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Presbytery of Western New York
2015 Camp Duffield
Youth Retreat

This past October, 70+ youth and advisers from various churches throughout WNY gathered for a weekend of fellowship, faith and nurturing at historic and picturesque Camp Duffield.  Thanks to the WNY Presbytery for a grant, we were able to have this gratifying retreat.  This gathering proved more than just a weekend of fun and laughs but of spiritual nurturing featuring a keynote speaker, energizers, group building games, small group sessions, communion celebration and homemade heavenly s’mores.  This Montreat-like experience was new to many who attended and inspired deep conversations about bullying, faith formation, doubt, making a difference in our community and how to change the world one person at a time.  It was an experience that made life long impressions on the attendees and has inspired many to deeply consider their relationship with God.    We have already begun planning next year’s retreat using the feedback from attendees to make it an even more life-changing experience.  Thank you for all of those who supported and attended the retreat, it proved to be a huge success and great opportunity to really focus on youth issues in a safe and nurturing environment.  Thanks be to God!!!
Veterans Week Dance

Open to all Presbytery Youth & Youth Groups, Grades 5-12
Where: First Presbyterian Church    
21 Church at Ontario Street, Lockport
When:  Sunday,  November 8th  7-9 PM
Bring: Toiletry items for Veterans   
For groups outside First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, contact: Contact Dave Shambach at 716-434-6463 or with questions and/or the number of people in your group  by Nov. 4.
Please bring at least one chaperone for your group
General Assembly
Committee Nominations

The deadline — Tuesday, December 1, 2015 — is fast approaching for new application for nomination forms for persons wishing to be considered by the GA Nominating Committee for nomination to one of almost thirty entities to which the GANC makes nominations.  Please share this information with persons who might be considering the possibility of elected service on one of the ongoing boards, commissions, or committees at the General Assembly levels.  

Interested persons will find more information including descriptions of the various entities, skills and expertise needed, as well as access to the online application form at; see the links on the left hand side of the webpage.
Educator Share Group

Come join our Share Group of educators, volunteers and CE committee members.  Our next meeting is 6:30PM,  Thursday, November 12th at the Resource Center which is located in North Presbyterian Church, 300 North Forest Road, Williamsville.   Our topic will be Advent.  We come together to share best practices, and look at new resources.  If you have any questions, please call Debbie Katz at 444-3743.
The Presbytery of Genesee Valley and
Third Presbyterian Church
invite you to a
Service of Installation for

Lynette K. Sparks
as Associate Pastor

Sunday, November 8, 2015
10:45 AM

Third Presbyterian Church
4 Meigs Street
Rochester, NY 14607

A reception will follow
Join the Conversation
Discuss the identity and purpose of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as part of a church-wide conversation initiated by the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly. “Please share your insights, wisdom, hopes and dreams for the PC(USA),” said Margaret Elliott, moderator of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly. “Through careful listening and honest sharing we can create a church for this time and place.” Talk individually or in groups using a discussion guide downloadable at Hear how to walk through using the guide on information calls:
Wednesday, November 4, 3–4 p.m. (EST)
Monday, November 9, 8–9 p.m. (EST)
Use call in (800) 231-0316, or (314) 696-0504 for international participants
Also share thoughts using an online form available until November 13 at, and join Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014), in Twitter chats. She’ll be @LarissaLKA using the hashtag #pcusaidentity on:
Thursday, November 12, 910 p.m. (EST)
The 222nd General Assembly (2016) will use much of the information gathered to collectively discern God’s call for the church. Contact for questions or more information.
Union Presbyterian Seminary 2016 Congregational Leadership Awards

Is your congregation or a congregation in your presbytery doing innovative ministry?

Union Presbyterian Seminary offers eight Congregational Leadership Awards annually.   Since 1991, 117 churches in 29 states have received these awards. Each of the eight awards carries a $1,000 prize to support the congregation in its ministry. For more information and to apply for one of the 2016 Union Presbyterian Seminary Congregational Leadership Awards, you may download the brochure and application by clicking here or request an application by sending an e-mail to April Swofford at or calling 1-800-229-2990, ext 231. The application and instructions are only available electronically. The deadline for the 2016 awards is FEBRUARY 15, 2016.
November 3
Clergy Celebrations
Happy Birthday!
Gary Larson - 11/3
Judith Brown Bryan - 11/3
Hyun Jin Kim - 11/4
Diane Phinney - 11/4
James Henkel - 11/9

Ordination Anniversary
Leslie Latham - 11/3/2007
David Smith - 11/5/1972
Thomas Yorty - 11/5/1977
John McClester - 11/6/1973
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Around the Presbytery

November 4
Mini Boutique and Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

November 6
Shopping Day at Presbyterian Village at North Church

November 7
Spaghetti Dinner at Faith United Presbyterian Church

November 14
Annual Harvest Holiday Bazaar at Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church

November 16-23
Drop Off for Operation Christmas Child at First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston

December 4
Holiday Vacation Bible School at Faith United Presbyterian Church

January 23
Robert Burns Dinner at Riverside Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls

Submit your church events to be listed at
Job Postings
Coordinator of Pre-Teen Christian Fellowship - North Church, Williamsville

North Church seeks an enthusiastic Coordinator of Pre-Teen Christian Fellowship possessing good sense, tireless energy, and great organization to lead our youth in grades 3 through 6 in Christian fellowship.
The successful candidate will plan and supervise fellowship activities with educational and fun programs that reflect our mission statement, plan and conduct the “Children’s Message” as requested by the pastor during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service, and supervise Sunday school teachers.
Compensation will be $500 per month for a full calendar year based upon an estimated need to dedicate 8 to 16 hours, with an average of 12 hours, per month to fulfill the requirements of the position. Please contact Lee Broad at (716) 839-0767 or at for more information and/or position description.

Organist / Pianist - Choir Director, Amherst Presbyterian Church:
One Sunday morning service with choir rehearsal following; one weekly evening choir rehearsal; 4-6 hr other worship services. Rodgers Scarborough 110E organ. Four weeks paid vacation. Salary: $7324. Send resume to

Director of Youth Ministries, Hamburg
The primary goal of Hamburg New York Presbyterian Church's Children's and Youth ministry is to bring youth from grades PreK-12 into significant relationship with Jesus Christ, and to guide them as Christ's disciples in every aspect of life-to learn and know of God's deep love for them, to love and be a significant part of church, and to have Christian community with one another. The Director of Youth Ministries will demonstrate a quality of life that commends the Gospel to all people.
Skills Required:
  • Active Christian with an understanding and support of the Presbyterian Reformed Tradition.
  • Possess (or working full time towards completion) Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (minimum).
  • Possess a valid NYS driver's license.
  • Experience teaching of children and youth. (Degree in Christian Education or Youth Ministry can be substituted.)
If you possess the necessary credentials as stated above and are interested, please email your contact information and resume.

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