The Messenger

Saint Stephen’s, Schenectady      December 2004


 

Saint Stephen, Deacon And Martyr

 The patron saint of our parish is St. Stephen whose life we will celebrate on Sunday, December 26th at a festive Eucharist at 10:15am.

Stephen was called one of the "seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom" (Acts 6:3).  He was chosen by the apostles to relieve them of the administrative burden of "serving tables and caring for the widows." This became what the Church traditionally considers to be the work and ministry of a deacon.

Stephen's activities involved more than simply "serving tables" for the Acts of the Apostles speaks of his preaching and performing many miracles.  These activities led him into conflict with some of the Jews, who accused him of blasphemy, and brought him before the Sanhedrin.  His powerful sermon before the Council is recorded in the seventh chapter of Acts.  His denunciation of the Sanhedrin so enraged its members that, without a trial, they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death.

Saul, later called Paul, stood by, consenting to Stephen's death, but Stephen's example of steadfast faith in Jesus, and of intercession for his persecutors, was to find fruit in the mission and witness of Paul after his conversion.  The Christian community in Jerusalem, taking fright at the hostility of the Judean authorities, was scattered; so that for the  first time the Gospel of Christ began to spread beyond Jerusalem.

Come celebrate our patron saint on Sunday!


Advent

 Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th.  It is a time to prepare for Christ's birth as well as for His second coming to judge the world.  It is a time of watching and waiting and great expectation.  Purple, the color of thoughtfulness and penitence, is the color of the season.  The Greek letters, Alpha (the first of the alphabet) and Omega (the last letter) combine to make the symbol for this season of the year signifying that God is Eternal ‑‑ the beginning and the end.  Come and worship during Advent in joyful anticipation of the birth of our Lord.

 

Gathering Straws

 

A tradition at Saint Stephen’s is the "Gathering Straws" to soften the waiting manger bed in your household crèche.  It is just helpful in reminding children about the season of Advent.  For every good deed a straw is placed in the manger as a graphic sign of growth and preparation for the Christ Child we await.  On Christmas Eve, the little manger, now soft with straw, is brought in procession to the waiting stable where the figure of the Child is placed during the night.  Small bags of straw can be found on a table in the Parish Hall Extension.

 

Change in our Nursery

 

Beginning on Nov. 14th Margaret Trawick became our paid child care worker from 9 am to 11:30 am every Sunday morning.  A schedule is being prepared so that a parent will help Margaret on a rotating basis each Sunday.  Also, the vestry has decided to move the nursery to the small classroom on the lower level.  This will happen as soon as the tower room is ready for the 5th and 6th graders.


 

Christmas Services

CHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 p.m.  Family Eucharist
10:45 p.m.  Christmas Carols
11:00 p.m.  Festive Candlelight Eucharist

CHRISTMAS DAY
10:00 a.m.  Eucharist

FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN.   Tuesday, December 26th
10:00 a.m. Eucharist

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, December 26th
8:00 a.m.  Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer

THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD.  New Year's Day
10:00 a.m.  Eucharist

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS,  January 2nd
8:00 a.m.  Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
7:00 p.m. Eucharist

EPIPHANY SUNDAY,  January 9th
8:00 a.m.  Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

 

   

Child Care Christmas Eve

 

The nursery will be open at the 5:00 p.m. service.  Toddlers are invited to share the church service experience with their families, but it can be a long time for some to be still.


Cleaning And Greening Of The Church

 

Help prepare the church for Christmas. On Sunday morning, December 19th, after the 10:15 Eucharist we will meet in the church to hang the greens, and generally prepare the church for our celebration of Christ's birth.


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

 INQUIRE'S CLASSES are a basic four week course which is 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 – the world-wide Anglican Communion, the national Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Albany and our own congregation of St. Stephen.

 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 are held on Sundays at noon in the rector’s office beginning January 9th.  


From the Rector

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I write this message, the last of the dressing has been eaten; the rest of the turkey will have to be frozen since another turkey sandwich is out of the question.  The busiest shopping day of the year has ushered in another shopping season.  Christmas carols are heard in the stores, on the radio, and in just about every other commercial on television.  And yet, it is four weeks before Christmas.  The rush has not begun.  We are between holidays.  Very soon Christmas break will be here, and then we will be doing that last minute shopping, addressing cards, wrapping presents, and rehearsing.  But, for the time being, we are resting, waiting.

 

God's people have always been a waiting people, waiting and watching.  Often we wait, not knowing exactly what to expect, hoping for something to happen, hoping for someone to come: a letter in the mail, a visitor, our number in the lottery.

 

God's people are a waiting people.  But waiting is difficult: in the surgical waiting room ‑ awaiting a word; in a long line at the bank, in an airport.  Have you ever noticed the variety in the manner of people's waiting?  Some are the staunch kinds who wait with a sure and certain hope. Others sit on the edge of their seats in anxious fear.  You can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she waits.

 

But waiting is hard.  We often become impatient and thereby miss the mighty movement and redemptive voice of God. Sometimes our impatient waiting causes us to miss out on the joy of that for which we are waiting.

 

The season of Advent, which we began December 3rd, evokes the emotions of anticipation in Christians.  It captures the ancient yearning for the Messiah that was so much a part of the history of the Hebrew nation.  Advent comes in the part of the year when the days grow shorter and shorter, when we feel surrounded by darkness, and when our need to look forward and to hope becomes especially intense.  It is an in‑ between season of waiting and of watchful preparation.  But there is a great danger in waiting for the Lord's Coming with impatience and anxious fear.  This Advent season could be nothing more than a busy, expensive holiday in which we burn up our emotions and become tired of Christmas weeks before it comes.

 

Take some time away from that busy schedule, slow down.  Let's take some time this Advent to make ourselves ready, to allow Christ to act upon us; to feel His penetrating power deep within us, enabling us to be ignited from within, creating the warmth that will give the glow of Jesus in us, a glow that will allow others to see that Christ has come and that He is coming again.


 The Windsor Report: An Overview

By Robert Dodd

 In the summer of 2003, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire chose an openly gay priest, Canon V.Gene Robinson to be its bishop. Both this decision and its subsequent confirmation by ECUSA’s General Convention in Minneapolis were consistent with the Church’s canons, but they and Convention’s decision to acknowledge (though not endorse) same sex relationships drew a firestorm from traditionally minded Anglicans. Fifteen provinces, largely in Africa and South America, declared themselves to be either out of communion or in impaired communion with ECUSA. In this country, disaffected parishes and dioceses, supported by such groups as the American Anglican Council (AAC) and the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), formed the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes (hereafter “the Network”), ostensibly to provide space for traditional Episcopalians within ECUSA.

 In an effort to preserve the strife-ridden Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury appointed Robin Eames, Archbishop of Ireland, to form a 15-member commission to consider the controversy and make recommendations for its resolution. Its 93-page Windsor Report, published last month, is the subject of this article and the essay that follows it.

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The heart of the Eames Commission’s report is its mid-section (pages 41 to 60), which states its recommendations to Canterbury and the primates. These include steps toward reconciliation to be taken immediately and measures that will, it is hoped, prevent such inter-communal warfare from breaking out in the future.

 

The Windsor Report appeals to both ECUSA and its accusers to apologize for harm done to others. It asks ECUSA to suspend the ordination of gay clerics and both ECUSA and the Canadian Diocese of New Westminster to forebear from blessing same sex unions. On the other hand, it urges those American bishops who have stood against Convention’s decisions to reconsider their position, lest they make “a profoundly dismissive statement about their adherence to the polity of their own church.” (Sec. 155). They also ask those foreign bishops who have crossed province boundaries uninvited to counsel or evangelize to cease doing so, in the interest of “the old norm of the Church that all the Christians in one place should be united in their prayer, worship and the celebration of the sacraments.” (Sec. 154).

 

The Report’s recommendations for strengthening the Anglican Communion against further strife include:

 

            1. Giving the Archbishop of Canterbury the authority, which he now lacks, to “articulate the mind of the Communion” in disputes (Sec. 109). (As Sec. 110 of the Report states, the Commission believes that Canterbury already has the power to invite – or not invite – whomever he chooses to attend Primates Meetings and Lambeth Conferences.)

 

            2. Establishing a “Council of Advice” to assist the Archbishop in making hard decisions.

 

            3. Creating a Communion-wide Anglican Covenant, based on principles accepted by all provinces, and with moral if not legal force. (A long process of development and approval is anticipated...)

 

            4. Recognizing that elections to the episcopate have global significance and should be so viewed. (Here, the Commission calls  for a “change of outlook” rather than new procedures.)

 

            5. Inviting those who participated in the elevation of Canon Robinson and/or sanctification of same sex unions to express regret therefor  or “consider whether they should withdraw themselves from representative functions in the Anglican Communion.” (Sec. 134) (Elsewhere, the Report counsels Canterbury to be cautious in involving Bp. Robinson in Communion affairs.)

 

            6. Providing alternative episcopal oversight as a last resort where parishes are irretrievably at odds with their bishop. The Commission endorses the approach suggested by ECUSA’s House of Bishops, which requires the consent of the “host” bishop.

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Both Presiding Bishop Griswold and Archbishop Rowan Williams have urged that the Windsor Report be considered carefully and as a whole and not, in Griswold’s words, “read selectively to buttress any particular perspectives.” The Report will be discussed at all levels of the Communion between now and next June, when the 100 bishops, clergy, and lay persons who make up the Anglican Consultative Council officially receive it. That stage is significant for two reasons: First, the Council alone among the four Instruments of Unity has legislative power. Second, it alone includes lay representatives.

 

Given the scope of the Windsor Report, it is not surprising that early responses to it have varied widely. All conservative groups – the AAC, IRD, Network and African primates – deplore the absence of sanctions against ECUSA and regret the Commission’s endorsement of DEPO. The African primates also object to the Report’s criticism of their intervention in foreign provinces.

 

What the Network and its supporters do in response to the Windsor Report is, arguably, more important than what they say. Despite the Report’s appeal for restraint and its rejection of parallel jurisdictions,” Uganda remains involved in a struggle over property rights for three parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles.  And the Diocese of Pittsburgh recently joined that of Fort Worth in amending its constitution to give it precedence over ECUSA on issues of theology. The Diocese of San Joaquin has had a first reading of a similar amendment.

 

Early responses from moderate to progressive Episcopalians have been few, but some show very clearly that the pain caused by the present controversy has two sides. London’s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement was particularly stung by the Report’s proposal that Canterbury exclude Bp. Robinson from Communion functions – “an isolation that many homosexuals feel all their lives.”

 

Paul Marshall, Bishop of Bethlehem (PA), has also expressed sorrow that in its zeal to protect the Communion against attacks from the right, the Commission ignored the justice issues that led ECUSA to its position on homosexuality and the decades of study and reflection that it rests on. “Only one set of consciences is honored,” he observes.

 

Bp. Marshall also points to a crucial flaw in the Commission’s recommendations: An effort to give one primate – the state-appointed Archbishop of Canterbury – power of decision. Here and elsewhere, the Eames Commission, on which just one (retired) American bishop sat, betrays rather complete ignorance of the importance of the last three letters of ECUSA.


Christmas Cards 2004

 It’s time for the Great Christmas Card Project once again! Every year, St.  Stephen’s provides cards and postage for the women(and in good years, the men as well) in the Schenectady County Correctional Facility, so that they  can send cards to their loved ones. If you have extra cards, bring them to church at any time. On December 19th, following the 10:15 service, we will assemble an ad hoc team to sort, stamp and package the cards for delivery to the jail. Donations of postage stamps are appreciated too, the earlier the better, so that we purchase only what is needed. These cards are so much appreciated; I wish that all who contribute could go with me to receive the thanks in person.

                                                 Deacon Pat

 


 Home Furnishings

 

“Sarah Gabrielle, I baptize you …” On October 9, 2004, Sarah Gabrielle Gonhue was baptized at the Albany Damien Center, where Terri, her mother, is a volunteer cook. Terri and Sarah have been living at Hope House, a residence for women and children, since shortly before Sarah’s birth last March. They will soon be moving into an apartment in Albany, and I am trying to help them acquire some basic home furnishings. They have no furniture except a crib, no  dishes, cookware, lamps, linens, etc. If you  are able to help, please call me at home (372-5836) or speak to me after church. This is not meant to compete with the Christmas gifts we give to needy families. But if you have furniture or furnishings that are no longer needed but still serviceable, this is an opportunity to clear out some “stuff” and give much-needed help to a mother and child at the same time.

Thank you.

                        Deacon Pat


Undies Sunday

 

Thank you! Thank you! Would you believe--176 pairs of underpants, 60+ pairs of socks, plus T-shirts and bras, and more coming in! There will be a lot of very thankful women at the Schenectady County Correctional Facility in the months ahead. Your generous response to their need is an acknowledgement of our common humanity and desire for dignity.  "Lord, when did we see you naked, or sick, or in prison and cared for you?"

 

Deacon Pat


The Jesus Movie Project:  Savior on the Silver Screen

 

Since the beginnings of cinema over a century ago, filmmakers and filmgoers have been fascinated with movies about the life and times of Jesus.  From D.W. Griffith to Martin Scorsese, directors have tried to capture “the greatest story ever told” on film.  Response from moviegoers, critics, and Christians has ranged from praise and adoration to ridicule and charges of blasphemy.

Beginning on January 14th some members of our congregation will begin a two-year project of watching and discussing a wide variety of movies about Jesus.  We will be using a computer projector for large screen viewing and a enhanced sound system.  We may even have pop corn and soda!  We will be doing this every other month for 2005 and 2006.  The suggested schedule is:

January 14, 2005 - The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

March 11, 2005  - King of Kings (1961)

May 13, 2005  - The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

September 16, 2005  - The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

November 11, 2005  - The Last Temptation of Christ - Criterion Collection (1988)

January 13, 2006 - Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

March 17, 2006 - The Jesus Film (1979)

May 12. 2006 - Jesus of Montreal (1990)

September 15, 2006 - Jesus (2000)

Please see the rector for comments or additional suggestions.


 Study of Middle East Investments

 

Some members of the congregation of St. Stephen have been approached by Jewish friends and colleagues concerning resent actions of the Episcopal Church regarding its Middle East investments.  

 

The church's plan to study corporate actions involving Israel and the Palestinian Territories was reviewed by the The Executive Council, meeting in Boise, Idaho, October 31 - November 4.  The Council is the elected body which oversees the business of the national Episcopal Church between conventions and meets three or four times a year.  

 

Their plan calls for a year-long collaborative study of companies that contribute to the infrastructure of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and of companies that have connections to organizations responsible for violence against Israel, announced Bishop Catherine S. Roskam, suffragan of New York and chair of the council's International Concerns Committee. "No action will be taken without conversation with our Jewish partners at home and abroad," Roskam told the council.

 

"As a church, we support the State of Israel," explained the Rev. Canon Brian Grieves, director of peace and justice ministries for the Episcopal Church. "Our goal is not to end the state of Israel. Our goal is to create a Palestinian state."

 

"The question being asked is this—is our church profiting in some way financially at the expense of suffering of the Palestinian people or innocent Israeli citizens?" added Grieves.

 

The year-long study was proposed by, and will be conducted by the Social Responsibility in Investments Committee. It will involve the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East and the Anglican Peace and Justice Network, along with ecumenical and interfaith partners involving the American Jewish community and Palestinian groups.

 

SRI will also monitor what other church bodies are doing. The Presbyterian Church (USA) took action in July to divest holdings with Israel. Roskam noted that the Episcopal Church has no such plans.

 

Grieves explained that the church's approach is engagement with companies whose actions are morally questionable. In doing so, the church is consistent with its own policy statements on the Middle East and participation in the wider Anglican Communion.


 “The Power of Myth” on Sunday Mornings

On December 5th the Adult Education series will begin to view and discuss the place of “myths” in our life.  The Power of Myth is a sort of campfire dialogue between Campbell and writer/journalist Bill Moyers, covering the stories and symbols of civilisation. Filmed for a television series at George Lucas' Skywalker ranch, the series caught the American public's imagination.

Campbell was essentially a storyteller, spending his days uncovering and telling old stories that he felt had the power to soak up the alienation of technological society. Though he was a respected academic mythologist, Campbell also played a key role in the creation of a definitive modern tale, Star Wars. Director George Lucas said that Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces (1949) was the catalyst in dreaming up the film, and that the inspiration for Yoda, the ancient and wise one, was Campbell himself.

Campbell's big question was: `How can myth be powerful for a person living today?' Are our lives really comparable to the amazing characters that appear in these old stories? He believed that mythical characters act as archetypes of human possibility; they are confronted with problems, and their ensuing action gives us an idea about how life might be handled. To identify ourselves with, for instance, the young warrior Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita, is not an inflation of our ego, but is an acceptance that this figure has something to teach us. In mythology we could never really feel alone, for within it were guides for the human spirit belonging to everyone, providing a map for every cycle of life or experience we may go through. He called mythology `the song of the universe', put into tune by a thousand different cultures and peoples. With myth, all experience can be empowering; without it, life can seem just a meaningless series of ups and downs.

Join us for what is bound to be lively discussions beginning Dec. 5th at 9:00 am in the parish hall.


SICM News

November and December activities at SICM include a variety of food projects and some interesting speakers and studies.  Recently, Assemblyman Paul Tonko secured a NYS Assembly Member Item of $15,000.00 for the SICM Food Program; earlier this fall, Senator Farley secured $30,000.00 for the same cause.  The demand for food has been very high in recent months; these much-needed moneys will be used for the purchase of food to offset the projected food deficit.  November is also the month for the Concerned for the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive, which culminates with the assembly and distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to a projected 10,000 individuals this Thanksgiving week.  The baskets are designed to contain donated food items that can be used beyond the Thanksgiving meal.

At the November SICM meeting, the Rev. Diane Fletcher gave a presentation on her experiences through a CRTC (Capital Region Theologial Center) course.  The CRTC course was designed to improve the community outreach skills of clergy and laity in urban ministry settings.  Persons from all faith traditions are welcome at all CRTC events; CRTC offers continuing education for clergy as well as training for lay ministers.  Call 462-2470 for more information about this program.

Also at the November Assembly meeting, the assembly broke into small groups for discussion of the "Spirituality of Fund-raising", an appropriate topic for the stewardship "season" at many parishes.  The model for "Spirituality of Fund-raising" is the writings of Henri J.M. Nouwen on this subject.  Fund-raising is looked at both as a means of participation, and as an outreach goal to involve others in the vision and mission of a parish or a cause.  More of Nouwen's ideas can be explored at henrinouwen.org.  In December, the SICM Assembly celebrates the Christmas season with a potluck supper and storytelling event.  Then on into a new year of programs and activities!


Episcopal Relief and Development News

ERD Continues to Help Haitian Flood Victims After Recent Unrest

Episcopal Relief and Development is monitoring the violence and political instability in Port-au-Prince and other areas of Haiti. At least 55 people have been killed since September 30. The fragile conditions in the country are slowing the delivery of food aid to the northwestern city of Gonaives where Tropical Storm Jeanne killed more than 3,000 people and left some 300,000 others homeless last month.

According to Burton Joseph, ERD's partner on the ground, representatives from the Diocesan office in Haiti are scheduled to visit Gonaives on Saturday, October 23. "We will distribute emergency supplies and funds following the Eucharist service on Sunday morning," said Joseph, Program Officer for the Diocese. "We will make follow up visits of more rice shipments and other goods.  This will be very helpful as we intend to provide assistance on a mid-to-long term basis to allow at least our church members in Gonaives to begin again," he said.

Episcopal Relief and Development provided emergency assistance to the Diocese after the flooding in September. "Thank you for your continued partnership and support of our efforts to bring much needed relief aid to the victims of the latest floods in the north," said Joseph.

ERD will continue working with the Diocese following unrest throughout Haiti earlier this year and devastating floods near the Dominican Republic border in May.

To donate to Episcopal Relief and Development, visit www.er-d.org  or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ  07101-5043.


Church School News

 

Calendar

12/5     9-10     choir (grades 1-4), regular classes

12/12   9-10     Putz project, short choir rehearsal

12/19   9-10     Putz finish and practice, choir

rehearsal

            10:15   PreK-K  to sing “Jesus Loves Me” 

            11:30   Presentation of Putz

12/24   5 PM   Family service, children’s choir to

sing – report at 4:30 for rehearsal.

12/26   9-10     No classes

            10:15   Feast of St. Stephen – special

celebration

1/2       9-10     2nd Sunday after Christmas –

combined class activity

 

On November 21, Bible Sunday,  the 5th and 6th graders received new Hands-On Bibles

We still need a teacher for alternate weeks  for the PreK-K class, which meets during the 10:15 service.  The Christmas Putz is growing!  On the last three Sundays of November, Stacy DeBritz led children, youth and adults in creating figures for several scenes depicting the Christmas story.  In December the scenes will be put together upstairs, with a scriptural presentation to the congregation on December 19.  Don’t miss it!

 

Please remember:  items to collect and bring to class by Dec 12th:

  °  small logs, branches or rocks

  °  fabrics and embellishments

  °  straw

  °  small pieces of wood for the stable and crib

  °  evergreens, holly and moss.  (Moss should be

kept covered and moist in your basement to last until Christmas.  Evergreens and holly may be collected in December.)


 

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:                   Shari MacIvor  
 
Clerk:                         David Caruso  
 
Treasurer:                  Denise Crates  
 
Chancellor:              Rosemarie Jaquith  

 Class of 2004                        Dave Carroll 
                                   
Liz Casale 
                                    Denise Crates  

 Class of 2005                        Steve Ras 
                                   
Sondra Grady 
                                   
Vicki Hoshko  

Class of 2006             Marilyn 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 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.

 

 


  

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.

 


Greeters Needed!

 We are in need of 2 more volunteers for a Greeters group to become a reality.

 Are you a people person? Is your time limited to participate in church activities?  This is a stewardship that takes 15 minutes of your time once a month and no meetings!

 Greeters have only one purpose - Hospitality!

St. Benedict was big on hospitality.... treat each visitor as Christ himself, because Christ does dwell within each one.

 

Can you help? If so please call Louise Peake at 3740480.

Thank you,

Louise


Agape

 

Our December gathering will be on Friday, December 3.  After a covered-dish supper   Deacon Pat will lead us in a Christmas program, so bring your best caroling voices!

 

As usual, we’ll gather at six, and plan to eat at six-thirty.  Please bring food to share and bring your own dishes and utensils


 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

 

 Acolytes

Early (Family) Service

Crucifer          Tyleigh Versocki

Server Alik Versocki

Torch  Emily Mertz

Torch  Bailey Mertz

 

Late Service

Crucifer          Chris Morin

Server Anne Sombor

Torch  Britta Kilbourn

Torch  Libby Marshall

 

 

 

 

PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS

 

 Altar Guild

 

Hanging of the Greens, 12/18:  everyone

 

Decoration of the Church, 12/24 @ 9:30:  everyone

 

Christmas Eve, set up for 5:00pm:

Morin, Russell, Wisnom, Woodcock

 

Christmas Eve, set up for 11:00pm:

Casale, Jones, Lowe

 

Set up for Christmas Day, 10:00pm:

Hoffmann, Northrop, Versocki

 

 

 

 

Anniversaries to Keep in Mind

 

December Birthdays

 

Peter Nevius                                         12/1

Rebecca Carroll                                   12/1

Louise Peake                                        12/5

 

Kurt McKeone                         12/5

David Kaczka                                      12/6

Mildred Gittinger                                  12/7

Vicki Hoshko                                       12/8

Tyffani Adams                          12/9

Jim Ormsbee                                        12/9

John Liberis                                          12/12

Claudia Ashelman                                 12/12

Nathan Phillips                          12/13

Robin Kaczka                                      12/15

Robert McCalley                                  12/17

James Dare                                          12/18

Shirley Gretz                                         12/20

Taylor Pierce                                        12/20

Jean Greenspan                                    12/21

Stephen Sombor                                   12/23

Robert Olberg                                      12/25

Bud Blanchard                          12/25

Stephen Chapman                                12/27

Ronald Michelson                                 12/27

Isabelle Jaquith                         12/27

Anne Sombor                                       12/28

Gloria Kavanah                                    12/28

Elizabeth Canavan                                12/28

Carl Hatlee, II                                      12/29

Tom Rigley                                           12/29

Denise Crates                                       12/31

 

 

December Wedding Anniversaries

 

Dennis & Joan Moss                            12/2

Robert Olberg &                                  12/2

Andrea Worthington

Gerald & Linda Perregaux                    12/22

Tom & Eunice Chouffi              12/23

Grant & Rosemarie Jaquith                   12/30


 


 DECEMBER SCHEDULE

 

December 5

December 12

December 19

December 26

ACOLYTE

Crucifer

John Casale

Carrie Trant

Laura Practico

Tom Casale

Server

Will Koch

Megan Price

Shannon Trant

Alli DeBritz

Torch

Devon Dare

Ayo Jones

Libby Marshall

Zachary Price

Torch

Britta Kilbourn

Rebecca Carroll

Matthew Canavan

Joey DeBritz

CHALICE BEARERS AND LECTOR

8:00 Service

Chalice

P. Holmes

D. Trawick

B. Frank

M. Causey

1st Lesson

M. Bishop

S. Woodcock

P. Nevius

G. Woodcock

2nd Lesson

B. Stratton

L. Stevens

N. Hoffmann

S. Ras

10:15 Service

Chalice

N. Hoffmann

DD Crates

A. DeKanel

C. Jones

1st Lesson

L. Practico

DC Crates

O. Jones

G. Woodzell

2nd Lesson

M. DeBritz

G. Jaquith

B. Strangfeld

D. Wisnom

USHERS

C. Mertz,

S. Kilbourn

J. & C. Trant,

D. Caruso

S. Sombor, L. Kelly

J. Jones, R. Davis

 

COUNTERS

P. Northop,

 L. Peacke,

 K. Small

D. May,

 R. May,

 B. Strangfeld

M. Gittinger,

 D. Molino, S. Grady

J. Versocki,

D. Belardo,

B. Voelker

KEEPERS OF

“THE BOOK”

Diana Belardo

Marti Spang

Pauline Northrop

Eunice Chouffi

FLOWERS

Available

Available

Available

Available

LEM and Care Givers

L. Perregaux, M. Causey, C. Mertz

P. Homes & M. Bishop

G. & R. Woodzell

S. & C. Trant

 

ALTAR GUILD

12/4: Morin, Russell, Wisnom, Woodcock

12/11: Casale, Jones, Lowe

12/18: Hoffmann, Northrop, Versocki

12/27: Morin, Russell, Wisnom, Woodcock