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Summer Campership Application

Spring is almost here which means summer is just around the corner and so is the camping season!  Please post applications for Christian Camping in your church newsletters and areas where families gather so they are able to avail themselves of an application for a camp scholarship!  Summertime is a great opportunity for children and youth to learn about the story of God's love; the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Spirit's work in the world in outdoor based settings.  Please note that applications received after JUNE 1 will not be considered.  If you have any questions or wish to have applications mailed to you; please contact Linda Babcock at

Campership Application:
A Season for New Growth:
A time to plan and plant
  • Have you been to the Resource Center lately? 
  • Have you browsed through our new books and Sunday School curriculum? 
  • Have you chatted with our Christian educators and volunteers? 
Come to our Open House
Thursday, April 28th 4:30-6:30PM
Saturday, April 30th 10AM-Noon
New Resources at the Resource Center

If you haven’t been to the Resource Center recently, here are some of the new books and resources on our shelves.
  • Jesus, Pope Francis and a Protestant Walk Into a Bar:  Lessons for the Christian Church by Paul Rock and Bill Tammeus.This book begins with the joke, “Jesus, the pope and a Protestant walk into a bar. When the bartender asks, “What will it be?” Jesus winks at his companions and says, “Just three glasses – and keep the pitchers of water coming.”This book encourages conversations so people will understand other faith traditions more deeply.  This book offers reflections on scripture, Pope Francis and the Christian faith with questions at the end of each chapter to further your study and discussion.
  • A Year Without Purchase: One Family’s Quest to Stop Shopping and Start Connecting, by Scott Dannemiller. This book recounts one family’s decision to stop shopping for one year.Often hilarious and always thought-provoking, Dannemiller discovers what his family actually needs instead of what they want.He also has great insights into his family and himself without new stuff.Good read with an appendix of practical tips they learned from their experience.
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. In our world of filled with misinformation and fear of the unknown, this book explains the origins and evolution of Islam.This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade in a new preface and final chapter. Aslan writes eloquently of Islam, a misunderstood faith.
  • We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation by Brian D. McLaren. This book offers 52 chapters of weekly readings organized around the church year.Each chapter has three scripture passages and ends with discussion questions.This book is designed both for seekers to Christianity and for long-term Christians who are looking for a fresh perspective.
The Resource Center located in North Presbyterian Church at 300 North Forest Road in Williamsville is staffed Monday through Thursday from 10AM to 1PM and also Monday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 7PM.  If you have any questions, please call 631-0979.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to water contamination in small New York community

Hoosick Falls prepares for long-term recovery

Reports of water contamination in U.S. communities appear to be happening more frequently than before. What used to be perceived as an international problem is now occurring in our own backyards. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance recently deployed a National Response Team to the small community of Hoosick Falls, New York.

The contamination was actually discovered in the community of 3,500 in 2014. Perflorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) is a known carcinogen once used in the manufacturing of non stick coating such as Teflon. The source was traced to a factory currently owned by Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Now the contamination has reached municipal wells in addition to several private wells outside the village.

“This disaster is still unfolding and its also unfolding in neighboring communities in New York and Vermont,” said Katherine ‘Cully’ Culpepper, PDA National Response Team lead. “Everybody hears about Flint, Michigan because it is all over the national news, but this is an issue that is bubbling up in other communities across the nation and is going to come to the forefront as a serious and growing concern for all of us.”

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March 22: Spring Break
'All Day Youth Fling'

Youth and their Adult Advisors, join in for all
or part of the day.  RSVPs Needed!
PART 1. 9:30-1:30. Meaningful Mission Work at St Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo
  • Help in and around the kitchen
  • Prepare and serve lunch to their less fortunate clients
  • Organize and sort their clothing rooms and food pantry
PART 2. 2-4:30. Reflections, Games, Icebreakers, Snacks & FUN at Deerhurst Church. Cost: guys bring a bag of snacks, gals a double liter of pop to share.
PART 3. 5-7. Niagara Climbing Center. 75 minutes of Rock Climbing followed by Pizza/Pop in their Party Room.   Permission slips for climbers under age 18 are NECESSARY, and can be printed or even completed online. Cost: $20.00 pp if climbing and eating, $10 pp if just eating.
Please RSVP by March 12 to Rich Lash- cell/text: 622-1922 or
March 15
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Paul Couch - 3/21
Richard Young - 3/21

Ordination Anniversary
Elena Delgado - 3/19/1999
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:
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Around the Presbytery

March 16
Service of Wholeness and Healing at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

March 17
Let's Do Lunch Series Begins for Spring at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

March 18
Requiem Concert to Benefit United Church of Ellicottville Food Pantry

March 20
Lenten Pancake Breakfast and Basket Raffle at Faith United Presbyterian Church

March 20
Chicken Barbeque Spring Dinner at Lockport Presbyterian Home

March 25
Good Friday Men and Boys Breakfast, sponsored by Niagara Presbyterian Church

March 25
"Come Walk With Me" Easter Cantata at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

April 9
Downsizing and Estate Planning Conversation at Presbyterian Village at North Church

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