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Join Youth and Adults from Churches across the Presbytery. This year we've been asked to take on the clean-up of the mouth of Scajaquada Creek. We'll need 50-60 volunteers to work hard on this site.

Afterwards, we'll head back to back to Deerhurst Presbyterian in Tonawanda to make and enjoy lunch ($7); then fellowship, discussions and games until 3:00.

Come for all or part of the day. Grades 6th through 12th and their Advisors. Additional information will be sent ONLY to those who RSVP.

RSVP to or call/text 622-1922 by April 11.
Engaging churches in educating young people

Workshop to show churches
how they can get involved

From Presbyterian News Service

As Presbyterians and other Christian denominations gather in Washington, D.C. next month for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, they’ll be looking at a number of factors that inspired this year’s conference theme “Lift Every Voice!: Racism, Class and Power.” One that continues to resonate across the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is education. 

In 2014, the PMA, with General Assembly approval, launched the “Educate a Child, Transform the World” initiative aimed at alleviating poverty in the U.S. and around the world. The Rev. Alonzo Johnson, convener for the national facet of the campaign, says his goal has been to get churches interested in making the education of young people one of its top priorities.

“We don’t want participants to just hear about the initiative, but go back to their own churches and get involved in these issues. They need to empower their congregations, churches and friends to get connected,” said Johnson. “We want Presbyterians to have a sense of urgency about this because children are facing stumbling blocks to their education and well-being every day. We must be engaged in the lives young people, not just African-American but all young people from low-income households.”

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A toolkit is available for congregations on how to minister to children through education.

Interfaith Climate Justice
Community Gathering

Wed. April 6th at 7 PM
St. Joseph’s University Church
3269 Main St. Buffalo (parking at rear of church)
All Faiths & Individuals are Encouraged and Welcome!

We will reflect together on the question of where do we go from here following the Paris climate talks.

In the words of Pope Francis: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who
come after us, to children who are now growing up?"
Laudato Si’ No.179

Refreshments will be served.
Camp Duffield
Youth Group Work Day

Saturday, June 4 from 9:00-4:00. Youth Groups MUST provide their own Adult Supervision. Open to Youth grades 6th-12th. RSVP to or call/text me at 622-1922 by May 30 (or earlier)
Join Youth Groups and their Advisors and help get the Camp ready for Summer. There will be plenty of trails and tree limbs to clean-up, buildings to paint & other Meaningful Volunteer Work! Cost is $5.00 per person plus guys bring a bag of snacks, gals a double liter of drink/pop. We’ll start about 9:00 and enjoy lunch about noon.

WaHoo! Supervised Youth Groups can COME DOWN ON FRIDAY and STAY FREE in Keeler or in a Cabin. We’ll start with Games and Icebreakers at 7:30; retire to sleeping spaces about 11:15 with lights out/quiet time at midnight & all enjoy Breakfast at 8:15. Sleeping space is limited to about 75, so first come, first served.

Check out Duffield’s Christian camping programs for 1st graders & up. There’s camps for special-needs adults, a single-parent & child camp, as well as traditional camping experiences for children & youth. Learn more here.
2016-2017 Presbyterian Planning Calendar Order

The Presbytery of Western New York office will once again place a bulk order of the Presbyterian Planning Calendars for churches and individuals in the presbytery. The planning calendar features:
  • Monthly calendar pages from June 2016 through December 2017
  • Lectionary for the Lord's Day and special days
  • Colors for the liturgical seasons
  • Liturgical days, programmatic emphases and secular holidays
  • Monthly planning suggestions and resource listing
  • Synod, presbytery and General Assembly staff directories
  • Foldout synod, presbytery and world maps in color
  • User-friendly size—easily fits into a binder
Orders must be received at the Presbytery Office no later than April 29, 2016. The total cost for the 2016-2017 calendar is only $9.00 per copy if we can order 50 or more – Presbytery is paying for the shipping to the Presbytery office. (If ordered individually, the calendars are $14.95 + shipping each!)

Click here for the order form.
Niagara/Northeast Branch Meeting

Please mark your calendars and spread the word about the next meeting of the Niagara/Northeast Branch of the Presbytery. 

Monday, April 25, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
North Presbyterian, North Tonawanda
168 Payne Ave.

For the meal, those who wish may bring a dish to share.  Those who prefer not to bring a covered dish may put in a few dollars for pizza.  Either way, we'd like to know who plans to attend.

Stuart Buisch,, 716-713-6488
Mary Beth Karr,, 716-870-6276
Branch Co-conveners

Churches in the Niagara/Northeast Branch are Alden, Amherst, Bacon Memorial, Clarence, Crittenden, Island United, Lewiston, Lockport, New Hope Korean, Niagara, Niagara Falls, North/North Tonawanda, North/Williamsville, Riverside, Third/North Tonawanda, Tonawanda Indian and Youngstown.
Summer Campership Application

Spring is almost here which means summer is just around the corner and so is the camping season!  Please post applications for Christian Camping in your church newsletters and areas where families gather so they are able to avail themselves of an application for a camp scholarship!  Summertime is a great opportunity for children and youth to learn about the story of God's love; the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Spirit's work in the world in outdoor based settings.  Please note that applications received after JUNE 1 will not be considered.  If you have any questions or wish to have applications mailed to you; please contact Linda Babcock at

Campership Application:
A Season for New Growth:
A time to plan and plant
  • Have you been to the Resource Center lately? 
  • Have you browsed through our new books and Sunday School curriculum? 
  • Have you chatted with our Christian educators and volunteers? 
Come to our Open House
Thursday, April 28th 4:30-6:30PM
Saturday, April 30th 10AM-Noon
Presbyterian Women
Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Stormy Waters-- Practicing Faith"

Program - practicing faith through workshops:
  • Labyrinth
  • Weaving plastic mats for Homeless
  • Breathing techniques
Wayside Presbyterian Church, Hamburg, NY

Cost is $5.00 for registration and lunch

Worship Leader: Rev. Rachel Brown

Mission action: for Cornerstone Manor
bring beauty and hygiene products

RSVP by April 15 to cluster leader
or to Peggy Fanning, 826-7542

Wayside Presbyterian Church is at 5017 Lake Shore Road (NY Route 5), Hamburg, NY:
church is on corner with Amsdell Road, west of Woodlawn and east of Lakeview.
April 6
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Dennis Duling - 4/7
Stephen Devine - 4/8

Happy Anniversary!
Lance & Peggy Brown - 4/5/1997

Ordination Anniversary
Kenneth Munson 4/6/1960
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
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Around the Presbytery

April 6
Welcome Spring Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

April 9
Downsizing and Estate Planning Conversation at Presbyterian Village at North Church

April 9
10 AM - Science & Faith Book Discussion on “Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology” at Randolph Presbyterian Church: call 358-2521 for more info.

April 12
North Presbyterian Church's Community Shopping Night at Ten Thousand Villages

April 21
Let's Do Lunch Series Continues at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

April 30
"Murder at Mike's" Interactive Mystery Dinner Theater at East Aurora Presbyterian Church

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Job Openings:

Designated Associate Pastor

Eastminster Presbyterian, a 530 member and growing church located on the East Coast of Florida in Indialantic, is seeking applicants for the position of Designated Associate Pastor.  This is a full time position with benefits and a two year renewable term.  Applicants should have passions and backgrounds which include worship leadership; children, youth and family ministry; outreach; pastoral care; and technology.  Experience in a growing church and musical ability are highly valued.  Applications may be sent to  Website is and Facebook is epcflorida.

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