Trinity Reformed Church in Rochester NY is seeking an Interim Pastor

Trinity has just formed a pastor search committee and is currently looking for an interim or a contract pastor.

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UCC Church in Churchville Seeking P/T Minister

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Communion Items Free to a Good Home

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Clergy Continuing Education Online – Congregation and Family Systems

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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.

 

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019

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More resources are available from Congregational Ministries Publishing

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New resources for new school year focus on Christian formation

Click to read more!  New resources for new school year

New Curriculum Now Available!

Feasting on the Word

A Thank You from The Garden’s Edge

Garden’s Edge 2016 Report

We Choose Welcome

We Choose Welcome

We’re Changing Our Dining “Habits”!

Kirkhaven Action

The Children’s Agenda

The Children’s Agenda – Spring Update

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.

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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.

Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley

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Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley

“Genesee Epiphany”

 by Rev. Colin Pritchard

The Next Presbytery Meeting…

The next Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting is Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting Schedule (4-24-19)


The meeting is being held at Albion Presbyterian Church
(29 E. State Street, Albion, NY  14411)

#2 Riverside Neighbors (Gates, Trinity Emmanuel, Bethany, John Knox, South, Downtown, Twelve Corners, Parkminster, Third, Summerville, Irondequoit, Companions on the Way, and Westminster at RPH) are invited to bring an EXTRA Elder Commissioner from EACH church in the neighborhood!  Please share this info with those EXTRA commissioners.

Please click on the link below and register now! 


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

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


Click on the link below to register:

** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare is  June 17, 2019.  Payment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting ** 


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

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

Measuring Mission Project

“Measuring Mission Project”

Healthier Congregations Team, “Tools and Training” Working Group

History

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

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

Results

There were a number of tangible benefits for the participants.

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

Future

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

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

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

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

Administration

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

 

Contact:

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

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

E-News Deadline is the 1st of Every Month

E-News is published monthly and posted to the PGV Website around the 10th of the month.

All submissions are to be made by the FIRST of each month.

All submissions should be in a ‘Ready to be Published‘ format (.doc or .pdf)

 

 

Working Together, Building Hope from Chaos…

Mission Trip Blogs

 

Christian Educator’s Brown Bag Lunch

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


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

 

On-line Teacher Training

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Opening Doors to Discipleship is a series of three courses in the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition to help teachers and leaders equip themselves to be faithful teachers and leaders.

Once you register with this site, you will have access to all three courses. The three courses are:

  1. Teaching Skills,
  2. Bible Background,
  3. Presbyterian/Reformed Faith (to be released Fall, 2008).

Each course has 12 sessions which should, ideally, be done with a Learning Group from your own congregation.

The courses address questions like these:

  • How can I tell a story and use activities in such a gripping way that my students long to be disciples of Christ?
  • How can I communicate the broad sweep of biblical stories so that learners yearn to enter them?
  • How can I speak with passion and enthusiasm about the particular “flavor” of Christianity which we identify as Presbyterian/Reformed?

Site sponsorship:

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

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

The Thoughtful Christian

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The Thoughtful Christian is a web-based resource center that seeks to help Christians wrestle with difficult questions by stimulating informed conversation and reflection about living faithfully in a complex world.

Office Volunteers

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

  • Can you spare one morning or afternoon a week?
  • Or a few hours one day a week?
  • Or maybe some time every other week?
  • Bring a friend with you to help. Your friend doesn’t even have to be a Presbyterian!

The Presbytery Office needs some help with answering telephones, greeting visitors, making copies, helping with projects, etc. We’re a nice group of people. We work hard, but we also enjoy working together!

Come be a part of our team!

Contact Cheryl (103) or Beth (104) at the PGV office (585-242-0080)

 

Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center (SCMHC)

  • Volunteer therapists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. Volunteer hours are flexible, so you can see as many or as few clients as suits your schedule. Paperwork is minimal, freeing you to do what you love: help motivated individuals to meet their mental health needs.
  • Volunteer shopkeepers needed at New Unto Others home furnishings consignment shop. They offer beautiful, well-tended furniture, rugs, artwork, and other home furnishings. If you’d enjoy surrounding yourself with beauty, getting to know like-minded volunteers, and helping out a good cause, this is a great opportunity. Retail experience is helpful but not necessary. The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers. It is located at 141 State Street in Rochester. All proceeds benefit Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center.

SCMHC is an ecumenical agency supported by the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. We offer mental health care and peer support free of charge to those in Greater Rochester who are uninsured or cannot afford the required co-payment for needed services. For more information, contact Maureen Marlow, 585.325.1180, ext. 114.