'God' ............... the greatest lover
'so loved'............. the greatest degree
'the world'.............the greatest number
'that he gave'..........the greatest act
'his only begotten Son'...the greatest gift
'that whosoever'....the greatest invitation
'believeth'..........the greatest simplicity
'in him'............ the greatest person
'should not perish'.... the greatest deliverance
'but'..................the greatest difference
'everlasting life'............the greatest possession
PRESIDING BISHOP'S FUND
The Presiding Bishop's Fund headquarters wishes to thank everyone in the Albany
diocese who helped raise our diocesan contributions in 1996 to $29,433.36 $1,500
more than in 1995. Totally the PBF received close to five million dollars in 1996 -
almost one million more than in 1995.
So many needs in so many places, and your gifts help so many people.
There is a certain white light
time of year.
It is a cleansing of winte
scouring for whatever
is to come.
It lays bare each ridge
and each trough.
It is as white
as the whitest bone.
that by walking step
by measured step the light
through the soles
and up through the spine
until everything is clear.
It is so searing
each blade of grass blares,
hums from the eaves of trees.
Lying down in the warm grasses,
feel the slow taking of the earthby the sun,
the long taking of the body into light. .............Noel Smith
THE GOSPELS AS LITERATURE
The bible can be understood in many
ways: historically, critically, literally, etc.
One attempt is to understand Biblical
literature simply as literature, often in a
manner paralleling the interests and It seems
methods of contemporary literary critics
such as T. S. Eliot.
This literary approach will be used by
The Rev. Charlie Sheerin to help us
understand the four gospels of the New
Testament as short novels. Mr. Sheerin
is a retired English teacher who has
taught in independent schools in
Massachusetts, Virginia and most
recently at the Albany Girls Academy.
He now assists at St. Peter's Church in
Come and discover new ways to
understand the gospels! The course will
take place in the parish hall at 9:00 am
beginning on April 20th and concluding
on May 11th.
The flowers on the altar in April are given to the Glory of God.
6 - In memory of Frances N. Reid by William B. Reid.
13 - In memory of Norman Santer and the loved ones of
Mrs. Mildred Santer.
20 - In memory of Dorothy L. Wieczorek by Linda, Belachew,
Daniel and Rebecca Emaelaf.
In memory of William McMahon by Howard and Margaret
27 - The loved ones of Jesse and Betty Dipley.
In memory of Thomas Fleetwood by Shana Hopperstead.
FOR THE HUNGRY
Set aside Sunday, May 4, for the annual 10-kilometer CROP WALK in Schenectady.
This event, which raises money to fight hunger locally and worldwide, begins and ends
at City Hall on Jay Street. Registration at Center City, at the corner of Jay and State
Streets, is from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. The WALK begins at 1:30 after a 15-minute
In 1996 over 1,200 walkers from area churches and other groups participated, making
it the largest CROP WALK in New York State. We raised more than $54,000 which
was transmitted to CROP, the Community Hunger Appeal arm of Church World
Service. From this amount, about $13,500 was returned for local hunger fighting efforts
by area food pantries and the Nutrition Program for the Elderly. The other 75% was
used for worldwide hunger programs.
We need: walkers or runners
sponsors for walkers or runners registrars for the day of the walk
greeters to welcome returning walkers or runners.
Last year 28 parishioners from St. Stephen's walked, and many other parishioners
contributed in other ways, raising about $1,200.
Please join us!! Beginning Sunday, April 6, CROP WALK forms and sign up sheets
will be available. St. Stephen's recruiters are Marty Deschaine, Carey Tittemore and
Easter. Despite the bribes paid the Roman guards and an elaborate cover-up
conspiracy, word got out. A glimmer of faith took hold, and takes hold still.
Saint Stephen's RUMAGE SALE
Notice to all pack rats! Start sorting now to donate to St. Stephen's rummage and and
yard sale JUNE 14.
Donations of just about anything except clothes. Infants clothing to size 2T accepted.
Sorters to set up during the afternoon and evening of June 13.
Workers for the sale. There will be two shifts. Many helpers are needed.
Movers and Haulers to bring in "big stuff" and to cart away what isn't sold. Can you
drive your van or truck during the week of the sale or on the 14th? "Muscle" is also
An empty garage is available to store donated items for those who won't be here the
week of the sale. To make arrangements, contact Marilyn Causey, 372-2469.
Sign up sheets will be on the SHOP counter in late April, and your help greatly
appreciated. Proceeds from the sale will support the purchase of specially padded
tables for the bell choir.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN - Evening Guild
The ECW evenina guild met March 17 with Suzanne Coonradt and Nan Blausfuss
hostessing. Julia Conde'from the YWCA Encore Plus Program gave an informative
presentation on breast cancer and self examination.
On April 18 the ECW will host a PIZZA AND GAME night from 6 pm - 10 pm. Robyn
Stewart and Liz Casale are organizing the event. A sign up sheet will be posted at the
The next meeting of the evening guild will be April 21 at St. Stephen's. Marilyn
Causey and Sandy Borrowman are hostesses. The program will be a book review and
discussion of Six New Gospels led by Pat Jones.
If you are interested in attending the retreat at Barry House on May 30 and 31 please
see Mousumi Franks or Marilyn Dare.
- Meet Helen and Don Reid
Don, son of Bill and the late Fran Reid, grew up with St. Stephen's as his parish
church. Helen was a member of St. Michael's in Colonie when the two met and they
were married there in 1964. Don and Helen continued attending St. Michael's as they
raised their two daughters, Heather and Pamela. Both daughters are now married -
one living in Florida and one in Massachusetts, and the Reids are proud grandparents
of Heather's two children.
Helen and Don began regular attendance at St. Stephen's in 1994, although they had
occasionally joined Bill and Fran for Christmas and Easter serices. Today Don is an
acolyte at the 8 am service and helps to train our church's young corps of acolytes.
Helen runs the SHOP, serves on the altar guild and is a member of the evening ECW.
Scottish culture has played an important part in the Reid's family life. Helen made
certain that her girls were dressed in authentic Scottish costumes when they danced at
the Scottish games. For years Don played the pipes and two years ago he provided an
Agape'program, explaining all the clothing items he wore as a piper and giving a
demonstration of the pipes. Today Don is a drum major at various Scottish gatherings.
Pamela's wedding at St. Stephen's last May was a colorful Scottish event. The
groom, Don and many of the men came in formal attire of kilts and jackets. At the
wedding reception Don passed on his pipes to his new son-in-law, Brian Green, pipe
major for the Manchester Pipe Band.
Helen is an educational assistant for BOCES at the Maywood School in Colonie. She
enjoys quilting and counted cross stitch as hobbies. Don is a tool and die maker for
Albany Steel in Selkirk. At one time both were very active volunteers for Midway Fire
Department, Don as an EMT-fireman and Helen as first responder and fire police.
It's good to have Helen and Don "back home."
............. Marilyn Causey
UNITED THANK OFFERING INGATHERING APRIL 27
Envelops will be in the pews and blue boxes
on the resource table.
Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi
by Tomie de Paola
An ALA Notable Book - 1982
This story is about Saint Francis of Assisi and his companion, Clare. Francis was the
son of a rich man who indulged him with money, fine clothes, armor and a horse. He
was a noisy kid and got in trouble a lot, but then had two long illnesses which subdued
him. His life was changed forever when the voice of the Lord spoke from a crucifix in
an old church, telling him to rebuild the church. Francis returned his material
possessions to his father and began his simple life.
Each page of this story has a colored picture to go with the prose. The illustrations
are simple as was St. Francis' life and typical of de Paola's paintings.
About the author: Tomie de Paola (de-pow-la), always a favorite of mine, is a
professional artist, designer, painter, and muralist. Many of his works were done for
Catholic churches and monasteries in New England. He grew up in Connecticut with a
very social mother and father and his house was always filled with people. His father
loved to cook and his mother read aloud to the family every night. He made the
decision to be an artist and author when he was four years old. After graduating from
Pratt Institute he spent six months in a Benedictine monastery in Vermont.
Mr. de Paola has illustrated and/or written over 160 books.
by Janell Cannon
A Reading Rainbow Award - 1993.
Stelialuna is a fruit bat who is very lucky. She gets lost from her mother but is rescued
and welcomed by a family of birds who take care of her and feed her like one of their
own. (They feed her bugs and crawly things she hatesl) Poor Stelialuna is quite
confused, but this provides humor to the story. Unexpectedly she finds her mother who
introduces her to delicious fruit, how to hang by her feet, and night flying. The baby
birds and Stellaluna remain friends.
This story sends a wonderful lesson in tolerance and friendship and the illustrations
are delightful. Stellaluna is Jannell Cannon's first published picture book.
The Episcopal Diocese of Albany
Ever thought about a week ... or two... or three ...
exporing God's creation in a beautiful setting with
old and new friends ... to experience God in your
life and to share God's love with others?