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Presbytery of Western New York
2015 Peacemaking Grant Recipients
Money for the Presbytery Peacemaking Fund is generated by those congregations within the PWNY who participate in the Peacemaking Offering, a special offering of PC(USA). It is received on the first Sunday of October, World Community Sunday and each congregation keeps 25 percent of their local offering to direct to a peacemaking mission of their choice.  The PWNY keeps a portion, which is available for Peacemaking Grants.  In 2015, an additional $1,057 was added to the Presbytery Peacemaking Fund as the peacemaking portion of a Synod grant received in December 2014.
The SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence received a grant of $1,000 to support Camp Peaceprints 2015.  The theme, “Unity in Community,” focused on ways we can increase the unity in our community and make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place.  For more information, or
Global Bridge CEM received a grant of $1,000 to establish a central office at Concerned Ecumenical Ministry, 286 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo NY.  Global Bridge will provide services to the members of the African refugee community who live nearby.  For more information contact Catharine Rieley-Goddard,
Genesis House of Olean NY received a grant of $500 to refurbish their men’s shelter, which consisted of painting the interior walls of the house.  The painting was done by volunteers from the Halfway House in Westons Mills NY.  For more information contact Linore Lounsbury,
Presbytery Group Health Insurance Plan for 2016
The Presbytery has a group health Insurance plan with Blue Cross / Blue Shield of WNY for 2016.  The plan is open to churches with non-ordained staff members working at least 20 hours a week.  There are four BC/BS medical plan options to choose from, and a Guardian Dental plan is also available.  Please contact Dale Harten at the Presbytery office (ASAP) for more information, and to complete enrollment by the end of 2015.  Thank you.

Presbyterian Senior Care Board Nominations Sought

Presbyterian Senior Care, which was incorporated in 1957 as a 501(c)(3) organization, is currently accepting nominations for both Presbyterian Senior Care and Presbyterian Senior Care Foundation Boards of Directors.
Our mission is to “enhance the life experience of aging persons in western New York through a dedicated team who provides a range of services and residential options”.
Presbyterian Senior Care currently operates three communities:
  • KenTon Presbyterian Village, which provides affordable housing to individuals over 62, and individuals under the age of 62, with a mobility impairment.  We provide an option to receive supportive services which allow our residents to age in place.
  • Lockport Presbyterian Home, an adult care facility which provides 24 hour care similar to assisted living to our residents who are over 62 year of age.
  • Presbyterian Village at North Church in Williamsville, which provides gracious worry free independent living options for seniors over the age of 62. 
Presbyterian Senior Care is in the third year of an aggressive strategic plan which is forward thinking and dedicated to assuring that we provide the communities and services this and future generations of seniors desire.
We are currently pursuing nominees to our Boards with the following areas of expertise: Banking and/or Investment, Elder Law, Financial Planning, Insurance, Senior Services, PR/Marketing and Strategic Planning.  We are also interested in nominations of western New York clergy, local business owners and leaders in WNY corporations.
Individuals interested in more information about this opportunity, should contact Karin Ziegler, President and CEO at or 716.631.0123.
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Upcoming Multi-Church
Youth Group Events
Save the dates for these upcoming events:
Dec 29.  Tuesday, Christmas Break Youth Group Day. 9AM-9PM. All day or parts of it. Meaningful Mission work, recreation, dinner, discussion, fellowship & games.  6th - 12th
Jan 15-16-17. Martin Luther King Winter Weekend 2: Fri evening to Sun morning. 6th-12th
Feb 13-14-15-16. Presidents Day weekend mission trip to Rochester.  Fri evening to Monday afternoon.  Staying at 3rd Pres and working at Cameron Community Ministries and other sites.  8th-12th graders and their advisors
March 6, Orchard Park Presbyterian hosts a HUNGER BANQUET from 5:00-7:00.  6th -12th
April 23.  Buffalo Riverkeepers Spring Clean-up 10AM-3PM. Need 50-60 volunteers. 
July 19-23.  Presbyterian Youth Triennium.  The Presbytery of WNY is providing a bus and Adult Advisors to this Life Changing Event.  Rising 9th to graduated 12th.
August.  Middler Mission Camp and a Weekend mission trip to Geneva Presbytery.
If you would like more information, or know someone else that should also be receiving emails about upcoming youth events, please email Rich Lash at or Mark Aquino at
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary's CLP/CRE Program and Spring Course Offerings

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that we will be offering nine online courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders in our CLP/CRE lay ministry program, scheduled from February 1 to May 13. 
Introduction to Old Testament – Rev. Martin Benckhuysen
Introduction to New Testament – Dr. Jim Gunn
Christian Education – Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis
Pastoral Care – Dr. Beth McCaw
Reformed Theology – Dr. Gary Eller
Introduction to Preaching – Dr. Robert Hoch
Presbyterian Polity – Dr. Scott Nesbitt
Reformed Worship & Sacraments – Dr. Robert Hoch
NEW SPRING COURSE OFFERING:  Christian Leadership Ethics – Dr. Richard Shaffer
For the 2015-2016 academic year, we have added two new courses to our CLP/CRE course lineup.  During the Fall 2015 semester we offered Church Administration and Finance with Dr. Phillip Jamieson, and in the Spring 2016 term we are offering Christian Leadership Ethics which I am teaching. Christian Leadership Ethics will examine topics like sexual misconduct, confidentiality, boundaries, money, youth programs, volunteers, etc. and the implications for ministry.  Both are essential for anyone who is preparing for successful service in the church.
Application and course information for our CLP/CRE program can be found at and then click on “CLP/CRE Info” in the “Welcome” box under the news feed.
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.
December 15
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Jeffrey Grove - 12/17
Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist - 12/17
Ordination Anniversary
Carol Evans LeBlanc - 12/15/1985

Happy Anniversary!
John & Joan Graham - 12/19/1959
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Around the Presbytery

December 20
Christmas Pageant at North Presbtyerian Church of Williamsville

December 20
Christmas Carol Candlelight Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

December 23
Blue Christmas Service at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

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

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Job Postings
MacAlpine Presbyterian Church - Vibrant and diverse East Side congregation seeks pastor to preach and lead Sunday worship; moderate Session; provide visitation and conduct funerals.  30 hours per month.  Monthly compensation and mileage provided.
Contact Deborah Leeper, 834-1345.

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.
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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