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Presbytery of Western New York
Presbyterian Polity
and the New Book of Order

Presbyterian Polity is the day-to-day expression of our Reformed Theology in action. This practical course will help people understand how the Presbyterian Church works and how the Book of Order has changed.

Session 1: September 26, (9:30 am-1:30pm - bring a lunch)
Session 1 will focus on the first part of the Book of Order: “The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity.”

Sessions 2-7: October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7, and 14 ( 9 am-noon)
Sessions 2-7 will go into detail, examining practical questions from churches. We will test our knowledge with case studies.

Texts needed: Book of Order 2015-2017, Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers, Fourth Edition by Joan S. Gray and Joyce C. Tucker

Where will Presbyterian Polity be taught??
Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217

  • The Rev. Dr. Howard Boswell is the current Moderator of the Presbytery of Western New York and Pastor of Kenmore Presbyterian Church. His dissertation/project for his Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary was “God Alone is Lord of the Conscience: Guidelines for Communal Discernment for Sessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).” It required extensive research into the history and current practice of the office of ruling elder.
  • The Rev. Bronwen Boswell is the Presbyter for Discipleship, Communication, and Transformation for the Presbytery of Western New York. Formerly, she was Stated Clerk and she served as parliamentarian to the General Assembly Committee that worked on the New Form of Government.
This course will be beneficial to:
  • People who want learn how to help their church function smoothly
  • People who desire to update their skills in new Book of Order changes
  • Church officers, Clerks of Session, people who wish to grow in their own faith and understanding
  • People interested in becoming Commissioned Ruling Elders
Kenan Center & First Presbyterian Church of Lockport to Present Lauren Winner, Author and Lecturer on Christian Spirituality
The Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church of Lockport are proud to present a talk by author, lecturer, and professor of Christian spirituality, Lauren Winner, Saturday, September 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kenan Center Taylor Theater, 433 Locust Street, Lockport.
Publisher's Weekly has called Winner: "A writer of spiritual substance and grace-filled style." Richard Rohr, a member of the Franciscan order, and one of the most widely recognized authors of books on contemporary spirituality says of Winner: "(she) opens up Scripture in ways that are loyal to the Great Tradition and yet readable, faith-filled, and applicable to the world we actually live in."
Winner is the author of the bestselling autobiographical memoir, Girl Meets God (2004), written in her 20s about her conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Anglican Christianity. Winners' breakthrough book has been described as "cliché-less," "winsome and insightful," and "unusually challenging and satisfying," and established her as one of the young voices in Christian writing. She went on to write Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity (2006), Mudhouse Sabbath (2007), Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis (2013); and Wearing God. (2015)
A former book editor for Beliefnet, Winner has appeared on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, and Christianity Today. Her essays have been included in The Best Christian Writing 2000 and The Best Christian Writing 2002.
In addition to her writing, Winner holds degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and a Ph.D. in history. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Christian Spiritualty at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina. She travels extensively to lecture and teach. During the academic year of 2007-2008, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and during the academic year of 2010-2011, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She was recently ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
The Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church jointly launched the Speaker Series in 2013 as a way to bring thoughtful discourse to the campus on wide-ranging topics related to religion and faith. The Center and Church see the introduction of the Speaker Series as a way to engage the community in conversations with noted educators, writers, and faith leaders on issues of contemporary concern, taking the Chautauqua Institution as a model.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students (high school or college) with ID. Advance purchase is highly recommended as seats are limited to 150. Tickets may be purchased at the Kenan Center Business Office, 433 Locust St., Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling 716-433-2617 to charge by phone. Tickets will also be available at the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, 21 Church St.  A reception in the Kenan House will follow at 5:00 p.m. A limited number of Winner's books will be for sale. Winner will also preach the sermon at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. A coffee hour reception will follow.
A discussion of Winner's book, Girl Meets God, will take place on Monday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Lockport Public Library. All are welcome.
Winner's program is the second in the Kenan Speaker Series with generous funding from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
Presbyterian Foundation
Planned Giving Workshops

Consider how you will invite your congregation to tell the story of God's grace and love, not just today,  but for generations to come. Regardless of our position or rank within economic strata, we all possess the ability to leave a testament regarding what is truly important in our lives.  What resources are available to congregations and what are some of the best-practices for planned giving? 
We hope you will dedicate your time to attending one of two Composing a Legacy: Live Forward, Give Forward workshops hosted by the Presbytery of Western New York on Thursday, October 1, 2015. From wills and bequests to trust establishment, this workshop will raise awareness of available resources in order to motivate and facilitate members in crafting their legacy. The Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation will be leading this effort.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hamburg Presbyterian Church                               
177 Main St.                                                           
Hamburg, NY 14075 

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
North Presbyterian Church of Williamsville
300 North Forest Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221
Please RSVP online at Clergy and lay leaders are encouraged to attend, and congregations may feel free to send multiple representatives.  If you do not have online access, please RSVP to Ellie Johns-Kelley at 855-251-8212.
2015 Leadership Development Event
Jazz, Improvisation, & the Church
Presented by the Discipleship & Nurture Ministry Team of the Presbytery of Western New York
Friday, October 16
Registration 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Concert by Bill Carter & the Presbybop Quartet (Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet are the best known musicians playing sacred jazz in the United States.)
Saturday, October 17
Registration 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote by Bill Carter
Followed by:"Improvisation for Church Leaders"
  • Learn and practice the tools of improvisational comedy to create an environment of acceptance, change and growth. Discover just how much they have in common with the way of Jesus. Facilitated by Drew Ludwig
"Getting the Band Together"
  • Recruiting volunteers and calling forth gifts. Facilitated by members of the Discipleship & Nurture Ministry Team
Event ends at 12:45 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church-724 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209
Friday, Dinner & Concert ~ $20.00           
Saturday Breakfast & Program ~ $10.00
Both Events~ $25.00

Group Discounts              
$60 - Total for 3 - 5 people from the same church - both days
$125 - Total for 6 - 10 people from the same church - both days
Childcare will be available-please RSVP name and age of child(ren).
Save The Date:
Fall Junior/Senior High Youth Retreat
Looking for a Great way to energize your Youth program? Here's a "turn key" opportunity where Youth and their Leaders will experience a "big conference," even if you only bring 2 or 3.
October 23-24-25 is the upcoming Fall Jr./Sr. High Youth Retreat, being held at Duffield Camp and Retreat Center in Delevan NY. Space is limited to the first 115 paid reservations- $80 per participant. Registration opening soon.
We're bringing ideas and energy from the 2015 Montreat Youth Conference right here to Western NY. You'll be blown away by this Faith Building weekend full of FUN, Excitement, Energizers, Small Group Discussions, Keynoters, Worship, Music and Scripture. "This Is Our Story" is for YOUR GROUP- no matter how small or big it is! Minimum 1 adult per up to 5 youth.
To pre-register or for more information contact Mark Aquino (Westminster) or Rich Lash (Deerhurst) (622-1922)
Who is the correct person in your Church to get timely information on multi-church Youth events throughout the Presbytery? Local Mission Projects . . . Youth Worship Services . . . Hunger Banquet . . . Mini-Retreats. Please send Rich their name, church name, and email address to add to our developing list.  Rich Lash (Deerhurst)
September 22
Clergy Celebrations
Happy Birthday! 
Harold Tyson - 9/26
Edwin Sprague - 9/28  

Ordination Anniversary
Donna Kay Lewis - 9/25/1988
James Grant - 9/26/1954
Katherine Evans - 9/28/1996
Diane Phinney - 9/28/1997
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Around the Presbytery

September 28
Fall Vocal Tune-Up led by Holly Bewlay at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

September 29

Fall University Express Begins at Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village

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Job Postings
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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