The Messenger

Saint Stephen’s, Schenectady                                                                                                 October 2004

  All Saint's Day

 

All Saint's Day is one of the seven principal feasts of the church.  This day is a celebration of Christ in His whole mystical body.  We are reminded that the saints still support us by their witness and example and surround us with their love and prayers.  All Saint's Day is the one day set aside each year when our faithful departed are remembered.  If you would like to have a particular person remembered by name, it is not too late. Please call the parish office as soon as you receive this newsletter.  We will remember them on Sunday, October 31st at the 8 & 10:15 Eucharists.  The later service will include first communion for some of our young people and a baptism!


 

From the Rector

 

Dear Friends,

 

A number of you have asked me to comment on what happened in the Diocese of Albany this past summer and what St. Stephen's response will be. 

 

In a vote by orders, the Episcopal Diocese of Albany approved a resolution to join the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes at the diocesan convention in June. The clergy, consisting of priests and locally ordained deacons, approved the resolution by a wide margin, 89-36. This was 71% for, 29% against.  In the parish vote, with each parish of the diocese casting one vote, the tally was much closer, 60-42. This was 59% for, and a strong 41% of congregations opposing the Network.  A vote by orders means that each “order” (clergy and parishes) must have a majority for the measure to pass. I sensed  that many laity feared the diocese will be pulled out of the Episcopal Church once the Network became  a reality.

 

For Albany Via Media and the 41% ‘non-network’ parishes in the Diocese of Albany, there are many concerns about how network membership will play out. The most consistent concern expressed by parishes is the right of congregations to choose clergy spiritually consistent with the values of the congregations. Many have noted influx of more conservative clergy into the diocese in recent years and fear that they will not be allowed to choose moderate or liberal clergy for their moderate or liberal parishes. In this matter, Albany Via Media hopes to continue the good-faith relationship with the bishop on behalf of the more moderate and liberal parishes who seek to be faithful to their own traditions in Christ.

 

The vestry is considering a resolution affirming and remaining loyal to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Episcopal Church, USA, as interpreted and executed by the General Convention of the national church and renouncing any action to affiliate with the Network by the Diocese. 

 

Also since the convention, the Diocese of Albany has paid only a fraction of what it pledged to the national church. The vestry had a long discussion about their response and decided that St. Stephen’s will pay the diocese that portion of the assessment in the same percentage as the diocese pays to the National Church in 2004 with the remainder of the assessment held in escrow.

 

This month the Eames Report will be delivered to the Archbishop of Canterbury deciding how the world-wide Anglican Communion will respond to the North American churches.  It has been leaked to the London Times that the Episcopal Church in the United States will face exclusion from the worldwide Anglican communion as punishment for ordaining a gay bishop.  No one will be certain until the report is issued and until we see what the Network’s response to it will be.

 

We live in troubled times in the Episcopal Church.  I ask your continued prayers for the national church and for our diocese.

 

Fr. James


 

THE DEACON'S BENCH

 

Today was an especially challenging visit to the women in the jail. As I arrived on the 5th floor where the women reside I could hear shouting going on. One tier in particular seemed to be in turmoil. Three officers were in the corridor, shouting at inmates who were shouting at each other. As I approached, one officer yelled, "Here's somebody you can talk to. Talk to Deacon Jones. She will listen to you." The inmate walked away to the far end of the tier, waving her arms and punching the air, yelling that she wasn't going to take it any longer, she was going to really hurt somebody, etc. etc. She continued shouting at me, with frequent loud interruptions from other inmates, which only aggravated her further. Eventually I was able to keep her focused on me rather than the others, and her voice quieted a little. She wanted to call her aunt, the only person who she thought might help her calm down. I checked with an officer, and told her to speak to the sergeant when he came through in 45 minutes or so. "Forty-five minutes? What am I supposed to do for forty-five minutes? I can't stay in this place for another forty-five minutes." I began asking her about her home, her school, her family---anything to get her mind off her surroundings.

 

And I heard the most amazing story, about a young woman from Harlem and South Bronx, who raised her little brother and sister alone, with only neighbors looking in now and then. (Her mother was an addict who was never home, always out "doing what she does.") She herself is a good student, loves school and worries that she will be too late to go back and finish her education after she gets out of jail. She wants to be a pediatrician and take care of little kids and babies. She taught her siblings to fight to protect themselves, because "there is never going to be any 'better way' to settle arguments­people aren't ever going to let up on you." Finally she was quiet for a few moments, then she said, "I'm going in my cell and just sit and think for awhile." She held my hand a moment and walked away. It was very quiet.

 

                                     Deacon Pat


 

 Becoming a Member at Saint Stephen's

 

On Sunday, October 3rd the rector will begin a series of four Inquirers' classes.  Participants would not be making a commitment of any sort by attending the classes.  They are intended to give you an overview of how Episcopalians fit into the complex of protestant and catholic churches.  I will be talking about the National Episcopal Church, our own Diocese of Albany, our own parish of St. Stephen's and the relationship among all three.   

Fr. James takes the decision to join a church very seriously.  Therefore it is incumbent upon him to let you know the truth: both what he thinks are wonderful things about our church, and also some not-so-wonderful things. There is always candid and open discussion.

The classes will be held in an informal atmosphere.  It is required for all adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the church, but is open to all members of the Parish Family.  We will meet on Sunday mornings between Noon and 1:00 p.m. from October 3rd through October 24th.  Participants will meet in the parish office, the aluminum sided house on Baker Avenue. There is limited parking in the office driveway.

 

Most people who attended the classes have enjoyed them, even if they did not decide to take the important step into formal membership into the congregation.


    

A Word from Past Members

 

Hi Y'all,

Hard to believe we've been down here 10 years. Seems like just yesterday.

I found your website just by chance. I was working on some Adult Education material and was perusing the history of our first Great Gathering in 2002. Oddly, the links that interested me most led to the Albany Diocese (A Study

Guide for Reclaiming the Great Commission) and then on to you. I have spent the last half hour perusing your website. It is fabulous!

Donna and I have wondered what has been going on. Judging from the web site I would say a lot. It is great to see the pictures and recognize so many old friends. I would suspect with all the old issues of the Messenger on-line, we will have a lot of reading to do. There is much to tell. I left Standard Products 5 years ago and currently sell residential real estate. (Picture that if you will.) Donna is a happy stay at home grandmother. Besides Bryson (age 8) we have a grand daughter MacKenzie (age 16 months). Alyson is married and lives nearby. She is currently working toward a nursing degree. Jennifer is married and living in Tallahassee, Fla. She is expecting her first in April '05.

Both Donna and I have become very active in our parish (after a number of years on the side lines). We both sing in the choir. Donna is involved in

youth ministry, while I have gone on into Adult Education and Evangelism. I recently enrolled in a four-year study program "Education for Ministry." This is an opportunity for small group Bible Study and exploration of Church History. It is the beginning of whole new journey for us, and one that we are really enjoying.

I'll close here. We would love to hear from some of the "old timers" who might remember us.

 

Our Best to all,

Larry & Donna

Larry's email address is: lnewton@sc.rr.com


 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS

 

Our thanks to all who took the time to respond to our questionnaire about summer worship. Our guest clergy were greatly appreciated. Morning Prayer proved to be quite popular. Maybe we will use it again on Founders' Day, November 14th, which would be particularly appropriate since Morning Prayer was the customary form of worship in the early days of St. Stephen's. A number of you offered helpful suggestions for improving our worship, and  the Worship Committee will consider every one.

 

The committee meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of most months. The October meeting will address worship in the Advent and Christmas seasons. Interested worshipers are welcome to attend any of our meetings. The Sunday evening worship service will resume on October 3rd, with Evening Prayer at 7:00. A complete schedule of services will be announced soon.

                                     Deacon Jones


 

Communion Class

 

The prayerbook stresses that baptism is the beginning of full membership in the Church.  Since all baptized Christians are welcome at the altar, discretion is left to parents as to when they want their child to begin receiving communion.  Criteria for Confirmation involve the moment when a person is both old enough and prepared enough to know the implications of making a voluntary, public and personal acceptance of the vows made earlier at Baptism on his/her behalf.

 

Classes for parents and children who are planning to prepare for reception to the Holy Communion, and those who have already begun receiving but who want further preparation, will meet on two Tuesdays: October 19 in the parish hall from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm and October 26 in the church from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm.   Parents are needed to help on October 19th.

 

Those parents wishing their children to take communion for the first time could plan to do so on All Saints Sunday, October 31st at the 10:15 am Eucharist. 


 

Church School – Lower Grades

 

Our celebration of All Saints’ Day this year will be on October 31.  In preparation for this church festival, we are reading stories about some of the early Christians, including St. Stephen and St. George.  In mid October, children will be encouraged to choose a particular saint to study, and will dress up as that person for our Saints’ Party.  The Church School Saints’ Party is planned for 9:00am on October 31st.  The Kindergarteners and preschoolers are welcome to come as well.  There will be games and stories, fun and food.  Also that morning, the children’s choir will sing, “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” during the 10:15 service. 

 

We have four classes for the younger children, with enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, who will be commissioned on October 31, at the service celebrating All Saints’ Day. 

 

·        PreK & K – Sharon Trant, with Carrie Trant as helper, and _______

·        Grades 1 & 2 – Linda Emaelaf and Carolina Lucchini

·        Grades 3 & 4 – Laura Davis and Robin Kaczka

·        Grades 5 & 6 – Allison de Kanel and Peter Nelson.

 

We still need another teacher for the youngest class, to alternate weeks with the Trants.  If you feel called to working with these children, for about half an hour during the 10:15 service, please call Richey Woodzell, 372-9398, or talk to Fr James.

 

 

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.

 

 


  

What in the World Is “Undies Sunday”?

 

Undies Sunday is an opportunity to help some of the women in the Schenectady County Jail who have no one to provide for their most basic needs while they are in jail. The jail provides an orange nylon jumpsuit or pants and shirt­no underwear, sox or sweatshirts. (And almost nobody packs a bag to go to jail: they have just what they wore when they were arrested.)

 

The jail regulations are strict regarding what is permissible. Here is a list of acceptable items:

·        Cotton underpants (no silk or silk-like)

·        Cotton T shirts (white only, no design)

·        Sox (white only)

·        Underpants in all sizes, 5-Xlarge are needed; I buy plain white whenever possible, but colors are OK.

·        T-shirts: Large to Xxlarge or even XXXlarge.

·        Bras: (no underwire) I buy white or black sports bras XL,XXL,XXXL.

All these items are available at most dollar stores, ranging $4-8 per package. Sometimes a big box store has a good sale.

 

If you would like to contribute, please bring items to church and place in the "Undies Sunday" basket in the back of the church. October 17 will be The Day, but there is always a need; at the moment I have requests from 10 women for underpants, 7 for T-shirts, 4 for bras. If you would rather donate money, that is fine to put it in a marked envelope and place it in the offering plate.

 

On behalf of "my girls," I thank you very much for this help.

 

                                                             Deacon Pat


  

Confirmation or Reception???

 

When a new person comes to Saint Stephen's and decides to become a member, s/he usually attends a series of four inquirers' classes.  The purpose of these classes is to talk about what the Episcopal Church in general and Saint Stephen's congregation in particular is like and how it compares to other churches. 

 

After attending the classes the person has a choice to join the church, or to remain an active supporter.  If the person had been confirmed in another non-Episcopal church, s/he would be 'received' by the Bishop with a laying-on of hands and a prayer.  If the person has never been confirmed in any church, then s/he would be 'confirmed' by the Bishop with a laying-on of hands and a slightly different prayer.  Either way, the person now is considered a member in the Episcopal Church and of Saint Stephen's congregation.  If s/he wishes to change membership to another Episcopal church, a letter will be sent from Saint Stephen's to the other church and the person now would be considered a member of that church.  No confirmation or reception is necessary. 


 

Quiet Day

 

On Saturday, November 20, the Daughters of the King will hold a Quiet Day.  Consider setting aside a few hours to spend in silence, as a prelude to the season of Advent and in preparation for the festival of Christmas.  Look for details next month.


  

Anniversaries to Keep in Mind

 

 

October Birthdays

 

    

Katharine Lowe                        10/3
Alex Rizzo                        10/3
Barbara Strangfeld                        10/4
Eugene Whitney                        10/5
Susan Liberis                        10/7
Grant Jaquith                        10/8
Herbert Gretz                        10/11
Janet Schlansker                        10/11
Donald Molino                        10/12
Diana Belardo                        10/14
Cameron Pierce                        10/14
Polly Mathews                        10/15
Rosemarie Jaquith                        10/16
Norma Flora                        10/19
Katherine Casale                        10/20
Suzanne Wolff                        10/20
Thomas Miller                        10/21
Dante Anthony                        10/21
Karen Holcombe                        10/22
Alice Petter                        10/23
Michael DeBritz                        10/24
Larene Jaquith                        10/24
Allie Strong                        10/25
Colton Jaquith                        10/26
Eunice Chouffi                        10/28
Samuel Holocombe                        10/30
Matthew Canavan                        10/30
Justin Phillips                        10/31
Christopher Morin                        10/31
Emily Riordan                        10/31

 

October Wedding Anniversaries

 

Dawn McCarthy                        10/4
Jesse & Elizabeth Dipley                        10/9
Robert & Bonita Bailey                        10/9
Edward & Margaret Walther                        10/10
Bob & Angela Strong                        10/14
Herbert & Shirley Gretz                        10/19


  

Schedules to Remember

 

LEM and Care Givers Schedules

 

Week of

Care Team

October 3

L. Perregauz & M. Causey

October 10

P. Northrop & L. Peake

October 17

J. Russell & M. Alexander

October 24

G. & S. Woodcock

October 31

G. & R. Woodzell

 

 

8: 00 am Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules

 

Date

Chalice

1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

Oct. 3

M. Causey

D. Stevens

G. Woodcock

Oct.10

C. Jones

S.Woodcock

M. Causey

Oct. 17

C.M-M

B. Mazurek

P. Nevius

Oct. 24

P. Holmes

M. Bishop

L. Stevens

Oct. 31

T. Miller

S. Ras

K. Miller

 

 

 

10: 15 am Chalice Bearer and Lector Schedules

 

Date

Chalice

1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

Oct. 3

D. Carroll

T. Ormsbee

S. Grady

Oct. 10

O. Luczka

B. Voelker

MG Hinger

Oct. 17

N. Hoffmann

D. Manor

V. Hoshiko

Oct. 24

G. Woodzell

G. Jaquith

R. Caruso

Oct. 31

C. Jones

C. M-M

L. Emaelaf

 

 

Ushers’ Schedule

October 3

Mertz, Kilbourn

October 10

Trant, Trant

October 17

Sombor, Kelly

October 24

Walther, Jones

October 31

Mertz, Kilbourn

 

Altar Guild Schedule

October 2-8

C. Morin, J. Russell, D. Wisnom, G. Woodcock

October 9-15

L. Casale, J. Jones, K. Lowe

October 16-22

C. Hoffmann, P. Northrop, J. Versocki

October 23-29

C. Morin, J. Russell, D. Wisnom, G. Woodcock

Oct. 30- Nov. 5

L. Casale, J. Jones, K. Lowe

 

 

 

 

Flowers in October

October 3

Available

October 10

In memory of the loved ones of Betty and Jesse Dipley

October 17

In memory of Caitlyn Worthington Olberg, given by Andrea Worthington and Rob Olberg

October 24

Available

Oct. 31

All Saints Day

In memory of Naomi Vanda and George Horch, given by Steward Vanda

 

 

 

Counter Schedule

Oct. 3

D. May, R. May, B. Strangfeld

Oct. 10

M. Gittinger, D. Molino, S. Grady

Oct. 17

J. Versocki, D. Belardo, B. Voelker

Oct. 24

M. Causey, D. Crates, A. Spang

Oct. 31

P. Northrop, L. Peake, K. Small

Keepers of “The Book”

October 3

Rosemarie Jaquith

October 10

Gillian Woodcock

October 17

Millie Gittinger

October 24

Kathy Miller

October 31

Sue Goldthwaite

 

 

Acolyte Schedule


Date

Crucifer

Server

Torch

Torch

October 3

Chris Morin

 

Tyleigh Versocki

 

Will Koch

Ayodele Jones

October 10

Carrie Trant

Anne Somber

Alik Versocki

Britta Kilbourn

October 17

Tom Casale

Laura Pratico

 

Alli De Britz

Joey DeBritz

October 24

Tyleigh Versocki

Chris Morin

 

Chelsea Trant

Shannon Trant

October 31

John Casale

Tom Casale

Zachary Price

Katie Casale