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You can Give and Save on Taxes Too!

Give stocks which have gone up in price since you bought them! The tax advantage is that you do not have to report the capital gains, but you get the income tax deduction for the gift to the church.  Giving is easy.  Most people hold their securities in a broker’s account.  Ask your broker for…

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Bishop Franklin’s Statement on Sutherland Springs

I wish that I could say that I was shocked by the shooting on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. I am deeply saddened by the senseless deaths of innocent people who had sought only to seek the presence of Christ and join together in worship and fellowship.  I am deeply…

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On Being Included in the Creative Process

The Forward, the blog of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has been publishing some pieces on the proposed collaboration between our two Dioceses.  The latest piece was written by The Rev. Sare Anuskiewicz from Western New York.  You can read The Forward here (https://dionwpanews.org/).  Here is Sare’s piece on the creative process.   We are…

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180th Convention Followup

The 180th Convention of the Diocese of Western New York was held October 27 & 28 in Amherst. Convention is a combination of worship, fellowship and business.  The theme of this year’s Convention was A New Reformation: Faith, Grace, Proclamation and Transformation. We welcomed guests from the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, including their Bishop, the…

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Considering a Shared Future

The Rev. Earle King had an organ recital on the books, and he was no more eager than the next busy person to lose two days of rehearsal time to attend a meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania, convened for something called “compression planning.” But he serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Western New…

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Middle School Youth Invited on a Journey

The next Journeys weekend for our middle school aged youth (grades 6-8) will be Friday November 17 to Saturday November 18 at the Diocesan Ministry Center.  Journeys is a program that allows the youth to explore different ways of finding how God may be found in their lives.  The underlying premise of the program is…

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St. Luke’s, Jamestown to Hold Community Dedication and Reception October 22

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be hosting a community-wide celebration and dedication on Sunday, October 22nd to mark the completion of the first two phases of the Jamestown church’s capital project. The event will begin with a festive evensong at 4pm, including a special blessing of the newly refurbished fellowship space. A celebratory reception and ribbon-cutting will…

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Message from Bishop Franklin about Puerto Rico

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I know that we have all been watching the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico over the last few days.  In the face of such destruction and need, the temptation can be to jump in and do anything, or to be overwhelmed and do nothing.  I believe the best…

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From the Bishops and Standing Committee Presidents

September 22, 2017 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Last weekend at a meeting of the clergy of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Bishop Franklin announced that he will retire on April 3, 2019, as required by the canons of the Episcopal Church. His letter, which you can read here,  says…

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Announcement from Bishop Franklin

September 16, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I left on sabbatical in April, I said to you that one of the things I would be doing during that time was praying and thinking about my retirement as Bishop of Western New York. I want to share with you that I have made…

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Hurricane Harvey Response

As you have all seen on the news, Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas hard and it continues to rain, increasing the flooding.  The information the Diocese has received from Texas is that the two things that are most needed are financial donations and prayer. We have been asked not to collect items at this point. …

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Bishop Franklin Is Back (and the ducks were ready)

Bishop Franklin returned from sabbatical on August 17.  We was welcomed back to the Diocesan office with many ducks, including the Eaton Camp ducks, a large duck and duck socks, tie and cuff-links. The Bishop’s duck collection now stands at 1065 ducks.  His goal had been 1057 ducks because he is the 1057th Bishop in…

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