News and Resources from the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Bishop Elizabeth Eaton interviewed by Al Mayadeen TV

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton interviewed by Al Mayadeen TV

ELCA Presiding Elizabeth Eaton was interviewed by Al Mayadeen TV on Aug. 10, 2014.

Northeast Forum on Spirituality and Aging Wellness Grants Available

Synod Wellness dollars were approved back in early spring to support 6 grants in the amount of $150 each to congregations looking to offer a special program, purchase resources, or develop a ministry focused on the second half of life. Grants are still available. Interested congregations need to apply no later than September 30. Proposals will be judged in part on the ways they build bridges between a ministry or ministries of your congregation and older adults within the congregation or the community. Applications should be completed and submitted to the Northeast Forum on Spirituality and Aging, c/o Rev. Brian McCaffrey, Chaplain, LutheranCare, 108 Utica Road, Clinton, NY 13323 or emailed to Pastor McCaffrey at / (315) 235-7125.

Invitation to the Installation of The Reverend John Stanley Macholz as Bishop

The Synod Council of the
ELCA Upstate New York Synod
requests the honor of your presence
at the installation of

The Reverend John Stanley Macholz as Bishop

Officiated by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton

Saturday, September 6, 2014
at two o’clock in the afternoon
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
Rochester, New York

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.
Festival Prelude with organ and brass begins at 1:30 p.m.

Clergy are invited to vest and process
Liturgical color: Red
Vesting room: Wainwright Hall on St. Paul’s campus

Reception to follow

Directions from points east:

Take I-490 West to exit 19
Turn right onto Culver Road
Take the 3rd left onto Park Avenue
Turn right onto Westminster Road

Directions from points west:

Take I-490 East to exit 15
Merge onto the Inner Loop
Take the exit toward Broad Street/East Avenue
Merge onto South Union Street
Turn right onto East Avenue
Turn right onto Westminster Road


There will limited handicap parking available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Westminster Road for the Installation liturgy. Incarnate Word (597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607), which is four blocks from St. Paul’s, can accommodate more parking for those in need of handicap spaces and will offer a shuttle bus between there and St. Paul’s.

Parking at the Diocesan House (935 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607) will be used for service participants and staff from St. Paul’s who are assisting that day.

Additional parking is available at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (962 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607). Parking lot attendants will direct you. This is located less than two blocks from St. Paul’s. There is also on street parking on East Avenue and side streets. Know also that it is the weekend of the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery so there is lots going on. Arriving early will be to your advantage. Pre-service music begins at 1:30.

Also, if you would encourage folks this Sunday to bring a contribution of dried and canned goods for Food Link, the area Food Bank, those donations would be gratefully accepted. Simply bring them to St. Paul’s prior to worship and deposit them in the appropriate place in the rear of the Sanctuary.

Clergy are invited to vest in Wainwright Hall on the St. Paul campus beginning at noon.

The offering taken at the installation service will be shared between the ELCA Malaria Campaign and the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Offerings made by check should be made out to “Upstate New York Synod”.

Presiding Bishop Calls for Peace in the Holy Land

From ELCA News

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip further escalates, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop, expressed her profound concern for members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in a July 17, 2014, letter to that denomination’s bishop, the Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan.

“Our hearts are heavy as we read about and see images of the violence being inflicted on both Israelis and Palestinians. … As followers with you of the Prince of Peace, and as children of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life, we long for peace and a just resolution to the escalating conflict between the State of Israel and the Palestinian people,” Eaton wrote.

Read the full ELCA News story
Read Bishop Younan’s Call for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Gaza

Current Violence in the Holy Land

Almighty God, all thoughts of truth and peace come from you. We remember before you this day our brothers and sisters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and their Bishop Munib Younan. Strengthen and support them in this difficult time. Watch over all Palestinians and Israelis who live in that holy land and kindle in the hearts of all your children the love of peace that there may be an end to the violence. Guide with your wisdom the leaders of the nations, so that your kingdom will go forth in peace and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of your love through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. An adaption of a prayer for peace (ELW p. 63).

bishop younanDear Partners in Mission,

On Thursday I received a letter from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton asking me to invite all the congregations of the Upstate New York Synod to pray on Sunday, July 20, 2014 for our brothers and sisters in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in light of the current violence in Gaza.

She also asks that her letter to Bishop Munib Younan, of the ELCJHL be read in every congregation and that there be a time of silence observed that we might pray for peace in Palestine and Israel.

Bishop Eaton has been in communication with Bishop Younan, who says that this is the thirteenth war he has seen, but that that this one is causing him the greatest concern. Therefore, he is asking for our prayers. For more information, take time to read a statement by Bishop Younan and the ELCA News story as you are able.

In January 2009 when the ELCA Conference of Bishops visited Israel and Palestine, violence had also erupted in Gaza. Though we did not visit Gaza, the tension and fear was palpable. It was an amazing privilege to walk with these people of deep faith, courage and hope during the time of violence, waiting daily for news reports, and changing our itinerary to be sure that the Bishops would be safe. Please join me on Sunday in praying for peace for these Christian brothers and sisters and for all people who live in this war-torn part of the world. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Grace and peace,

Marie C. Jerge
Bishop, Upstate New York Synod, ELCA