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Presbytery of Western New York
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.

Travel to East Congo without leaving home!

Pilgrimage focuses on ministries of reconciliation and justice, halting sexual violence


A diverse team of 12 Presbyterians will journey to Goma, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on January 27, to take part in a 10-day World Mission travel-study seminar. This pilgrimage of hope and solidarity is designed to promote understanding of the impact of conflict and sexual violence in this volatile region and to enable Presbyterians to learn best practices for accompanying the Church of Christ in Congo in ministering to survivors of violence.

Participants will have opportunities to hear firsthand from survivors of rape and to observe grassroots initiatives of women leaders of the Church of Christ in Congo to address the multiple needs of trauma survivors. Members of the group expect to visit a wide variety of individuals and locales, including:

  • “Listening Homes” in rural areas;
  • Congregational ministries that help to bind the wounds of conflict and promote reconciliation;
  • Hospitals where survivors receive prenatal care and surgical fistula repair;
  • Medical personnel who can share updates about sexual violence and emerging therapies;
  • Church-affiliated lawyers who challenge the impunity of perpetrators;
  • An interreligious network mobilizing against sexual violence;
  • Representatives from Congolese civil society and field extension workers of the US-based Enough Project to learn more about conflict minerals, the US Dodd-Frank legislation and the conflict-free movement;
  • Stakeholders in a certified mining operation; and
  • A fair-trade coffee farmers’ cooperative involved in the Equal Exchange Congo Coffee Project, which supports programs of health and healing for rape survivors. 

Participants will share their experiences and insights, as well as stories of the courageous witness of our partners and allies in Eastern Congo, on the PC(USA) Reconciliation blog, beginning January 27, so you, too, can be a part of the experience. Please check back regularly for these reflections and share the link with others in your congregation.

Also, please pray for all that God has planned for this journey. In particular, pray for open hearts and minds, that all of the participants—those from the USA and those from the DRC—may understand one another well despite linguistic and cultural boundaries and may discern together the ways in which God is calling us to work in unison to halt violence and promote reconciliation and justice. Please pray for strength, courage, and insight for travelers and hosts alike, and for protection and safety for the people of Eastern Congo.  

Learn more about World Mission’s Speak Up! Stop Sexual Violence campaign led by Shannon Beck, reconciliation catalyst.

Russia Travel Study Seminar
 May 23 - June 4, 2016
 
Exploring the life, faith and ongoing challenges of the Christian church in Russia
These are challenging times in the former Soviet Union, but times have always been challenging in this part of the world. The character of the Russian people is shaped by what they have lived through over the course of generations. The character of Russian churches has also been shaped by the people’s experiences and their suffering. What was it like from within? How did the church survive 70 years of isolation and persecution? What do we have to learn from their experience? What does the witness of Russia’s faithful offer to our understanding of Jesus Christ?  

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the church continues to rebuild and restore the vitality of its ministry. The last 25 years have been a time of tumultuous change and periods of instability. What does it take to rebuild? What was lost and what lessons can we learn from their efforts?

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is in partnership with churches in Russia and partnership is for both the easy times and the more challenging times.  How has partnership in the last 20 years built bridges and restored relationships? What are the bonds that tie us together?

This 13-day trip (including 2 travel days) includes 2 nights in St. Petersburg, 2 nights each in the villages of Davydovo and Smolensk, 4 nights in Moscow and 1 night on an overnight train.  Participants will be away for one Sunday. 

There are still openings so they are extending the deadline for applications. Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist from Fredonia Presbyterian is currently registered for the trip. For more information on the trip click here.
 
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 lindab@oppchurch.org 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 JanT@pbywny.org).   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) RichardLash@roadrunner.com cell/text 622-1922
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 aswofford@upsem.edu 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.
February 2
Today in the
Mission Yearbook:

Presbytery of New York City

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 9
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner at Clarence Presbyterian Church

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 20
Chicken Barbeque at Lockport Presbyterian Home

Submit your church events to be listed at newsletter@pbywny.org
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 lcbroad@earthlink.net 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 email@firstchurchbuffalo.org.

 
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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