Diocesan Update November 1st, 2017

Dining Opportunities

Spaghetti Dinner
On Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., the Men's Group of The Church of the Holy Cross, 3764 Main St, Warrensburg, NY 12885 is serving a spaghetti dinner. The menu includes spaghetti with meat or meatless sauce, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Donation is $8.00 for ages 8 and above, $5.00 for ages 5-7. Ages four and under are free. All proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Take out will be available.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Church of the Good Shepherd, 26 Moyer St, Canajoharie, NY 13317 is hosting a dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to come and feast! There will only be one sitting and reservations are required because space is limited. To reserve your spot, call Mtr. Ginny Ogden at (518) 673-3440.

Musical Opportunity

Shape Note Singing
Experience the old harmonies of the Sacred Harp tunebook every Wednesday beginning November 1st from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. George's Church, 30 N Ferry St, Schenectady, NY 12305. You don't have to be able to sing or read music to enjoy the haunting folk hymns, archaic harmonies, and rousing camp-meeting songs of the Sacred Harp (1991 edition). The singing is free of charge. For more information, click here.

Entertainment Opportunities

Join Church of the Good Shepherd, 26 Moyer St, Canajoharie, NY 13317 as they welcome Sherry Anne in concert on Saturday, November 4th at 2:00 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken at the concert. A time of refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert.

Dinner and a Show
St. George's, 30 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, New York 12305 is pleased to offer dinner and a show on Saturday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be turkey with all the fixin's. The show will be Words and Music by... with soprano Rosanne Hargrave. Ms. Hargrave's performance will take you on a journey through the great American Songbook with music by Gershwin, Porter, and many others. She will be accompanied by Michael Clement at the piano. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the church office at (518) 374-3163. Please reserve your tickets in advance and come by and enjoy the show!

Learning Opportunity

Safeguarding God's Children The Safeguarding God's Children program, required for any church employees or volunteers that have any interaction at all with children, will be offered at St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 on Saturday November 11th from 9:00 a.m. until lunch. Certificates are only good for a period of three years, so if you haven't been to the training in the last three years, this is a perfect opportunity to renew your certificate. Anyone in the diocese who needs this training is welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please call Dcn. Barb Mitchell at (518) 260-8712 or email her by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunity

St. Peter's Overflow Shelter
Could you consider giving up one evening this winter to offer the gift of hospitality and show another the love and mercy of God? The St. Peter's Overflow Homeless Shelter, 107 State Street Albany, NY, will open for its 9th season on December 1st to augment the ministry of the Capital City Rescue Mission to Albany's homeless. This year, up to 20 women can be housed each evening through March 18th. St. Peter's is currently receiving donations of food items and financial support. Food items needed include coffee, tea, sugar, popcorn and snacks, cereal (hot and cold), peanut butter, bread, fresh fruit, milk and juice along with fresh baked items. These can be dropped off at the church office any weekday, or brought to the church on Sundays. Volunteers (women volunteers only) are also being scheduled to offer hospitality during the evening hours, 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The overflow shelter is on the 2nd floor of the Guild House, next to the church. Orientation for new (or returning) volunteers will be held Tuesday, November 7th, at 7:00 p.m., or Saturday, November 18th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 107 State St., Albany NY 12207. To volunteer, call Judy Burns at (518) 441-7538 or email the church by clicking here.

Job Opportunities

Office Manager/Rector's Assistant
St. Stephen's Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Office Manager and Rector's assistant. The ideal candidate must be well-organized and possess proficiency with computers, the internet, and standard office equipment. The Office Manager is responsible for production of parish communication materials including bulletins, newsletters, schedules, etc. S/he would also assist the Rector in keeping the records and files of the church, keeping the Church calendar up-to-date including building usage, and would provide office coverage. For a full job description, to apply, or with questions, please contact Fr. Scott Garno at (518) 439-3265 or email him by clicking here.

Youth Programs Aide
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834 is seeking full time and/or part-time employees to work with day care and school-aged children. Flexible hours are available with competitive pay. The successful candidate must love working with children and be willing to be subject to a background check. For more information, contact Daniel Hyde,Youth Programs Director, by calling (518) 692-9550 x 114 or clicking here.

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.

Celebration Opportunity

A Day of Recovery Celebration

On Saturday, November 18th there will be a Day of Recovery Celebration in Mechanicville. There will be pizza, a screening of the film Reversing the Stigma and a panel discussion at the Scerbo Center, 52 Williams Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118. Pizza will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 1:00 p.m. The day will continue with a 12-step Eucharist at St. Luke's on the Hill, 40 McBride Rd, Mechanicville, NY 12118 at 4:00 p.m. The service will be followed by a pot-luck dinner at 5:00 p.m. and three guests speakers at 6:00 p.m. This is a free event and anyone can attend all or part of it as they wish. For further information, please contact Father David Haig at (508) 237-3491 or you can email him by clicking here.

Sporting Opportunity

Knockerball Soccer Game
St. Luke's on the Hill invites you to come out for a Knockerball Soccer game on Friday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Halfmoon Town Soccer Fields, Harris Road and Route 236 in the town of Halfmoon. This game is a fundraiser for St. Luke's Recovery Resource Center, a ministry of St. Luke's that provides meeting space for groups recovering from the disease of addiction and sponsors a Speakers’ Series every other month. At the Knockerball Soccer Game, teams of three to six people will compete with like opponents for one hour. Substitutes may be utilized. Teams pay $150.00 to register. Food will be available at the game site. For more information or to register, call Mark Polsinello at (518) 441-6634.

Worship Opportunities

Healing Service
Christ Church, 70 Mansion St, Coxsackie, NY 12051, will be hosting its monthly healing service on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. The service is intended to be Spirit-led and generally includes music, a short talk and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Come and bring a hurting friend.

Thanksgiving Evensong
Join the St. Cecilia choir (and friends) of St. George's, 30 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, New York 12305 for a Thanksgiving Evensong on Sunday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. The music of Thomas Matthews, Richard Shephard, Charles Stanford, Alec Wyton and others will enrich the service.

Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Preacher - Rev. Dave Martin
The Guest Preacher for the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, November 7th will be the Rev. Dave Martins, Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church. 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.

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 $205/couple. For more information, click here. To download a registration form, click here, or to register by phone call (518) 692-9550 x201.

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. You are invited to come out and support the veterans who attend WHI, whether you are a veteran or not, at the closing ceremony on Wednesday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Shopping Opportunity

Holiday Fair
Get in the Christmas spirit! Visit Trinity Church, 585 Fourth Avenue, Troy, NY 12182 (Lansingburgh) on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall for the 2017 Holiday Fair. There will be lots of handmade holiday crafts, baked goods, basket raffles, a silent auction and much, much more. You can stop by for breakfast or lunch - or both! For more information, call (518) 237-7831.

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.

Advent/Christmas Opportunities

Bible Study
On Wednesday evenings in December, St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845 will present an Advent study based on the movie It's a Wonderful Life. The study will include Bible verses that coordinate with certain scenes from the movie. A soup supper will be provided. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. with the program following.

Lessons and Carols
Enrich your Advent season by attending one of these Lessons and Carols services around the diocese. Here's a list of some of the events happening outside of the normal Sunday worship time:

Sunday, December 3rd, 3:00 p.m.
Bethesda Church, 41 Washington St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Lessons and Carols sung by the Schola Cantorum. A reception will follow.

Sunday, December 17th, 4:00 p.m. and Monday, December 18th, 7:30
Christ Church, 15 W High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, A Festival of Lessons and Carols from Celtic and American traditions with music by John Kirk and Trish Miller. Nursery care will be available on Sunday. A reception with festive refreshments will follow.

Is your church having a Lessons and Carols (or other special Advent/Christmas service) outside the Sunday morning worship time not listed here? Send the date, time, place, and any other relevant details so it can be included in this list by clicking here.

Assembly Opportunity

Daughters of the King Assembly
The Daughters of the King will assemble on Saturday, November 4th from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The title is The Kingdom of Heaven - Building a Nest in God's Tree. Mtr. Jean DeVaty, Diocesan DOK Chaplain, will be the speaker and celebrant. Dcn. Barb Mitchell will give an update from the Jr. Daughters' retreat she attended in July. The Assembly will collect items for, and the Eucharist offering will be designated for, the Albany Refugee Resettlement Ministry. Cost for the day is $25 which includes lunch. To download or print a registration form, click here.


Fall Reunion/Diocesan Ultreya

The Fall Reunion/Diocesan Ultreya has been scheduled for November 11th at The Church of the Messiah, 296 Glen St # 1, Glens Falls, NY 12801. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with fellowship, coffee and music. Liturgy begins at 10 a.m. with Bishop Love and will be followed by the day's program. The day finishes with the Eucharist, which begins at 1:00 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch. This is a great way to introduce family and friends to Cursillo! A Secretariat meeting will be held after the reunion with a review of the first 3-day weekend as part of the agenda. For more information, contact John Hyde at (518) 376-9477, or email him by clicking here.

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