The 4th Schenectady Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a walk to fight suicide. The walk will take place on Saturday, September 30th starting at the Pavilion in Central Park, Schenectady, New York. Check-in starts at 12pm and the opening program at walk starts at 1pm. You can register at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

A free adult only event for parents/guardians of Schenectady City School District middle school students on Wednesday, April 12th from 8:45am to 3pm at the Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia, NY. Transportation is available.

The event includes breakfast, interactive workshops, lunch, community resources, and great raffle prizes. Visit the World Café, an opportunity for conversations among parents, decision makers, and community leaders about ways our schools and community resources can better support our youth. See the day’s agenda here.

Register now. A completed registration form is required by April 10th. You can return the registration form to your child’s school Guidance Office or E-mail them to Laura LaFontaine. Laura can also be reached at: 518-669-3286.

Still on the early newsletter streak – one day early once again.

Be satisfied with what you have.” Our moms didn’t want us to be jealous or covetous of others. Instead they wanted to focus us on our blessings – what we have – and most especially on all that God has done and has in store for us. Good lessons for life of course given out of love. Don’t chase after empty things – focus on what is really important: faith in God Who brings all things to perfection. With Him we have family, community, true knowledge, and our work is blessed even if the world doesn’t see it. The explicit promise in our being “satisfied with what you have” is God’s provision for us. God will reach to the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us. I will never run away from you He promises. During this month we consider the depth of God’s provision. Even if the entire world has abandoned us, even if our mom were to reject us, God remains at our side.

Also in our newsletter, great thanks for support of our annual Basket Social, reflections and family prayers for the Year of Reverence, Mother’s Day and a very full month of activities. Check out our Holy Mass for healing, bible study, and so much more…

You may view and download a copy of our May 2016 Newsletter right here.

The on-time (sorry, but not early) newsletter streak continues.

January – a time of new beginnings. What better way to start the new year than with circumcision? St. Paul told us that works like circumcision in the flesh are meaningless. What is required is a true dedication – a circumcision of the heart. We get there by faith. We cannot do things for God or achieve heaven by works, but we can dedicate ourselves by faith, and from that flows great deeds born out of joy and heaven.

January – the midst of the Christmas season. Tons of events and a real quick turn-around into the pre-Lenten season. It is going to fly by. Get updates on the work of the Church’s Future Direction Committee. Read about a new year dedicated to reverence, and a local theme focused on joy. Important information on our Church’s democratic process (yes, we really do need your help to keep it alive) is included too. Read up and remember – be joy filled in Jesus.

You may view and download a copy of our January 2016 Newsletter right here.


News about data breaches at banks, stores, and agencies is an everyday occurrence now. But if your private information has been compromised, it doesn’t feel commonplace to you. The sooner you find out and act to begin damage control, the better off you’ll be.

IdentityTheft, a new government website, offers step-by-step checklists of what to do right away, and what to do next, depending on the information that’s been stolen or exposed. It lists warning signs indicating your identity was stolen, and gives websites and phone numbers for organizations you’ll need to reach. And, it has sample letters for disputing fraudulent charges, correcting information in your credit reports, and getting business records relating to the theft.

Check out IdentityTheft, bookmark it, and print out the checklists, as your first line of defense against identity theft.


U.S. Department of State Spring 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid)

Please visit our Careers Website for more information about the U.S. Department of State Spring 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2015.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to: Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials; Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives; Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues; Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Policy Research Associates – Internship Positions (2)

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) is seeking two interns to join our team. Located at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (), the NCMHJJ was founded in 2001 to promote awareness of the mental health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, and to help the field develop improved policies and practices to respond to these youth based on the best available research and practice.

Policy Research Associates (PRA) is a small business located in Delmar, NY. PRA has been funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations to support major national surveys; conduct research and evaluation; provide technical assistance and training; and plan and facilitate major conferences, meetings, and other knowledge-transfer activities in the behavioral health field. PRA is known for its expertise on behavioral health issues related to juvenile and criminal justice; services for children, adolescents, and their families; recovery supports; service members and veterans; homelessness and housing; and violence.

PRA is seeking to fill two Internship positions for the Summer of 2015. The internships will involve various project tasks across divisions, including criminal justice and juvenile justice. High-level supervision/mentorship will be provided for both internships.

Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate level student in a relevant policy or public health oriented degree program (e.g., sociology, psychology, criminal justice, public health, public policy); Some experience, knowledge and/or significant interest in behavioral health issues, criminal justice, and/or juvenile justice; Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines; and Excellent writing skills.

If you are interested in a position with PRA, please send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume via E-mail or fax (518-439-7612) or mail to PRA, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054.

gentreeThe Macedonia Baptist Church of Albany is proud to host a presentation on the importance of knowing as much as possible about your family tree. The presentation will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 26 Wilson Avenue, Albany, New York.

The presenters are Alfonzo B. Owens, III; DMD, MPH and Kim Wilson-Owens, LCSW, CSAC. Dr. and Mrs. Owens have been married for over 25 years, have two adult children, and have experienced great success in their chosen professions. Dr. Owens initially developed an interest in researching the Owens family tree, and has done extensive research on line, and has spent time interviewing sources and family members in Decatur, Alabama, where the Owens family has some of its origins here in the United States.
Discovering more about the health status of our ancestors is critically important to getting a better understanding of our health status, the status of our family members, and the implications of the health of our children and future generations. This presentation will offer an opportunity to learn how the Owens started their search, what they found, and how it can help with future generations of the growing family tree, which now includes branches from their spouses.

This program is jointly sponsored by the Macedonia Baptist Church Rites of Passage: Excellence and Success program, the Program Development and Community Empowerment ministry, and the University of Albany Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. Please register for the session by contacting the Church office at (518) 489 4370, or through the Church website \We look forward to seeing you there!

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a health care management internship designed to promote racial and ethnic diversity, and is supported by the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and its members. The program is a 12-week internship during which interns are assigned to senior management staff at GNYHA member facilities to gain firsthand experience with the operations and management issues health care organizations face.


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