The Annual Report
of
Ministry & Administration
for
2010
Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
Presented at the
Annual Meeting Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Parish Staff

The Rev. Dr. James R. McDonald, Rector,
The Rev. Patricia L. Jones, Deacon,
Dr. Timothy Olsen, Director of Music
Mr. Joe White, Sexton

The Vestry

Sr Warden, Carole Merrill-Mazurek, Senior Warden, Class of 2010
Jr Warden, Tracy Ormsbee, Junior Warden, Class of 2010
Sid Woodcock, Class of 2010
Susan Feyrer, Class of 2010
Peter Nelson, Class of 2010
Austin Spang, Class of 2011
Tracy Schierenbeck, Class of 2011
Linda Emaelaf, Class of 2011
Deborah O'Connor, Class of 2012
Millie Gittinger, Class of 2012
Matt Canavan, Class of 2012


Agenda

Call to Order

Opening Prayer

Verification of Quorum

Appointment of Clerk of the Meeting

Minutes of the 2010 Annual Meeting

Reports Received by Title or Voice

Acknowledgements

Report of the Nominating Committee Candidates for Vestry & for Delegates to Diocesan Convention

Balloting (if necessary) Examination of Financial Statements for the year ending 2010

Examination of Budget for 2011

Commissioning of Wardens and Vestry Members

Adjournment


Minutes of 2010 Meeting
January 17,2010

The meeting opened at 11:55 with prayer led by Fr. James. Elizabeth Levine was appointed Clerk of the meeting.
As per our By-laws, we confirmed we exceeded the minimum required 40 Congregants in good standing to hold the meeting. There were over 80 people attending.

Considering the 2009 Annual Meeting Report, time was allowed for reading, and there was a motion to approve the report as submitted, made by Peter Nelson, seconded by Barbara Wisnom, and passed.

Worship Committee: written report is in the Annual Report for 2009 document.

Education Committee: written report is in the Annual Report for 2009 document.

Other reports in the document but not discussed: Youth Group, Nursery, Deacon's Report

Pastoral Care: Doreen May reported she is reorganizing the Committee, and developing a manual. She asked that people please call the office to make sure they are aware of people with needs such as illness, or a birth, etc.

Fellowship: Liz Varno: reported fellowship events were successful. A new Bereavement Committee was started by Marilyn Causey to provide support services to those with needs. The Pancake Supper should run smoothly this year and coffee hours are going well.

Church Shop: Marilyn Humphry will have the bank accounts transferred to her name. Shop sales are good.

Personnel Committee: Tracy Ormsbee: announced Laura Davis resigned her position as Education Director, but she has agreed to stay on as a volunteer until June. The Personnel Committee will develop a job description for the Education Director position, and look for someone. Thanks were extended to Laura Davis for all her good work.

Tracy announced the Vestry hired Jim Garrett, a licensed social worker, to work with St. Stephen's to help us deal with managing church interactive processes which were referred to as our systems, and also to deal with substance abuse recovery and it's dynamics; and to find our strengths by giving us recommendations for steps toward healing ourselves.

Mr. Garrett will be available after church on January 31st for individual group interviews. An announcement will be in the Messenger, and people will have the opportunity to sign up to meet with him. (Later, it was shared that the endowment will be used to pay $6K in Mr. Garret's fees.)

Building Committee: Austin Spang reported they have been busy working on Reid House. Thanks were extended to the Over the Hill Gang including: George Woodzell, Terry, Jack Feyrer, Sue Feyrer, and Bob Hagan.

The New Building Construction Plans:

Funding: Austin Spang said if we use the endowment, the remaining amount after construction would be the amount in the fund in 2005, before the large gift was donated. The cost of the building is $2.1 Million including architectural fees. There could be new funding alternatives other than spending the Endowment. Jack Feyrer is working on the funding options. He had 3 conversations and 2 meetings with local banks. The plan is to avoid having new construction expenses in future St. Stephen's Operating Budgets.

Mike Debritz opened a discussion about allowing communication time for the Congregation to consider the funding options, and provide the Vestry with feed-back. Austin said there is a financial concern with any delay because the architect said the expense figures will not be valid for more than the 6 months he needs to complete the detailed plans. Tim Olsen suggested we have a presentation to the Congregation of building finance details. Jack Feyrer said the financial presentation may not be available in time for communications before the regular Vestry meeting on Feb 8th, and the Vestry should review the finances before it is shared with the Congregation. Barbara Wisnom suggested a special meeting of the Vestry could be called later in February, so the Vestry would have time to get feedback from the Congregation before they vote on financing the building. Carol Merrill-Mazurik offered to arrange the financial information to send to the Congregation for everyone to provide input to Vestry Members. There was general consensus, but no formal motion on this matter.

Austin Spang fielded a number of questions about the building:

The cost of utilities in the new building should be 30% less than now, and maintenance will be much less.
The format and usefulness of the building will be much better, and we will have about 800 sq. ft. more space.
Bill Frank suggested we still consider a Campaign Fund to raise construction money. Several people agreed this should be considered again.

Warden's Report: A separate Warden's Report from Rocky Bonsai was submitted by Barbara Wisnom (Jr. Warden) in the absence of the Sr. Warden. Accomplishments in the report included the By-laws update, strategic planning, the audit, and the Nursery School. The Vestry voted that the Nursery School will be operated by St. Stephen's for 18 months. (Clerk's note: The nursery school was formally a tenant, and it would have closed because, as we learned, the city zoning only allows non-profits in the church.) Barbara thanked Austin Spang for his work on Reid House, and Dennis Wisnom for his work in the church office, and Bill Frank for his work on the 2008 Audit. Barbara sited she and Rocky's frustrations with not being able to accomplish more, which she attributed to a general malaise among much of the church membership. Fr. James thanked Rocky and Barbara for their important work this year.

Vestry Nominations: The following were nominated: Sr. Warden: Carole Merrill-Mazurek, Jr. Warden: Tracy Ormsbee (1 yr.), Greg Varno, Millie Gittenger, and Matt Canavan (3 yr. terms each), Linda Emalaef (2 yr term). Nominated Convention Delegates: Peter Nelson, Dennis Wisnom, Allison DeKanel, Sid Woodcock (Alternate) No new nominations were offered, and nominees each spoke to everyone briefly. A motion was requested to approve the entire slate of both Vestry Nominees, and Convention Delegates, with the motion made by George Woodzell, and seconded by Bill Frank, and the election was carried.

Rector's Report: Fr. James said he is recommitted to the ministry of our church, for St. Stephens to grow with new families, and to help increase the presence of St. Stephen's in the community.

Library Report: Eunice Chouffi referred people to the library report on pg. 6 of the Annual Meeting Report.

Financial Reports: Sid Woodcock presented a review of the 2009 budget and presented the 2010 budget which is printed in the Annual Meeting Report. He thanked Denise Crates for her work as Treasurer of St. Stephen's.


Reports

Worship

Lectors and Chalice Bearers' Ministry

Every service has a chalice bearer and two readers from the congregation. If you are interested in becoming a chalice bearer and/or lecture, please contact the clergy.

Marilyn Causey, scheduler

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild faithfully undertakes the care of the altar of the church. The members prepare for all services including baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other services. This includes preparation for Holy Eucharist. The Guild also takes care of the laundering of the linens, cleaning and polishing of all the silver and brass, and the ordering and arranging of flowers.
The Guild meets four tunes a year for updates, polishing and decorating the church for Easter and Christmas. All interested people are invited to be a member of the Altar Guild and share in the privilege of serving at God's Altar. Please contact any member or Father James.

Everyone is invited to participate through the use of our special envelopes: Christmas greens, Easter flowers, and All Saints' Day flowers. Parishioners may also choose a particular Sunday to give the flowers on the altar, either as a memorial or hi thanksgiving.

A calendar is on the table in the back of the church with a sign up sheet. One, or two families can share a Sunday if they wish.

The Altar Guild wishes to thank all those who helped decorate the church for Christmas. We appreciate all the many contributions and gifts of memorials and thanksgiving given to St. Stephen's Church. Altar Guild Members:

Liz Casale
Levine Pauline Northrop
Charline Hoffmann
June Russell
Josephine Jones
Jean Versocki
Katharine Lowe
Dennis Wisnom
Carolyn Morin
Gillian Woodcock

Respectfully submitted, June Russell, Directress


Christian Formation

Church School

Due to the vacancy of the Director of Christian Education, no report is submitted.

Youth Group

St. Stephen's youth group reflects the ethos of our parish, mixing service projects with fun, and regular activities with some that are not so regular. In July of 2010 our group went on our annual summer workcamp trip, combining with the youth group from Union Presbyterian Church to take twenty-five people to a workcamp in Windsor, Maine. In the fall, our groups got together again, this time to provide child care at Congregation Gates of Heaven, so that parents of young children there could participate in the temple's High Holy Days celebrations. And, scattered throughout the year, we assemble at the church to eat, go bowling, rock-climbing, go-kart driving, or hiking, and - our favorite activity - sitting around and discussing matters religious, philosophical, and moral.

Inspired by our workcamp trip and by a strong desire to be of help throughout the year, we have begun planning several on-going service projects:

Working with young school children, helping them with homework, reading to them, and serving as friends and mentors.
Providing assistance to people in our parish who find computers a bit less than the friendly appliances described in advertisements.

Offering child care at times such as Christmas and Valentine's Day, when parents of young children would like some time for shopping or a quiet evening together.

Providing strong bodies for tasks that require lifting, moving, or perhaps just a few extra hands (and backs).
As always, next summer we're off to another work camp, this time in Peterstown, West Virginia. (An important part of these trips south and west is a stop in Staunton, Virginia, where we spend a night with our friends from Emmanuel Episcopal Church.)

We'd welcome anyone who would like to take part in these activities. About the only requirements are that you enjoy young people, can get by on less-than-usual amounts of sleep, and don't mind being challenged by some very bright, inquiring, fearless young minds. Oh, a sense of humor helps, too.

George Woodzell

Confirmation

In the winter and spring a confirmation course focused on helping youth ask the tough questions in their life and searching out the answers. The challenge of the classes was to so much more than just learn a few facts; the youth took real responsibility for understanding their faith and its power. Nine young people finished the course in May.


Adult Education

This year the clergy offered a full range of topics for adult education. The theme of Sunday mornings was an exploration of the complex region between faith and reason, Listening to Bill Moyers engage in thoughtful conversations with some of the world's noted writers and thinkers. The insights that emerge, about the creative process, the importance of myths and stories, and the human condition afforded a lively conversation and inquiry with those who attended.

A part of this study included classes that dealt with issues that preoccupy most thinking people today: What is happiness? How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? How do we reconcile conflicting claims of love and sexuality? How do we cope with the problem of suffering and the inevitability of death?

The series ended with a discussion of Joseph Campbell's work on central themes of mythology: humanity's universal method of seeking the transcendental. Participants found Campbell (through video) to be an erudite scholar and quintessential storyteller, recalling a wide spectrum of myths from throughout history (Japanese, Native American, Egyptian, Mayan, and many more) to illustrate humankind's eternal quest to grasp the mysteries of creation.
In Lent we discussed the book, "The Last Week". Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. Class discussions were informed and challenged and we not only met the historical Jesus, but met a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.

In the spring two classes on the final draft of the 'Anglican Covenant' was held. Since the Covenant is being
voted upon by every Province in the Anglican Communion and the Diocese of Albany had also put it on the
agenda for June, the classes sought to inform members of our congregation concerning the issues
involved. Participants of the classes received a copy of the 'Covenant' and other supporting and non-supporting
materials.

In the fall our attention was directed to church history. A course was offered on the trial and testimony of the Early Church, which explored the formation of the early church from Christ to Constantine. The video tapes which will start each session were filmed in original locations and use dramatic re-creations to tell the story.

Also in the fall a 14-week Kerygma course was given on St. Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome.

On Thursday mornings a course was given on the footsteps of St. Paul using the video series, Faith Lessons. Filmed on location in Israel, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan weaves together the Bible's fascinating historical, culture, religious, and geographical context, and reveals keen insights into the Scripture's significance for modern believers. Lively discussions were held after the video each week.

Two series of inquirers' classes called the Anglican Ethos were given both for those who were new to the Episcopal Church, or looking for a new spiritual home, and for those were confirmed earlier in life, and wished to renew your commitment at an adult level. The course provided an introduction to the Church - its history, beliefs, worship, and work in the world.


Mission & Ministry

Deacon's Report

Worship Committee

The Worship Committee continues to look for ways to make our corporate worship welcoming to newcomers, while maintaining the beauty and richness of our Anglican tradition. Our concerns range from planning the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter, from solemnity to joy, to encouraging volunteers to assist at worship. We need people to serve as ushers (once a month,) and acolytes (adults included,) or to host a coffee hour occasionally. The strength of our fellowship flows from Christ the center, through the sacraments, to our love and concern for one another, and on to the world beyond our doors. If you would like to serve on the Worship Committee, or assist at worship in one of the ways mentioned above, or in some other way, please speak to a member of the committee. This coming year, while the new parish hall is being built, will provide plenty of opportunities for creative solutions to unexpected challenges. We welcome your participation! Committee members: Allison de Kanel, Paul de Kanel, Scott Kilbourn, James McDonald, Tim Olsen

Jail Ministry

The Christmas card was signed by Angelene, Keysha, Jen, Phyllis, Marie and Linda, who live on Tier 8, G Block, in the Schenectady County Correctional Facility. Each one wrote a personal note. Marie wrote:

"Thank you for all you have done for all of us on G-H Block SCJ. For the blessings you continue to bring us you will be blessed for the rest of your days. We love you!

Signed, Everyone"

The card was addressed to me, but I share it with all the members of Saint Stephen's, because I represent your love and concern when I visit the jail, deliver undies or cards or money for personal needs, or make phone calls. There are larger issues at the jail that need to be addressed: the inmate phone system, the medical department, and access to legal materials, among others. I/we cannot meet all the needs. But by your support of the Jail Ministry budget item and the Rector's and Deacon's Discretionary envelope, as well as your prayers and individual donations, you are following the example and teaching of Jesus. Thank you for sharing in this ministry.

Deacon Pat

Schenectady Inner City Ministry

Your generous support throughout 2010 has been a wonderful gift to SICM and the community. The large
number of people who signed up and came to Jerry Burrell Park for the summer lunch program was especially welcome during a week of intense heat and humidity. In November you gave generous support to the Harvest for the
Pantry dinner at St. Helen's Church, buying tickets and bidding on the various silent auction items. Again as in
the past, throughout the year your donations of food for the pantry each Sunday morning helped the growing
number of people who come to the pantry. The cash donations made to SICM for the Food Pantry or any of the
SICM programs are a blessing, as are those donors who remember to notify GE's match.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. Amy, Eunice, Marti


Flower Ministry/ Pastoral Care Teams

Teams of two visit the ill and shut-ins eveiy week. Most often, altar flowers are taken to those visited. If you know of someone who would appreciate a brief visit from someone hi the church, please notify the clergy or the church office. We could use more visitors. Pleases call the parish office if you are interested in this important way to keep the homebound connected to St. Stephen's.

Funeral Receptions

A new ministry for the bereaved began last year. For families wishing a reception following a funeral, St. Stephen's offers the use of the parish hall and a committee that will work with the family to set-up an informal coffee-hour type of gathering, or a light luncheon. The family pays for the food ordered, and the church supplies coffee, tea or punch, set-up and clean-up. We learn as we go along, but so far this service has been well received by the families.
Marilyn Causey and Marilyn Humphrey


Rector's Report

This is now the twenty-second time I have to make a report to the annual meeting of St. Stephen's congregation. Instead of look back to my time at St. Stephen's, I want to look forward in faith.

As we move into 2011, this congregation has been asked to support a building program that rivals that of the late 1940's when the church itself was built. So the question that I want to address in this annual report is: Why is St. Stephen's an important church to support? In other words, why is it important for this congregation to exist and even grow in Schenectady, NY for the next one hundred years and even beyond? My answer is quite simple: Schenectady County, the Diocese of Albany and our children and their children need to hear and experience a way of being Christian which is characteristic of this congregation, which, however, is quickly fading from the American landscape.

I will illustrate this answer by beginning with the famous Anglican "three legged stool" of scripture, reason and tradition.
From our beginning St. Stephen's congregation's approach to reading and interpreting the Bible is extraordinary compared to many other denominations and even our own Diocese of Albany. While we, like all Christians, acknowledge the Bible (or the Holy Scriptures) as the Word of God and completely sufficient for our reconciliation to God, we also believe the Bible should be looked at in the context of our own time and place.

For two thousand years Christianity has amassed experiences of God and of following Jesus, and what these people have said to us through the centuries, through the scriptures, is critical to our understanding it in our own context. The traditions of the Church connect all generations together and give us a starting point for our own understanding.

What is special about St. Stephen's congregation is our belief that every Christian must build an understanding and relationship with God, and to do that, God has given us intelligence and our own experience, which we refer to as "Reason." Based on the text of the Bible itself, and what Christians have taught us about it through the ages, we then must sort out our own understanding of it as it relates to our own lives.

Each one of us at St. Stephen's may have our own fondness for a particular leg of the stool of scripture, reason and tradition, but we do not hold one leg higher than the other. To do so is to act at our own peril: we will loose our balance and find ourselves falling flat on our backsides. The larger community and our own children need to see the congregation of St. Stephen's struggling to achieve a certain balance in faith.

And Saint Stephen's needs a healthy building so that we can pass-on this approach concerning our faith for generations to come. This means having faith in our future.

Let me contrast our congregation to most churches in Schenectady County and even our own Diocese of Albany. Most Christian groups hold that the Scriptures provide a certainty that transcends all other certainty, including reason, which reason they wish to confine to "science" (i.e., all forms of human learning). They believe that the Scriptures must be read for themselves and devoid of subsequent interpretation.

In contrast Saint Stephen's holds that our authority is the association of Scripture, tradition and reason. We believe that a commitment to reason is evident in our attitude toward the "free market place of ideas." Tests of orthodoxy, heresy trials, censorship of thought, adherence to governmental statements and such, are generally alien to the way St. Stephen's understands ourselves. Our belief is that a sincere pursuit of truth, done collaboratively, ultimately opens us to the mind of God. We hold that tradition is the product of the ongoing reflection by the church of her experience of God through scriptures, and consequently it is a living, changing body of thought.

And Saint Stephen's needs a healthy building so that we can pass-on this approach concerning our faith for generations to come. This means having faith in our future.

We need to teach our children that we should not be satisfied with easy answers, but that exploration of the Bible should evoke questions whose answers evoke even more questions. This happens in various Bible Study classes at St. Stephen's, as we share our insights into the Bible and allow our interpretation to be challenged by others. The process is one that calls us into new understandings and never lets us think that we have exhausted the meaning of the Scriptures for our times.

Also, Saint Stephen's does not believe that ethical questions are reducible to black and white norms of conduct. Any effort to push an absolutist approach violates our commitment to encouraging responsible, reasonable, free choice. This is reason enough to support a congregation which creates a forum of ideas, in contrast to the moralism of other Christians who emphasize a "Holiness Code", which is in the spirit of prohibition and oppressive laws.

And Saint Stephen's needs a healthy building so that we can pass-on this approach concerning our faith for generations to come. This means having faith in our future.

Another reason to get excited about this congregation is in our understanding of other world religions. We do not believe that Jesus said he was the only way to salvation, but that for St. John's Gospel and his community, for them, Jesus was the only way. William Sloane Coffin has said that, God is defined by Jesus, but not confined to Jesus. We, at St. Stephen's do not need to diminish our devotion to Jesus or our affirmation of him as the decisive revelation of God in order to recognize the validity of the other enduring religions. And this value is what we teach to our children on Sunday mornings and throughout the week.

Saint Stephen's needs a healthy building so that we can pass-on this approach concerning our faith for generations to come. This means having faith in our future.

Finally, let me quote from our congregation's mission statement:

Our mission is to glorify God by reaching out to others, universally, with hands that serve, hearts and minds that welcome, and voices that carry the good news of God's redeeming love to all. We embrace diversity by celebrating the worth, dignity, and gifts of every person as a child of God. We seek to expand our Christian community and share God's love more widely.

Our congregation has a strong emphasis on reaching out to others. However, an important difference is that St. Stephen's does not reach out with strings attached. We will feed you, but you don't have to go to our worship service or our bible study. Our congregation would never say that your group can only meet in our building if you profess to believe in the same things we believe. We don't lend a helping hand with our right, while holding a bible with our left hand, preaching our form of religion. This approach of reaching out to others would go against our very understanding of an association of scripture, reason and tradition.

And Saint Stephen's needs a healthy building so that we can pass-on this approach concerning our faith for generations to come. Because if we don't do it, our approach to faith might cease to exist.

James+


Administration & Finance

Wardens' Report

2010 has been a very challenging and exciting year for the two wardens, and St. Stephen's is poised for growth in the coming years.

• We have a new building project in the works.
• We have a nursery school bringing new families - and potential parishioners - to our campus on a regular basis.
• We have job descriptions for parish employees and are working to hire a Christian Education Director to lead our Sunday school programs.
• And, through some extremely difficult circumstances, which elicited frank conversations, we have a stronger core congregation that has made its needs known and is ready to work together to move this church forward.
• We had two meeting with the bishop of the Diocese of Albany about what St. Stephen's was going through and then again about the building project. He was extremely supportive in both cases and a mutual clarification St. Stephens' role in the diocese and its role in our parish life was established.

This year began with the rector receiving treatment for alcohol dependence. We hired a consultant to assist the congregation through the painful process of the rector's recovery from alcoholism and the impact on our church family. We developed goals from the consultant's interviews with members of the church family (interviews were confidential, many participated, views varied) that highlighted areas of St. Stephens Church life that worked and what needed to be changed. This became parts of the rector's job description and created goals for other changes within St. Stephens. We both appreciate the opportunity to serve St. Stephen's at such an important point in its transition.

Peace and love, Tracy and Carole


Nominating Committee

Wardens
Sr. Warden - Millie Gittinger
Jr. Warden - Linda Emalaef

Vestry Positions: (for three years) Brian Riordon Erin Cohen Denise Crates
Vestry Positions: (for two years) Jim Ormsbee Peter Nelson Scott Kilbourn
Vestry Positions: (for one year) Richey Woodzell

Convention Delegates: Peter Nelson Allison de Kanel

Building Committee

2010 was the culmination of a lot of hard work by many members of the parish. It was a year of ups and downs with many predictions missed and many people wondering if we would ever reach our goal and start construction. I can happily report that a construction contract has been signed and construction will begin as soon as the weather allows in spring.

The need for a new building was clear from the start with the dampness and mold problems, lack of energy efficiency and desire for better facilities. Initially the problem was one of funding. The endowment committee worked hard with the local banks to develop an approach based on a mortgage which would pay for the new building while continuing to have an endowment "nest egg" for future generations. With the funding approach solved, the vestry asked our architect, Jack Waite, to develop the full set of construction drawings. During this time, the building committee met about every two weeks making decisions on everything from the width of the hallways, types of ceilings and floors, doors, heating, electrical and plumbing. A kitchen committee selected appliances and laid out the new kitchen.

During July these plans were sent out for bids. Unfortunately the bids were 25% over our budget. The original design was discussed with the contractors and modifications were made. These changes did not modify the size, design or its usefulness to St. Stephen's but rather eliminated the crawl space under the parish hall wing and changed to hot air heating through out the new building. A second round of bids on the revised design were within our budget and the low bidder, Allegrone Construction of Pittsfield, MA was selected.

The next hurdle occurred when we went to the bank and were told that by state law in order to mortgage the church property we needed approval of the Bishop and Standing Committee of the Diocese. In November, Father James, the two Wardens and I met with the Bishop and Standing Committee. Their decision was not to approve the mortgage citing the cost and the risk. They strongly encouraged us to proceed with the building using our endowment.

After much discussion, prayer and encouragement by the congregation, the Vestry voted to sign a contract with Allegrone Construction to build our new parish hall and classrooms. After some final negotiations on the bid price, the contract was signed just before Christmas. The first task will be to remove the asbestos which should begin in the last couple of weeks of January as soon as the required permit can be obtained from the state. The actual demolition and start of construction will start at the end of March or beginning of April depending on the winter weather. Construction will take about 14 months.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who served on the 3 Architectural Task forces going back to 2005 and especially those who served on the building and kitchen committees. All their long hours and diligence is finally coming to fruition. Much thanks.

Austin Spang


Reid House Rehabilitation

As recommended by Architecture Task Force, we are undertaking to fix up Reid House so it can be used by the Sunday School, Nursery School and other Church functions. The plan developed by our architects is to remove walls and doors opening up the main floor, and install a handicap bathroom and ramp. Last fall we started cleaning out the attic and basement and demolition of interior walls. This year we built arches and had new electrical and plumbing service roughed in.

Unfortunately we were shut down from March to July due to problems with Schenectady City permits. Once we could begin work again, the roof was replaced, chimney rebuild, the cellar waterproofed and the house and garage repainted. Volunteers then build the handicap ramp. We are currently applying sheetrock to the walls. The goal is to complete all work by June so it will be available for use in the fall. Volunteers are needed and welcome.

My thanks to the many people who have worked hard on the building. I would specially like to thank the faithful crew: Jack and Susan Feyrer, Bob Hagen, Jerry Perregaux and George Woodzell, for their many hours of hard work.

Austin Spang

Church Garden

Believe it or not, spring will soon be here! With warm weather comes gardening! Please consider helping out with weeding, planting or edging the gardens in the front of the church. You can work by yourself or join special all-congregation-Saturday-gatherings in this very rewarding activity. If you can dig, plant or edge, name your own tune, and we'll help! Please call the parish office (346-6241).


Parish Statistics

Baptism
Aidya Kate Prasad

Confirmations
Ellen Margaret Ormsbee
Allison Marie DeBritz
Olivia Rose Jaquith
Joseph DeBritz
Devon Anne Dare
Zachary Frank Price
David William Dare

Receptions
Timothy Huggett Larua Huggett

Wedding
Emily Feyrer & Geoff Estilow

Death
Robert Guest

Transfers Out
Stephen Ras
Rocky Bonsal



Note: In the original report there were several more pages of financial information, which are probably not appropriate for the web version of the annual report. Website Editor.