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March, 2002

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HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE

**Palm Sunday - March 24, 2002
8:00 am & 10:15 am Procession with Palms & Eucharist

Holy Monday - March 25, 2002
12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Tuesday - March 26, 2002
12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Wednesday - March 27, 2002
12:30 pm Eucharist
6 pm  Seder Meal

**Maundy Thursday - March 28, 2002
10:00 am Eucharist & Healing
7:30 pm Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
9:00 pm Prayer Vigil through the night

**Good Friday - March 29, 2002
12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross
7:30 pm Lessons & Prayers

Easter Vigil - March 30, 2002
7:30 pm Lighting of the first fire
       
Nine lessons and musical responses
       
Baptism
       
Eucharist

Easter Day - March 30, 2002
8:00 am Choral Eucharist
9:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
10:15 am Choral Eucharist
7:00 pm Eucharist

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY PRAYER WATCH

 

There is a sign-up sheet on the shop counter for the Maundy Thursday Vigil.

It is suggested that two or more persons sign up for each one hour segment.

 

RECTOR’S LETTER

 Dear Friends,

 Recently you have heard much about 'stewardship'.  Stewardship is not just about pledging money to the church.  Stewardship is a way of life.  When mission (God's work) and ministry (our works) get more and more in synch, we get a life wherein not 10%, not 50%, but 100% of our time, talent, and resources at the service of God's mission.  We begin to live consciously and intentionally in the really real world. 

The real world is home.  In the course of our life's journey, before we discover where home is, most of us live in and between two worlds.  One is the real world in which God is making us whole.  The other is a counterfeit world ruled by our economy rather than God's.  During life's journey, we wrestle with which world to choose as our real world.

 What we have been conditioned to consider the real world, however, is a world of strange gods and delusion.  That is the world in which we have been conditioned to invest so much of our time, energy, talent, and resources. 

 The depth of our stewardship depends upon which world we choose to live in. If we choose the world of delusion, our stewardship will be limited to what is left over after our time, talent, energy and resources have been sacrificed to strange gods.  If we choose the world where God wants to make us whole, then our whole selves - 100% of our time, talent, energy and resources - will be devoted to our partnership with God in mission and ministry.

 The difference between being in one world or the other may be likened to the difference between "believing that" and "believing in."  Picture someone pushing a wheelbarrow across a tightrope, high above.  If you "believe that," you watch from below and perhaps bet $10 (some small percentage) that the person will make it across.  If you "believe in," you put yourself in the wheelbarrow.  Stewardship is the spiritual discipline which determines whether "I  believe" means "I believe in" or "I believe that."

 As you take part in the two cottage meetings planned for this month, please be aware of these distinctions

  

Stewardship Shoes

By Murray Roseberry

 Linda told me the other day that I needed new shoes.  I took off my shoes and looked at them.  Well they are a little old and scruffy but I don't need newspapers in them to keep my feet dry like I did when I was kid.  However, this reminded me of Stewardship.  People, TV, radio and other media are always informing us that we need ìnewer, bigger, and better things.  New cars, new clothes, new electronics, new diets, new, new, new.  But as good stewards we should always question this "need" for newer, bigger, and better material things.  Does it make any sense to super size your meal on your way to the health club to exercise to lose weight?  

So how does this relate to Stewardship?  Let's see.  All things come from God.  All my time, super sized quarter pounder meals, money, cars, children, airplanes, houses, health, computers, DVD players,  kittens, books, music, talent, wine, and so on and so on come from God.  Stewardship is the art of using His resources wisely.  So if I buy something I don't need (or don't at least seriously want), I am not exercising good Stewardship.  

 My grandparents would always say ìwaste not, want not.î  I didn't realize how this could possibly pertain to me until I cleaned out my garage the last time.  Here was the evidence, 4 gallons of unused paint and several un-started household projects.  

 The first example was:  Several years ago, I had bought the paint in 5 gallon cans because paint is "cheaper" per gallon in larger containers.   I had bought 10 gallons because it was "cheaper" even though I only needed 6 gallons and I figured I would use it someday.   Well someday never came and it was old, separated, crusty and the wrong color.  I had to throw it out. 

 The second example was:  Over the years, I have collected numerous projects for which I had bought all the materials but I never had any time to accomplish.   Some of these projects I couldn't even remember why I wanted to do them in first place.  I couldn't throw this stuff out it was brand new.  Never used.  So in hope someone else would use this stuff, I sold some of it at a garage sale (for 10 cents or less on the dollar).  The rest of it is still waiting for the next garage sale.  Well at least it didn't go to the landfill.

 It is strange but big businesses (GE, Lockheed Martin, Sears, Wal-Mart, and others) have taken on a philosophy which we individuals should imitate more.  That philosophy is only buy what you need when you need it (don't warehouse things, schedule your parts to arrive as they are needed, etc) and understand how you will dispose your acquisition before you purchase it or create it (planning for the future environmental impact; birth to grave stewardship of the materials, process, or even technology). 

 So what is my new Stewardship enlightenment, I look at material things in three new ways.  Do I really need it or at least really, really want it?  How much of it will I throw out unused, barely used, or partially used?  Do I need to store it (if I need to store it I probably donít have time to use it, so I'll let the lumberyard store it until I need it, no matter how "good" the sale is)?  As for my Stewardship shoes, I don't need newspapers to keep my feet dry yet.  Therefore, these shoes aren't used up.  So I haven't bought any new shoes.

 

PARISH PROFILE

by Louise Peake

 Bill and Barbara Strangfeld transferred to St. Stephen’s from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ogdensburg, NY. Barbara served on the vestry at St. John’s.

 They have one son, Eric, who resides in Boston.

Bill is General Manager of Capital Tractor, Inc. Barbara is employed by ABD Engineers and Surveryors on Union St.

 The Strangfelds found St. Stephen’s in a most unique wasy. Bill was transferred to Capital Tractor in Latham. They were faced with the prospect of finding a home and a church in the area. In the meantime, Barbara met Richey Woodzell at a Cursillo, and the rest is “history,” Bill and Barbara visited our church, were impressed, and decided to be part of our family. Thanks, Richey!

 Most people, when confronted with moving, find a house and then a church. Bill and Barbara did it the other way around, which indicates how important church is in their lives. And, yes, they found a house on Randolph Road.

 Bill and Barbara ae members of a Foyer Group. Barbara was recently elected to the Vestry. We are fortunate to have her and her talents! Welcome!!

  

KERYGMA

by Deacon Pat

 In April we will begin our next Bible study: a six-week course on the Beatitudes called “Blessed are you.” We will examine the Old Testament roots of these well-loved words and consider what the contemporary applications o them might be. Classes will begin soon after Easter, meeting on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00. This will be a good way to celebrate the Easter season on new life. Workbooks are on order--sign up for yours at The Shop. New students are always welcome. Bring a friend and come!

 

EASTER FOOD BASKETS

 
for St. Stephen's outreach to local families.

This Easter, we will continue to reach out to the six families identified at Christmas time.  We need parishioners to help in filling six food baskets for these local families.  Items needed for the baskets are found on tags attached to the cross at the back of the church.  If you can help, please select an item and return it to one of the food baskets under the cross by 10:15 on Easter Day at the very latest.  Thanks for sharing the joy of this season with others.  Please contact Dawn Tonneau if you have any questions or suggestions.  Phone: 370-5681.

 

EASTER EGG HUNT!!

 

Come to the ninth annual Easter egg hunt at St. Stephen's from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Easter morning.  The egg hiders are getter better every year!

 

STEWARDSHIP SHOES

By Murray Roseberry

 Another fall day had come to an end.  I was on my way to class at Union College, thinking about mathematics and engineering.   I looked at my watch about 20 to 30 minutes to spare between leaving work and the start of class.  Enough time to actually go inside upper Union Street McDonald's and sit down for my on-the-run dinner.  Inside McDonald's both lines were long but not extremely so.  I would still have enough time.  I chose the line nearest the door. 

 At the end of the other line, a young mother was explaining to her two young boys about 4 and 7 that she did not have enough money for chicken nugget happy meals and that they would have to be satisfied with cheeseburger happy meals.  The youngest boy was having trouble understanding why he couldn't have chicken nuggets and his older brother was explaining it to him once again.  For a moment, I remembered my mother and my brother and I in a similar discussion over 40 years ago, then I was back in the present world shaking off the lingering practicalities of work and starting up the academic mathematical daydreaming needed for preparation for class. 

 Next I noticed the line had advance but as always is the case the other line had advanced faster and the young mother and her boys were placing their order.  I went back into my graduate school trance only to be awakened a short while later by a commotion in the other line.  The counter person (a young high school girl) was aggravated with the young mother, the people behind the young mother were disgusted with the whole situation, and the young mother was pleading with the counter help while trying to calm the youngest boy who was worried he wasn't going to get any happy meal.  I stopped my daydreaming and concentrated on the scene.  I finally deduced that the young mother, who had just dumped her purse out on the counter and was frantically looking for coins, had miscalculated how much two cheeseburger happy meals would cost.  Finally, the young mother told the counter person that she didn't have enough money and they would have to put everything back and start over.  The counter person was upset since she would have to void the whole transaction (and I don't think she knew how} and the people behind the young mother were now really upset. 

 I had unconsciously reached in my coat pocket during all this and now I felt a dime.  I stepped out of my line and set the dime on the counter and got back in my line.  She needed seven cents.  Everyone smiled.  The dime I found in my coat pocket that day was not my dime but was Godís Dime.  He owned it.  He guided me there at that time.  Sometimes Stewardship is not about how much but about the timely and correct use of our resources.  I didnít get to sit down and eat.  I had to go but I was glad I stopped on that fall day.

 

MARCH SCHEDULE

 

Mar 3

Mar. 10

Mar. 17

Mar. 24

Mar. 28

Mar 29

Mar. 30

Mar 31

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thurs.

Good Friday

Easter Vigil

Easter

Altar Guild*

B

C

A

B

ABC

ABC

ABC

ABC

Chalice 8 am

P. Holmes

C. Jones

N. Hoffmann

G. Woodzell

C. Jones

P Holmes

N. Hoffmann

P. Holmes

Lector 8 am

S. Ras

L. Stevens

P. Nevius

G. Wodcock

K. Miller

M. Pasko

volunteers

M. Bishop

Chalice 10:15

G. Jaquith

N. Hoffmann

C. Jones

G. Jaquith

 

 

 

G. Woodzell

Lector 10:15

K. Chapman

L. Pratico

D. Crates

S. Grady

 

 

 

O. Jones

Lector 7:00pm

Mary Pasko

volunteer

volunteer

volunteer

 

 

 

 

Crucifer 10:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Server 10:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torch 10:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torch 10:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ushers

volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counters

A

B

C

D

 

 

 

E

LEMs

Ackner/Downs

C&D Trawick

R&G Woodzell

Ackner/Downs

 

 

 

C&D Trawick

Care Team

C&D Trawick

G&R Woodzell

A&K Lowe

G&S Woodcock

C&D Trawick

 

 

C&D Trawick

*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, Versocki

A  M.Spang, D.May, R. May

 

 

B  Jones, Morin, Reid, Russell, Ras,

 

B  Ackner, Gittinger, Molino

 

 

    Woodcock

 

 

C  D.Belardo,Grady,Voelker

 

 

C  Dipley, Lowe, Casale, Varno

 

D  A.Spang, Borrowman, Crates

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.  Peake, Small, Northrop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes: Holmes, Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPSTATE FOUR DIOCESAN GATHERING ON "THE CHURCH AND PUBLIC POLICY"

 On April 5-6, 2002, the Church Voices in the Public Square gathering will take place in New Hartford, NY. All church members desiring a better understanding of how to integrate their faith with an active concern for public policy are the targeted audience. Representatives from Albany, Central New York, Rochester, and Western New York will be there. The event will provide opportunities to

 •  find ways to strenthen our church's voice in the public square

 •  learn about a theology of stewardship of public policy and the common good

 •  acquire tools to assist in our ministries of service and advocacy

 •  make connections with other concerned church members.

 The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, will be the keynote speaker. Bishop Shaw, as a member of the Episcopal Church's Committee on International and National Concerns, will share his thoughts on Public Policy: What is the Church's Role. Unique insights gleaned during his spring of 2000 month-long congressional internship in Washington, DC with NY Rep. Amo Houghton will prove most enlightening.

 Workshop offerings will be divided into two series: "How to" and "Issues," with experts in their fields leading the sessions. This is your opportunity to learn how to effectively bring your faith perspecive to bear on the development of public policies. Watch for more informa in the near future.

  

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

 1          John Casale,  Nathan Jerard 
2          Michael Bernard
3          David Sherman
4          Ethan Brooks-McDonald
5           Elizabeth MacFarland
6          Paul Pratico,  Elizabeth Sherman,  Nicolas Bernard 
7          Tom Casale, Joan Campbell 
10        Diane Bengtson Kilbourn, Kelly Nolan,  Logan Olberg
11        Norma Piscitelli, Adam Gibbs
13        Shirley Voelker
15        Frank Webster, Roseanne Calacone
15        Budd Mazurek
18        Grace Ann Murphy Nolan
19        Emily McCarthy, Bill Beck
22        Susan Townsend
23        Marti Spang,  Dorothy Gibbs
25        Julianna Fowler
26            Elizabeth McKeone
27        Linda Emaelaf,  Paul Pratico
28        Sandy Borrowman
30        Helen Reid, Ralph May
31        Daniel Correa

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

 6          Susan and John Liberis 
28        Karen and Dennis Holcombe       

 

EASTER EVEN VIGIL TO BEGIN THE EASTER CELEBRATION

 

The church will be in darkness.  Into that darkness will be brought the new light of Easter and carried through the nave to the altar where the Paschal Candle will be placed in its stand to burn through the fifty days of Easter till the Ascension of Our Lord.

 We will rehearse our history as a people of God from creation through the Red Sea out of bondage with God’s promises for his people culminating in the story of the resurrection.

 Easter is the festival of baptism and we shall celebrate that sacrament as well as have an opportunity to renew our own baptismal vows.

 And then the shout is raised:  “He is risen, the Lord is risen indeed!” and so begins the first Eucharist of Easter, 2002.

 

NEW CHAIR OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

by Eunice Chouffi

 Carole Merrill-Mazurek and her husband Budd have been residents of Schenectady for many years and members of St. Stephen’s for four years.

 Carole is director of serfices for women and fmilies at the YWCA. This is a very extensive program. It includes a state licensed domestic violence shelter and non-shelter programs for domestic violence. It also includes a young parents program that assists pregnant teens and a parent’s anonymous program to help those who want to be better parents

 Her background, expertise, and interest led to her being appointed as a commissioner of the Schenectady Hunan Rights Commission. She has been on the commission for five years and was vice chair for the past two years. As vice chair, she was in charge of jail oversight.

 Now she is the chair of the commission. Her duties are to oversee the functions of each and every committee and event. She will be responsible with the executive director for media and public relations interactions.

 Her specific goals during her term as chair are to assure the rights of the disabled in access situations, such as access to polling booths, and to obtain signers for the deaf for county meetings.

 Carole is a member of Schenectady’s Social Justice Committee and was very vocal about the despeerate need for Schenectady to have a new Police Review Board with substance. She was appointed by the mayor to serve on the task force to draw up legislation for this new Police Review Board. She has fulfilled this job with seriousness, loyalty, and dignity.

 She is very proud of her husband, Budd, whom she says has accomplished many thinks in the two years he has been the director of the Carver Community Center. Carole hopes that someday her husbnd will serve on the Human Rights Commission.

The best to both of you. 

 

 

SAY IT WITH A BOOK

 You are invited to express yourself by donating a new book to the Church Libraries.

 Each donated book will display a label with the donor’s name and personal message.

 This is the perfect opportunity to....

 … celebrate your child or grandchild's birthday

… show appreciation for a job well done

… say thank you to a church school teacher or other parish leader

… share an interest

… remember a loved one

… celebrate a holiday

… make sure a favorite book is in the library

 All friends members of Saint Stephen's congregation are welcome to become involved in this venture.  It's a great way to help our library grow.

 The next time you have something to say....   SAY IT WITH A BOOK

THANK YOU!

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