In this issue: Our Presiding Bishop & Bishop-elect on the election. Plus: Happening #66 photos, 148th Convention reminders, Consecration info and more. November 10, 2016. 
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The Election: Our Bishops Speak

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: "Reach out in love to your fellow citizens." 

Curry post-election video screenshot

Bishop-elect Duncan-Probe: "Be a servant of God, honoring the dignity of all people and seeking to serve Christ in all persons."

Duncan-Probe headshot
[Originally posted on Facebook, November 9th]

No matter what side we thought we were on, today we are Americans waking up in a precarious place, a place of division and woundedness. There can be no triumphalism this day; we are not one, there is no unity of purpose or understanding. I commend to you Psalm 46 as a prayer in this time.
If you feel powerful, I pray you will be intentional in seeking to empower others, to protect those without your power. If you feel powerless, I pray you will gather with your community for nurture and support; may you feel the greatest power of all, love. As for me, I ask your prayers as I set myself to those tasks that are new every morning: to be a servant of God, honoring the dignity of all people and seeking to serve Christ in all persons. And yes, for a time, I will do this with a heavy and broken heart. May those places of brokenness be where God's love shines most brightly.

The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe
Bishop-elect, Central New York

Preparing For Convention

Important Convention Materials

The 148th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York (get directions). Convention check-in will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. 

 Convention materials are posted on the diocesan website, including:  Haven't Registered Yet? You may register and pay in-person at the check-in desk at Convention.

Around the Diocese

Staff Transitions

Dear People of Central New York,

With both joy and sadness, I share with you the news that Judy Fried, our Transition Ministry Officer and Secretary to Convention, will retire on December 31, 2016.

Judy shared her intention to retire with Bishop Adams prior to the Special Election Convention. She then formally tendered her resignation following my arrival in Central New York, and has graciously agreed to stay on through the close of 2016 to support me and the Diocesan Board as we develop a transition plan.

Judy has been a valuable and faithful member of the Diocesan staff since 2002. In addition to serving as Transition Ministry Officer and Secretary of Convention, she is the staff liaison for the Ministry Support Committee, the Dayspring program, and the Transition Consultants. She has been instrumental in assisting dozens of Central New York parishes with leadership transitions, has brought many fine clergy to our diocese, and is well-respected among her peers in the wider Episcopal Church.

At our Diocesan Convention this weekend, we will formally recognize Judy’s contributions to this diocese and celebrate her transition. Please join me in thanking Judy for her service and dedication, and in wishing her and her family every blessing upon the joyful occasion of her retirement.


The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe
Bishop-elect, Central New York

Happening #66

Happening #66 (a weekend retreat for high-school-age youth) wrapped up this past weekend at Casawasco Camp & Retreat Center. These photographs are by Sue Cenci--view the full photo gallery on the diocesan website.

What's next for diocesan youth? A weekend of winter skating fun is planned for January 2017. Sign up now!
Bishop-elect Duncan Probe with The Rev. Nick Smith, The Rev. Toppie Bates, and Judi and Dan Brayer
angel wings at worship
happening participants with candle at worship

St. Paul's, Waterloo Commissions Elders

Fr. Haugaard with five elders
On Sunday October 23, five Elders of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waterloo were commissioned by Fr. Jeff Haugaard. All the Elders have contributed to the life of St. Paul’s parish and the Kingdom of God for decades. From  left to right, the Elders are John Taylor, William Boden, Carl Larsen, June Pontius, and Alice Willson (the youngster in the middle is Fr. Haugaard). St. Paul’s has recently established a set of priorities for the next several years, and honoring elderly members of the parish and keeping them actively involved in parish life is one of those priorities. Although hard to tell from this picture, the average age of the new Elders is 87!

Christmas Season Services

Please use this online form to submit a listing of your Christmas season services (one service per submission, please). Submitted services will be listed on the diocesan website and promoted through a diocesan social media advertising campaign. The submission deadline is December 9, 2016. 

Announcements & Events

Diocesan-Wide Announcements & Events

The Consecration of Our 11th Bishop
Diocesan Seal
The Consecration of The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe as 11th Bishop of Central New York will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, New York. Details, including hotel accommodations and related events, are available on the diocesan website
  • A limited number of tickets will be available through November 21st, or whenever all tickets have been issued. Online registration is currently open
  • The Transition Committee invites all parishes to bring their parish banner (drop-off on Friday, Dec. 2nd) to decorate the room where the Consecration will take place. Details here.
  • The Consecration will also be broadcast via live video. Details to follow. 
Sunday Worship Following the Consecration

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach and preside at Grace Church in Syracuse on Sunday, December 4th.

Bishop-elect DeDe Duncan-Probe (who will be Bishop Duncan-Probe by this date!) will preach and preside at St. Paul's Church in Syracuse on Sunday, December 4th.

Bishop David Alvarado of our Companion Diocese of El Salvador will preach and preside at Christ Church in Manlius on Sunday, December 4th.
Free Energy Audits & Implementation Grants

Audits: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers free energy audits to help congregations identify and pursue opportunities to reduce heating and electricity costs.

Please contact the NYSERDA program administrator for your county to sign up for your energy audit. The program ends on December 31st, so time is running out. 

Implementation Grants: In 2017, the Foundation of the Diocese is offering grants of up to $1,000 in matching funds to parishes that have conducted a NYSERDA audit in 2016 and are ready to implement recommendations and enjoy energy savings in 2017. Grant requests are due February 2, 2017. 

For more information on these programs, please contact Charles Moore, a member of the Foundation of the Diocese, at (315) 637-9338 or  
Save the Date! Winter Skating Weekend for Youth

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited for a weekend of winter fun, sponsored by the Diocesan Youth Council. We’ll spend the night at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Syracuse (use the Montgomery Street entrance when you arrive) and enjoy skating at the Clinton Square Ice Rink. Get details and RSVP

When: Saturday, Jan. 28th at 2:00 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 29th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Church, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. 

Parish Announcements & Events

Copier Available

The Church of the Resurrection in Oswego will donate a 2008 Ricoh Aficio MP2550 color copier to any parish in the diocese that is in need of a copier and is able to arrange pickup. View a similiar model online.

Please inquire at the church office by calling (315) 343-3501.
St. Paul's, Syracuse: Thursday Soup Lunches Resume

Most Thursdays at 12:40 p.m. (following the 12:10 p.m. Healing Service) enjoy homemade soup, bread, a piece of fruit and a cookie for a $4 donation. All proceeds support the Samaritan Center. Feed yourself and others all for one low price! More details here
When: Thursdays, 12:40 p.m., beginning Oct. 6th. 
Where: St. Paul’s Church, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. 
Cost: $4; proceeds benefit the Samaritan Center.
St. James', Skaneateles: Messiah Sing!

Throughout 2016, St. James' Church in Skaneateles is celebrating their 200th anniversary with monthly events. In November, the MasterWorks Chorale will present the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, accompanied by members of Symphoria playing in a 12-piece chamber orchestra.

This concert is a sing-along; if you know the work and would like to join the choir, please come to St. James' Church at 3:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or contact for more information. 

A reception will follow the concert. 
When: Sunday, Nov. 13th, 4:00 p.m.
Where: St. James' Church, 96 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles.
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online or at the door: adults, $15; students and seniors, $10; children under 18, free. 
St. Paul's, Syracuse: Recovery Sunday 

A special Eucharist for those recovering from addiction. Guest homilist is Kathleen Gaffney Babb, Chief Development Officer for Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, Nov. 13th, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (second service is a Jazz Eucharist with John Rohde & Friends).
Where: St. Paul's Church, 220 East Fayette Street, Syracuse. 
Grace, Elmira: Taizé Communion Service

Join us for an ecumenical Taizé Communion service led by Don Hoff. Taizé is very simple: a few plain songs, a bit of silence, some prayers. It's a lovely, refreshing way to end the week. Experiencing simplicity shared with others reminds us that daily life is the place where Christ is waiting for us. Come and discover!

When: Thursday, Nov. 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Lady Chapel at Grace Church, 375 West Church Street, Elmira. Parking is available in the church lot in the rear of the church or on West Church Street in front of the church. There is a wheelchair lift into the church.
St. Paul’s, Syracuse: Grand Gala

Join us for Grand Gala Evening to benefit St. Paul’s Syracuse. Your ticket includes 11 chances to win cash prizes—$3,500, $1,000, $500, $250 (x2), $100 (x6), based on selling 200 tickets; delicious food (appetizers, dinner stations & desserts); silent auction; and music for listening and dancing played by John Rohde and Friends, the same group that offers music for St. Paul's Jazz and Pops Mass.

When: Thursday, Nov. 17th, 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Where: The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga Street (corner of South Warren), Syracuse.
Purchase Tickets: 1 ticket—2 people—$150; 1/2 ticket—1 person—$75; cash bar. Call St. Paul's Church at (315) 474-6053 to order tickets, or order online
St. Matthew's, Moravia: Annual Fall Festival 

The perfect day to start your Christmas shopping. Crafters on-site; delicious lunch; bake sale. 

When: Saturday, Nov. 19th, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where: St. Matthew's Church, 14 Church Street, Moravia. 
Grace, Carthage: Chatterbox Gathering

Everyone is welcome to join us for our November Chatterbox Gathering. Our musical guest will be Peter Rose. Join us for good food, good music and Good News! We look forward to seeing you there.

When: Sunday, Nov. 20th, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Chatterbox Diner, 266 State Street, Carthage.
Grace Church, Baldwinsville: 11th Annual Cookie Walk

Purchase holiday cookies by the pound–come early for the best selection! Light lunch and holiday sweets also available for purchase. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit community outreach programs.

Where: Grace Church, 110 Oswego Road (Route 48), Baldwinsville.
When: Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 10:00 a.m–1:00 p.m., or until sold out. 

Open Positions

View all open positions for lay employees and clergy on the diocesan website
  • Grace Church, Baldwinsville: Music Director
  • Saints Peter & John, Auburn: Organist/Choir Director

Churchwide Announcements & Events

Episcopal Relief & Development Launches $500,000 Holiday Matching Gift Challenge

Through the end of December, Episcopalians and friends are invited to participate in Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2016 Holiday Matching Gift Challenge. With generous support from a group of exceptionally committed donors, gifts to any listed fund during this time will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. The match amount benefits the Global Needs Fund, sending help where it is most needed to fight poverty, hunger, disease and disasters worldwide.

Donations to any Episcopal Relief & Development fund made online, over the phone or via mail before year-end – including through Gifts for Life, the organization’s alternative giving catalog – are eligible for matching. Matching is automatically enabled when supporters make a gift. For new and existing monthly donors, any scheduled contributions during the challenge will also be matched.

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