Diocesan Update August 30th, 2017

Learning Opportunities

Tree of Life Seminars
A Tree of Life Seminar entitled Prayer of the Heart: Deepening Our Relationship with God, led and taught by Mtr Ellen Neufeld, will be held at St. Andrew's Church, 50 Sacandaga Rd, Scotia, NY 12302. This is a six-week course in spiritual development. Topics for the individual classes include Finding our Center, the Heart; Hearing God's Voice; Issues of Discernment; Blocks and Difficulties in Praying; and Growing in Love. The classes will be offered in three different sessions: Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.. Wednesday classes will begin September 13th; Thursday classes will begin September 14th. For more information or to register, contact Mtr. Ellen Neufeld by email by clicking here.

St. Mary's Institute of Christian Studies
St. Mary's Institute of Christian Studies hosts Father Christopher Brown as he continues his series of teachings on the writings of St. Augustine of Hippo. The series begins on Tuesday, September 19th at St. Mary's Convent on the campus of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834. The topic for the first lecture is Augustine on Time, Eternity and Creation. The other teachings in the series will be on Tuesdays on October 17th, November 14th, and January 16th. The teachings will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to come early to the Convent for tea at 3:30 p.m. and/or stay late for Vespers at 5:30 p.m. The suggested donation to the Sisters for each lecture is $10.

Caregiver Conference
The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition is offering a conference entitiled Understanding & Effectively Engaging Caregivers on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd at the Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211. The conference is designed to help understand the dilemmas and challenges that caregivers face, along with exploring ways in which we can more effectively reach and assist caregivers in their critically important role. For more information or to register, click here.

Bible Study Opportunity

Beth Moore
God will never give up on you. Explore how David's life proves this promise to be true in an updated edition of the best selling study A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David. In this examination of the "man after God's own heart," David will delight and disappoint you. You'll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. If you've ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you! The study begins on Tuesday, September 19th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and will continue for 11 weeks at St. Mary's Church, 220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 in the parish hall. A workbook is available but not required to attend the Bible study. The cost of the workbook is $18 and can be ordered through Karen Love, or on your own. If you choose to order the workbook on your own, be sure to buy the updated edition. For more information, contact Karen Love by phone at (518) 494-5919 or email her 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.

Caring Opportunity

Christmas at Sea
Do you like to knit or crochet? Then you are invited to participate in the Christmas at Sea program. This program is a ministry of the Seaman's Church Institute, an organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church that ministers to those who work in the maritime industry. Many of these individuals spend most of their time at sea, away from their families. The Christmas at Sea program provides gift boxes for sailors containing a scarf, neck warmer, socks or hat, knitted by volunteers. You can join in this rewarding and enjoyable ministry by knitting or crocheting items for the ministry and bringing the finished product(s) to St. Mary's Convent on the campus of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 for collection in late October. For more information, you can read more about the Christmas at Sea program here, or contact Paulette Stoddard by email by clicking here.

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 Nursery Coordinator
St. George's Church, 912 NY-146, Clifton Park, NY 12065, is seeking a part-time Nursery Coordinator. The Nursery Coordinator will coordinate all aspects of the St. George's Church Nursery program. The position will provide childcare in the nursery during church services and will coordinate care for all other events where childcare is needed. The Nursery Coordinator will be required to remain in compliance with state-mandated adult to child ratios at all times through coordination with assistants. This position requires approximately 4 1/2 hours per week on Sunday with the possible option of additional paid hours during the remainder of the week. Pay is $12/hr. The Nursery Coordinator must be at least 18 years of age, have passed all background checks, have completed the Safeguarding God's Children workshop (offered free at St. George's), and must provide at least three references. Experience working with children and/or training in child care is preferred. If you are interested in this position, email a resumé to Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis at mother.elizabethp@gmail.com, or mail a resumé to Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis' attention to St. George's Church, 912 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rev. Maureen Demler
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, September 5th will be the Rev. Maureen Demler, Deacon at St. George's, Clifton Park. 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
Join the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation for the last in the series of monthly Ecumenical Healing Services on Saturday, September 9th at 4:30 p.m in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. For more information, click here, call (518) 692-9550 x201, or email the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation by clicking here.

Soaking Prayer
If you're feeling a little dry in your spiritual life, get soaked in prayer at the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Wednesday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

School of Healing Prayer©
Do you feel called to pray for people? Are you not sure where to start to answer that call? Learn the basics of healing prayer at the School of Healing Prayer© at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation is offering a School of Healing Prayer© Level 1 class, the two-weekend version, on the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th and 23rd and 24. Interested? You can get more information here, or you can download an application here. The registration deadline for these classes is September 4th.

Worship Opportunity

Morning Prayer and Benediction
St. Ann's, 37 Division St, Amsterdam, NY 12010 will celebrate Morning Prayer with Benediction on Thursday, Thursday, September 7th 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 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.

Conference Opportunity

Clergy Wives Conference
The 2017 Clergy Wives Conference of the Diocese of Albany is scheduled for September 28th through October 1st at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The theme of this year's conference is Finding Joy Using Our Gifts. This weekend offers clergy wives the opportunity to deepen their relationships with Christ and one another as they worship, pray, study, fellowship and have fun together. All clergy wives are encouraged to come for the entire weekend, however there will be commuter options for anyone who can't stay and the group sessions and healing service will be offered on Saturday. Invitations and registration forms will be available soon. If you have any questions, contact Margaret Haskell by clicking here. And stay tuned for more details!


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.

Mons Nubifer Sanctus

Mons Nubifer Sanctus is offering a retreat entitled Creation and the Christian Life: Walking the Wilderness in Prayer. This retreat commingles contemplative prayer, day hikes in the Catskill Mountains, and reflections on Genesis 1-11 as it relates to the Christian spiritual life and our relationship with the earth and its Creator. Questions to be contemplated include: What do the creation stories of Genesis have to tell us about the human's place in the created order, and so about the nature of salvation itself? What is sin and how does it affect creation and our relationship to it? Participants must be able to hike at an intermediate level (elevation gains and rocky trails) for up to 6 miles. For more information or to register, click here.

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