St. Stephen's will become a
site for the Latimer Education and School Day Tutorial program of Carver
Community Center. The main focus of
the program is to provide remedial and enrichment services to students in grades
1-8 in the City of Schenectady who are one to two years behind in reading and/or
math and to provide tutoring service to students in grades 1- 12 from the
Schenectady City School District who have been suspended from school because of
difficulties adapting to the rules and regulations of the Schenectady School
District. The Tutorial Program will
only take those students who are not iolent
and most students are suspended for relatively minor infringements such as
drawing a picture of a gun or talking in a disrespectful way to teachers.
The School Day
Tutorial Program is operated under the auspices of the Schenectady City School
District. Carver currently has three sites: Carver, Steinmetz Homes and Yates
Village. St. Stephen's has been asked to become the fourth site, which will be
located in the Garner House. The
program is designed to accommodate a maximum of 12 students at each site for two
sessions per site. Students are assigned to the program through the
Superintendent's Office for a two-hour period each day while on suspension. Each
site has two certified teachers. Volunteers
to help the teachers are needed. No experience in teaching is required, but only
a love of children. Please call the parish office if you are willing to
On July, 21st Ichthus, St.
Stephen's high school youth group, travels to Niagara alls
for a week-long work camp. Bringing
together high-schoolers from all over he
country, these camps combine work, play, and a religious framework into an nforgettable
experience, for the young people and the adults who come with hem.
What happens at
Starting each day at
six in the morning, we work on a variety of projects to help poor
and elderly people have better homes in which to live.
The work might include
replacing a roof, building, a new room, replacing floors or stairs, epainting.
or building a wheel-chair ramp. The
work is hard, challenging, and very
In the late afternoon
everyone returns to the school which houses the camp, to hower,
socialize, and relax until supper. In
the evening, we take part in rograms
hat explore the spiritual side of our lives, focusing on the
connection between he work we do
for others at workcamp and the work God does in and through us. e close each day
with a meeting, of our church group, to talk about our e
xperiences that day and to see what lessons we can draw from them.
What can you do to
help? We need to raise
approximately $5000 for this summer's camp; you can help by doing the following
1) Keep those pennies rolling in!
Keep those bottles and cans rolling in!
3) Buy shares in a workcamper - invest $25 - $100 in a camper
and you will receive a postcard from them during the workweek.
Then join Ichthus next fall for a dinner and picture presentation of the
.....To all cooks
who cooked and baked our suppers before the Thursday and Sunday Lenten
.....To all those who set up, cooked and cleaned up for the Seder Supper and especially thanks to Debbie Trawick who prepared the special Passover foods.
.....To the Altar Guild and
to brass polishers par excellence who polished all the brass in the church, and
made Easter Day beautiful with flower arrangements.
.....To Tim Olsen and
the Choir members; to Marilyn Dare and all the bell ringers who helped to make
Palm Sunday beautiful, and Easter Day joyous.
.....To the lectors,
chalice bearers and acolytes who made our worship possible.
.....To all those who
helped in the toddler and nursery rooms.
.....To the ushers
and to the offering counters.
.....To Kathy Miller,
our administrative assistant who worked so hard to prepare bulletins and make
.....To Dave, our
sexton, who made the church shine again
.....To the Church
women who made our palm crosses.
.....and the list
goes on and on!
The Feast of Pentecost
marks the end of the Easter Festival in the Liturgical year.
But it is not the end of anything, but the beginning of that new life in
Christ. In our prayerbook Pentecost
is properly designated as the fiftieth day of Easter -- the celebration begins
with the day of Resurrection and ends with the gift of the spirit to the Church.
That giving of the Spirit is to be understood as a resurrection
The import of
Pentecost as the final Resurrection appearance is that through the gift of the
Spirit, Christ's presence is forever insured for the community of the faithful.
This we indeed celebrate!
We will celebrate the
great Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 19th.
This feast is as important as Christmas or Easter and St. Stephen's is
hoping to have everyone present for the celebration.
There will be a renewal of our Baptismal vows, especially appropriate on
this day, and special music. Red is
the color associated with the Holy Spirit, so wear something red to church!
The diocese is the most
important unit of the Episcopal Church. It
is based on geography, generally, but also on Church population, so that
dioceses may have borders contingent with state boundaries, or there may be a
number of dioceses in a state because of population growth. Diocese are made up
of parishes, which receive financial aid. It
is in these local congregations that most Episcopalians have their Church
It is likely,
therefore, that most Episcopalians will know more about their local communities
than about the larger structures. Many
will have no involvement beyond the local boundaries.
However, since we are Episcopalians we bear a share of the responsibility
for the support of the diocesan and national structures.
This means that to be an Episcopalian is to be something more than a
member of a local group of Christians, and it demands a greater awareness of
Once a year each
diocese holds a convention to approve a budget, to elect officers, and to
conduct other business that pertains to diocesan life. This year from Friday,
June 7 until Sunday afternoon, June 9th, the key leadership of the Diocese of
Albany will assemble at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, NY to set the agenda
for the future. This year we will hear the report of the Futures' Committee on
the proposed Spiritual Life Center. This has the capacity to secure the future
for our parishes, our missionary outposts through the equipping of lay leaders,
clergy and young people. This Convention will be the site of dozens of Workshops
and presentations, designed to be practical and take-home for the benefit of the
local church. Chaplains will be on duty throughout for counsel, prayer, and
We will hear from major
presenters Canon Kevin Martin of the Diocese of Texas and Canon Keith Brown of
the Diocese of San Joaquin. These are two of the most recognized leaders in the
Episcopal Church today. The Convention Delegates for St. Stephen's are:
James Brooks-McDonald, Lorrie Lyons,
Pat Jones, John Peatling, Norman Hoffmann, Suzanne Coonradt and Denise
I have always been
impressed by how generous this congregation has been over the years.
About ten years ago someone suggested that big wicker baskets would look
much nicer than cardboard boxes which we used to collect food and home
furnishings. However, money was
very tight in those days and so I simply asked one Sunday morning if anyone
would like to donate a big basket to the church.
By the end of the service we had four donations!
When we needed floor tiles
for the front of the church, you all made it happen.
I could go on and on. This
month we wanted to raise money for new tables and chairs in the parish hall.
Well, you did it, thanks to a few very generous donations, a memorial
gift, and many, many books. I ordered the furniture as soon as I heard that the
money was raised. A couple of the
long tables and metal chairs will be used in the new classroom at the Garner
House where tutoring will take place. The
other tables will be put to good use.
And now Norman
Hoffmann, chairperson of the Finance Committee, tells me that we have 89 pledges
which comprise 2/3s of our pledge budget for the coming year.
You all are wonderful! If
you have not yet sent in your pledge card, please do.
We would like to wrap up this pledge campaign as soon as possible.
Thanks again for your
kindness. We can do important
things as we work together.
We would like to thank the
St. Stephen’s family for all of your love and for your many caing gestures at
the time of Katelyn’s birth. The altar rose announcing her arrival is a
beautiful custom, and we are so grateful for that. To tell you that the meals
were an enormous help is indeed an understatement. the food was wonderful, but
the accompanying visits from such dear and caring people were nourishment for
the spirit. Angels are among us at St. Stephen’s.
Beth and Kurt McKeone
by James Wetekam
(NCC) A delegation of 13
U.S. church leaders just back from the Middle East is calling for bold steps to
be taken by Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to end violence in the
region and to achieve peace with justice.
The delegation was
assembled by the National Council of Churches (NCC) and its general secretary,
the Rev. Robert W. Edgar. The leaders traveled in the region April 16-27 at the
invitation of the Middle East Council of Churches. In a statement released April
30, the church leaders focused on steps they see as necessary for attainment of
a just and lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Among others, they
"urge the Government of Israel to cooperate fully with the United Nations
investigation of events that took place in Jenin" and express "grave
concern" at the standoff at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and
"objection to the withholding of food, water and medical supplies to those
inside the church."
members--Edgar; James Winkler, general secretary, United Methodist Board of
Church and Society; the Rev. Jim Wetekam, media director for Churches for Middle
East Peace; and Bishop Arthur Walmsley of the Episcopal Church--accompanied
humanitarian aid to Jenin April 25. The others went with aid to Bethlehem April
Unequivocal condemnation of
Of the violence currently
taking place in the region, the delegation said in part, "We condemn
equally and unequivocally both the suicide bombings and Palestinian violence
against Israeli society and the violence of the Israeli occupation of
Palestinian territories. All are counterproductive to achieving peace with
justice....Both societies are caught in a cycle of violence and revenge."
The delegation expressed sympathy for all "Israelis and Palestinians who
have lost family members and friends to the senseless violence over the past
months." It also spoke of its particular concern for the plight and future
of Arab Christians in the Middle East, noting that the Arab Christian population
has "declined precipitously in recent decades." The delegation
identified eight specific components for a just resolution to the conflict.
Included were "the establishment of an international peacekeeping force,
agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, to oversee the Israeli
withdrawal from the West Bank and
Gaza and maintain order until a peace agreement can be fully implemented."
Saint Stephen's has been approached to see if there is any
interest in helping in the resettlement of a refugee family. Please consider
this opportunity prayerfully to serve our fellow persuns. On Sunday May 19th,
John Detwyler of Refugee Resettlement will attend our 10:15 service and
afterwards meet in the yellow room downstairs with as many people as are
interested in this ministry. He will tell us what this entails and answer what
we expect are our many questions.
Chair - Service Committee
On May 31st I will be
traveling to South Africa for a two week medical mission. This mission is
sponsored by my employer - The Community Hospice and St. Peter's Health Care
Services. As you may be aware, the AIDS crisis in
Africa is beyond our imaginations. Thousand of people are dying each day and
just as many children are orphaned The
work for the hospice teams is overwhelming.
There is never enough time,
money, medications or supplies to adequately care for those afflicted at the end
of their lives.
For several years Community Hospice has
been working with several hospices in Africa. This work has included visits to
Africa by Community Hospice staff as well as visits from the Africa hospice
teams to the United States. This relationship has not only been an exchange of
philosophies and information but also one of financial support and provision of
needed supplies (vitamins and medical equipment).
I am thrilled to have been asked to make
this journey. I will be traveling with a team of Registered Nurses and one
Social Worker. The focus of this trip is to provide the Africa hospice workers
with a time of refreshment and retreat. We will receive a two day orientation
and then staff the hospice so nurses, social workers and aides can have a
day of support. This retreat will be provided
by our Social Worker, Lynn Curtis.
This journey will take us to South Coast
Hospice in Port Shepstone, South Africa. While at the South Coast Hospice we
will be making nurse visits to rural patients as well as working in several of
Our second week will be spent with Bishop
Ken Dowling at Topalogo Hospice. We hope to provide the staff with a retreat
time. There we will be providing nursing care to patients at a clinic in a
squatter's camp and assisting in the building of the new hospice clinic. I will
see how good I am a brick building! We may also have an opportunity to spend a
day at one of Mother Theresa's orphanages.
I covet all of your prayers for this mission. Please pray for a safe journey as well as good health. Also pray that our team will be effective in our mission. An acquaintance upon hearing about this trip asked me what difference I thought I could make in this short time. I replied that if I can be a comfort to only one person suffering at the end of their life than my trip will be a success. I look forward to sharing my story with you when I return in June - Diane Martin-Widenor
We can't wait for our
Summer Church Camp at St. Stephen's. The
dates have been set -- July 29th through August 2nd.
The camp will be in the mornings, though the exact times are yet to be
determined. People are already working on the planning and publicity -- there is
much to be done! Debbie Trawick has
agreed to serve as the director for the Summer Church Camp this year, and Robin
Kaczka will be co-ordinating the publicity.
If you can help support this great neighborhood outreach project, please
contact Debbie or call the church office.
A reunion for Beaver Cross
Campers! At St. George's, Clifton
Park, Saturday May 11, 4:30 pm. A celebration for former campers and staff and
anyone else interested in Beaver Cross. If
you have a young person who can't make up his/her mind about going to Beaver
Cross this summer, this would be a great way for them to hear how great it is,
and to introduce them to some of the wonderful people who staff our summer youth
for food.no, that’s not a”typo.” I believe the Holy Spirit is calling me,
and calling us, the community of St. Stephen’s to give some thought to food;
how our choices are connected to our roles as stewards; of our bodies, our
families, our communities and our earth.
Do I know how my
choices about food each day impact the health of all of God’s creation?
I began considering that question after reading ”Churches, synagogues
embrace fair trade coffee,” in the 10 March Schenectady Gazette. I learned
that First United Methodist Church in Schenectady was one of many religious
communities around the world reflecting their concerns for social justice
issues, in part, through their purchase and serving of fair trade coffee. That
choice puts money more directly into the hands of individual farmers as a living
wage rather than becoming profit for coffee companies.
My questioning became
active again during a group discussion in the Saturday morning Lenten class led
by Mother Lorrie exploring the process of spiritual discernment.
How do we listen to who God calls us to be, as a community, the body of
Christ? Chris Jones shared that he
had been working through better understanding the steps of discernment using a
simple, personal example of discerning what to have for dinner (!).
After some initially lighthearted discussion, we began to explore that
even those choices may call us to listen to God. I remembered the fair trade
coffee story, Liz Varno mentioned the book, “Fast Food Nation-The Dark Side of
the All American Meal.” As the
discussion continued that morning, we all felt called to further explore these
issues and their implications for the St. Stephenís community in the context of
the discernment process.
If the call of the Holy
Spirit to listen, and perhaps to act, wasn’t
evident enough that Saturday, it has become clear to me that this is an
area I need to attend to,since that discussion:
I learned that my husband,
Steve, had put “Fast Food Nation” on reserve the previous week at the
library after reading Upton Sinclairís “The Jungle.”
On 18 April, PBS Frontline
aired “Modern Meat” reviewing the meat packing industry, it’s production
practices and itís safety.
“Think globally, eat
locally” appeared in the Times Union on 22 April (Earth Day) exploring the goals of organic farming and
sustainable agriculture. Rapunzel
Pure Organics in Valatie combines ecology and fair trade.
National Geographicís May
2002 magazine leads with the articles “Challenges for HumanityÖFood,” and
“Food How Safe? How Altered?”
And lest you think the
choices are clear, Steve has begun to read a book that challenges some of the
pronouncements of the environmental community, “The skeptical
environmentalist: Measuring the
Real State of the World,” written by Bjorn Lomborg, a former member of
Greenpeace and an Associate Professor of Statistics in Political Science at
University of Aarhus, Denmark.
spectacular spring day, filled with sunshine, flowering gardens and children
playing joyfully in bare feet, it is easy to thank God for his wonderful
creation. Prayerful discernment of
our stewardship responsibilities is a living response of thankfulness for that
creation. I hope you will join us.
From Mtr. Lorrie:
If you are interested in
pursuing the topic of food and our responsibilities as Christians, please plan
to attend our Exploration Meeting in the parish hall. We are interested in
forming a discernment group to explore these issues. Our goals are to
respond to the gospel in our own lives, and also to share what we have learned
with everyone in our parish. If our
are interested but cannot attend “What’s for Supper” on Sunday, June 16th
at 5:00-6:30pm, please let us know that, too. Call the church office or speak to
Mtr. Lorrie or Susan Townsend.
I want to thank you
on behalf of the Elmer Avenue families whom St. Stephen’s Church has so
generously provided for at Christmas and Easter this year.
I know the parents and
children were very appreciative that you were able to help them in this way.
Some of them have really been struggling and this was such a relief.
I want to thank you
personally as well.
School Social Worker
In honor of the
loved ones of Jane and Bruce Tatge
1n memory of the loved ones of Eunice Chouffi
In memory of Gwen Robbins given
by David and Suzanne Taylor and Leonard and Carolyn Montorio
In memory of Philip Ferrara, Sr. & Jr. given by Barbara Adams
In memory of Thomas Marks given
by Mildred Marks
In honor of the loved ones of Betty and Jesse Dipley
Margaret Trawick, Bruce
Ted Schlansker, Omer
Burton, Belachew Emaelaf, Isabella Varno
Rocky Bonsal, Emalie
Stewart Vanda, Howard
Phillips, Robyn Stewart
Linda Roseberry, Dan MacIvor,
Hoffmann, Norman Hoffmann
Allison deKanel, Bill
Schlansker, Phyllis Chapman
William Smith, Jr.
Will Koch, Andrew Riordan
Julie McDonald, Dawn Kaler,
Susie Olsen, Mackenzie Wilcox
Norma and Vincent
June and Carl Hatlee; Diane and Tim Widenor
Gloria Kavanah and David Goyette
Barbara and Bob Strangfeld
Denise and Dave Crates
Robin and David Kaczka
Shari and Chris Youmans
Richey and George Woodzell
30 Phyllis and Bob Chapman