2019 Liturgical Calendar
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary publishes a liturgical calendar each year
online (8-1/2 x 11 with liturgical colors). At the “Red Door” we find it very helpful.
Submitted by Cynthia L. Walton-Leavitt
The First Presbyterian Church of Delhi will present a “still-life” Living Nativity, complete with music and live animals, as a gift to the community and a reminder of the true meaning of the Christmas Season. We invite the community to join us.
This event will take place on Saturday, December 22nd and Sunday, December 23rd from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. in front of the church at 4 Clinton Street. The church is inviting the entire community to take part.
Hot cocoa and refreshments will be provided for those participating in the scenes. A drop box will be available for the collection of canned goods for the Delhi Food Bank.
Volunteers are still needed and you may sign up for any of the 45 minute periods of the Living Nativity. Anyone wishing more information or to sign up to take part in this event should contact the church office at 607-746-2155. Please join in this time of rejoicing.
Very truly yours,
Tom Leo, Living Nativity Chair
First Presbyterian Church
Action Alert: A Farm Bill that will Reduce Hunger
Thanks to your advocacy efforts over the past year, this compromise Farm Bill does not include any of the harmful changes to the Nutrition Title that the House narrowly passed in June. Instead, the bill includes several provisions to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and to improve international food aid. This is great news!
The bill could come to a vote on the House and Senate floors as early as this week. Your voice is needed once more to ensure the bill continues to help end hunger.
Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress today. Urge them to pass a strong bipartisan farm bill that continues to strengthen SNAP, improve international food aid programs, promote conservation, and invest in rural development.
Domestically, the bill includes additional funding for employment and training programs targeting older Americans, the formerly incarcerated and other individuals with substantial barriers to employment. On the international front, the bill allows the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program the flexibility to purchase from local farmers and food markets, thereby improving the nutritional quality of the food served to children participating in the program.
The legislation also includes a small boost for trade-promotion efforts, a new initiative to combat animal diseases (including a livestock vaccine bank), grant funding for urban and indoor farming, and a provision returning the top USDA position on rural development to a Senate-confirmed post. Fortunately, controversial provisions to ease pesticide restrictions and endangered species protections were left out.
Unfortunately, the forestry title waives environmental reviews for activities like clearing diseased or insect-infested trees, but the changes are far short of more draconian measures that had been proposed in the House. Forest management and wildfire prevention was one of the last issues holding up negotiations in November.
While more can and should be done to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world, this bill is a good bipartisan compromise. It rejects harmful cuts to domestic food assistance that would negatively impact millions of people experiencing hunger. It also makes vital reforms to international food aid programs.
Your voice has made a difference in this farm bill debate. Tell Congress to bring the Farm Bill over the finish line!
* Please note: the (800) phone number is provided by Bread for the World.
2019 Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast Fall Gathering
I'm happy to announce we have a date for the 2019 Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast Fall Gathering. It will be one overnight at Stony Point Center from Fri. Oct. 18 - Sat Oct. 19 2019. It's an open meeting with All WOMEN invited.
From Lisa Gray, PWSNE Moderator
Presbyterian Giving Catalog
With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to lose sight of why we give: to share joy, grace and love with others. This Giving Tuesday, choose a gift from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog and make a big impact in your community and the world. The Presbyterian Giving Catalog is filled with unique gift ideas that help improve the lives of others through faith, empowerment, education and resources that increase opportunities.
Don’t forget: You can make an even bigger impact with multiple gifts. Consider giving a Family or Community Farm Bundle or choose multiple gifts with a special focus, like those that help to empower women and girls.
New this year: Choose a recurring gift, so your generosity can last all year long.
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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