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

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)

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!


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.


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. 



 *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.   


Thank you for making a difference in helping students succeed!


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 or  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!



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

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  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:

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!

The Thoughtful Christian

Summer Curriculum

Summer Curriculum 2017

Confirmation Camp!

Confirmation Intensive General Invitation

Rev. Colin Pritchard (Victor) & Matt Brooks (Youth Ministry Victor) will be hosting a Presbytery-wide (PGV) Confirmation Camp from July 23-28 at Camp Whitman.  This camp is a great opportunity for kids (going into) grades 7-11 to complete Confirmation while also getting a chance to enjoy some of the great activities that Camp Whitman has to offer.

For a more detailed account of what Confirmation Camp will look like please see the attached pdf below.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at [email protected].   Interested youth can register for camp on the Whitman website


Matt Brooks

Youth Ministry

First Presbyterian Victor

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 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]

Youth Spring and Summer Schedule

Read About What’s Happening!  Youth Spring and Summer Schedule

Two articles that may be of interest!

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:
    • Call ICE Buffalo Fed. Detention Facility office of the Chief Counsel and demand Jose’s release. Script and number here:

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


‘Rochester In Focus’ Interview from Channel 10 News:


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


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


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:


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 ( 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.

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Introducing PC(USA) Denominational Children’s Curriculum


growing in grace logo

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

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

Fresh Picks in the Resource Center!

Fresh Pics!


Fresh Picks! (MAY) w links

The Fresh Picks media items will now have a link to the Resource Center Online Catalog!

Fresh Picks! (APR)

Fresh Picks! (MAR)

Fresh Picks! (FEB)

Fresh Picks! (JAN)

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 Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The meeting is being held at First Presbyterian Church of Honeoye Falls
(27 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls, NY  14472) 



 ** Click and Print a copy to bring to the meeting **

** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare is XXX.  Payment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting – payment must be received to the office by XXX!! ** 

Click on the link below to register:

For more information regarding PGV Meetings, please refer to the Presbytery Meeting page

  **In the event of a severe weather forecast which would make traveling hazardous, Presbytery Meetings and Presbytery-wide events may be cancelled and rescheduled for another date.  Read More:  Presbytery Meeting and Event Cancellation Policy

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)



History of the "Triple Play Grant"

** As of June, 2015, Triple Play Grant applications are no longer being accepted.  **

The introduction of the Triple Play in 2012 marked the beginning of a sea-change in the Presbytery’s approach to mission and mission funding.  Mission grants had once been distributed directly to worthy community projects and organizations. The Triple Play began to modify that approach by linking support for community mission more directly to nearby collaborating congregations.  Now, in effect, the Triple Play experience has helped shift the entire focus of the Presbytery from centralized operations and mission to the focus on healthy, vital, sustainable congregations as they engage on the front-line of mission in their communities.

For more information, contact Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education at [email protected]

Jim Renfrew


written by Rev. James Renfrew, member of Three Committees Collaborating

Instant Replay 

     With a full count on the batter, the pitcher gets the sign from the catcher, checks the two runners, and throws a tight curve to the plate.  The runners go.  Whap!  Charging hard, the shortstop fields the line drive at the shoestrings.  One out.  The shortstop fires the ball over to second base and catches the runner unable to tag up in time.  Two outs.  The second baseman smokes the ball to first base.  Did the runner make it back in time?  No!   “Yer Out!” shouts the umpire.  Triple Play!  The crowd roars!   

Early Activity in the Bullpen

In 2012 Genesee Valley Presbytery presented something new to its congregations and to the wider world.  It’s called the “Triple Play Grant”.  Sounds like baseball, doesn’t it?  A triple play in baseball is a rare event when one batted ball leads to three outs.  But this isn’t baseball.  This Triple Play happens when three committees collaborate in the use of Presbytery funds.   The purpose of the Triple Play is not to get “outs”; it’s to get the crowd in our churches and surrounding communities roaring with excitement!  Are you in?

The Triple Play Grants took form during conversations in 2010 between the Mission & Advocacy Committee, Congregational Development Committee, and the Resource & Education Committee.  This led to the key question:  “How can we be most faithful to the calling of Jesus Christ?  How can we maximize the effectiveness of our three budget lines?  Is there a way we can collaborate?”

The Batting Order

The Mission & Advocacy folks had come to the realization that their traditional way of making grants to worthy community organizations was missing the mark.  In one survey, Presbyter for Mission and Education Susan Orr discovered that very few of these organizations had any on-going connection to, or involvement by, congregations.  It led to the uncomfortable feeling that mission dollars were not really doing anything to enhance congregational mission in the community, and that mission had been reduced to sending out checks.  This led to a key question:  “How can we use mission dollars to inspire community involvement by congregations more effectively?”

The Congregational Development Committee, responsible for encouraging congregational health, had become worried that a significant number of congregations in the Presbytery were experiencing membership decline, reduced youth participation, and diminished finances.  This led to a key question:  “Is there a way to target presbytery dollars to improve the health of some of these congregations?”

The Resource and Education Committee could see that diminished congregations have fewer funds and energy for community involvement, and that centralized mission grants separate congregations from the mission that ought to be generating excitement and community visibility.   This led to a key question:  “How can we use presbytery dollars to train congregational leaders with new skills for community mission and congregational health?” 

And so the three committees arrived at the Triple Play grants.  “If we’re going to have a sustainable mission as Presbyterians we need to have healthier congregations.  If we’re going to have energetic congregations we need to have an exciting and visible mission outreach in our communities.  If we’re going to have sustained mission and healthier congregations to support that mission we need to develop new leadership skills”.   

Infield Warm Up

Each of the three committees had to approve the idea of shifting budget lines to this new purpose.  The three committees also had to commit themselves to the plan for three to five years, because Triple Play grant recipients would be promised significant financial support for an extended time in return for significant results.    Instead of offering small grants to a wide variety of agencies and congregations, the decision was made to select a few projects and to make a strong commitment with Triple Play funding.

The next step was to seek the approval of Presbytery Council.  While the Triple Play grant did not require additional funding, existing funding was to be configured in a different way and it was important to keep Presbytery leadership fully informed.  More importantly, Council was encouraged to understand that the Triple Play is not just a useful mechanism for encouraging committee collaboration, it represents a new vision for holistic, systemic change in the life of congregations and their communities.

“Programs, Get Yer Programs Here!”

Now, the really challenging phase began:  to begin publicizing the Triple Play.  This required a year’s worth of lead time holding workshops and training sessions for congregations and agencies.  Agencies were nervous because for the first time an application had to be submitted in concert with at least two Presbyterian congregations.  Congregations were nervous, because of the need to identify a community agency close to their passion, and to also find another partner congregation to join in the application.

Meanwhile, efforts were made to acquaint the whole Presbytery with the new approach – at Presbytery meetings, training events, Resource Saturday workshops, and in other communications.

Umpires Take the Field

With excitement and trepidation the three committees waited for the applications to arrive.   In the end, ten applications were received, including connections with twenty four of the Presbytery’s sixty nine congregations.

Now, different work began.  Representatives of the three committees were appointed to undertake site visits with the different agencies and congregations.  Some of the grant proposals had been initiated by an agency, with congregational endorsement.  Other proposals were generated by congregations, centering on a link with a community agency or program.   Which of these proposals would best align with the intentions of the Triple Play?

Some of the questions that liaisons sought to answer:

  • To what extent are these partnerships solid, or to what extent are they still in the dream stage?
  • Are the partnership’s programmatic and fiduciary relationships well thought out?
  • Does this project have the potential to excite other congregations in the Presbytery?

“Yer Out!”, Ooops, we mean “Yer In!”

With a great deal of excitement, the decisions were made to support the following projects, beginning in January 2013:

  • El Agua Es Vida (Christ Clarion, Covington) – To purchase and install eight water disinfection systems in Chiapas, Mexico. The churches will send teams to work with village leadership to construct the systems over the next several years. The Covington area has many farm workers from Chiapas laboring on their farms. This provides an opportunity to connect a distant project in Mexico with people from Chiapas who are living close by.
  • Cameron Community Ministries (Christ Clarion, Laurelton, Third): Cameron has been a lifeline for many residents in Rochester’s Lyell-Otis neighborhood for nearly thirty years providing meals, clothing, advocacy and a welcoming community. Putting a Fork in Hunger funds will go to enhance and expand some of Cameron’s current services as demand is increasing exponentially.  This partnership aims to launch a publicity and educational campaign about the struggle to reduce hunger in our community.
  • Judicial Process Commission (Brighton, Pittsford First):   The New Journeys program trains mentors to work with women coming out of prison. The grant will fund the volunteer coordinator position at the Judicial Process Commission.  This person coordinates and trains all the folks who do the mentoring, as well as the counselor and social worker who offer these women important counseling and support.
  • Focus on the Children (Caledonia First, Caledonia Stone):  The focus of this grant proposal is to develop a Volunteer Training and Institute program, creating a trained volunteer base who will be able to work with struggling families who are in crisis or need.
  • Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc (Albion First, Barre Center, Holley First, Lyndonville, Medina):  The goal of the Youth Service Partnership program is to train people to provide tutoring, mentoring, social skill training, life skill training and health and wellness training to at risk youth in Orleans County and Genesee County.

Play-by-play Coverage

It was never the intention of the three committees to simply decide on the grants and then retire.  From the start, it was understood that the three committees would be working to assist the projects, publicizing their work among all of the churches, and encouraging other individuals and congregations to become involved in them.  A key question:  “How can we make these projects our projects, that is, how can we expand the sense of ownership?”  For this reason, news about the projects will be frequently offered to the Presbytery at meetings and in print during the duration of the grants.     

Drafting New Players

Most importantly, the people of the Presbytery are invited to join the various Triple Play teams during 2013 and beyond.   There will be a series of work days spread throughout 2013 in which volunteers will be invited to come in for a day of hands-on support at each project site.

Up and Coming Minor Leagues Prospects

Will there be new opportunities for Triple Play grants?  Yes!  Some of the teams that did not receive a grant are being encouraged to prepare for the next round when grants will be offered, likely in 2014.  Committee members are available to consult with those wanting to make the jump to the Big Leagues.  Additional funds are being sought to add to the funds already committed by the three committees.

Batter Up!



Working Together, Building Hope from Chaos…

Mission Trip Blogs


Triple-Play Grants


** As of June, 2015, Triple Play Grant applications are no longer being accepted. **

The introduction of the Triple Play in 2012 marked the beginning of a sea-change in the Presbytery’s approach to mission and mission funding.  Mission grants had once been distributed directly to worthy community projects and organizations. The Triple Play began to modify that approach by linking support for community mission more directly to nearby collaborating congregations.  Now, in effect, the Triple Play experience has helped shift the entire focus of the Presbytery from centralized operations and mission to the focus on healthy, vital, sustainable congregations as they engage on the front-line of mission in their communities.

For more information, contact Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education at [email protected]

Jim Renfrew


After over two years of diligent, faithful work, Three Committees Collaborating is proud to recommend the following for the 2013 Triple Play Grants:

El Agua es Vida (Partners: Christ Clarion and Covington): $10,000

triple-play-1To purchase and install eight water disinfection systems in Chiapas, Mexico. The money will cover parts, an on-site engineer and training. The two churches will be sending teams to work with village leadership to construct the systems over the next several years. Covington, in its work with the Presbytery’s Migration Working Group, has realized that many farm workers from Chiapas are laboring on rural farms in Western New York. This provides an opportunity to connect a distant project in Mexico with people from Chiapas who are living close by.

Focus on the Children (Partners: Caledonia First and Caledonia Stone): $10,000

triple-play-2To develop a Volunteer Training and Institute program. The focus of this grant proposal is to create a trained volunteer base who will be able to work with struggling families who are in crisis or need. FOTC has been serving the needs of children in Livingston County since 1993. They provide financial grants, assistance in making community connections, and advocacy for families. Families served during the year are invited to a Back-to-School program that provides children with school supplies and gift cards for new shoes, as well as a Christmas program where they may select gifts for the holidays.

Judicial Process Commission (Partners: Brighton and Pittsford First): $5,000

triple-play-3To support their New Journeys program. The grant will fund the volunteer coordinator at the Judicial Process Commission, the person who coordinates and trains all the folks who do the mentoring; as well as the counselor and social worker who offer these women important counseling and support. The overall program trains mentors to work with women coming out of prison. The goal is to train as many mentors as possible and pair them up with the large number of women coming out of jail. Based upon past years, this mentoring program drops the rate of recidivism by 50%.

Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County (Partners: Albion First, Barre Center, Holley First, Lyndonville and Medina First): $7,500

triple-play-4To support their Youth Service Partnership. The goal of this program is to train people to provide tutoring, mentoring, social skill training, life skill training and health and wellness training to at risk youth in Orleans County and Genesee County. There is a possibility that this program will be able to work with the Judicial Process Commission to share good ways to do mentor training.

Cameron Community Ministries Put a Fork in Hunger (Partners: Christ Clarion, Laurelton and Third): $7,500

triple-play-5Putting a Fork in Hunger is unique among those receiving triple play grants in that the community agency already engages volunteers from many of the Presbytery’s churches. Cameron has been a lifeline for many residents in Rochester’s Lyell-Otis neighborhood for nearly thirty years, providing meals, clothing, advocacy and a welcoming community. The funds will go to enhance and expand some of their current services as demand is increasing exponentially. Another goal of the partners is to launch a publicity and education campaign in an effort to get the word out to churches about the volunteer possibilities as well as the needs that exist in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood, an effort that it is hoped will involve members of the three congregations.

Christian Educator’s Brown Bag Lunch

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

The Next CE Brown Bag Lunch…

June 14, 2017

@ 12:15

On-line Teacher Training


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


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.

2013 “Triple-Play” Grant

Three committees of our Presbytery are collaborating in the creation of a new “Triple-Play” grant process for congregations to apply in 2012 to receive funds in 2013.

The three committees collaborating are:

tccWe are seeking applications in which the categories of

  • congregational health,
  • community mission & advocacy, and
  • leadership training

are combined in a single project.

What we envision are projects that

  • aim to improve the worship/program/outreach health of congregations,
  • give visibility to congregational involvement in contributing to systemic change for a healthier community, and
  • that train leadership for engagement in this new effort.

Grants are available in the range of $10,000 to $40,000 per project, spread over three to five years, beginning in 2013 for a group of congregations in partnership with a community agency or program.

The deadline for the application is Monday, April 30, 2012.

Who may apply?

A partnership of at least two Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and at least one community agency or program.

An ecumenical group of congregations may apply, but at least two of the participating congregations must be Presbyterian Church (USA).

See the grant application for more details.

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

Presbyterian Hunger Program Awards Grant to Rural & Migrant Ministry

rural-migrant-ministry-logoIn October, Rural & Migrant Ministry gratefully accepted a grant from the Presbyterian Hunger Program for our work at the Liturgia Rural Workers Education Center. We want to extend our thanks to all Presbyterians who contributed to One Great Hour of Sharing to support the grant program.

Liturgia is a welcoming space where farmworkers in Central New York get to know each other and learn about workplace rights and grassroots organizing. This knowledge is the foundation for strengthening the Justice for Farmworkers campaign, an effort to establish fairer working conditions for farmworkers. As farmworkers come together to learn how to make their voices heard with policy makers, they’re joined by people of faith and others who are also receiving training at Liturgia.

All of these efforts fall under the Hunger Program’s category of Public Policy Advocacy, which addresses the root causes of hunger by dismantling “oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.” The people whose labor puts food on our tables live in poverty, but the support of the Hunger Program will help farmworkers to change that unjust situation.

Thank you again for joining in this work!

Laurie Konwinski, Grants Coordinator
Rural & Migrant Ministry, WNY Office
324 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca NY 14850
607-272-5062, ext. 12

Presbytery Partnership Group Awards Grant to Rural & Migrant Ministry

rural-migrant-ministry-logoThe Western New York Presbytery Partnership Group has awarded a $5,000 grant for support of Rural & Migrant Ministry, to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a mission partner of the Presbytery.

The organization will be holding a conference in the Catskills on the weekend of October 15, 2011, in conjunction with its 30th anniversary. They will bring together a large group of people from the rural and migrant communities and allies from the faith communities to explore issues of rural transformation.

They wish to be intentional about inviting the disenfranchised farmworkers, rural workers and rural women from the Rochester/Buffalo/Geneva region. The grant will cover the cost of transportation, lodging and translators for this group of people.

Learn more about the conference here.

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.