THE NETWORK News from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany January 15, 2014
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Beyond St. Andrew’s
This Week at St. Andrew’s
Office hours Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
Wednesday Jan 15
(1/19-1/25): Adele Vozzo, Kyle Bowen
Healing Prayer List: June, Mary, Bill H, Ruth, Winnie
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, please let us know so we can update our records and wish you God’s blessings on your occasion. Thank you!
If you have news you’d like to share with the parish please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL REPORT REMINDER Annual Reports are past due. Please submit to the Parish Office as soon as possible. Thank you.
HAITI BOOK SALE FUNDRAISER Come and take a look at our large collection of books and help those in Haiti. During January at The Shop at St. Andrew’s, all funds raised from book sales will go to the Haiti mission. The Shop is open Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. www.ADollarForHaitiFund.org
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONVERSATION Do you want to explore your personal faith as part of a diverse and accepting community? Are you looking for a safe place to ask tough questions about God, Christianity and the church? Would you like to try a different type of service? Join us for a monthly gathering of prayer, song, discussion, and sometimes snacks. We meet this Thursday January 16th at 6:45pm, here at St. Andrew’s.
BOWLING FOR BEDS Here’s an opportunity for you to help make a difference! On Saturday, February 8, 2014, I (Cathy Parker) will be participating in a “Bowling for Beds’ Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for the Emergency Overflow Homeless Shelter in Albany. The event will be held at Sunset Recreation Center, 1160 Central Avenue. For more information, to join me as a bowler, or to make a donation, please contact Cathy Parker email@example.com.
HELP WANTED ADS Vestry Clerk Duties: Attend vestry meetings, take the minutes, and email minutes to the office and vestry members. The Vestry currently meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 6-8pm. The minutes become an official record of the parish’s work and ministry.
VESTRY NOMINATION TIME Four positions are open: 3 three year terms and 1 two year term. We also need three delegates for diocesan convention and one for the Deanery. We are seeking people with vision and energy to expand the implementation of St. Andrew’s mission. Please submit your nominations by January 15.
2014 FLOWER CHART The 2014 Flower Chart is now up on the bulletin board in Carmichael Hall. Members and friends of the parish are invited to make a donation of flowers for Sundays in 2014 by signing up on the chart. Many give flowers in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for an event. The suggested donation is $60/week. The Flower Guild, led by Lorrie Graham, is happy to provide specific color or flower choices as available. Please write legibly on the chart so that correct names may be included in the Sunday leaflet. Thanks!
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS The Coffee Fellowship Host Chart for Epiphany and Lent is now available on the bulletin board in Carmichael Hall. We are looking for individuals or groups to host each Sunday after the 10am Service. Hosting includes arriving early to set up (cups, plates etc), providing goodies and clean up after. The Coffee and Tea will be turned on, and you will assist in getting things set up. If you have questions please speak to John White or Laura Soloway. Thanks. Coffee Hour cannot happen without participation by everyone.
SERMONS AND QUESTIONS A good sermon challenges us to think about God, our relationships with God and other people, and our lives. A good sermon can raise more question than it answers.
You are invited to share your questions as a way of helping us all learn and grow. Each week the person giving the sermon will collect written questions and the answers will appear in the next week’s bulletin. Clipboards with question forms will be near the exits and in Carmichael Hall. Write your questions (no names, please) and leave it in the tray by the door in Carmichael Hall. Help us learn and deepen our faith: Ask a question.
COMING EVENTS AT ST ANDREW’S
OUTREACH COMMITTEE The next meeting of the Outreach Committee is January 22 at 11am.
BEYOND ST ANDREW’S
Coming events in the Diocese of Albany
School of Healing Prayer Level III New Schedule Offering Come for two weekends (Saturday & Sunday), making it easier for those working during the week to attend. Dates: Feb. 1 & 2 and Feb. 15 & 16; Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Please contact the Healing Center for more information and to obtain a registration form. Haley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-692-9550 x 201.
2014 Parish Leadership Conferences: The New Consecration Sunday Program The subject of the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences will be The New Consecration Sunday Program, by Herb Miller. This program has been used with great success in a number of parishes throughout the diocese to strengthen stewardship in the parish by focusing on gratitude for what God has done for us. The day will include three presentations: The Cheerful Giver and Unrighteous Mammon: Why Talking About Money in the Church is Difficult and Important, Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves: Stewardship Campaign Do’s and Don’ts, and The Harvest of Righteousness: How Faithful Stewardship Can Change Your Church. There will also be a time for discussion of these presentations among the parish groups. Each Parish Leadership Conference will begin at 8:30 am with check-in and will finish by 3:45 pm. The dates and locations for the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences are as follows:
-January 25th Holy Family School, 12 Homestead Park, Malone, NY 12953 -February 1st Christ Church, 69 Fair Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 -February 8th Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 To register for any of the Parish Leadership Conferences, please click here.
Coming Events from Campus Ministry
2nd Semester Congregational Partner Breakfast Saturday, February 1; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (note new time); Interfaith Center (aka Chapel House) Hear about our mission trip and see great pictures! Sign up for Dinner and Devotions (if you want to sign up in advance, just pick a Tuesday between January 28 and April 22 … with the exception of March 4, March 18, and April 22). Plus, work with us on new plans for a brand new semester.
Coming Events from Capital Region Theological Center
Why Can’t We Talk? Civil Discourse as a Habit of the Heart, John Backman, Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7 – 9pm, Niskayuna Reformed Church, Niskayuna. Think of an issue that really makes your blood boil. Now imagine lunch with a friend who is just as passionate about it – on the other side! How can the two of you hear each other with compassion and curiosity? Learn to engage dialogue as a habit of the heart. Use this practice as a spiritual discipline during the upcoming weeks of Lent! $105 by January 9; $120 thereafter. Reg. deadline: January 20.
Register by phone at 518-462-2470. Watch our website and our Facebook page for information on these and many other upcoming courses. Scholarships and group discounts available for most classes. New Discount! Bring someone new to CRTC – you both attend for ½ price!
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Albany, New York Call us at 489-4747 Parish Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am – 12:00pm www.standrewsalbany.org
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