Diocesan Update - July 1, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 In last year’s convention address, I hinted at the importance of not only reading the Bible, but also trying to memorize key Bible verses. In this year’s address,I invited and encouraged parishes to send me a list (preferably by August 15 th) of the ten scripture passages that individuals in the parish have found to be most helpful or meaningful in their lives. Please send your scripture passages to BibleVerses2010@albanydiocese.org and please include the translation used, book, chapter, and verse number(s). I have already received handwritten submissions from a couple of individuals. Thank you!

 We will compile a copy of the top 50 to 100 passages and send them out so children and adults alike can be touched and blessed by them, hopefully committing to memory those they find most helpful. We are exploring ways to honor and recognize (at a parish and diocesan level) those folks who commit themselves to memorizing God’s Word.

 Here are the results of the plurality elections at our 142 nd Convention.

 Secretary of the Convention

The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth

Treasurer of the Diocese

Clark Curtis

Assistant Treasurer

The Rev. William Tatem


The Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown

The Ven. David Collum

Great Chapter of the Cathedral

The Rev. Adam Egan

The Rev. Steven Scherck

Margaret Haskell

Convention Representative to Diocesan Counci

The Rev. James French

Trustees of the Diocese

The Rev. Nixon McMillan

The Rev. James Shevlin

 New to the Diocesan website is the Treasurer’s page. It currently has copies of the financial statements and audits of the Diocese and ADIT, parish assessment schedules, parish assessment calculation, parish assessment status reports, and clergy compensation information.

 A potporrui of pictures from Convention taken by Canon Geroge Marshall can be viewed at http://www.albanydiocese.org/ministries/convention/Photos2010.htm ..

 The Diocesan Holy Hour for July will take place in St.Mary's Chapel of the CSM Convent on Thursday, 8 July at 10:30 am. Fr. Harold Reed, SSC will be the Officiant. Lunch ($8.50+tax) is available in the Trinity Dining Room of the SLC following the Holy Hour.

 Cursillistas and Friends. Come join us at a North Country ULTREYA and picnic on Saturday,  August 21 at  St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Tupper Lake from 10 am until 2 pm. There will be music, of course, a witness talk, and fellowship in abundance! Lunch will be provided by St. Thomas and you are asked to bring a dessert to share.

 “They met constantly to hear the Apostles teach and to share the common life, to break bread and to pray…One and all they kept up their attendance at the temple, and, breaking bread in their homes, they shared their meals with unaffected joy as they praised God.” Acts 2:42, 46-47a


Questions: Jo Ferris at 315-262-2553, OR

Phoebe Rogerson at larkwood2@yahoo.com


Albany Teen Leadership Adventure to Ireland July 2011


Even though we are a year away from this fantastic leadership opportunity, we are getting started now with building our team of students for this wonderful opportunity. The Vision of this trip is to advance the kingdom through MOLDing young Christian leaders. Mission, Outreach, Leadership, Discipleship. The team will travel to Northern Ireland to attend the phenomenal Summer Madness worship festival in Belfast and then continue on into the Diocese of Down and Dromore meeting student leaders and experiencing ministry and worship in the context of the Northern Irish Church in the Diocese of Down and Dromore. We are taking ten students on this year’s team. There is an application process and we are specifically looking for student leaders who worship with the churches and ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. We are having the second of three informational meetings on Saturday, July 11th, 2010 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY. Another informational meeting will be in August and is to be announced soon. Attendance at the informational meetings is not necessary to apply to be on the team. An application is attached to this Diocesan Update and more information can be obtained from Fr. Rob Longbottom at fr-rob@twcny.rr.com or (315) 393-5470 and soon on the Beaver Cross website.

Ireland Trip Particulars


Dates: June 29-July 9 (tentative - 10 days)


Cost: approximately $1,500


Adult Leaders :

Rev. Rob Longbottom fr-rob@twcny.rr.com

Rev. Tyler Slade tslade@infocus.org

Audrey Headland (fiancé of Tyler Slade)

Rev. Scott & Sarah Garno frscott@frontiernet.com

Rev. Lorrie Lyons lmlyons@nycap.rr.com


I pray you have a safe and fun filled Independence Day weekend.


Faithfully your brother in Christ,



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