The Western Presbyterian Church of Palmyra, New York in Wayne County near Rochester, NY is composed of people called by Jesus Christ to be His representatives in the world.We strive to:•Inspire worship in our hearts, minds, and actions in honor and celebration of Christ.•Provide a sanctuary of faith for all people where support, empathy, and a sense of community are realized.•Cultivate spiritual growth by encouraging each congregant to independently discern God's presence and guidance.•Be a catalyst for growth and relevance of the local and extended Church.•Be Christ’s disciples through both local and global mission efforts.•Guide, nurture, and support the youth of our congregation and community.•Promote and sponsor youth-based programs including CanalTown Nursery School.
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Christian Education Ministry Team (2015): Irene Fadden and Jody Pruitt, Co-chairs, Cim McFarlane, Sunday School Director2015-2016 Sunday School StaffPreK & K – Kelly Babcock, Abagayle TeeterGrades 1- 5 – James McFarlane, Jody Pruitt, Irene FaddenGrades 6, 7, & 8 – Lynette CoganAdult Class – Lou Callerame Classes meet Sunday morning 9:00-9:40.From 9:40-9:55, classes meet in the Fellowship Hall for closing with singing and prayer just before 10:00 worship.Class Curriculum: “Seasons of the Spirit” explores the church year of Pentecost, Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. It shows God’s unchanging love for the peoples of the Old Testament, New Testament and today. It gives participants an opportunity to respond to God’s love in daily life.Confirmation Class: For those in middle school and older a class is being organized for 2016. Call the church office at 315-597-9171 to express interest.Child Care: Christian Ed Ministry Team organizes volunteers to staff our Nursery and Toddler Room during worship.SPLASHis a Birth-3 ministry currently in the planning stages. It involves a toddler group during the Sunday School hour and will provide support in faith formation to families of toddlers.VBS is held for 4 days during the summer. It is being planned for August 1-4 2016. Western Presbyterian and Palmyra Reformed Church join together for VBS. Children aged 3 through grade 5 participate in the activities.Submitted by Irene Fadden and Jody Pruitt
Evangelism2 Timothy 4:5"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."Western Presbyterian Church's belief is that true evangelism should be born from our members' love and relationship with God and the desire for others to become aware of His grace. If we demonstrate the graciousness of Jesus Christ others will see it in us and seek the same path for themselves.Being in a formative phase of evangelism, the WPC congregation is recognizing the need for spiritual formation and leadership to become effective evangelists. We are grateful that our new pastor is helping to guide us along this path. Although very active in numerous forms of mission outreach as witness to Christ's love, it's becoming increasingly clear that different forms of more directed activities may be required to be effective at bringing the unchurched to Christ. The material below, from PCUSA, helps us understand what forms those activities may take by separating evangelism fact vs. fiction.The U.S. Congregational Life Survey provided a unique look at what works in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Responses from samples of fast-growing churches helped debunk common myths:1. Only congregations in growing areas are adding membersFact: Three strengths are positive predictors of growth — Caring for Children and Youth, Welcoming New People, and Participating in the Congregation.Fact: Other factors don't predict growth — denomination or faith group, congregational size, income levels of worshipers, average age of worshipers, and population growth around the church.2. Only new or recently established congregations are growingFact: Less than half of fast-growing Presbyterian churches were established after 1960. Most are older.3. Only large churches growFact: 39% of fast-growing Presbyterian churches have fewer than 200 in worship. Small congregations grow, too!4. Most people have been attending their congregation for years and yearsFact: One-third of worshipers are new in the last five years; in fast-growing churches one-half are new.5. Most new people are new to the faithFact: Most new people attending their congregation for five years or less have changed congregations within the same denomination (transfers: 57%). Only 7% are first-timers who are new to the faith. A few (18%) are returnees who used to attend worship but recently have not been involved, and 18% are switchers who changed denominations.6. Denomination is irrelevant to church seekersFact: Most new people (73%) say denomination is important in their search.Fact: Denomination is less important to mainline Protestants (59%) and those under the age of 25 (48%).7. New people usually learn about the congregation from advertisingFact: Many new people (47%) visit for the first time because someone invited them; only 6% came for the first time due to advertising.Fact: Most new people visit between 1 and 3 congregations before choosing their new home.Fact: Advertising helps raise awareness of the congregation and can make current members feel proud of their congregation.8. New people usually come back after the first time because of the coffee hourFact: People return because of the quality of the sermon (36%), the friendliness of the people (32%), and the overall worship experience (30%).Fact: Too many new people (38%) report no follow-up from the congregation after their first visit. In Catholic parishes, 53% of new people report no follow-up.9. Growing congregations rely exclusively on church signs and big advertising campaignsFact: Growing congregations use multiple methods to attract new people.Fact: Growing congregations are more likely to hold events to meet new people or to add members, advertise in the newspaper or telephone book, use email, have a church Web site, and send materials to or telephone first-time visitors.10. All congregations do the same things to integrate new worshipersFact: Growing congregations use multiple methods to integrate new worshipers.Fact: Growing congregations are more likely to have a specific group for newcomers and to invite such people to take part in small groups or service opportunities.11. New member integration methods are successfulFact: New people are less involved in their congregations than those who have been there for longer.12. Worship services in growing churches offer only contemporary musicFact: Almost all worship services in growing Presbyterian churches (89%) include traditional hymns.Fact: Services in growing congregations are more likely to include contemporary music and laughter.
StewardshipStewardship is the grateful response to God's grace and goodness. It requires a consideration of how our choices affect us and others, of how we can be good caretakers of the created world, and of how we can best serve God as disciples of Christ.Giving has always been a mark of Christian commitment and discipleship. The ways in which a believer uses God's gifts of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God's self-giving in Jesus Christ and Christ's call to minister to and share with others in the world. Tithing is a primary expression of the Christian discipline of stewardship.Those who follow the discipline of Christian stewardship will find themselves called to lives of simplicity, generosity, honesty, hospitality, compassion, receptivity, and concern for the earth and God's creatures.The Christian life is an offering of one's self to God. In worship the people are presented with the costly self-offering of Jesus Christ, are claimed and set free by him, and are led to respond by offering to him their lives, their particular gifts and abilities, and their material goods."See from His head, His hands, His feet,Sorrow and love flow mingled down,Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,Or thorns compose so rich a crown?Were the whole realm of nature mine,That were a present far too small;Love so amazing, so divine,Demands my soul, my life, my all."2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.Proverbs 3:9-10 - Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: (Read More...)Luke 6:38 - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.Matthew 22:21 - They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
Mission Overview of Western Presbyterian ChurchThe overall mission activities of Western Presbyterian Church (WPC) involves many church groups and other community venues. Not all the support of missions is monetary; indeed, the church provides its space and other materials, and the church members donate their time, expertise, labor and goods during the course of the year.Children's needs have long been a concern of WPC. We chose to help those in our community, and beyond to include global efforts. COMMUNITY:Canal Town Nursery School has been a project for WPC for over 40 years , supported monetarily, volunteers and gifts in kind. www.ctnschool.orgGood Neighbor Fund provides emergency relief funds for those in need based on interviews. Interviewers are a collaboration of a number of local churchesWeekend Wellness Program- Financial donations come from local business, organizations and individuals to provide a bag of food for over 70 children during the weekends. We purchase, bag and deliver to schools in our communityPalmyra-Macedon-Farmington Food Pantryand Clothing Cupboard- support by funds, donated food and clothing, collecting cereal monthly and many volunteers hoursSummer Lunch Program @ Palmyra Library- set up volunteers to workPalmyra Library Snack Program- provide snacks after school to students two days per weekAngel Tree Project- Christmas toys/clothes; which are delivered to homes of needy childrenVictim Resource Center- help secure Grant money from Presbytery with our supportHome Meal Service/Meals on Wheels- financially supported and many volunteersRed Cross Blood Drive - provide location and volunteers to staff driveARC Home - give gift cards during the Christmas time and cookie trays for the staff during FebruaryWPC college students - send them a cookie box around Valentine'sPrayer Shawl Ministry- shawls made and delivered to those in need www.shawlministry.comWPC congregation- many are members of local service organizations which give their time, money and talentsGLOBAL EFFORTS:4 year scholarship for a student to attend 4 years of secondary school and shoes donated in 2010 for students in Kenya. Laptops for a school in Tanzania 2011. This was in partnership with founders William & Joanna Cala of Joining Hearts and HandsKenya Water Project- raised over $19,000 to put in a water reservoir and holding tank system in 2013 through Joining Hearts and Handswww.joiningheartsandhands.orgQholaqhoe Mountain Connections (QMC)- provide funds for students to attend school, purchase materials for uniforms, and helping with the Likoting Orphan Village. This is managed by members of our community. www.qmconnect.orgSpecial appeals for disaster relief for national or international disasters
Mission and Social Concerns Team 2015Committee Members: Edie Chapman and John Cook, Co-chairs, Janet Barager, Lou Callerame, Sally Chase, Fred Coffman, Lois Daniels, Ruth Dantz and Jan TaylorOur team was very active this year and we met each month to support all our projects. Western Presbyterian Church has a long tradition of service and we are challenged to continue this active service to our neighbors both near and far.Ongoing local projects: We have continued to support the Food Pantry, Home Meal Service, Victim Resource Center, and the Clothing Cupboard. We sponsored grants through the Geneva Presbytery that resulted in an additional $4,000 for the Victim Resource Center, $2,000 for the Food Pantry and $1,500 for the Home Meal Service. One of our members committed herself to buying 1,000 boxes of cereal for the Food Pantry in a 12 month period. As a result of her commitment, the Mission Team has challenged the WPC community to match her goal during the next 12 months.Holiday outreach: We again sent greeting cards and gift cards to one of the local ARC homes for Christmas. We also sent Valentine cookie boxes to our college students. Global Mission: We continued to support the Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections and featured this mission to Lesotho at our Mission Sunday worship in September. We also challenged our congregation to increase our One Great Hour of Sharing to $1,000 and actually received $1,200. We have recently started to collect empty medicine bottles to help the clinics in Malawi dispense medication efficiently to their patients and have gotten a very positive response. We aided the Sunday School with postage funds for two of their mission projects; disaster relief packages and school supply packages. New Projects:(1) Summer Lunch Program: We were pleased to partner with the Palmyra Community Library, Pal-Mac Central Schools, the Rotary and Lions Clubs to provide free lunches to children up to age 19. Our willingness to organize the volunteers for this free program made it possible to serve 300 meals during 5 weeks of the summer.(2) Weekend Wellness Program: We have committed our volunteers to purchasing, packing and delivering bags of food to the primary and middle schools to provide extra food to needy students over the weekend. We are currently preparing 44 bags for the Primary School and 26 bags for the Middle School. This number will grow as the High School is added. The Intermediate School’s program is administered independently by donations and a family that packs the meals. This Weekend Wellness was suspended during the 2014-2015 school year because the Primary School did not have space to store the food or the staff to administer it. Thanks to the Property Team, we have set up a storage and work room in the old kitchen. Thanks to the Mission Team we have 4 teams of shoppers and packers. We had some seed money from previous donations but will need to pursue additional donations to complete the current school year and be ready to start up again next September.(3) The Good Neighbor Fund: Following Rev. Nancy’s retirement the Good Neighbor Fund was suspended for three months while the Mission Team worked to reorganize this long-time benevolent program. In October with the Mission Team oversight, a team of five lay volunteers representing 3 local churches were able to start interviewing potential recipients for the Good Neighbor Fund. We have raised approximately $6,000 including $1,550.from the Advent Concert offering. We have distributed approximately $4,000 to 11 adults and 10 children in need. We expect that our current organization will be sustainable.(4) Palmyra Community Library Snack Program: At the request of the Palmyra Community Library, the Mission Team has agreed to provide snacks for their Monday & Thursday snack program. Many hungry children visit the library after school. The Circle IV is also supporting this outreach.We are grateful for the generous participation of the congregation and the co-operation of many community organizations and churches. We’re looking forward to working together to continue the mission work of the Western Presbyterian Church.
The current Deacons Ministry Team is dutifully served by Terry Goodwin, Sandra McMenamin, Linda Pulcini, Nancy Talma, Madelyn Jaggar and Sara Bush. The weekly prayer lists in our Sunday bulletin reflect their call for prayer and visits. We fulfill daily prayer requests for congregation members and many others. Our published list is very fluid, with weekly additions and removals. We pray for lost loved ones and those who grieve. We pray for God to be at the side of those serving our military. We pray for those among us who are expecting to give birth to God’s wonderful creations. We joyfully pray at their birth. There is a continual need to pray for the acutely and chronically ill, those for whom age has taken its toll, and for God’s care and safe return of those who travel afar. It’s very uplifting to read cards and letters we receive in response to our prayer ministry.Deacons minister to those who are shut-in and hospitalized. It’s truly an awesome and yet humbling feeling, knowing how receptive they are for our visits. Typically, we are joyfully invited to return. We repurpose and deliver flowers that have served their purpose in our church, to uplift spirits and hopefully bring a smile. Poinsettias are placed in the sanctuary during Advent by our church families. Those that are not reclaimed serve that purpose.At each monthly meeting, we add scripture and notes to note cards, provided by Sandy McMenamin. They are mailed to individuals on our extended care list. And, throughout the year, Linda Pulcini mails cards to congregation members and others, in celebration and to offer comfort.Our Sunday School children offer their talents too, by creating beautiful greeting cards in celebration of Valentine’s Day and the birth of Jesus Christ. They are delivered to our shut-ins and others. During Advent, we place items in gift bags to accompany those beautiful cards.The Deacons do not have a budget supported by congregation pledges. We rely on free will donations to finance our annual endeavors. Deacons Fund envelopes are placed in the pews for that purpose. We were blessed in 2015 to have enough funds on hand to fulfill a monetary request in support of a Good Neighbor Fund assistance application.Deacons are responsible for preparing the elements for communion each month, and for special liturgical occasions. They then clean and put away the silver pieces and communion cups afterward. The communion counts, another responsibility, are shown in the accompanying activity table.Deacons Activities, 2015MonthDateCommunionVisitsCardsNotecardsJanuary 01/1185332518February02/0886152025March 03/0880193618April04/0517734431704/19108------------May05/10106202420June 06/1477162920July 07/1259212220August 08/0975182820September09/1381142520October10/04114152718November11/0898205218December12/24145144025Total 1,291239371239Respectfully Submitted,Terry Goodwin, Chairperson
Worship Committee Annual Report for 2015This past year became a year of transition when our pastor, Reverend Dr. Nancy Farrell announced that she would be retiring, and that her last Sunday with us would be May 31st. The Worship committee made every effort to ensure that each Sunday our congregation would have a meaningful worship service. By scheduling pastors who are included on the Pulpit Supply List, our congregation continued to come together as a community of faith, sharing the Good News, as we enjoyed and benefited from the various messages and styles of our interesting guest pastors. Then on October 4th, all of our WPC family welcomed our new Transitional Pastor Robin Lostetter. Having Robin with us is truly a blessing. We are grateful for her presence and leadership as we continue this journey of change.Throughout the year, we planned and assisted with special events and services such as: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Christmas in July, Canal Town Hymn Sing, Thanksgiving Pie Extravaganza, Advent Choral Fest and Christmas Eve services. We recruited volunteers to assist with regular Sunday services. We ordered lilies and poinsettias and decorated the sanctuary for Easter and Christmas.In observance of the National Day of Prayer, on Thursday May 7th , the Worship Committee opened the doors of our sanctuary from 7AM until 6PM and served as greeters to anyone in the community who wanted to come in for personal prayer. Seventeen people came in throughout the day, eleven of them were not WPC members. Pastor Nancy led a prayer service at 7PM where fifteen people attended, three of them being non-members. We were very happy about the attendance, and particularly pleased that non-members used our sanctuary for their prayers. The Committee will continue with this observance in 2016, and we are exploring other ideas that will welcome the community to our church. We welcome ideas from the congregation.There are many people who contribute to the quality of our worship services. Some of them are right in front of us each week, and others work quietly in the background. The dedication of time and talent from our Music Team is unsurpassed. We thank our music leaders, Heather Trapiss, Jack Moak, Nancy Kratzert, Sharon Condit and every member of our choir and bell choir. We thank everyone who responds to our calls for ushers, readers, communion elders, Thanksgiving pie makers and for whatever else comes up. We would also like to give special thanks to our church secretary, Kathy Barr. Kathy always does a great job for our church, but this year has been a challenging one. Kathy has been instrumental in the seamless delivery of our Sunday services throughout the year. Every guest pastor has his/her own style, and way of doing things; and some deliver information more timely than others! Week to week, Kathy pulled the pieces together for us, and made sure that we had whatever was needed for Sunday morning. Our 2015 Worship Committee will serve again in 2016. We are: Jane Culver, Sharon Marr, Courtney Marr, Mary Beth LaBerge, Carol Sloan, Kelly Babcock and Sue Leonard.Respectfully submitted,Sue Leonard
We are a community of faith who believes in and worships God the Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit. Our services reflect our Presbyterian heritage, and follow the Christian liturgical calendar. Our weekly services are held at 10AM each Sunday. Special evening services are held throughout the year in observance of days such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, National Day of Prayer and Christmas Eve. Our worship services include:Scripture readingsPrayers of the PeopleChildren’s TimeThe sermon which is prepared to illuminate and offer applications of the selected scripture versesMusic provided by our choir, organist, bell choir and special guests.The sacraments of communion and baptism.Members of our congregation assist in worship by ushering, serving communion or reading the scripture lessons.We welcome all people to join us in worship.Sunday Schedule:Youth Sunday School 9:30 a.m.Adult Sunday School 9:30 a.m.Worship at 10:00 a.m.Coffee Hour at 11:00 Following Worship
Who, in her short time with us, has already come to occupy a special place in our hearts, addresses us with this message:Dear Soon-To-Be-Friends and Colleagues in Ministry,I so look forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Your congregation’s self-description in your church’s vision and mission statements describe the joyful, generous, mission-oriented folk I’ve already met:Following God’s Light: Sowing, Growing, and Celebrating Western Presbyterian church is building Faith, Family & Fellowship. We are Christ-centered, Nurturing, Caring, Welcoming and Generous. Western Presbyterian Church nurtures spiritual growth, joyful fellowship, meaningful community and global involvement; worshipping and serving God with energy, intelligence, imagination and love! Soon, we’ll have the opportunity to serve side-by-side, looking to the future with hope and anticipation, as we seek to fulfill those goals to the best of our ability.Now that’s the part you expected me to say, right? And it’s true. But here’s the personal part . . . I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and you can ask me all you want about the “alien landing” – I know the people involved, but I wasn’t born yet. I went to school in Colorado Springs, and my heart lies in the Colorado Rockies. I raised my children in Buffalo, NY and we survived the Blizzard of ’77. My older daughter still lives there. I know snow. That doesn’t mean I like it. Period.Brought up Episcopalian, my first calling was and is to serve the church. Until February, 2000, I fulfilled that calling as an organist/choir director in various denominations in Buffalo and Binghamton NY. After my ordination, I served PCUSA churches in New Jersey. (Jersey is actually a very beautiful state – and I miss the ocean.)My parents grew up in Western PA, and that’s where my younger daughter lives. I developed a love of animals from my parents. Growing up we had dogs, a cat, bantam chickens, fish, turtles, and a brief visit from a coot that flew into my dad’s huge garden. About 13 years ago, I became the naïve guardian of a house rabbit, JJ Flash. After he went to bunny heaven, I adopted BuBunny and Moondoggie. Both of them joined JJ last year, but I still put my knowledge of bunny care to use as a phone answerer on the House Rabbit Hopline once a week. (House rabbits are a high maintenance pet; and they are prey, so they are quite different from dogs and cats – to the great surprise of many an owner!)So my deepest advocacy passions stem from my early years in a water-scarce state (hence, I’m an environmentalist), my experience with animals, and many years dealing with disability rights. (No, that has nothing to do with the aliens! But it does have to do with being one of the few remaining polio survivors.) I hope to learn about your passions, your spiritual journeys, and your hopes and dreams for this church. Let’s talk! In Christ’s shalom, Pastor Robin
The Fellowship Ministry Team set up monthly activities for the congregation to participate in.Some Highlights of 2015:On Sunday, January 4th, we celebrated Epiphany with a pot luck luncheon.On February 15th, we celebrated Sweet and Treats with a Valentine theme.In March, we tried to have a game night but the weather won out. On April 5th, we handed out jelly beans with the jelly bean prayer to the children at Easter.May 17th was our church picnic. Members brought a dish to pass, while the team provided hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and ice cream sundaes. This date worked so much better because it was the last day of Sunday school.On August 16th, some of the congregation headed out to the Red Wings Stadium for our annual afternoon of baseball. On September 13th, our team sponsored a coffee hour. During this time, we talked about what was happening the rest of the year for the Fellowship Ministry Team.In October, invitations were sent to all of the congregation who have been members for 50 or more years. We had two new members: Sharon Marr and Ellie Giles. A wonderful example and affirmation of faith for us all. Each new member received a beautiful corsage. We also gave a corsage to Pat Nash for being the longest-term Western Horizon member. We then had a pot luck luncheon in their honor with cake.November 21st was our annual game night. This year euchre, Banana-Grams, and a new game, “5 Crowns” were played. On November 28th, we decorated the Mary Griffin Room and Fellowship.On December 13th, we hosted the coffee hour and a cookie exchange. We had a great time trading cookies.We on the Fellowship Ministry Team wish to thank all of you who participated and helped make possible the aforementioned activities. We have received positive feedback from the participants and as always welcome any new ideas or suggestions. It has been our hope and goal to strengthen the bonds of our congregation, through the fellowship provided by group activities. In this age of impersonal electronic communication, this type of person to person contact within our church family becomes even more critical in achieving a positive spiritual outcome. We hope many more of you will join us in faith, unity, and growing fellowship in 2016.Yours in Fellowship,Deb TrombinoRoxie KachelCo-Chairs
Nominating Report January 2016Ruling Elders for each team are bolded and elected for 3 years. The numbers in parentheses are the final year of their term. Other members of the ministry teams are for 1 year terms. Thank you to everyone who signed the sheets to serve.Ministry TeamsFellowship: Deb Trombino (2017), Roxanne Kachel (2017), Sue Pringle, Norm Underwood, Ray Marr, Terry Gendron, Val GendronProperty: Doris Chriswell (2016), Amie McMullin (2017), Steve Kennard, Phil Opdycke, Don Dantz, Ed Plesa, Dave Pinkney, Bill Hassler, Bob Kirchhoff, Pat Pinkney, Lynn MalboeufFinance: Dick Kirchhoff (2016), Bill Bush, Gary Haigh, Randy Kennard, Irene FaddenWorship: Sue Leonard (2016), Sharon Marr, Courtney Marr, Mary Beth LaBerge, Carol Sloan, Kelly Babcock, Jane CulverSocial Concerns and Mission: John Cook (2017), Rena Haigh (2018), Sally Chase, Lou Callerame, Ruth Dantz, Jan Taylor, Janet Barager, Jonnie Fontaine, Edie ChapmanChristian Education: Jody Pruitt (2016), Lynette Cogan (2018), Lou Callerame, Rose ProberDeacons: Terry Goodwin (2017), Sandy McMenamin (2017), Linda Pulcini, Nancy Talma, Sara BushCanal Town Nursery School Board: Chair: Phil Opdycke (2016), Vice Chair: Sara Bush, Carol Sloan, Andy Sloan, Betsy GoodwinNominating: Carol Campbell, Lois Pratt, Ray Marr