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Conklin Presbyterian Church

Conklin Presbyterian Church is looking for a new Church Treasurer.  It is a paid position averaging 4 hours a week, For more information contact Dana Wolfe at 607-206-6738 or by email djwolfe002(at)aol.com.


Calling all Women! Fall 2018 gathering flyer.jpgArise, Shine, Your Light Has Come!

All are invited to a Gathering of  Presbyterian Women in our Presbytery

Saturday, October 27, 9:30 - 12:30

Union Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Endicott, NY

  • Worship with Communion
  • Highlights from the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
  • “Days for Girls” Mission Information
  • Book Chats
  • Lunch ($5)
  • Child Care available by request
  • Need Elevator? Park on Liberty St. side

RSVP by October 22 – Carleen Rynick, 754-1523,  carlya1447(at)aol.com

Questions? joanngray(at)stny.rr.com 687-5076


Save the Dates!

Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day

April 5th and

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 5th-8th

In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.

The history of engaging in #GoodTrouble is embedded in our faith tradition and our history as a nation and in the world. In the Bible, we read stories of the midwives who resisted Pharaoh and preserved the lives of Hebrew baby boys. We see Moses challenging the authority of Pharaoh, and Jesus overturn tables run by money changers. Throughout our U.S. history, Native peoples resisted land theft and cultural assimilation by European settlers through many forms of resistance. Colonists resisted England’s imperial overreach and enslaved Africans resisted captivity both physically and spiritually. That spiritual resistance was especially pronounced in spirituals sung by those dehumanized by slavery. “Wade in the Water,” and other spirituals were messages of lament, hope and courage.  They also included instructions on how to get to freedom. Years later, leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and John Lewis drew on these same spirituals for inspiration as they stirred up #GoodTrouble in their time.

Today, we are deeply troubled by what we see in the world. The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead.  Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to “Trouble the Waters” as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God’s children.

Stayed tuned - more information on registration and speakers coming soon!


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is offering immediate aid to the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. This joins responses already underway for those impacted by Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, and other international disasters that have suffered a lack of media coverage.

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle with devastating winds and storm surge, causing loss of life. The storm then cut a path across the southeast, moving through the same areas impacted by Hurricane Florence just a few
weeks ago. 

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PDA is deploying teams to affected presbyteries. Emergency aid, assistance in the development of a short-term response plan, as well as a ministry of presence will be the priorities of the initial response. Meanwhile, areas impacted by Mangkhut and Florence have received aid and support through the gifts of Presbyterians like
you. In humility, with God and your continued support, we will continue to help draw hope out of the chaos, together.

Will you stand in the "GAP" (Give/Act/Pray) to help the survivors of these terrible storms?
GIVE: Hurricanes Michael and Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have caused extensive damage and loss of life. Some of you have already given generously in previous weeks. While the needs can feel overwhelming, continued prayer and
giving will ensure that the whole church is able to respond. Gifts to DR000194 support our response to hurricanes and typhoons. Gifts can be made online, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264- 3700.

· Download and use the bulletin insert.
· Learn how you and your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources,
and share updates with your congregation.

PRAY: As this hurricane and typhoon season continues to cause destruction and loss of life, please pray with us that the communities affected by these events and those offering assistance will be strengthened, have their needs met and be reminded of the hope found in God.

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2019 Colombia Delegation with Presbyterian Peace Fellowship seeking participants - Would you like to apply to be part of a delegation to go to Colombia in January 2019?

Essential Info: Dates: January 21 to 31, 2019

Price:  $1,600 includes all meals, travel within Colombia, and accommodations (does not include airfare, which we estimate to be around $800)

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018 (Note: We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you can get your application in the better).

Financial Assistance:  We will work with all delegates to fundraise if/as needed. Money given toward the on-the-ground expenses (the $1,600) are tax deductible.

For more info. go to https://www.presbypeacefellowship.org/events/colombia2019/

OR contact Vimary Couvertier-Cruz, Delegation Coordinator, at 845-786-6743 or vima(at)presbypeacefellowship.org

Goals of this delegation to Colombia:

  1. To provide accompaniment to our partners in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (Presbyterian Church of Colombia) who are taking great risks in their human rights work and their support of the communities of Colombians who have been displaced by the violence of the fifty-year war in their country.
  2. To learn about the realities of implementing the Peace Accords in Colombia -- the challenges, the successes, and how the Presbyterian Church of Colombia is involved.
  3. To become advocates for the Colombia Accompaniment Program and Colombian peace building in the United States upon return

About the Delegation

This delegation of 12 people will visit three regions: La Costa (Barranquilla and around), Uraba, and Bogota, providing the opportunity to meet with people who are helping to implement the Peace Accords, hear from people who have been displaced by the violence of the last five decades, and see several different parts of this beautiful country.  The delegation will primarily be led by Sarah Henken, PCUSA mission co-worker in Colombia, along with leaders from the IPC.

The delegation will be bilingual with interpretation from Spanish to English, so Spanish skills are not necessary, but it would be a good idea to brush up on your Spanish!  The accommodations will be simple (mostly in hotels), the climate will be hot and humid at times, and the delegation will travel quite a bit, so while all efforts will be made to accommodate people’s physical needs, please consider your physical stamina and capabilities when deciding to apply for this delegation.

In the first week of November, delegates will receive a packet of information with more details about what to expect, what to pack, and how to prepare for the delegation.  There will also be two opportunities to meet with other delegates and leaders by video conference before the delegation (dates TBD).

Click here for flyer 2019-01 PPF-Colombia flyer


If you are curious about who is preaching from the Word of God in the Presbytery...

If you feel you have something more to say from your own experience...

If you wonder where our small churches will find worship leaders who speak to their concerns...


The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley has a training program that will enable you to speak your faith in Jesus Christ to others so that it makes sense.  You don't have to go to a seminary or training school.  The presbytery's ministers and elders of long training and experience stand ready to help you to help others in their lives and faith journeys.  We have a 26-year tradition of lay preachers that is unmatched by any other presbytery.

Curious?  Want to know more, like

How much does it cost?

How much time does it require?

There will be a  gathering on Dec. 1st at 12 noon (hopefully at Sky Lake, near Sanford, NY) that will offer more information and hopefully answer all your questions.

Please give us a sense that you might want to inquire and will be at the gathering. 

(Rev.Dr.) Barbara A. Renton (honorably retired)   therentons1(at)gmail.com

or call: 607-967-4819.

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 87
Nineveh, NY 13813.




For financial matters, contact our bookkeeper, Paula Lamberson at

Paula Lamberson --PSV
5811 Heritage Landing Drive, 2nd Floor
East Syracuse NY 13057

(315) 307-2024



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