Psalm 9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
 I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 When my enemies turn back,
    they stumble and perish before[c] your presence.
 For you have maintained my just cause;
    you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
    you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.

 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
8and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.

 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his deeds!
 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
 that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.

 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.Higgaion.[d] Selah

 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.

 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
 Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

Since 2007 Libros Para Los Niños has worked to provide the best possible education for children in the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic and to furnish the educational tools to make this possible. It is our belief that an education is the most important gift that can be given a child and the one gift that can never be taken away. Libros Para Los Niños has worked with over twenty schools in the Dominican Republic and in 2017 began working with six schools in Haiti.
Each yearEpiscopal schools submit requests to Libros for scholastic materials, equipment and supplies. Libros evaluates these requests as to their need, and what Libros can provide. Virtually any materials that help teachers educate their students are purchased by Libros. To date the Libros team has taken approximately two tons of Spanish language books and school supplies to the Dominican Republic. In addition the Libros team has supplied computers, printers, copy machines, student desks and chairs, chalk boards, audiovisual equipment and scholarships. One hundred percent of all funds raised, including grants, donations and sales, go directly to the support of Episcopal schools and their students.
Over the past twelve years Libros Para Los Niños has developed several areas of concentration, one of which is to supply food staples for breakfast and lunch programs in albergues. An albergue is basically a protected place — a refuge, or shelter. In the Dominican Republic an albergue is located in a poverty-stricken area. It serves as a preschool, kindergarten and an early primary grade school. Albergues not only provide an academic education but a moral one as well. Many of the children, who attend an albergue, come from homes rife with drug and alcohol abuse and sadly some are physically abused. Family values must be taught to children who may otherwise be lost to an undesirable cycle of life. The albergues Infantil Cristo Salvador in Santiago, Buen Samaritano in San Francisco de Marocís, Jesús Peregrino in Barahona, and San Pablo Apóstol in Jimaní have become a focus as the needs and poverty in these areas are extreme.
Another area of Libros specialization is the funding and equipping of science laboratories.  For a high school to be accredited in the Dominican Republic it must have a science lab. It generally takes 3 years to complete a science lab project. The first year we go to the school to evaluate what is needed for the project. Do they have a room that can be allocated for a laboratory, does the school have a teacher that can teach science classes, and what preparatory work needs to be done. Year two, we purchase equipment and supplies needed to get the laboratory in operating order. Year three, we return to the school to inspect the laboratory to make sure that it is up and running properly and purchase any extra equipment needed. The Libros team has funded science labs in Colegio La Transfiguración inBaní, Colegio Monte de la Transfiguración in Jarabacoa, Colegio San Pablo Apóstol in Jimaní, and Colegio La Anunciación in Santiago as well as École Saint Esprit in Lascohobas, Haiti.
It is said in the Book of Common Prayer,  “Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” The children and the schools that we serve are our neighbors and we do love them as we do ourselves. Libros Para Los Niños wants the best possible education for these children and we want them to know that there are people in the world that love them enough to provide opportunities for them to succeed. This is done for the children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the name and love of God.
The Libros Para Los Niños Traveling Team: Julie Wever, Sandy Trombley, Bobbi Perez, Wendy Susi, Sue Armstrong and Jan Bedoukian

An Advent Preaching Conference
Wednesday, November 6 – Friday, November 8, 2019

A preparation for preaching the themes and texts of Advent
Curated by The Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Brown, Canon Theologian

(REGISTER HERE for printable form   –OR–   HERE for on-line registration)

Join Fr. Brown for a two-day retreat on preaching the Lectionary texts of Advent with an emphasis on exegesis of the Sunday lectionary readings and the exposition of the great themes of Advent:

  • Isaiah’s prophetic announcement of the coming Messiah
  • The Second Coming
  • The Role of John the Forerunner
  • The Virgin Birth as marker of the Incarnation

(SCHEDULE)     (LECTURE OUTLINE)     (FR. BROWN BIO)

REGISTER HERE (For printable form) –or–   HERE (For On-Line Registration)

Advent Taize – Dec 7

An Advent Taize Service will be celebrated at St. Ann’s, Amsterdam (37 Division St) on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 pm.  A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. The prayers consist of “short chants, repeated again and again,” according to an introduction in a Taizé songbook. “The words are sung over many times.”

Thanksgiving Evensong – Nov 17

Join us at Saint George’s Church  (30 N Ferry St, Schenectady, Ny 12305) 11/17 at 3 p.m. for a special Thanksgiving Evensong, sung by our own St. Cecilia Choir accompanied by Dr Brian J. Taylor AAGO, featuring: Evening service in F by  John Blow and  The Souls of the Righteous by Geraint  Lewis

All Souls Day Requiem mass – Nov 2

ALL SOULS MEMORIAL Saint George’s Episcopal Church, Schenectady, will be having a Requiem Mass for All Souls Day 7 p.m. November 2. This is an opportunity to remember and pray for all those we love who have died. If you would like us to pray for your departed loved ones,  please email names to office@stgeorgesschenectady 

 

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Movie Night – Oct 18

Please join us for movie night at St Luke’s Church on Oct. 18th at 7pm! Located at 4 St. Luke’s Place in Cambridge.  We will be watching The Pilgrim’s Progress. Refreshments of popcorn and drinks will be available. A donation is suggested but not required. Below is a selection of comments from the movie review of commonsensemedia.org:

The Pilgrim’s Progress is an animated adaptation of the same-named 1678 book, which is an allegory of Christian faith. The story uses a man’s journey to a far-off “celestial kingdom” to represent the journey from sin to salvation. The movie’s ultimate message is that any journey ending in faith is worthwhile.

The story centers on Christian Pilgrim (voiced by Ben Price). Christian travels from his hometown, the “City of Destruction” (in other words, the human world), to the “Celestial City” (i.e., Heaven) after he chances upon a particular book that sounds a lot like the Bible. Leaving his family behind, Christian passes through many terrible obstacles and meets lots of frightening individuals, all intent on stopping him from reaching his final destination. The big question is will he find the place he seeks, a land of utter contentment and happiness where he can experience the “fullness of joy in the presence of the king”?

The recommended age is 8+ because there are several scenes that are violent enough to scare young or sensitive viewers. The movie is 108 minutes long and rated PG.

 

We are excited to offer our first eIssue of The Albany Episcopalian. As a cost saving measure, this issue will only be available in electronic format. To view you can use the following options:
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This issue features stories and updates on the ministries and programs happening around our Diocese, including:
  • Jesus, Justice and the Holiness of God by The Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown, PhD
  • 2019 Diocesan Convention Reports & Photos
  • “Well Done Good and Faithful Servants” A Tribute to Bishop Harold and Liz Miller by Bishop Bill and Karen Love
  • Upcoming Diocesan, Beaver Cross and Christ the King Center Events
We hope you enjoy this eIssue of The Albany Episcopalian. If you have any feedback on which version you like better (PDF or online magazine) please let Meaghan Keegan, Communications Officer know. As always we thank Cn. George Marshall for his faithful service in putting together the Episcopalian.

Haiti Benefit Dinner – Oct 18

What: Simple Supper, Music, and Photo tour of Lahoye
When: Friday October 18, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $30 per person, Where: St. Andrew’s Church Hall (10 N. Main Ave, Albany, NY 12203)
The joint Albany churches of St. Andrew’s and St. Paul’s are hosting a fundraiser for a school in Haiti. Money raised will provide hot lunch for 250 children at Christ the King school in Lahoye, Haiti. Donations accepted by mail to: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Haiti Mission Partnership, 10 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203. To reserve a seat at the dinner, please just include a note with your check or put a note in the memo field of the check that says “Haiti Dinner.” Call Jen Andrus with questions or to reserve a seat at the dinner (518-982-6291) or email St. Andrew’s at parishoffice3@gmail.com.

Halloween Party – Oct 25

St. Martha’s Guild Halloween Pumpkin Party 2019
On Friday, October 25th, 2019 St. Martha’s Guild of St. Luke’s Church will be holding the 5th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Party.  It will be held at 4 St. Luke’s place, Cambridge NY at the parish house from 6 to 8pm.  We are planning to have games, Net for Apples, Donuts on a String, Face Painting, Make a popcorn hand, Slime making and more.  A costume contest for 4 age groups; 0-3yrs, 4-6yrs, 7-9 yrs and 10 and up.  We will award each winner a Stewarts gift card and a book of choice.  Fr. Matt Baker will be reading the “Pumpkin Parable” to the children.  We have goodie bags for all the Children to take home too!  Of course snacks, juice and coffee will be available for all.  Hope to see you there!  Invite your friends and family.  We want to have the biggest party ever!  Any questions call Andrea Wolff at 518-321-3459 or email at awolff@berlincentral.org