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James R. Renfrew, Pastor

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is normally offered on the third Sunday of each month.
The sacrament of Baptism is arranged through the Pastor.

6293 West Main Street Byron, New York 14422-0206 585-548-2800

Easter Season at Byron Presbyterian - Palm Sunday, March 20, 9:45 AM - Maundy Thursday, March 24, 6 PM (Please bring a dish to share and your own table settings) - Good Friday, March 25, 7 PM (at the North Bergen Presbyterian Church) - Easter Sunday Celebration, March 27, 9:45 AM (Easter Egg Hunt for Children follows the Service) “Why?”

Our Vision: “Know Christ, Live Christ, Share Christ”

The people of our church have a vision! We have a vision that begins with the faithfulness of those who have preceded us. We have a vision that emerges from our desire to be inspired and effective followers of Jesus Christ. We have a vision that grows in our hearts as we commit to serve him together.

Recent Posts

  • APR 17 “Restoring Your Soul” - READING    Psalm 23           “The Lord is My Shepherd”      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green...
  • APR 10 2016 “After These Things …” - READING   John 21:1-19 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered...
  • April Church Events - Tuesday, April 12 Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry.  Doors open 5-7 PM, Volunteers needed at 4:00 PM.  We host this event four times each year.  In...
  • April 3 2016 “Who Finds Who?” - John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had...
  • March 27 2016 “He Is Not Here” - Luke 24:1-12   But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared....
  • March 20 Palm Sunday “Building That House of Prayer” - READING  Luke 19:28-48 [Jesus] he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the...

Upcoming Church Events

Date/Time Event
05/08/16 9:45am Sunday Service
05/15/16 9:45am-11:00am Communion
05/15/16 9:45am Sunday Service
05/22/16 9:45am Sunday Service
05/29/16 9:45am Sunday Service
06/05/16 9:45am Sunday Service
06/12/16 9:45am Sunday Service
06/19/16 9:45am-11:00am Communion
06/19/16 9:45am Sunday Service
06/26/16 9:45am Sunday Service
07/03/16 9:45am Sunday Service
07/10/16 9:45am Sunday Service
For a complete calendar see the events page by clicking Events on the top menu for a complete calendar or click Read More below for a chronological list.

Bible Study

Our church has a wonderful Bible Study group that generally meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from fall through spring.
We are a very friendly and somewhat informal group of folks that just love to get together to read and learn from God's word.
We would be so pleased if you would join us to share thoughts, questions, and insights concerning the teachings of our Lord.
Click the read more link below to view our blog with upcoming study information and highlights of past studies.

Read Our Bulletin

Check out our Sunday bulletin. Most weeks you can read the Sunday complete bulletin 2-3 days ahead of time online. Be prepared for the sermon topic, see what's happening on Sunday, view upcoming events as well as getting a heads up on all the other information normally in the bulletin.

Contact Information

Byron First Presbyterian Church

Street Address:

6293 West Main
Byron NY 14422
Mailing Address:
PO Box 206
Byron, NY 14422-0206

Phone: 585-548-2800

Current Newsletter

The October newsletter is available online as a special web version.
If you are a member of our church and would like a copy of the full version emailed to you please email me at byronfpc@jwmoore.com.

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This Sunday's Sermon teasers:

1. Psalm 23

Read the Psalm. It is a very familiar one to most people. Is there a phrase that especially jumps out at you as you read it today, or is there a phrase that intersects with your life somehow? On a cold April day one phrase that gets my attention is "lying down in a green pasture", because it's been a long time since any of us laid down on the grass around here! Which phrase gets your attention?

2. Psalm 23

The phrase that I am going to spend time with on Sunday during the worship service is "He restores my soul". I'm not sure yet how I'm going to expand on this in a sermon, but I'll be taking a long drive tomorrow and that will give me plenty of time to ponder it. First of all, I'll need to reflect on what my soul is! Where is it, what is it, how is it? Has it been unraveling, weakening or or fragmenting? And what are some of the ways God can restore it? These days I think it is mainly music that creates an opening for God's restorative work, music that I listen to, and music that I practice. So that's one direction I might go with the message. And maybe that's appropriate as a lead-in for the following Sunday when we enjoy the music of The traveling Troubadours/Old Hippies" during worship. Music restores my soul; how does God reach your soul? Prayer, singing, exercise, reading, cooking, children & grandchildren?

3. John 10:11-18

Along with the Psalm 23 we will also be reading from John's Gospel, the part where Jesus describes himself as the "Good Shepherd", perhaps a more intimate extension of what is offered in the Psalm. One obstacle for me is that I'm not too familiar with shepherds and sheep, so I try substituting words that relate more closely to my own experience. A teacher and students, a supervisor and workers, a conductor and musicians, and a coach and a team come to mind. How else might you connect with this reading out of your own experience?

4. Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18

On Sunday we will share communion. In a departure from our usual communion liturgy I'll be making frequent reference to these two readings and the images they offer for the love of Christ touching our lives in the bread and the cup. God is ready to offer so much! Are you ready to receive what God has to offer? Join us!
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Tomorrow's Schedule:

9:45 AM Sunday Worship
9:45 AM Introducing “Did You Know?”

11:00 AM Yard Clean-up with Trustees – bring a rake,
or a shovel, if you can, and definitely gloves! Rain/Snow
date is next Sunday, April 10th.
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Dear God, An empty tomb changes everything. We thought we had it all figured out, life and death and everything else. But now we know like never before that we know almost nothing about you or ourselves. In this moment of truth we are in desperate need of your Spirit. It’s not answers we need, but assurance that you are close by, eager to embrace us, eager to lift us up, and eager to help us find our direction. Make no mistake about it; we are blessed by this incredible love. This love alone is enough to recreate us. In Jesus’ name. ... See MoreSee Less

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“On World Communion Sunday 2015, Byron Presbyterian Church appointed Jordan Sloat as mission associate. He received a plaque and a wallet card with his new title and the catchphrase “Ready to Help”.
The position was offered to Jordan because of his remarkable commitment to mission in the congregation and beyond: community projects, presbytery youth events, mobile food pantries, Sunday School, yard work, Mothers’ Day escort, and parking lot captain – Jordan is ready to help. There was nothing more entertaining than watching Jordan toss and catch hundreds of cabbages at a recent mobile food pantry at our church.
Jordan is assistant to the assistant principal at his high school. He graduated in 2014, but continues to take vocational classes through Cooperative Extension. Jordan has participated in the New York State Special Olympics and Empire State Games and brought home many medals. He works at his father’s tire shop on weekends.
Some years ago Jordan and his friend Matthew participated in presbytery’s Mission Madness for youth. They were sent to Bethany House, a shelter for women and children. Their assignment? Sort and organize endless bags of donated women’s clothing, coats, and underwear. What a hoot that was for these young men, but it proved that Jordan is willing to try anything!
Jordan’s pastor receives his text message every single day: “What are we doing next for church?” Praise God for Jordan’s great heart for mission!

Prayer:
Dear God, you have blessed our Presbyterian churches with volunteers eager to serve. Please keep sending more of them our way. Help us feel great anticipation for what you are about to do next! Amen!

Submitted by James Renfrew, Teaching Elder
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“A Contemporary Creed” (adapted from I Cor. 15)
This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved, if we hold it fast: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, and that he appeared first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and the end; he is our Lord and our God.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Featuring: COMMUNITY ACTION OF ORLEANS AND GENESEE

Each month, beginning in April and continuing through the end of the year, we invite you to participate in direct support for community mission. Here’s how it works: pull some dollar bills out of your wallet, purse or pocket and carefully examine the left side of the face of the bill, looking for the Federal Reserve Bank letter in the circular seal. There are twelve of these letters, “A” through “L”. Each month we will reveal a key word or phrase. If you have a dollar bill that includes one of the letters in the key word or phrase we invite you to offer it to mission, using the “Did You Know” box on the back table in the sanctuary. Mission Associate Jordan Sloat will deliver the funds received to our counters at the end of the service. All the funds we receive will be given to Community Action at the end of the month. We will highlight a new group in the May.

Now here is the key phrase for April: LIFE AID

This financial support follows involvement we have already shared with Community Action. Community Action helped with our “Cardboard Box Shelter” experience on the church lawn a few years ago at the end of December (it poured!). The food items left at the end of each of our Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry days is delivered by us to Community Action for use in their community work.
Community Action of Orleans & Genesee is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has served low-income and disadvantaged families for over 40 years. Community Action programs are designed to empower as well as provide opportunity to those who are not yet self-sufficient. Programs like Head Start work on long-term goals by educating children and short-term goals by working with parents in a variety of areas like education, housing and nutrition. Many programs use short and long-term benefits (e.g., HEAP Application Assistance and Weatherization Services), referrals (Emergency Services) or education (Employment Training programs) to help people achieve self-sufficiency. We would appreciate any assistance via tax-deductible financial donations and contributions of goods and services. In addition, if know you of someone who could use our help, please contact us.
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THE ABUNDANT GRACE OF GOD
In the Gospel of John, Jesus appears to his disciples in a locked room. In that moment, charged with fear and hope, Jesus breathes his Spirit, and their world changes. We pray to the Lord, fill us with that same Spirit. Our hearts are open to everything he offers.
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Dear God, We seek your blessing for what we have tried to do in your name. Sometimes we don’t get it right, so we seek your blessing as we try doing things in new ways. And that’s not all; we seek your blessing for what we may yet become. Mary enters into the Garden in grief, but she leaves the garden – on the run – with excitement for new life. The disciples hide in their room – in fear – but they emerge with new hope. Bless these gifts that represent that excitement and anticipation for what comes next. In Jesus’ name. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less

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