Diocesan Update May 17th, 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 shining by teaching children about Jesus, by using your spiritual gifts, by caring for those with dementia or those with addictions. You can learn how to shine through singing hymns in a unique way. You can learn to shine by bringing puppets into your ministry. You can even learn how to shine brighter with God's reflected glory. To check out all the ways you can learn how to shine (we've got 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.

Festival Opportunity

Strawberry Festival
On Saturday, June 17th from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, 6 Silvester Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106 will be hosting its sixth annual Strawberry Festival. There will be chicken dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, and - you guessed it - strawberry shortcake! There will also be games, music, baked items, raffles, and a petting zoo! For more information, call Karyn at (518) 755-7365 or click 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 are, or your church is interested in participating, please email Jan Bedoukian, Conference Co-Chair, by June 30th, by clicking here.

Niche Opportunity

Memory Garden Niche
Two outdoor niches in Memory Gardens in Colonie are available from a couple who have moved away from the area. They are willing to pay the cost of transferring the deed. If you know someone who may be interested, please call Maggie Hasslacher at the Diocesan office at (518) 692-3350.

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys

Sing for a Hot Dog!
On Saturday, May 20th beginning at noon, The Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men and Boys is hosting an Open House event. The event is aimed at boys between the ages of 7 and 13 interested in singing. The boys will take part in a range of activities which include singing sessions with the Cathedral music department, a tour of the historic Cathedral and even the chance to hear and play the largest pipe organ in Albany. The day promises to be fun-filled and the boys will get the chance to meet other boys who sing in the 145 year-old Cathedral Choir. All boys will get a hot dog just for showing up! The event will finish with a short and informal performance at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and no prior musical experience is necessary. Have fun and have a hot dog! For more information, click here.

Beaver Cross Camp

Call for Scholarships!
Beaver Cross Camp is the Diocese's camp for children from kindergarten through senior in high school. Kids at Beaver Cross have a great time with summer activities while they grow in faith and love for our Lord Jesus. There are many children throughout our diocese who would love to have this experience, but their families don't have the resources to send them to Beaver Cross. We invite you to prayerfully consider sponsoring one (or more!) of these children to experience camp and grow in their faith and their love for the Lord Jesus. The cost for each child to come to overnight camp is $490 and for day camp it's $255/week. If you can't sponsor a child on your own, consider teaming up with members of your parish. Or make it a parish sponsorship. Or just give whatever you are led to give. You can donate online by clicking here, or you can send your check or money order, made payable to Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, with "Beaver Cross Camp Scholarship" in the memo line, to Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, May 23rd will be Sister Mary Elizabeth of the Community of St. Mary. 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.

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.

Spring Opportunities

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.

Spring Fair
Spring is bustin' out all over! On Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., St. James’ Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 is hosting a Spring Fair. There will be something for everyone: Various craft vendors, collectibles and antiques, handmade crafts, soup and sandwiches, and beverages. For more information, email St. James' Church by clicking here. Come out and join the fun!

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.

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