Episcopal Diocese of Albany



2016 Bishop's Appeal

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One night recently, I arrived home around 9:30 p.m. It was dark, snowing, windy and bitter cold outside. As I stepped into the house, I was greeted by the comforting warmth and light from inside our home. The first words out of my mouth were, "Thank you Lord for this home and for all my many blessings." Like many of you, my family and I are richly blessed. Tragically, there are many around us who are not so fortunate.

Earlier in the day, I ministered to someone who was going through a very difficult time and was very concerned about how they would be able to make ends meet. Their spouse was out of work due to medical reasons. Bills were mounting and fear was setting in. How would they be able to pay the heating bill and mortgage? The prospects of a Merry Christmas were growing very bleak. Fortunately, by the grace of God and the generosity of those who contribute to the Bishop's Appeal, I was able not only to pray for this family, but also to provide some financial assistance to aid them during their time of need. I wish you could have seen the smile on their faces and the sense of relief in their eyes when I gave them the gift you and others made possible.

This past year, you and I have been able to help numerous individuals and families through the funds raised in the Annual Bishop's Appeal. We were able to assist one young family who was struggling to be able to afford to buy the expensive special formula their new born child needed due to food allergies. Another young family was assisted with needed car repairs that were beyond their budget. Several individuals were helped with costly medical expenses that weren't covered by insurance. One family was assisted with the funeral expenses of a loved one.

Through the assistance of the Bishop's Appeal, several kids (who could not otherwise afford it) were able to attend Beaver Cross Summer Camp and the Diocesan Youth Rally at Convention. These are truly life transforming experiences for many of our kids. Likewise, a number of our deacons and priests were assisted with the cost of the Annual Deacons' Retreat and Priests' Retreat, as well as the Clergy and Spouse Conference, making it possible for them to attend and be blessed by a time of rest, spiritual regeneration and fellowship with their fellow clergy and spouses.

In addition, you and I, through the Bishop's Appeal, have been able to assist several of our missionary friends who are ministering to people living in some of the most dangerous and desperately needy places in the world. We have also been able to help support the ministry of other not-for-profit organizations a little closer to home, to include: Alpha Pregnancy, New Wineskins, City Net Ministries, and Nashotah House.

Dear friends, my wife Karen and I invite you to please join us in supporting this year's Bishop's Appeal. Your gift can help make all the difference in the lives of those going through difficult times and those less fortunate than ourselves — bringing relief, hope and a smile where there might otherwise be suffering and despair.

To donate to this year's Bishop's Appeal, you may mail a check, made payable to The Episcopal Diocese of Albany with Bishop's Appeal written in the memo line, to The Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Annual Bishop's Appeal, Episcopal Diocese of Albany, 580 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834. You may also donate online using your credit card by clicking here.

By sharing the blessings the Lord has given us with those in need, we truly can make a difference. While we can't reach everyone, we can reach some, sharing God's love, mercy and healing grace with those He brings into our lives. Thank you again. May the Lord richly bless you and your loved ones in 2017 as He uses you to be a blessing to others.

Faithfully Your Brother in Christ,

+William H. Love

Ninth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Albany

P.S. - Please give as generously as you can. Ten percent of this year's Bishop's Appeal will go to support our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Maridi, South Sudan who continue to be plagued by war and extreme poverty. They are in desperate need of our help.

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