Diocesan Update July 19th, 2017

Extra Opportunity

BBC Filming
The BBC will be at Trinity Church, 18 Trinity Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, on Thursday, August 3rd at approximately 6:00 p.m. to film a piece to be released on You Tube. The filming will cover the history of the Church presented by Martha Bachman and the Trinity Church Choir, along with selected members of other local church choirs, singing We Three Kings. The filming is taking place at Trinity because John Henry Hopkins Jr., who wrote the hymn, was rector of Trinity Church from 1872-1876. Trinity Church invites you to enjoy the experience with them. For more information, call the church office at (518) 561-2244.

Entertainment Opportunity

Windsong Chamber Players
St. Mary's Church, 220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 is hosting two chamber music concerts by the Windsong Chamber Players, a group comprised of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Julliard School of Music, and the Detroit Symphony, among others, on Tuesday August 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday August 13th at 2:00 p.m. The concerts are free, but there is a suggested donation of $20 per adult and $10 per child to cover expenses. Come and hear a beautiful little church filled with equally beautiful music!

Service Opportunity

United Thankoffering Internship
Applications for the 2017-2018 United Thankoffering Internship are now being accepted. The internship will be in conjunction with MVNG, Inc. (Missional Voices), located in Houston, Texas. It includes housing, insurance, travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring and begins on September 1. Applications are due August 1st. For more information about the internship, click here. For an application, click here.

Cathedral of All Saints

Bible Symposium
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. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. The presentation will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

Acolyte Festival
Mend your parish banners, polish up your processional crosses, and clean your thuribles! The Acolyte Festival is coming! The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 S. Swan Street, Albany NY 12210 will be the site of the Grand Procession - a colorful parade of all the acolytes participating - followed by a Eucharist service. All first-time participants will receive a medal and seasoned veterans will receive a pin. Save the date!

Job Opportunities

Paid Nursery Attendant - New Pay Rate!
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. The pay rate is $20 per shift. 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 with questions, please contact Fr. Scott Garno at (518) 439-3265 or email him by clicking here.

Part-time Parish Administrator
St. George's Church, 30 North Ferry St., Schenectady, New York 12305 needs a Parish Administrator to work 20 hours per week. The Parish Administrator assists the Rector, other staff, and Vestry members. This individual must be detail oriented, organized, energetic, dependable, computer literate, and able to handle confidential and sensitive information. Responsibilities include creating church bulletins and general office management support. This position supports the Rector directly and is often one of the first persons to engage the public on behalf of the church, along with being a key point of contact for parishioners seeking help and connection with the Rector, Vestry and staff. General office skills are required, previous office administrative experience and a sense of a call to Christian service, being committed to the church's mission and the Gospel is preferred. For more information click here.


Women's Weekend
Are you a woman interested in deepening your faith - or do you know someone who is? The Albany Diocese Cursillo Secretariat is pleased to announce a Cursillo Women's weekend Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Cursillo is a lay ministry designed to help renew and deepen Christian commitment, and to help participants understand their individual callings to be Christian leaders. Leadership in Cursillo does not mean power over others, but rather influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us. If you are interested in attending this weekend, speak to your parish clergy or contact Lay Director John Hyde at (518) 376-9477. The weekend will be lead by Carol MacNaughton and Spiritual Director Mother Kathy Coons. For additional information, click here.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rt. Rev. William Love
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, July 25th will be the Rt. Rev. William Love, Ninth Bishop 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.

School for Healing Prayer - Refresher Training
The Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation is offering a School for Healing Prayer refresher training overnight Friday, August 18th through Saturday, August 19th. Some parts of each level of the School for Healing Prayer will be included. Levels 1 - 3 are a prerequisite for this class. For more information or to download an application, click here. Registration deadline is August 7th.

Entertainment Opportunity

Calvary Summer Concert Series
Calvary Church, 85 Lake Hill Rd, Burnt Hills, NY 12027 will host the Red Hot Rhythm Royals (Dixie Land music) for an outdoor concert on Wednesday July 26th at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to everyone. So invite a friend or three, put your dancing shoes on, and bring a chair or blanket and enjoy!

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.

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.

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