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Presbytery of Western New York
2016 Mission Yearbook Story

The 2016 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is being written now.  Do you want to contribute?  We are looking for a story of inspiration and impact – is there something, or someone in, your church that has been inspirational or made an impact in your life?  Are you willing to write the story about it?  If so, contact Jan in the office – or 668-1995 – so she can get the guidelines to you.  The deadline for the story is January 1, 2016, so contact Jan right away!
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 
Congregation-Based CPE Class in Western New York
February to June 2016 
Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) teaches pastoral leadership and pastoral care for clergy and lay ministers in the church from a Bowen Family Systems Theory perspective.  It is designed for experienced pastors, lay workers, and ministers and seminarians new to pastoral work.  Ministers strengthen their pastoral and leadership skills, address tension and conflict in the church, and work on their personal growth in ministry.  The program focuses on in depth systemic change and leadership development that reduces congregational anxiety and addresses long-term issues in the church.
CPE in Greater Buffalo/Rochester NY Area – February-June 2016: one day/week
The application form can be found on the CPE web site.
Congregation-Based CPE includes three creative components:
  • Emphasis on pastoral and leadership issues and use of self in ministry.
  • Consultation on ministry and theological reflection using the case study CPE format.
  • Application of Bowen Family Systems Theory to congregational life.
Participants use their experience in their own churches and other settings as the “clinical material” for learning in the small group process of five to eight students under supervision.  The program explores the dynamics of the congregation using the systems theory developed by Dr. Murray Bowen and applied to church leadership by Dr. Edwin Friedman.  Participants explore how their position in their family of origin impacts their use of self in ministry, and they work to manage anxiety and maximize strengths.
The CPE program curriculum includes (1) case material from congregational ministry, (2) family of origin work, (3) presentations and discussions on systems theory, theology, and pastoral ministry, and (4) consultation with the supervisor and group reflection time designed to strengthen ministry.  Contact Rev. Robert Spilman for further information.
The Rev. Robert C. Spilman
363 Darwin Drive, Amherst, NY  14226
(Tel.) 716-479-7933 (cell); 716-743-9117 (Samaritan Center office)
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 29
Clergy Celebrations
Happy Birthday! 
Lance Brown - 9/30 
Kenneth Munson - 10/4
Stacy Otto - 10/5

Happy Anniversary!
Robert & Lena Bellingham - 10/1/1955

Ordination Anniversary
Bryan Powell - 9/29/1991
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Around the Presbytery

September 29
Fall University Express Begins at Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village

October 7
Octoberfest Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

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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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