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Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley

“Genesee Epiphany”

 by Rev. Colin Pritchard

The Next Presbytery Meeting…

The next Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting is Saturday, November 17, 2018


The meeting is being held at Geneseo Central Presbyterian Church
(31 Center Street, Geneseo, NY  14454) 


COMPLETE MAILED DOCKET-November 2018

TAKEN DOCKET November 2018-Complete

** Click and Print a copy of the Mailed Docket to bring to the meeting **

And starting new, attached is the TAKEN docket!  With so many using their tablets, smart phones and laptops at the meeting, we’ve decided to start sending out the Taken docket electronically as well.  With this meeting, we’ll also have the hard copies available on the pick-up table.  Over time, we hope to eliminate the need to print so many hard copies – saving trees, money, and expense!


Click on the link below to register:

https://pbygenval.org/november-17-pgv-meeting-after-deadline/

** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare is Friday, November 9, 2018.  Payment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting ** 


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

Measuring Mission Project

“Measuring Mission Project”

Healthier Congregations Team, “Tools and Training” Working Group

History

In the Fall of 2014, Rev. James Evinger and Rev. Roderic Frohman, decided to apply their combined 90 years of experience in managing the social justice/service programs of congregations in the form of a workbook of best practices.   Why? Because most congregations are willing to engage the community, but their efforts are mostly toxic to the beneficiaries, as well as their efforts burn-out their church volunteers because of poor internal administrative, diagnostic, personnel and spiritual practices.

From January 2015 to July 2017 Frohman and Evinger field-tested their 135-page workbook, Activating Your Missional Congregation, in a pilot study of eight, three -hour workshops, with five congregations of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. Each workshop was concluded with an evaluation.

Results

There were a number of tangible benefits for the participants.

  • Deeper communication: “In my six years here as the Pastor, this is the most honest and open discussion of mission in our congregation that I’ve seen. It gives me new possibilities.”
  • Insight: “I think we really started to ‘get it’ by the end of the 6th workshop. It does take time to absorb and trust this process.”
  • Significance: “We provide two buildings for use by non-profit groups serving our town. We charge each $1/year to make it legal. Until this discussion, we never considered that our in-kind support had significant dollar value.”
  • Identification of a barrier: “I look at all our many mission projects and the high percentage of our members that volunteer. No wonder we are tired and no wonder it’s hard for each project to find new volunteers!”
  • Awareness of volunteer motivation: “As we interviewed people about their motivations to do mission, we realized how different those motivations are [from what we expected].”
  • Paradigm shift: “As a result of this series, I see mission in a whole new perspective.”

Future

Five additional congregations are now being recruited to participate in a second round of the eight-workshop, one-year, missional assessment study using the workbook.   Guided by Frohman and Evinger, and with the involvement of “graduate” pastors of the pilot study, each congregation will research and assess their own congregation’s missional practices using the 6 assessment guidelines of the workbook: identity, vitality, process, motivation, context, and toxicity vs. development.

The participating congregations will gather at a common location on eight selected Saturday’s over 12 months (2017-2108) to participate in plenary and breakout sessions regarding the assessment guidelines of the workbook. Each participant and each team will conduct individual and group research, about each’s congregation and community, and report back to the next workshop about their findings. In the final workshop, #8, each team will present its mission development plan for the future of their congregation. Frohman and Evinger, and the “graduate” pastors, will continue to be in consultation with the congregations over a one-year period of time while they implement their plans.

As the pilot congregations have done, the five new teams will be urged to:

  • end a lesser quality social mission project;
  • revitalize, expand, or improve an existing project;
  • start a new project or combine several existing ones;
  • celebrate and promote an existing project which is working well;
  • Find a way to go beyond short-term, crisis relief.

Administration

The program is supervised by the Healthier Congregations Team, Tools and Training Working Group, which is staffed by Susan Orr, Presbyter for Healthy Congregations / Stated Clerk.

 

Contact:

Rev. Roderic P. (Rod) Frohman (HR)
585-727-26786
[email protected]

Rev. James S. (Jim) Evinger  (HR)
585-773-9468
[email protected]

E-News Deadline is the 1st of Every Month

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)

 

 

Working Together, Building Hope from Chaos…

Mission Trip Blogs

 

Christian Educator’s Brown Bag Lunch

brownbaglunchA series of discussions for Professional Christian Educators employed by a church


The Christian Educator’s Brown Bag Lunch meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:30 till 1:00 in the Resource Center at the Presbytery Office.

 

On-line Teacher Training

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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:

  1. Teaching Skills,
  2. Bible Background,
  3. 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?

Site sponsorship:

  • The Cumberland Presbyterian Church
  • The Moravian Church in America
  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • The Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • The Reformed Church in America

Contact Susan Orr at the Resource Center, 242-0099 for the PCUSA login code.

The Thoughtful Christian

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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.

Office Volunteers

copierThe Presbytery Office needs a few more good Presbyterians (or friends of Presbyterians) to help in our office.  In particular we need someone for Tuesday 10am  – 2pm or whatever time works for you.

  • 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)

 

Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center (SCMHC)

  • 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.

Letter of thanks to SDOP for its funding of The Center for Teen Empowerment

teen-empowerment-logoOn 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.

Self-Development of People Committee (SDOP) Grants Awarded

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.

  1. The Community for Social Justice (Rural and Migrant Ministry); $5,000 for educational work.
  2. Unity NE Surveillance Pilot Project; $1,030 for starting a “Neighborhood Watch” style project.
  3. Remington Super Urban Project Porch Security Pilot Project; $525 for starting a “Neighborhood Watch” style project.
  4. Eastern Service Workers Association; $2,500 for expanding its community organizing work.
  5. NEAD CDF Freedom School; $5,000 for mentoring and entrepreneurship of inner-city residents.

Here are other recent SDOP Grant Recipients-rev 3-2015