Menu of Hope (flyer)
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)
2017 Travel Study Seminars Opportunities, for more information click: Presbyterian Mission Promotional flyer for 2017
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.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – Presbyterian Women
“Digital Media for Ministry”
NEACE 2017 Annual Event
Our own YAV Jeremy Glidden, along with others, making a change!
The Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network (Click for Newsletter)
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
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.
Spring Curriculum Begins March 5 (Click to read more…)
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.
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.
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REACH Home is now BRIDGE Home!
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.
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: http://www.whec.com/news/rochester-in-focus/4342471/
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.
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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:
“[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 (www.uclmwny.org) 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]
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. https://pcusa.webex.com/pcusa/lsr.php?RCID=19ad44d8b6883685c808ef83f87c91f1
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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.”
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.
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.
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by Rev. Colin Pritchard
The next Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting is Saturday, March 25, 2017
The meeting is being held at Pittsford Presbyterian Church
(21 Church Street, Pittsford, NY 14534)
** Complete Mailed Docket -MARCH 2017 ** Click and Print a copy to bring to the meeting
** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare is Friday, March 17. Payment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting – payment must be received to the office by Friday, March 17!! **
Click on the link below to register:
For more information regarding PGV Meetings, please refer to the Presbytery Meeting page
**In the event of a severe weather forecast which would make traveling hazardous, Presbytery Meetings and Presbytery-wide events may be cancelled and rescheduled for another date. Read More: Presbytery Meeting and Event Cancellation Policy
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.