Yearly Archives: 2016



As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered that Christmas is increasingly a rather bitter-sweet proposition for many of us. For, as we gather to celebrate the holiday season as family and friends, we also inevitably become poignantly aware of the growing number of loved ones who are missing from our midst.  […]

Pastor’s Message




The members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia cordially invite the greater Cazenovia community to attend the installation service of our new minister, the Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Oak.  The service will be Sunday October 23rd at 4:00 pm.  A reception will follow in the church’s Meeting […]

Pastor Installation Service


October, being the month of All Hallows’ Eve – and all things creepy-crawly – I thought it appropriate to share with you my “Spider Theology.” Its origins (based on a true story when we lived in Wichita, Kansas), began as retold below:   A couple of weeks ago, I came […]

The Pastor’s Journal


The Outreach Committee is starting a new drive to help our neighbors in southern Madison and northern Chenango Counties as well as Cazenovia, Canastota, and Oneida.  These are all areas served by The Mustard Seed, which is located in Georgetown.  The Mustard Seed is a food pantry but also provides […]

Linens, Pillows, and Diaper Drive



September is a month of transitions. Children return to school. Summer gradually gives way to autumn. The temperatures begin to entertain morning frost. Leaves try on their seasonal attire. Folks break out their cool weather clothing. Indeed, September is a month of transitions. But then, so much of life seems […]

The Pastor’s Journal



Backpacks, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, composition notebooks, folders, multi-subject spiral notebooks and three ring binders are all needed. Toothpaste is also being collected to promote dental hygiene. Any donation, large or small, is appreciated. These items will be distributed beginning the last two weeks of […]

School Supplies Drive



Dear Members and Friends, First of all, I want to express my deep appreciation to all of you for your enthusiastic support and gracious hospitality toward Diane and myself during my candidate weekend. I found your reception heartwarming, personally affirming and very encouraging as we begin this partnership in ministry together. Diane and I are both very excited about following God’s call […]

A Note from the Pastor