Geneva Presbytery

January Presbytery Meeting:
The Stated Worship Meeting of the Presbytery of Geneva will be called to order on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. The Worship Service will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls. Directions to the church may be found on the Presbytery website, www.presbyteryofgeneva.org. If you cannot access the map, please call the Presbytery of Geneva Office at 315-536-7753.
We Are On The Radio:
Each and every Sunday at 10pm, you can listen to the Spirit of Jazz! We have partnered with Geneva Community Radio  and this Sunday’s show is titled Take 6 with host Jeff Kellem! Log onto this website: http://genevaradio.blogspot.com at 10pm this Sunday! More information to follow about this opportunity once we are able to see how these shows are working out for us. I see lots of potential! :) Request: please email or Facebook us what you think!
World Cafe Movement:  At November’s Presbytery meeting, we engaged in our first World Cafe Conversation. You will be hearing more about this movement in 2012! To have a go to place for the World Cafe as it unfolds, we have a new section on our website dedicated to this conversation. You can find Part One: Bringing Our Community Together By Asking The Hard Questions on our site now! This blog is just the first in a whole year-long series! Over the next year, our hope is to use this method or exercise in each of our churches and our presbytery meetings! For example, in these meetings we may be choosing two to three of these findings to really dive into a deeper conversation and to gain more knowledge and thoughts on how to more effectively address these comments as a Presbytery. Go to: http://www.presbyteryofgeneva.org/world-cafePlease use the comment boxes below to add to this blog from your experience or email at Rhonda@presbyteryofgeneva.org with examples, opinions, questions, or comments you wish not to be public in this forum. Check them out! www.worldcafe.com! Also, books are on sale at our office for$20.00!

 We are looking for a Spring and/or Summer Web Intern! Please post the attached intern description to your congregations and contacts. This is a wonderful opportunity for any student interested in web communication work! All applicants should contact Rhonda Everdyke, Director of Communications at rhonda@presbyteryofgeneva.org. Please see attached. 

Come Advocate In DC: 
The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness is hosting the annual 2012 Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC and Ecumenical Advocacy Days. The CPJ Training Day is a one day even that provides a presentation on the work of CPJ related offices in Louisville, New York and Washington, DC. Their theme this year is on Presbyterians and Economic Justice. This subject is pertinent to all of us as we are in the midst of answering questions related to the work of the Church during these times of economic decline. Similarly, Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a three day advocacy training event held in Washington, DC by more than fifty interfaith and ecumenical advocacy groups located in Washington, DC. The PC(U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness is among this group. The theme for EAD is “Is this the fast I Seek? – Economy, Livelihood, and Our National Priorities.” Again, the theme of our economy is ringing. Registration for both events can be done at http://www.pcusa.org/events/18750/compassion-peace-and-justice-training-day/For more information on EAD see www.advocacydays.org.

Church World Service Update:
LEARN AND SERVE BUS TRIP: Our next trip to work in the New Windsor service center preparing Kits for shipment will be May 21-25, 2012. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the next step in the Kit process. This trip offers a hands-on experience volunteering at the SERRV International Gift Shop Warehouse and the Service Center in New Windsor, where the Church World Service Blankets and Kits (Hygiene, School, Emergency Clean-up Buckets & Baby Care) are collected, packed, and shipped for use around the world, including the U.S.  For more information or a brochure contact Amy at amanning@churchworldservice.org or 315-458-8535. Although registration and deposits aren’t due until March please notify me as soon as possible if you plan on attending.

SPRING KIT DRIVE: Want to keep busy this winter? Put your hearts and hands into action and put together Church World Service Kits. Our truck will once again swing down the east coast in May. For more information contact the Upstate NY Regional Office at 315-458-8535 or email amanning@churchworldservice.org . For detailed information about what goes into each Kit and how to pack them go to www.churchworldservice.org/kits .
Please help us run an efficient Kit Drive and follow directions on the website and in our brochure. Please deliver Kits to depots boxed with the type of kit written on the outside. Please prepare Kits as specified. Extra components or materials that don’t meet our specifications will be removed. For example, please include in a Hygiene Kit one toothbrush in its original wrapping. Please if giving funds to help with shipping pay by check or money order.
Blankets+As you snuggle up to try to beat the New York cold consider making a donation to the Blankets+ program and give the gift of warmth and love. Order your Blankets+ materials today!
REMINDER:  We do not automatically send Blankets+ materials out. To place an order by phone call 1-800-297-1516. For more information or to order  materials online go towww.churchworldservice.org/blankets .

Do you have a CROP Hunger Walk in your community? Many communities have been holding CROP Hunger Walks for a long time. Has your walk been struggling? Is there a community event or gathering of churches in your area that a Church World Service presentation could be made at? Sometimes a simple reminder of the importance of CROP Hunger dollars and the difference that funds raised make helps bring life to struggling walks. Think ahead and let us know if there are opportunities throughout the year for us to visit your community.

CWS Emergency Appeal Update: East Africa Drought
Situation: Millions of people continue to feel the effects of a historic drought in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. October and November rains have allowed some farming communities to plant their fields in anticipation of a harvest in January or February. Other areas are still dry, and nearly 10 million people are still in need of food assistance, according to the World Food Program. Famine and near-famine conditions continue in southern Somalia.
While the rains have helped, they have also caused numerous problems. Flooding has struck refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia and hindered road access to areas of Somalia. Many communities will need food assistance until the harvest and potentially beyond. Livestock has been devastated by the drought and will require several rainy seasons to recover.
CWS response: CWS is carrying out emergency food distributions through local partners in Kenya’s Eastern Province. In Mwingi and Nzambani districts, CWS is continuing to provide monthly rations of corn, beans, salt and cooking oil to more than 1,060 households through the Kitui Diocese of the Anglican Church of Kenya. Many residents who receive food carry out community projects to conserve topsoil and water, such as constructing sand dams. CWS and the Anglican Church distributed 2,400 tree seedlings in Nzambani as part of this effort. CWS and the Anglican Church provided 2,700 households with seeds for crops such as maize, cowpeas, beans and sorghum, which are now growing. In Kibwezi district, funds from CWS have enabled a local partner organization, Community Resource Management, to distribute food to 870 households. CWS continues its “Water for Life” program to develop water sources in drought-affected areas of Kenya’s Rift Valley and Eastern provinces. Through this program, CWS helped construct 14 sand dams, 11 shallow wells, three borehole wells, one earthen dam and 12 rainwater tanks in 18 Kenyan communities last year. In October 2011, CWS and the Anglican Church constructed four 6,000-liter water storage tanks for schools in Mwingi and Nzambani.
CWS support of ACT Alliance work: Through the ACT Alliance, CWS is supporting partner organizations in providing food, water and other emergency aid in Ethiopia, Somalia and Somali refugee camps in Kenya. ACT members active in Ethiopia include Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Lutheran World Federation, International Orthodox Christian Charities and Christian Aid. ACT members active in Somalia include Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Norwegian Church Aid and Lutheran World Federation. HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts in the Horn of Africa may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.
Contact Info:
Church World Service, Upstate NY Regional Office 315-458-8535 www.churchworldservice.org
Amy Bobbette Manning  amanning@churchworldservice.org
Douglas Anderson  danderson@churchworldservice.org

 

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