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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
Memorial Service for
Rev. Dr. Philip S. Gittings

A memorial service will be held in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo on Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 PM for Rev. Dr. Philip S. Gittings. A catered reception in the chapel will follow.

Sympathy cards may be sent to Phil’s family as follows:

The Gittings Family
c/o First Presbyterian Church
1 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Phil’s honor to any of these three charities:

  • First Presbyterian Church
    1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
    First Church is Buffalo's oldest congregation, founded in 1812, and its people have a heart for mission. The church offers a food pantry to the community, and holds literacy classes for newly arrived refugees twice a week. Phil served as Interim Pastor for over five years.
  • One Symphony Circle, Inc.
    1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
    This separate 501 (c) (3) is charged with the preservation of the historic E.B. Green-designed building that is one of Buffalo's architectural gems. Phil was instrumental in helping establish the organization.
  • The JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (“Falletta Competition”)
    c/o The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
    499 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Community Soup Dinner
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
University Presbyterian Church, Main Street at Niagara Falls Blvd., Buffalo

Dinner to fund small projects (average $500) proposed by young people ages 15 to 25 to benefit the Buffalo community. Attendees decide which proposal receives proceeds from the meal of soup, salad, bread, dessert, and beverage. The more diners, the larger the grant to the winning proposal!
Cost: $5.00 at the door
Phone: (716) 836-7660
Learn more here.
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. 

GA222 registration is open

Celebration dinner for Gradye Parsons among events

Registration is open for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where some 3,000 Presbyterians and others will gather to conduct the business of the denomination, worship, and fellowship.

Mid council staff, theological institution staff, and observers can now go online to sign up for the biennial assembly set for June 18–25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Commissioners, advisory delegates, General Assembly agency staff and elected members, and other invited guests are receiving emails with special links to use for assembly registration.

Attendees are encouraged, among other things, to review the assembly docket, information about assembly hotels, and the schedule of events prior to registering. Many optional events will require a ticket, which can be purchased during registration. Among them will be a dinner celebrating the ministry of retiring Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons on Wednesday night of the assembly.

Paul Raushenbush, senior vice president for public engagement at Auburn Theological Seminary, will give the address honoring Parsons’ thirty-seven years of service to the denomination. “I’m honored to speak at the dinner recognizing the important contributions of the Reverend Gradye Parsons’ leadership and to address this extraordinary Kairos moment for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Church as a whole,” he said.

From 2009 to 2015, Raushenbush was executive editor of global spirituality and religion at The Huffington Post. The dinner is free for commissioners and advisory delegates, and arrangements will be made for those who wish to attend the celebration without taking part in the meal.

General Assembly attendees will receive an email notification from General Assembly Meeting Service once payment is processed and registration is confirmed; normally within one business day. Those requesting a reservation in an assembly hotel will receive a lodging assignment notice at a later date.

Registration deadlines are:

  • April 15 for commissioners, advisory delegates, agency staff, and mid council staff and seminary staff who will have assigned seating,
  • May 9 for other participants requesting assembly housing,
  • June 3 for advance registration and ticket sales,
  • June 3 for cancellation deadline (registration fees, less a cancellation fee of $25 or 15 percent of total registration/ticket fees, whichever is greater, will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received by this date). Other than for canceled events, General Assembly Meeting Service does not refund payment for ticket orders canceled after May 30.
March 8
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Lee Holliday - 3/8
William James Hardy - 3/13
Today in the
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Around the Presbytery

March 10, 11, & 12
Jesus Christ Superstar at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

March 11
Lenten Fish Fry and Theme Tray Raffle at Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church

March 11
"Inside Out" Movie Night at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

March 12
Vocalis Chamber Choir at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

March 13
Freudig Singers and Buffalo Brass Choir present "Gloria" at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

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 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

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

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