Newsletter

 

NEWS

We sadly lost another member of our congregation last month, our friend Carol Stamp passed away. Rev Jim Renfrew was still available to perform the service with the assistance of Carol’s family. It was a wonderful tribute to a special lady. Carol will be missed. Our love and prayers continue to go out to the Stamp family.

We are taking a summer break! It was a tradition for many, many years and the Session decided to take a two-week hiatus as we gather ourselves for the fall kick off.
There will not be any service this Sunday, August 28th or the following Sunday, September 4th. But…take a look at the events coming in the Christian Education/Worship section!

Of course, our biggest news, the retirement of Rev. Jim Renfrew. We celebrated his 22 years of service on Sunday, July 31st. We have included thank you letters from both Jim and Robin. We wish them many happy years of retirement. A special thank  you to Joe Riggi for photographing the event. The pictures are throughout this newsletter.

 

 

The Spirit
Byron Presbyterian Church September, 2022 Newsletter

“Friends”
The Basics
• • Sunday Worship is at 9:45 AM. Sunday School begins with worship at 9:45 AM. Our address is 6293 West Main Street, Byron, NY 14422. Right in the heart of town! Perfectly located for worship and mission!
• • Church office hours are Tuesdays and Fridays – 10 AM to 1PM
• • Our building is equipped with a lift (located through the glass door entrance) for easy “non stair” access to all levels.
• • While we are without a full-time pastor, please contact Kim Dewey, Clerk of Session for pastoral or other important church matter at 585-356-2256 (call or text) or email: kdewey518@gmail.com
• • Contact Administrative Assistant David Burke via telephone: 585-548-2800 or email: ByronPresb@outlook.com
• • Visit our Byron Presbyterian Facebook page for information ahead of events at church.
• • Visit our website at: byronfpc.org (we are currently updating the website so “forgive our dust”.

Financial Information:
• • Offerings & Gifts: We have a secure on-line donation feature available. Please visit our website (byronfpc.org) and click the “Give Now” button.
• • 2022 Offering envelopes available upon request of our treasurer or Clerk of Session.
• • Per Capita for year is $35.58.
• • Treasurer: Shannon Thompson – contact phone/text @ 585-694-4313 or email: slmccaffery@msn.com

Church Officers: Session Clerk: Kim Dewey, Tamara. Hillabush Walker, Ruth Andes, Laura Bestehorn, Chrystal Britt, Eric George, Robin Shuknecht, Liz Weber, Mark Dewey
Deacons Moderator Laura Platt/Faline Tyler, Wendy Louis, Vicky Truax, Sara Geissler, Patty Iamon, Isabelle Stevens, Elizabeth Shuknecht, Luan Riner, Barb Read
Trustees Chairperson: Tom Nesbitt, Secretary: Pam Lynch, Don Britt, Lee Blair, Jr., David Keller,
Richard Hillabush Walker, Marc Kenward, Harley George, Jeanie Sloat

Newsletter Information
For the time being, we will be producing a newsletter monthly. We need articles to be included for October by October 16th. We prefer to send the newsletter via email but are happy to mail you a paper version. Just let us know. Please send your updated email or postal address to our office at byronpresb@outlook.com

Sewing Group
Our sewing group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. September is Pillow Covers project. Learn to make decorative pillow covers for fall. Sewing machines are available. Small donation to cover the cost of materials. Please feel free to contact Faline Tyler for more information. 585-409-7128

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Prayer Chain

Welcome to Fall! It represents a new season; a season of change. Like leaves on a tree, we can also make a change in our lives. Prayer can be done individually or in a group. It can be silent or shouted from the highest hill. However you pray, it will be heard.
If you would like to receive prayer chain messages or send a message to be shared on the prayer chain, please contact Chrystal Britt (585) 409-1904 or by email at chrystalbritt@gmail.com.
Friends, continue to pray for each other and receive God’s blessings. We continue to pray for Bill Emerson, Evie Perkins, Ann Blair, Audrey Blount and Laurence Tallman’s niece Sarah. Whether it is a silent prayer or a prayer shared with many, God will hear it.
Blessings to all of you.

Retirement Celebration Thank You Letter

Dear Friends,
There is so much to be thankful about the retirement celebration that was held for us on Sunday. Of course, the best part was the large number of people who turned out to wish us well at the service and the lunch afterward. It would have been impossible to try to acknowledge during the service the love and encouragement of so many people by name, yet your names will be at the forefront of our many memories of the congregation, especially whenever we read the special greetings on the card and photo that we will frame.
We received many cards from folks during the time leading up to July 31st, from the church, the presbytery and the community. And there were a large number of nice messages in response to the photos Tricia Davlin, Patty Iamon, and Linda Badger Becker posted on Facebook. If wealth is measured by love and friendship, we are very rich indeed!
It was a surprise to receive some special gifts during the service, a book of math that I have started to read, a book about Scotland to which I hope we return again, the beautiful floral bouquet presented to Robin, and a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant in Rochester, the Owl House. That is the perfect spot, by the way, not only because of the delicious food, but it was probably the last place I saw two very close colleagues from my earlier years of ministry in Rochester, Beth Clark and Jane Esdale, who died well before their time. They could not attend the retirement service, of course, but when we go to dinner there they will be with us in Spirit!
Of course, the most unexpected gift is the bowed zither “Psaltery”, another stringed instrument to master! I hope people heard me explain that my great-grandfather Louis Fink and great-grandmother Caroline Goldbeck, German immigrants, met as members of a zither club in New Jersey, so family history comes full-circle! By the way, one of Louis’ ancestors Gottfried Fink was a church organist and composer in Freiderichstal, Germany.
I seem to have returned home from the celebration with a Mexican sombrero, which will be a good memory of our surprise in being honored with a fiesta, wonderful Mexican food, and even pinatas for children. I noticed that our grandchildren got some good swings in! Que bueno!
There are so many loose ends at the time of a departure like this, unfinished conversations especially, but we trust that in time to come we will have good opportunities to pick up where we left off. Thanks to all for much love and encouragement during these past twenty-two years. We will continue to pray for each other!

In the Peace and Hope of Christ,
Jim and Robin
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Christian Education/Worship Committee

The CE/Worship Committee has been hard at work! We hope you all attended the Town of Byron’s 200th Parade and festival. Our church had a “wagon load” of kids and parents on a float in the parade! Thank you to all who donated time and decorations and a BIG THANK YOU to our families for joining the ride – Doug Platt, Elizabeth and Zachary, Stefanie Resetarits, Ben and Eve, Ashley Liles, Naylee and Remy, Sarah Geissler, Luke, and Cole. Special thanks to Robin & Dale Shuknecht for pulling our float in the parade and to the Estes family for the use of their wagon. Faline and I hope that everyone received candy!
September 11th is the start of Sunday School. The theme this year will be “Friends.”
Mrs. Tyler has ideas galore! We will start our “friends” year off with a Pancake Brunch for everyone. It will be held immediately following Sunday Worship in the fellowship hall. Yum!
September 25th will be Hymn Sing BINGO – what is it? Each person has a chance to choose favorite hymns from both the old and new hymnals. We will pull them from a basket, BINGO style, and sing the song that comes up. Maybe prizes – guaranteed fun and a meaningful service for all.
Just a teaser…October will have lots of activities, turkey, treats, spooky music!! Stay tuned.

PANCAKES AND PALS! – Sunday, September 11th
Sunday School Kick Off – “FRIENDS”
Service starts at 9:45 AM
Pancake Breakfast immediately following worship for all!

Upcoming Preachers
While Session works with Presbytery to secure an Interim pastor, we have guest preachers coming to fill in.
Sept. 4 – No service/Sumer break Sept. 11 – CLP Mark Ross/ Sunday School begins
Sept. 18 – CLP Mark Ross/Communion
Sept. 25 – Hymn Sing BINGO – led by CLP Laurence Tallman

Oct. 02 – Rev. Laurel Nelson/Worldwide Communion
Oct. 09 – CLP Mark Ross
Oct. 16 – CLP Mark Ross
Oct. 23 – CLP Laurence Tallman/Turkey Dinner Oct. 30 – CLP Laurence Tallman

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Music Notes:
Welcome back to another marvelous church year of worship and music-making! This year the choir and several guest musicians will be preparing anthems, “special music services” recitals, and musical opportunities for all! Here are a few of the highlights for the month of September:
Sunday, 9/11: Elizabeth Weber, organist emeritus, will be back at the keyboard for our “Reopening Sunday”!

Wednesday, 9/21: CHOIR OPEN HOUSE! Ever consider joining the choir, but were unsure? Come sing with us at our open rehearsal and receive the choir experience from the inside! NO MUSIC READING OR PRIOR VOCAL EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED! Take a Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. to meet, sing, and be part of our choir family!
Sunday, 9/25: This will be a special HYMN-SING SERVICE! We shall worship through communal singing, where YOU get to choose the hymns to sing…be it old or new hymn book editions! This will be a unique service you won’t want to miss!

And, as always, you are welcome to join us ANY Wednesday choir rehearsal! There is always room for more singers! May we worship the Lord with joy and music all of our days!

Musically Yours,
Larry Tallman, Music Director

September Choir Rehearsal Schedule

7 (Wed) – NO CHOIR REHEARSAL
11 (Sun) – Liz Weber substitutes; Pancake Breakfast; “Reopening” Day
14 (Wed) – NO CHOIR REHEARSAL
21 (Wed) – CHOIR OPEN HOUSE & Rehearsal (7:00)
25 (Sun) – HYMN-SING SERVICE in Church
28 (Wed) – NO CHOIR
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News

We sadly lost another member of our congregation last month, our friend Carol Stamp passed away. Rev Jim Renfrew was still available to perform the service with the assistance of Carol’s family. It was a wonderful tribute to a special lady. Carol will be missed. Our love and prayers continue to go out to the Stamp family.
We are taking a summer break! It was a tradition for many, many years and the Session decided to take a two-week hiatus as we gather ourselves for the fall kick off. There will not be any service this Sunday, August 28th or the following Sunday, September 4th. But…take a look at the events coming in the Christian Education/Worship section!
Of course, our biggest news, the retirement of Rev. Jim Renfrew. We celebrated his 22 years of service on Sunday, July 31st. We have included thank you letters from both Jim and Robin. We wish them many happy years of retirement. A special thank you to Joe Riggi for photographing the event. The pictures are near the end of this newsletter.

September Mission: Backpack Project/N. Bergen Food Pantry

Pam Kenward, head of our backpack program, is accepting donations for our fall season. Due to the nature of the program, we need VERY SPECIFIC items, and the expiration date MUST be no sooner than December 31, 2022.
Items needed: Juice boxes – MUST be 100% juice Canned tuna in water
Canned chicken Chicken Noodle Soup (chunky style preferred) Individual fruit cups (NO applesauce)

We know it seems a little bit harsh to be this specific, but the success of the program rests on it. You can place your items in the back of the sanctuary or place on the table in the old parlor downstairs.
North Bergen Presbyterian Food Pantry is asking for donations of winter coats, hats, gloves/mittens. Place your donations in the back of the sanctuary and we will get them to North Bergen for distribution.

Clerk’s Notes

Just a quick update on the process of finding a new pastor. The Session is working with Genesee Valley Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. There is a process (in fact a whole notebook) to be followed. Our next step will be to advertise and secure an interim pastor. This person will perform Sunday services, pastoral care such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, and help guide us all through the transition process. An interim is just that, a person to fill the void between pastors. We will eventually be looking for interested individuals to serve on a Pastor Nominating Committee. This group, with guidance from the congregation, will start to interview and select a candidate to be our next minister.
This is not a speedy process. It is meant to take some time. We want to choose a person that meets the needs of our congregation and that will help us grow. Be patient. It will be well worth the wait!
In the meantime, for any needs or concerns, please feel free to contact me. My phone is 585-356-2256 (call or text). My email: kdewey518@gmail.com. If you would like to speak to our Committee on Ministry representative, please contact Rev. Charles Roberts at 585-259-3796 or email: holyretired2019@gmail.com.
Kim Dewey/Clerk of Session
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Capital Improvement Project 2022
We thank all those that have already contributed to the project to improve our building’s exterior. It has taken a bit longer than anticipated but we believe we will end up with a bright new outside that will house many years of warmth and fellowship inside.
From our original goal of $140,000 to cover the project, we have raised $89,500.00 to date. We had $12,000 set aside in our budget for 2022 to go towards the project. This leaves us with $38,500.00 to still raise. We know, with everyone’s help we can make it happen. Watch for a new sign out front to measure our race to the finish line!
Please consider a donation. We thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
Board of Trustees/Board of Session – Capital Campaign Project 2022

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I/we__________________________________________will contribute the following amount to “Capital Campaign 2022”.

1. $__________________________________________One time donation.

 

2. $__________________/month for a total of $_____________________

 

3. $__________________/year for a total of $_______________________

Please mail to: Byron Presbyterian Church, PO Box 206, Byron, NY 14422 or email to treasurer Shannon Thompson at slmccaffery@msn.com
**We offer online payment if preferred. See website: byronfpc.org and click Make Payment.
Thank you for your donation!
Capital Campaign 2022 Committee

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Trustees

The building restoration project is in the final stages with work being done on the front. There were a few delays in material but for the most part it was not a problem. Thank you for your patience during this. If you have not yet contributed toward this project, please consider helping out. This will improve our building’s appearance and help reduce the maintenance for many years to come. We are planning on updating the church pipe organ electrical components beginning in January. This will eliminate the interference with the PA system. This is expected to take approximately 60 days. Funding for this project will come from the Organ repair fund along with the Memorial fund. We are looking for ideas on what to plant in the landscaping along the sides of the church in the Spring. We still need to remove the roots from the bushes that were removed during the building project.
Feel free to contact any of the Trustees with issues or concerns.
[Tom Nesbitt, Trustees Chair]

September Birthdays
2 Zach Platt
6 Laura Platt, Alexandra Walker
8 Bob Tyler
10 Sue Hockey
11 Darryl McCracken
13 Justin Beverly
14 Pam Kenward
15 Carol Stamp
16 Daniel Stevens (Dad)
18 Ellie Wilt, Kimber Beverly
23 Winnie Elizabeth Small
28 Kristina Kelley Dickson, Lindsay Stein
30 Marilyn Britt

September Anniversaries

4 Bob and Beth Wilson
5 Sydney & Alex Carli (2021)
7 Sarah and Steve Small
19 Lee and Anna Shuknecht (2021)
19 Larisa and Matthew Chiverton (2021)

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

BYRON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022
11 AM – TIL SOLD OUT
DRIVE THRU ONLY
September 2022

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Jim’s Retirement Party

Join us for worship in-person every Sunday morning at 9:45 AM.

We are all a “work in progress”; our building, and our lives!

First Presbyterian Church of Byron
6293 West Main
PO Box 206
Byron, NY 14422-0206