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|Blessing of the Animals; St. Francis of Assisi||Fr. James Selected for Pastor-Theologian Study Group|
|Foyers||Home Furnishings Program|
|Flowers, anniversaries, birthdays.||ANWR: Did you know that...|
|Refrigerator and Freezer Etiquette||The October Schedule|
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We are blessed once again
at St. Stephen’s with a group of wonderful
church school teachers who
are committed to leading our children and
young people in the way of
faith. We are thankful to God for
them to this ministry, and
to the teachers for their enthusiasm and hard
work throughout the year.
The preschoolers (3 and 4
years of age) will be taught by Barbara Adams,
with Nan Blaufuss assisting
with music. Barbara is new to
St. Stephen’s, and she
brings many years of experience teaching children
at a pre-school.
The Kindergarten – 1st Grade class will be taught once
again this year by Dawn
Rizzo and Linda Emaelaf, who together make a
nurturing and fun class.
They will begin the year with learning the
Bible story of creation.
Justine Phillips will be
teaching the Elementary (2nd and 3rd grades)
class once again this year.
For the first half of the year she will be
joined by new teacher Dawn
McCarthy (who is also her sister in law).
The old team of Chapman and
Phillips will come together in the spring
when Kim Chapman will
return to help teach the Elementary class.
fall they will be learning
the stories from the books of Genesis and
The Upper Elementary (4th
and 5th grade) class has Liz Casale and new
teacher Paul Cuddihy.
They will begin the year with learning about the
biblical concept of living
in covenant with God.
We’ve added a new class
this year, for those in 6th and 7th grade.
We’re calling it the
Intermediate class, because it is a transition from
the elementary church
school to the Journey to Adulthood program.
young people are ready to
move beyond the elementary lessons, and to ask
challenging questions about
everything. Shari and Dan MacIvor
wonderful teachers, and
they’re putting together a program of
theological study for this
group. They will begin the year by
other religions, such as
Islam, along with basic Christian doctrine.
Our Journey to Adulthood
program continues this year with our Rite-13
group, who are in 8th and
9th grade this year. Their leaders
Woodzell and Gloria Kavanah.
They are off to a great start in the
freshly painted Garner Ave.
house. They will have a Lock-In at
on Friday Sept 28 at 6:00
pm through Saturday morning at 11:00 am.
Our young people in 10th
through 12th grade will be participating in our
Program. If the young people are
choose to be confirmed,
they can be confirmed at our Diocesan convention
in June 2002.
Each of these young people have been matched with an
adult mentor: Rebecca
Emaelaf, Adam Gibbs, Jonathan Rizzo, Nicholas
Stewart, Emery Chapman,
Maeve Healy, Paul Pratico, Travis Reedy, and
They will be meeting with their mentors weekly and
working though confirmation
materials on scripture and basic Christian
Every six weeks or so there will be a group meeting with all
the young people and their
mentors on Sunday evenings before the 7:00 pm
Our first large group meeting will be October 14th, from
5:00 pm through 6:45 pm.
Our second large group
meeting will follow close behind the first one,
because our Bishop’s
visitation will be on October 28th. Bishop
will meet with the young
people and their mentors after the 10:15
Eucharist, at 11:30 am.
Karen Malcolm, the director
of our LOGOS program, will be having a
plannin gmeeting of all
those interested in participating in the
miracle” at St. Stephen’s, on Sept. 23rd at 5:00 pm.
If you cannot attend the
meeting, but would like to participate, please
let Karen know right away.
We need to know by October 10th if the
people of St. Stephen’s
are ready to support LOGOS this year so that we
can proceed with planning
and staff training.
Disciple and Kerygma
Dcn Pat has a great Kerygma
class this year, with more than 21 people
studying the book of Exodus
this fall. They are meeting on
nights at 7:30.
The Disciple I classes will be beginning on October 3rd
and October 5th, so there
is still time to sign up. We have
in each class, but class
sizes are limited to 12 each, so don’t delay.
The Wednesday night class
will meet from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and the
Friday night class will
meet from 6:00 pm through 8:30 pm. The
night class will have child care provided.
and Freezer Etiquette
please, please do not leave anything
in either the refrigerator or the freezer that you will not use by the next day.
Since nobody knows whose items are there, nobody uses them. Take all leftovers
home or throw them away, particularly things that might go into the
refrigerator. The Meal Site gets inspected by the Health Department and can get
bad marks for our moldy oldies.
Nothing should go into the
freezer that isn’t clearly marked and dated. Please, if you overbought for a
church occasion, give it away at the end of the event. Do not store or freeze
from the refrigerator/freezer patrol.
The October Schedule
|Oct. 7||Oct. 14||Oct. 21||Oct. 28|
|Chalice 8 am||P. Holmes||M. Causey||C. Jones||G. Woodzell|
|Lector 8 am||M. Bishop||S. Woodcock||K. Miller||D. Stevens|
|Chalice 10:15||G. Woodzell||N. Hoffmann||G. Jaquith||P. Holmes|
|Lector 10:15||K. Lowe||M. Pasko||D. Manor||D. Crates|
|Lector 7:00pm||L. Correa||M. Pasko||R. Woodzell|
|Crucifer 10:15||J Rizzo||T. Trawick||E. Chapman||P. Pratico|
|Server 10:15||E. Chapman||C.Roseberry||A.Gibbs||C. Roseberry|
|Torch 10:15||K. Gibbs||E. BMcD||A. Marshall||E. BMcD|
|Torch 10:15||A. Rizzo||T. Casale||R. Manor||E. Marshall|
|LEMs||R&G Woodzell||Ackner&Downs||C&D Trawick||G&R Woodzell|
|Care Team||Bishop/Holmes||G&R Woodzell||A&K Lowe||A&M Spang|
|*Altar Guild: Your duty week begins the Saturday before the above date.|
|**Altar Guild: Includes Sunday service at 7 pm in chapel (Eucharist)|
|Acolytes: Please find a substitute if you cannot serve or call Deacon Pat.|
|You need to arrive in the Choir Room at least 15 minutes before the service begins.|
|Lectors: Read the First Lesson and lead the Psalm|
|Altar Guild Teams||Counters|
|A Hoffmann, Northrop, Peake||A M.Spang, D.May, R. May|
|B Morin, Reid, Russell, Ras, Casale,||B Ackner, Gittinger, Molino|
|Varno, Woodcock||C D.Belardo,Vanda,Voelker|
|C Dipley, Lowe, Casale||D A.Spang, Borrowman, Crates|
|E. Peake, Small, Northrop|
|Substitutes: Holmes, Bishop|
.for the many expressions receied o the occasion of our 60th Wedding
are grateful for the years together, and cherish too, the friendships time has
Naomi and Stewart Vanda
James Selected for Pastor-Theologian Study Group
past several years many church scholars have suggested that the
with mainline churches is not organizational or programmatic,
heart of the matter is the loss of the church’s
a theological community.
Part of the crisis is the hiatus
academic theology as an academic discipline and church theology
as it is
lived out in the lives of the congregants. To address this
church and theology, the Lilly Endowment Inc. has made a major
the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ in support
of a new
venture in theological conversation.
this fall four study groups from around the country composed
theologians and local pastors and priests are meeting for theological
The program is called the Pastor-Theologian Seminars.
Fr. James was selected to be a part of the Northeast study
the next three years. The
group engages in reading and
a variety of areas. For
the year 2001-2002 the topic will
authority of scripture with special attention to resurrection
Articles written by scholars of the seminars form the basis of
is a part of a network of pastor-theologians linked through
internet-based conversations and communications from Princeton.
conversations with visiting theologians on-line provide a broad
challenging conversation across regional and denominational
had some very stimulating conversations with colleagues from
country”, states Fr. James.
“Most of those involved in the
have doctorates in theology or ministry.
One pastor of a church
size of St. Stephen’s just finished his doctorate from Oxford
in England. He
proudly told our seminar that his
book can be obtained from amazon.com for the unreasonable
James spent two days in September in Pennsylvania
last seminar meeting. “It
was exciting because we all worked
with an understanding that theology is not true to itself when
simply an academic discipline”, Fr. James said.
The next meeting
will be in
Princeton in January.
It has been over a week
since the tragic events of September 11th as I
One part of me desperately wants to get back to some sort
of routine and resume the
beginning of Church School and all the
programs that mark this
time of year. Another part of me
we can never go back to
‘the way things were’. At 8:45
a.m. on Tuesday
morning September 11th, our
world changed. So many questions
to confront us and so few
answers are available. As I watched TV,
listened to radio, listened
to people in our community, talked with
children, attended prayer
vigils, and met with other clergy, I have been
struck by the questions:
Why did they do that? How can people be so
evil? Who is to blame?
Where is God? What can I do? And are we still in
Questions are so hard to
answer in tragic times. But we ask questions
As the news poured in, we
learned that many children of our country were
lost: Dads, moms,
grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The
news has shown us their
faces and told their stories and the mourning
has rippled across the
country. We mourn for every family lost. Every
family torn apart. We weep
for our nation not because it has been
weakened. It has not. We
mourn because of our loss.
As a congregation we opened
our church doors to the neighborhood on that
terrible Tuesday and we
kept them open the rest of the week. We
requiem Eucharist Tuesday
evening with an attendance of over 100! On
the national day of
mourning on Friday we had over 150 attend.
collected over $1000 for
Episcopal Relief work in NYC and Washington,
We cried, we prayed and we sought comfort from one another.
Now, after we feel we have
cried about as much as is possible, we start
asking questions and
perhaps the anger comes as well. Who is to blame?
That is where we stand now.
The very scary thing about answering this
question is that in this
situation the implications are so profound. Our
world is now so small. How
we answer this question involves everyone on
I was impressed by
President Bush’s joint address to congress.
forcibly stated that
America is a war with terrorists, not with
That point was voiced earlier and often by Mayor Guiliani.
Our country's response to
the horrible events earlier this month is not
hatred of any group or
nation, but resolve to limit the possibility of
such acts ever happening
We need to find some
answers to our many questions. The
those terrorist attacks,
the adult forum at Saint Stephen's has been on
The church has wonderful resources in the library which can help
us understand our Muslim
brothers and sisters. If you missed
discussions in church, I
urge you to borrow one of the several video
tapes on Islam watch it
with family and friends and discuss what you
have learned. We will never
find all of the answers to our questions
surrounding September 11th,
but as a community of faith we can open our
hearts and minds to those
who worship God in a different way.
We have seen God near the
heart of all who in the face of this tragedy
love their neighbor
and turn to God in
repentance - who in the ashes of these last two weeks
look to God, not for
answers, but because in the end tragedies teach us
that we are mortal and
fully dependent upon God.
But as mortals it is only
natural for us to ask questions.
What should we do? We
should mourn, yes, but we should also rebuild. We
should rebuild our walls as
soon as the rubble is cleared. We should
rebuild our lives as soon
as we honor in death all hose who have fallen.
We have already begun to
rebuild our confidence as a people by showing
our faith in God.
Amen and God bless America.
Blessing of the Animals; St. Francis of Assisi
In October we celebrate the
life and work of St. Francis. He is
probably better known for
preaching to birds than for the poverty he
embraced in his passion to
be like Christ. Yet, Francis' love
creation has given his
statue a place in many church and home gardens.
No mere nature lover,
Francis saw in nature's paradoxes and mysteries a
revelation of the presence
of God. He marveled at the
obedience of the birds,
fishes, rabbits, doves, the falcon who wakened
him for Matins, the famous
wolf of Gubbio who gave his pledge of peace
to Francis and kept it.
Because of St. Francis'
connection to God's creation, and especially to
animals, a tradition arose
in England whereby the parish priest would
bless the villagers'
animals on St. Francis' Day. This
congregation will have our
annual blessing of the animals on October
Here's how it will work:
On Saturday at 10 am the
congregation and any animals (on leashes!) will
gather next to the church
behind the parish hall. WE WILL REMAIN OUTSIDE
DURING THE ENTIRE SERVICE. The
rector will begin a brief worship
service and then will bless
each animal saying: "O God,
who has made
all things for yourself,
bless, we pray you, this animal; that it may be
a source of love and joy to
those with with whom it dwells."
It's quite a sight!
Sign-up forms for
"Foyers - Fall '01” is still available in the Parish
It is essential that you sign up to participate in this eighth
year of Foyers as we cannot
assume that all those who have already
participated will continue
The Foyer program at St.
Stephen's emerged as part of our mission
discernment and involves
eight to ten people meeting monthly for dinner
and conversation in each
others homes. If you have any
Home Furnishings Program
Many, many thanks to the four crews from St.
Stephen1s who picked up and
delivered furniture for the Home Furnishings
Program in August and
September. One of the donors called
coordinator to comment on
how impressed he was with such nice people.
to go, crews!
Tom Miller, Greg Phillips, Chris Youmans
Rocky Bonsal, Dave and Denise Crates
Dave Malcolm, Charlie Mertz, George
Rick Morin, Sid and Gillian Woodcock
As an aside, the families
of one of the crews got together for dinner
After such a delightful evening, we decided to let others know.
Is this the start of a new
tradition, the Home Furnishings Foyer?
In loving memory of Jeffery L. Knight
given by William R. Bansal
In honor of the loved ones of
Jesse and Betty Dipley
In loving memory of Lawrence G. Perton, William and Johanna Earle,
Elizabeth Card, Justus and Anna Peterson
given by Mrs. Lawrence G.
In loving memory of James Belardo
given by Sal and Diana Belardo
In loving memory of Caitlin Olberg
given by Anddrea and Rob Olberg
In thanksgiving for the marriage of Maureen Kelly and Brian Taylor
given by David and Suzanne
Dawn and Greg McCarthy
Shari and Dan MacIvor
Betty and Jesse Dipley
Bonita and Robert Bailey
Shirley and Herb Gretz
Liz and John Casale
The Episcopal Church
opposed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas
exploration at General Convention 1991. All Episcopalians are urged to contact
their congressperson and ask them to oppose drilling in the Artic Nationl
Wildlife Refuge. Our congressman is Rep. Michael R. McNHulty at 800-513-3472.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
Last year, the St. Clare
Chapter of the Daughters of the King was instituted
at St. Stephen1s on the
feast of Pentecost. The
five members of the
chapter vowed to
undertake a Rule of Life, which includes a Rule of Prayer
and a Rule of Service.
What is a Rule of Life?
It is a daily spiritual discipline of prayer, study
3It begins with the decision to take time for what is most
important . . . to take
the time to attend to God, to the meaning of my
life, and to what God
wants my life to mean. The center
of the Rule is not
the exact observance of
the Rule1s prescriptions - it is to take time.2
notes of Fr. Bede Thomas Mudge,
Order of the Holy Cross,
Mundi Medicini, Spring 1991
So we have vowed to take
time for God. What this has meant
to me is that I
start with turning the
day over to God, sometimes even before I1m out of
Never mind that I might grab it back ten minutes later - I can turn it
back to God over and
over. Taking time to pray
on the way to a meeting,
before I answer the
phone, waiting for a traffic light, or when I1m about to
address an unpleasant
situation has always made a difference in my response
to other people.
Would that I always remembered to do it!
I try each day
also to remember those on
our prayer list. But when I sit
over the day, sometimes
jotting down my thoughts in a journal, I find things
falling into place,
making sense, and answering questions that perplexed me.
I find that1s when I1m
listening to God.
You may have noticed the
DOK cross we each wear - each morning as I put it
on I remember the motto:
3For His Sake . . . I am but one, but I am one.
cannot do everything, but
I can do something. What I can
do, I ought to do.
What I ought to do, by
the grace of God I will do. Lord,
what will you have
The cross is a reminder to me of whose I am, and of the prayer and
service I have been
called to in baptism. It has
helped me to keep focused
on seeing and serving
Christ in other people, even when I1m in a hurry and
want to keep to my own
agenda. It has prevented me from
remaining a closet
Christian; I feel as if
I1m in uniform, representing Christ.
The Daughters of the King
meet once a month following the 10:00 Eucharist
Thursday mornings, for
prayer and study. This time is
also when we can
support one another in
our struggles to follow our Rule of Life, and make
plans for service to our
parish. We are currently studying
3Becoming a Woman of
Prayer.2 Our next meeting will be
October 28, and we
welcome any women of the
parish to join us.
If you are interested in
learning more about DOK, but cannot come to our
meeting, please call the
office or contact Richey Woodzell, Cherie Downs or
The 25th Annual Medieval Faire