Today, Tomorrow, Together Today, Tomorrow, Together: New York Conference United Church of Christ Visit our Website HAPPENINGS June 8, 2022 In this week issue: · My Thoughts · Annual Meeting Updates and Agenda · Pastor Cycling to the Annual Meeting for Fundraiser · Prayer Continue for Buffalo · In Memoriam Sueli Gaewsky · Prayers from our EKHN partners · United Church of Christ News · What’s Happening at Your Church? · HIV Disclosure: What Congregations Need to Know! · Multiracial Biblical Studies Symposium · 2022 Craigville Theological Colloquy: July 11-15 · PRC Free Webinars · Keeping in Touch and Staying Safe with NYUCC A Special COVID-19 Happenings will be sent this Friday. My Thoughts — Help Us, God. As we all continue to struggle with countless losses and grief, I share this inspiring prayer penned by Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. Help us, God. When 19 precious children and two of their teachers are murdered just days before the school year’s end, when families are devastated beyond description, when yet another community is traumatized, when tears course down our cheeks at the unimaginable horror of it…. Help us, God. When one tragedy follows closely after another, when 10 innocent lives are lost to gun violence while buying groceries on a Spring Saturday in Buffalo, when one is killed and five injured in a Taiwanese American church at worship on a Sunday morning , when racial hatred is weaponized by a hater with a gun.. Help us, God. When gun violence erupts in churches and synagogues and mosques, in schools and concerts and night clubs, when week after week and year after year the same death-dealing pattern of mass killings and mass grief plague our nation and break our hearts… Help us, God. When these tragedies fail to change us, when ‘thoughts and prayers’ don’t convert to meaningful action, when our inaction results in the inevitability of yet more violence and unfathomable loss… Help us, God. When our grief overwhelms us, when despair grips us, when the sheer awfulness of things renders us speechless… Oh God, in this brutal moment we utter just one whispered word…. Help. ANNUAL MEETING June 10-12, 2022 Silver Bay on Lake George “Family Reunion: Release, Rest, Rejoice!” “For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 Click here for more information Annual Meeting Registration is NOW closed Questions or General Assistance, please contact: Rev. Ryan Henderson RHenderson@uccny.org Housing-related issues or assistance contact: Silver Bay 518-543-8833 Registration and Housing Fees can be found at uccny.org/annualmeeting Check in starts at 4pm, check out is 10am. Covid Safety Protocols are detailed below. Please bring a kite to Annual Meeting for a special event. Agenda Annual Meeting Speakers will be shared online. Plenaries will not. Online voting will not be available. Annual Meeting Important Notices Don’t forget: You MUST SHOW proof of Vaccination via your Vaccination Card (physical or clear pic) or the Excelsior Pass OR A negative PCR Covid Test dated within 72 hours of the annual meeting (no earlier than 6/8/2022) If you need to test before arriving to check in, a suggested testing location: Rite Aid 124 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 Covid Protection Protocols: Our “abundance of love and caution” protocol will be strictly adhered to. Because we are a beloved community that cares deeply for one another, including the most vulnerable in our midst, we will practice an “abundance of love and caution” by observing strict Covid protocols when we gather at Silver Bay. When you arrive, the first “check in” will be at a Covid Vaccination Verification Table. At that table, you will need to present a copy of your Covid Vaccination Card or negative PCR or Rapid Test result (dated no earlier than 6/8/2022). We will not accept negative home test results. All children will also be strictly required to either show proof of vaccination or negative PCR or Rapid Tests. Small children who are too young for vaccination must show negative PCR or Rapid Test results. Without proof of vaccination or proof of negative test, you will not be allowed to check in at Silver Bay or be admitted to the Annual Meeting. All persons attending the Annual Meeting will be required to mask indoors (except during meals). We understand that for some who have respiratory challenges, from time to time, there may be a need to lower your mask over your nose. We ask that in our Plenary sessions, you sit at least six feet from the next persons. The room has a capacity of 600 seats, and we expect less than 250 attendees. Also, the room has a high ceiling, and we will leave doors open (DRESS WARM PLEASE!). Transportation from Albany Unfortunately, we understand that the train to Ticonderoga is not running. The closest train station and airport will be in Albany, 1 ½ hours from Silver Bay. At this time, we cannot promise assistance, but… we are trying. If you would benefit from a ride from Albany to Silver Bay around 11am on Friday morning (only one time slot), and return to Albany after 2pm on Sunday, please email Dona Roll: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dietary Restrictions If you have dietary restrictions please fill out this form. Please send all completed forms to email@example.com. Sunday Box Lunches If you would like to “hit the road” right after closing worship and pick up a box lunch for your ride, please fill out this form. Please send all completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor Cycling to NY Conference Annual Meeting to Raise Funds for Refugee Resettlement Pastor Andrew Hinman of Faith United Church (PCUSA & UCC) in Oswego, NY and Bristol Hill UCC in Volney, NY, is riding his bike from Oswego, NY to Silver Bay, NY on Lake George as a fundraiser for OWNA Sponsor Circle – Oswego, NY. With the goal of welcoming and walking with an Afghan evacuee family in Oswego, the OWNA Sponsor Circle is embarking on its first fundraising journey. The all-volunteer community circle is looking to fundraise approximately $12,000 to help a family of five to become established members of the Oswego community. “Sponsor a Mile” bike ride- This event will not require you to ride a bike for miles. Rather, you can sponsor Andy Hinman as he cycles over 200 miles from his home to Silver Bay, NY. You can sponsor Andy by the mile or make a lump sum donation to his ride. Andy will begin his journey on Thursday, June 9th. Your donations will help motivate him as he passes along the historic Erie Canal and through the Adirondack Mountains. The online donation platform Zeffy has been chosen to support OWNA Sponsor Circle’s first fundraising event. Donations can be made at: www.zeffy.com/en/fundraising/cf27b79c-758e-4a4c-9865-656d726da3e5. This link is also posted on the “OWNA Sponsor Circle – Oswego NY” Facebook page. By sponsoring Andy and supporting the efforts of the OWNA Sponsor Circle team, you will help bring new hope to our Afghan allies and their families currently being housed at US military bases. Together, we can build new hope with new neighbors. In the event that all of our Afghan allies have been resettled by the time OWNA Sponsor Circle submits its finalized application to the State Department Sponsor Circle Program the OWNA Sponsor Circle will work to resettle other forcibly displaced families (other refugee populations) to Oswego. Prayers and Healing Continue for Buffalo, NY Rev. Elizabeth Duffy of Zion UCC Tonawanda, wrote a piece for Happenings soon after the tragedy that befell our Buffalo community. We continue to be in loving prayer and support of eveyone in Buffalo, and raise up the call out for donations via Zion UCC zionucc.breezechms.com/give/online and choose “Give to Buffalo”. (The community fridge is no longer accepting donations since they need deliveries, not money.), and please follow and contribute to the local organization Voice Buffalo here: www.voicebuffalo.org. Original article here. In Memoriam Sueli Gaewsky Sueli Alves (da Costa) Gaewsky Sueli was born on January 22, 1961, in the town of Bom Sucesso in the Brazilian state of Paraná. She was the youngest child ofPedro Alves da Costa and SebastianaSimões Pato da Costa. Full Text Prayers From Our EKHN Partners Loving God, we pray for the people of the Ukraine who are threatened by missiles and violence, and who have to watch and witness the atrocities committed against their fellow human beings. Be with them and comfort them. Heavenly Father, we pray for all people who have to hold out in the air-raid shelters and do not know whether and where there will be a future for them. Give them strength and confidence! Merciful God, we pray for the people from Ukraine who have fled their homeland and are afraid that they will not see their family members again. Comfort and strengthen them! Let us be sensitive to the plight of refugees and their needs. Give us a compassionate heart and show us where we can help. Lord forgive, where we and those in politics only seek the good of our own country and overlook the needs of others. Give us the willingness to make sacrifices so that we can alleviate their suffering. Lord, we also pray for the people in Russia and Belarus who are courageously protesting against the war despite the danger. Protect them from punishment and imprisonment. God of all nations, we pray for people in other war-torn areas in the world like Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Ethiopia, the Tigray region, Yemen and all the other regions of conflict. Give them peace Lord. (hr) International Prayers for Peace, from First edition EKHN and EKKW, Twenty-third edition EKHN | Pentecost 2022 Newsletter United Church of Christ News Dorhauer goes to the White House to affirm reproductive justice by Connie Larkman | published on Jun 6, 2022 The Rev. John Dorhauer was one of several interfaith denominational leaders who met on June 1 with members of the president’s and vice-president’s staff to talk about preserving reproductive rights. Read More… The Space Between: The Emerging Church in a Post-Pandemic World Registration is now open for a major United Church of Christ summit “to imagine a church alive and vital in the world.” It will be held Sept. 19-21, online and in-person in St. Louis. Read More… What’s Happening at Your Local Church? Do you have an item of news that you would like to share throughout the New York Conference? Please email our Communications Coordinator at email@example.com and send the details – preferably with links and pictures! Please note that the New York Conference does not publish news related to fundraisers. On Common Ground: New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Faith Communities Project Queens Regional Committee present a Virtual Conversation HIV Disclosure: What Congregations Need to Know! Via ZOOM (Link to be sent separately) on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Registration is required: Please click on the link below to register www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCPregistrationJune142022 If you cannot access the registration link, please contact: Elizabeth Greenwood at 800-692-8528, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, affiliation, email address, and telephone number. Multiracial Biblical Studies Symposium – June 6-16 This symposium consists of 15 virtual sessions on June 6-16 that collectively seek to decenter and diversify the field of biblical studies. Please join us on June 6-16 for the Multiracial Biblical Studies Symposium. The two overarching aims are to decenter whiteness as eurocentric, normative, and monoracial and to create multiple foundations, sources, methods, and starting points towards multiracial biblical studies. The symposium pursues both goals by bringing together Africana, African American, Asian, Asian American, Euro American, European, Indigenous, Islander, Latinx, and Latino/a American scholars as a multiracial coalition to rethink the practice of biblical interpretation. Registration is free and open to the public. Each week has a separate registration. The symposium is co-sponsored by Belmont University, NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, Society of Biblical Literature, Westminster John Knox Press, Baker Academic, and Baylor University Press. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions. 2022 Craigville Theological Colloquy: July 11-15, Cape Cod, Massachusetts There are a few spaces still available at the beautiful Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod for the ecumenical Craigville Theological Colloquy, which will run from July 11-15, 2022. The theme is “Sacred Spaces, Sacred Times: Into the Future” and the speakers include the Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, keynoter and author of Remove the Pews: Spiritual Possibilities for Sacred Spaces; Mr. Darius Coombs, education leader for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe; the Rev. Dr. Harry Serio, who will speak on Celtic Spirituality; and the Rev. Andy Lang, who will discuss spirituality in Puritan New England. The week includes lodging and meals, access to Craigville Beach, two field trips on Cape Cod, worship, Bible reflections, meditation, and fellowship. To register and for more information, click here: www.craigvillecolloquy.com/?page_id=25. 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