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All over our region, congregations are embracing new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel. If you have a story to tell about work your community is doing, please email us.

New Technologies, New Members at St. Andrew’s, Burt

Like members of many worshipping communities, the people of St. Andrew’s, Burt have become well-versed in the art of Zoom church during the past pandemic year. But even as in-person worship resumes, the congregation has no intention of returning to its pre-pandemic ways. “We’re not going back,” says St. Andrew’s senior warden Doug Wintersteen. “We’re…

Our New World is Taking Shape: 2021 Bishop’s Appeal

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, You might remember that when we began our diocesan partnership two years ago, we drew strength from the story of the Exodus. And certainly in this last year, we have often felt like the people of Israel after their escape from Egypt, wandering in…

Getting us to the Point: A Sermon by Bishop Sean

“Thomas is the one who is called the twin but we never hear who the twin is,” said Bishop Sean in his sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter. “Sometimes I think we’re Thomas’s twin. Not only do we want to see and know, we need to see and know and to hear and touch;…

Partnership to Offer Holy Week, Easter Services Online

The diocesan partnership will offer several online worship services for Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday Service, March 28 at 10 a.m. Palm Sunday worship will include a narrative reading of Mark’s Passion Gospel. Join the service on Zoom. If you are asked for a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial…

Updated Reopening Guidelines Released

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: Across our region, COVID-19 cases have begun to decline from the precipitous rates we saw this winter. The vaccine rollout, while still slow, has gained some momentum in both New York and Pennsylvania, and it seems as if the worst of the winter weather…