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Monday in Ministry - November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014
Dear Friends of Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery,

Welcome to this week's edition of our e-letter, Monday in Ministry. Our goal is to highlight things going on throughout the Church: within our Presbytery, in our congregations, as well as in the Synod of the Northeast and across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Your input is valued, and your comments are always welcomed!

In This Issue:
Dec. 2 Gathering about Finances
2015 Mission Yearbooks
Giving Tuesday
Around the Presbytery
Happy Thanksgiving!

Information and Registration for Dec. 2 Conversation about Finances
Remember that there will be a special Presbytery gathering for reflections, discussion, and sharing about financial issues. We'll meet at the Jamesville Community Church, 6300 E. Seneca Turnpike, on Tuesday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We'll share some refreshments together, have a brief opening, and then divide into interest groups. To begin, we'll have three groups that evening:
1. How the Presbytery is financed... We know that the per capita assessment was raised by the Presbytery following the one-year dip due to use of carryover and investment funds that subsidized this in 2014. How long can this continue? How best can/should we use our investment funds? What is our long-term plan? What can we learn from other presbyteries?
2. Reflections on the Great Commission Task Force report and recommendations... You've read that the Task Force is recommending that the money that was set aside "to help congregations fulfill the Great Commission" be divided between our churches. How should this be divided? What other options did the Task Force consider? You may read their complete report here on our website.
3. What is the financial outlook for our congregations?... As many worshiping communities continue to see a decline in membership, as the cost of having a full-time pastor continues to increase, and as Board of Pensions premiums continue to increase (due solely to the increase in medical costs), what's a congregation to do? Are there other models for "being church" that we can or should consider. How best can we continue to support vital mission concerns we have, and at the same time pay utilities, maintenance, and personnel costs?
There may also be one or two other areas of interest that people might want to explore together that evening. After some time spent in small groups, we'll report back to the larger group, discern some things to do and/or to discuss further at some time, and then close with a time of Advent worship.

You can help us plan best if you would please register for this event. We'd like to know how many to expect so we can make plans next Monday morning. You can register easily here.

We hope lots of folks can contribute to these conversations! Thanks.

2015 Mission Yearbooks
In years past, the Presbytery has offered the option of placing a bulk order for copies of the Presbyterian Church's Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study. This is truly an invaluable resource that is published by the Church; it is educational, devotional, and informative. However, for 2015, individual copies of this book cost $34.95, and if we placed a bulk order of up to 100 copies, each one would cost $29.95... and if we ordered over 100 books, each would still cost $21.00 - a substantial savings, but still quite expensive.

Here are two alternatives... that are both absolutely free!
1. You can read each day's complete entry at
2. You also can sign up to receive a weekly summary of the Mission Yearbook entries directly in your email inbox. You can register for that free service here. (Note: this is a general email subscription site for many e-letters offered by the Church, but this is where you will be able to sign up just for the Mission Yearbook weekly summaries to be sent to your email inbox.)
So, you may order a hardcopy of the 2015 Mission Yearbook here, or you can find the same information free in the sites highlighted above. Whatever you choose to do, the Mission Yearbook entries are worth following.

Giving Tuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It's a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Around the Presbytery
CROP Walk Results
Several of our congregations have participated in various CROP walks this fall. We've heard from Isaiah's Table, from Collamer, from Aurora, and from Marcellus. From those four groups alone (some who participated in multi-church walks) almost $3,700 was raised! What a great result! If other of our churches want to add their totals, please pass them along, too. Thanks to everyone!
This Thursday

"Give thanks to the LORD, who is good.
God's faithful love lasts forever!"
(Psalm 136:1 - Common English Bible)

The Rev. Steven W. Plank, Stated Clerk/Communicator
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