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This year we have a robust opportunity to proclaim the Good News of new life in Christ to the LGBTQIA+ community. This year’s Pride celebration in June will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In honor of this anniversary, New York’s Pride has been named World Pride. It is the first time that a Pride celebration outside of Europe has been given this distinction. The world is coming to New York this June.
As part of the celebration, MNYS will be hosting a Pride Mass to start Pride Week. Sunday, June 23 at 5:00 pm at St. John’s, Manhattan. (Across the street from the Stonewall Inn.) The Rev. Kevin Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, will preach, and The Rev. Amanda Nelson, Executive Director of ELM, will preside. A reception will follow to provide a time for fellowship.
In addition, Theatre at St. John’s invites you to make a night of it in the West Village. At 8 pm, settle in as the curtain rises on GALAS, this year’s Pride month offering.  This production pays tribute to The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, and founders Charles Ludlam and Everett Quinton. Everett is a member of Grace and St. Paul’s, Manhattan, and will be directing and starring in this wonderful farce that draws its inspiration from the life of opera diva, Maria Callas. Click here for more information.
While you have your calendar out for saving dates, remember that the Pride March is on Sunday, June 30 this year. More details regarding the MYNS marching unit to follow.  

The Rev. Mark Erson
From a Pastor 's Desk
"I saw a woman engaged in defiant resistance, refusing to be objectified by pity or dehumanized as a criminal. Early in the morning, while it is still dark, Ana rises to bake bread to feed the hungry, hurting multitudes crowded in various shelters around Tijuana.  Like Jesus, in the face of betrayal, Ana takes bread. With her wounded arms, she holds out life. On the border of despair, she nourishes hope."

From a Pastor 's Desk
The Rev. John Krahn’s newest book, Love — It’s the Greatest!, is not a theological treatment of love, but a practical guide to better understand this amazing gift from God. Paul’s wonderful love poem in 1 Corinthians 13 comes alive in all its facets in Krahn’s latest work.

" Care for Creation " | May 16-18

Don't miss our 2019 MNYS Annual Assembly via Facebook Livestream!
From Our Vice-President 's Desk
" As we approach this year’s assembly,  I encourage lay members throughout our synod to consider whether the Holy Spirit may be calling them to greater service , and what skills they may have acquired to prepare for such roles, even without realizing it was happening. There is a path for each of us. The Holy Spirit will reveal it in time, and maybe that time is now."

From a Lay Leader 's Desk
" I read a statistic the other day that, in this age of alarming statistics, stood out as really alarming to me: some have estimated that by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans . Let that sink in for a minute."

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.
The Rev. Winston Bone
Rev. Bone's Memorial Service will be held on  Sunday, May 5, 2019:

Epiphany Lutheran Church, Hempstead 
4:00 pm
Bishop Donald McCoid,  presiding
MNYS Former Bishop Stephen Bouman,  preaching

A fellowship reception will follow the service.
Metro NY CONNECT Mobile App
Our newest events app,  Metro NY CONNECT,  is now available for download, here .

Metro NY CONNECT is an exciting and convenient way to unite with your faith-centered community and stay informed about upcoming events and news from your synod.

In addition to having synodical events, congregational events and news, all in one convenient place, you can custom- create your own schedule, invite friends to join you, spread your enthusiasm about events nearby, connect with fellow Lutheran New Yorkers through chat and private messages, and even share photos with one another. 

In a manifestation of community and connectedness, the Metro NY CONNECT app places Church Together right at your fingertips.

Help us to get the word out (!!!)
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Parkchester
TODAY! Saturday, May 4
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You are invited to a celebration fundraiser of Blessings & Life's Thankfulness through classical music, Some Jazz, Laughter & Dinner. This Gala features several performances by Barbara Purdy's Cabaret Jazz Combo (Jazz, Love Ballads, Classic Pop), comedy and more. Get tickets online or in person. For more information, click here.
Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock
Sunday, May 5, 4:00 pm

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and the Woodstock Jewish Congregation are pleased to host guest speaker  The Rev. Sonja Tillberg Maclary, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Woodstock , and beloved community chorus Ars Choralis for a special interfaith remembrance of the Holocaust. This program is free and open to all; no reservations required. For more information, click  here.
Nassau County or Queens* 
Friday, May 10 | 11am - 2pm

An invitation is extended to all ordained women clergy for an informal gathering. The purpose is to get to know each other better, welcome new pastors and to socialize. For more information or registration, e-mail Pastor Linda Bell, here
*Location to be announced upon rsvp
St. Paul's Lutheran Church Flatlands, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 11 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All are welcome to this event that will help PINECREST, a community that inspires young adults in their faith formation and helps develop leaders in the Lutheran Church. You are invited to hang out for a night of games and prayer. For more information, click  here.
Church on the Sound, Stony Brook
Thursday, May 16 - Thursday, May 23
Registration at 8:00 am; sessions start at 8:30 am

This free, interactive training is co-sponsored by the National VA Chaplain Center and the PTS Committee of the Suffolk County American Legion. This event can help prepare you to support many veterans and their family members who are looking for help from clergy. For more information, click here.
Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, Albany
Wednesday, May 29
5:30 pm - 8:30 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.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR: East Northport—more information here
PARSONAGE AVAILABLE: Nassau County—more information here

––––– CALENDAR –––––
MAY 5 The Rev. Winston Bone Memorial Service—more information  here.
MAY 6 : Worship Committee Meeting—more information  here.
MAY 7 : Strategic Plan Working Group—more information  here.
MAY 16-18 : Synod Assembly—more information  here.

Our siblings in Sri-Lanka
• The Rev. Amandus J. Derr, recovering from a surgical procedure due to a collapsed disc
• 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, Nicola Laguardia and Gabrielle Laske, serving in Argentina and Uruguay
ELCA missionaries The Rev. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky and Dr. Andrew Wilson, Parish ministry, theological education, serving in Japan, and Tom Gehring, Horizon Intern, serving in Malaysia
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop James Hazelwood, the staff, and the people of the New England Synod