Diocesan Update April 26th, 2017


Postponed Events
Due to conflicts with Bishop Ball's funeral, the following events are being postponed:

Cursillo Reunion - The Cursillon Reunion scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at the Church of the Messiah in Glens Falls has been postponed. The new date has not yet been set, but once it has, it will be announced here.

Godly Play - The Godly Play demonstration scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at Oaks of Righteousness has been postponed so that clergy and staff can attend the funeral of Bishop Ball. Once a new date for the Godly Play demonstration has been set, it will be announced here.

The Cursillo leadership and Oaks of Righteousness apologize for any inconvenience these postponements may cause.

The Community of St. Mary

You're Invited!
You are invited to visit St. Marys on-the-Hill farm, as well as area alpaca, sheep, rabbit and goat farms for the Washington County Fiber Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 29th - 30th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. See the Sisters' award-winning cashmere goats - with many newborn goat kids - shop in the sisters' sales tent, see cart goat demonstrations on Saturday, meet the youth of the Cashmere Kids 4-H Club, and more! The tour is free. In conjuction with the Fiber Tour, the Sisters will hold a Book Sale, also Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. The sale will consist of books culled from Barry House and convent libraries - including fiction, history, biography, theology and secular titles. Join the fun and find that excellent book you've been wanting!

149th Convention

It's time to shine! The 149th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany is coming up on 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. We'll have all sorts of workshops for you to help you get your shine on! Dads will learn I-CAN shine. You can learn how to let your light shine on the youth of our parishes through vibrant youth ministry and through Bible studies. You can learn how the light of Jesus is shining in South Sudan. To check out the ways you can learn how to shine, click here. Check that page often, because we'll be adding to it regularly! To join in the fun, you can register here.

Vendor/Exhibitor Sign Up
Did you know that the Episcopal Diocese of Albany's Convention attracts over 700 people each year? Reach them with your message! Sign up to be a vendor or exhibitor. You can sign up online by clicking here.

Certificates of Election Not Received
The following parishes have not yet filed a Certificate of Election identifying deputies authorized to represent them at convention. If your parish is on this list, you can download and/or print the Certificate of Election by clicking here.
Parish City
St. Andrew's Albany
St. Francis Albany
St. Paul's Albany
St. James' Ausable Forks
St Paul's Bloomville
St. Sacrament Bolton Landing
Church of the Holy Name Boyntonville
Adirondack Mission Brant Lake
Calvary Cairo
St. Luke’s Cambridge
Grace Canton
St. Christopher’s Cobleskill
St. John’s Cohoes
Christ Church Cooperstown
St. John in the Wilderness Copake Falls
Christ Church Coxsackie
St. John’s Delhi
Christ Church Deposit
St. James Fort Edward
St. Paul’s Franklin
Christ Church Gilbertsville
Christ Church Greenville
St. Paul’s Greenwich
St. Peter’s Hobart
Christ Church Hudson
Zion Hudson Falls
St. Augustine’s Ilion
St. James Lake George
Church of our Saviour Lebanon Springs
Emmanuel Church Little Falls
St. Mark’s Malone
St. Margaret’s Margaretville
St. John’s Massena
Grace Mohawk
Zion Morris
Christ Church Morristown
St. Phillip’s Norwood
St. John’s Ogdensburg
Gloria Dei Palenville
St. John’s in the Wilderness Paul Smith’s
St. Mark’s Philmont
Trinity Potsdam
Christ Church Pottersville
Church of the Redeemer Rennselaer
Trinity Rennselaerville
St. Paul’s Salem
Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician Saranac Lake
Bethesda Saratoga Springs
St. Paul’s Schenectady
Church of the Holy Spirit Schenevus
St. Stephen’s Schuylerville
St. Andrew’s Scotia
St. Mary’s Springfield Center
St. Paul’s Troy
Church of the Holy Cross Warrnesburg
St. Timothy’s Westford
St. Paul’s West Middleburgh

Online Votes Needed

St. John's, Johnstown's NOAH program
St. John's Church, 1 N Market St, Johnstown, NY 12095 is competing to win a grant of up to $100,000 from USA Today to help kick-off fundraising for the NOAH (Needy or Alone and Hungry) program. This program serves about 150 meals per week to the hungry in Johnstown. In order to help St. John's win the grant, they need as many votes as they can possibly get. Voting is done online, and you can vote once a day until May 12th. St. John's will find out if they are a finalist for the grant after May 12th. The first time you vote, you will be asked for your first name, last name, date of birth, email address, and zip code. The system will then send an email to the email you provide, and you can vote each day using the link in the email. (In order to vote, the requested information must be provided). To sign up and start voting, click here. Vote every day, or as many days as you can before May 12th - your vote really does count and every vote will help!

Workshop Opportunities

Substance Use Prevention
The Northeastern New York Prevention Cooperative is presenting a one-day workshop entitled Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention on Thursday, April 27th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Christ Church, UMC, 35 State St. Troy, NY 12180. Key Leaders in the Faith Community along with Coalition Members will gain valuable insight into intergrating substance use prevention into the faith community. Attendees will be offered a toolbox of ideas and real world applications for assisting in the work of prevention. The cost for the workshop is $10 and lunch will be provided. For more information, call Rachel Lauria at the Four Rivers Alliance, (518) 736-8188 x109 or email Kristin Sweeter by clicking here. To register, click here.

Healing a Woman's Soul
Healing a Woman's Soul is offering a free one-day workshop entitled Hearts Broken, Hearts Healed on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 1229 Baker Ave, Schenectady, NY 12309. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Registrations are appreciated. To register, call (518) 439-8574 or email Healing a Woman's Soul by clicking here.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - The Rev. Ellen Neufeld
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, May 2nd will be The Rev. Ellen Neufeld, currently serving at St. Christopher's, Cobleskill. You can read her 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.

School for Healing Prayer© - It's not too late to register!
The next School for Healing Prayer© Level 2 class is coming up soon! This class is a four-day intensive class and will be held from Thursday, May 4th through Sunday, May 7th. For more information about the School for Healing Prayer, click here. For more information about the upcoming class, contact the Healing Center at (518) 692-9550 x201, or visit the website by clicking here.

Healing the Family Day Retreat
The Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation is hosting a seminar, rooted in the Word of God, on healing family relationships on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information, call (518) 692-9550 x201 or click here.

Prayer Opportunity

National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4th. Here are opportunities to participate around the diocese:

St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 will have Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m., Noonday Prayer, and a prayer Gathering on the Green at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact the church (518) 668-2001.

Grace Church, 34 Third Street, Waterford, NY 12188 will host a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Assemblyman John McDonald.

Groundbreaking Opportunity

Ministry and Community Center
St. Paul's Church 464 River St., Bloomville, NY 13739 will have a groundbreaking and reception for their new Ministry and Community Center on May 6th at 2:30 p.m. with Bishop Love leading the event. Upon completion, the new building will support a food pantry, a free clothing shop, a veteran's information center, free health and nutrition classes, an after school program, and a Nar-Anon Support Group. Join in the celebration!

Training Opportunity

Alzheimer's Workshop for Faith Leaders
Keeping Faith in Mind, a workshop for leaders of faith communities, will be held on Monday, May 8th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Church, 34 Elm St, Malone, NY 12953. This program is designed to provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us, as well as practical tips for creating dementia-friendly communities of faith. Chaplains, clergy, pastoral care coordinators, parish nurses, and care givers should attend this informative workshop. The program is free, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, please contact Tonya at (518) 867-4999, ext. 200.

Worship Opportunities

Morning Prayer and Benediction
St. Ann's, 37 Division St, Amsterdam, NY 12010 will celebrate Morning Prayer with Benediction on Thursday, May 11th at 10:00 a.m. This will be a combination of quiet meditation and prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer, concluding with Benediction.

Healing Services
Christ Church, 70 Mansion St, Coxsackie, NY 12051, will be hosting a healing service on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. The service is intended to be Spirit-led and generally includes music, a short talk and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Come and bring a hurting friend.

St. Ann's, 37 Division St, Amsterdam, NY 12010 will be celebrating a Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 13th at 4:00 p.m. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music and the Eucharist will be celebrated. ​The preacher will be Fr. Scott Evans. Prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs and reconciliation (confession) will also be offered.

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