Small Church Event
Dear Church Family,
Let me begin by saying, the Spirit of Change is all around us in many uplifting ways. So with that The Small Church Team has a new name. We will now be known as The Church Support Team. We strive to serve all churches; small or large, and those with or without a pastor.
Since our last presbytery wide meeting that was held in the Conklin Church, we have been busy. Please welcome Rev. Robert Heinle to our team staff. What a joy it is to have him with us. We have also sat down and scheduled our next two meetings which everyone is invited to.
Please jot down the following dates.
May 19, 2018 at The United Ministry of Delhi at 9:00 AM - last meeting for workshop "Church 101".
June 2, 2018 at Binghamton United at 9:00 AM - first meeting for workshop "102".
If you have not attended any of these meetings, now is the time to come. George Budine has developed a program that addresses many concerns that plague our churches across our Presbytery in one form or another. George has been a Lay Pastor for the small congregation in Nichols which has and continues to be revitalized under his guidance.
We have received positive feedback from all of the churches that have attended the first two gatherings. One church has already begun to employ George's powerful message within their congregation with positive results.
Mark your calendar for May 19th. This will be the last opportunity to hear the program called "Church 101". You need this so you can reap the benefits when we begin "Church 102". You will leave filled with hope and take with you lots of inspirational ideas.
The cost to attend this program is ZERO; it is FREE. Just come and hear the good news of hope and vision for your churches.
Refreshments will be provided before and during the program. You will not leave hungry for food, both physically and spiritually. We are confident that everyone will come away with some valuable information that they can take back to their churches that will make a positive difference. We feel this can only lead to new energy and stronger faith.
Please contact any one of the team staff no later than May 15, so that the people at Delhi United Ministries will have sufficient time to shop and prepare for the event.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you.
Please RSVP to any one of us.
Jo Ann Aymar607-265-3354
2018-2019 Presbyterian Planning Calendar
The 2018-2019 Calendar features:
- Monthly calendar pages from June 2018 through December 2019
- Lectionary for Sundays and special days
- Liturgical days, programmatic emphases, and secular holidays.
- Monthly planning suggestions and resources
- Synod, presbytery and General Assembly staff directories
- Foldout synod, presbytery and world maps in color
- Colors for the liturgical seasons
Who will find the calendar helpful?
- Session members
- Church staff
- Church educators
- Worship, education, stewardship, and mission committees
- Women’s groups
- New members
- Anyone involved with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
This is a bulk order through the Presbytery Office; ordered separately individual calendars are $14.95 each plus shipping. By ordering in bulk the price is $8.50 plus shipping. You will receive an email or phone call once the calendars arrive, and you will be responsible to pick up your order. DEADLINE April 30th, 2018
Click here for order form: PLANNING CALENDAR
Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley Mission Support Center
BOOK OF ORDER 2017-2019
* there may be an additional charge if the presbytery is not able to order at least 50 books*
Order must be received in Presbytery Office by April 30, 2018.
Make check out to and mail to Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley Mission Support Center, PO Box 87, Nineveh NY 13813.
You will receive an email or phone call once the Book of Order arrives, and you will be responsible to pick up your order
Click here for order form: BOOK OF ORDER
The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
Cordially invites you to a
Service of Worship
Rev. Virginia Coakley
Sunday, May 20, 2018
First Presbyterian Church Dryden
6 North Street Dryden, NY
Reception immediately following the Worship Service
"Clergy are invited to attend the service wearing their vestments (red stole) and to process into the sanctuary at the beginning of the service."
Dear presbyteries, local churches, and Benefits Plan members:
The Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) provides that if the Board of Pensions proposes to amend the Pension Plan to reduce benefits, General Assembly approval is required and notice must be provided to plan members, local churches, and presbyteries at least 60 days in advance of the Assembly. The Board has not adopted any such Benefits Plan amendment or any other amendment that would require approval of the 223rd General Assembly (2018). The Board's report to the General Assembly is available on pensions.org.
This year has started on a very exciting note, with January 2018 showing a 19 percent increase in active members, the first substantial growth of members in a generation. The Benefits Plan that went live January 1, 2017, was the result of a discernment and listening process that began in 2014. It made the plan more flexible through menu options while honoring the commitment to our ministers. Menu options allow congregations and other employers to select which benefits to offer based on their resources, and employees to elect benefits based on their needs. Since the start of 2015, the Board has focused on reducing dues for members and congregations. Seminarian medical dues have been reduced by approximately 40 percent. Stand-alone death and disability dues were cut by 29 percent. Beginning July 1, 2018, Pathways to Renewal will cut dues for qualifying small congregations and innovative ministries from 37 percent to 19.75 percent of effective salary. For 2019, the cost for supplemental death benefits coverage will be reduced by 15 percent.
Direct costs for members were also lowered. Average investment fees charged by Fidelity to account holders in the Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have dropped 28 percent over the last five years. Call to Health participation lowers medical deductibles by up to one-third for our members. Over 5,000 members qualified for this annual savings in 2017.
Expansion of programs has also benefited members. Hearing aids were added to the PPO health plan, providing up to $2,500 per covered member every three years. Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations was piloted in North Carolina and is slated for nationwide rollout in 2019, with each participating minister eligible for up to $10,000 in financial aid. The Board has increased educational debt relief for ministers from $10,000 to $25,000. Our Education Department invites every newly ordained member to Presbyterian CREDO, and in 2018 we added preretirement CREDO conferences.
Experience apportionments over the last five years have increased pension benefits by a cumulative 18.4 percent!
The Board continues to ask how we may serve more, serve better, and serve the Church. The Board continues to look at improvements to the plan, to make it even more affordable and more inclusive without giving up any of the quality the Board is known for. This report to General Assembly shows the Board's commitment to the values of the Church, and how the Board continues to offer more choices and flexibility so more employers may cover more people through the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
John W. Hamm
Chair, Board of Directors
The Reverend Frank Clark Spencer
International Youth Camp/Conference in the Czech Republic
Here is an exciting opportunity for Presbyterians 17-25 years of age to participate in an international gathering of Christian youth in the Czech Republic, under the auspices of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren and with scholarship support from the PC(USA)'s Czech Mission Network. Check (Czech?) out the flyer and/or go to: icamp.evangnet.cz for details and application forms. The total fee is about $400 + airfare.
Please contact me for additional information or scholarship questions. (P.S. I'm the Treasurer)
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
Arise, shine, your light has come! The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley are offering to pay $400 of the registration fee for those attending. More information at www.presbyterianwomen.org/gathering Interested? Contact: Jo Ann Gray, 607-687-5076,
2018 Standard Mileage Rates
WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
- 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
- 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.
Mailing and phone number for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
The presbytery office mailing address is:PO Box 87Nineveh, NY 13813.
For financial matters, contact our bookkeeper, Paula Lamberson atPaula Lamberson --PSV5811 Heritage Landing Drive, 2nd Floor
East Syracuse NY 13057
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