Child Safety Training

2017 Child Safety Training with Registration Form

Judicial Process Commission’s Faith Community Adult Mentor Training

JPC Adult Mentor Training  flyer

Campus Quest at U of R!

For more information, Click here!:  Campus Quest at UofR

Contact Laurie if you’re interested – [email protected] or 770-3074

Learn Together about Systemic Racism

Crossroads Antiracism flyer

Follow the link in the flyer to register for the exciting event!

2017 Peace and Global Witness Offering

Resources to promote the 2017 Peace & Global Witness Offering:  Offering helps fund peacemaking, reconciliation and, optionally, Freedom Rising initiative

 

More resources from Congregational Ministries Publishing

More resources are available from Congregational Ministries Publishing

GenOn Ministries’ resources for broadly graded (preschool through high school), intergenerational curriculum and program design are now available at PCUSAStore.com.   Sample sessions are available here

The resources from GenOn (formerly LOGOS) will fill a niche in your midweek ministry or in gathering multiple generations together for discipleship.

Seasonal intergenerational curricula includes program design suggestions. For children, Faith for Life offers a third curricular option to complement Growing in Grace and Gratitude and Feasting on the Word.

 

Pittsford PC Seeking PT Music Director

Part-Time Director of Music/Choir Director

First Presbyterian Church, Pittsford, New York

Founded over two-hundred years ago, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford exists to tell people about Jesus Christ and support them in their faith journey as they celebrate God’s love and become equipped to serve others in Jesus’ name. We are a caring community of 860 members, growing spiritually as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Together we spread the good news of Jesus through worship, fellowship, education, prayer, and especially mission.  Our church is seeking a part-time Director of Music to provide leadership and support for the church’s program and mission in the area of musical expression.

The Director of Music will possess a vibrant sense of call which understands music and worship ministry as more than performance, and as a tool for developing and deepening faith. Please note that this is a part-time position, 12-15 hours per week.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Plan and implement a program of choral and instrumental music which supports and enhances worship through performance of traditional hymns
  • Direct Wednesday night rehearsals and performances of the adult choir (approx. 30 members)
  • Arrange music coverage for the 8:30am service and summer worship schedule (Jul-Aug)
  • Coordinate music content with the Leadership team
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Pastoral staff , Youth, Worship and Music Committee on worship planning and specific music needs for the calendar year
  • Lead, coordinate and supervise the church music staff (Organist, Children’s Music Director, Bell Choir Director)
  • Conduct annual reviews of music staff
  • Oversee and develop the church’s music library
  • Manage repair and maintenance of musical instruments, equipment, etc.
  • Oversee hire and use of special musicians
  • Schedule, hire and make logistical arrangements for special instrumental performances
  • Oversee church music budget
  • Recommend needs, policy content and budget items to the Worship and Music Committee
  • Attend Committee and other meetings as required

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors and Masters in Music. A degree in choral conducting is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years Church music leadership experience and programming
  • Minimum 5 years music choir directing experience
  • Experience managing, motivating and inspiring a team
  • Experience managing an annual budget
  • Be organized, flexible, and perform administrative tasks required by the position.
  • Ability to play piano required
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and leading energetic worship.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to develop positive relationships with staff and church members.

 Availability Requirements:  Average 12-15 hours per week

Apply Now:

Interested candidates should email a resume to: [email protected]

Candidates should also submit video of their leading choir rehearsal and of conducting performance to drop box: goo.gl/meywNi

 To learn more about our Church and program offerings please visit http://www.pittsfordpres.org/

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019

For more information, Click Here:  Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019

Great Schools are Diverse Schools with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Click here for more details:  Great Schools are Diverse Schools

More resources are available from Congregational Ministries Publishing

Click here for:  More resources are available!

New resources for new school year focus on Christian formation

Click to read more!  New resources for new school year

THE SYNOD SEEKS AN ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Friends,

We are currently searching to fill the new position of Administrative Coordinator. This position replaces the positions formerly held by Paula and Sam in our office.  This position is quite different – it is full time, exempt, deployed – so that this person can work from anywhere in the Synod. This could be a great position for someone who wants to serve a small part time church – there is some travel and much flexibility. We are placing a high emphasis on diversity in this search.  Please see below:

THE SYNOD SEEKS AN ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR 

The Synod Announces a search for a new position:  Administrative Coordinator.  This is a full-time exempt position that is not tied to the synod office in Syracuse.  The person must live within the bounds of the Synod of the Northeast and be willing to travel.  There is a preference for a member of a PC(USA) congregation or presbytery, a member of one of our formula partners or someone with experience and knowledge of the PC(USA). Please share with anyone you think may be interested and have the required skills! Check out the complete Position Description and find information on how to apply.

Rev. Dr. Harold M. Delhagen
Synod Leader

5811 Heritage Landing Dr., 2nd Floor

East Syracuse, NY 13057-9360

315-446-5990 (office)

315-416-9448 (mobile)

[email protected]
synodne.org
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Come to the Table 2017

Our theme, Feasting on Abundance: When the World Says There Isn’t Enough, will shape an incredible two days where our all that we do together is informed by our worship and sacraments.

WHERE:  Stony Point Center

WHEN:  Friday, September 22 @ 10am – Saturday, September 23 @ 12pm

For more details and to Register, click here!  Register for Come to the Table

Spiritual Care Chaplain position

JOB TITLE:                SPIRITUAL CARE CHAPLAIN

DEPARTMENT:       HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE

STANDARD WORKING HOURS:            32 HOURS/WEEK

 

Remember VNS/VNSC has many job openings.  You can view them at www.vnsnet.com.

Feel free to contact Sandy Pugsley at 274-4148 if you have any questions or concerns.

More details!  Spiritual Care Chaplain

Kind regards,

 Sandy Pugsley

Professional Recruiter
UR Medicine Home Care
2180 Empire Blvd.
Webster, New York 14580
585-274-4148

585-787-8369 (fax)

[email protected]
[email protected]
www.vnsnet.com

University Students – Manse Program

University Presbyterian Church offers the opportunity to University students to experience living in an intentional Christian situation.

This is an opportunity to experience spiritual growth. Participants live in the former church manse and commit to regular participation in the life of the church and service to the church and greater community.

Currently there are vacancies in this program. Contact the church office 836-7660 for an application or contact Kathryn Hallborg at (716) 491-1115 or [email protected] for more information.

Witness Palestine Film Festival Events AND Susan Abulhawa Event

2017 Susan Abulhawa flyer rev-6-26-2017

WPFF Flyer 2017

School success starts with being prepared!

Greetings!

Summer program is in full swing, it’s wonderful to hear the sounds of the children’s laughter throughout the building. While we have them here now enjoying summer, it will soon be time to start thinking about back to school.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

As we always do, we will collect donations of school supplies for the kids in Cameron’s Youth Program along with the families we serve in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood. Our goal is to have a backpack full of the supplies that each student needs along with extra supplies for the teachers at School #54. School can be a tough time for some of our kids and we want to make sure that they are fully equipped to succeed during the 2017-2018 academic year.


A donation of any size is greatly appreciated!

The cutoff date for supplies to be delivered to Cameron is Friday, August 25th. 

 

SUPPLY LIST

 *3-ring binders                                       *Crayons

 *BACKPACKS                                         *Erasers                                                             

 *Dry Erase Markers                               *Highlighters

 *Glue Sticks                                              Index Cards

  Hand Sanitizer                                       *Loose Leaf Paper (wide ruled)

 *Masking Tape                                         Pencil Cases

 *Scissors                                                   Pencil Sharpeners

 *Scotch Tape                                            *Pens & Pencils

  Tab Dividers                                           Pocket Folders (solid colors)

  Tissues (Full Size Boxes)                      Post Its

 *Colored Markers (Washable)             Rulers

 *Colored Pencils                                      Socks (All Sizes)

 *Composition Books                               Spiral Notebooks (solid colors, wide ruled)

*Items that are in highest demand 

If you’d like to donate funds for us to purchase the supplies, please feel free to do so here.   

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Thank you for making a difference in helping students succeed!

Sincerely,

Jennifer and Cameron Staff

Mendon Seeking Director of Music Ministry

Seeking Music Director for Mendon Presbyterian Church

Early Learning Center Director

Employment Opportunity

Early Learning Center Director

Job Summary: The Director shall direct and coordinate all activities of the Penfield Presbyterian Early Learning Center (PPELC) as a child-focused and quality child care center. The Director shall be responsible for the recruitment and hiring of all staff; budget preparation and management; direct supervision of the Education Coordinator and staff; and maintenance of positive relationships with children, parents, staff, and the PPELC Advisory Board.  The position is a full-time, salaried employee, receiving benefits and reporting to the Administration and Personnel Committee of the Penfield Presbyterian Church.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, overseeing the following areas:

  • Day-to-day operations of the PPELC.
  • Fiscal management of the PPELC operating budget, including tuition and expenditures.
  • Supervision of the PPELC educational program, including curriculum development, staff development, and family relationships.
  • Adherence to the requirements and policies of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Department of Social Services, Department of Health, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Town of Penfield, Penfield Fire Marshall, and County Fire and Safety Departments.

The PPELC Director will also maintain positive working relationships with the Penfield Presbyterian Church and the PPELC Advisory Board. Regular meetings with both of these groups are a part of the job requirement.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in child development or related field. Director may instead have the Children’s Program Administrator Credential.
  • Demonstrated experience and implementation of early childhood development and education.
  • Minimum of four years work experience with the infant to twelve year age range.
  • Work experience with budget development, managing expenses, and at least two years of staff supervision.
  • Ability to relate to and be respectful of different genders, races, religions, socioeconomic structures, sexual orientations, and abilities/disabilities.

PPELC is a community outreach of the Penfield Presbyterian Church. PPELC is inclusive in practice, dedicated to providing quality childcare to all persons regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, or disability. The PPELC is licensed as a child care center by the New York State Office of Family and Children Services.

To apply, please see the job description on indeed.com or rochester.craigslist.org.  For further questions or clarifications, please email [email protected]

Cameron is in need of volunteers!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS (click! for flyer)

Cameron is in need of volunteers to help prep, cook and serve meals in our Soup Kitchen? There are various shifts from 9am-2pm Monday-Saturday. I’m happy to answer any questions as well as Lindsay Jewett our Volunteer Coordinator.

Thank you!

Best,

Jennifer

Jennifer Muniga
Executive Director
Cameron Community Ministries
48 Cameron St. Rochester, NY 14606
585.254.2697

United Way Donor Choice #1708

Can you help New Life Toys…?

They are in need of a large size Toy Bin or Shed for storage of toys when they come in

and/or if any wish to make a donation toward such to speak with Elder Patricia Fink ([email protected]

Or 585-797-5951)

For more information, click here:  NLT Brochure

New Life Toys

NLT Recruitment Brochure

Part-time UCC Pastor Position Open in Churchville

Part Time UCC Pastor Position in Churchville

Batavia is seeking a part-time Music/Worship Leader

First Presbyterian Church in Batavia is seeking a part-time Music/Worship Leader. This person oversees music, worship design, and technology for a contemporary worship service. Qualifications: Growing disciple of Jesus Christ. Experience leading contemporary worship with a praise band, sound system, multi-media, and recruiting/working with volunteers. Proficient vocally and instrumentally – guitar or keyboard experience. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Go to fpcbatavia.org  for a detailed job description. A letter of interest, current resume, and names (3) and contact information for references should be submitted.

 

Video of J Herbert Nelson

From Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC:  https://advocacydays.org/2017-confronting-chaos/speakers/sunday-interdenominational-worship/

Support the work of the Hebron Defense Committee

Send  a child from Hebron’s Old City to camp! It costs just $60 to give a boy or girl a five-day break from the checkpoints, soldiers and settlers, from an Israeli occupation that says “Palestinian lives don’t matter” this summer.

Christians Witnessing for Palestine partners with the Hebron Defense Committee, a grassroots organization in Hebron that provides the children with

  •       a trip out into the countryside,
  •       recreation to which they are normally denied access because of their location and economic realities,
  •        educational opportunities that build solidarity and enhance their dignity as Palestinians.

Christians Witnessing for Palestine is providing $120 worth seed money out of its budget to send two children to camp.  We are asking you to consider donating additional funds to give more Old City children the opportunity to look forward to five days of fun and solidarity, instead of checkpoints and soldiers.  The deadline for the 2017 summer camp is the end of June.  Funds sent after that time will be applied to the 2018 summer camp.

Please write out checks to The Downtown United Presbyterian Church or DUPC with CW4P-Camp in the memo and send them to 121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614.

 

New Curriculum Now Available!

Feasting on the Word

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.

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]

www.cdfny.org

Two articles that may be of interest!

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/pcusa-six-agency-effort-share-facing-racism-resources-denomination/

 https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/pcusa-issues-letter-urging-wendys-join-fair-food-program/

Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (letter/flyer)

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: http://bit.ly/2mfMqcv
    • Call ICE Buffalo Fed. Detention Facility office of the Chief Counsel and demand Jose’s release. Script and number here: http://bit.ly/2lU5U4A

Photos courtesy of Kay Michelinie

Thank you!

Rural and Migrant Ministry: Menu of Hope

Menu of Hope (flyer)

Presbyterian Mission Peacemaking Program

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

FOCUS ON THE CHILDREN of Livingston County Volunteer Opportunity

2017 Craft Show Presbytery Shout Out

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)

A Thank You from The Garden’s Edge

Garden’s Edge 2016 Report

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)

We’re Changing Our Dining “Habits”!

Kirkhaven Action

The Children’s Agenda

The Children’s Agenda – Spring Update

Update from the Holy Land – October 2016

To Read, Click:

Update from the Holy Land Newsletter

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


NEWS!

‘Rochester In Focus’ Interview from Channel 10 News:   http://www.whec.com/news/rochester-in-focus/4342471/

 

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

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ancqw9e0lvmbytr/WOF%20-%20Sarah%5B1%5D.mp4?dl=0

 

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! American Red Cross

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:

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2015/11/13/pcusa-young-adults-get-down-farm/

 

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 (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]

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. https://pcusa.webex.com/pcusa/lsr.php?RCID=19ad44d8b6883685c808ef83f87c91f1

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Introducing PC(USA) Denominational Children’s Curriculum

 

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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.”

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

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