|Sat Nov 28 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM|
|Sun Nov 29 @ 2:00PM - |
The Season of Love Concert
|Sat Dec 05 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM|
|Sat Dec 05 @10:00AM - 08:00PM|
Creche Display and Bake Sale
|Sun Dec 06 @11:15AM - 12:30PM|
|Tue Dec 08 @10:00AM - 02:00PM|
Ministry in Transition
|Sat Dec 12 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM|
Advent Women's Retreat
|Sat Dec 12 @10:00AM - 03:00PM|
Clergy Quiet Day
Last year, our Bishop Franklin, and Bishop Malone of the R.C. Diocese of WNY released a letter encouraging members from both Dioceses to work together in addressing problems of poverty, discrimination, and other societal ills. Two parishes took that letter to heart.
Deacon Bill Hynes of St. Benedict’s RC Church, and Deacon Tom Tripp of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church met during that awful 2014-15 Buffalo winter, and started a dialogue. Both parishes mainly serve the Eggertsville-Snyder-Tonawanda areas directly northeast of the city. After several joint meetings between the deacons and lay people of the two parishes, it was decided to birth the collaboration with a Pre-Thanksgiving meal for ESL students that met regularly in the St. Peter’s building. Diana Leiker, an Episcopal Postulate, put the program together, after hosting two prior St. Peters’ dinners for the students during the summer months. This was part of her social ministry project for the Diaconal Formation Program.
To help understand the current situation with Syrian refugees, the Episcopal Church will present two live webinars, both 60 minutes long, on Thursday, November 19 and Monday, November 23, to examine this emerging refugee crisis.
“These webinars will explore the current situation and how Episcopalians can be involved in this ministry of welcome,” noted Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission. “The webinars are ideal tools for discussion groups, adult forums, and as a basis for preaching points.”
For more than 75 years, The Episcopal Church has welcomed refugees to the United States, helping them find safety, security and new lives as American citizens. Now, with at least 60 million people displaced from their homes and lives, the global community is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.
Leading the webinar will be: Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relations and Engagement; Lacy Broemel, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Office of Government Relations Manager for Online Communications and Operations; and Deborah Stein, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
The tragedy last night in Paris has brought violence back to the news. The car bombing in which 45 people died in Beirut echoes violence. The on-going state of alert at Howard University in Washington, D. C. because of threats of violence to that historically black university must not be lost in the midst of the international terrorism. All of these echo the acts of violence that continue to occur here in Buffalo and Western New York.
I have learned from all the tragic events of the past, that the living goodness of God has been working in us all, despite all of our failures and weaknesses, preparing us in ways that we have not imagined for the work that is thrust upon us.
Part of our response is to join in prayer, to bring before God these tragedies, and ask for God's grace to dwell in us as we face them. Here is a prayer that personally I treasure, found in HOLY WOMEN, HOLY MEN, that helps me at such moments:
"Almighty God, our Refuge and our Rock, your loving care knows no bounds and embraces all the peoples of the earth: Defend and protect those who fall victim to the forces of evil, and as we remember in these days those who endure depredation and death because of who they are, not because of what they have done or failed to do, give us the courage to stand against hatred and oppression, and to seek the dignity and well-being of all for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, in whom you have reconciled the world to yourself; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen."
Diocesan Convention met on the shores of Lake Chautauqua on Friday and Saturday. Delegates were invited to join in a Halloween party on Friday night. Trivia games, a duck scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating and ghost bowling were enjoyed by many of the delegates. No one reported seeing an actual ghost.
The theme of the Convention was “I will with God’s help.” Delegates focused on the promises of the Baptismal Covenant. They talked together about resisting evil and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ. They heard Dr. Robert Franklin, head of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution, reflect on how we might strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
A special Halloween showing of the original 1925 version of the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera” will be presented on Friday, October 30 at 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 North Main Street in Jamestown. The event will include live organ accompaniment by Jack Bollman, Organist at St. Stephen’s Church in Olean, NY.
The film, which stars Lon Chaney Sr, and Mary Phillban is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title, directed by Rupert Julian. Chaney was featured in the role of the disfigured Phantom, who haunts the Paris Opera House in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star.
The chill in the air, the reappearance of pumpkin spice food & drink and fall decorations mean only one thing: Diocesan Convention is coming.
Last year the theme for the Preseason Convention meetings was football. This year the theme is Halloween. After all, Halloween is the preseason for All Saints' Day.
The Preseason Meetings will be:
All the Preseason Meetings begin at 7 pm.
The Preseason meetings will cover the issues coming before Convention, give an overview of the candidates for various positions and provide some chance to ask questions and have conversations. Everyone is welcome to attend Preseason meetings.
Bring your trick or treat bag and go home with some treats.
Bishop Franklin challenges everyone to come as your favorite saint. He's planning on coming as his.