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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2018. All PSV churches are invited to encourage any/all youth (going into 6th grade and up) to register for this wonderful opportunity to learn and live how others live in communities very different from their own. (Adult participants are also encourages to register. Why not go along with your kids or grandkids?)
The cost (after Presbytery contribution) is $75 per participant. Registrations may be made via the Christian Nurture Team page on the Presbytery website found here: http://susvalpresby.net/mission/christian-nurture/mission-trip/

Info on Shepherd's Spring may be found here: https://www.shepherdsspring.org/go/global-explorers/?nav=66

Questions: Send to Mark at pastorpiedmonte(at)gmail.com.

Hope YOU can come!
Christian Nurture Team


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 without or without a pastor.

Since our last presbytery wide meeting that was held in Delhi United Ministeries we have been busy.  Please welcome Rev. Robert Heinle, and  Stewart Rogers to our team staff.  What a joy it is to have them  with us.  We have rescheduled our June 2, 2018 "Church Workshop -102.

That workshop will be Saturday, July 21,2018 at 9:00 AM.  It will be held at Binghamton United. 

For those who were not able to attend any of the 101 workshops, we will have notes from these available for everyone.

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 three gatherings.  One church has already begun to employ George's powerful message within their congregation with positive results.  Others are discussing thoughts with members from their churches.



Mark your calendar for July 21,2018.  This is one workshop you do not want to miss.    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, including lunch.  This is also FREE.  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 can have 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 July 13, 2018 so that people at  Binghamton United will have sufficient time to shop and prepare for the event.

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you.

Please feel free to contact one of us if you have questions. 

We will try to set up for child care.  Let us know if you need this.

Please RSVP to any one of us.

Jo Ann Aymar          joaymar7(at)gmail.com                              607-265-3354

Cindy Burger           csburger(at)frontiernet.net                       607-692-3442

Bob Heinle                wpfcoach(at)aol.com                                  607-692-2564

Marsha Muller        marsha3(at)frontier.com                           607-865-6020

Stewart Rogers       gsturogers(at)gmail.com                            607-687-1366

Camperships 2018 flyer.jpgPresbytery Campership for school-age children and youth (K–12th grade) and young adults with special needs

Overnight Christian camps only ~ One campership per camper per summer season
Camperships are NOT a financial aid program. They are an incentive, provided to ALL families (regardless of family income) involved in churches in the presbytery, to support and enhance kids’ Christian faith journeys.
Level 1: Presbyterian (PCUSA) camps 3/4 of cost of one week of camp (up to $500 maximum)
Level 2: Churches Uniting in Christ (includes United Methodist), American Baptist, or Reformed Church of America camps 2/3 of cost of one week of camp (up to $375 maximum)
Level 3: All other Christian camps (camps are evaluated on a case-by-case basis) 1/2 of cost of one week of camp (up to $250 maximum)

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2018
For information and applications, visit www.susvalpresby.org and go to Mission > Christian Nurture then click on Camperships
Questions? pmc(at)susvalpresby.org or 607-323-4477
Let’s work together to encourage our children and youth to grow in God’s love!

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Hartwick Seminary Summer Institute of Theology (HSIT) in Oneonta

The 28th Annual Hartwick Seminary Summer Institute of Theology (HSIT) is a series of courses and seminars that will be held on the campus of Hartwick College from Sunday, July 30th through Friday, August 3, 2018.  The Institute is open to all laity and clergy for personal enrichment and continuing education.  It is sponsored by the area Lutherans.

Two types of classes are offered:

  • Courses are for one hour each morning Monday - Friday (Monday -Thursday in some cases)
  • Seminars are for 2-1/2 hours each Monday-Thursday (afternoons and evenings)

Instructors come from several faith traditions including Lutheran, Orthodox Church of America, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholic.  This year Cynthia Walton-Leavitt is offering two seminars: 1) Abortion: Most of Us Are in the Middle and 2) Iona: An Island and a Pilgrimage.

Attached are:

1) HSIT Brochure with courses and seminars listed 2018 HSIT Brochure final

2) HSIT Registration form 2018 HSIT Regis Form

Please look over the list of offerings to see if there is something that peaks your interest.

Our Committee on Lay Preaching encourages everyone in church leadership to consider continuing education opportunities.  For more info. about possible scholarships, please contact CoLP Chair Barbara Renton at (607) 967-4819 or therentons1(at)gmail.com

For details about HSIT, please contact Paul Messner, Pastor of the Otsego County Lutheran Parish, and Administrator of the Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology at (607) 287-4534 (cell) or prpaul_theoinst(at)hotmail.com

May God bless our ministries of education and faith formation.


The First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville is sponsoring a trip to see JESUS! - the action packed musical stage adventure that takes us on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the every day people whose lives he changed forever.  Hales bus coach will pick up passengers at the Gilbertsville Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 26, boarding at 6 a.m.  (NOTEArrangements can also be made for attendees to get the bus in Oneonta, Sidney and Binghamton.) With a stop along the way, we will arrive in the Lancaster, PA area around 11:30 to enjoy a scrumptious buffet at Miller's.  The 3 p.m. matinee of Jesus has us sitting in the balcony, center section, to witness and take in this life adventure, including the unexpected… as it reaches down and pulls you out of the water, wherever you are in your life.  All inclusive rate to include a comfortable seat on the bus, the full buffet and admission to JESUS is $168 per person, based on 30 passengers.  If we are successful in reaching 35 or over 40 passengers, each will receive a refund the day of the trip.  Following a brief stop on the way home, we are scheduled to arrive back in Gilbertsville around 11 p.m.  Questions or payment for reservations are to be made payable to Roger Halbert, P.O. Box 321, Gilbertsville.  Seats on the bus will be made in order of payments received.  Questions, contact Roger at 783-2691.

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, joanngray(at)stny.rr.com

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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