Diocesan Update May 10th, 2017

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. There are many exciting workshops to choose from to show you how to get your shine on! You can learn about how to share your faith with others - those who know Jesus and those who don't, around the world or around the block. You can learn about shining through forgiveness, contemplation, discipleship, spiritual gifts, music, knitting (yep!), and even the Prayer Book (really!). To check out the ways you can learn how to shine (we've added quite a few), click here. Feeling a little glow begin? Polish that up to a brilliant shine - register here.

Calling All Volunteers!
We need your help at Convention - we can't do it without you! If you're willing to volunteer, make sure to check the box on your registration form (it's at the bottom of the form). If you've already registered but want to volunteer, you can still volunteer. Just click here.

The Diaper Drive Returns
The Albany Refugee Resettlement Ministry is holding its seventh annual Diaper Drive at Convention. All diapers donated will go directly to Burmese refugee families living in the cites of Albany and Rensselaer. Diaper sizes 3, 4, and 5 are needed. (The diaper bank has recently received a good supply of N, 1, & 2 sizes). All donations will be collected near the Convention Registration area in Purdy Center at Camp of the Woods throughout Convention. If you would rather give "dollars for diapers," just make a check out to St. David's Church and write "Diaper Ministry" in the memo line. All donations received will go towards buying diapers for families in need. Wondering why disposable diapers are used instead of cloth? Click here for an explanation. If you have other questions, contact Fr. James Brisbin by clicking here.

Convention Vendor/Exhibitor Sign Up
Do you want more people in the Diocese to know about your group or ministry? You can reach over 700 people by becoming a Convention Exhibitor. Camp of the Woods has done more remodeling to their facility, and the Exhibit Hall will be placed in a new building with greater visibility. If this sounds like something your group would like to do, you can sign up online by clicking here.

Job Opportunities

Accounting Manager
The Diocese is seeking a highly organized, proven professional Accounting Manager. The preferred candidate will have a 4-year accounting degree with hands-on not-for-profit accounting experience. The successful candidate will be skilled in using fund accounting software as well as investment software. Responsibilities include: General Ledger analysis and oversight of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, payroll, investment trust accounting, month-end adjustments, and reconciliation of monthly bank statements. Additional responsibilities include analytical review of all accounting activity, preparation of monthly financial statements, board presentations, weekly cash management, budget preparation, forecasting, being the direct contact for the Diocese's auditing firm, supervision of all accounting staff members, and oversight of all accounting for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, working closely with the Christ the King Director and staff. The successful candidate must pass a comprehensive background check. The Diocese offers a competitve salary and benefits package. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for this position, please send a resume to Jerry Carroll, Lay Canon for Administration, Episcopal Diocese of Albany, 580 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834-7913. If you have any questions regarding this position, you can email Jerry Carroll by clicking here.

Nursery Attendant
St. John's Church, 146 1st St, Troy, NY 12180 is seeking an additional Nursery Attendant for Sundays from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. during the school year and 8:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. during the summer. The pay rate is $20 and $15 per shift, respectively. For more information or to apply for this position, email Katherine Brillat by clicking here.

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.

Bible Study Opportunity

Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy
St. Mary's Church, 220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 will be studying the Bible using Beth Moore's Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy. The course is 6 weeks long and begins on Tuesday, May 16th. Participants will meet each Tuesday through June 20th from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall. For more information, contact Karen Love by phone at (518) 494-5919 or by email by clicking here.

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!

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - The Rt. Rev. William Love
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, May 16th will be The Rt. Rev. William Love, Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Albany. 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.

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.

Ecumenical Healing Services
The Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation continues the series of monthly Ecumenical Healing Services Saturday, May 20th at 4:30 p.m in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The month's speaker will be Pastor Dave Martin, pastor of Hope United Methodist Church, Troy, NY. For more information, click here, call (518) 692-9550 x201, or email the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation by clicking here.

Garden Opportunity

Garden Fair
Trinity Church, 585 4th Ave, Troy, NY 12182, is holding its 12th Annual Garden Fair on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Annual and perennial plants will be available for purchase, along with handmade craft items and homemade baked goods. Customers may buy light breakfast and lunch items, take their chances on a basket raffle, and make their own sundaes. For more information, click here.

Welcome Opportunity

Sacred Sites Open House
The following churches are participating in the Sacred Sites Open House, Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next:

St. James’ Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 will be hosting an open house on Saturday, May 20th from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 21st from noon until 3:00 p.m. This event will showcase St. James' historic church with a focus on their beautiful stained glass windows. There will be a presentation in the Parish Hall at 1:00 pm both days. Admission is free.

Grace Church, 34 Third Street, Waterford, NY 12188, will participate on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Sunday May 21st from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. The church's painted windows will be highlighted. On May 21 at noon there will be a free concert performed by Dr. Andy Larsen on the tuba.

Wiffle Opportunity

Wiffle Ball Tournament and Food Festival
On Friday, June 16th, St. Luke's on the Hill, 40 McBride Rd, Mechanicville, NY 12118 will host the Second Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament and Food Festival from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The tournament is a benefit for St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center, which provides information for help, hope, and health for drug and alcohol addiction. Attendance at the tournament is free. Five entrees at the food festival can be purchased for $10.00. If you're interested in forming a team or participating in some other way, call Mark at (518) 441-6634. If you're interested in advertising at the tournament or making a donation, call at Cindy (518) 260-4267. If you're interested in purchasing tickets for the food festival, call Debbie at (518) 664-4834. For more information, email St. Luke's Recovery Resource Center by clicking here.

Conference Opportunity

Diocesan Mission Conference
The 2017 Diocesan Mission Conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd at St. John's Church, 10 Church St, Essex, NY 12936. The theme for the Conference is Be the light. Let it shine. The day will include Missions reports and informative workshops that will discuss working within Mission teams, choosing a mission that is right for you, dealing with hidden prejudices, finding funding for missions, and building and maintaining a successful mission. The Missions Committee invites all parishes in the Diocese to consider giving a report on the mission work that is being done by their churches. If you live far from Essex, you can still participate! Accommodations can be arranged with St. John's parishioners for Friday and/or Saturday nights. If you, or your church, is interested in participating, please email Jan Bedoukian, Conference Co-Chair, by June 30th, by clicking here.
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