Diocesan Update August 9th, 2017

Entertainment Opportunities

Windsong Chamber Players
St. Mary's Church, 220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 is hosting a chamber music concert 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 Sunday August 13th at 2:00 p.m. The concert is 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!

Marty Wendell in Concert
On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., Grace Church, 34 Third Street, Waterford, NY 12188, will host Rockabilly Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award Winning Artist Marty Wendell. Tickets are $10 for individuals or $18 for a family (with children under 18) before the concert and $12 and $20 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Grace Church Mission Fund. Contact Jim or Judy Tarullo at (518) 456-3198 for tickets.

Information Opportunity

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Looking for a way to engage the children in your church with God? The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Scriptural and liturgical approach to the religious formation of children ages 3-12. It is offered in a rich environment of hands-on materials that enable children to fall in love with God and experience holy realities through tangible means. It is currently being used in over 1,000 Episcopal/Anglican, Roman Catholic and other churches throughout the world. On Saturday, August 19th at 10:00 a.m., St. Paul's Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106 is hosting an information session on this program. A demonstration of the method and information on how to become a Catechist will be presented. For more information about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and catechist training or to schedule a free demonstration for your parish, contact Deacon Judith Malionek by phone at (301) 526-7998 or by email by clicking here.

Cathedral of All Saints

Haiti Benefit Concert
A multi-cultural team of performers and worship groups led by Wally Jones, Master of Ceremonies will perform a concert on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 S. Swan Street, Albany NY 12210 to support mission work in Haiti, specifically to build a school in the village of Pouly, Haiti. The concert is free, though a free will offering will be taken. Refreshments will follow the concert. If you have questions, email Deacon Sue Plaske by clicking here. For more information on the Cathedral's support of the children of Pouly, Haiti, click here.

Bible Symposium & Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham
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. The cost for the day is $20. Coffee and pastries in the morning and lunch are included. Come and listen to a respected scholar help us understand the Scriptures!

Following the Bible Symposium, at 3:00 p.m., there will be an ecumenical celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. The celebration will be a service of prayer and healing. The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in England draws pilgrims from many different Christian traditions. It is a place of both physical and spiritual healing. This festival is an opportunity for Christians of all traditions to come together and celebrate the unity we share in Christ Jesus, and to experience healing of our own wounds, as well as wounds of division in the Body of Christ. This celebration is free. No registration is required. All are invited to attend the service, whether you attend the Bible Symposium or not.

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 on Saturday, October 28th. All first-time participants will receive a medal and seasoned veterans will receive a pin. Save the date!

Pass-Along Opportunity

Cave Quest VBS Materials
Trinity Church, 1336 1st Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189 has materials for the Cave Quest VBS Program, including a set of wonderful props made by St. James, Lake George, NY. They would like to be able to pass these materials on to another parish. If you or your parish is interested in receiving these materials, please call Fr. Marty at (518) 852-8484 and to arrange a time to pick them up. First come, first served.

Job Opportunities

Parish Administrator (Part-time)
Due to the departure of their current administrator for graduate work, St. Paul's Church, 58 Third St. Troy, NY 12180, is in need of a part-time (15 hours/week) Parish Administrator to handle office management, property management, and communications. Pay rate is $18-$22 per hour, depending on experience. Interested parties can contact the Rev. Michael I. Gorchov, Rector by email 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.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rev. Marian Sive
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, August 15th will be the Rev. Marian Sive, Deacon at Calvary, Burnt Hills, Administrative Assistant for the Healing Center at Christ the King and Secretary of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. 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, August 12th at 4:30 p.m in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Praise and worship will be led by Mark Kelso. For more information, click here, call (518) 692-9550 x201, or email the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation by clicking here.

Christian Education Opportunity

St. George's School
St. George’s School, 912 NY-146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 is a small, non-profit, Episcopal school that lives its motto: Educating Inquiring Minds and Discerning Hearts. They offer Preschool Programs for 3 and 4 year olds, full day Pre-K and K-1 Programs, as well as an After School Program for Early Childhood aged students. The small class sizes and wonderful student-teacher ratios allow them to differentiate material to meet and challenge students based on their individual needs. There are currently limited openings for the Fall in their 3 year old Preschool Program as well as the full day Pre-K and K-1 programs. For more information, call (518) 280-7196, email them by clicking here, or visit their website by clicking here.

Study Opportunity

Beth Moore - Living Proof Live!
Beth Moore's Living Proof Ministries will be conducting a study weekend Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th in Springfield, MA at the MassMutual Center. Invest in a weekend that will encourage, challenge, and change you. At this unique event, laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life and leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ! Cost is $69 for the study. Housing is at local hotels. For more information, click here.

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 Saturday, 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.


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 led by Carol MacNaughton and Spiritual Director Mother Kathy Coons. For additional information, click here.

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