Friday, January 10, 2014
1/10/2014, #10, 1st Quarter 2014
Father, revive me by your Holy Spirit.
You will stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7b)
Jesus, I look to you for protection from all who would harm me.
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; (Psalm 138:8a)
LORD, bring me to that maturity and perfection you desire for me.
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; (Psalm 138:8b)
Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit into me day by day. Thank you for your mercy and grace. [Mercy is not getting what we deserve; grace is getting what we do not deserve.]
Do not forsake the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8c)
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalm 37:25) Thank you, Father, for caring for us all these years.
John 10:15 A word received: I laid down my life for you.
Jan. 10: 138, 139:1-17(18-23) * 147; Jer. 23:1-8: Col. 2:8-23: John 10:7-17
Jan. 11: 148, 150 * 91, 92; Isa. 55:3-9: Col 3:1-17: John 14:6-14
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 10 St. Andrew’s Church, Albany - The Rev’d Mary White, The Rev’d Allen Carpenter
***** 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. Here is what some of the leaders of those churches have to say about the program:
"The New Consecration Sunday Program put the focus on our relationship with God, helped build a cooperative team, and yielded wonderful results." - Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis, Rector, St. John's Massena
"The New Consecration Sunday program has totally changed how our people view giving in that they no longer see giving based on what the church needs, but rather as a discipline in gratitude."- Father Karl Griswold Kuhn, Rector, St. Paul's Kinderhook
"Focusing on the disciple's need to give instead of the Church's need to receive has resulted in decreased conflict, significant spiritual growth, and an abundance of funds that have enabled us to begin new ministries. It's amazing what God can do when you challenge people to be faithful."- Father Mark Michael, Rector, Christ Church, Cooperstown
"The New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program was very successful at St. Mark's, Malone this year, helping the parish experience more than a 100% increase in pledges."- Father Tom Papazoglakis, Rector, St. Mark's Malone
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. 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
Christ in the Psalms Silent Retreat at St. Mary's
From February 14th - 16th, 2014, retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and find peace and rest in silence at The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY. Join Mother Miriam as she leads you through the Psalms, highlighting the prophetic words about Christ found there. The weekend begins with Vespers on Friday and ends with dinner on Sunday, after 1PM. The cost is $138 for those staying overnight, $75 for commuters (meals and program only - no overnight accommodations). If you would like to attend, please e-mail Mother Mirian by clicking here.
Share Your Passion For Jesus!
Once again 10 parishes will be chosen to display/highlight in the Exhibit Hall at Convention how they manifest their passion for Jesus in their community. We're getting the word out early this year so parishes can put in their "bid" for a spot. Deadline for submitting a request for a spot (1/2 table space; 3-4 ft) is Friday, February 28, 2014. The 10 chosen parishes will be announced by mid-March. Your request must include the following information:
1. Name of parish
2. Title/theme of display
3. Brief description of your display
4. Contact name, phone & email
Submit your request to Deacon Nancy Goff by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?ngoff, by mail to 305-B Queens Dr., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or you may call her at (518 ) 932-9286.
***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 01/10. There will be worship, encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. The message will be given by Patsy Felton, a missionary with International Accelerated Missions of Berne, NY. All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity!