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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.

May we not Keep it to Ourselves: A Sermon by Canon Vanessa Butler

“In these uncertain times, may the children of God remember to grab hold of that truth, that grace and that light that are ours,” said Canon Vanessa Butler in her sermon for the First Sunday After Christmas. “And may we not keep it to ourselves.”

Christmas Eve Worship 2020

Bishop Sean Rowe preached at this online Christmas Eve service, which included music from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fairview, the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. The service begins at 12:15 in the video after a singalong including favorite Christmas carols.

Emerging Mission and Ministry Grants: Applications Due January 1

Applications are due by January 1 for the Emerging Mission and Ministry Grants announced at diocesan convention. The dioceses will award a total of $5,000 to support initiatives undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients will be notified by February 1. Email applications to the Rev. Twila Smith, canon for mission development. These seed…

Bishop Sean Rowe

Christmas Eve Service Online with Bishop Sean

On December 24, join people from across the partnership dioceses on for a festive online Christmas Eve service and carol sing. The carol sing begins at 4:45 p.m.; the service begins at 5 p.m. Bishop Sean will preach. Use this link to join. If you are asked for a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead…

Bishop Sean Rowe

Support Our Congregations and Communities: Bishop’s Appeal 2020

Dear Friends, Advent, in some ways, came early this year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all into a season of self-examination way back in March. We’ve had nine months to figure out how to make straight the way of the Lord, and during that fearful and challenging time, our congregations have responded with creativity, bravery…