|Sat Dec 06 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM|
Review, Assessment, Planning & Visioning
|Sat Dec 06 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM|
Spirituality and Formation
|Sun Dec 07 @11:15AM - 12:30PM|
|Wed Dec 10 @ 6:00PM - |
Commission on Ministry
|Fri Dec 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM|
An Old-Time Radio Christmas
|Sat Dec 13 @ 9:30AM - 03:00PM|
|Sat Dec 13 @ 2:00PM - 03:30PM|
An Old-Time Radio Christmas
|Sat Dec 13 @ 7:00PM - |
Blue Christmas Service
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 neighbors helping neighbors with these big and continuous tasks and even sharing food. One big worry we have is what’s going to happen when it all starts to melt this weekend, especially if we get rain. Then the snow on roofs will get even heavier and basements could flood.
“We’re thankful for the many friends and family near and far who have called or emailed to see how we are doing. I’m fortunate to be able to tell them that we are safe, warm and well fed.”
Not everyone in the affected areas is as fortunate as my friend. Her comments remind me of how important making connections and helping one another are.
One of the great resources we can call on in the Episcopal Church is Episcopal Relief and Development. Episcopal Relief & Development working through local partners can provide assistance that reduces suffering, helps restore dignity and jump-starts economic recovery. Therefore, I have asked our clergy and parish leaders in the affected areas to contact our diocesan disaster coordinators if widespread disaster relief is needed in their area.
Remembering that God has no hands in this world but our own, I have set up a system through which members of local Episcopal churches in unaffected areas may connect with our churches in affected areas to offer small-scale recovery assistance once the driving bans have been lifted.
I encourage everyone to continue reaching out to help their immediate neighbors as they have been for it is through helping one another that we all are blessed.
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.
Bishop William Franklin
It is wonderful to be able to be here at the Convention of the Diocese of Western New York. As many of you know, I have been traveling quite a bit this fall. I have been to Taiwan and Kanuga (North Carolina) and Mississippi and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. I am very happy to be home in Western New York.
I have been thinking a lot this fall about how proud I am to be the Bishop of Western New York. I claim the Western in that title with particular pride. You have heard me call the diocese based in New York City the Diocese of Eastern New York—they don’t seem to think that is amusing, but I do.
We are a Western Diocese—and not just in the way that people on the East Coast think that everything west of the Hudson River is west.
We are a Western Diocese because we were founded by pioneers. When the first congregations in our diocese were started, this was the Western Frontier. The people who came out here were the courageous visionaries, who saw the possibilities of a new land, a new city, a City of Light. Buffalo is called the City of Light because we were the first city in the United States to have electric street lights. We were willing to try something that no one had ever tried before. We were willing to blaze the trail.
That willingness to try new things, to go to new places and take risks is a part of the foundation of this region and of our diocese. We are here because those who came before us believed in the Erie Canal, something that had never been tried before.
by the Rev. Cathy Dempesy-Sims
When caring for a building limits the energy a congregation has for ministry it’s time for a change. So Ascension parish has chosen to move to the campus of the Church of the Good Shepherd at 96 Jewett Parkway in Buffalo.
Ascension parish recognizes that the Church is not a building. Any church, Ascension included, is really a group of people in close relationship with God and one another. And so, Ascension parish continues, as will our unique 4:30 pm Sunday celebration of Holy Eucharist and our monthly Pet Food Pantry. The Church of the Ascension is not closing, rather it is evolving, adapting to the 21st century reality of how to be the church.
Ascension and Good Shepherd have been in covenant relationship since 2011. When Ascension began their search for a new home, the congregations of both churches felt it a made perfect sense for Ascension to move north three miles. In recognition of their new address, Ascension decided to rename itself The Church of the Ascension Church at Good Shepherd.
Ascension’s former campus will be re-purposed by the Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates for a senior housing project. In this way, the building will forever be connected to the Episcopal Church, thanks be to God.
All are invited to join us for a grand service of good-bye and thank you to our building at the corner of Linwood and North in Buffalo at 7 pm on The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2015. Bishop Franklin will be the celebrant. Come celebrate our rebirth as we joyfully remember all that has happened over the past 165 years while looking forward to what will happen in the next 165!
On Monday, October 13, the front lawn of the Episcopal Diocese’s Ministry Center at 1064 Brighton Road in Tonawanda will become a sea of pink.
More than 3,800 pink flags will be placed on that lawn by teens from St. Martin’s Church on Grand Island and St. Mark’s Church in Orchard Park. The flags represent donations for breast cancer made by Episcopalians from all over Western New York. These flags will reflect those that will appear on the lawns of most Episcopal churches.
St. Mark's Church in Orchard Park, NY is hosting “A Day of Healing with Nigel Mumford on Saturday, October 18, from 10am - 3pm.
Nigel Mumford is an author and an international speaker focusing on the healing ministry. He is the founder of “By his Wounds Inc,” a not-for-profit charity focusing on Christian healing.