The Western Presbyterian Church of Palmyra, New York in Wayne County near Rochester, NY is composed of people called by Jesus Christ to be His representatives in the world.We strive to:•Inspire worship in our hearts, minds, and actions in honor and celebration of Christ.•Provide a sanctuary of faith for all people where support, empathy, and a sense of community are realized.•Cultivate spiritual growth by encouraging each congregant to independently discern God's presence and guidance.•Be a catalyst for growth and relevance of the local and extended Church.•Be Christ’s disciples through both local and global mission efforts.•Guide, nurture, and support the youth of our congregation and community.•Promote and sponsor youth-based programs including CanalTown Nursery School.
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Evangelism2 Timothy 4:5"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."Western Presbyterian Church's belief is that true evangelism should be born from our members' love and relationship with God and the desire for others to become aware of His grace. If we demonstrate the graciousness of Jesus Christ others will see it in us and seek the same path for themselves.Being in a formative phase of evangelism, the WPC congregation is recognizing the need for spiritual formation and leadership to become effective evangelists. We are grateful that our new pastor is helping to guide us along this path. Although very active in numerous forms of mission outreach as witness to Christ's love, it's becoming increasingly clear that different forms of more directed activities may be required to be effective at bringing the unchurched to Christ. The material below, from PCUSA, helps us understand what forms those activities may take by separating evangelism fact vs. fiction.The U.S. Congregational Life Survey provided a unique look at what works in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Responses from samples of fast-growing churches helped debunk common myths:1. Only congregations in growing areas are adding membersFact: Three strengths are positive predictors of growth — Caring for Children and Youth, Welcoming New People, and Participating in the Congregation.Fact: Other factors don't predict growth — denomination or faith group, congregational size, income levels of worshipers, average age of worshipers, and population growth around the church.2. Only new or recently established congregations are growingFact: Less than half of fast-growing Presbyterian churches were established after 1960. Most are older.3. Only large churches growFact: 39% of fast-growing Presbyterian churches have fewer than 200 in worship. Small congregations grow, too!4. Most people have been attending their congregation for years and yearsFact: One-third of worshipers are new in the last five years; in fast-growing churches one-half are new.5. Most new people are new to the faithFact: Most new people attending their congregation for five years or less have changed congregations within the same denomination (transfers: 57%). Only 7% are first-timers who are new to the faith. A few (18%) are returnees who used to attend worship but recently have not been involved, and 18% are switchers who changed denominations.6. Denomination is irrelevant to church seekersFact: Most new people (73%) say denomination is important in their search.Fact: Denomination is less important to mainline Protestants (59%) and those under the age of 25 (48%).7. New people usually learn about the congregation from advertisingFact: Many new people (47%) visit for the first time because someone invited them; only 6% came for the first time due to advertising.Fact: Most new people visit between 1 and 3 congregations before choosing their new home.Fact: Advertising helps raise awareness of the congregation and can make current members feel proud of their congregation.8. New people usually come back after the first time because of the coffee hourFact: People return because of the quality of the sermon (36%), the friendliness of the people (32%), and the overall worship experience (30%).Fact: Too many new people (38%) report no follow-up from the congregation after their first visit. In Catholic parishes, 53% of new people report no follow-up.9. Growing congregations rely exclusively on church signs and big advertising campaignsFact: Growing congregations use multiple methods to attract new people.Fact: Growing congregations are more likely to hold events to meet new people or to add members, advertise in the newspaper or telephone book, use email, have a church Web site, and send materials to or telephone first-time visitors.10. All congregations do the same things to integrate new worshipersFact: Growing congregations use multiple methods to integrate new worshipers.Fact: Growing congregations are more likely to have a specific group for newcomers and to invite such people to take part in small groups or service opportunities.11. New member integration methods are successfulFact: New people are less involved in their congregations than those who have been there for longer.12. Worship services in growing churches offer only contemporary musicFact: Almost all worship services in growing Presbyterian churches (89%) include traditional hymns.Fact: Services in growing congregations are more likely to include contemporary music and laughter.
StewardshipStewardship is the grateful response to God's grace and goodness. It requires a consideration of how our choices affect us and others, of how we can be good caretakers of the created world, and of how we can best serve God as disciples of Christ.Giving has always been a mark of Christian commitment and discipleship. The ways in which a believer uses God's gifts of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God's self-giving in Jesus Christ and Christ's call to minister to and share with others in the world. Tithing is a primary expression of the Christian discipline of stewardship.Those who follow the discipline of Christian stewardship will find themselves called to lives of simplicity, generosity, honesty, hospitality, compassion, receptivity, and concern for the earth and God's creatures.The Christian life is an offering of one's self to God. In worship the people are presented with the costly self-offering of Jesus Christ, are claimed and set free by him, and are led to respond by offering to him their lives, their particular gifts and abilities, and their material goods."See from His head, His hands, His feet,Sorrow and love flow mingled down,Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,Or thorns compose so rich a crown?Were the whole realm of nature mine,That were a present far too small;Love so amazing, so divine,Demands my soul, my life, my all."2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.Proverbs 3:9-10 - Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: (Read More...)Luke 6:38 - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.Matthew 22:21 - They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
Mission Overview of Western Presbyterian ChurchWestern Presbyterian Churchnurtures spiritual growth, joyful fellowship, meaningful community and global involvement,worshipping and serving God with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.Over the years, WPC has taken Matthew 25: 35-40 to heart. “Just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters, you did it for me.” WPC has served in the local community and throughout the world. Mission activities of Western Presbyterian Church involve many church groups, ecumenical groups, community groups, and groups throughout the world. Not all the support of missions is monetary; indeed, the church provides its space and other materials, and the church members donate their time, expertise, labor, and goods during the year. Many of our mission activities are focused on children and hunger. On-Going Projects (Click the project name for more details)Tabi Water Project with Living Waters of the World - water purification system for Tabi, MexicoFamily Promise of Wayne Co, NY - providing shelter for homeless familiesGood Neighbor Fund - monetary help for families in crisisWeekend Wellness Program – food for the weekend to food insecure childrenPalmyra-Macedon-Farmington Food Pantry – Food Pantry volunteers, Cereal Sunday monthly collections, Community Garden, and Reverse Advent Calendar collection.Summer Lunch Program and Palmyra Library Snack Program– working with ARC and the Library, get bag lunches to all children 18 and younger for 6 weeks during the summer. Afterschool snacks are available at the library twice a week.Grace House– Housed at Zion Episcopal Church, those in need are served with bedding, clothing, shoes, housewares etc. and connections to country programs Angel Tree Project- Christmas toys/clothes for over 100 children in communityCanal Town Nursery School - for over 40 years CTNS has been housed at WPC. CTNS has prepared 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten.Home Meal Service/Meals on Wheels - supported with donations and volunteersQholaqhoe Mountain Connections (QMC)in Lesotho, AfricaOne Great Hour of Sharing Offering – a special PCUSA offeringHealthy Ninos Honduras - health for children, water purification, and concrete floors for homes.Clint McCoy Feeding Center- The center provides a warm meal, simple games, and songs to over 80 young children two days a week.Former ProjectsJoining Hearts and Hands - 2008-2013ministry in Kenya Habitat for Humanity of Wayne Co, NY – 2001-2002 sponsored a house with other churches of the Pal-Mac-Farmington Clergy CouncilChurch to Church Partnership - 2002-2007 WPC and El Divino Maestro Presbyterian Church in Mexico
Mission and Social Concerns Team 2021Team Members: Irene Fadden, chair, Edie Chapman, Rena Haigh, Jan Taylor, Ruth Dantz, Cassie Hughes, Sally Chase, and Jonnie FontaineOngoing local projects supported by WPC:•Palmyra-Macedon-Farmington Food Pantry•Good Neighbor Fund•Home Meal Service (Meals on Wheels)•Grace House – clothing cupboard •Family Promise of Wayne County – serving homeless families•Community Garden – vegetables raised are given to food pantries•Weekend Wellness – providing nutritious food for school-aged kids•Free Summer Lunches for kids at the library •Palmyra Library After-School Snack Program – 2 days a weekHoliday outreach supported by WPC:•Angel Tree – 2 gifts for each child, 1 need and 1 want•ARC Home in Palmyra – gift card for residents•Reverse Advent Calendar – health items as well as cleaning and paper products for the food pantryGlobal Mission supported by WPC:•Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections - mission to Lesotho, in Africa•One Great Hour of Sharing Offering•Healthy Ninos Honduras •Water Project in Tabi, Mexico•Clint McCoy Feeding Center in Malawi, Africa
In order to prevent weekend hunger and the health consequences, the Western Presbyterian Mission Team will secure funds, purchase and package healthy food and snacks for children in the Palmyra Macedon Central School District. The individual packages will be delivered to 3 schools. During the school year, the school district will identify and quietly distribute the food packages to children in need on Friday just prior to dismissal.
The Good Neighbor Fund was started in 1989 by the area Clergy Council. This fund hasprovided help for hundreds of individuals and families in need since that time. Even thoughthis fund has been endorsed and supported by the Clergy Council, for the most part it hasbeen administered by the clergy and staff at Western Presbyterian Church. After Rev. Nancy’sretirement, although the Clergy Council continued to support the idea of the Good NeighborFund, none of the council members were in a position to assume the responsibility.The Mission & Social Concerns Ministry Team at Western Presbyterian Church decidedto take on the task. This team now acts as the governing board and our church secretary,Kathy Barr screens and organizes the requests for help. John Cook coordinates the interviewprocess with a team. Macedon Baptist Church and the Reformed Church are both representedon the team of interviewers – Cindy Platteter, Mary Jo Coleman, Lisa Premeslovsky, CalvinBucknam, and Mary Ann Holden. This team brings a variety of experience that helps us all togrow and serve. Wilma Redman is the secretary/treasurer of the fund and WPC Treasurer, EricChapman is the auditor.Along with the distribution of money, we attempt to connect those who seek our helpwith other sources of aid and information. We cooperate with the funds administered by theSt. Katharine Drexel Parish and the King’s Daughter’s to make sure all resources are usedeffectively.The Mission & Social Concerns Ministry Team is pleased to be able to keep thisworthwhile mission operating for the good of our community. Since October 2015, when werestarted the Good Neighbor Fund we have helped 23 families and have received $16,746 indonations and grants.If you would like to contribute individually beyond the $3,000 allotted in the Mission &Social Concerns Ministry Team budget, you can make checks out to Western PresbyterianChurch and note that it is for the Good Neighbor Fund.
The current Deacons Ministry Team is dutifully served by Randy Kennard, Sandra McMenamin, Linda Pulcini, Nancy Talma, Madelyn Jaggar and Sara Bush. The weekly prayer lists in our Sunday bulletin reflect their call for prayer and visits. We fulfill daily prayer requests for congregation members and many others. Our published list is very fluid, with weekly additions and removals. We pray for lost loved ones and those who grieve. We pray for God to be at the side of those serving our military. We pray for those among us who are expecting to give birth to God’s wonderful creations. We joyfully pray at their birth. There is a continual need to pray for the acutely and chronically ill, those for whom age has taken its toll, and for God’s care and safe return of those who travel afar. It’s very uplifting to read cards and letters we receive in response to our prayer ministry.Deacons minister to those who are shut-in and hospitalized. It’s truly an awesome and yet humbling feeling, knowing how receptive they are for our visits. Typically, we are joyfully invited to return. We repurpose and deliver flowers that have served their purpose in our church, to uplift spirits and hopefully bring a smile. Poinsettias are placed in the sanctuary during Advent by our church families. Those that are not reclaimed serve that purpose.At each monthly meeting, we add scripture and notes to note cards, provided by Sandy McMenamin. They are mailed to individuals on our extended care list. And, throughout the year, Linda Pulcini mails cards to congregation members and others, in celebration and to offer comfort.Our Sunday School children offer their talents too, by creating beautiful greeting cards in celebration of Valentine’s Day and the birth of Jesus Christ. They are delivered to our shut-ins and others. During Advent, we place items in gift bags to accompany those beautiful cards.The Deacons do not have a budget supported by congregation pledges. We rely on free will donations to finance our annual endeavors. Deacons Fund envelopes are placed in the pews for that purpose. We were blessed in 2015 to have enough funds on hand to fulfill a monetary request in support of a Good Neighbor Fund assistance application.Deacons are responsible for preparing the elements for communion each month, and for special liturgical occasions. They then clean and put away the silver pieces and communion cups afterward. The communion counts, another responsibility, are shown in the accompanying activity table.Deacons Activities, 2015MonthDateCommunionVisitsCardsNotecardsJanuary 01/1185332518February02/0886152025March 03/0880193618April04/0517734431704/19108------------May05/10106202420June 06/1477162920July 07/1259212220August 08/0975182820September09/1381142520October10/04114152718November11/0898205218December12/24145144025Total 1,291239371239Respectfully Submitted,Terry Goodwin, Chairperson
Worship Committee Annual Report for 2015This past year became a year of transition when our pastor, Reverend Dr. Nancy Farrell announced that she would be retiring, and that her last Sunday with us would be May 31st. The Worship committee made every effort to ensure that each Sunday our congregation would have a meaningful worship service. By scheduling pastors who are included on the Pulpit Supply List, our congregation continued to come together as a community of faith, sharing the Good News, as we enjoyed and benefited from the various messages and styles of our interesting guest pastors. Then on October 4th, all of our WPC family welcomed our new Transitional Pastor Robin Lostetter. Having Robin with us is truly a blessing. We are grateful for her presence and leadership as we continue this journey of change.Throughout the year, we planned and assisted with special events and services such as: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Christmas in July, Canal Town Hymn Sing, Thanksgiving Pie Extravaganza, Advent Choral Fest and Christmas Eve services. We recruited volunteers to assist with regular Sunday services. We ordered lilies and poinsettias and decorated the sanctuary for Easter and Christmas.In observance of the National Day of Prayer, on Thursday May 7th , the Worship Committee opened the doors of our sanctuary from 7AM until 6PM and served as greeters to anyone in the community who wanted to come in for personal prayer. Seventeen people came in throughout the day, eleven of them were not WPC members. Pastor Nancy led a prayer service at 7PM where fifteen people attended, three of them being non-members. We were very happy about the attendance, and particularly pleased that non-members used our sanctuary for their prayers. The Committee will continue with this observance in 2016, and we are exploring other ideas that will welcome the community to our church. We welcome ideas from the congregation.There are many people who contribute to the quality of our worship services. Some of them are right in front of us each week, and others work quietly in the background. The dedication of time and talent from our Music Team is unsurpassed. We thank our music leaders, Heather Trapiss, Jack Moak, Nancy Kratzert, Sharon Condit and every member of our choir and bell choir. We thank everyone who responds to our calls for ushers, readers, communion elders, Thanksgiving pie makers and for whatever else comes up. We would also like to give special thanks to our church secretary, Kathy Barr. Kathy always does a great job for our church, but this year has been a challenging one. Kathy has been instrumental in the seamless delivery of our Sunday services throughout the year. Every guest pastor has his/her own style, and way of doing things; and some deliver information more timely than others! Week to week, Kathy pulled the pieces together for us, and made sure that we had whatever was needed for Sunday morning. Our 2015 Worship Committee will serve again in 2016. We are: Jane Culver, Sharon Marr, Courtney Marr, Mary Beth LaBerge, Carol Sloan, Kelly Babcock and Sue Leonard.Respectfully submitted,Sue Leonard
We are a community of faith who believes in and worships God the Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit. Our services reflect our Presbyterian heritage, and follow the Christian liturgical calendar. Our weekly services are held at 10AM each Sunday. Special evening services are held throughout the year in observance of days such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, National Day of Prayer and Christmas Eve. Our worship services include:Scripture readingsPrayers of the PeopleChildren’s TimeThe sermon which is prepared to illuminate and offer applications of the selected scripture versesMusic provided by our choir, organist, bell choir and special guests.The sacraments of communion and baptism.Members of our congregation assist in worship by ushering, serving communion or reading the scripture lessons.We welcome all people to join us in worship.Sunday Schedule:Youth Sunday School 9:30 a.m.Adult Sunday School 9:30 a.m.Worship at 10:00 a.m.Coffee Hour at 11:00 Following Worship
The Fellowship Ministry Team set up monthly activities for the congregation to participate in.Some Highlights of 2015:On Sunday, January 4th, we celebrated Epiphany with a pot luck luncheon.On February 15th, we celebrated Sweet and Treats with a Valentine theme.In March, we tried to have a game night but the weather won out. On April 5th, we handed out jelly beans with the jelly bean prayer to the children at Easter.May 17th was our church picnic. Members brought a dish to pass, while the team provided hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and ice cream sundaes. This date worked so much better because it was the last day of Sunday school.On August 16th, some of the congregation headed out to the Red Wings Stadium for our annual afternoon of baseball. On September 13th, our team sponsored a coffee hour. During this time, we talked about what was happening the rest of the year for the Fellowship Ministry Team.In October, invitations were sent to all of the congregation who have been members for 50 or more years. We had two new members: Sharon Marr and Ellie Giles. A wonderful example and affirmation of faith for us all. Each new member received a beautiful corsage. We also gave a corsage to Pat Nash for being the longest-term Western Horizon member. We then had a pot luck luncheon in their honor with cake.November 21st was our annual game night. This year euchre, Banana-Grams, and a new game, “5 Crowns” were played. On November 28th, we decorated the Mary Griffin Room and Fellowship.On December 13th, we hosted the coffee hour and a cookie exchange. We had a great time trading cookies.We on the Fellowship Ministry Team wish to thank all of you who participated and helped make possible the aforementioned activities. We have received positive feedback from the participants and as always welcome any new ideas or suggestions. It has been our hope and goal to strengthen the bonds of our congregation, through the fellowship provided by group activities. In this age of impersonal electronic communication, this type of person to person contact within our church family becomes even more critical in achieving a positive spiritual outcome. We hope many more of you will join us in faith, unity, and growing fellowship in 2016.Yours in Fellowship,Deb TrombinoRoxie KachelCo-Chairs
Nominating Report January 2016Ruling Elders for each team are bolded and elected for 3 years. The numbers in parentheses are the final year of their term. Other members of the ministry teams are for 1 year terms. Thank you to everyone who signed the sheets to serve.Ministry TeamsFellowship: Deb Trombino (2017), Roxanne Kachel (2017), Sue Pringle, Norm Underwood, Ray Marr, Terry Gendron, Val GendronProperty: Doris Chriswell (2016), Amie McMullin (2017), Steve Kennard, Phil Opdycke, Don Dantz, Ed Plesa, Dave Pinkney, Bill Hassler, Bob Kirchhoff, Pat Pinkney, Lynn MalboeufFinance: Dick Kirchhoff (2016), Bill Bush, Gary Haigh, Randy Kennard, Irene FaddenWorship: Sue Leonard (2016), Sharon Marr, Courtney Marr, Mary Beth LaBerge, Carol Sloan, Kelly Babcock, Jane CulverSocial Concerns and Mission: John Cook (2017), Rena Haigh (2018), Sally Chase, Lou Callerame, Ruth Dantz, Jan Taylor, Janet Barager, Jonnie Fontaine, Edie ChapmanChristian Education: Jody Pruitt (2016), Lynette Cogan (2018), Lou Callerame, Rose ProberDeacons: Terry Goodwin (2017), Sandy McMenamin (2017), Linda Pulcini, Nancy Talma, Sara BushCanal Town Nursery School Board: Chair: Phil Opdycke (2016), Vice Chair: Sara Bush, Carol Sloan, Andy Sloan, Betsy GoodwinNominating: Carol Campbell, Lois Pratt, Ray Marr
Purview of the Property Team“…I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” 1 Kings 9:3The property team is responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all who use our facility. We maintain and sustain our tangible assets in a way that protects people and contents, keeps pace with changing needs, and furthers the longevity of our building and grounds in service to God.Our oversight alternates between short-term and long-term needs. Tactically, we manage routine maintenance and repairs. Strategically, we consider the replacement and upgrading of systems as an investment for greater cost effectiveness, capacity, performance, or lifespan.Your 2021 Property Team MembersDon Dantz, Steve Kennard, Gary Laberge, John Dobson, Phil Opdycke, James McFarlaneWe are grateful to Dave Pinkney for his many years of service as a member of the Property Team and his willingness to continue to support us as he steps away from full time membership on the team.We are also grateful to many in the congregation who are our eyes and ears.Significant Activities and Notes through 2021 and beyond.In 2019 we updated the hardware to provide more reliable access to the church network.Continuing to train people on how to use the AV system for recording and streaming Sunday services and adding some multimedia to the worship service. We welcome additional volunteers that would like to be trained to run the system.We are preparing for the quoting process to have the steeple repainted in 2022.Starting the process of changing fluorescent bulbs to LED versions throughout the church, starting in the lower hallway and as other fixtures fail. Expecting cost savings in both energy usage and maintenance costs after all 302 bulbs are finally converted.Outside lights have also been updated with new fixtures and lights to replace the fixtures that were failing due to the wear and tear of weather.Continue to work on landscaping and are adding some pieces of slate to provide a path thru the flowerbed to the “Winston Churchill” plaque on the front of the church.Thank you to John S. Blazey, Inc. for the use of the boom lift so the gutters could be cleaned, inspected, and repaired this year.A portion of a wall between 2 classrooms upstairs has been removed to provide one larger classroom for CTNS. Wall opening has been sized to allow for the option of a “door” to temporarily separate the spaces again if needed for Family Promise or other users.We are investigating options to change the 9 thermostats that are within the church. We have experienced intermittent issues on multiple units, so believe it is time to change all of them.We have been blessed to have Larry Sprague as our custodian, but his time with us will soon come to an end. We are starting to search for another custodian or local cleaning service.Facility UsageIn 2019 there were 40 usage requests (some requests were for multiple assets).In 2020 there were 11 usage requests (many were cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic)In 2021 there have been 17 usage requests thru September.To request use of the facilities please fill out and return this form:http://wpreschurch.org/documents/churchuseform.pdfRespectfully submitted,The Property Ministry TeamOctober 2021
Communications Task ForceMembers: Muffy Beato, Rev. Nancy J. Farrell, Terry Goodwin, Rena Haigh, Lynn Malboeuf, Amie McMullinIn 2015, the Communications Task Force deliberated over the changing nature of current culture and society and the ways involvement in the church is impacted. We sought to identify ways to build and encourage opportunities for members of the congregation to participate in the church’s work. The notion that Session and its component teams are tasked with welcoming participation by the congregation guided our efforts. The “brand” document developed through our work with the Ad Council continues to provide a guide to our work. We established a format for presenting “projects” that had clearly defined scope and allowed members who are unable to accept a long-term commitment to participate. In 2015, we identified a number of projects (logo development, audio/sound project, name tags, rear entrance rehab) that were posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. The name tag project has been implemented. Currently teams are working on logo development and audio/sound. Additionally, in response to requests from a number of members, a binder was created to house team/committee minutes as well as Session minutes. The binder is located on the credenza outside the church office. Respectfully Submitted,Lynn Malboeuf
OverviewMusic is an important tradition at Western Presbyterian Church. Our 30-member chancel choir, under the capable baton of director Robin Lostetter, provides spiritual inspiration through music every Sunday at the 10:00 am service. The choir also presents worship music at special services such as Christmas Eve, Easter, and when requested, at funerals, and memorial services. The choir aspires to augment the worship experience and bring the congregation closer to a true sense of the liturgical words and actions. Their purpose is not entertainment for entertainment’s sake.How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your Church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears, distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face -- tears that did me good. (St. Augustine, Confessions 9:6, 14)
Contact Info:Western Presbyterian Church101 E. Main St.Palmyra, NY 14522Phone: 315-597-9171Email: email@example.comWebsite: http://wpreschurch.orgOffice Hours:Tuesday, Wed., Thurs: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Families are an integral part of life and faith at Western Presbyterian Church and ministering to family needs is a particular focus of the church. Family composition at WPC covers a broad spectrum from those that span 3 and 4 generations to those who are newly formed or new to the area and everything in-between. We seek to provide worship and programs that address the diverse needs, body and soul, of our families (both within the congregation and encompassing the community beyond). We believe that caring for families is a part of the church’s mission and contributes to the overall well being of the congregation and the community. We seek to build upon and are grateful for the blessings provided by the natural beauty of the western New York region with its many lakes, rivers and wildlife as well as a rich history of pioneering faith. Below you will find a number of features from our community and church of interest to families. SPLASH!· Birth to age 3 program offered through WPC· Featuring monthly newsletters with ideas for interacting with tots and a CD of songs given as a baptismal gift· Under development: a Sunday School class for birth to 3 yrs old CANAL TOWN NURSERY SCHOOL · Hosted by and a mission of WPC· 2 programs available: 3 yrs old and 4 yrs old· 4 qualified and dedicated teachers· Four class rooms provide a safe environment that promotes learning and fun; the muscle room allows indoor activities that encourage large muscle development and an outlet for energetic children· Mom and Tot Program-weekly gatherings include guided play as well as time for Moms to socialize while the children ease into school time separation· Link: http://www.ctnschool.orgWORSHIP · Sunday School: features a simple Sunday worship gathering· Comfortable for parents with small children or children with special needs· Offers an opportunity for children to participate in the service (as ushers, readers etc)· “Peter’s Perspective” · 10:00 worship: features beautiful choir and organ accompaniment· Nursery care is provided by caring, dedicated volunteers from the congregation · Wide variety of appropriate toys and activities are provided · Offers an opportunity for children to develop relationship with the church family YOUTH PROGRAMS · f.r.o.g.s. (fully reliant on God’s supper)· 6th-8th grade participants· Very active group that offers events based on Scripture, builds fellowship and a living faith · Recent events have included: a winter weekend at Circle C Ranch, Halloween Historical Cemetery Tour (complete with live actors), Food Drive Scavenger Hunt (kids took their faith to the streets and collected food to replenish the local food pantry) · Senior High: Youth Session Delegate SUNDAY SCHOOL · Classes offered for students ages 3-18· Curriculum follows the worship liturgy· Instruction is provided by dedicated teachers/aides led by a paid Sunday School Director· Instruction is augmented by a variety of group/annual events such as Christmas Pageant, Market Place (students experienced a marketplace from the time of Christ) & Pentecost Birthday party· An adult class is also offered on Sunday Mornings Vacation Bible School · 2005 featured Bible-times Marketplace where students and their families had the opportunity to experience a marketplace from the time of Christ. Scripturally based events were enhanced by interactive exhibits included: brick making, scroll printing, mixing your favorite essential oil, rope making, paying the tax man and foods (we never forget the foods)· Marketplace activities continued throughout the Sunday School year providing a continuity to learning and developing faith· 2006 featured The Kingdom of the Son where a prayer safari helped students unpack The Lord’s Prayer CONFIRMATION CLASS · Structured on a mentor/confirmand basis· In depth· Group events· Program runs from October to May· Service Project represents a culminating assignment SCHOOLS · Three public school structures: elementary, middle-school and high school· All public schools are located in the township· Full academic and sports curriculum· Olympic size pool with aquatic curriculum available to students and residents of the community· Link: http://www.palmac.k12.ny.usCOMMUNITY CENTER · Located in town· Offers a variety of instructional sports programs for all ages (youth, adult and senior)· Crafting, dancing, exercise and day care programs· Senior expeditions· Link: http://www.palmyracommunitycenter.org/resource.htm ERIE CANAL · Historic NY landmark· Aqueduct park features a working canal lock system· Hiking, biking, boating-year round activities· Short walk to downtown Palmyra· Link: http://www.palmyrany.com/pal_erie_canal.htmHOUSING: · 2040 families reside in Palmyra (2000 census)· Housing environments include town, village and rural settings· Median house value $84500.· Link: http://www.city-data.com/city/Palmyra-New-York.htmlCOMMUNITY EVENTS · Year round events/entertainment take advantage of the changing seasons and nearby waterfronts available on Lake Ontario and the Finger lakes· County Fairgrounds are located in the town of Palmyra· Ski Facilities are located in a number of nearby communities· Local events include: The Amazing Maize Maze, Spinners Local Family Skater Center, The annual Hill Cumorah Mormon Pageant and the famous Canal Town Days featuring the WPC Ox Roast
Confirmation at Western Presbyterian ChurchAs our Presbyterian Directory of Worship states: “The church nurtures those baptized as children and calls them to make public their personal profession of faith and their acceptance of responsibility in the life of the church.” This takes place after a period of instruction and examination by the Session. At Western Presbyterian Church confirmation class for young people in seventh or eighth grade begins in November. Over the course of the next six months these young people meet regularly with a carefully chosen adult mentor and explore their faith. The student/confirmand also selects a fifteen hour service project. Both the pastor and a volunteer service coordinator meet monthly with the youth to offer instruction and help them accomplish their goal. Areas of learning include: the identity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, worship and the sacraments, the Bible, the Confessions, and life in the Church. The young people at the end of this experience meet with the Session, report on their service project, and make a personal statement of faith.
All women who have joined Western Presbyterian Church are automatically members of the Women’s Association.Life changes and life styles have created new challenges for the Women’s Association of our church. More women are working outside the home these days, and life in general has picked up speed and stress. All this has had an effect on our Women’s Association throughout the years but we are still meeting many needs.Our Women’s Association is proud of the following traditional fundraisers that were once again part of our agenda for the 2015 calendar year.The spring and fall annual Rummage Sales.RADA Cutlery Sales.These fundraisers have enabled us to help with our church’s financial needs, to supply funds for local and worldwide mission work and to provide funds for other disbursements that we have listed in our annual financial report for 2015The Women’s Association has been active this year in the following areas: Hosting funeral and memorial service receptions held at our church Church World Service Blanket Appeal Circle Bible Study GroupsYour Executive Board Members are:Tricia Owen, President Randy Kennard, Vice President Janet Manktelow / Sue Pringle, Co-Treasurers Sandy McMenamin, Representing Circle IV Women’s Bible Study Group Jan Taylor, Funeral Reception Coordinator Elaine Hassler, Funeral Reception Coordinator.I want to say a big “thank you” to all of the dedicated women in our church who have continually helped to support and make our Women’s Association a strong and vital part of Western Presbyterian Church.
HistoryThe town of Palmyra was created in January 1789. It was developed from land obtained in the Phelps and Gorham Purchase in 1788 on mounds left from the prehistoric Adena Culture. The land currently known as Wayne County was purchased by General John Swift and was originally known as Swift's Landing. Soon after settlement started the town became the District of Tolland. In January 1796 the official name "Palmyra" was proposed and adopted from the ancient city Palmyra in Syria reportedly to impress a new school teacher. The town had a population of nearly one thousand people by 1800. The village of Palmyra was incorporated in 1827.Palmyra began to prosper when the first newspaper of Wayne County, the “Palmyra Register” printed its first issue in 1817 giving the community an inexpensive means of communication and with the governor’s decision to build the Erie Canal. Palmyra had been a large part of the Underground Railroad in the mid 1800’s and by 1900 it had become a railroad and industrial center.Palmyra Activities and TraditionsThere are plenty of opportunities to engage in Palmyra with a variety of activities and traditions through the year. These would be Hill Cumorah Pageant, Palmyra Canaltown Days, Palmyra Pirate Weekend, Curling on the Canal, Trick or Treat on Main Street, Holiday Open House, Palmyra Farmer’s Market, Movies-in-the-Park, Community Garage Sale, Summer Concert Series, Historic Palmyra Cemetery Tour and the Wayne County Fair. Community OrganizationsThose wishing to serve on a civic organization have many choices such as; Palmyra-Macedon Rotary Club, Palmyra-Macedon Lions Club, Palmyra-Macedon Kiwanis Club, The Green Angels, VFW, American Legion. There are also opportunities to serve on the boards of our Community Library, Palmyra-Macedon School, and Community Center to name a few.Economic ClimateThe Palmyra area (which includes Macedon) encompasses approximately 70 square miles in southwest Wayne County.These towns are basically "bedroom" communities for Rochester as many residents live here and work in Rochester for Kodak, Xerox, PayChex, University of Rochester including Strong Hospital and the Wegmans Food Store chain.Major industries in the Palmyra-Macedon area include Garlock Packing Co., Berry Plastics, Unique Automation, and JRLon. There are also several machine shop operations which employ 10-20 employees and service the larger industries in Monroe County/Wayne County area.
EducationPalmyra-Macedon Primary School for grades K-2. Enrollment (2013-14): 483 Palmyra-Macedon Intermediate School for grades 3-5. Enrollment (2013-14): 403 Palmyra-Macedon Middle School for grades 6-8. Enrollment (2013-14): 429 Palmyra-Macedon High School for grades 9-12. Enrollment (2013-14): 631All of the Primary-High schools are located on campuses within the town proper. AP academics are offered at the High School level and have a 28% participation rate. There was a 95.3% graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year.For residents aged 25 or older 95.5% have a High School or higher level degree. 19.8% have a bachelor’s degree and 6.6% have graduate or professional level degrees.A wealth of colleges and universities are available within a 25 mile radius of Palmyra including Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan College, Nazareth College, St John Fisher College, Monroe Community College, Eastman School of Music and Empire State College.Church membership draws from the areas surrounding Palmyra. One of the closest municipalities is Macedon, NY with whom Palmyra shares a school district. Macedon is located approximately 3.6 miles from Palmyra; demographic information regarding Macedon is included below.Median IncomePalmyra: Estimated median household income in 2012 was $41,783.00 (up from $38,561.00 in 2000). The estimated per capita income in 2012 was $21438.00 (up from $19,087 in 2000). (city-data.com)Macedon: Estimated median household income $54,000 (up from $45,774.00 in 2000). (city-data.com)PopulationTotal Population: Palmyra: 7975Total Population: Macedon: 9148Other DataPalmyraMedian house value: $86,675.68% of housing units are owner-occupied, 32% of housing units are renter-occupied, 1.2% of housing units are vacant.Median gross rent: $726Mean travel time to work: 20.8 milesUnemployment rate (June 2014): 5.6% MacedonMedian house value: $115,376.77.6% of housing units are owner-occupied, 22.4% of housing units are renter-occupied, 1.5% of housing units are vacant.Unemployment rate (June 2014): 5.6%Palmyra is located in Wayne County which has a total population of 92,500. From 2000-2013 the county has experienced a substantial decline in youth and young adults: Residents ages 60-84 has grown 40% and age 85+ has increased by 26%. The unemployment rate in the county (2013) was 7.5% with total job decline 200-2013 of 6%. Average salary for the county is $39,200.00The closest urban area is Rochester, NY which is approximately 23 miles to the west. Due to its proximity Palmyra is considered part of a nine county region designated as the greater Rochester region. This region has a total population of 1.5 million with Wayne County accounting for 7.6% of the total.
Ministry TeamsThere are 9 Ministry Teams at Western Presbyterian Church. The Chair and Vice Chair of each committee comprise the Session. The Session as a whole is also designated as the “Personnel” Ministry Team and as such handles Human Resource matters for the church.Click on the Ministry Team names below or the submenu to “About WPC|Ministry Teams” for more details on the work and people of each team. Other locations on this site provide additional details about the work of various Ministry Teams.Christian EducationDeaconsFellowshipFinanceMission Social ConcernsNominatingPropertyWorshipCommunications
Staff of WPCWestern Presbyterian Church is blessed with knowledgable and and caring individuals who lead the church adminstratively, financially, musically, and spiritually. The gratitude of the congregation goes out to the Staff of Western Presbyterian Church for their faithful service that without exception consistently goes above and beyond.To contact any of the staff please call the church office at the main number, 315-597-9171 to leave a message.Cim McFarlane, Director of Sunday SchoolKathy A. Barr, Office AdministratorValerie Gendron, Financial SecretaryLarry Sprague, SextonJack Moak, Organist/Accompanist
Western Presbyterian Church historian, Betsy Lewis has compiled several interesting historical references for the reader. Links to these resources are found on the right side of this page.The following timeline of important events in the church was compiled from numerous sources by Betsy Lewis, Western Presbyterian Church historian on January 5, 2007.Church Timeline: Western Presbyterian Church, Palmyra, New York
The Organ at Western Presbyterian Church was installed in 1856, and is one of only 10 E&G Hook Organs still being played in the world. It was ordered by Hiram Jerome, the first Wayne County Court Judge, on behalf of the congregation. He was the chairman of the organ committee and the great uncle of Sir Winston Churchill, whose grandparents were married in this church on April 5, 1849.The late Harry Beach was one of the last to hand pump the organ. No longer pumped by a person, the organ now has a 5 horsepower, 3-phase motor that moves the high volume of air required, and many more pipes, keyboards, and ranks than the original instrument. Since the electric service of the church is standard residential single-phase power, part of the organ's electronics is a single-phase to three-phase inverter that creates the three-phase electricity required by the blower motor.On September 26, 1999 the pipe organ was rededicated following a complete refurbishing and reconstruction by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY. The 3-manual and pedal instrument took 11,150 hours to design and build.While using many of the pipes from the original 1856 Hook organ, the instrument is now a three-manual and pedal instrument. It utilizes 2,452 pipes across 43 ranks and 3 digitally-sampled 32-foot ranks in lieu of pipe ranks to save space. Along with this, a 16' wood Contra Bass and 16' Posaune were added to the Pedal division flanking the case, and the pipes were finished to blend with their background. The majority of the metal pipes are constructed of various compositions of lead and tin with large pipes being composed of zinc finished with gold bronzing powder. The wooden pipes are of clear sugar pine.Slide and tone channel chests as would have been found in the original 1856 Hook instrument were installed during the rebuilding of the organ and are operated by 12-volt DC actuators. The off-chests use electro-pneumatic action. The console, newly constructed during the rebuilding is made of myrtle, burled walnut, and wenge (African rosewood). It incorporates a state-of-the-art solid-state controller that uses 99 levels of preset system memory, a sequencer for recording and playing back the organ, a registration sequencer for performance use, a transposer, and midi voices.The Pedal division is arranged diatonically on each side of the organ. The Swell division is to the left behind the façade pipes are from the Pedal Open Diapason. The late Mr. Roger Schwing, a church member, duplicated the Pedal impost molding and rebuilt all of the lower case panels. The sound-absorbent carpeting was removed from the musicians' gallery to better project both organ and voice into the nave