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Back To Church Sunday at Two Saints / photos

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Rev. Keith Patterson and St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene's offered a unique "Back to Church Sunday" for parishioners and visitors on September 23rd.   Friends enjoyed the accompaniment of a jazz trio during the 10 am service.  Following service, many enjoyed a picnic in the parking lot that included a bouncy castle, which brought fun and enjoyment to kids of all ages. 

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Convention 87

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Convention 87

The theme of the 87th Diocesan Convention of Rochester is becoming “Beloved Community.”

The Most Rev. Michael Curry said: “We who follow Jesus have made a choice to walk a different way: the way of disciplined, intentional, passionate, compassionate, mobilized, organized love intent on creating God’s Beloved Community on earth.”

Priest and Author Henri Nouwen said: “Community grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.  The question, therefore, is ‘How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?’” 

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Transforming Generosity / A Regional Conference

Monday, September 24, 2018

On Saturday September 15, leaders in our Diocese attended Transforming Generosity, a regional conference sponsored by The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) and The Diocese of Rochester.  The Rev. Charles Cloughen Jr., Author and Director of Planned Giving of the Diocese of Maryland and Executive Director and CEO of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship Richard Felton were the presentors of the conference.  

Workshops included 
Year-Round Stewardship - Charles Cloughen
Narrative Budgets: Telling Your Story - Richard Felton

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Jazz Vespers at Two Saints / video

Monday, September 24, 2018

St. Luke's and St. Simon's, also known as "Two Saints" in Rochester has been offering a unique non-denominational service called Jazz Vespers.  Each Jazz Vespers service lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes prayer, a contemporary reflection on the theme, and jazz, with light refreshments. These services are free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Here's a look at this progressive approach to evangelize!  

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Memorable Year for St. John's / Catharine Acolyte Mallory Rhodes!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Throughout the summer and around the east she has beamed with pride at shows and fairs as her hard work, dedication, and perseverance has been rewarded. Be it a blue ribbon, a congratulatory word, or a hug from family and friends, a lot of memories have been made this year at the All-American Dairy Show this week in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Perhaps no youth is having a more memorable year than...

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Witness Palestine Film Festival

Friday, September 14, 2018

The story of the widespread, nonviolent Palestinian uprising of the late 1980’s, the First Intifada, is told through the lens of a young activist, Naila Ayesh. This remarkable period was shaped at the grassroots, with much of the leadership springing up from neighborhood-based women’s organizations.

Jews Step Forward

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