Upstate Update for October 16, 2019
Commemorating Witnesses of the Faith
Teresa of Ávila, teacher, renewer of the church, died 1582 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A mystical writer and reformer of the monastic order (Carmelites) to which she belonged, Teresa may also be commemorated with John of the Cross on December 14. Latinx Christians traditionally remember her on this date.

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, martyr, died around 115 - Thursday, October 17, 2019
Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch in Syria, the city where the name "Christians" originated. Ignatius is known to us from his letters, which encouraged Christians to live in love, yet stand firm in true doctrine.

James of Jerusalem, martyr, died around 62 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
One of three early-church leaders named James, this man is identified in the New Testament and by a historian of the time as a brother of Jesus. Scholars are uncertain whether this means a blood brother. He was a leader of the church in Jerusalem.

Mission Stories Around the Church:
Memory Cafe
"Memory Cafés are free and held at sites across the nation, including Lutheran churches."
Tom McCann and his wife, Kathleen, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease, were still able to dance together every once in a while before her health declined.

They would take to the floor at a Memory Café hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran ChurchOpens a New Window. in Raleigh, N.C., where they’re members. “My wife loves to dance,” he said. “We did our best Philly bandstand dances.”

For people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their loved ones, Memory Café is a place where they can relax and socialize without judgment. It’s also where caregivers can catch a glimpse of the person their loved ones were before they were affected by illness. Read more about Memory Cafés at
Samuel Trexler Grant Application Deadline Approaching

Samuel Trexler Grant applications will be accepted until October 31, 2019 for 2020 grants. If you wish to apply for this grant, You may download the brochure and application on our website. Any questions, please contact Karen Eadon at at 315-299-4955.
Rev. Aaron Fuller, a Navy Reserve Chaplain and one of the speakers at the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston, wrote a reflection on, and response to, a September LivingLutheran article entitled "God's Vision for a Healthy Masculinity". Read his honest struggle with his understanding of healthy and toxic masculinity on the LivingLutheran website.

One of the actions we took at Churchwide Assembly was to participate in #ThursdaysInBlack - a global movement to raise awareness and work to end rape and gender-based violence. The October Bishop's Staff meeting took place on a Thursday and this is how we all showed up. Learn more about the movement from the World Council of Churches .


Last month we shared an article on Facebook by N'Jameh Camara who speaks of her experience as a person of color whose Gambian name has left her nameless to many. Read more here:
October 20 - Hudson Mohawk Conference Assembly; 2-4 PM at Prince of Peace, Clifton Park

October 20 - Southern Tier Conference Assembly; 305 PM at Bethany, Elmira

October 20 - Southwestern Conference Assembly; 3-5 PM at St. Timothy, Bemus Point

October 25 - Investment and Finance Committee meetings

October 26 - Ordination of Ashlin Marchese at Lord of Life, Depew

October 27 - Installation of Rev. Samantha Perret as Pastor of Tri-County Lutheran Parish at St. Luke's, Valatie

October 27 - Genesee Finger Lakes Conference Assembly at Redeemer, Rochester

October 30 at 1 PM and 7 PM - Synod Book Study on Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World by Rozella Haydée White
Employer Selection Period Now Open
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Friends in High Places

The ELCA has a connection to the global Lutheran church through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). The ELCA maintains an office at the UN headquarters in New York City to help support the church’s outreach on global social issues. It’s called the Lutheran Office for World Community. Read more.
ELCA Good Gifts:
Updated and Expanded

The new ELCA Good Gifts catalog is here, and so is a new and improved online store to make giving easier than ever. Shop now  to find a dozen brand-new gifts ( manure , anyone?) as well as returning favorites such as goats, water wells and school fees for a girl. Check it out today.
We are praying for:

  • The Hudson Mohawk, Southern Tier, Southwestern and Genesee Finger Lakes conferences as they meet for their Fall Assemblies
  • Ashlin Marchese as she is ordained on October 26
  • Tri-County Lutheran Parish and Rev. Samantha Perret as she is installed as one of their co-pastors
  • The Holy Spirit's guidance as we begin the discernment process to elect a bishop

We give thanks for:
  • The Synods and Bishops of Region 7: New England - Bishop Jim Hazelwood; Metro NY - Bishop Paul Egensteiner*; New Jersey - Bishop Tracie Bartholomew; Northeast Pennsylvania - Bishop Sam Zeiser; and Southeast Pennsylvania - Bishop Pat Davenport
  • The Synods and Bishops of Region 3: Western North Dakota - Bishop Mark Narum; Eastern North Dakota - Bishop Terry Brandt; South Dakota - Bishop Constanze Hagmaier*; Northwestern Minnesota - Bishop Bill Tesch*; Northeastern Minnesota - Bishop Thomas Aitken; Southwestern Minnesota - Bishop Jon Anderson; Minneapolis Area - Bishop Ann Svennungsen; Saint Paul Area - Bishop Pat Lull; Southeastern Minnesota - Bishop Regina Hassanally*

* newly elected bishops in 2019