Diocesan Update June 28th, 2017

Thank You!

Best. Diaper Drive. Ever.
As reported in the Times-Union on Monday, June 19th, this year's Diaper Drive at the 149th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany was the "most successful ever," according to Fr. James Brisbin, Rector at St Francis Mission in Albany and missionary to Burmese refugees. Fr. Brisbin commented that "The love and support for helping refugees both in our home town and across the world is very evident." So thank you to all who donated - diapers or dollars. The babies and their parents are grateful!

Diocesan Office

Holiday Closure Notice
In order to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, the Diocean Offices will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th. They'll be back ready to serve you on Wednesday, July 5th.

Strawberry Opportunity

Strawberry Festival
St. John's Church, 98 Main Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 is hosting its annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 29th from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn. Come enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, and of course strawberry shortcake! Adults are $8, children 5-12 are $4 and if you just want the strawberry shortcake, that's $4. For more information, click here.

Worship Opportunity

Healing Service
Christ Church, 70 Mansion St, Coxsackie, NY 12051, will be hosting its monthly healing service on Wednesday, July 12th 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.

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.

Senior Housing

Canterbury House
If you or someone you know is ready to transition from independent living, you should know about Canterbury House, 36 Pawling Ave, Troy, NY 12180. Offering its residents independent apartments and three family-style meals each day, Canterbury House is home to a diverse group of people who enjoy community as well as privacy. Clergy of our Diocese serve in Canterbury House’s Chapel of Christ the King, and people of our Diocese serve as the House’s Board, keeping the House a ministry and fortifying its Christian character. Canterbury House is an excellent option for seniors on fixed incomes. For more information, click here or email Chris Coman, Director, by clicking here.

Job Opportunities

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.

Office Manager/Rector's Assistant
St. Stephen's Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Office Manager and Rector's assistant. The ideal candidate must be well-organized and possess proficiency with computers, the internet, and standard office equipment. The Office Manager is responsible for production of parish communication materials including bulletins, newsletters, schedules, etc. S/he would also assist the Rector in keeping the records and files of the church, keeping the Church calendar up-to-date including building usage, and would provide office coverage. For a full job description, to apply, or for questions, please contact Fr. Scott Garno at (518) 439-3265 or email him by clicking here.

Beaver Cross Scholarships

Double Your Gift!
Beaver Cross’ goal is that every child who wishes to go to camp is able to do so. That can only happen through the generous donations of people like you towards scholarships. If you've been considering a gift to fund a scholarship, now is the time to donate! A very generous anonymous donor has offered a $10,000 matching gift for Beaver Cross Scholarships. For every dollar given, this donor will match it, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000. The price for a week at overnight camp is $490 and a week at Day Camp is $255. A gift to fund one child would fund two children with the matching grant. But any amount will be matched - so double your gift! You can donate online here (click on the red arrow that says "Donate Now Camper Sponsorships"), or mail a check to Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 - but be sure to write "Beaver Cross Scholarship" in the memo line so that your gift can be matched! Together we can make the dream of a week at camp come true for each child who applies for a scholarship.

Healing Center at CtK

No Healing Service July 4th
The Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will take a break for the July 4th holiday. Join them on Tuesday, July 11th when the speaker will be Matthew Zawisza of Living Gospel Ministry, presenting the Kingdom Parables from Matthew 13.

Friday and Saturday, July 7th and 8th, the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation is providing an Equipping and Training WHI Prayer Ministers class. The class is designed for those wanting to pray with those suffering in silence from combat trauma. Prayer Ministers, therapists, military chaplains, and clergy who have a heart for working with combat veterans are encouraged to attend. For more information, click here.

Ecumenical Healing Services
The Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation continues the series of monthly Ecumenical Healing Services Saturday, July 15th at 4:30 p.m in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The speaker will be the Rt. Rev. William Love and the worship leader will be Kristin McCabe. For more information, click here, call (518) 692-9550 x201, or email the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation by clicking here.

School for Healing Prayer
Level 3 of the School for Healing Prayer is being offered by the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation July 20th - 23rd. For more information, click here. To download an application for the class, click here. Registration deadline is July 10th.

Bible Symposium

Save the Date!
The Bible Symposium for 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 14 at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 S. Swan Street, Albany NY 12210. The speaker this year is The Rev. Dr. Michael Cover, an Episcopal priest and Assistant Professor of Ancient Christianity and Judaism at Marquette University, and a frequent contributor to The Living Church. The title of Fr. Cover's presentation is Not as Orphans: Praying and Preaching with the Saints of Scripture. Mark your calendars!

Healing a Woman's Soul

Women's Retreat
Do you ever need encouragement? Are you constantly critiquing yourself for your mistakes? Do you look like you've got it all together, while inside your're a wreck? Then come to the Healing a Woman's Soul (HAWS) women's retreat entitled I'm OK and I'm on the way September 8th - 9th, where you will get help to heal from emotional abuse. The retreat is overnight Friday through Saturday after supper. The retreat will explore God's vision for healing the broken-hearted. The retreat will be held at the Dominican Retreat Center, 1945 Union St, Niskayuna, NY 12309. Light refreshments will be offered Friday night. Cost is $120 per person, and limited scholarships are available. Please call (518) 439-8574 or email by clicking here or contact the HAWS office at 68 S. Swan St., Albany, NY 12210.

An evening to benefit Healing a Woman's Soul (HAWS), entitled Anything Chocolate... will be hosted by St. Paul's Church, 21 Hackett Blvd, Albany, NY 12208 October 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be a dessert buffet, silent auction, the second annual Paula award for a volunteer helping victims of domestic violence, and an "Anything Chocolate..." Contest. "Anything Chocolate..." contest entries are due no later than October 21st at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul's. Please bring entries the size of a small pie or 8 cookies or muffins, in other words 6 servings. Please use disposable plates as no plates will be returned. The cost for the event is $20. For tickets or more information, call (518) 439-8574 or email by clicking here or contact the HAWS office at 68 S. Swan St., Albany, NY 12210.

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