In this week's issue: "The Day of Pentecost is this Sunday! We celebrate the Holy Spirit, and answer the call to pray for the Holy Land.  Plus: Pancakes, houses, bikers, baptisms and so much more!   June 1, 2017.
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Around the Diocese

The Day of Pentecost, Celebrating the Fire of the Holy Spirit

Pentacost Mosaic
On Sunday, June 4th, we celebrate the the Day of Pentecost.  It is the 50th day after Easter, and sometimes referred to as the "Birthday of the Church". It is the day on which we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming to the apostles shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension.  

As Christopher Sikkema, Coordinator for Digital Evangelism for the Episcopal church states:

We celebrate Pentecost as the inauguration of the Church’s mission in the world. Empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are to go out into our neighborhoods and the wider world—to Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth—witnessing to the risen Christ.

So on Sunday, as we celebrate the fire of the Holy Spirit working throughout the church, we will wear red, hang balloons and streamers, make noise and celebrate the goodness that Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have brought into this world.  

Following your celebrations on Sunday, feel free to share with us how your congregation celebrated the Holy Spirit on this day of Pentecost! 

Photo Update from Mission Team with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador 

Wonderful progress is being made by the hard working members of the Habitat for Humanity mission trip to our Companion Diocese in El Salvador.  Check out these pictures of them building houses!  Follow the Companion Diocese on Facebook by clicking here, or visit the Companion Diocese page on the diocese website
Building Houses Mission Trip To El Salvador May 2017 2
Building Houses Mission Trip To El Salvador May 2017 1
Building Houses Mission Trip To El Salvador May 2017

Mother's Day Breakfast at St. Ann's, Afton

The men of St. Ann's, Afton served nearly 50 people at their annual Mother's Day breakfast.  It was delicious, and the hard work of the men of St. Ann's was greatly appreciated! 
Men making breakfast at St. Ann's Afton
Women eating breakfast at St. Ann's, Afton

St. Paul's, Syracuse Hosts Illini 4000 Bike Group

St. Paul’s is thrilled to once again host the Illini 4000 bike group. Each year a group of students from the University of Illinois embark on a cross country journey from New York City to San Francisco. They are raising money for cancer research and support groups. We had a great turnout from our parish who cooked a delicious dinner and hosted their evening. The downtown YMCA generously offered the bikers the use of their showers to clean up after an 80 mile one day ride. And our Rector, Father Philip Major manned the omelette station for breakfast the next morning. Last year, Father Philip, being an avid biker himself, was able to ride the first 20 miles when they left St. Paul’s. We look forward to meeting another wonderful group of students next year. 
St. Paul's Syracuse Hosts Illini 4000 Bike Group
Making breakfast for the Illini 4000 Bike Group

A Baptism at St. Mark's, Port Leyden

Congratulations to Hayden Anthony Matuszczak and his family! Hayden was baptized at St.Marks Episcopal Church in Port Leyden by Rev.Dr. John LaVoe on April 23rd.  He is the great-grandson of Anthony Belmont, a warden of St. Mark's.  Anthony is also one of the Godparents! 
Baptism of Hayden Anthony Matuszczak at St. Mark's, Port Lyden

News  from The Episcopal Church

Watch the Webinar: Becoming Beloved Community

[Click image to link to the video] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings hosted a webinar to discuss Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. [The Episcopal Church, May 16, 2017] 

Click here to find out more about racial reconciliation and The Episcopal Church. 

Thy Kingdom Come and #Pledge2Pray Continue Through Pentecost, June 4th, 2017

Thy Kingdom Come, the global prayer movement started by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and supported by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, is spreading Jesus Christ worldwide. The wave of prayer started on Ascension Day, and runs until the day of Pentecost. The goal of the campaign is to ask people to pray in whatever way they want and with whomever they want for others to come to know Jesus Christ.  For more information, visit the Thy Kingdom Come website.

The following prayer videos remain in the campaign:
June 1 #Adore - The Rev. Roger Walton, President, British Methodist Conference
June 2 #Celebrate - His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop, the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom
June 3 #Silence - Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE, the Society of St. John the Evangelist
June 4 #ThyKingdomCome - The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England
#Pledge2Pray #ToJesus: The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. (May 25, 2017). 
*To find previous #Pledge2Pray videos, click here
**Some videos may be listed as private until they day the prayer is scheduled for. 

WCC Calls for Pentecost Global Day of Prayer for ‘Just Peace’
in Holy Land

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians are invited to participate this Pentecost in a global prayer campaign to call for peace in the Holy Land.

The World Council of Churches, through a campaign called “Come, Spirit of Peace: A Global Day of Prayer for Just Peace in the Holy Land,” is calling on Christians everywhere to unite in prayer on June 4 and 5 – by attending its worship service in Jerusalem, holding services in their home parishes or sharing individual prayers on social media.

“We are calling on Christians everywhere to share in our witness to unity and to use this moment as a focus for prayers for peace in the Holy Land,” the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the ecumenical organization’s general secretary, said in a news release. “Our vision is to make this moment of prayer truly participatory.”

Click here to read more about this call to prayer. 

Church Pension Fund Plans Major Revisions

[Episcopal News Service] The biggest changes to the Church Pension Fund in the past 60-some years are due to go into effect next year. They are designed to better serve a changing Episcopal Church and its clergy and lay employees while sustaining the fund and maintaining the value of retirement benefits.

Click here to read more about these changes. 

Applications accepted for Episcopal Church Domestic & Environmental Policy Advisor

[May 31, 2017] The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the full-time position of Domestic & Environmental Policy Advisor, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

As part of the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations based in Washington DC, the Domestic & Environmental Policy Advisor focuses on environmental policy and U.S. domestic policy. The Advisor represents the Episcopal Church to the U.S. Congress, the Administration, and other domestic and foreign government bodies and mobilizes Episcopalians to undertake advocacy on critical issues supported by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention Policy. Deadline for applying is June 15.  

Click here to find out details on this position and how to apply. 

Announcements & Events

Diocesan-Wide Announcements & Events

Quick Links:
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Spring Vestry Day: Working Well Together, June 3rd, 2017
Vestry Day 2017 is this Saturday! We look forward to vestry members, parish clergy, canons and our bishop gathering together to discus strategies for building up and maintaining healthy congregations.  There will also be discussion on human resources, stewardship and more! 

Post your pictures of Vestry Day to social media and hashtag #VestryDayCNY and don't forget to tag the Diocesan Pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!  We would love to share your pictures in next week's Messenger! 

St Margaret’s House & Ecumenical Center: Second Annual Gardening Day  

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Do you have fond memories from your time at St Margaret’s House? Or looking forward to creating new memories? Come in support of our House as we gather for our Second Annual Gardening Day.

Last year about twenty people worked together for a day of gardening and fellowship as we spruced up the grounds. (We have eight acres!! There is a lot of potential!) On Tuesday, June 27th you are invited to join us. Our day will begin at 9.00 with prayer. We’ll get organized and set about our work, breaking midday for lunch. Then, we will continue on into the afternoon, wrapping up by 3.00, closing our day with prayer. 

Last year was rainy, but we were undeterred. Join us in prayers for cooperative weather! Please come for all or part of the day! Bring some friends. Invite members of your retreat group.  Remember, many hands make light work… If you would like to help but aren’t the gardening type, we can find ways for you to assist.

Where: SMH, 47 Jordan Rd, New Hartford NY
When: Tuesday, June 27th 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.
What to bring: Work gloves, gardening tools (we have some!), perennials (if you have some!)
RSVP:  315.724.2324, so we can plan for lunch, Irene will be on hand 

eFormation Conference--FREE!
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Virginia Theological Seminary's eFormation conference is FREE and all-online via webinar on Tuesday, June 6th This free digital media for ministry learning conference provides opportunities for personal and professional development. Workshops include: Digital-Only Faith Formation, Using Videos for Ministry, Theology by Design: A Practical Approach to Design Thinking for Congregations, Trying Everything: Experiences of Digital Evangelism and Fundraising. Two affinity group gathering times will also be offered for participants to share and ask questions about the future of their ministry. All workshops will be available afterwards. Register, receive email reminders and gain access to the June 6th conference on ministry in a digital world.

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Where: Online webinar.
Support our Diocesan Young Adult Service Corps Member!

Mr. Ben Hansknecht of St. Peter’s Church in Cazenovia will spend a year volunteering in the Philippines through the Young Adult Service Corps of The Episcopal Church.

Prior to his departure, Ben is raising funds to make his year in mission possible. Bishop DeDe encourages the entire diocesan community to pray for Ben, follow his journey online, and support his fundraising as we are able.

Download a bulletin insert about Ben’s plans and his fundraising efforts to share with your congregation.

Read a letter from Ben on the diocesan website.

Youth & Young Adults

View a complete list of upcoming youth events and related deadlines.
Youth Pilgrimage to El Salvador
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It's the last chance to to sign up for the youth pilgrimage to El Salvador. We encourage anyone who is still considering signing up to contact Deacon Chuck Stewart this week!  
One or two more spaces are available.Visit the diocesan website for more information or contact Deacon Chuck Stewart at (315) 685-8578 or

In Our Parishes

SS Peter and John, Auburn:  Summer Atrist Series Presents: Rejoice Greatly! Sacred Songs of Prayer and Praise

Featuring: Hector Gonzalez Smith, countertenor and Zeek Smith, piano & organ *SS Peter and John will also have concerts in July and August with the proceeds going toward restoration of our historic Roosevelt Organ. 

When: Sunday, June 11th, 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Where: 169 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021
Admission: $10 adults, $8 Students and Seniors
Trinity, Lowville: Free In Christ Recovery Program

Trinity Church invites anyone dealing with addictions of any kind to a Christ-centered recovery program modeled on the 12 Steps. There is a short worship service, an explanation of one of the Steps, and small group discussion. Child care is provided and rides are available. Call (315) 286-0201 for information. No judgement, just help!

When: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Parish House of Trinity Church, 5411 Trinity Avenue, Lowville. The parish house is the building directly behind the church.
Grace, Baldwinsville: 51st Annual Chicken Barbecues

Dine-in or drive-through service. Cost is $9.00 for a half-chicken meal, which includes salt potatoes, baked beans, roll with butter, and dessert. A beverage is included when dining in.

When: Saturday, June 3rd, 12:00–6:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Church, 110 Oswego Street (Route 48), Baldwinsville.
Trinity, Lowville and Grace, Carthage: Garden in a Bucket Workshop
Trinity Church in Lowville and Grace Church in Carthage invite you to plant a "Garden in a Bucket" this year. All Seasons Landscaping of Lowville will provide buckets, soil, plants and instructions for your garden. This is a great way to enjoy fresh vegetables in small spaces. You may also bring your own containers.

New friends are also welcome to help out planting and working in the the two church's Stone Soup Gardens and flower gardens during the Garden in a Bucket workshop. 
When: Wednesday, June 7th, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Church, 421 State Street, Carthage. 
When: Thursday, June 8, 4:00–6:00 p.m. (during Stone Soup Supper). 
Where: Trinity Church, 5411 Trinity Avenue, Lowville. 
Trinity, Lowville: Stone Soup Supper

Please join us for a free community meal of chicken and biscuits.

When: Thursday, June 8, 4:30–6:30 p.m. (as supplies last). 
Where: Trinity Church, 5411 Trinity Avenue, Lowville. 

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