Wednesday, October 7
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Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse took seriously both the letter and the spirit of the changes made in 2011 to the Form of Government. Embracing new possibilities, the presbytery decided to become something different. Beyond simply reorganizing—as we and so many other councils of our church have done over the decades—we decided to make fundamental changes in terms of our staffing, office, mission funding, structure, and life together.
Our focus today is on empowering congregations to realize their visions and to live as the Lord’s “anointed,” to “bring good news” to all in need, and to “proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” throughout our four counties in central New York.
Park Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Syracuse created a visual summary of its commitment to ministries beyond church walls. Morrisville Community Church has a large clothing closet that’s available every week for those in need. Isaiah’s Table, a new worshiping community, provides “grace, hope, food for all” through its community garden, food pantry, and Saturday breakfasts and worship.
Whitelaw Presbyterian Church, with 115 members, has four choirs and welcomes hundreds of community members who return for the congregation’s annual Old Home Day. First Presbyterian Church in Auburn works with community partners to find the best ways to use Case Mansion (on church grounds) for outreach and ministry to those in need.
The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse is home to 38 congregations and worshiping communities and their more than 4,700 members.
—Rev. Steve Plank, stated clerk and communicator
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Steve Plank, stated clerk and communicator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, you call us to proclaim good news in word and deed. Grant us courage to be brave, bold, and imaginative disciples in all we say and do. In Christ’s name. Amen.