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Congregation's Mission Project Brings Comfort to Victims
of Child Abuse

Today is the Presbytery of Western New York's Mission Yearbook day - here is our story this year:

Being mindful of mission opportunities locally as well as worldwide, we discovered such an opportunity one day when we stumbled upon a group gathered in our local mall, creating tied fleece blankets. The recipient of these blankets was the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center, which provides multidisciplinary services in cases of child abuse. When children come to the center, the staff provides them with comforting items—a toy, a book, a fleece blanket. What a comfort a fuzzy blanket can be! The idea of creating blankets to benefit the center was brought to the mission committee of First Presbyterian Church of Portville, New York,and voilà! The Fun Fleece Festival was born!

In its ninth year, the Fun Fleece Festival is an ecumenical and intergenerationalevent. Local churches and community members are invited to participate. Men, women, and children pitch in to help, and what a great bonding event it is! Stories are shared, food is eaten, and many, many blankets are made. Who benefits? Certainly the children serviced by the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center. But all who participate in the Fun Fleece Festival benefit in a big way! What a good feeling to know that the blanket you created will help a child through a very tough time in his or her life. 

To view the Fun Fleece Festival:

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:
Camp Duffield
Youth Group Work Day

Saturday, June 4 from 9:00-4:00. Youth Groups MUST provide their own Adult Supervision. Open to Youth grades 6th-12th. RSVP to or call/text me at 622-1922 by May 30 (or earlier)
Join Youth Groups and their Advisors and help get the Camp ready for Summer. There will be plenty of trails and tree limbs to clean-up, buildings to paint & other Meaningful Volunteer Work! Cost is $5.00 per person plus guys bring a bag of snacks, gals a double liter of drink/pop. We’ll start about 9:00 and enjoy lunch about noon.

WaHoo! Supervised Youth Groups can COME DOWN ON FRIDAY and STAY FREE in Keeler or in a Cabin. We’ll start with Games and Icebreakers at 7:30; retire to sleeping spaces about 11:15 with lights out/quiet time at midnight & all enjoy Breakfast at 8:15. Sleeping space is limited to about 75, so first come, first served.

Check out Duffield’s Christian camping programs for 1st graders & up. There’s camps for special-needs adults, a single-parent & child camp, as well as traditional camping experiences for children & youth. Learn more here.
Jericho Road Global Gala

Jericho Road Community Health Center, Buffalo's growing global health care ministry, will be holding its annual GLOBAL GALA on Friday June 10th at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Downtown Buffalo to raise moneys for its African clinics.
This year's GLOBAL GALA celebrates Jericho's Sierra Leone clinic that began saving lives and caring for the people of that west African nation in February 2015.  The Sierra Leone clinic averages almost 100 patients each day.  
Jericho Road will be opening its second global clinic in 2016.  The new clinic will be caring for children and youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo whose lives have been devastated by poverty, war, and terrorism.
Your church can help support these global ministries by purchasing a table at the Gala (8 seats for $500), individual seats ($75), or becoming a sponsor at  For additional information call 716-348-3000 extension 407.
May 3
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Wendy Heinz - 5/6
Today in the
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Around the Presbytery

May 4
Month of May Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda, 10 AM - 1:30 PM

Chiavetta's BBQ Chicken Fundraiser at North Presbyterian Church of Williamsville, 4-7 PM

May 6
Orders Due for Lockport Presbyterian Home Flower Sale

May 15
Free Showing of "Racing Extinction" Documentary Film at North Presbyterian Church of Williamsville

May 29
Broadway Showstoppers Concert at North Presbyterian Church of Williamsville

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Job Openings:

Custodian - Deerhurst Presbyterian, Kenmore

Deerhurst Presbyterian Church in Kenmore, NY is looking for a part time custodian approximately 15 hours per week.  Flexible hours.  Plese contact Faye Sokol or Steven Jelensperger at 875-1962 for a copy of the job description and application.

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