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Emmanuel Episcopal Church

40 East Church Street, Adams, NY 13605
(315) 232-2916

Worship Sunday: 9:30am

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Parish Priest: The Rev. Jon Lavelle
Warden: John McFadden
Vestry: Deborah Clark, Sue Hamilton, Gretchen Martelle (Clerk), Kim Ross and Avril Warner


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Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Adams, New York, is a small, spirit-filled church.   We worship together on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. throughout the year.  During July and August, we also offer services at St. Luke’s Chapel, Henderson Harbor, on the shore of Lake Ontario, at 7:45 a.m. The Rev. Jon F. Lavelle serves as Priest-in-Charge.

Emmanuel offers Christian education programs for children and adults.  We have many active lay ministers involved in Sunday morning services, and our choir delights us weekly.  Members and visitors alike feel a special warmth as they worship at Emmanuel.

We invite you to join us at Emmanuel Church, for worship and to experience the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”  Psalm 34:8

October 18, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • A Prayer for Father Jon's Ministry

    Heavenly Father, Almighty God:
    We thank you for calling Father Jon to be our priest at Emmanuel. May you nourish his ministry with your unfailing love. Let your wisdom guide his steps. Keep his faith strong and steadfast. Shine the light of your glory on him that he may know your pleasure day in and day out. Encourage him, strengthen him, give him patience. May Jon and Karen feel welcome and at home in this community. And may we all work together to build your kingdom, serving the people in our community and walking closely with your son our Savior Jesus Christ in whose name I pray. Amen.

  • A New Priest for Emmanuel

    Emmanuel welcomes the Rev. Jon F. Lavelle as priest-in-charge, a half-time position, starting Sept. 1. Jon’s first service will be Sunday, Sept. 5. He will live in the Rectory. Please see more info on Jon below. We are delighted to have him. Please introduce yourself to your new priest and get to know him.
    At the same time we welcome Jon, we acknowledge our gratitude to Father Jerry Wichelns for serving us so faithfully and well for six years. Thanks also to the Rev. Wayne Storey and the Rev. Jackie Dowling for their service. Emmanuel is truly blessed by these wonderful servants of God.
    Jon taught in the Middle East for 20 years and was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Michael Lewis, Primate of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. He served as Curate of St. Christopher’s Cathedral, Manama, Bahrain from 2014-2016 and then Chaplain at St. Luke’s in Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates from 2016 to 2018. After living in the Arabian Gulf for many years, Jon returned to his hometown of Buffalo, NY in 2018 and was received into the Episcopal Church, USA, by the Rt. Rev. William Franklin. He served as Rector of St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, Buffalo, from 2018-2021.
    Jon studied theology at St. Michael and All Saints College at Cardiff University, Wales. His church interests include interfaith dialogue, contemporary liturgy, 12-step spirituality, contemplative traditions,
    and evangelization.
    Jon has a keen interest in criminal justice reform and serves on the New York State Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement. He is also an adjunct professor of English for SUNY, teaching in NYS correctional facilities, Watertown Hub. His wife, Karen Caldwell, is from Brockville, Ontario and is Assistant Professor in the Business Department at SUNY Potsdam.
    Jon, Karen, and their children John and Carol love hiking and canoeing with their dog, Willy. Carol is a Master’s student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, and is advising Jon and the church on sustaining the honey-bees and other pollinators in the region.

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