Caught in the spiral of a gymnast’s ribbon, generosity and gratitude dance ever closer to the Image of God.  Generosity begets generosity and it elicits gratitude.

September’s meeting invited us into gratitude’s and generosity’s dance. Open Spaces introduced the Small Church Forum hosted by the Presbyterian Foundation for all churches averaging 50 or fewer in worship. The Guatemala Partnership Task Force offered a scholarship for two newer, younger Presbyters to participate in one of the two Guatemala mission trips planned for February. The trustees helped us manage investments and search for funding sources as we develop new ministry initiatives. One of our smaller churches shared the generosity of the American Welsh Society who granted them almost $7,000 to pay their bills and opened an avenue for a potential partnership in conserving their building.

Our worship leaders, Rev. Ali Towbridge and Rev. Rachel Masten, led us in luxurious worship. The offering for Presbyterian Peacemaking totaled more than $700.

The Rockwell Falls Church provided a delicious lunch including vegan and gluten free options. Led by Pastor Michael Burkley, their hospitality throughout the day was so gracious and generous.

Our new Vice Moderator Elect, Judy Hartley, was introduced (though she has been shadowing leaders for months.)

What theme would you like to see explored at a presbytery meeting? Be in touch through our website or contact Moderator Kate Kotfila, Vice Moderator Michael Burkley or Vice Moderator-Elect Judy Hartley

About Rev. Kate Kotfila

Kate Kotfila is pastor at the United Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, NY. An important spiritual discipline for Kate is traveling in places where life is very different than in Cambridge. Kate served as Albany Presbytery's 2019 Moderator. You can reach her at and learn more about the United Presbyterian Church in Cambridge at

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