Growing Faith

Nine-Fifteen Forum

9:15 Sundays – beginning October 4th 2016

Are you someone who has been a Christian for a long time, but sometimes still wonders about the basics? Or are you someone new to God and the Church who wants to get a better idea of what this Christianity thing is really all about? Then come join us Sundays at 9:15 AM beginning October 4th for Transforming Questions. In this class, we will seek to move into deeper life in Christ by engaging in some of faith’s most basic questions: Who is Jesus? Does God answer prayer? How do I read the Bible? Why bother with Church? What do I have to do to be a Christian? Each week we will gather, hear a talk on one of the central questions of the Christian faith, and join in small-group discussion. Through both listening and sharing, we will wrestle with these foundational questions in the context of faith and in the company of fellow seekers. As we do so, we will learn more about ourselves, one another, and the Jesus we are seeking.

Coming this fall…Education for Ministry

What is EfM? Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection. For over forty years, EfM has provided a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity who are prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call.

How does EfM work?  Participants sign up for EfM one year at a time.  Six to twelve participants meet weekly over the course of 36 weeks for 2 ½ -3 hours with trained mentor(s). Weekly reading assignments give perspective on the entire sweep of Christian tradition. There are no tests or grading, and the group mentor(s) function as facilitators of the group’s work, rather than as teachers. The focus of EfM is life as ministry, and the development of discipline in theological reflection to sharpen skills and effectiveness in a variety of ministries.

What does it cost?  Because the Diocese of Central New York is a “sponsoring agency” the fee is $350 (regularly $460) for each program year. Fees pay for all required books and study guide, seminar supplies, and mentor honorarium. Fees must be paid entirely at the time of enrollment. The participant provides their own Bible, preferably an annotated New Revised Standard version such as The Oxford Annotated NRSV or the Harper-Collins Study Bible NRSV.

When will it meet?  Scheduling depends on the members of the seminar group.  Vacation times, conditions for weather-related cancellations, and other scheduling issues will also be negotiated.

Are there scholarships?

Partial subsidies may be available. Speak with the rector.

Can my Lutheran (Presbyterian, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Other, None) denomination friends sign up too?

Absolutely! Although EfM is from the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, an Episcopal institution, seminar groups are often enriched by the interchange between those of differing religious backgrounds.

Why do EfM?

“Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. They need a theological education that supports their faith and helps them to connect that faith to their daily lives. The EfM program provides people with an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries”. — from the EfM information brochure

Got questions about EfM?  Speak with co-mentors Carla Wiemers or Mother Cathy Carpenter.

For more information…

Brochures are available, or go online to to read more and see sample lessons.

Lenten Soup Suppers 2015

Lentil_Soup_Allergy_Free_KitchensThis Lent, join us Wednesdays  5:30-7 PM beginning February 17 for Soup Supper, brief table celebration of Holy Eucharist and discussion.

In Epiphanytide 2015CraftonEmbracingForgiveness

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton’s Embracing Forgiveness, a five-part group study with DVD and discussion. If you would like a personal copy of the accompanying workbook for $10.95, please let Mother Cathy know as soon as possible so they may be ordered. Sessions will run Saturdays 10:00 AM to noon January 9 through February 6. If there is interest, a weekday session will be scheduled during Lent. Speak to Mother Cathy about days/times that might work for you.


Wait on the Lord – Advent 2015

Ontario calmGrab a cup of coffee and join us each Sunday in Advent from 9:15-10-15 AM in the Conference room on the lower level for Advent meditation and discussion. Begins November 29th.



The beginning of the good news…
reading the Gospel of Mark

Dinner & Reading
Friday, September 18, 2015, 5:00 pm
An informal Middle Eastern dinner followed by reading of the oldest Gospel by candlelight and simple celebration of the Holy Eucharist according to the oldest text.
Reservations are requested for dinner. A donation of $12 will offset costs. Any additional donations will go to support our meal costs for Samaritan Center. Thanks for your generosity.

The_Holy_BibleReading Mark – Study Series
Beginning September 26th and 29th 2015
Saturdays 10:00-noon OR Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 PM
(Tuesday following brief celebration of Holy Eucharist at noon)
Identical sessions – you may vary your attendance as works for you.
Saturday 9/26 & Tuesday 9/29
Saturday 10/10 & Tuesday 10/13
Saturday 10/17 & Tuesday 10/20
Saturday 10/24 & Tuesday 10/27
Saturday 10/31 & Tuesday 11/3
Saturday 11/7 & Tuesday 11/10
Tuesday 11/17 & Saturday 11/21 (change due to diocesan convention)

You may attend the dinner, the series or both.

Email or call 315 635 3214 to sign up.

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