Diocesan Communication Update

Meaghan J, Keegan Communications Officer

It has been an honor to serve the Diocese as the Communications Officer for the past year. I wanted to share a communication department updates that I believe will enhance the way information is shared throughout the Diocese.

Streamlined Diocesan Update

Rather than simply be a bulletin board of church dinners and events my hope is the Update will be a tool to communicate major initiatives, events, and newsworthy stories happening throughout the Diocese. We will still list the parish events but my goal is to share the great things happening in the life of the parishes and the outreach you are doing in your communities. Please share stories and photos of things going on in your church so that the whole Diocese can see how God is working.

Stronger Social Media Presence

In case you haven’t done so already hop on to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and follow the Albany Diocese. When you see a post, “like it” – “share it”- the more interactions it gets the more people see it. We could potentially be reaching thousands of people and showing them how the Diocese and the people within it are sharing the love of Jesus in out community.

Parish Communication Assistance

Need help building a website? Need you bulletin refreshed? Don’t know how to use social media? Please reach out – I am here to help! We have the most important message to deliver – the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ. If you need help effectively carrying out that message – please do not hesitate to ask.

A ‘TASTE’ OF EfM

Do you have questions about your faith? Most people do, and most find it challenging to get answers. Education for Ministry (EfM) was developed by the School of Theology in Sewanee TN to provide a way for lay persons to work through these questions to help us live as Christians in today’s world. Please join us for a short, 4-week ‘taste’ of EfM. Bring a Bible. We will provide snacks and an EfM text, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. Choose either of our host locations:

Tuesday June 4, 11, 18, 25 starting at 7:15pm at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 10 N Main St, Albany. For questions or to register contact EfM mentor Paula-Christy Heighton at pcheighton@springmail.com or call St. Andrew’s office 518-489-4747.

Monday July 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 912 Route 146, Clifton Park. To register contact St. George’s office 518-371-6351.

 

Diocesan Convention 2019
“Stand Firm in the Holy Spirit– Striving Together as One” (Phip. 1:27)

This year Pentecost Sunday falls on the same weekend as our 151st Diocesan Convention (June 7-9), at Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY.  While officially starting Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with Evening Prayer followed by the Bishop’s Address and the opening of the Business Session, everyone is invited to come earlier in the day (doors open at 10:00 a.m.) to get settled in; enjoy the natural beauty of Camp of the Woods and all of its facilities; visit with family and friends from around the Diocese; attend a variety of outstanding workshops (beginning at 2:00 p.m. and running throughout the weekend); or simply enjoy some alone time with God sitting on the beach looking out over the lake and mountains.

Worship

There will be multiple worship opportunities over the weekend with moving Spirit-filled traditional and contemporary music at Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as the Saturday afternoon Eucharist where Bishop Grant LeMarquand will be the guest preacher, and the Sunday morning Youth Mass (one of the highlights of the weekend not to be missed), with Bishop Harold Miller as our guest preacher from our Sister Diocese of Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland.

Youth Rally & VBS

Other weekend events for the youth include an exciting Vacation Bible School for the elementary age kids and the Youth Rally for the Jr. and Sr. High kids.  There is day care for toddlers.  We very much want kids to come and be part of the Diocesan Convention weekend.

Other weekend highlights for adults include two plenary sessions (which are non-compete events).  Bishop Ken “Fanta” Clarke, an excellent Bible teacher and long-time friend of the Diocese from Northern Ireland, will be this year’s Plenary Speaker.  He will be focusing on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and the theme of this year’s Convention “Stand Firm in the Holy Spirit, Striving Together as One.”

Healing Service

Dr. Wendy LeMarquand (a missionary doctor and wife of Bishop Grant) will be the guest speaker at the Saturday evening Healing Service.  Each year, hundreds of people attend this service to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God’s healing grace.

Entertainment & Recreation

In addition to all of the above, one of the other great blessings of the Diocesan Convention is the social time with family and friends from around the Diocese, either sitting and visiting, or enjoying refreshments and great musical entertainment at the Teepee on Saturday evening following dinner.

 

Registration closes May 30, 2019. Please, be sure to visit our Registration Page to secure you spot at convention.

Read full article and invitation from the Bishop in May’s Albany Episcopalian which can be found here

 

Welcome!

Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. an Ecumenical Healing Service is held in the Healing Center Chapel. The healing service features outstanding talks from clergy and laity throughout our Diocese, anointing and opportunity for individual prayers for healing.

Upcoming speaks include:
May 21: The Rev. Desmond Francis, Trinity Church, Lansingburgh
May 28: Bp. Dan Herzog, St. Augustine’s, Illion (Please note this service will be held in The Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels)
June 4: The Rev. Lynne Crimi, Christ Church. Ballston Spa
June 11: The Rev. John Mitchell, Zion Church, Manchester, VT
June 18: The Rev. Brad Jones, Christ Church, Schenectady


Other Upcoming Events at the Healing Center

School of Healing Prayer Level 4: June 27-30
Intended for people who are interested in in-depth healing ministry, particularly personal prayer appointments

An Evening of Prayer: July 20
An evening of prayer and healing with Mike Hutchings of Global awakening, preceded by a community BBQ and worship.

Spiritual Gifts Seminar: July 27
Spiritual Gifts, the Body of Christ, and Self-Image With Fr Mark Chesnut
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Team Member Training for WHI: August 2-3
This training is for those who are interested in serving military veterans and spouses of military veterans who may be suffering in various degrees from PTS or moral injury and are in need of soul repair. Participants will be instructed on how to point people to the Healing power of Christ through prayer.

Healing Ministry Website

 

Mother Donna Steckline of Christ Church, Gilbertville, NY and her family, joined with a trip to Murchison Falls Park and a journey into the Rhino Refugee Camp, Uganda, where our combined CMS-Ireland and Albany team ministered last fall. Because of the unrest, South Sudanese communities have been driven from their homes and the people have sought refuge here in Northern Uganda. The Steckline family included Mtr. Donna+, Kevin, Christopher & Emily went on this recent trip.  Here is a report from their recent trip:

“We took some computers into the camp as they now have access to the internet through a fairly new community center who has satellite access and solar power. Last fall we had especially connected with Grace and Richard who are similar ages to our own children. Our intentions are that we can assist them in gaining an education to continue what they had begun back in their homeland. At this point the education offerings are minimal, but we hope to further this by supplying them with computers and hopefully other programing in the future. It was wonderful for our own grown children to meet and learn of the situation there, but to assist them with the new computers was quite exciting.

We also observed some improvements and answers to prayer in just 6 months since we were there. “The cries of the people have been heard!” Rev. Scopas said. He is a lead Pastor over 35 churches in this regional camp. Now there are 3 locations within this area camp (which has 6 sections), at which they can obtain water. They have also established a local center in their community for the provision of rations that limits the distance each person has to walk to obtain their UN rations. This is a huge answer to prayer.

Since the recent trip, communication with the locals in the camp has increased and we hope to be able to further guide them so that they can ultimately remove themselves from the refugee camps and gain livelihoods that will support their families.”
To read more about mission work in the diocese visit our Mission Committee Page or follow us on Facebook

Drawing, writing, meditation and reading—enjoy the sacred space of the Cathedral in your personally sacred way. Doors open early for Morning Prayer and Eucharist (attendance optional) and close at 9:30 AM for this silent time of art-making and reflection. Meets May 4 and June 1, and begins again in the fall. Free.

For more information about the Cathedral of All Saints visit their website

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to register for convention is fast approaching. Please visit our convention page today to register for convention and youth rally, which will be held June 7-9, 2019 at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, NY.

Preschool Program

St. George’s School is a small, non-profit  school Educating Inquiring Minds and Discerning Hearts located at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park, NY.  We have Preschool Programs for 3 and 4 year olds, full day Pre-K and full day, mixed age primary school program for children through second grade.  We also provide an After School Program for Early Childhood age students. Our small class size and wonderful student-teacher ratios allow us to differentiate material to engage students based on their individual needs.  We will be holding an Open House on Thursday, May 30th from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Visit the classrooms to learn more about the programs offered. Please call (518) 280-7196 or email stgschoolcp@gmail.com for more information. You can also check out our facebook page!

St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center Speaker Series

On Saturday, May 18th from 6-8 pm, St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center Speaker Series is presenting: “The Spiritual Journey
of the 12 Steps ”. Our speakers will share their spiritual journeys and the gifts and promises of 12 step recovery. This program is preceded by a 12 Step Eucharist at 4 pm and Community Potluck Dinner at 5 pm. For more information about the program St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center can be found on our website.