Diocesan Update March 8th, 2017

149th Convention

Spring is nearly here, and that means it's time to gear up for Convention! The 149th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany will be held Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th at Camp of the Woods in Speculator. Our theme this year is Shine!, based on Matthew 5:16. There will be exciting speakers and engaging workshops. So get your registration in early and save your spot! You can register here.

Cathedral of All Saints

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys
The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys will be performing their spring concert on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 S. Swan St., Albany, NY 12210. The choir will be performing Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass (Mass for Troubled Times). They will be joined by members of the Arcadia Players and guest soloists, with all being directed by Woodrow Bynum, Director of Music. Tickets are available online here, or by calling (800) 838-3006.

Oaks of Righteousness

Carnvial, Open House and Chapel Dedication
Oaks of Righteousness invites you to join in the celebration of the feast of St. Patrick and the dedication of the new St. Patrick's Chapel on Friday, March 17th. Come enjoy games, fellowship and food at our St. Patrick's Day Carnival, then join in worship and giving thanks to God for the new chapel. It's all happening at the new location: 3027 6th Ave., Troy, NY 12180. The Carnival and Open House will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The procession to the chapel will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the service of dedication, led by Bishop Love, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Retreat Opportunity

Lenten Retreat Night
On Wednesday, March 22nd, Trinity Church 1336 1st Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189 is hosting a Lenten Retreat night entitled Mary, a Woman of Substance...from the Manger to the Cross, our Model, led by Marge Milanese. The retreat will begin at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. Start the evening off by attending Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but to ensure that there are enough materials available, please register by calling (518) 852-8484. (In the event of inclement weather, call this number to verify the program is still being held).

Conference Opportunities

Chains Be Broken Conference
The conference Chains Be Broken: Understanding the Effects of Pornography and Working Towards a Solution will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:15 a.m until 5:00 p.m. at The Church of the Messiah, 296 Glen St # 1, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Speakers will be Dr. William Struthers, Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College and author; Jessica Harris, blogger and author; and Audrey Assad, author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. The conference will be followed at 7:00 p.m. by a concert by Ms. Assad at The Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. For more information, click here. The cost of the conference is $25 and the cost of the concert is $25. Buy the conference and concert together for $45. Register before March 22nd and receive the early bird rate of $20 each or $35 for the package! Register here.

Clergy Conference
The Clergy Conference (Spouses Invited!) is taking a break this year. The Conference will return next year. To engage in fellowship with other clergy this time of year, attend the CPG Wellness Conference (see below).

CPG Clergy Planning for Wellness Conference
Whether you are newly ordained or have twenty years in ministry, the CPG Planning for Wellness Conference will help guide you towards a healthy life and a secure retirement. Topics to be covered include: managing your current finances, goal setting and planning, understanding pension benefits and the changes to the Clergy Pension Plan, and improving overall physical health. The conference will be held Tuesday, April 25th - Wednesday, April 26th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. This conference is for active clergy (clergy in the Pension Fund and not drawing retirement) and their spouses only. This Conference will be especially helpful for those thinking of retiring in the next few years. If you did not receive an invitation in the mail or have other questions, please contact Martha Gardner by phone at (800) 223-6602, extension 6290, or by email by clicking here. To register, click here.

CPG Lay Planning for Wellness Conference
Any time is a good time to learn about planning for your retirement! But the best time is Thursday, April 27th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, when CPG will host a Lay Planning for Wellness Conference. Topics to be covered include: managing your current finances, goal setting and planning, understanding pension benefits, and improving overall physical health. Spouses are invited. Invitations will be sent this week with further details. It is hoped that parishes will give lay employees the day off to attend this conference. If you do not receive an invitation in the mail or have other questions, please contact Martha Gardner by phone at (800) 223-6602, extension 6290, or by email by clicking here. To register, click here.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rev. Mike Neufeld
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 14th will be the Rev. Mike Neufeld, Rector of St. Andrew's, Scotia. You can read his full bio here. The Healing service includes inspirational music and praise, powerful testimonies about the healing power of Jesus Christ, and phenomenal teaching and preaching. At the end of the service, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available as well as personal ministry with a prayer team. Individual Prayer Sessions are also offered by appointment for those who would like to receive more intensive prayer ministry. The service begins at 10 a.m. in the Oratory Chapel. A buffet lunch is available for purchase ($11 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Day of Quiet and Healing
The Healing Center at Christ the King will host a Day of Quiet and Healing on Saturday, March 11th from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Outreach Opportunity

Messy Fiesta
St. Andrew's Church, 10 N Main Ave, Albany, NY 12203 is hosting a Messy Fiesta, a Celebration and Training Day, on Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The day will be led by Julie Hintz, Regional Messy Church Coordinator. She will cover topics such as reaching your community, engaging all ages, creating welcoming spaces, building relationships, encountering God together, and having fun. (You can learn more about Messy Church here or on Facebook - search for Messy Church USA). The cost for the day is $25, which includes lunch. For more information and/or to register, please call (914) 888-6551 or email the church by clicking here.

Learning Opportunity

Faith-Based First Responders
On Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., St. James' Church 305 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, will host Faith Based First Responders: Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Their Families. This workshop is designed to equip Senior Pastors, church leadership, and lay ministers with some of the tools necessary to address one of the most difficult crises that our community faces: addiction. The workshop will take an honest, science-based, spiritually sensitive walk through the issues that churches face when it comes to addiction. The workshop will cover recognizing addiction (the first step in spiritual caregiving), pastoral/spiritual care of addicted persons and families, self-understanding and understanding prevention strategies, and the role of community in the recovery from addiction. The cost for the workshop is $15 and can be paid onsite. To reserve your place in this workshop, click here. Please RSVP by March 20th.


A New Day
Cursillo is a method for enriching and deepening Christian lives through prayer, study and action. Cursillo begins with a weekend held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and continues with the support of fellow Christians for the rest of the participants' lives. Cursillo is being renewed in the Diocese! A women's weekend is being planned for this fall and a men's weekend for the spring of 2018. A Diocesan Cursillo Reunion will be held at Church of the Messiah 296 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 on Saturday April 29th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fellowship is from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with coffee and music. The program lasts from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and will begin with Eucharist with Bishop Love celebrating. Please bring your own lunch. You do not need to have been on a Cursillo weekend to attend the reunion; everyone is welcome. There will be a Secretariat meeting after the reunion from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information about any of these events, contact John Hyde at (518) 376-9477 or email him by clicking here.

Twelve-Step Opportunities

St. James', Lake George
St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 will host SA meetings on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.. SA is a 12-step program for people with sexual addiction. The meetings will be in the parish hall. For more information, call the church at (518) 668-2001.

St. Paul's, Kinderhook
St. Paul's Church, 6 Silvester Street, Kinderhook, NY, Kinderhook, NY 12106 will host a 12-step Eucharist on Saturday Febrary 25th at at 5:30 p.m. in Saint Benedict's chapel in the McNary Center. The 12 Steps are a healthy spirituality for anyone — you need not identify as alcoholic, addict, or codependent, attend a twelve-step group, or follow the steps in order to benefit from the Eucharist. Come and bring a family member, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance. Anonymity is respected. Individual prayer for the healing of any affliction is available at the Eucharist or by appointment. For more information, call Father Tom Malionek at (518) 755-9716.

St. Luke's on the Hill
St. Luke's Church, 40 McBride Rd, Mechanicville, NY 12118 hosts the following 12-step meetings weekly:
Nar-Anon, Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
AA and Al-Anon, Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
NA, Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Additionally, there is a 12 Step Eucharist at 4:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, with a potluck supper following. For more information, call (518) 664-4834.

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