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Federal Government to Deport Refugee Families:
Please Call White House

866-961-4293 OR 888-907-2053
From: Rev. John R. Long, (716) 877-6896

These refugee families are mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, who fled to the U.S. in the past couple of years. Those three countries are very dangerous, with gang and drug violence, and corrupt governments. These refugees, many children, have run from persecution, rape, being jailed, torture, and murder. In some cases children came to find parents already here.
To deport these people back to the countries they fled is inhumane, returning them to the danger they ran from. Upon arrival in their home countries they may be killed or abused as they had been. In any case, these deportations will break up families here.
Deporting them is unjust. Many have been held in jail here in the U.S. since they arrived. Our refugee law is complicated and technical. It is very hard to make a case for asylum without a lawyer, and lawyers are not provided. Few have funds for a lawyer. In addition many were not provided individual complete hearings of their case but herded through courts without understanding what was happening –especially if they did not speak English, as many did not.
It is expected that the administration is planning to deport thousands, raiding families, probably schools and work places. There may be violence in these raids and people may be killed. These are people who came seeking mercy, not receiving mercy!
In addition to calling the White House, please contact other elected officials who might be able to help, reach out to the news media, and use social networks.
We know the Bible repeatedly speaks of three protected people, widows, orphans, and “the stranger among you.” As we celebrate Christmas we rediscover that Jesus and his families were refugees themselves, fleeing Herod who was trying to have the baby Jesus killed.

Thank you for whatever you can do.

For additional information:
Laura E. Polk
Manager for Advocacy, Office of Immigration Issues
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Direct: 502-569-5007
Toll-free: 800-888-7228, ext. 5007
Follow us on Twitter: @PCUSAImmigrant
Latin America Working Group
Upcoming Youth Events

Feb 12-13-14-15. Mission trip to Rochester.  Leave Fri evening, back Monday afternoon.  Staying at 3rd Pres and doing meaningful work at Cameron Community Ministries.  $40 plus snacks and $ for a "go out to dinner event".  We are closing out at 40.  8th-12th graders and their advisors.  Let me know your intentions ASAP.  Preregistration plus $25 per person due by Jan 25.

March 6, Orchard Park Presbyterian invites your group to a HUNGER BANQUET from 5:00-7:00.  They are hoping you will like a shorter, mission focused fun event!  Hunger is all around us, and is one of the leading factors of conflict around the world.  Come experience, hear, taste and feel how hunger affects us all.  6th-12th graders with their advisors.  Contact Linda Babcock for more details

March 22.  School break, all day Youth Day for youth (6th-12th) and their advisors.  We’ll start with some meaningful Mission Work in the morning.  Following lunch, we’ll gather at a Church for Fun, fellowship,  games, fellowship and a hot topic discussion.  Around 5 we’ll head to Niagara Climbing Center for rock climbing, snacks and Pizza/pop until about 7.  All Day Cost- about $15 per person.  RSVP March 12

April 23.  Buffalo Riverkeepers Spring Clean-up 10AM-12PM.  We've been asked to take on the clean-up of the mouth of Scajaquada Creek.  We'll need 50-60 volunteers to work hard on this site.  Afterwards, we'll head back to back to Deerhurst to make and enjoy lunch ($7); then fellowship, discussions and games until 3:00.  RSVP by April 11.

July 19-23.  Presbyterian Youth Triennium.  There’s still room on the bus!  Open to rising 9th to graduated 12th graders, but Space is Limited.  About 6,000 from around the World are expected to attend this Life changing Event! Contact Jan in the PWNY office for more details (668-1995 or   Updated information on this was just emailed to you and your church

August.  At least 2 Mission opportunities.  Join Westminster (Buffalo) on their 4 day Middler Mission Camp (grades 5-8) Aug 15-18.  You can join Riverside on a weekend mission trip to Geneva Presbytery.  Watch for more details!

How about hosting an event at your Church?

Rich Lash (Deerhurst) cell/text 622-1922
New Job Opening:
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.
Presbyterian Women
Winter Gathering
"Dangerous Waters-God’s Deliverance"

Saturday, February 6, 2016
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Tonawanda, NY
Cost is $5.00 for registration and lunch

Program Leader: Jenna McArdle, Jericho Road Community Health Center
Worship Leader: Rev. Tracy Daub
Mission action offering: to provide pillows and blankets for Jericho Road Center

RSVP by January 18 to cluster leader or to Peggy Fanning, 826-7542

Directions to First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., Tonawanda, NY: From north or south or east, take NY 384 (Delaware Avenue) to intersection of Delaware, Youngs and Broad.  Take Broad and proceed to church (on left), just before the town square.  From west, go north on NY 266 to Bouck Street, turn right, go two blocks to Broad and turn left, go around the town square and church is on the right.
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.
January 12
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Debra Wright - 1/13
James Grant - 1/17

Happy Anniversary!
Joyce Sirianni & John Owen - 1/13/1978
Martha & Edd Carlson - 1/17/1988
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of WNY

Winter Newsletter
Around the Presbytery

Orchard Park Chorale Accepting New Members for May Concerts - First Rehearsal is January 25

January 23
Still Time to Purchase Tickets!
Robert Burns Dinner at Riverside Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls

January 28-30
Three Performances of Swingtime Canteen at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

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Job Postings

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.

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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