Presbytery of Geneva Seeking Office Administrator

Presbytery of Geneva Office Administrator position opening January 1, 2018

http://www.presbyteryofgeneva.org/home/job-openings

 

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]
Employm[email protected]
www.vnsnet.com

Nurturing Faith -LifelongFaith Event

LifelongFaith Associates is coming to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley!!

LifelongFaith Associates is committed to helping congregations develop lifelong Christian faith formation for all ages and generations, increasing the capacity of leaders and communities to nurture faith growth in everyone. 

Two Opportunities for Learning!

  1. Faith Formation for Every Adult in the Congregation; and
  2. Nurturing Children’s Faith in the 21st Century

Click on this link for more details:  Nurturing Faith Events – LifelongFaith Flyer Nov 2017 (002)


SAVE!  If you register prior to October 1, save $$!
Register here if before 10/01/17:
Early Bird LifelongFaith Registration

After October 1st?  Register here:  LifelongFaith Registration (after 10/01/17)


Get equipped–Be inspired!

Join our presbytery-wide Lifelong Faith Associates events November 3 and 4, 2017. On Friday 11/3 we’ll be exploring adult faith formation and Saturday 11/4 will be devoted to children’s faith formation.

Why should you come?

Friday: To discover new ways to engage adults in your church and to gain access to ongoing web-based support for adult faith formation.

Saturday: To explore children’s faith formation for the 21st century and how we as families and church leaders can equip and inspire one another to nurture faith in daily life.

Who should attend?

Friday: Church leaders, pastors, and educators.

Saturday: Parents, grandparents, pastors, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, Christian educators, Vacation Bible School leaders, and any other adults who want to learn more about nurturing children’s faith.

What’s special about these events?

Lifelong Faith Associates has a record of empowering families and congregations to nurture lifelong growth in faith.  This is an amazing opportunity right in our own presbytery!

Our Saturday morning event (11/4) will include a special children’s program with Bible story, music, games, crafts, a snack, and a few special guests.  This program is open to any child whose parents or grandparents are attending the workshop.  Traditional play-based childcare will be available Friday and Saturday afternoons.

What’s the cost and how do I register?

Registration for Friday’s event is $25/person including dinner.  Early bird pricing is $15 before October 1st!

Registration for Saturday’s events is $10/person including lunch.  Early bird pricing is $5 before October 1st!  You must be present for the morning workshop in order to participate in the afternoon session.  Children’s program is provided free of charge with paid adult registration.

Online Registration at:  

BEFORE 10/01/17 – https://pbygenval.org/early-bird-lifelongfaith-registration/

AFTER 10/01/17 – https://pbygenval.org/lifelongfaith-registration-100117/

For more details regarding times, locations, and registration: Please open the attachment for this additional information.

Lifelong Faith Associates Websitehttp://www.lifelongfaith.com

Questions?  

Contact

Laura Fry [email protected]

Rod Frohman [email protected]

Susan Orr [email protected]

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

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/

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

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/

 

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

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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.

Fresh Picks in the Resource Center!

Fresh Pics!

2017

REV wLinks-Fresh Picks! (SEPT)

Fresh Picks! (AUG)

 

 

Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley

Check out our Website!

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 18, 2017


The meeting is being held at Penfield Presbyterian Church
(1881 Jackson Road, Penfield, NY  14526) 


PGV Meeting Evaluation/Survey:


COMPLETE Mailed Docket -November 18 2017

COMPLETE TAKEN DOCKET -Nov 2017

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

** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare is Friday, November 10thPayment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting ** 



Click on the link below to register:  https://pbygenval.org/november-18-2017-pgv-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

2017-18 Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting Schedule (6-2-17)

We are Better Together!

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:

  1. Mutual spiritual encouragement of those engaged in similar mission projects.
  2. Excitement of learning best practices in our mission work, and
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 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 12:00 till 1:00 beginning September 13, 2017 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.

2012 Mission Funding Partnership

2012 Mission Funding Form

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 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

New Ideas for Stewardship – Part 1

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.

Synod Mission Interpretation Bulletin Insert

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.