Not a final schedule. Tune in Sunday mornings for the latest information in the announcements and the bulletin.

April, 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

Sat

1 Easter
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
2
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

3
9:00 Morning Prayer 
10:30 Seminar

4
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Bells
5
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Choir
6
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
7
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Fabricators & Yarners
8 Easter 2
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
Noon: Inquirers Class
Noon: Ladies' Lunch
9
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Vestry

10
9:00 Morning Prayer 
10:30 Seminar  



7:00 Book Club

11
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells
12
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Choir
13
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
14
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Fabricators & Yarners
15 Easter 3
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
Noon: Inquirers Class
16
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Parish Council
17
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Seminar  



18
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Bells
19
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Choir
20
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

21
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Fabricators & Yarners
22 Easter 4
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
11:30 Pot-Luck, Roxbury Farms CSA
Noon: Inquirers Class
23
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

24
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Seminar  

25
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells

26
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Choir
27
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
28
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Fabricators & Yarners
29 Easter 5
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Annual Meeting
Noon: Inquirers Class
30
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer


7:30 Worship Committee
         

* Confirmation class meets on an irregular basis

 

Notes

Come to a potluck lunch!

Learn how to get fresh, organic local vegetables delivered weekly, while becoming part of a farm community that promotes healthy food, practices soil conservation and raises animals humanely.

Sunday, April 22 at 11:30 in the parish hall
If you would like to attend the potluck, please sign up in the nave extension. 

Farmers from Roxbury Farm will be our guests, to make a presentation and answer your questions.  The following article tells about an award they recently received. 

The co-owners of the farm, Jean-Paul Courtens and Jody Bolluyt, recently received the 2018 Farmers of the Year award from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.  Roxbury Farm is a 425-acre organic/biodynamic farm in Kinderhook, NY, one of the largest community supported agriculture (CSA) programs in the region, serving over 1,000 members.  The farm is known for its innovative practices in production systems and soil health as well as its pioneering efforts in the CSA movement, farmer training, long term land tenure model, and vegetable production systems.  Jean-Paul also has spent the past three years developing a professional farmer training program at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and helped transition their 1200-acre conventional sweet corn farm to organic and ecological practices. (from www.nofany.com)

This is how the Roxbury Farm CSA works:  

  • You purchase a share in the farm for the season (or split a share with someone else).
  • You agree to provide 3-4 hours of work during the season, usually at the delivery site.
  • The farm delivers crates of fresh produce each week, with a list of what “one share” consists of.
  • During a 2-hour period, members pick up their shares.
  • Members are responsible for setting up, monitoring the pickup and cleaning up afterward.
  • Each week a member delivers leftover produce to the SICM food pantry.
What: Roxbury Farm vegetable pickup
Where: St. Stephen’s Church parish hall
When: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., June 5 to November 13 (24 weeks)
Cost: $627 for one share (approx. $26/week)
Amount: 15-20 lbs. of fresh organic vegetables

More information is in the February Messenger, as well as on the Roxbury Farm website, www.roxburyfarm.com.  For those interested in trying out a farm share this year, you can pick up an enrollment form in the nave extension or enroll online.

 

What to expect at St. Stephen's on a Sunday morning

A short visitor's guide to what happens, just so you won't be surprised!

Sunday morning, we always have the communion service, with distribution of bread and wine. You can stay in the pew if you don't wish to receive the bread and wine.

Kids are always welcome in church. Crayons and paper are available at the back of the church.

Some men wear suits and ties, some don't. The era of hats and white gloves has long since gone by, so dress is a bit less formal than it used to be.

The Sunday bulletin has announcements and a sort of "road map" through the service.It can be found on a table in the back of the church. Help yourself. The hymnals and prayer books are in the pews.

Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available from 9:00am to 11:30am in our nursery room, close by, behind the doors at the back of the church.

Bathrooms are also behind the doors at the back of the church.

Communion is distributed at the altar rail at the front of the church. You can stay in the pew if you don't wish to receive the bread and wine. At the altar rail, you can kneel or stand. If you don't want the elements, cross your arms in front of you to receive a blessing. If you remain at the altar rail after the elements have been passed, the priewinest will offer annointing with oil and ask for a healing blessing. Some people stay for this and some don't.

The bread is home made but the deacon also has the traditional wafers. Gluten free wafers are avcailable by prior arrangement with Deacon Pat.

The wine will be offered by the chalice bearer, usually a lay person. You can sip from the cup, or you can dip the bread into the wine (called intinction) when the cup is offered.

There's no rule about going to the altar rail for communion. Some people just remain in their pews.

The offering plate will be passed by the ushers. You may feel free to either make a contribution or not. First time visitors may want to fill out a "visitor's card" and place it in the plate as their offering. That's entirely optional.

We often have a "coffee hour" after the service. You and your family are welcome to participate and meet people.

Two services: 8:00am and 10:15am

8:00am Sunday mornings

Some have called this the "quiet" service, since we have no music and kids usually go to the later service.

10:15am Sunday mornings

There will be hymns (blue hymnal) supported by the choir. The hymn numbers are listed on the hymn boards on the wall of the church. There is usually a choir anthem, and there is organ music before and after the service.kids

There is often a short children's sermon following the invitation, "Will the children please come forward." Kids can come forward at that time if they wish to do so. They go out for a Church School lesson right after the kid's sermon. If your kids would like to go, we would be glad to have them.

Usually there is a "coffee hour" after the service back in the parish hall. It's easy to find past the doors at the back of the church and down a short hallway. You are most welcome to go there and meet a few people. Feel free to introduce yourself. Kids are welcome at the coffee hour, too.

Children’s Worship Papers:  There are small clipboards with a coloring page based on the lectionary gospel text and a few blank sheets of paper in a basket at the back of the church, crayons also.  Please help yourself if your child would like to use this resource. Please return the clipboard and crayons at the end of the service.

If you have questions or an idea on how this resource might be created differently, please talk to Miranda Rand at 229-5105 (cell w/voice mail). Thank you! Miranda Rand, Christian Education Director

 

Book Club

These are the books for the new cycle. Please come when you can!
2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Church

Oct. 10th-Chilbury Ladies' Club by Jennifer Ryan

Nov 14th-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Dec. 12- At Knits End-Meditations by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Jan 9, 2018- The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

Feb. 13th- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

March 13th- The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

April 10th- Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

May 8th- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

June 12th-Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that saved America by Timothy Ryan

Any questions contact Vicki Hoshko

The annual Ladies’ Luncheon will be Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 at the Turf Tavern in Scotia.  Cost is $12 per person.  Guest speaker is Shelly Ford, the director of the SICM food program.

Youth Confirmation Program Begins!

Confirm not Conform, or CnC, is a youth confirmation program that takes confirmation seriously. It exposes youth to a wide range of topics, including Scripture, sacraments, creeds, heresy, prayer, other religions, and serving others, and asks them to think through what they believe and why.

It is also a philosophy. Confirm not Conform emphasizes finding one’s own voice rather than simply conforming to an external standard. It is a program that respects the work youth and adults do as they explore their faith. We trust that when people put in the effort to articulate what they believe and why, they will make good choices about their next step in faith.

CnC is also a congregational development program. The entire church grows in faith by participating in Confirm not Conform, as mentors, parents, leaders, clergy, vestry, or supportive onlookers who all make the commitment to support participants in the program in their life in Christ.

We meet on some Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8 in the Youth Lounge.

Note: Meets on a somewhat irregular basis. Check witrh Fr, James

Tuesday Morning Seminar:

Comparative Religions
systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world's religions.

When does the Jewish Sabbath begin? Who are Vishnu and Shiva? What are Buddhism's Four Noble Truths? What are the Five Pillars of Islam? These questions are more than an academic exercise. Religious belief has been innate to humans everywhere and in every age, from the time of the Neanderthals to the 21st century. It's also one of the strongest motivators of human behavior and has a profound impact on all aspects of our culture—our spiritual beliefs, our rituals, our politics, and the very foundations of our democracy. And it may strengthen your own faith!

Classes are held on Tuesday Mornings from 10:30 to noon in the Conference room.  If you would like to attend these classes, please email Fr. James james.ross.mcd@gmail.com.

Sunday Morning Adult Education Classes

This year we attempting a comparison of the main  religions of the world in an attempt to discern commonalities, general patterns, and associations with cultural and ecological features. This course is intended to help you better understand your neighbors AND to strengthen your own faith through viewing well-produced videos and participating in constructive conversation.  The first half of the month will be an examination of Buddhism, the second half of Confucianism. Classes are held on Sunday Mornings from 9-10 in the Conference Room.

Inquirers’ Classes

This course is an introduction to the Episcopal Church in the United States.  These four classes give an overview of how Episcopalians fit into the complex of protestant and catholic churches.  The National Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Albany, the congregation of St. Stephen’s and the relationship among all three will be explored.  Frank discussions include both the wonderful things about our Church, and also some not-so-wonderful things. This course is required for all adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the church, but is open to all members of the Parish Family.

Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons at noon during the month of April in the rector’s office.  Please talk to the rector (518-522-3906) or email at james.ross.mcd@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

Tuesday Morning Seminar

This year-long seminar will attempt a systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world's religions. Religious belief has been innate to humans everywhere and in every age, from the time of the Neanderthals to the 21st century. It's also one of the strongest motivators of human behavior and has a profound impact on all aspects of our culture—our spiritual beliefs, our rituals, our politics, and the very foundations of our democracy.  Classes are held on Tuesday Mornings from 10:30 to noon in the Conference room.  If you would like to attend these classes, please email Fr. James james.ross.mcd@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bell Choir

"Come on, ring those bells!" The bells have been refurbished and are once again ready to ring out beautiful Bellsharmonies. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30, and will begin on October 5, 2016.

This year, we need 5 new bell choir members. The ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. The only qualifications are being able to count, knowing left from right, and having fun working as a member of a supportive team. It is important to commit to attending rehearsals on a regular basis, and participating in Sunday services throughout the church year. In late fall, we plan on welcoming the bells back home, and showing our appreciation to all those families who adopted a bell. There will be a rededication of the bells at both services. If you are interested, please contact me at lisamcd13@gmail.com.

In harmony,
Lisa McDonald