|Mon May 25 @10:00AM - 11:15PM|
Interdenominational Memorial Day Service
|Sat May 30 @12:00AM|
Airline Ticket Raffle
|Sat May 30 @10:00AM - 02:00PM|
Women of Trinity Book, Bake and Craft Sale
|Sat May 30 @12:00PM - |
Planning for the Journey
|Sun May 31 @ 2:00PM - |
Discover Sundays - Forest Lawn Tour
|Sat Jun 06 @ 8:30AM - 04:40PM|
Community Assessment & Community Organization
|Sat Jun 06 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM|
|Sat Jun 06 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM|
Safe Church Training at the Cathedral
Each June throughout the U.S. and around the world, communities celebrate Pride. The Pride events have evolved over time from their inception commemorating the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the modern gay rights movement in the late 60s and early 70s: mixing in political and social action with fundraising, education, and fun, Pride events are a unique expression of the diverse LGBTQ community and their allies, families, friends, and supporters.
Pride here in Western New York is the week of June 1-7, with events happening each day, and details to be found on the WNY Pride website. We have an opportunity to join Pride, and to celebrate and support.
"When the disciples were on a boat, in the middle of a storm, Jesus came to them, walking on the waves and said, 'Take heart; it is I; do not be afraid.'"
Over 40 people from various congregations around the diocese attended the first Take Heart conversation, held on Wednesday evening (May 13) at the Ministry Center in Tonawanda.
The Take Heart conversations are the next step in the process that we began this past winter with the Be Not Afraid gatherings. As a diocese, we came together then and named our fears and challenges. Now, we gather again to discuss what we can do to deal with them.
The eight Episcopal congregations in Niagara County have joined in partnership to share resources with each other, with community agencies, and with our communities. We now have a new brochure that lists resources and community ministries of this Niagara Episcopal Partnership and some of the agencies and organizations with whom we partner.
The brochure accomplishes several purposes: It is a vehicle that allows our individual parishes to be aware of the offerings of the others in our area; it will better equip us to offer physical support when appropriate and prayer support at all times; it will give agencies, organizations and individuals a more “concrete” connection with the Episcopal churches by providing information on hand for quick and easy reference; it will be used as a resource to direct those in need of a service or who wish to donate time or goods to a particular ministry. By educating ourselves, local organizations, and individuals, this brochure will make the Web of Grace more visible and more expansive because opportunities to inspire hope, create, maintain and grow relationships will be more readily accessible. As we seek and serve, we may discover new opportunities to build up our partnerships.
This will be the tenth year that St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church will host an interdenominational service for Memorial Day. The service, scheduled for the Monday holiday,May 25, at 10:00 a.m., has been a great success in bringing real religious solemnity to a day of remembrance too often reduced to shopping and picnics.
The service is loaded with tremendously moving language, music and ritual. All is designed to honor those who have died for those idealistic American values of freedom, equality, justice and community. At the same time the readings, prayers and music point to our obligation to those who have died, which is to embrace these values in our own lives.
This winter clergy and lay leaders from congregations throughout our diocese were invited to take part in a series of conversations called Be Not Afraid to begin the process of facing some of the things that frighten us about the future of our congregations and the future of our communities.
In the midst of a winter that was harsh, even by Western New York standards, more than 250 people representing nearly all of the congregations in the Diocese participated in the conversations.
One of the things that the Bishop and organizers heard over and over again as people were leaving the Be Not Afraid gatherings was, "What comes next? What is the follow up to these conversations?"
Lord and Lady Grantham cordially request the pleasure of your attendance at the wedding of Downton Abbey’s Lady…… and thus an afternoon glimpse into English society life will begin.
Saturday, May 9th will witness a recreation of a Downton Abbey’s 1920s style wedding. The nuptials will begin at noon in the sanctuary of St. James Church of two of English society’s upper class. Following the “wedding” there will be a Downton Abbey type reception in the church’s “Great Hall” with the cutting and consumption of the wedding cake(s) and a light luncheon.