The Messenger

Saint Stephen’s, Schenectady      April 2004

Take The Journey: Holy Week
 by James Brooks-McDonald


On Palm Sunday, we enter the most significant eight days in the Church’s calendar. (Photograph to the right: Distributing palms)   It is of the greatest importance that we participate in the experiences described in the church calendar, because living through them, walking the way Christ walked, we uncover the core of Christian belief and living.  This is when we move back and forth from the sacred rites here in the church to the family traditions at home, and then back again to the richness of the church.  Let me suggest a few simple gestures for church and home which can bring the sacred mysteries closer to us.

 (Photograph on the left: Palm Sunday procession.) Our Procession with Palms begins our Week.  We begin with a parade.  But leading the parade, we notice that the cross is cover with red.  Even from the beginning we are prepared for that Gospel story just read.  We all participated in it: just as we waved our palm branches in greeting Jesus, so we yelled 'Crucify him!'  We are aware of our human weakness that shouts praise and joy one moment and judgment and condemnation the next.  When you leave the church, be sure to take extra palm branches for your house and leave one over the door or behind a cross or over the fire place, or over your bed.

Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week are traditional days for 'spring house cleaning'.  If you haven't done it already, do a special cleaning, spiffing everything up for the celebration of new life on Easter.  Also, these are good days to bake and cook ahead for the Easter feast.

On Wednesday, begin to plan the Easter dinner.  After the Eucharist at noon, I will have simple 'Blessings Over Food' for the special Easter dinner.  Come by and pick up a copy for everyone who will be there on Easter Day. 

On Maundy Thursday (Photograph: Footwashing on Maunday Thursday.), at the end of the church service, you will rememberr that the altar is stripped, the red sanctuary light is extinguished, and the place is left hollow and empty.  You are invited to stay as long as you wish in the church, but let me suggest that when you go home, talk as little as possible, keeping as much of the holy silence as you are able, as a family.  If you have crosses on your walls, this would be a good time to cover them with cheesecloth or something similar.

On Good Friday, things are quiet: both at church and at home.  Come at noon to the Stations of the Cross, a very moving pilgrimage through the crucifixion.  St. Stephen's will be open all afternoon for silent prayer and meditation.  At home it would be appropriate to quiet all radios, TVs and stereos.  It is a day to turn inward and to keep in mind the way of Christ's passion.  Our projects and actions could involve our children, and include their creative participation.  A simple rugged cross can be made this day by fashioning two sticks together and putting or hanging it in a prominent place.

Good Friday is also a traditional day of cleaning out the fireplace, and laying kindling for the new fire of Easter night.  The idea is to take home the

fire from the Easter candle on Saturday night and to use this candle to light the new fire in your fireplace. At church there will be no Eucharist on Friday.  In the evening we will share in prayers and anthems.

(Photograph:  Blessing the water for Easter Vigil baptism)  All the daylight hours on Holy Saturday are filled with the last preparations for Easter.  Easter clothes are cleaned and pressed.  Last minute groceries are purchased for the Easter dinner.  And then we come to the decorating of eggs. The egg is a symbol of new life and the breaking through from imprisonment to freedom.  It is a good idea not to finish decorating your eggs over the week, and to leave Saturday as the day to finish them.  Some eggs can be dyed, but I suggest that each family member paint one egg, with symbols of the resurrection and new life, the butterfly, flowers for a new springtime, chicks and rabbits as signs of fertility and new life.  And then reserve one egg, painted gold, on which the word ALLELUIA is written.  This is the best egg to find in the hunt on Eater morning. 

In the evening at church we will have candles for everyone to hold during the service, but let me suggest that each family bring a their own fat candle, placed inside a can so that you can carry home this new Easter fire which has been blessed in the worship service.  It is sometimes a real trick to get the lit candle all the way home, but the adventure is worth it.  When you come home after the Easter light the kindling with this ‘first’ fire and nurse it into a good fire.  Later, wish each other a warm and happy Easter, and turn in for the night.

Consider these suggestions for home and church.  We won't have an opportunity like this for at least another year.



St. Stephen's Episcopal Church


Holy Week Schedule:


Palm Sunday -   8:00 am & 10:15 am - Procession with Palms and Eucharist

Holy Monday - 9:00 am - Morning Prayer

   noon      - Eucharist

Holy Tuesday - 9:00 am - Morning Prayer

   noon      - Eucharist

Holy Wednesday - 9:00 am - Morning Prayer

         noon     - Eucharist

Maundy Thursday - 9:00 am - Morning Prayer

10:00 am  - Eucharist & Healing

 7:30 pm -  Foot Washing

     - Eucharist

     - Stripping of the Altar     

Thursday Evening - 9:00 through Friday morning - 7:00 am - Prayer Vigil

Good Friday - noon - Stations of the Cross & Prayers

                      - 7:30 pm - Lessons & Prayers;   Child care provided

Holy Saturday - 7:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter      - The Lighting of the New Fire

                           - Lessons & Prayer

                           - Baptism                

                           - Festive Eucharist

Easter Day - 8:00 am - Festive Choral                                    Eucharist

                     -10:15 am - Festive Choral                                   Eucharist


From the Rector

Dear Friends in Christ,

We are now entering the last weeks of Lent and I urge you to follow the journey of these two weeks so that Good Friday and Easter may be for us all a deepening of our Christian understanding and commitment as a community.  The Holy Week and Easter service schedule is printed in this newsletter.  Please pull it out and put it on your refrigerator or message board at home.  Why?  Because there is no greater journey than the spiritual journey of Holy Week, for it is the journey which gives meaning to the whole of our lives.  Come to Jerusalem and see again the love of God and our salvation.

I commend to you one of the great prayers in our prayerbook, the Collect for Monday in Holy Week, pp. 168 (Traditional) and 220 (Contemporary).  My experience affirms the profound truth of this prayer.  What is your cross?  What is your way of the cross?  We all have one or more crosses to bear.  And we cannot run away from or run around them.  We have to pick them up and carry them responsibly.  And the miracle is ‑ the Easter miracle is! ‑ that we discover that our cross is the way of life and peace, and I would add the way of true freedom.  It is through the repeated experience of this miracle that we grow and mature in our life's pilgrimage, with God's help.

May your Lent and Easter this year bring you life and peace and freedom.



Home Communion

If you or someone you know is unable to attend church on either a long or short‑term basis, please call the parish office if you would like to have communion brought to you.


Adult Education on Sunday Mornings

The Church in an Age of Reason - During the two centuries between the death of Martin Luther in 1546 and the conversion of John Wesley in 1738 the Christian World experienced a major paradigm shift from an “age of faith” to an “age of reason.”  This class will deal with the challenges to Christianity resulting from a rise of science and rationalism.  This class will be held on Sunday, April 4th at 9:00am in the parish hall.

The Church in America - America was the land of new beginnings.  This course includes the study of great traditions such as the Puritans, the new ‘Episcopal Church,’ the Quakers and great movements such as the First Great Awakening.  Special attention will be given to the impact that Christianity has played in shaping America and especially the diversity and energy of the evangelical movement and Christian fundamentalism that is growing quickly in this country. This course will be held on Sundays, April 18th through May 23rd at 9:00am in the parish hall.

Calendar for Education Hour: 

Grades 1-6

4/4       9-10                 regular classes

                                    Ingathering of arks

4/9       afternoon          Good Friday - story and

                                    Stations of the Cross

4/11     9:45                 choir rehearsal

4/13     TBA                 school break activity

4/18     9-10                 breakfast, piñata party

4/25     9-10                 regular classes

5/2       9-10                 regular classes

P.S.  Remember the time change on April 4th, Palm Sunday!

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 volunteer table in the parish hall.


Maundy Thursday Prayer Watch

There is a sign-up sheet at the volunteer table in the parish hall for the Maundy Thursday Vigil.  It is suggested that two or more people sign up for each hour segment.

Good Friday Offering

On Good Friday we remember in a unique way the witness that Jesus gave to us on the cross.  Through his obedience and through his suffering ‑‑ through the fateful steps he took each day of Holy Week ‑‑ he showed the world just how much God loves us.  Jesus' entire life was a witness to that love and the cross continues to be a sign of that reality.

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 over 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. All contributions will be sent to the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem


 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 until 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 will celebrate that sacrament as well as have the opportunity to renew our own baptismal vows.

And then the shout is raised:



and so begins the first Eucharist of Easter, 2004.


The service begins at 7:30 p.m. 


The Flowering of the Cross

All children of St. Stephen’s are invited to participate in our annual Flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday. Families are asked to provide a flower or two for the cross. There will be some flowers available at the church.

Children (parents are welcome, too) will follow the choir and clergy down the aisle during the processional hymn. The cross will be in front of the chancel steps, and volunteers will be ready to assist the children in placing the flowers on the cross. The “flowered” cross will remain in the church until just after the sermon. At that point, ushers will take the cross out to the front lawn as a symbol of our rejoicing.


Flowered cross on Easter morning

Girl Scouts Send Three Cases of Cookies to Afgananstan

On Sunday, February 23rd, we were once again shown how caring the people at St. Stephen’s are.  Within minutes of announcing our Community Project of sending Girls Scout Cookies to the US soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, our collection box was overflowing!  You donated 3 cases (36 boxes) to be added to our already collected 5 cases (60 boxes).  In addition, you inspired us to add a cartoon to every box to brighten the receiver’s day. Thank you for your kindness.

Girl Scouts: Carrie Trant, Chelsea Trant, Shannon Trant and Anne Sombor

Children and Families are filling the Ark and Much More

By Richie Woodzell

The children in the lower grades have been enthusiastically participating in the Heifer International “Fill the Ark” project, and will bring their full arks to present during the offertory on Palm Sunday.  We will discover then if we have raised enough money to purchase a goat for a poor family.  On the Sunday after Easter we will celebrate with a goat piñata if we have reached our goal.  Work on the piñata has progressed slowly during coffee hours in March.

Meanwhile, the classes are working on memorization projects:  the 1st and 2nd grade are learning a song so they’ll remember the names of the 12 disciples; the 3rd and 4th graders have phrased the Ten Commandments in words they understand and are learning them, and the 5th and 6th graders are memorizing the Nicene Creed.  Part of our Palm Sunday devotions in class will be presenting what they’ve learned to the rest of the Sunday school.

There is no school on Good Friday.  Please bring your children to the children’s Good Friday observance at St. Stephen’s in the afternoon.  The exact time will be announced by Palm Sunday.  We will present a feltboard version of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and go through the Stations of the Cross, using a format written just for children.  The total time will be about one hour.

On Easter Day, children will rehearse with Tim Olsen at 9:45 in the church, for singing at the beginning of the 10:15 service.  We will also have a procession of children bringing flowers to place in the cross at the front of the church. 



Ten Reasons for Not Joining the Network of Anglican Dioceses and Parishes


In January, the bishops from the Diocese of Albany attended a conference in Plano, Texas, for the inauguration of the Network of Anglican Dioceses and Parishes. Both bishops both voted to support the NETWORK.  Following the meeting in January, both the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Albany looked at the Charter, and voted to recommend that the Diocesan Convention become a signatory to the Network.  Albany Via Media does not think that joining the Network would be a good thing.  Here are our reason:

1. Network governance reduces the role of laity in decision-making and is not democratic.

2. It does not promise obedience to the canons of the Episcopal Church, USA.

3. It encourages those who do not accept women's ordination and gives them a guaranteed voice in Network decision-making.           

4. It requires people to accept a belief statement beyond the Creeds.

5. It makes church teachings about marriage as important as teachings about God, the Creeds, and Sacraments, and imposes a particular interpretation of marriage.

6. It tries to replace the Episcopal Church, USA, by dealing directly with the Archbishop of Canterbury and other provinces.

7. It encourages parishes to have nothing to do with their diocesan bishop and to cut themselves off from the rest of their diocese.

8. The Network advocates a form of episcopal oversight in conflict with ECUSA constitution and canons.

9. It requires signers to "submit" to the authority of foreign primates, something no participating province (regional or national church) currently does.

10. It requires submission to the Bible rather than to God. The Bible contains all things necessary for salvation and can guide us (with tradition and reason) in discerning God's will, but God is in charge, not the Bible.

On the sign-up table in the parish hall is a simple petition written by Albany Via Media asking the Diocese of Albany NOT to become a part of the new network of conservative Episcopalians.  Several members of St. Stephen’s vestry have signed it and other members of the parish are also invited to do so.  Ten reasons for not joining network are placed next to the petition and everyone is free to take one.  The rector will be happy to talk to anyone interested.

 Are You Interested In Becoming A Member of St. Stephen's?

THE ANGLICAN ETHOS is a series of four classes that are 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 will provide 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 church.

These classes will be held on Sunday afternoons at noon beginning on May 2nd.  New members will be welcomed on Sunday, May 23rd.


SICM logo


 CROP Walk Set for Sunday, May 2

 The annual Schenectady CROP Walk is set for Sunday, May 2, from St. Helen’s School on Upper Union Street in Niskayuna. (The new start/end of walk is due to construction on State Street.) The 5K route will go through Central Park and return to the school for refreshments and entertainment. Pledge forms and recruiter information is available at the SICM office, 930 Albany Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and at Emmanuel-Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more information, call Marianne Comfort at 374-2683.


SICM Food Program Requests

 Letters to Legislators

The SICM Food Program is projecting a $50,000+ budget deficit by the end of this year. To help offset this, supporters are asked to send letters to state legislators requesting a special grant for purchases of food. A sample letter may be found on the SICM website: For information on the causes of this, contact Pat Obrecht or Mary Rainey at 346-4445.


COCOA House to Benefit from Golf Tournament

The COCOA House after school program has been designated the beneficiary of the annual Sunmark Federal Credit Union golf tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park. More details will be coming soon and available on the SICM website.


 Schenectady Food Providers to Host Benefit at Proctor’s on May 16

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16 for a showing of the movie “Grapes of Wrath” and a reception to benefit Schenectady County Food Providers, a coalition of food pantries and soup kitchens. The event will mark the 30th anniversary of the SICM Food Program, the oldest of the 11-member coalition. Tickets for the film are $5; for both the film and a reception afterwards, $25. Contact Ruth or Marianne at 374-2683 or for more information.


 Spiritually Sound-Physically Fit Manual Available


SICM has produced a how-to manual for Spiritually Sound-Physically Fit, a congregation-based exercise and nutrition program piloted by two member congregations last year. The free guide explains the program, offers ideas for replicating the program, and includes participant information that may be copied and distributed. For more information, contact Marianne at 374-2683 or



JOBS etc. Seeks City Funds; Council Involved


The annual Community Development Block Grant process, which is the core funding of JOBS etc, this year will be recommended by the Mayor but decided by the City Council. Given fiscal realities, advocacy likely will be needed to keep JOBS providing employment assistance.


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Churches Invited to be Congregations of Promise


Dr. Kevin Karpowicz of the Schenectady’s Promise project invites SICM churches to become “congregations of promise” by adopting the five principles of a nationwide movement to serve and empower youth. America’s Promise, of which the Schenectady project is a part, aims to provide youth with a healthy start, ongoing relationships with caring adults, safe places for activities, marketable skills through effective education, and opportunities for community service. For more information, contact Kevin Karpowicz at 370-8034 or at Information is also available at the website


SICM Volunteer Day Projected for 2005


The SICM Assembly decided to plan for another Volunteer Day in 2005, when members of various congregations will have the opportunity to work together on community service projects. The 2003 Volunteer Day created considerable enthusiasm, and that energy will be directed this year to other events, such as the Food Providers film fund-raiser, a golf tournament benefiting COCOA House and potential Food Program sources.



Home Furnishings Program


The Home Furnishings Program is working to provide basic household furniture, bedding and kitchen utensils for the families who lost everything in the recent fires in Schenectady.  Please see if you have any extra items in good shape which you can donate to Home Furnishings.  You may place small items in the basket in the parish hall; for furniture donations, please call HFP at 346-2444 to arrange for pickup.  Thank you very much!  Questions?  Ask Richey Woodzell, 372-9398.


There will be a Great Antiques and Collectibles Sale to raise money for the Home Furnishings Program at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Route 50 in Glenville on Friday, April 16, 1-7 PM, and Saturday, April 17, 9 AM – 2 PM, followed by an auction at 3 PM.  Admission is $3.00; appraisals are $5.00.  Lunch and homemade baked goods will be on sale Saturday.


Forum Scheduled on Medicare

Prescription Drug Law


Mike Burgess of The Alliance for Retired Americans and the Senior Action Council will deliver a presentation on the new Medicare prescription drug law on Thursday, April 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the McChesney Room of the main branch of the Schenectady Public Library. A panel discussion will also be included in the program.


Bake Sale On Palm Sunday

Proceeds to go to the Heifer Project


During coffee hour after the 10:15 service, the 3rd and 4th graders are organizing a bake sale with the proceeds going to the Heifer Project.  If anyone would like to contribute to the bake sale, we ask that you package the baked goods (cookies or brownies) so they are “single serving” and can be taken home.  If you would like to bake a pie, cake or bread, we will keep these whole for the bake sale.  We thank you for any contributions.

Look for baked goods after church on April 4th as the children work to raise money to buy a goat for a family through the Heifer Project.


Ask The Rector


With all the talk about doubling the size of the Episcopal Church by 2020, why is it becoming so difficult to be baptized?  I remember the days when priests baptized anybody, on all days of the week.  Now there are only a few Sunday mornings each year for baptism, and the parents must be members of St. Stephen's.  It seems that the Episcopal Church is making it more and more inconvenient for parents to have their children baptized.  Why not have baptisms on any Sunday morning?  Furthermore, why does it have to be Sunday morning anyway?  Finally, why must the parents be members of the congregation?


Dear Confused,


You are correct that the Church used to have many more days for baptism, and even used to perform 'private' baptismal services for families that were not connected to the parish.  There are three major problems the Church has with the idea.

First, on page 312 of the Book of Common Prayer it states: "Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saint's Day ......and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.  It is recommended that, as far as possible, Baptisms be reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present." I try "as far as possible" to hold to these specific days appointed by the prayerbook, however, we have performed baptisms on other Sundays when necessary.

Second, on page 298 of the Book of Common Prayer it states: "Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast."  This is so because baptism is a congregational experience; it is the reception of a person into the community of faith.  It cannot be just a 'family' matter.  The Church goes as far to say that in emergency situations a person can be baptized anywhere, anytime, by any baptized person ‑ as long as "the Baptism (is) recognized at a public celebration of the Sacrament..." (BCP, p. 314)  "Public" cannot be interpreted to mean a gathering of family members. In other words, the prayerbook does not allow for "private" baptism, though some Episcopal priests still will preside over such a baptism.  I agree with the 'congregational' understanding of the Sacrament and have never presided over one outside the gathered congregation.

As you can see, the Church's understanding of Baptism is dynamic; we are constantly exploring the mystery of the Sacrament, and our practices change with our understanding.  The Church does not believe that an unbaptized person is 'damned' (a loving God cannot work that way) and so the urgency of having an infant baptized is no longer necessary.  That's been a relief to many parishioners.

Finally, I have urged the grown children of our parishioners to wait to have their children baptized until they find a community of faith in which they want that child to be raised.  The congregation makes a promise to do all in their power to support the baptized in his/her life in Christ (BCP p. 303) I think this is best done in the present congregation of the parents, even if that is only a temporary parish home, for that will be where the child begins a new life in Christ and the continual help of the entire congregation will be needed in order to raise that child with integrity in faith.

I don't mean to sound so legalistic, but I hope you see the importance the Church places upon baptism.  It's not that we want to make it difficult for parents, but that we want baptism to be a joyful commitment of the entire congregation.








Friday, June 18, & Saturday, June 19, 2004


Hobart and William Smith College

Geneva, New York


Keynote Speaker:  Catherine Bertini

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management, and Former Director, United Nations World Food Programme

“Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table.”

…..Bill Moyers



Church Voices In the Public Square II


The Episcopal and Lutheran Churches of Upstate New York welcome your participation in the second Church Voices in the Public Square Conference.   The goal of this Conference will be to help empower Christians to live out their baptismal vows by:

·        Offering opportunities to learn more about public policy formation and implementation,

·        Providing a place, to meet others with a passion to help, and

·        Discovering effective tools for making a difference in the public square.

The Conference focus will be on the appropriate goals of public policy as they affect the lives of all of us and, in particular, the poor and oppressed within our society. 

·        Will legislation continue to focus on “band-aid” assistance which continues dependency or can religious institutions be part of the effort to support appropriate self-sufficiency and voice at every level of government?

·        What should we be doing that will make a difference?

·        How can we work in cooperation with other faith groups in our communities?

·        Can we expect to prevail against moneyed interest groups?

·        What can we do?

·        How do we start?

·        With whom do we work?


The key-note speaker will be Ms Catherine Bertini, appointed as Under-Secretary-General for Management in January 2003,by United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan.  She is responsible for administering the United Nations human, financial, and physical resources.  This includes management of the $2 billion budget, human resources to support over 9,000 United Nations staff members, facilities management for and Security of the staff in New York City, and Investments.  She is also charged with implementation of the Secretary-General’s management reform initiatives.  Ms Bertini is the senior American official in the United Nations Secretariat.

Ms Bertini was appointed as Special UN Envoy for Drought in the Horn of Africa in 2000-2001.  The Secretary General also appointed her as his Personal Humanitarian Envoy in 2002, and sent her to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to assess the humanitarian needs of people living in Gaza and the West Bank.  She and her husband, Tom Haskell, a freelance photographer, reside in Cortland, New York.

Registration forms for this conference are available on the sign-up table in the parish hall.

 Anniversaries to Keep in Mind

April Birthdays


          Dennis Wisnom                          4/1
Helen Begley                              4/2
Janet Faubion                             4/2
June Russell                                4/3

Kira Dietz                                   4/5

Sarah Northup Huneau               4/6
Nathan Kaczka                          4/7
Gerald Perregaux                        4/9
Lucy Clark                                 4/10
Gordon Jaquith                           4/10
Brendon McCarthy                     4/10
Hiola Henry                                4/11
Victoria Brooks-McDonald        4/11
Tanner MacIvor                         4/11
Steven Ras                                 4/12
Bailey Mertz                               4/12
Noreen  Jurgensen                      4/14
Katherine Miller                          4/15
Donald Reid                               4/16
Dave Crates                               4/16
 Jean Slanker                               4/19
Dorothy Rigley                           4/20
Elizabeth Varno                         4/20
Dave Stevens                             4/21
Rebecca Emaelaf                       4/21
Cory McKeone                          4/21
Dennis Holcombe                       4/22
Cindy Marshall                           4/23
Kathleen Small                           4/28
Denis Manor                              4/28


March Wedding Anniversaries


          Jack & Olive Carter Luczka                        4/5

          Sidney & Gillian Woodcock                         4/5

          Susan Townsend  & Steven Koch                 4/6

          Omer  & Pearl Burton                                   4/20

          Peter & Josephina Nevius                              4/29

          Budd Mazurek &  Carole Merrill-Mazurek     4/29

Schedules to Remember

LEM and Care Givers Schedules


Week of

Care Team

April 4

G. & S. Woodcock

April 11

G. & R. Woodzell

April 18

A. & K. Lowe

March 28

G. & S. Woodcock


8: 00 am Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules




1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

April 4

M. Causey

G. Woodcock

S. Ras

April 11


B. Mazurek

S. Woodcock

April 18

D. Carroll

D. Stevens

K. Miller

April 25

C. Jones

M. Causey

P. Nevius


10: 15 am Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules




1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

April 4

V. Hoshko

G. Woodzell

B. Strangefeld

S. Grady

April 11

N. Hoffmann

G. Jaquith

O. Jones

April 18

D. Trawick

B. Adams

V. Hoshko

April 25

D. Carroll

N. Hoffmann

L. Pratico


Holy Week Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules




1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

April 8



B. Frank

L. Emaelaf

G. Woodzell

April 9



no chalice

B. Mazurek


April 10



C. Jones




April Altar Flowers


18        In memory of Ralph May II

            given by Ralph and Doreen May


25        In memory of the loved ones of

            Austin and Marti Spang



Flowering of the cross


Ushers’ Schedule

April 4

Mertz, Kilbourn

April 11

Trant, Trant

April 18

Sombor, Kelly

April 25

Walther, Jones


Altar Guild Schedule

April 3-9

Liz Casale, Kabby Lowe, Liz Varno

April 10-16

Charline Hoffmann, Pauline Northrop, Jean Versocki

April 17-23

Josephine Jones, Carolyn Morin, June Russell, Gill Woodcock

April 24-30

Liz Casale, Kabby Lowe, Liz Varno


Counter Schedule

April 4

D. May, R. May, Strangfeld Ackner, Belardo, Voelker

April 11

Gittinger, Molino, Grady

April 18

Versocki, Belardo, Voelker

April 25

Causey, Crates, Spang


Acolyte Schedule






April 4

Paul Pratico


Megan Price


Alik Versocki

Libby Marshall

April 8

Andy Marshall

Anne Sombor

Ayodele Jones

Britta Kilbourn

April 9

Chris Morin




April 10

John Casale

Tyleigh Versocki

Alli DeBritz

Emily Mertz

April 11 (8:00)

Paul Pratico

Laura Pratico

Zachary Price

Katie Casale

April 11  (10:15)

Andy Marshall

Tom Casale

Libby Marshall

Will Koch

April 18

Chris Morin

Megan Price

Britta Kilbourn

Carrie Trant

April 25

John Casale

Anne Sombor

Ayodele Jones

Chelsea Trant


         Easter Altar Flowers


In memory of ________________


As a thank offering_____________


Name: _______________


Amount: ______


Please send to the church office (1229

Baker Ave.) or place in collection

plate. Deadline is April 6.


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


 Warden:                   Grant Jaquith

 Warden:                   Shari MacIvor

 Clerk:                         David Caruso

 Treasurer:                  Denise Crates

 Chancellor:              Rosemarie Jaquith

 Class of 2004Dave Carroll;  Liz Casale;  Denise Crates

 Class of 2005:   Steve Ras;  Sondra Grady;   Vicki Hoshko

Class of 2006Marilyn Dare;  Budd Mazurek;  Keith Nelson             


 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 The rector’s email is Our website address is

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