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PYC Hunger Banquet

Sunday, March 6
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
(Fellowship Hall)
4369 South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY  14127
RSVP by March 4 to:
(Linda Babcock ~ 863-2801)
PYC Youth and Advisors are cordially invited to enjoy - or not, depending on your “world” classification - a meal, activities and a speaker about hunger.  Be prepared to leave with a full tummy or the same empty feeling which 85% of the world’s population goes to bed with each night.
Admission = $1.25 per person which is the amount that 1.4 billion people in developing countries live on per day.  We will be passing a plate!
Guest Speaker: 14 year old Serene Shibly who visited a Syrian Refugee Camp in Lebanon over Christmas Break!

Niagara/Northeast Branch Meeting

Join churches and clergy, including retired and at-large, on February 29, at 6:30 p.m., at North Church.
Food, fellowship, worship and connecting. Simple meal at 6:30 p.m. No charge.
We’ll eat, pray and get to know one another, closing by 8:00 p.m.
This is not a business meeting. Church members    attending can be church officers or not. For planning purposes, we ask that folks register by email or text by February 22 to
Stuart Buisch or Mary Beth Karr:   (716-713-6488)        (716-870-6276)
Special Worship at Crittenden Presbyterian Church

On Sunday March 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. Crittenden Presbyterian Church is having a special worship to honor and thanks those who have lead worship, been a member, or have needed our church through the 110 years of worship at Crittenden. 
Network of Religious Communities Updates

Annual Meeting Summary

The well attended Network of Religious Communities Annual Meeting, held Thursday evening February 4, 2016 held at the Hindu Cultural Society and Temple, revealed the significance of spirituality and medicine and healing.

In his presentation Dr David Holmes added Spirituality to the Bio, Psycho, Social Model of Health and medical condition.  Dr Khalid Qazi, Dr Jeannette Ludwig, Rev Jeff Carter and Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein each shared their traditions teachings on healthcare, healing and and the end of life.

17 persons who provided leadership in the Spirituality and Medicine program for UB Medical Students were recognized and honored for their contribution.

Sue Tannehill was elected President and Mary Jane Russell was elected Treasurer of the NRC for 2016.
Tandoori India Restaurant provided and excellent Indian meal for 124 persons.

The Hindu Cultural Society was a wonderful host and provided a guided tour of the Temple following the meeting.

Looking for a small suite of offices for your religious or non-profit organization?
The NRC has two small connecting offices located on the second floor (elevator available) of its building at 1272 Delaware Avenue.
Offices are 112 sq ft and  128 sq ft with connecting doors and  internal storage space.  Utilities, internet, meeting space and parking included.  Phone service, copy and fax machines available. The total annual cost of the connecting offices, with utilities, is $3,000.00.
For information call 716-882-4793 or email

Help the Hungry
Support the Network of Religious Communities Hunger Programs
Food Pantry:
NRC Food Pantry Open 10 AM - 2 PM Tuesdays & 2 PM - 5:30 PM Wednesdays. For information, to donate food, or to volunteer call 716-882-4793
Food Stamp Assistance:
Genesee County - 585-815-5721
Erie County - 716-882-7750

Hunger Advocacy
Become a hunger volunteer: Contact Kelly and 716-882-7705 or email

2016 Annual Appreciation Dinner
6:00 PM Tuesday May 3, 2016
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.
Save the date and choose your honorees!
For information call 716-882-4793

Presbyterian Women takes on children's education, literacy: This and much more in Presbyterian Women's first-quarter newsletter!

Learn more about the Be Amazed poster campaign, see the 2016 Birthday Offering order form, print the 2016–2017 Bible study flier, hear about updates to the Healthy Women Healthy Families program in time for Mother's Day, read highlights from synod and presbytery groups, find mission news and ideas, and lots more, in Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA)'s first quarterly newsletter of 2016. This issue is dated February–April 2016 and reflects news reported through January 31, 2016.

Click here to download the newsletter. If you know someone who is not receiving our emails, but would like to, contact Patricia Longfellow.

Click here to learn right away about PW's education focus for the 2015–2018 triennium and May's Together in Action Days around the issue of children's literacy. Have a favorite book that nurtures children's minds and spirits? Send it in!

Click here to see the first in the Be Amazed poster series.
February 11
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:

Presbytery of National Capital

Mission Yearbook Online

Due to the high cost of printing the yearly Mission Yearbook, beginning in 2016 it will begin being provided in digital format only. Click on the link above to see each daily entry. It is no longer being published in its annual entirety, but is released a month or two at a time.
Around the Presbytery

February 12
Lenten Fish Fry at Lockport Presbyterian Home

February 13
Rummage Sale at Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church

February 18
Festival of Faiths with Network of Religious Communities at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

February 21
Yuki Numata Resnick, Violinist & Violist, Performs at Clarence Presbyterian Church

February 24
Lenten Suppers and Health Care Conversations Begin at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

March 4-5
You've Gotta Have Art Festival at Clarence Presbyterian Church

March 6
Women's Mini Retreat at Hamburg Presbyterian Church

March 20
Chicken Barbeque at Lockport Presbyterian Home

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Job Postings

Parish Administrator – Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville

Vibrant church seeks dedicated professional with excellent organizational and communication skills in key role facilitating life of parish. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Publisher or similar graphic design.  Prepare worship bulletins, announcements, e-newsletters, maintain parish records, databases, website, social media postings. Coordinate volunteers, assist Rector and staff. Ability to maintain confidentiality, attention to detail, and hospitable demeanor, interacting with parishioners, clergy, guests and vendors. Open to all religious affiliations, but members of parish inelligible. 30 hrs/week with benefits. Resumes to Rev. Dr. Judith Lee, Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St, Williamsville, NY 14221 or by email.

Shared Youth Director

Two Presbyterian churches in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, (North Presbyterian and University Presbyterian) seek an enthusiastic Youth Director possessing good sense, tireless energy, and great organization to lead our youth in grades 7 through 12 in Christian fellowship.

The successful candidate will plan and supervise monthly fellowship activities with educational and fun programs that reflect our mission statement and maintain communications with all participating youth between fellowship activities in a way that builds a sense of caring Christian community.

Compensation will be $1,100 per month based upon an estimated need to dedicate 24 to 36 hours, with an average of 30 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. Resumes will be accepted until 5:00pm, Monday, February 15, 2016.

Buffalo City Mission

Our brothers and sisters at Buffalo City Mission are looking for candidates for current employment opportunities to serve on their team.  They asked us to spread the word, and they mentioned the following positions:  Food Service Attendant; Thrift Store Clerk; Major Gifts Officer; Manager, Donor Relations; Resident Coordinator – Buffalo City Mission; and Resident Coordinator – Cornerstone Manor.  More information is available on their website by clicking here. 

Part-time Christian Education Director (20 hours/week, salaried)

First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo is hiring a part-time Christian Education Director to facilitate growth and retention of Sunday school classes, serve as representative to the Christian Education Committee and moderate monthly meetings, help with the recruitment and training of volunteer Sunday school teachers and nursery staff, plan Adult Christian Education programs and facilitate classes when required, and assist with special ministries and events during the program year.

The ideal candidate will be organized, motivated, and visionary, with a passion for Christian Education ministry that nurtures the faith of its participants; and demonstrate the ability to prioritize, problem solve, manage change and multiple projects, and have an inviting and approachable demeanor and the ability to lead, engage, and encourage others.

Send resumes to First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201 or

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.

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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