The First Presbyterian Church of Westernville, NY, founded in 1818, is seeking a full-time pastor for its congregation of about 80 members. Westernville is a village in Oneida County NY – just a 45 minute drive from the Adirondack Mountains. More information about the church and its Mission Study may be found on their website at www.westernvillepresbyterian.org. If you have interest in this position, please contact their Clerk of Session, Steve Smits, at 315-281-0484 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may also contact Floyd Olney, Chair of the PNC email@example.com.
Please direct all inquiries to Rich Ives at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The pulpit supply person would be required to prepare and deliver the sermon or message for the service. The message should be approximately 20 minutes in length (could be shorter, but shouldn’t be much longer). Although our worship team is charged with preparing the other portions of the service, we have always left it open if the pulpit supply wants to take more of the service. Worship services are generally “themed” with each of the parts related in some way to the message. To that end, we give the pulpit supply person the opportunity to construct the service parts and then inform our church secretary so she can put the Sunday bulletin together. If the pulpit supply person wants to prepare parts of the service, he/she needs to get the information to our secretary no later than the Tuesday prior to the Sunday the person is preaching. This should not be a problem, because the pulpit supply person will know long in advance which Sunday he/she will be preaching. Sample bulletin may be downloaded here.
- We provide a worship leader who will assist with the worship service. When the pulpit supply person arrives at the church (at least 1/2 hour prior to the service), he/she and a member of our Consistory will help familiarize the pulpit supply person with the church. The worship leader will introduce the pulpit supply person to the congregation and will lead all the parts of the service that the pulpit supply person doesn’t. One special part of our service is the “Prayers of the People” where individuals in the congregation can ask for prayers or offer words of praise and thanks as the worship leader jots the information down at the pulpit. Those prayers are then included in the prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
- In addition to a worship leader, we have a member of the congregation read the scripture for the day unless the pulpit supply person wants to take that part. Some do because it relates to the message.
- We have an organ, a choir, and a praise band who provide the music for each of our services. They select the songs of praise and the hymns for each of the services.
- We have a projection and sound system in our sanctuary. All the parts of the service are displayed on the screen including prayers, hymns, responsive readings, etc. The pulpit supply person will be offered an “over-the-ear” hands-free mike for use during the service. There are also mikes at the pulpits.
- At the end of the service, we like to have the pulpit supply greet the people as they leave.
- At present, we pay the pulpit supply person $100.00 for a worship service. There is a proposal to raise that to $150 which will be acted upon at the December meeting of the Consistory.
- Each worship service is followed by a coffee/cookie time in the narthex.
We are proud to announce the ordination of Arthur "Nick" W. Smith, CRCDS '13. Nick will be ordained by The Right Reverend Gladstone B. Adams III, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Trinity Church in Fayatteville, NY.
The CRCDS community congratulates Nick as he begins a new chapter in his spiritual journey.
The American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABCNYS) invite CRCDS students and alumni to consider ministry opportunities around upstate New York. The ABCNYS Region serves 294 churches in a variety of ministry settings, urban and rural, suburban and small town. A number of our churches are dually aligned or in a federated or union relationship with varied mainline Protestant or other Baptist denominations. To learn more about our Region, visit www.abc-nys.org.
If you are interested in having your information shared with an ABCNYS search committee, please send a letter of interest along with an up-to-date American Baptist Personnel Services (ABPS) profile and three current professional references knowledgeable of your ministry skills and experience to: Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, Associate Executive Minister 518/380-4510 or email@example.com.
Mailing address: 115 Hazelhurst Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
If you do not have a current ABPS profile, please contact the American Baptist Region with which your local church membership is affiliated. If you are not currently aligned with ABC/USA, please send a resume detailing skills, experience, and three professional references along with your affiliation and standing with your current denomination.
For more information about ABCNYS search and call support, visit: http://www.abc-nys.org/who-we-are/regional-enhancement-team/ret-clergy-placement
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is pleased to announce the appointment of Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. McKelvey follows Rev. Stuart A. Mitchell III, who served in that role for three years.
Rev. McKelvey has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 and served as interim President of the school for 18 months following the retirement of Dr. Eugene C. Bay, until the appointment of Dr. Marvin A. McMickle as President in October, 2012.
Rev. McKelvey, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY was the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester serving from 2000 until he retired in 2008. A former Episcopal priest in Delaware and New Jersey, he received a Master's of Divinity and honorary doctorate degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.
The Board's new Chairperson is active in the community and volunteers his time and talents to many diverse causes. He has served on the Boards of Episcopal Senior Life Communities, Rochester Red Wings, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Water for South Sudan.
The Episcopal Diocese recently interviewed Bishop McKelvey and recorded his thoughts about the CRCDS' past, it's future, and his new leadership role. The podcast of that interview can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/98575639