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Worship & Liturgy II
|Sun Jan 04 @11:15AM - 12:30PM|
|Thu Jan 15 @11:00AM - 02:00PM|
|Thu Jan 15 @ 5:30PM - 09:00PM|
|Sun Jan 18 @12:00PM - 01:00PM|
God's Gift of Grace, Pet Food Pantry
|Mon Jan 19 @ 1:30PM - 04:30PM|
"The Watsons Go to Birmingham" film
Call for Buffalo’s new prosperity to shared with all
by Laurie Wozniak
Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are asking members of their respective Churches to do what they can to insure that the new economic growth and opportunity in Western New York is shared among all people.
The joint pastoral letter, co-written by both bishops, will be issued on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 14, 2014. It is believed to be the first joint pastoral letter in the history of the two dioceses.
“A new generation of Western New Yorkers is envisioning new opportunities and making them a reality. With regard to education, medicine, technology and quality of life, this is the time for which we have all waited and prayed and worked. This wave of prosperity benefits not only the city, but the entire region,” they wrote. “Yet at this time not everyone is benefitting. Blacks and Hispanics still live in poverty in greater proportion than do other groups in our population. Children still go to bed hungry. Jobs and security elude too many families. And because some are left out and locked out, the rest of us are poorer. We fail to benefit as much as we might from this new golden age.”
St. Paul's Mission Committee recently organized a "blanket brigade." The group has already made over 30 no-sew fleece blankets, and the have more fleece ready not to be sewn!
The blankets will be given to children in the Niagara Falls area as gifts at Christmas time through the Magdalene Project http://www.themagdaleneproject.net, whose goal is to give away 300.
At the same time, the church's Operation Christmas Child shoe box project is completed. Twenty-fivd boxes filled with fun are delivered and are on their way to children around the world. Thanks to all who helped to make a difference in the life of a child this Christmas.
From the Right Rev. R. William Franklin, Episcopal Bishop of Western New York
In the aftermath of the grand jury's decision just a week ago not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown we see how differently blacks and whites view the issues of race. How different our expectations are of how we will be treated by law enforcement. There is fear in the white community and despair in the black community, and violence offers a temporary remedy and a relief from decades of pain and frustration.
The parents of white teen-age sons believe their children will come home safe at night. The parents of color have no reason for such assurance.
Our Presiding Bishop said last week, "All Americans live with the consequences of centuries of slavery, exploitation, and prejudice. The color of one's skin is often the most visible representation of what divides God's children one from another."
This is a highly personal issue for me. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Mississippi, in a society where the vestiges of black enslavement existed in a complete segregation of the races. As a boy I was forbidden to experience the gifts and talents and experiences of half of our state's population. As a consequence of segregation, my early life was culturally and spiritually diminished by the reality of the separation of the races.
Senior housing highlights plan; Farewell service planned for January 6
As the congregation of the Church of the Ascension parish prepares to move to the campus of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates have unveiled plans for the future of the parish grounds located at North Street and Linwood Avenue.
Under plans unveiled by the Right Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, and Rob Wallace, president & CEO of Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, the Church of the Ascension building will be preserved for community space, while a portion of the campus will be used for senior housing designed to serve individuals age 55 and older living on low or limited incomes.
Bishop William Franklin
Since Monday evening, those who live in South Buffalo, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Elma, Lancaster, East Aurora, Orchard Park, Alden and some other communities, as well as parts of Genesee County are dealing with unprecedented snowfall amounts. Ten people have died. Roofs are groaning under the weight of 6-7 feet of snow. Driving has been banned. For people in these areas, this past week has not been easy.
As I heard from someone who lives in the midst of one of the hardest hit areas: “Shoveling and snow blowing have worn us out, but it’s nice to see
When I first volunteered for a 2-hour shift at St. Matthias for Family Promisw, I learned that those people from the city were not just those people, but individuals. As I became more active, I have met some of the most amazing folks. True some are not my favorites but all are special. Families in the Family Promise program work hard to stay together while meeting daily obstacles. They are further burdened because they are homeless.
While with Family Promise these individuals receive companionship and guidance, meals and a place to sleep at night. Imagine how it feels to the children who are with strangers every night. Yes, the families receive meals, but these are not always foods they are used to. Can you imagine how hard it is to try to provide for your family and not be able to put a roof over their head? Do these individuals want to be in this situation? Absolutely not. As a volunteer, I can assure you they do not complain about what they receive.
Family Promise gives them a place to be during the day to look for work, or go to work if they have a job, look for a place to live, have an address so the children’s education is not interrupted. At night and on the weekends our guests go to one of our host churches where they receive meals, a place to sleep and companionship. The problem is that it is not a home and what comes with a home is not there. Be assured, in spite of this, clients are thankful to have what is offered.
For me, our guests become family for a week. I pray for their future, smile with them, laugh and cry. Each family is different; each family is special, although their needs vary. It is work, with ups and downs and yet the high I receive from getting to know our guests is priceless.
If you have the slightest interest in shining a light for those less fortunate in our community, please go to our website: http://www.fpwny.org or contact our director Charlie LeFevre at 716-771-3007.
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15-23. Family Promise will lead this off with our own Cardboard Box City & Open House on beginning at 5pm on Friday, Novembe 14, at 149 Frech Road in the Garden Village Plaza, Cheektowaga. Food and drinks will be available. I hope to see you there.