Diocesan Update September 27th, 2017

Blessing Opportunity

Blessing of the Animals
St. James' Church, 14216 NYS Route 9N, AuSable Forks, NY 12912, celebrates St. Francis by welcoming all animals and their humans to a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is free, however, an offering to the Elmore SPCA will be accepted. For more information contact Rev. Patti Johnson, Deacon Vicar, by clicking here.

Conference Opportunity

Clergy Wives Conference
It's not too late to register for the Clergy Wives Retreat to be held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich NY 12834 Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 1st! There is still time to join in the fellowship, worship, and fun with your sisters in Christ! The conference begins with Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. Friday. We will take a journey together to discover our spiritual gifts and how we can use them. Mother Miriam, Mother Superior of the Sisters of St. Mary, will provide a teaching on spiritual gifts which will give those attending input for the group discussions which follow. This provides an opportunity to share experiences with one another, learn from one another, help one another, and draw closer to Christ and one another. The more clergy wives who are there, the more growth can happen and the more joyful it will be! If you would like to register, please contact Margaret Haskell by clicking here.

Mons Nubifer Sanctus

Mons Nubifer Sanctus is offering a retreat entitled Creation and the Christian Life: Walking the Wilderness in Prayer Thursday October 5th through Sunday, October 8th. 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. 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.

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.

Eating Opportunity

German Dinner
St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 is serving up a German dinner of sauerbraten, bratwurst and sauerkraut, red cabbage, butter noodles, applesauce, beverage, and dessert on Saturday, October 7th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (take-outs beginning at 4:30 p.m.) Adult dinners cost $13, children 5-12 dinners cost $8.00. Children under 5 are free. Proceeds will benefit outreach activities at St. James'. Parking is free and the dinner is hanidcapped accessible. For more information, email St. James' by clicking here.

Artistic Opportunity

Fourth Annual Thomas Cole Art Show
Calling all visual artists! St. Luke's Church, 50 William Street, Catskill, NY 12414 is hosting an art show on Friday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 5th to celebrate the life and work of Thomas Cole, artist and member of St. Luke's. The show will have three categories: religious art in the style of Thomas Cole, an open category, and photography. There is no entry fee. Applications are due October 1st. For an application or more information, e-mail the show organizer, Madeline Behrmann, by clicking here.

Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Special Speaker Event
On Friday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is hosting Nadia Karnatova, who will speak about her experiences with Operation Christmas Child - both on the receiving end as a child and on the giving end now. Nadia grew up in Ukraine in a large family. Although God always provided for them, they had very little. One Christmas when she was around 9 years old, Nadia and all of her siblings received a shoebox from a local church. When Nadia opened her shoebox... To hear more about God's faithfulness in Nadia's life and the special item she received in her shoebox, please come by Christ the King to hear her share the story God has written upon her life.

Bazaar Opportunity

Holiday Bazaar
Calvary Church, 85 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027 is hosting its 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The bazaar will feature over 55 handmade crafts, along with a bake sale, a Chinese auction and lunch! All of the items offered for sale were made by parishioners of Calvary Church. Come out and support the bazaar!

Cathedral of All Saints

Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham - Date Change
The Evensong in honor of Our Lady of Walsingham and the 30th anniversary of the covenant between The Cathedral of All Saints and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception in Albany originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m., October 14 has been moved to 3:00 p.m., October 15. The preacher will be The Very Rev. David LeFort, Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Rector of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. The Evensong will be sung by the Cathedral choir of Men and Boys. Clergy are invited to vest and process and sit in choir, wearing choir dress (cassock, surplice, tippett and hood). Please arrive by 2:30.

Grief Support Opportunity

Grief Support Group
Comfort For those Who Mourn is a 6-week Christian non-denominational grief support group for all those who are mourning the death of a loved one. The next group will meet at St. Luke’s Church, 40 McBride Rd, Mechanicville, NY 12118, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, October 18th. Following the group, all participants are invited to stay for Eucharist at 6:00 p.m. and a potluck supper. If you or anyone you know would be interested in attending this group please call (518) 664-4834 for further information and to register.

Healing a Woman's Soul

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.

Job Opportunity

After School Program Aide
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834 is seeking a part-time aide for the After School Program. The hours are 2:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. a couple days a week. The successful candidate must love working with children and be willing to be subject to a background check. Eleventh and twelfth graders interested in working with children will be considered. For more information, contact Daniel Hyde, After School Program Coordinator, by calling (518) 692-9550 x 114 or 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.

Senior Housing

Canterbury House
If you or someone you know is ready to transition from independent living, you should know about Canterbury House, 36 Pawling Ave, Troy, NY 12180. Offering its residents independent apartments and three family-style meals each day, Canterbury House is home to a diverse group of people who enjoy community as well as privacy. Clergy of our Diocese serve in Canterbury House’s Chapel of Christ the King, and people of our Diocese serve as the House’s Board, keeping the House a ministry and fortifying its Christian character. Canterbury House is an excellent option for seniors on fixed incomes. For more information, click here or email Chris Coman, Director, by clicking here.

Learning Opportunity

Addiction and the Family Workshop
On Sunday, October 8th from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Dominican Retreat Center, 1945 Union St, Niskayuna, NY 12309, the Rev. Sally Heiligman, Priest-in-Charge at Grace Church, Mohawk, is offering a workshop dealing with addiction and how it affects both addicts and their families. Families of addicts often develop behaviors that, rather than helping the addict, actually enable the addictive behavior. This workshop will look at the behaviors often associated with family members of addicts (as well as those of the addict him- or herself), how those behaviors benefit the family and what each person can do to change the behaviors that are indeed harmful to him/herself which will help move toward breaking the pattern of addiction. The cost is $20. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are appreciated. To reserve a space in this helpful workshop, or to get more information, call (518) 393-4169 Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 p.m. or email the retreat center by clicking here.

Retreat Opportunity

Deacons' Retreat
The Deacon's Retreat will be held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center Friday, October 13th - Sunday, October 15th. The centerpiece of the retreat this year will be the Bible Symposium on Saturday with The Rev. Dr. Michael Cover, Assistant Professor of Ancient Christianity and Judaism at Marquette University. His presentation is entitled Not as Orphans: Praying and Preaching with the Saints of Scripture. This is an important opportunity for all the deacons in the Diocese to be in community with brother and sister deacons, to celebrate together what is going well in individual ministries, and to grapple with the challenges. All vocational deacons are expected to attend and are released from regular liturgical duties that weekend to attend the retreat. Deacons should collaborate with clergy in charge or Vestries to accommodate attendance at this retreat. The cost of the retreat is fully covered by the Diocese. Please confirm your attendance by Thursday, October 5 by clicking here.

Beaver Cross Camp

Beaver Cross - Fall Edition!
Come visit Beaver Cross Friday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m.! Why? To get all the fun of a week of camp – crammed into one awesome weekend retreat! This is BC: Fall Edition. If you're anywhere from a 3rd grader up through a senior in high school, come on out for some great camp games, worship, messages, and fellowship. You'll get everything in the fun department that there is at camp in the summer - except without many of the bugs! (Or maybe with them...that depends on the bugs). The cost is $180 per camper. Register here. #BCFallEdition

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rev. Howard Smith
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 3rd will be the Rev. Howard Smith, Deacon at Christ Church, Schenectady. 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, focusing on the healing of families and generational healing, which deals with issues that can affect families for generations. The day will include soaking prayer, Reconciliation (confession), and a Generational Healing Eucharist. 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.

School of Healing Prayer©
Have you taken Levels I - III and still want to know more? Continue your healing prayer instruction 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 4 class in the four day format from Thursday, October 26th through Sunday, October 29th. Interested? You can get more information here and here, or you can download an application here. The registration deadline for this class is October 16th.

Welcome Home Initiative
The Welcome Home Initiative is a veterans’ ministry that offers healing for military veterans and the spouses of military veterans who have served their country in combat. These veterans may be suffering in varying degrees from post-traumatic stress or moral injury and are in need of soul repair. The format of the program helps veterans and spouses understand the hidden impact of combat and provides a safe space for emotional healing. The next Welcome Home Initiative retreat is November 13th - 15th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. For more information, click here. To download a registration form, click here. Registration deadline is November 6th. To download promotional materials to help get the word out to veterans, click here.

Foundations Class
The Foundations class Exploring the Church’s Past will be offered at the Center for Healing and Spirituality on Mondays, beginning Monday, October 16th. The cost of this class is $21, which includes a workbook. The class will be facilitated by Fr. Mark Chesnut. For more information or to register, contact (518) 692-9550 x201.

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.

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 McDonagh at (518) 664-9426 or email her by clicking here.

Photo Opportunity

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.


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.

Update Opportunity

Got an Item for the Update?
Is there an event at your parish that you want the rest of the Diocese to know about? Not sure how to go about making that happen? Put it in the Diocese Update! All you need to do is email the editor by clicking here.

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