The Messenger

April 2003


Lenten Quiet Day

    "... The spirit of Lent is to take on anew all that it means to belong to    Christ.  Lent is a way of growing into Easter."  (from "The Messenger,"    March 2003).

    We invite you to a Quiet Day at St. Stephen's on Saturday, April 5th, 10:15 AM - 3:00 PM .  This is an opportunity to "grow into Easter," by setting    aside your normal schedule and entering a time of silence, prayer and reflection on scripture, as well as gathering in community for sharing and    worship.

    Please bring pen/pencil and paper, a bag lunch, and whatever you need to be    comfortable.

    There will be a freewill offering.

    If you are interested, please sign up at the shop or call Jeanette, Cherie , or Richey , of the St. Clare Chapter, Daughters of the King.

    Also, I thought it would be good to put a thank-you in: Many thanks to Stacy DeBritz and Susan Malcolm, who spent countless hours cutting and gluing the felt figures for our Sunday School storyboard.

 

Habitat for Humanity

 

On Friday, April 11, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County will hold a "Chocolate Cabaret." This evening of music and comedy stars Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan, New York City 's legendary, award-winning cabaret artist, the Queen of Mirth & Sheer Madness. (Visit her web site for more information: www.riverroseproductions.com.) This event will start at 7PM with a silent auction, at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue . For further information, contact Trish Savage.

 

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"

 For more information contact the parish office

 

March 330 miles for farm-worker justice

 Farm workers in New York do not have the right to a day of rest, overtime pay or collective bargaining protections.

 An example of the kind of abuse of farm workers is in a case in federal court now. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a couple and their son from Orleans County transported undocumented Mexican migrants from Arizona to western New York in 2001 and held them in "forced labor at migrant labor camps." The case shows "the modern face of slavery," according to Farmworker Legal Services of New York.

 Demonstrating the plight of agricultural workers, the Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas and the Justice for Farmworkers Coalition are sponsoring a 10-day, two-pronged march ending at the Capitol in Albany on April 30. "330 Miles Toward Justice March" kicks off with a vigil in Brockport on April 19. Marchers from eastern New York begin April 20 with a rally in Harlem .

"We are hoping for a large show of solidarity, one that makes it impossible for New York state to ignore its most oppressed workers," said Brian O'Shaughnessy, director of New York State Labor-Religion Coalition. The coalition is chaired by New York State United Teachers President Tom Hobart and Roman Catholic Bishop Howard Hubbard.

The walkers will be in Schenectady on Monday, April 28th.  A group of churches in our area will meet the walkers at Scotia Baptist Church and accompany them to Emmanuel Church in Schenectady , where there will be a potluck supper and program of education by the farmworkers. Church members who wish to take part are asked to meet at Emmanuel Church at 4 pm .  Food can be placed in the church kitchen and then transportation will be provided to Scotia Baptist.  By 6pm all walkers will gather at Emmanuel Church for the supper and program.

 If you have any questions, please call our parish office.

 

Easter Outreach to Local Needy Families:

 All are invited to come and celebrate the joy of Easter with our church's community by participating in this year's Easter outreach project for local needy families.  We will be assembling a giant Easter Basket for each family using your donations.  To find out what is needed, select a card from the cross at the back of the church.  Purchase the item, and place it in one of the baskets beneath the cross prior to the 10:15 service on Easter Sunday.  We will be sorting the baskets for delivery that day, following the Easter service.  Anyone interested in delivering one of the baskets should contact Dawn Tonneau.

 

 Easter even vigil to begin 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 the 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.

 Make this the beginning of your Easter. 

The service begins at 7:30 p.m.   Child care will be available.

 

Foot washing

 On Maundy Thursday at the 7:30 p.m. Eucharist we would like to have volunteers from the congregation for foot washing by the clergy.  If you would like to be one of these representatives of the congregation, please sign up at the parish shop.

 

 Maundy Thursday Prayer Watch

 There will be 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.

  

 Good Friday Offering

In the midst of religious tensions, historic animosities and political unrest, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East stands witness to the people of our Lord's homeland, proclaiming and serving the same message that Jesus brought to that land almost 2,000 years ago.

On Good Friday we stand with the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem as it witnesses to the love of God in a strife-filled part of the world through our prayers and financial support. Please be generous in your support of the continuing ministry of our sisters and brothers in the Middle East .

 

 Holy Week Schedule

 

Palm Sunday:   April 13

8:00 am & 10:15 am Procession with Palms & Eucharist

Holy Monday - April 14     12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Tuesday - April 15     12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Wednesday - April 16    12:30 pm Eucharist

**Maundy Thursday - April 17      10:00 am Eucharist & Healing

7:30 pm Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

9:00 pm Prayer Vigil through the night 

**Good Friday - April 18:    12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross    7:30 pm Lessons & Prayers

Easter Vigil,  April 19     7:30 pm Lighting of the first fire

Nine lessons and musical responses
Baptisms
Eucharist

Easter Day:  April 20

 
8:00 am Choral Eucharist
9:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
10:15 am Choral Eucharist
7:00 pm Eucharist

 

Rector's Letter

 

Dear Friends,

I have a few very practical matters on my mind and I would like to share them with you.

First, I would like to offer an opportunity to any interested members to lead worship at the church.  Though we use the term rather lightly, Lay Readers are not those who read one of the lessons on Sunday morning (they are called Lectors), but are those who have been trained to lead Morning and Evening Prayer and have been licensed by the bishop. I would like to train a group from St. Stephen's.

 With Mother Lorrie's departure, several changes must be made in our parish life.  One of those areas is the Sunday evening Eucharist.  Rather than me having to be the celebrant every Sunday, I suggest that on the first Sunday of each month I celebrate the Eucharist and on the subsequent Sundays, a Lay Reader celebrate Evening Prayer.  We would still have music, but no sermon.  If we could have six or seven Lay Readers, then a reasonable schedule could be made. 

I was a licensed Lay Reader shortly after college and found it to be a honor to lead worship.  It was also a lot of fun.  If you think this might be your ministry, please call or email the parish office.

 Second, we need to be thinking about Church School for next year.  I am suggesting that we hire a part-time Church School Coordinator for twenty hours a week.  This position would include coordination of teachers and students on Sunday morning and continuing our new tradition of summer church camp and perhaps adding camps in the winter or spring breaks.  Mother Lorrie has done a wonderful job in creating new programs and organizing resources; I hope this will not be lost.  If you know of anyone who might have gifts in the area of church school coordination, please let me  know. 

 Finally, I know many of you will miss Mother Lorrie’s preaching.  It has been a rich experience to hear scripture interpreted from different angles.  My hope is to have different guest preachers each month from September to June.  Based on the wonderful reception that the Abraham Lenten study has enjoyed, I would ask preachers, not only from different denominations, but from different faiths.  That way Deacon Pat would continue preaching once a month, a guest preacher would preach once a month, and I would fill in the rest. 

 It seems strange to be thinking about next year before we even celebrate Easter, however, Easter is very late this year and there will not be much time before summer is upon us.  With planning this spring we will continue to provide programs next year that help us to grow in faith as we become a  congregation of disciples.

 

SICM News

The February SICM Assembly meeting featured Dennis Packard, the new Commissioner of the Schenectady County Department of Social Services, as its speaker. Commissioner Packard, the former Deputy Commissioner for Westchester County , is implementing a new approach to the welfare reform agenda:  he sees it as a re-investment of both public funds and the skills and education of the clients.  More emphasis is being placed on assessment of clients as they apply for benefits, with the goals of enhancing their skills and directing them to job opportunities as well as to other outreach services.  Because of decreased funding and the loss of several DSS employees through retirement, the coming years will be a challenge to Commissioner Packard and to the County.  

The second half of the meeting was an animated discussion of the proposed newspaper ad expressing concern about the possibility of war with Iraq . Various national religious leaders have been calling upon the government to seek a non-violent resolution to the Iraq crisis.  SICM has responded by drafting an ad for the Daily Gazette which local pastors, congregations, and individuals have signed to show support for non-violent solutions.

 In other business, the Food Program is looking for children's books, large paper bags, plastic bags, and as always, food and monetary support.

 The 2003 CROP Walk is set for Sunday, May 4.  Contact Cindy Reedy or Janine Phillips to walk or pledge; more details will be forthcoming.

 

 

April Birthdays

 

1  StasiaLyons                                 

2     Helen Begley                                 

        Janet Faubion                                

3     June Russell                                 

7     Nathan Kaczka                                

9     Gerald Perregaux                             

10    Lucy Clark                                   

        Gordon Jaquith                               

        Brendon McCarthy                             

        Hiola Henry                                  

11    Victoria Brooks-McDonald                     

        Tanner MacIvor                         

12    Stephen Ras                                  

        Bailey Mertz                                 

14    Noreen Jurgensen                             

15    Kathy Miller                             

16    Don Reid                                  

        Dave Crates                                  

 18   Kent Molino                                  

 19   Jean Slanker                                 

 20   Dorothy Rigley                                

        Liz Varno                              

 21   David Stevens                                

        Rebecca Emaelaf                                              

        Karen Malcolm                                

       Cory McKeone                                 

 22   Dennis Holcombe                              

 23   Cindy Marshall                               

 28   Kathleen Small                               

 28   Denis Manor                                  

 

Anniversaries

 

5     Jack & Olive Carter Luczka                          

        Sid & Gill Woodcock                              

6     Steve Koch &Susan Townsend                               

20    Omer & Pearl Burton                                  

29    Peter & Josephina Nevius

        Budd Mazurek & Carol Merrill-Mazurek                       

 

The schedule of assistors, readers, and so forth...

 

C April 6 April 13 Palm Sun Holy Thursday  Good Friday Easter Apr. 20 April 27
Altar Guild C ABC* B B C A
Chalice 8:00 D Trawick C. M-M N. Hoffmann O. Luczka P. Holmes M. Causey
Lector 1st Lesson S. Ras K. Miller M. Pasko C. Jones D. Stevens P. Nevius
Lector 2nd Lesson C. Trawick B. Mazurek     M. Bishop S. Woodcock
Chalice 10:15 DD Crates G. Woodzell     G. Jaquith C. Trawick
Lector 1st Lesson T. Widenor B. Strangfeld     M. Gittinger L. Pratico
Lector 2nd Lesson DC Crates O.Jones     G.Woodzell M.Roseberry
Crucifer J. Rizzo C. Roseberry N. Stewart E. Chapman J. Casale A. Marshall
Server A. Marshall N. BMcD S. Lyons P. Pratico E. Chapman N. BMcD
Torch A . Sombor E. BMcD T. Versocki   T. Casale P. Lyons
Torch K.Gibbs M. Price A. Sombor   P. Lyons M.Price
Counters C D     E A
LEMs Ackner/Downs C&D Trawick     G&R Woodzell Ackner/Downs
Care Team            
* Silver Polishing on the 12th
Altar Guild Teams Counters
A C.Hoffman, P.Northrop, J. Versocki A  D. May, R. May, B. Strangfeld
B J.Jones, C. Morin, H.Reid, J. Russell, G. Woodcock B M. Gittinger, D.Molino, S. Grady, J.Versocki
C L.Casale, K. Lowe,L. Varno  C J.Ackner,D.Belardo,B.Voelker
D M.Causey,D.Crates,A.Spang
E P.Northrop,L.Peake,K.Small