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Presbytery of Western New York
Presbytery Meeting Digest
November 21, 2015  

Present:   Teaching Elders – 27; Ruling Elders – 37; Christian Educators - 1: Council Members – 4; Guests – 4.  

Highlights of Presbytery:
  • Council presented the first draft of the plan for branches.
  • Recognition of Bronwen Boswell’s service to the Presbytery and wider church.
  • Outreach Ministry Team announced the five grant recipients:  Community Mission of Niagara Frontier, Inc., Family Promise, Love Inc of Springville, Genesis House of Olean and Jericho Road Ministries.
  • First reading of the proposed 2016 Budget  
Action Items:
  • Moved that all ministry teams entering a time of Sabbath that currently have a representative on Council will retain their representation on Presbytery Council.  Those ministry teams include Outreach Ministry, Congregational Transformation, Discipleship & Nurture & Clergy Recruitment, Retirement & Retention. 
  • Slate from the Nominating Committee for Committees was approved
  • General Assembly Commissioners:  Teaching Elders: Justin Marple, Dick Young; Alternate: Rachel  Brown; Ruling Elders: Gladys Gifford, MaryAnn MacDonald; YAD Helen Siegel; Alternate Jackson Collis
  • Moved to sell the Rice Road Property for $175,000
  • Formed two Administrative Commissions: (1) Union Blasdell to seek a gracious separation as the church requested to be transferred to the Evangelical Presbyterian church, (2) Crittenden to assist in the closing of the church.
  • Enrolled Rev. Dr Heather McDivitt as Inquirer for Preparation  of Ministry    
Next Meeting of Presbytery:
January 30, 2016
Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church
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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 1
Clergy Celebrations
Happy Birthday!
Tom Yorty - 12/2
Lewis Bigler - 12/4
Gordon Foster - 12/6
John McClester - 12/7

Ordination Anniversary
David Crapnell - 12/4/2005

Wedding Anniversary
Mark & Joan Woodward - 12/5/1992
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
Around the Presbytery

December 3 & 4
Holiday Bazaar at Lockport Presbyterian Home

December 4
Holiday Vacation Bible School at Faith United Presbyterian Church

December 5
A Christmas Carol starring Mike Randall at Kenmore Presbyterian Church

December 5
Classic Bag Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

December 5
Annual Cookie House at Randolph United Presbyterian Church, 9 AM til Sold Out!

December 5 & 6
Alternative Christmas Marketplace at Fredonia Presbyterian Church

December 6
Artisan Fair at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

December 6
Service of Lessons and Carols at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

December 11
Rainbow Singers Holiday Concert at 7 PM at Riverside Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls

December 12
Breakfast with Santa at Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church

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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