The Messenger

Saint Stephen’s, Schenectady                                                                                                  September, 2003

REACHing Out

Teen crews help those in need


WorkCamp

Teenagers and adults from St. Stephen’s and almost 250 other students arrived on July 16th at a Shippensburg, PA high school to help people in that area with upkeep and repairs to their houses.  The students came from Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, and Maryland.

 “I wish I had some of these kids’ energies,” said one of the residents as a teen scrambled up a ladder and rolled paint on the wooden siding. “It’s a little more difficult to get around as you get older.”  She added that she had both of her knees operated on. Besides painting the house outside, the crews fixed her back porch and installed drop ceilings in two rooms in the house.

The work crews are formed by splitting up each church group, so everyone is with new people.  “It’s like a full week of work with people that you do not know,” says one of the adult leaders. 

WorkCamp

 The groups not only bond in their work, but through spiritual programs that the organizers put on for the students, who come from various Christian backgrounds.  At the high school, REACH staff built a huge boat in the auditorium to go along with a drama they put on each evening.

 

Some of the campers have attended REACH workcamp for over four summers.  They have worked in Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.                          

 

One of St. Stephen’s campers said that he “liked the looks on the residents’ faces after we completed their house.”

 

But not everything was rosy.  The students tolerated and didn’t enjoy some of the things about the workcamp.  The boys say sleeping in classrooms with snoring crew leaders is a little rough.  Also, waking up in the morning to Veggie Tales songs is a little annoying.  Many of our St. Stephen’s youth like to sleep-in to 10am to noon in the summer.  At workcamp they were awakened at 6:30 by the public address system at the high school.

 

 

All participants in REACH pay $340 to cover supplies, building materials, overhead for the program and food they eat during the camp.  St. Stephen’s youth spend the entire year holding fundraisers at the church.  Without the generous support of our church members, our workcampers would not be able to attend.

 

 

 

 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

1935 The Plaza

Schenectady, New York  12309

 

 

Church Staff

 

 The Rev. Dr. James R. Brooks-McDonald, Rector

 The Rev. Patricia L. Jones, Deacon

 The Rev. John H. Peatling, Rector Emeritus

 Dr. Timothy Olsen, Director of Music

 Ms Katherine Miller, Office Manager

 

 

Vestry

 

 Warden:                      Grant Jaquith

 Warden:                      Barbara Strangfeld

 Clerk:                          David Caruso

 Treasurer:                   Denise Crates

 Chancellor:                  Rosemarie Jaquith

 

 Class of 2003              Liz Casale

                                    Jesse Dipley

                                    Louise Peake

                                    Jed Dare

 

 Class of 2004              Gaye Mertz

                                    Dave Malcolm

 

 Class of 2005              Steve Ras

                                    Sondra Grady

                                    Shari MacIvor

 

 

 THE CHURCH OFFICE, located at 1229 Baker      Avenue, is open every weekday from 9:00 am to

1:00 pm.

 

 

 TELEPHONE/FAX: The office telephone number is   518/346-6241 and the office fax number is 518/346- 6242. Please leave a message if no one answers and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Our email address is ststeph@albany.net. The rector’s email is jbrooksm@nycap.rr.com. Our website address is http://www.albany.net/~ststeph/

 

The Messenger is published 10 times a year, September through June.

 

 

 

Becoming  A Member of

St. Stephen’s

 

Inquirer’s classes are a basic four-week course held in an informal atmosphere and taught by the rector.  For those who are new to the Episcopal Church, or looking for a new spiritual home, this course provides an introduction to the Church ‑‑ its history, beliefs, worship, and work in the world.

 

Or, if you were confirmed earlier in life, and wish to renew your commitment at an adult level, consider this course as a part of your continuing Christian education.  The course is required for all who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church.

 

These classes will be held on Sundays at noon in the rector’s office beginning October 5th.   

 

 

Greeting Visitors

 

A recent study reported that the average church visitor makes up his/her mind about a return visit within the first ten minutes of stepping into a church building.  (Yes, long before the sermon begins!)  Fr. James is interested in forming a group of ‘Greeters’ who would be willing to stand behind the welcome table in the tower entrance and look for visitors to greet.  On the table would be informational brochures, blank name tags, and visitors’ cards.  Greeters would welcome the visitor, perhaps offering to make a name tag.  Please see Fr. James if you would like to participate in this important ministry.

 

Backpacks

 

Thank you for enabling us once again to provide 21 children with backpacks filled with essential supplies for their return to school this fall.

 

 

Safe House

 

We still need toiletries for this worthy cause. The "featured need" for September is deodorants. Please leave your donations in the basket provided in the church entrance or tower area.

 

 

Meet our Members

by Louise Peake

Davis

If possible, wouldn't the dedicated Episcopalians who worked so hard to establish St. Stephen's Church marvel at our website and the outreach it provides.

 

Ryan and Laura Davis in their search for a church on the internet discovered St. Stephen's web site. They were impressed by what they saw and read. The Davis's have two children, Clark, who will be six in September, and Suzanne, three. As a young family they had special needs in choosing a church. They attended a service and were impressed with the warmth and fellowship. I am glad to say that the Davis' have joined St. Stephens.

 

 

 

 

The Davis Family (Laura, Ryan, Suzanne, and Clark) moved to our area from Baltimore, Maryland last year. Ryan had a new position with a consulting firm as an Environmental Specialist. The family did not know anyone in Schenectady but have adjusted very well. Laura said she loves the summer but last winter was a bit of a trial.  She works part time as a Physical Therapist at Seton Health.

 

Ryan helped with our spring grounds cleanup and with Laura's help provided a delicious coffee hour a few weeks ago. Laura will be active in our Sunday School.

 

 

 

 

 

New Lectionary in Use

 

If you thought the Kings of Israel made an uncommonly long appearance in our Sunday scripture readings this summer, you were absolutely right. The reason: we are using a different lectionary, the "Revised Common Lectionary," in place of the lectionary found in the Prayer Book. (A lectionary is a book or list of scripture passages appointed to be read at worship over a period of time.) This lectionary offers two traditions of Bible readings during the long period we call "Ordinary Time," from June through November. In one, the Old Testament readings are semicontinuous, hence all those kings; in the other the Old Testament reading is related to the gospel for the day. (The gospel readings in this lectionary are almost identical to the Prayer Book ones, and still follow the 3-year cycle: Year A uses Matthew, Year B Mark, Year C Luke, with John's gospel read during Eastertide every year.) The "Revised Common Lectionary" is widely used in churches in the U.S. and Canada, providing a common bond among Protestant and Roman Catholic worshipers. In addition, the semicontinuous readings allow us to read more extensively in a particular portion of the Old Testament, to understand the story more fully. So prepare to bid farewell soon to the kings, and await the coming of...Wisdom! (Maybe this would be a good year to take one of those Bible Study courses...)

 

 

Many thanks to Fr. James for all his visits when I  was in Ellis for surgery in August, to Millie Gittinger and Barbara Adams for reading the lessons for me, to Marilyn Causey for counting, and for all the beautiful cards, phone calls and many prayers from my friends at St. Stephen's. Your care and concern is deeply appreciated.

Jeanette Ackner

 

 

SICM Volunteer Day Set for Oct. 4

 

Volunteers getting ready for afternoon of service to community

Sign up to participate in the AIDS Walk, write advocacy letters, assist seniors with seasonal projects, clean up neighborhoods and gardens. Call Marianne Comfort at 374-2683 or email sicm@knick.net.

 

Food Program Announces Needs

The Food Program requests donations of 2004 calendars and brown paper bags. Also needed are certain food items that are running low: canned meat, cereal, spaghetti sauce, baby formula, peanut butter, jam and jelly, canned fruit, tuna fish, mayonnaise, rice, personal care items, baby diapers and baby food. For more information, call 346-4445.

 

Mentors, Drivers, Computer Instructors Sought

JOBS etc. seeks volunteers to enhance services to job seekers and those newly employed. Volunteers are needed to follow up with participants by phone (3-4 hours per month), to mentor newly employed participants (3 to 4 hours), to drive participants to job interviews (1 to 2 hours), to offer computer instruction in the center's computer lab (3 to 6 hours). Call 347-2562.

 

Food Program Seeks Children’s Books


The Food Program seeks donations of children’s books to give away to youngsters visiting the pantry with their parents. The hundreds of books already donated were eagerly snatched up over the summer. Books targeting pre-schoolers through junior high students are most appreciated. Call Patricia Obrecht at 346-4445.

 

THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING TRIENNIAL 2003 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA JULY 24 -28

 

By Cherie Downs

 

Every three years, just prior to the Episcopal Church's General Convention, the Order of the Daughters of the King holds their National Triennial. Triennial 2003 entitled, "Streams of Living Water," was attended by six hundred twenty nine daughters representing chapters from all fifty states as well as international chapters.

 

I was privileged to be a part of this awesome experience! We spent four days praising the Lord, praying together and studying God's word. A variety of workshops were offered and speakers included authors Richard Foster and Emilie Griffin.

 

On Sunday a business meeting was held and delegates representing Chapters, Dioceses and Provinces elected a new slate of officers and representatives to the National Council.

 

 

 

Daughters Of The King at

St. Stephen’s and Beyond

 

Four years ago, Cherie Downs introduced the Order of the Daughters of the King into the Diocese of Albany.  This is an Episcopal order for women and girls, begun in 1887, in which members commit themselves to a rule of prayer, service and evangelism.  Three years ago, she helped to form the St. Clare Chapter at St. Stephen’s, the third in the diocese.  There are now 13 chapters in our diocese, with over 100 members, and ten more chapters “in study.”   In May, daughters gathered with Bishop Dan Herzog to form a diocesan assembly, to which Cherie was unanimously elected president, and Mtr. Lorrie Lyons was appointed chaplain.

 

Currently, our chapter meets in the chapel after the 10:00 service on the fourth Thursday each month, to pray, to study, and to plan service in our parish.  We invite any interested women to join us at our next meeting on September 25th.  In the meantime, check out our display at the Parish Faire, or speak to Jeanette Ackner, Cherie Downs or Richey Woodzell. We can change our meeting dates to fit others’ schedules.  We will hold an information session on a Sunday in October – watch for the date in the bulletin. 

 

 

 

SICM to Distribute Congregational News Via Email


SICM, in response to interest among congregations in sharing information about one another’s activities and events, is now collecting and distributing congregational news through its email network once a week. Please limit your announcements to one item per week. Send announcements to SICM@knick.net Also, let us know if you would like to be added to this information network and send your email address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections on Being an Acolyte

 

by Emery Chapman

 

In the beginning of my experience as an acolyte, I was very forgetful on a day when it was most important not to be.  It was one of the weeks during Advent, and the traditional wreath was out, bright with flickering flames.  I was reminded by Deacon Jones not to leave it lit after the service.   Well, I did, and just went home as usual.  Later that evening, eleven o'clock to be precise, my body stiffened with fright.  I had remembered my negligence, and was positive the church was being consumed by a ravenous fire.  Within minutes, my mother was on the phone with Father James, who went to the church.  Obviously, there was no abominable fire, or even candles burning; thanks to someone else's observation.  While everything was fine, I had been left with a lesson, one of the many I have learned on responsibility.


 Acolyting on a whole imprinted the importance of how my actions impact the world.  It helped in shaping the notion that any degree of laziness on my part could result in disaster.  Children are given a moderate degree of responsibility with this position and they embrace that undertaking and eventually understand it.  For me, it was a big influence on my place in the world.  Allowing myself to embrace this was a very positive addition to my life.  


 Hand in hand with responsibility comes the learning aspect of acolyting.  One learns a great more about the workings of the church, than if they had remained sitting in the pews their entire youth.  During communion, you see what needs to be prepared, and a feeling of accomplishment is felt when you realize that you are helping to prepare it.  Being up front, younger children know that they must behave, and this held very true for me.   I used to pay better attention in my first few years acolyting than I would sitting in the congregation. Also, it enhances one's personal discipline, while connecting them to the service.

My years as an acolyte have been a wonderful influence on my life, and as I enter my last, I know that it will be a position that I will miss.  Always will I remember getting into those long red robes with the flowing white cotta and sitting up front serving the Priest and Deacon.  I thank the church for this opportunity that I will carry with me always.

FROM THE RECTOR…..

The events at General Convention this summer are still having effects at the national and local levels.  Last week all priests and diocesan convention delegates received this email from Bishop Herzog,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Standing Committee, and the Deputies who attended the General Convention earlier this month in Minneapolis, met on Wednesday.

The Standing Committee asked me to convene a special meeting of the Diocesan Convention to deal with matters arising from the General Convention which have generated much concern across the church.

Accordingly I am calling a special meeting of the Convention for September 20th. Father Mudge, as Secretary of the Convention, will issue the formal call as provided in the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese….Bishop Herzog

Unfortunately, our bishop did not give the specific purpose for this meeting, but speculation around the diocese abounds!

You have read in Gazette a follow-up to the General Convention, interviewing Episcopal bishops and lay people from around the country on the possible split in the Church.  I assure you that all of this is merely speculation.  However, there is talk from some church people that conservative congregation ‘re-align’ themselves. I'm sure our upcoming Convention will have as a possible purpose the Diocese of Albany somehow being part of a "realignment" of the Anglican Communion. 

Five months ago I met with Bishop Herzog in my study about a very different matter, but at the end of that discussion I told him that I have no intention of splitting away from the national church or realigning with anything, nor does this parish.  I think a parting of any kind would diminish each part and the issue of staying together is much bigger than who can be bishop or how to deal with gay and lesbian unions.  Finally, I told him that I would work very diligently to keep this church together.  Little did I realize the actualization of that promise.

I don’t know what will happen, but I will keep you informed.                                 Fr. James

Adult Education

Faith Lessons

Filmed on location in Israel , Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance.  Teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan weaves together the Bible's fascinating historical, culture, religious, and geographical context, and reveals keen insights into the Scripture's significance for modern believers.  Lively discussions after the video each week help to make this a very popular course.  A new series will begin on September 11th in the rector’s study and will continue for the rest of the year every Thursday morning from 10:45 to noon.

 

Becoming Disciples through Bible Study

 

Becoming Disciples through Bible Study is a 34-week study that focuses on the entire Bible and how God is in relationship with God’s people.  It is a complete and structured approach to bible study that uses video presentations, discussion, individual study, group fellowship and prayer to develop persons of deeper spirituality. The Disciple Bible Study series is a life changing and enriching experience.  This course will begin on September 10th at Reid House and will continue on Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9:30.

 

 

 

Additional Disciple Classes at St. George’s Church

 

   Disciple II:  Into the Word and Into the World

         Wednesday evenings

 

   Disciple III:  Remember Who You Are

         Tuesday evenings

 

   Disciple IV:  Under the Tree of Life        

         Monday evenings

 

St. George’s Church

912 Route146

Clifton Park

371-6351

 

Sunday Morning Adult Education

 

This year on Sunday mornings adults will gather in the parish hall to examine an overview of the Christian tradition.  We have inherited a great drama of the unfolding of the Church, yet few in most congregations are aware of this foundational saga.  Sunday mornings we will probe the spiritual pilgrimages of the various eras of the church and try to relate them to our individual and corporate life today.

 

The year will be divided into seven parts: Early Church, Orthodox Church, Middle Ages, The Reformation, Age of Reason, The Modern Church, and the Church in America.  Each part will consist of 5-7 weeks, and each week will consist of a short video segment and discussion.  Handouts for the following week will be available each week.

 

 

From Christ to Constantine:  The Trial and Testimony of the Early Church

 

The first three centuries were decisive for Christianity.  There were times when the very existence of the church itself was threatened as opponents tried to wipe it out.  This course will explore the formation of the early church from Christ to Constantine.  The video tapes which will start each session were filmed in original locations and use dramatic  re‑creations to tell the story.  Classes will be held from September 21 – November 9 on Sunday mornings from 9am-10am.  Discussions will be led by the rector.

 

 

SHALOM! PEACE!

 

by Deacon Pat

 

Beginning in October, we will have an opportunity to study the Biblical concept of peace: "shalom" in Hebrew, "eirene" in Greek. "Shalom" is a 14-week course which is designed to broaden our under-standing of peace beyond the mere absence of war. We will study texts from both the Old and the New Testament, discuss current issues of peace and war, and reflect on how we as individuals and as a church can be bearers of peace. The text for the course, in addition to the Bible, will be available at moderate cost as a workbook or a CD-ROM. No previous experience in Bible study is necessary: only an open and inquiring mind, a willingness to respect the opinions of others and the desire to relate our daily lives to our Scripture heritage.

 

 

Sunday Church School

 

Classes for all ages, preschool through adult, will begin September 21st.  Look for registration and class information at the Parish Faire on September 14th.

 

For the preschool and elementary grades, we will use the Hands-On Bible curriculum, put out by Group Publishing.   This will work well with our rotational approach, focusing on one Bible story or theme each month, but presenting it in different ways.   Each week will focus on one Bible principle, such as “We are made in God’s image,” or “God protects us when we are afraid.”  We will present this principle to the children in two or three different “centers” each week – through stories, games, drama, music or art – each time helping them to see the point.  The Hands-On Bible curriculum models its approach on “teaching as Jesus taught.”

 

Our first session on September 21st will be for parents as well as students.  Instead of trying to plan a parents’ meeting to fit everyone’s schedules, we offer this as a way for you to see and participate in your children’s Christian education.  At that first session we will also meet teachers, distribute calendars for the year, and learn our expectations for teachers, children and parents.   In order for us to pass the Christian faith on to our children, we all need to be involved.

 

 

 

We still need a few teachers and parent helpers.   If you think you are called to a ministry with children, please call Barbara Adams or Richey Woodzell, or speak to Father James.

 

Don’t forget!  Nursery care is available from 9 to 11:30 each Sunday!

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2003

 

Dear Father James and Fellow Congregants,

 

It has been my great pleasure to experience first hand, the outpouring of love that you are becoming famous for. Since Friday, June 13th, I have been the recipient of so many kindnesses including beautiful cards and caring telephone calls. All of them I so appreciate! It was almost worth the misfortune to have in exchange, the leisurely afternoon conversations spanning everything from the spiritual, to alternative medicine, to current books of mutual appeal; always accompanied by beautiful flowers from the Sunday service or a special and maybe even sinful treat. May I extend my deepest gratitude to each of you. I'll not soon forget any of it.

 

Lovingly,

Mary C. Whitney

 

 

Parish Faire and Homecoming Picnic

 

by Fr. James

 

Once again we will be having the Parish Faire and Picnic to begin the year.  The Faire will take place on September 14th at 9:00 a.m. following the early service and again during the coffee hour following the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist.  There will be a table set up for each activity of the parish and a chance to sign up for each.  There will be refreshments at 9 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m.  

 

And then on September 21st we will hold the Parish Picnic after the 10:15 Eucharist.  Our chefs will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers and we ask families to bring a dish to share and your picnic clothes.  Sign ups for the picnic can be found on the shop counter.

 

We are a parish family, and as such, each one of us of every age has a responsibility to share in the life of the family.  The possibilities and the diversity are numerous as are the possibilities of avoidance under pressure of time and other commitments.  I urge all members of the parish to set apart some time, however small, to participate in the life of St. Stephen's beyond our worship on Sunday morning.  The Parish Faire is intended to allow all members and visitors of the church to share in small group activities of the congregation.

As we begin a new program year, I want to encourage the congregation to think about the way we spend our time.  And I want to make a few simple suggestions which can help to structure our schedule in the months ahead.

 

1.  Make worship a weekly priority.

 

2.      Commit yourself to regular study through numerous church school classes or Bible studies.

 

3.      Look for opportunities where you can become personally involved in serving others.

 

 

 

A Breath of Fresh Air

 

downstairsThere has always been a moisture problem in the lower level classrooms, and the excessive rain this summer has exacerbated the problem.  In July, after a heavy storm, a part of the Community Room and Nursery Room was flooded.  The sexton tried to keep the carpet dry, but just when she was making progress, another heavy storm would come.  As a result the mold began to grow on all carpets and on the lower level of outside walls.

 

The vestry resolved to fix the problem and hired B-Dry,

a construction firm that was recommended by several parishioners who were very impressed and satisfied

with work that they had performed for them. Also,

a masonry contractor highly recommended B-Dry. 

The concept is that one cannot keep water out, but that water can be drained elsewhere.  The total cost estimate

 is $6.314, which includes excavation, materials, debris removal and a lifetime guarantee.

 

 

The first thing done was to remove all carpeting from the downstairs.  The Over-the-Hill-Gang did this at the end of August.  Next, all floors and walls will be scraped and scrubbed with a chlorine wash.  B-Dry will begin work on September 8th and expects to take seven to ten days for their work.  Next volunteers will be painting all downstairs walls. New carpet will then be installed and an air cleaner will be rented.  The entire project will cost over $12,000.

downstairs

 

One result of this project is that our Vacation Church Camp had to be postponed, perhaps until winter or spring break.  The owner and teachers of the Plaza Nursery School were consulted immediately and they made the decision to move upstairs to the Parish Hall Extension for the first two weeks of school.  As a result, the first three weeks of September, our Sunday mornings will be a little crowded with nursery school furniture and toys all around the Parish Hall.  Our Church School will begin on September 21st. 

 

Parishioners who can paint for any part of Saturday, September 12 or the next day, Sunday afternoon, your work will be very much appreciated!  We all need to work together because the timing on this project is tight.

 

When this problem became an emergency, Fr. James was on vacation.  Special thanks need to be given to our wardens, Grant Jaquith and Barbara Strangfeld, and especially to the chair of the Buildings Committee, Jed Dare.  Of course, the Over-the-Hill-Gang was magnificent!

 

This emergency has shown how members of this congregation can work together, even at the height of vacation season.  It also underlines our commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for our children.

 

 

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

by Carolyn Morin

Since I was asked to write an article about how I feel about being in the choir, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my experiences and to hopefully recruit some budding Pavarotti’s, Josh Groban’s or Charlotte Church’s walking around out there who are unaware of the talent they possess. Wait!  Don’t stop reading!  How about Wannabees?  That’ll do.  OK, don’t let me intimidate you.  If you have a love for singing and can carry a tune and find yourself singing in the shower or while driving your car or both, and are looking for a way to use your talents at St. Stephen’s to serve Christ, then why not consider joining the choir?.

When I joined about 5 years ago, I had always had a love for singing but wasn’t very experienced in sight-reading.  I also felt a little intimidated by how complicated some of the anthems sounded (many are á cappella), not to mention the apprehension of singing in front of lots of people.  But I wanted to serve Christ doing something that I love and decided to make that commitment - praising Him through song.  I am so glad I did!  Expressing prayer through music is both rewarding and challenging.  I have also experienced spiritual as well as musical growth.  Being able to be in the choir with my husband Rick (my Pavarotti) is so special to me.  Plus fellowship, fulfillment and fun are added bonuses that just naturally come with being a member.

If you can’t read music, I can almost guarantee that you will, in time, become more proficient at sight-reading.  I still need help from time to time (well... sometimes from week to week), but have no fear.  Everyone gladly helps one another and, Music Director, Tim Olsen, has lots of patience.  It’s a challenge but well worth the effort when the piece is polished and you hear all the voices blend is perfect harmony.  What a sense of satisfaction!  Even imperfect voices can make a whole beautiful sound.  Those rehearsals really pay off!

We especially need basses, tenors, and altos.  No experience is required and there are no auditions - just a love of singing and the ability to carry a tune. 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so fortunate to have Tim Olsen as our director.  He is extremely talented, knowledgeable,

and fun.

We meet at the church on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm. and will be meeting at Tim Olsen's house at 5:30 on Sept. 4th for our annual potluck supper and rehearsal.  Our first regular rehearsal at the church will be on September 11th.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the choir, call Tim Olsen, our Music Director, at 383-6101.  Hope to see you there!


 

Home Furnishings Program

 

For over 30 years, the Home Furnishings Program of Schenectady has provided basic household furnishings to families in need in Schenectady County.  Every week volunteers ride the truck delivering all types of furniture items and picking up donated items for future delivery. 

 

St. Stephen’s yearly turn to drive the truck is this month:  September 16, 18, 23 and 25.  For each evening we need a crew of three, for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.  Anyone age 16 or older is welcome to help.  Please sign up at the shop or at the Parish Faire at the Social Justice / Service table, or call Richey Woodzell.

 

If you have a large item to donate, please call the Home Furnishings Program coordinator at 346-2444 to schedule a pickup.   Smaller items, such as linens and kitchen utensils, may be left in the basket in the tower entrance.



 

Habitat for Humanity Fall Fundraisers

 

Tool Sale

 

Donate your old or extra tools now for Habitat's "Tool Box Bash" at First Baptist of Schenectady, 1944 Union Street at St. David's Lane, Niskayuna, on Saturday, October 4 from 9-2.  You can bring your tools to church.  Or you can leave them on the back porch at 1090 Avon Road, corner of Avon and Wendell Avenue, between Ellis Hospital and Union College.  Or you can drop them off at First Baptist (393-6425) on Route 7 and St. David's Lane in the unlocked breezeway between the mansion house and the church.  Please interpret Habitat's call for "tools" to include any implement used to get the job done: duct tape, tape measurers, stools, ladders, (unopened) paint cans, nails, string, rope, vacuum cleaner bags, heavy-duty plastic or garden bags, garden tools, and farm equipment.  If you can get it there we'll sell it.  And be sure and come and support Habitat at the sale.  Food, drink and lunch will be for sale.

 

Bulb Sale

 

Purchase daffodil, tulip and other bulbs from your Schenectady Habitat affiliate this fall.  Look for Dutch Garden order forms in late August and September.

 

 

 

Damien Center Dinner Hosts Needed

The Damien Center has resumed monthly Saturday night dinners, which rotate among various host sites. Hosts are asked to provide a site, prepare and serve a meal for about 50 people. For more information, call Glenn Read at 370-0929.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anniversaries to Keep in Mind

 

 

Altar Flowers in September

 

7             available

14           In memory of Joanne Molino,

               given by Don Molino

21           In memory of John Barber

               given by Mildred Barber

28           available

 

 

September Birthdays

 

1             Stephen Woodzell

4             Tim Olsen

               Clark Davis

10           Martha Nicholson

11           Sid Woodcock

               Greg Phillips

12           Allison DeBritz

14           Linda Perregaux

               Bob Strong

15           Olive Carter Luczka

16           Philip Manor

18           Michaela Corbari

19           Alice Buell

21           Rick Morin

               Lily Holcombe

23           Norman Gittinger

25           Devon Dare

26           Maxwell Bailey

27           Mary Michelson

               Joseph DeBritz

28           Anita McCalley

29           Elizabeth Marshall

 

 

September Anniversaries

 

4             Oto & Josephine Jones

12           Hugh & Joan Campbell

22           Paul & Liz Pratico

24           Ryan & Laura Davis

26           Don & Helen Reid

28           Denis & Carolyn Manor

               Jim & Suzanne Wolff

 

 

 

 

 

Schedules

 

 

 

LEM and Care Givers Schedules

 

Week of

Care Team

September 07

A. & K. Lowe

September 14

G. & S. Woodcock

September 21

C. Downs

September 28

M. Bishop, P. Holmes

October 05

G. & R. Woodzell

October 12

A. & K. Lowe

October 19

G. & S. Woodcock

October 26

C. Downs

November 02

M. Bishop, P. Holmes

November 09

G. & R. Woodzell

November 16

A. & K. Lowe

November 22

G. & S. Woodcock

November 30

C. Downs

 

Acolyte Schedule

September 7

September 14

September 21

September 28

C - Ethan Brooks-McDonald

C - Emery Chapman

C - John Rizzo

C - John Casale

S - Andy Marshall

S - Chris Morin

S - Ethan Brooks-McDonald

S - Paul Pratico

T - Laura Pratico

T - Megan Price

T - Tyleigh Versocki

T - Tom Casale

T - Tom Casale

T - Anne Sombor

T - Laura Pratico

T - Megan Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedules

 

 

 

 

8: 00 am Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules

 

Date

Chalice

1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

September 7

M. Causey

P. Nevius

S. Ras

September 14

P. Holmes

M. Holmes

C. Jones

September 21

D.D. Crates

D. C. Crates

S. Woodcock

September 28

C. M.-M.

B. Mazurek

B. Stratton

 

10: 15 am Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules

 

Date

Chalice

1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

September 7

O. Luczka

L. Emaelaf

T. Widenor

September 14

N. Hoffmann

B. Adams

M. Dare

September 21

G. Jaquith

K. Chapman

B. Voelker

September 28

C. Jones

M. Gittinger

D. Manor

 

Altar Guild Schedule

September 6 - 12

Casale, Lowe, Varno

September 13 - 19

Hoffmann, Northrop, Versocki

September 20 - 26

Jones, Morin, Reid, Russell, Woodcock

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Casale, Lowe, Varno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counter Schedule

September 7             

Northrop, Peake, Small

September 14

D. May, R. May, Strangfeld

September 21

Gittinger, Molino, Grady, Versocki

September 28

Ackner, Belardo, Voelker