mission network? Because working together sustains and promotes local Congregational mission better than working separately.
This network was formed last summer and has met four times: at Gates Presbyterian Church, at Central Presbyterian in Geneseo, at Cameron Community Ministries and most recently at Judicial Process Commission.
At these meetings we have found:
- Mutual spiritual encouragement of those engaged in similar mission projects.
- Excitement of learning best practices in our mission work, and
- The power of collaboration among those engaged in similar mission projects.
Please join us!
But in order to be effective in our “better together” mission network, we need to know two vital pieces of information:
- Who in your congregation would enjoy discussing mission opportunities, gathering quarterly with mission folk from other congregations? Maybe it’s you! Let us know so we can add you to the listserv by contacting Cheryl at the Presbytery office.
- What is your congregation doing? Please fill out one of the following forms and e-mail it to Rod Frohman.
Once we have a complete listing of most projects, we will send the information to the above-mentioned listserv and post it on our Presbytery website for all congregations to access.
E-News is published monthly and posted to the PGV Website around the 10th of the month.
All submissions are to be made by the FIRST of each month.
All submissions should be in a ‘Ready to be Published‘ format (.doc or .pdf)
** As of June, 2015, Triple Play Grant applications are no longer being accepted. **
The introduction of the Triple Play in 2012 marked the beginning of a sea-change in the Presbytery’s approach to mission and mission funding. Mission grants had once been distributed directly to worthy community projects and organizations. The Triple Play began to modify that approach by linking support for community mission more directly to nearby collaborating congregations. Now, in effect, the Triple Play experience has helped shift the entire focus of the Presbytery from centralized operations and mission to the focus on healthy, vital, sustainable congregations as they engage on the front-line of mission in their communities.
For more information, contact Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education at [email protected]
After over two years of diligent, faithful work, Three Committees Collaborating is proud to recommend the following for the 2013 Triple Play Grants:
El Agua es Vida (Partners: Christ Clarion and Covington): $10,000
To purchase and install eight water disinfection systems in Chiapas, Mexico. The money will cover parts, an on-site engineer and training. The two churches will be sending teams to work with village leadership to construct the systems over the next several years. Covington, in its work with the Presbytery’s Migration Working Group, has realized that many farm workers from Chiapas are laboring on rural farms in Western New York. This provides an opportunity to connect a distant project in Mexico with people from Chiapas who are living close by.
Focus on the Children (Partners: Caledonia First and Caledonia Stone): $10,000
To develop a Volunteer Training and Institute program. The focus of this grant proposal is to create a trained volunteer base who will be able to work with struggling families who are in crisis or need. FOTC has been serving the needs of children in Livingston County since 1993. They provide financial grants, assistance in making community connections, and advocacy for families. Families served during the year are invited to a Back-to-School program that provides children with school supplies and gift cards for new shoes, as well as a Christmas program where they may select gifts for the holidays.
Judicial Process Commission (Partners: Brighton and Pittsford First): $5,000
To support their New Journeys program. The grant will fund the volunteer coordinator at the Judicial Process Commission, the person who coordinates and trains all the folks who do the mentoring; as well as the counselor and social worker who offer these women important counseling and support. The overall program trains mentors to work with women coming out of prison. The goal is to train as many mentors as possible and pair them up with the large number of women coming out of jail. Based upon past years, this mentoring program drops the rate of recidivism by 50%.
Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County (Partners: Albion First, Barre Center, Holley First, Lyndonville and Medina First): $7,500
To support their Youth Service Partnership. The goal of this program is to train people to provide tutoring, mentoring, social skill training, life skill training and health and wellness training to at risk youth in Orleans County and Genesee County. There is a possibility that this program will be able to work with the Judicial Process Commission to share good ways to do mentor training.
Cameron Community Ministries Put a Fork in Hunger (Partners: Christ Clarion, Laurelton and Third): $7,500
Putting a Fork in Hunger is unique among those receiving triple play grants in that the community agency already engages volunteers from many of the Presbytery’s churches. Cameron has been a lifeline for many residents in Rochester’s Lyell-Otis neighborhood for nearly thirty years, providing meals, clothing, advocacy and a welcoming community. The funds will go to enhance and expand some of their current services as demand is increasing exponentially. Another goal of the partners is to launch a publicity and education campaign in an effort to get the word out to churches about the volunteer possibilities as well as the needs that exist in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood, an effort that it is hoped will involve members of the three congregations.
Opening Doors to Discipleship is a series of three courses in the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition to help teachers and leaders equip themselves to be faithful teachers and leaders.
Once you register with this site, you will have access to all three courses. The three courses are:
- Teaching Skills,
- Bible Background,
- Presbyterian/Reformed Faith (to be released Fall, 2008).
Each course has 12 sessions which should, ideally, be done with a Learning Group from your own congregation.
The courses address questions like these:
- How can I tell a story and use activities in such a gripping way that my students long to be disciples of Christ?
- How can I communicate the broad sweep of biblical stories so that learners yearn to enter them?
- How can I speak with passion and enthusiasm about the particular “flavor” of Christianity which we identify as Presbyterian/Reformed?
- The Cumberland Presbyterian Church
- The Moravian Church in America
- Presbyterian Church (USA)
- The Presbyterian Church in Canada
- The Reformed Church in America
The Thoughtful Christian is a web-based resource center that seeks to help Christians wrestle with difficult questions by stimulating informed conversation and reflection about living faithfully in a complex world.
- Can you spare one morning or afternoon a week?
- Or a few hours one day a week?
- Or maybe some time every other week?
- Bring a friend with you to help. Your friend doesn’t even have to be a Presbyterian!
The Presbytery Office needs some help with answering telephones, greeting visitors, making copies, helping with projects, etc. We’re a nice group of people. We work hard, but we also enjoy working together!
Come be a part of our team!
Contact Cheryl (103) or Beth (104) at the PGV office (585-242-0080)
- Volunteer therapists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. Volunteer hours are flexible, so you can see as many or as few clients as suits your schedule. Paperwork is minimal, freeing you to do what you love: help motivated individuals to meet their mental health needs.
- Volunteer shopkeepers needed at New Unto Others home furnishings consignment shop. They offer beautiful, well-tended furniture, rugs, artwork, and other home furnishings. If you’d enjoy surrounding yourself with beauty, getting to know like-minded volunteers, and helping out a good cause, this is a great opportunity. Retail experience is helpful but not necessary. The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers. It is located at 141 State Street in Rochester. All proceeds benefit Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center.
SCMHC is an ecumenical agency supported by the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. We offer mental health care and peer support free of charge to those in Greater Rochester who are uninsured or cannot afford the required co-payment for needed services. For more information, contact Maureen Marlow, 585.325.1180, ext. 114.
On behalf of the youth and adult staff at The Center for Teen Empowerment, we thank you for granting the youth organizers at Teen Empowerment $2,000. This will be used for our second annual Southwest Rochester Peace March on June 14. It is designed to kick off a safe summer vacation season and highlight the role quality education, stable housing, jobs, health and justice play in creating community peace.
Typically, summer months see an increase in violent activity and crime among youth. The youth organizers (14–20 years old) believe that by bringing together the community in events such as these, building relationships between youth and among youth and adults, and providing alternative activities that meet the needs of our peers and help them better understand the way their behavior affects society and how society affects their behavior, we can shift the social norms among youth away from negative behaviors and toward positive community involvement.
Every day at Teen Empowerment, youth-some who have been incarcerated, are living in foster care, are struggling to raise their own children, are out of school with no diploma, whose lives have been violently disrupted by drugs, shootings, and even homicide in their families and neighborhoods-find our strengths and voices as we take on the challenging job of Teen Empowerment Youth Organizer.
We are proud to count you as a partner in our efforts.
Three committees of our Presbytery are collaborating in the creation of a new “Triple-Play” grant process for congregations to apply in 2012 to receive funds in 2013.
The three committees collaborating are:
- Congregational Development Committee—committed to congregational health and transformation
- Mission and Advocacy Committee—partners with community agencies and programs that reflect our churches’ commitment to peace, justice, and love in action
- Resource and Education Committee—supports congregational leadership through education and training
- congregational health,
- community mission & advocacy, and
- leadership training
are combined in a single project.
What we envision are projects that
- aim to improve the worship/program/outreach health of congregations,
- give visibility to congregational involvement in contributing to systemic change for a healthier community, and
- that train leadership for engagement in this new effort.
Grants are available in the range of $10,000 to $40,000 per project, spread over three to five years, beginning in 2013 for a group of congregations in partnership with a community agency or program.
The deadline for the application is Monday, April 30, 2012.
Who may apply?
A partnership of at least two Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and at least one community agency or program.
An ecumenical group of congregations may apply, but at least two of the participating congregations must be Presbyterian Church (USA).
See the grant application for more details.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Ephesians 2:10 we find powerful words proclaiming our identity and calling: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to devote ourselves to the good deeds for which God has designed us.” As individuals, as congregations, as a presbytery, and as a denomination, this is true—we have been carefully, lovingly fashioned by God and called to ministry together—called to great ministry that God has prepared for us!
As we live into this great calling, how exciting it is to understand – not just in our heads, but deep in our corporate bones – that we are indeed partners in ministry. We are a presbytery of 69 lively, uniquely gifted congregations. Our calling as a presbytery is to work together to encourage each church’s call to ministry and mission. This is the heart of our connectional nature as Presbyterians.
In the past year, we as a presbytery have taken bold steps to grow into this ministry. More than ever before, Mission & Advocacy and Congregational Development are encouraging mission that emanates from congregations, seeking to connect mission giving with hands-on opportunities. A key ingredient to this initiative is our partnership in ministry. Our ability to work together and yet to answer the call of our respective ministries is a unique gift that emerges when we put the work of the church above church work. Together we can have an impact on the lives of more people: those beyond our church attendees, individual communities, and organizational liaisons.
As a presbytery, we are keenly aware that the success and health of each individual church has an impact on the success and health of our presbytery as a whole.
As your Session undertakes the holy work of discerning how God is calling your church to use its resources for the coming year, please remember your brothers and sisters in this presbytery and in the larger church by paying your per capita and by making a generous gift to Presbyterian Mission. As the body of Christ, we can do far more to bring in God’s beloved community by working together than we ever could alone.
Together We Serve,
Self-Development of People (SDOP) is not a “normal” presbytery committee in that it relates directly to the national church office for its funding and mission. A portion of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is given to the national level of SDOP, which is then allocated to the presbytery-level committees.
The Presbytery of Genesee Valley awarded the following grants to organizations that fit the definition of a “Self-Development” group.
- The Community for Social Justice (Rural and Migrant Ministry); $5,000 for educational work.
- Unity NE Surveillance Pilot Project; $1,030 for starting a “Neighborhood Watch” style project.
- Remington Super Urban Project Porch Security Pilot Project; $525 for starting a “Neighborhood Watch” style project.
- Eastern Service Workers Association; $2,500 for expanding its community organizing work.
- NEAD CDF Freedom School; $5,000 for mentoring and entrepreneurship of inner-city residents.
Here are other recent SDOP Grant Recipients-rev 3-2015
In October, Rural & Migrant Ministry gratefully accepted a grant from the Presbyterian Hunger Program for our work at the Liturgia Rural Workers Education Center. We want to extend our thanks to all Presbyterians who contributed to One Great Hour of Sharing to support the grant program.
Liturgia is a welcoming space where farmworkers in Central New York get to know each other and learn about workplace rights and grassroots organizing. This knowledge is the foundation for strengthening the Justice for Farmworkers campaign, an effort to establish fairer working conditions for farmworkers. As farmworkers come together to learn how to make their voices heard with policy makers, they’re joined by people of faith and others who are also receiving training at Liturgia.
All of these efforts fall under the Hunger Program’s category of Public Policy Advocacy, which addresses the root causes of hunger by dismantling “oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.” The people whose labor puts food on our tables live in poverty, but the support of the Hunger Program will help farmworkers to change that unjust situation.
Thank you again for joining in this work!
Rural & Migrant Ministry is a mission partner of the Presbytery.
The organization will be holding a conference in the Catskills on the weekend of October 15, 2011, in conjunction with its 30th anniversary. They will bring together a large group of people from the rural and migrant communities and allies from the faith communities to explore issues of rural transformation.
They wish to be intentional about inviting the disenfranchised farmworkers, rural workers and rural women from the Rochester/Buffalo/Geneva region. The grant will cover the cost of transportation, lodging and translators for this group of people.
Jim Renfrew has used the concept of a “narrative budget” at his church. These skits to promote their stewardship program by introducing the narrative budget concept and and explaining theirs.
We are grateful to Bloomfield College for making available to us a bulletin insert to e-shared with presbyteries and their congregations in order to help us appreciate the quality and depth of this unique Presbyterian-related undergraduate education witness within the Synod of the Northeast. Bloomfield College (located in Bloomfield, NJ, Newark Presbytery) is the only Presbyterian-related college within the bounds of the Synod of the Northeast. It offers dynamic and modern educational programs to young men and women who make a difference in the world when they leave its hallowed halls.