Congregational Support Monthly Newsletter
December  2019
Welcome to the Congregational Support Monthly Newsletter. The newsletter will include updates on clergy events, transitions, and idea-sharing to spread the good news of God’s love in your congregation and will greatly reduce the emails coming from my office! You’ll also see occasional surveys to help me to gather information in order to provide learning and services you need. Enjoy!

Blessings for the work!

The Rev. Canon Claire Woodley
First Tuesday Event with Dr. Ben Stewart

January 7, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
Benjamin M. Stewart is Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Director of Advanced Studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Dr. Stewart's research is especially focused on connections between ecology and ritual. He is the author of A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology and is currently writing a liturgical theology of natural burial. Ben will lead the morning workshop and share a taste his liturgical work at the noon Eucharist. The Diocesan Creation Care Community will be meet after First Tuesday following lunch. All are welcome to join!  

Go ahead and print these off at Staples. These Liturgical Welcome Posters are free!

January 28th: Thinking of Building?
Land and building development for churches seminar by LISC
LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is pleased to sponsor this event series which will offer real-life examples of congregations who have found creative ways to extend their mission and redevelop their property for the benefit of the community while improving space for fellowship and worship .

Who is My Neighbor?
Developing Congregations, Buildings and Neighborhoods with Room for All of Us
The inaugural seminar was held on October 22.   Resources from the seminar are available here .

The remaining seminars will be held from 9AM to 5PM at the following locations:
  • Tuesday, January 28, (Wed. Feb. 5 snow date), Western Long Island, Location TBA
  • Tuesday, March 17, Saratoga Springs, New England Congregational Presbyterian Church
  • Tuesday, May 19, Syracuse, University United Methodist Church

Click here to register   for the conferences. Please be sure to select the date and location of the seminar you would like to attend.

1. Faith leaders, trustees, governing board members and congregants from mosques, temples, synagogues, churches, and other religious communities.
2. Community activists who wish to collaborate with faith communities.
3. Representatives from the planning, legal, architectural, development, finance, government, non-profit and for-profit communities who want to build connections with the faith community and help congregations extend their mission, do justice and better use their property.

Bishop Provenzano is encouraging everyone to hop on The Path/La Senda/The Path for Families: a Journey through the Bible this year.
Audible Path Download Instructions
The Path/La Senda/The Path for Families Download on Audible for FREE
How to download first free audible book:
1. Download the Audible App on Iphone/Ipad.
2. Tap to launch the Audible App and sign in as prompted. You will need your Amazon Password.
3. You will arrive at your account page.
4. If this is your first audiobook, tap Get Your Free audiobook at the bottom of the page. Your first redeemed audiobook is free with Audible Trial. 

While many of our folks have done Bible study for years, they are not sure how it all hangs together. The Path does just that: it shows the connected journey of our ancestors as they trust God and are transformed in the encounter generation after generation, how the New Testament fulfills the promises made in the Hebrew bible and how disciple life is different from anything else we know. Although the following link has the three eight-week segments for The Path starting in the Fall of 2019, you can re-schedule those three units for any time going forward. All the other resources, supplemental lections, and links are not time sensitive. We have everything from free-curriculum links, to artwork, small group leader manuals and more. For commuters on the go and for families driving around or cooking dinner there is an audible version of all three books available. Download the Audible app on your phone or tablet and request one of the three versions: The Path, La Senda, or The Path for Families as your first free book. Book versions can be ordered from Forward Movement at a 40% discount if ordered by the case of 20 for a congregation.
“My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away;” Song of Solomon 2: 10

Revive is a journey taken over 3 six-week modules of spiritual formation in prayer, scripture, and ministry, to equip your leaders to be disciples who are intentional, spiritual leaders. The training this February is for clergy in best practices and uses of Revive. As many of us know, our vestries conduct business, more-often-than-not, as functional atheists, the work of the church is conducted as if God is not present. Many on our Vestries do not know how to come into the presence of God to be transformed and freed to do the work of ministry. Revive is a spiritual journey to take with your leadership to transform and build up your work together.

Invite Welcome Connect Newcomer Ministry Regional Trainings! Get your team there!

March 14: 10 – 3 Mercer School of Theology: Register here!
March 21: 10 – 3 St, James, St. James: Register here!
March 28: 10 – 3 St. Stephen and St. Martin’s: Register here!
Clergy Pilgrimage: Register Now!

In the Footsteps of St. Paul - Apostle, Teacher, Disciple
May 11 - 22, 2020 Turkey and Greece
Clergy are invited to join in a study tour of the places of the early Church exploring Pauline ministries, the events of Acts and the writing of John’s Revelation. We will travel with a biblical scholar exploring the issues of the early church, dwelling in the word mining the spiritual and practical formation of disciples who live with power, passion and commitment to God’s mission in the world. We will be touring and studying the places and events covered in the New Testament book of Acts and Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, Philippians, I and II Corinthians, Ephesians, and the book of Revelation. It promises to be a rich time for building our common scholarship and the wealth of fellowship in our clericus. Read, pray, sign up now! The Pilgrimage is limited to 30 participants.

Financial assistance is available to clergy serving under-resourced parishes with the following structure:

  • 1/3 of cost paid by clergy
  • 1/3 of the cost paid by the parish (remember that there is $700 in your contract for continuing education per year.)
  • 1/3 of the cost paid by the Bishop.

Each portion for the full trip is approximately $1,300. There are additional expenses for private rooms, etc. Please see the brochure in the link below for more detail. (If your parish is not under-resourced or is located in a resource-rich area, please see if there are any alternative resources in your parish beyond your annual continuing education first before applying for assistance.)

Discernment and Call
Open Positions in the Diocese
Full Time receiving names:

Half Time or less receiving names:
St. Andrew's, Mastic Beach
St. Andrew's, Yaphank
St. Patrick’s, Deer Park

Coming attractions:
St. Gabriel’s, Hollis
St. Ann’s, Sayville
St. Thomas', Farmingdale
All Souls, Stony Brook P/T
Open Positions outside the Diocese