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.

Easter Offering Continues Through May 31

During Holy Week and Easter Sunday, our partnership offering raised $3,145 for programs and organizations across our region that are meeting urgent needs for food during the pandemic. Contributions will be accepted through May 31, Pentecost Sunday. The first round of donations will support two programs currently feeding people in need. The Genesis Center in Buffalo, a…

A Game-Changing Day: Bishop Sean’s Easter Sermon

“This Jesus who is no longer there is now with us and sending us forth with a mission of hope that the world around us will be transformed, that justice will come in its fullness, that joy will come even in the midst of darkness,” Bishop Sean said in his Easter sermon. “This is a…

Good Friday Worship

  Bishop Sean Rowe officiated at the partnership’s Good Friday service, which included readings by Julie Spina, Good Shepherd, Buffalo; Gary Loncki, St. Mark’s, Erie; Aidan Fodor, St. Luke’s, Jamestown; Amy Swanson, St. Paul’s, Stafford; and Josephine Robbins, St. Philip’s, Buffalo. The music was by Craig and Jill Dressler, St. Mark’s, Erie.

Maundy Thursday Worship

  Our Maundy Thursday service was led by Bishop Sean, with Dean Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie, preaching and music by Craig and Jill Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie.

Worship Videos Available on YouTube

While our churches are closed, Bishop Sean and other leaders across the partnership dioceses are offering worship online. Find videos of many of those services on the partnership YouTube channel.

Jesus Came In Alongside A Mess: Bishop Sean’s Palm Sunday Sermon

On Palm Sunday, Bishop Sean preached about the Gospel of Matthew’s account of the passion. “Holy Week has twists and turns,” he said, “but spoiler alert, the ending is really good. God makes something new out of what is a mess.” A partial recording of the online Palm Sunday service led by people from across…

Holy Week and Easter Offering to Feed People in Need

Across our region, congregations and community organizations are finding safe ways to provide meals for first responders, health care workers, children going hungry without the meals they usually eat at school, and families who are facing job loss. This year, our partnership Holy Week and Easter Offering will support programs and organizations across our region…

Worship Online During Holy Week: New Link Required

You can join any of the partnership Holy Week and Easter online services listed below using this link: If you need a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial 646-876-9923 and use code 127336938#. Palm Sunday April 5 at 10 a.m. Bishop Sean Rowe, preaching The Very Rev. Derrick Fetz,…

Financial Relief for Congregations During the Pandemic

Congregations have a variety of options for financial relief during the pandemic. Some details and recommendations are posted below. Any congregation seeking financial relief is urged first to email Canon Cindy Dougan, canon for finance, or Maria Manocchio, missioner for finance, to discuss best options and how the partnership dioceses can be of assistance. Paycheck…