Congregational Learning Day

Congregational Learning Coursesto equip your ministry                      

fall 2020 schedule

The challenges of this year would have been incomprehensible last year, but we prevail.  And in the midst of these challenges, new opportunities have been presented to us. The Tools and Training Team from Presbytery of Genesee Valley in partnership with the Geneva Presbytery is excited to present a series of on-line congregational learning courses via Zoom.


Thursday, September 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Working Out Financial Issues for Churches Now and into the Future

Representatives from Cohocton and Pulteney Presbyterian Churches offer strategies that may help congregations, especially smaller congregations, maneuver through the financial strains of today and provide a sustainable financial future.


  • Fred Shulte, Pulteney church treasurer – Fred is not a financial professional, he uses easy accounting tools to share the church’s financial picture. Learn how, with some guidance from Fred, this congregation uses sound biblical principles to make decisions about stewardship of the building and church programs to create a thriving, financially healthy small church.
  • Linda Hodges and Barb Goodwin, Cohocton elders – Find out about how this vibrant, small church used their community resources to create a strong financial structure and sustainable future for God’s people in the Cohocton Community.

The course will have two 25 minute presentations with a Q&A time after each presentation.

Please register in advance for this course. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Thursday, October 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Sabbath Practices and Intergenerational Faith Formation

The Office of Christian Formation of the PC(U.S.A.) has been examining the role of “Sabbath practices” in intergenerational faith formation. Sabbath practices give us a common language and a common way to connect with God and with each other. By sharing practices and building toward intergenerational ministries sharing these practices together, we begin to rebuild the community that is our congregation—our church.

The five Sabbath practices include: Hospitality, Prayer, Retreat, Service and Storytelling.

This workshop explores the roots of the Sabbath practice philosophy and will walk through how to access and use this new, FREE curriculum for your congregation or ministry as well as discuss how these practices can strengthen your communities during this unprecedented time in our congregations and our world.


  • Elder Lea Kone, director of Camp Whitman, 2020-21 moderator elect for the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, and part of a team of Christian educators that developed the “Faith Practices Toolkit” with the Office of Christian Formation
  • Becky D’Angelo-Veitch, director of faith formation at Third Presbyterian Church and also a member of the team that developed the “Faith Practices Toolkit”

There will be a Q&A time after the presentation.

Please register in advance for this course here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Thursday, October 15, 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.-noon

Administering the Lord’s Supper—Training for Ruling Elders & Deacons

The Book of Order states the Lord’s Supper shall be authorized by the session and administered by a minister of the Word and Sacrament. (W-3.0410) However, our constitution also permits a presbytery to authorize and train ruling elders to administer the Lord’s Supper in the event of the absence of pastors (G-3.0301b). The Book of Order also allows the bread and cup to be shared with absent, homebound, or hospitalized members by two or more persons in ordered ministry as long as they are authorized by session and have been equipped and instructed accordingly. (W-3.0414)

Are you a ruling elder in a small congregation without pastoral leadership?  Or a ruling elder or deacon that would like to be trained to extend the serving of communion of the church? If so, this training is for you!

In partnership with the Presbytery of Geneva, Rev. Katherine Griffis (Hornell) and Elder Susan Orr (Presbytery Leader) will host two opportunities to receive the training required to administer the Lord’s Supper. The time includes the theology of the Lord’s Supper, the structure of the liturgy, and a breakout session on practical matters. Upon completion, the clerk of session of your congregation will be notified that you have completed this training.

Please register by clicking this link. You will be asked to select a date and your training focus—either Administering Communion (in the absence of a pastor) or Serving Extended Communion (to members isolated from worship.)


Thursday, November 12

Understanding White Fragility

Based on Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About          Racism, 2018.

Mark your calendars now and watch for details on how to register.