Presbytery of Utica

Coming this fall from the Lay Academy…Reformed Theology!

Reformed Theology, a Core Course for graduation from the Lay Academy, will be offered this fall.  The Rev. Jon Noble from First Presbyterian Church of Little Falls will be the instructor for this course that runs through the spring of 2014.  The first class will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th at First Presbyterian Church, Ilion

The goals of the class are to:

• comprehend theological writings and lectures.

• think, write, converse and preach theologically.

• identify the distinct contributions of “Reformed” theology.”

• bring theological insight to bare in public witness and church ministry

• gain additional vocation discernment/effectiveness for lay ministry

To register for this free course, contact Lawrence Bartel at or 315.369.3475.

Stated Clerk's Blog

Reflect… Awaken… Live!

That is the title of a newly published book by a former New Hartford Central School colleague and former member of the New Hartford Presbyterian Church, Mimi Pacifico. I met Mimi my first week working at New Hartford when she pulled out a Utica Daily Press during a lunch period my first week of school and helped me search for an affordable apartment.cindy_mimiMimi was a fellow social studies teacher, and after my marriage, she and her husband Angelo became bridge partners to Cindy and me. She and Ang moved to Florida in the mid-1980s and she remained active in church affairs, becoming a Christian Education Director at her church. She later took on the job of writing a weekly column for the Daytona Beach News-Journal about senior adults.

Last year, Mimi wrote and published Reflect… Awaken… Live! It is a book about elderhood and issues about aging.
It is written specifically to be a book to be read in a group. It seems very appropriate for churches that have active adult reading groups. You can contact Mimi at

The photograph of Cindy and Mimi was taken at the New Hartford McDonald’s where we met for conversation and coffee on the afternoon of June 14.

Stated Clerk's Blog

Many Hands

by George Whitton

Yippee! The new Presbytery of Utica website is up and running! Many hands have helped bring this to reality. The “many hands” imagery is one we use often. While attending the Church of Christ Uniting craft show in Richfield Springs on Saturday I was struck by the many hands that were required to make this annual even such a joyous one. The chicken barbeque was spectacular, one member at the pie booth told me the church had sold over $1,000 worth of baked goods, and the crafts were of fine quality. We purchased a coffee mug (for me) and a necklace (for Cindy).

Isn’t this the case in all our churches? You commit to host a presbytery meeting. It’s seemingly an insurmountable task. Oh, we’re too old. There aren’t enough of us. But the day comes and tables are set up for registration, welcoming refreshments are ready, microphones are set, dinner is cooked and then served, and all in attendance are grateful for the gracious welcome.

And so it is with the work of the church. Not enough hands to do the work. But the hands that are available pitch in and the work gets done. Enjoy the new website. Share the work of your churches – especially those works that require many hands (and faces that are smiling!)

Blessings to all,