Monday in Ministry
 October 15, 2012
In Our Newsletter
Informational Gathering for 2013 Youth Triennium
Dates, Locations Set for Annual Records Review
Contact information
2012 Presbytery Directory
2012 Pulpit Supply List
Retirement of Linda and Dennis Doerr
Retiree Luncheon
Minimum Terms of Call for 2013
Interim Ministry Training
Stated Clerk
2013 Youth Triennium
Informational Gathering for 2013 Youth Triennium 
Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Immediately following the conclusion of the October 13 presbytery meeting  at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, there will be an informational gathering for adults from any churches who are interested in sending youth to the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, July 16-20 at Purdue University.  The gathering will be in the forum room at Pebble Hill and will start as close to 2:00 p.m. as possible.

Please come to this gathering and hear how you can help organize a presbytery delegation.  If you are not able to attend the gathering and are interested in Triennium, please send your name, church name and contact information to Sarah McTyre at before October 13.
Dates, Locations Set for Records Review 

Dates for the annual review of Session records (minutes and membership rolls) have been set by the Overtures and Records Work Group of the Leadership Team.  As in previous years, locations have been arranged around the Presbytery to make it as easy as possible for Clerks of Session and Moderators to attend. 

The records review gatherings are planned for Thursdays (both afternoons and evenings) in October and November. A complete packet of information, including a cover letter, records review checklist, and copy of the updated 2012 Manual for Clerks of Session has been sent electronically to all Clerks and Moderators on August 16. Click on each of the links below for copies of these materials: 
Contact Information  

For all matters EXCEPT finances, the presbytery address will be:


The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse

P.O. Box 6010

Syracuse, NY  13217-6010


For all financial matters, please mail to:


Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse

c/o Synod of the Northeast

5811 Heritage Landing Drive

East Syracuse, New York  13057


There will be a telephone message on 446-6110 for three months (October - December) referring callers to appropriate people.


The Synod is providing storage space for a number of filing cabinets and a desk.


If you have questions, please contact a member of the Leadership Team.


Click here to contact Leadership Team members 


2012 Presbytery Directory as of 9/9/2012 

 click here:  2012 Directory 09 09 2012


2012 Pulpit Supply List


For an up-to-date list of teaching and ruling elders who are available to serve as pulpit supply. The current Pulpit Supply List is available by CLICKING HERE

Retirement of Dennis and Linda Doerr




Presbytery took time to recognize and honor Dennis and Linda Doerr as they prepare to enter retirement December 31, 2012. More than a dozen members of Presbytery rose to remember and recognize Dennis for his strong leadership during 27 years at the First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango, with the Korean Partnership and in other Presbytery responsibilities. We voted to honor Dennis with Honorable Retirement on December 31st by acclamation.


Dennis and Linda, a retired Registered Nurse, own a home in Chittenango and will remain in the community and in the Presbytery.


Retiree Lunch


Twenty-five retirees and spouses from Utica Presbytery and Cayuga Syracuse Presbytery gathered at the Rusty Rain in Canastota, NY for a delightful lunch sponsored by the Board of Pensions. The Rev. Dr. Allison Seed,, is the Regional Representative for the Synod of the Northeast. She came to talk about the programs of the Board and the support we give to our retirees. She then took questions from people at the luncheon.



Minimum Terms of Call


At its fall meeting October 13, 2012, the Presbytery established the Minimum Terms of Call for 2013. We encourage each church to carefully review these guidelines which include the Minimum Terms of Call for Christian Educators and Commissioned Ruling Elders. The terms of call for next year include two increases. We have increased the minimum for salary by 1.75% in light of a 1.7% increase in the cost of living and the Board of Pensions has increased the Pension Dues for Health Care by .75% in light of the continuing increases in the cost of health care.

CLICK HERE to read the whole document including the Minimums for Christian Educators and Commissioned Rulling Elders



Interim Ministry Training

Kathleen Waters reports that the Synod of the Northeast and Princeton Theological Seminary will be offering two Interim/Transitional Ministry Education events in 2013. One will be March 4-8, 2013 in New York City and the other October 14-18, 2013 at Princeton Seminary. For more information contact Kathleen or check the web site for Princeton Seminary Continuing Education.

Material for 2013 is not posted yet, but when it is ready, you will be able to find it at the Princeton Seminary Continuing Education site. 


Stated Clerk

Gail Banks is no longer able to serve as Acting Stated Clerk. The Leadership Team is searching for a person to act in this interim capacity until we have a permanent Stated Clerk and hopes to have further information at the presbytery meeting. We would be happy to have volunteers inquire or to have you suggest people who might be right for this position.

A person must be a Teaching Elder or Ruling Elder in the PCUSA and must be knowledgeable about the polity of the Presbyterian Church.

Please direct Stated Clerk inquiries to Pete Shidemantle, Chair of the Leadership Team, or Sarah McTyre, Vice-Chair of the Leadership Team.


Thursday in Ministry is an e-newsletter sent approximately twice a month to all Commissioners, Ministers, Clerks, Christian Educators, and others interested in the life of the Presbytery of Cayuga - Syracuse. Each newsletter features timely announcements and worthwhile information-assembled from notices we receive from you in our churches, the Synod of the Northeast, and various programs and offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  This Monday in Ministry is a special edition following our Presbytery meeting.  


Presbytery of Cayuga Syracuse
P.O. Box 6010 
Syracuse, NY 13217-6010
 "I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I  
in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing".  John 15:5