In this issue: Bishop DeDe's Christmas message. Plus: Presiding Bishop Curry's Christmas message, CNY Christmas worship services, diocesan office holiday schedule, and more. December 15, 2016. 
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Holiday Publication Schedule

This is the final issue of the Messenger for 2016. The next issue will come out on Thursday, January 5th. Submissions for that issue are due by noon on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

A Blessed Advent, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers!

Bishop DeDe's Christmas Message

Christmas Message 2016
"In this season of preparation...take time for being, rather than just doing." 

Video and transcript of Bishop DeDe's Christmas message are available on our website

Join us for Christmas!

A listing of Christmas Season Services is now posted on the diocesan website. The listing is inclusive of all services submitted through the online form by Friday, Dec. 9th, and will be promoted through an advertising campaign on Facebook. 

Even if your parish isn't listed on this map, it's not too late to make sure that your Christmas services are listed prominently on your parish website's homepage, and shared on your parish's social media accounts!

Presiding Bishop Curry's Christmas Message

“This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas, help us change the world.” 

Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas message here. 

Around the Diocese

Diocesan Office Holiday Schedule

The diocesan office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays from Friday, Dec. 23rd through Monday, Jan 2nd.
In case of an emergency while the office is closed, please contact Ms. Kathleen McDaniel, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, via cell phone at (315) 882-5013. 

Please join us for a
Celebration of the Life and Mission of
St. Thomas’ Church, Hamilton
as we welcome our new rector,
The Rev. Brooks Cato

Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m.
St. Thomas’ Church
12 1/2 Madison Street
Hamilton, NY

Your prayers and presence are requested.

A reception will follow the service.

Clergy: Red Stoles

Announcements & Events

Diocesan-Wide Announcements & Events

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. You can find your county's administrator on the NYSERDA website. 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, RSVP, and download a mandatory permission slip.

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. 
Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip to El Salvador

Mr. Kip Coerper of St. James' Church in Skaneateles will be leading a Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip to El Salvador (our Companion Diocese) from May 27 to June 4, 2017. Learn more about the trip, and how to volunteer.

Parish Announcements & Events

St. Paul's, Syracuse: Thursday Soup Lunches

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.
Where: St. Paul’s Church, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. 
Cost: $4; proceeds benefit the Samaritan Center.
St. James', Clinton: Advent Vespers 

Join us for a time of beautiful music by a quartet of singers, scriptures and hymns, and candlelight. A passing of cheese, grapes, olives and wine with quiet conversation follows. Take a break for a little peace and joy. Each service lasts approximately 30 minutes. 

When: Thursdays, Dec. 15th and 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Where: St. James' Church, 9 Williams Street, Clinton. 

Trinity Church, Watertown: Trinity Concert Series presents Watertown Musica Viva

Watertown Musica Viva will present a concert of a cappella Advent and Christmas music. Included will be a sacred and secular mixture of traditional favorites and newly written arrangements of favorite Christmas texts.

When: Sunday, Dec. 18th, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Trinity Church, 227 Sherman Street, Watertown

Information and Tickets: Visit or call 315.788.6290, ext. 3. Tickets are available online and at the door. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, military personnel and their families, and all students (K-12 & College). The doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Zion Church, Rome: 30th Annual Messiah Sing
Come and sing-along to the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah at Zion! Bring your score, use one provided, or sit back and enjoy the music!
This milestone anniversary honors the memory of longtime Zion music director Carol Stack, who started this tradition in Rome. The concert is conducted by G. Roberts Kolb of Hamilton College, accompanied by pianist Sar-Shalom Strong, and features soloists Lauralyn Kolb, Katrina Schell, and David Kolb.
The event is free and is followed by Zion's feast of a reception.

When: Sunday, Dec. 18th, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Zion Church, 140 West Liberty Street, Rome.
Grace, Carthage: Chatterbox Gathering

Featuring musical guest Jim Gratch. Join us for good food, good music and Good News! 

When: Sunday, Dec. 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Chatterbox Diner, 266 State Street, Carthage.
Grace, Carthage: Stone Soup Supper

All are welcome at this free community meal featuring beef stew. 

When: Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Church, 421 State Street, Cathage.

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.
Watch this video to learn about the work of Episcopal Relief & Development (as seen at our 148th Convention in November). 
Episcopal Relief Development- Main Presentation Video 2016

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