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THANKS BE TO GOD!
We are grateful for the presence of our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, for our Bishop Donald McCoid and all the leadership of our Synod, for all our MNYS committees and partner organizations, and for all our synod assembly participants for making our 2019 MNYS Annual Assembly an unforgettable event. #Wearechurchtogether! #CareforCreation
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MNYS BISHOP-ELECT PAUL EGENSTEINER
In this church, we learn more from the diversity than we do from the uniformity of those who have gone before us. I have always tried in some way to communicate that, through recognizing that each and every person is a child of God who deserves my love and respect. Bishop-Elect Egensteiner, 2016

The Rev. Paul T. Egensteiner was elected May 17 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He served as pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, NY since 1997, and previously served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Staten Island, NY from 1984 to 1997. A native New Yorker, Egensteiner grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens. Having come from a long line of Lutherans on his father’s side, a “Lutheran of Lutherans,” Egensteiner was baptized at Saint Philip Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY.

In 1979, Egensteiner received his Bachelor of Arts from Wagner College in Staten Island, and in 1984, he earned his Master of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. 

Bishop-Elect Egensteiner has been active in ecumenical relationships, serving as a group facilitator of First Call Theological Education, ELCA, as Dean of the Tapan Zee Conference, as Chair of the Synod Candidacy Committee, as a diakonia instructor, and as Dean and Director of Pinecrest Lutheran Leadership School. Finding joy and purpose in caring for all of God’s people in a collaborative way, Egensteiner works closely with staff, pastors, deacons, congregations, and the community at large. He has served as Chaplain of the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, and as Coordinator of the Pleasantville Clergy Association. 

As an advocate for mutual learning and growth, Bishop Egensteiner “ strives to make God the one that people see, and not me,” upholding positive change as the Lutheran Church increases and maintains its inclusive love and care for all of God’s children. With a pastoral style that sets the tone and model of a welcoming spirit, Bishop-Elect Egensteiner expresses that in “ being trustworthy, thoughtful and loving, changes come more easily and with more acceptance. This style leads to the willingness of the community to take greater risks and be more innovative.

Our bishop-elect will be installed Nov 16 at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Thanks be to God!
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DID YOU MISS OUR ANNUAL ASSEMBLY?
NO PROBLEM!
Watch our 2019 MNYS Annual Assembly videos, here:

We Are Marching in the light of God...AGAIN! 
Once again, there will be a Lutheran presence in the Pride March on Sunday, June 30. Come join us as we give public witness to the radical welcome of God, to the grace that is ours through Jesus Christ, and to the constant surprise that is the leading of the Holy Spirit. The exact location of the gathering place will be announced, soon. 
Grab your rainbow flag and proclaim the good news!!
Interfaith Community Forum on Immigration| MNYS Southwest Brooklyn Conference
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Brooklyn
Saturday, June 1 | 12:30 pm – 3 pm

Celebrating our neighbors of diverse cultures & faiths. Translation will be provided in Arabic, Spanish & Mandarin. Good Shepherd is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information, click  here.
The New York diakonia Program
Graduation Liturgy
2019 Graduation Class

Grace Lutheran Church, Yorktown Heights
Saturday, June 1 | 2:00 pm

Bishop Donald McCoid,  presiding and preaching

Clergy, Past Graduates and First-Year Students are invited to vest and process. Liturgical color of the day is white. Reception to follow.
Urban Leaders Institute 2019
"In God's Hands"
The Interchurch Center, Manhattan
Jul 24 - Jul 26, 2019

For clergy refreshment (Wednesday through Friday) and leader empowerment (Thursday & Friday). More information coming soon.
FROM OUR CONGREGATIONS & PARTNERS
THE PEREGRINE PERFORMANCE PROJECT
The Playroom Theatre, Manhattan
TODAY! Saturday, May 25
8:00 pm

This compelling story is about the German pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who awakens one night in his cramped prison cell in Berlin during WWII, with fears of an uncertain future after resisting the Nazis. A somber exploration of one man’s struggle against evil, and the faith that pulls at his heart. For more information, click here.
AWARDS DINNER
Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, Albany
Wednesday, May 29 5:30 pm

All are invited to attend the NY State Council of Churches Fourth Annual Awards and Fundraising Dinner. A reception with a cash bar, dinner and awards presentations. This year,   The Reverend Aaron Baughman, Pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Port Jervis, will receive the Excellence in Ecumenicism Award. To purchase tickets, click  here.
BRING A FRIEND TO THIS FIRST JAZZ VESPERS
Grace Lutheran Church, Forest Hills
Sunday, June 2 | 4:00 pm

Time to pause and take a breath. Local musicians guide a time of prayer, poetry, readings, and reflection; Jazz is the medium; the community is the vibe. Refreshments and time for conversation follow. Free-will offering supports the music. For more information about this event, click here.
A WORKSHOP ON DINNER CHURCH
Oceanside Lutheran Church, Oceanside
Wednesday, June 5  |  10:30 am

Writer Kendall Vanderslice will conduct a workshop on dinner church that will include teaching about the history, theology, and practice of dinner church, as well as interactive workshops for thinking about how eating together and God's word go hand in hand. For more information, click here. For tickets, click here.
RETIRO MUJERES
Misión Luterana de Ascensión (Salón Social), Deer Park
Sábado, 8 de junio 9:00 am

¿Te has preguntado alguna vez de dónde vienes y a dónde vas? ¿Sabias que el Ángel del Señor le hizo esta pregunta a Agar? Esto y mucho más podrás descubrir al escuchar la poderosa historia de "Agar y el Dios que no nos abandona". Este desayuno y almuerzo está dedicado especialmente a mujeres, con la participación de la Dra. Rvda. Maritza Cruz-Ortiz y el Grupo de Mujeres de la Misión Latina de Ascensión. Para mayor información, clic aquí.
NANCY RAKOCZY'S ARTS PRESENTATION
Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church, Manhattan
Saturday, June 8
Gala reception 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Creations Art Show invites you to this special showing: The Spirit Moves Through It; permanence and impermanence; self-worth and its lack. Rakoczy's original works are made of discarded plastic, woven on a large loom and then fused together by the heat of an iron. For more information, click here.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES & MORE
SENIOR COMMUNITY PASTOR: Mt. Vernon—more information here
DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPIC ENGAGEMENT | DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT OPERATIONS | MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago—more information here
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR: East Northport—more information here
PRESCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Dix Hills—more information here

––––– CALENDAR –––––
JUNE 1 : Diakonia Graduation—more information  here.
JUNE 3 : Worship Committee Meeting—more information  here.
JUNE 3 : FMC Meeting—more information  here.
JUNE 11 : Conference of Deans Meeting—more information  here.

WE'RE PRAYING FOR...
The family and friends of The Rev. John Silber Damm, who died in Christ on Saturday, May 4
• And in thanksgiving for the Ministry of Bishop Donald J. McCoid
MNYS Bishop-Elect Paul Egensteiner, and his congregation in Pleasantville, NY
• Our work toward shaping a more inclusive church that welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our  LGBTQIA+  brothers, sisters, and siblings 
• The asylum seekers who are waiting to be processed at our southern border
 Refugees and immigrants, and those who come to their aid
 Those affected by violence in their schools, workplaces, and homes 
 The unity of this church and its mission
 Peace in our world
 Peace in our nation
 The care of God's Creation 
 ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission, Anne Halloin and Christine Hart, serving in Mexico
ELCA missionaries The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Truscott, Theological education, serving in Singapore and The Rev. Timothy and Maryann Stewart, Parish ministry, serving in Denmark
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop John Stanley Macholz, the staff, and the people of the Upstate New York Synod