Diocesan Update September 13th, 2017

Celebration Opportunity

Sesquicentennial Celebration
Everyone is invited to Christ Church, 970 State St., Schenectady, NY 12307 on Saturday, September 16th as they commemorate 150 years of worship and service to the Lord in Schenectady. The service of celebration will begin with a proclamation from the mayor of Schenectady at 10:00 a.m. followed by a procession into the church for a time of worship and testimonies. Clergy vesting should arrive by 9:40 a.m. with cassock and surplice (academic hoods are optional).

Discipling Opportunity

Join the Oaks Catechist Corps!
Oaks of Righteousness is recruiting adults who would like to disciple young people in the faith. An Oaks Catechist (teacher of the faith) works in a team with another adult teacher and with two kids, doing a lesson and fun activity for two 2-hour sessions per month. Oaks will provide training, lesson plans, and activity ideas. They are recruiting now for teachers for the fall semester. If you have questions or are interested, email Oaks by clicking here.

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 phone at (518) 225-6355 or 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.

Job Opportunity

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 - Rt. Rev. William Love
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, September 19th will be the Rt. Rev. William Love, 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.

Day of Quiet and Healing
On Saturday, October 7th from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. the Center for Healing and Spiritual Formation is hosting a Day of Quiet and Healing at the Oratory. The day will include anointing, soaking prayer, and Reconciliation (confession). The topic is healing of families and generational healing. For more information, click here.

Reviving Romance Couples Conference
Take this special opporutnity to hear from a couple who have been investing in each other as well as in marriages and leaders in the church for over 40 years. Their goal is to help you see the centrality of your faith in God for a healthy marriage. The conference begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10th and ends at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Cost is $195/couple for those registering by October 13th and $205/couple after that. For more information, click here. To download a registration form, click here, or to register by phone call (518) 692-9550 x201.

The Albany Episcopalian

Latest Issue Now Avaialble!
The September 2017 issue of The Albany Episcopalian is now available on the website. You can access it through the link on the homepage, or by clicking here.

The Albany Episcopalian Christmas Issue
Is there a photo of your church that shows its Christmas splendor that you would like others to see? Now you have a chance to show your stuff! The Albany Episcopalian would like to highlight a photo of one church in the Diocese, taken at Christmas time, for its upcoming December 2017 issue. Photos submitted should have a Christmas setting (garland, poinsettias, decorated tree, etc.), be in jpeg format (.jpg), and be approximately 1600 x 2400 pixels (you can find this in the properties of the file) and no less than 1200 x 1800 pixels. Due to limits on the email server, the total size for the message cannot exceed 5 MB, so emails with attachments totaling more than this will be rejected by the server. Color photos are preferred, but black and white photos will be considered. To be considered, e-mail your photos, along with the name of the photographer, to taeeditor@albanydiocese.org no later than November 1st. You may enter as many photos as you wish. The name of the photographer of the photo chosen will be noted in the same issue.

Conference Opportunity

Clergy Wives Conference
The 2017 Clergy Wives Conference of the Diocese of Albany is scheduled for Friday, September 29th through Sunday, 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.

Dancing Opportunity

Costume Dance and Potluck Dinner
The St. Luke's Recovery Resource Center, the Scerbo Center, and Hands Together will be sponsoring a "Freedom of Recovery Costume Potluck Dinner Dance" on Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Scerbo Center, 52 Williams Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118. There will be testimonies at 7:00 p.m. and dancing will commence at 8:00 p.m. with Dave McClements of Switch Point Musical Presentations providing the tunes. There is no cover charge, but donations are welcomed. For further information, please contact Susan Tyrrell by phone at (802) 681-3033 or by email by clicking 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 led by Carol MacNaughton and Spiritual Director Mother Kathy Coons. For additional information, click here.

Shopping Opportunity

Craft Fair and Bake Sale
St. Luke's on the Hill, 40 McBride Road, Mechanicville, NY 12118 is hosting a Craft Fair, Bake Sale and Basket Raffle on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free and a raffle ticket will be given to each person entering. Get one more raffle ticket for bringing food pantry items to donate (limit one extra raffle ticket per person). Interesting in being a vendor? Call Shannon at (518) 664-9426 or email her by clicking here.

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