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Help Squad Volunteers in the Southern Tier Flood Relief

Seven OPPC members and friends from our Help Squad team traveled to Westfield, NY on Saturday, October 17, to assist with flood relief work.  They were answering the “all call” for help from the Presbytery of Western New York’s Disaster Assistance Coordinator, Jan Tyson.  The volunteers put their hearts and hands to use assisting a family whose home was severely damaged from the summer flooding in that area.  Throughout the day volunteers insulated, hung drywall, taped and compounded the seams for painting plus hung a kitchen cabinet.  The young couple, whose infant was a newborn at the time of the flooding, was so grateful to have escaped their home safely without harm.  The young parents had just purchased the home two months prior to the flooding.  Family members were very grateful for the time and effort our church members donated and showed their appreciation with a basket of apples and grapes from their orchard and vineyard.

Thank you to Ray Syzdlo, Jeff Somerville, Meredith Wilson, Jim Wilson, Jessica Grogan, Cindy Grogan and Tom Grogan for their excellent work. 

If you are interested in volunteering with The Help Squad, please contact Tom Grogan at 725-4931.
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
Alexander and Galpin Grant Application
For SUNY at Buffalo (UB) students only
Scholarship Information:
  • Only full-time students at the University of Buffalo are eligible to apply.
  • First preference is given to undergraduate students.  Second preference is given to graduate students.
  • Scholarships are generally in the $500-$1500 range.  The committee reserves the right to adjust the amount based on how much money is available each year.
  • Students must reapply annually and are not guaranteed an award simply because they received one in the past.  The maximum number of years a student may receive a scholarship is four.
  • First preference is given to students who are members of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Second preference is given to students who are members of the United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church, the United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ or Episcopal churches.  Third preference is given to all other denominations.  Fourth preference is given to students with no religious affiliation.
  • Applicants do not need to be permanent residents of Western New York.
  • If you have any questions, you may e-mail Mary-Diana Pouli at
  • Applications must be received by October 31, 2015.

The Alexander and Galpin grants are administered by Campus Church ConneXion (the mainline Protestant ministry at UB) on behalf of the Presbytery of Western New York.  For more info on C/CC, visit us on Facebook or contact Rev. Stuart Buisch at 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to Southeast coastal flooding

On either side of the river is the tree of life . . . and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:2)

The Southeast coast is experiencing severe and unprecedented flooding. At its height, more than 400 roads, 150 bridges and two major interstates (I-20 and I-95) were closed, isolating the communities that were most in need of comfort and assistance. South Carolina has borne the brunt of the devastation, enduring what has been described as a 1,000-year flood, and for some, more is still to come.

While South Carolina is the area most recently experiencing severe flooding, other parts of the country, including Texas, are still struggling to recover from massive floods that impacted multiple counties and left numerous Presbyterian churches damaged. As the rains finally subside in South Carolina and essential aid begins to arrive, we pray for a community of healing and hope for all those in the midst of this adversity.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is walking alongside impacted mid councils to bring God’s hope and healing to all affected by flooding. Gifts from One Great Hour of Sharing are helping Presbyterian congregations as they reach out to their affected communities to provide emergency provisions like water, food and other supplies to neighbors in need. Members of the PDA National Response Team have been helping with assessments, connecting with long-term recovery groups and serving as a present witness of the larger church during this difficult time.

You can join in the response and encourage those in need by standing in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.


Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000191 to help address the needs of those impacted by the flooding. Gifts can be made online, by phone at 800-872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or by check; mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

  • Learn how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources and share updates with your congregation.
Make Gift of the Heart kits.

Pray for families impacted by flooding through loss of property and livelihood; for first responders and all others who put themselves in harm’s way to care for those impacted; that communities will work together and build stronger relationships and connections; for God’s sustaining grace through it all.

For more information, visit
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.
October 28
Clergy Celebrations
Happy Birthday!
Donald Garrett - 11/2

Ordination Anniversary
Rex Stewart - 11/2/1986
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Around the Presbytery

October 31
Halloween 5K Run at First Presbyterian Church of Westfield

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

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

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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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