The Presbytery’s Leadership Team met on Thursday, January 16, a meeting that was postponed from the scheduled January 7 date due to weather.


Members are being finalized for the special task force to assist churches fulfill the Great Commission through the utilization of presbytery financial resources that are available.  Teaching elder Karen Green has agreed to chair this task force.  Other members so far include teaching elder Phil Windsor, and ruling elders Gordie Howard (Otisco), Sharye Skinner (Cazenovia), and Baird Hansen (Park Central).  Two or three others are being contacted as well.  It is hoped that recommendations for the use of these funds could be presented to the April 1 meeting of the Leadership Team, so that this could be reported to the May 17 Presbytery meeting.  The specific things being asked of this task force include management of the fund, clear definition of qualifying requests for applying for funds, and criteria for evaluating the projects funded.


The Leadership Team asked Steve Plank and Pete Shidemantle to work together to write an article about the Presbytery that will be published in the 2014 Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study.


The Committee on Ministry has named the Transition Team to work with the Elmwood Presbyterian Church:  Frank McDowell, Tim Fay, Andrew McTyre, Bill Grossman, Karen McDonough, Shawn Reyburn, and Sharye Skinner.  The Committee granted permission for teaching elder Deb Thomas to labor outside the bounds of the Presbytery so that she might serve as the Interim Pastor at Westernville Presbyterian Church in Utica Presbytery.  Teaching elder Virginia Smith was approved as the Parish Associate at the Marcellus Church, without remuneration.  The Committee approved the ending of the temporary supply relationship between the Session of the Parish:New Hope Church and teaching elder Dan McCollister.


Plans were finalized for the February 1 special Presbytery meeting to vote on three proposed overtures to the 2014 General Assembly.  A pre-meeting time for conversations about these will begin at 9:30.  The meeting itself will begin at 11:00.  Park Central Church is hosting.


It was announced that the Committee on Preparation for Ministry needs one ruling elder and one teaching elder to serve on the committee.  CPM is authorized to fill such vacancies.  Anyone interested could contact teaching elder Caroline Simmons.


The long-awaited sale of the campus of the former First Presbyterian United Church in Syracuse was finalized on January 16!  We are grateful for all who worked on this for so long, especially Dave Graham.


The Session at Otisco has volunteered to host the May 17 stated meeting of the Presbytery.



Steve Plank,

Stated Clerk/Communicator