The Messenger

Saint Stephen’s, Schenectady March2005

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On Palm Sunday, we enter the most significant eight days in the Church’s calendar. 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.


We invite all members and friends of St. Stephen’s to be present at these services. If you are infirm, please call the office to arrange for communion to be brought to you at home by one of the clergy.



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

MAUNDY THURSDAY.  PRAYER WATCH.  There is a sign-up sheet on the shop counter for the Maundy Thursday Vigil. It is suggested that two or more persons sign up for each one hour segment.


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 almost 2,000 years ago.


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



The Church will be in darkness. Into that darkness will be brought the new light of Easter and carried through the Nave to the altar where the Paschal Candle will be placed in its stand to burn through the fifty days of Easter till the Ascension of our Lord.


We will rehearse our history as a people of God from creation through the Red Sea out of bondage with God's promises for his people culminating in the story of the Resurrection.


Easter is the festival of Baptism and we shall celebrate that sacrament as well as have the opportunity to renew our own baptismal vows.


And then the shout be raised



and so begins the first Eucharist of Easter, 2005. The service begins at 7:30 p.m.



**Palm Sunday – March 20, 2005

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

Holy Monday - March 21, 2005

12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Tuesday - March 22, 2005

12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Wednesday - March 23, 2005

12:30 pm Eucharist

6 pm Seder Meal

**Maundy Thursday - March 24, 2005

10:00 am Eucharist & Healing

7:30 pm Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

9:00 pm Prayer Vigil through the night

**Good Friday - March 25, 2005

12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross

7:30 pm Lessons & Prayers

Easter Vigil – March 26, 2005

7:30 pm Lighting of the first fire

Nine lessons and musical responses



Easter Day – March 27, 2005

8:00 am Choral Eucharist

10:15 am Choral Eucharist

7:00 pm Eucharist




From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Later this month we will begin Holy Week. 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.

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 given. 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. Then come to our Seder in the parish hall that evening in which we will share a ritual meal commemorating the flight of the Jews out of bondage out of Egypt, foreshadowing the Last Supper for Jesus and his disciples. This is always an enjoyable time for families.

On Maundy Thursday, at the end of the church service, you will remember 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 cheese cloth 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. In the evening we will share in prayers and anthems.

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. Saturday is also the day to make an Easter egg tree.

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 which the church will provide, 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 Vigil on Saturday evening, light a candle in each our your rooms from the Easter flame. Light the kindling and nurse it into a good fire. Later, wish each other a warm and happy Easter, and turn in for the night.

During the next week we move from raw tragedy to reconciling triumph; from dying with Christ, we will be raised with him at the end of the week. Consider these suggestions for home and church. We won't have an opportunity like this for at least another year.


Flowering of the Cross

All children of St. Stephen’s are invited to participate in our annual Flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday (March 27th). Families are asked to provide a flower or two for the cross. Please bring them when you come to 10:15 service on Easter.

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.

Thanks to St. Stephen's

Dear Pat (and St. Stephen's),

Thank you so very much for everything you do for Sarah and me. My apartment
is becoming a home because of the generous outpouring of love from you and
all the wonderful people of your congregation. We are happy and content
here now. The only thing that would be better is being closer to you.

Love, Terri and Sarah

(I add my thanks to all who contributed to Terri and Sarah's household and
those who helped with the actual move. Deacon Pat)



CARE for Caregivers


From 7pm – 8:30pm onThursday March 10th ,Vicki Hoshko will be the guest speaker for a special forum at Alterra Wynwood Assistive Living on Union Street in Niskayuna. Vicki is the Caregiver Support Coordinator from the Schenectady County Senior and Long Term Care services. Please call Joy Claron at 346-6935 if you are interested in attending.

March Wedding Anniversaries*

John & Susan Liberis 3/6

Dennis & Karen Holcombe 3/28


March Birthdays*


Katherine Hoshko 3/1

John Casale 3/1

Ethan Brooks-McDonald 3/4

Barbara Wisnom 34

Elizabeth MacFarland 3/5

Paul Practico 3/6

Jacob Steele 3/6

Joan Campbell 3/7

Diane Kilbourn 3/10

Logan Olberg 3/10

Jim Wolff 3/10

Kelly Nolan 3/10

Norma Piscitelli 3/11

Shirley Voelker 3/13

Ted Conwell 3/14

Roseann Caruso 3/15

Bubb Mazurek 3/16

Stefan Borst-Censullo 3/17

Grace Murph-Nolan 3/18

William Beck 3/19

Emily Blaufuss 3/21

Susan Townsend 3/22

Joanne Frank 3/22

Martha Spang 3/23

Dorothy Gibbs 3/23

Julianna Fowler 3/25

Alexa Wolff 3/25

Linda Emaelaf 3/27

Paul Practico 3/27

Julian Canavan 3/28

Tracy Ormsbee 3/29

Helen Reid 3/30

Ralph May 3/30

Daniel Correa 3/31

* If your (or anyone in your family) birthdate or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact the office (346-6241).

Mark your calendars!

St. Stephen’s Adult Choir will be joined by the Choir of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Scotia for a concert of choral classics. This event will take place Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s.


"Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer"
by Brother David Steindl-Rast. Paulist Press
NY, 1984.

This wonderful book was brought to my attention by Jane Tatge, who will put it into the St. Stephen's Library as soon as I hand it back to her! It is full of reminders of things I may have always known but somehow forgotten in the busyness of life. And it is full of wisdom, not complicated or
elaborate but simple and refreshing wisdom.

There is a difference between saying prayers, which is one activity among others, and prayer, which is an attitude of the heart. What matters, says the author, is prayer, not prayers. But our prayers help us to develop an attitude of prayer, so that we can become more mindful of the ordinary
moments of our life and more grateful for them. Both our prayers alone and our prayers together, in worship, are important, and both contribute to our living prayerfully all the time.

I like what Steindl-Rast says about discipline in our personal prayer life:
"Discipline is one thing; however, regimentation is another. Discipline is the attitude of the disciple, the pupil who looks into the teacher's eye
and is mirrored in the teacher's pupil. A drill sergeant couldn't care less about eye contact with the men in his regiment. Conformity is all that
matters. But eye contact with the teacher encourages creative discipline and disciplined creativity in the pupils."

This book makes excellent Lenten reading, but its wisdom is welcome at any time that a person wants to freshen up their attentiveness to the One who is our teacher and Lord.

Deacon Pat


CROP Walk Funds Support Tsunami Disaster Relief

At the most recent Assembly, May Arnett of Church World Service (CWS) reported that funds collected through the CROP Walk and other CWS fund raisers provided $3.5 million in disaster relief for victims of the Tsunami, and more is underway. In Indonesia, CWS is the lead disaster relief agency and provided critically needed blankets, health kits, food and water within days of the initial flooding. CWS is organizing teams to meet the longer term medical and psycho-social needs of victims, and is working with a Norwegian group to set up a water purification system. CWS is also distributing shelter and health supplies in Sri Lanka , and providing grants to partnering agencies in India and Thailand. Any congregations interested in preparing ‘Gift of the Heart’ health kits or school kits, or supporting Tools of Hope and Blanket appeals can contact the CWS regional office toll-free at 888-297-2767.

Food Program Needs Volunteers Now!

SICM’s food program needs volunteers at many different times and commitment levels, for a host of different jobs, ranging from driving and/or unloading trucks to intake and pantry window work. Some positions need to be filled urgently, as many regulars have escaped to warmer climates until the spring and others are recovering from surgery. Please call Mary or Gail at 346-4445.

JOBS etc. Serves 4000+ Customers

JOBS etc. served 4000+ customers in 2004, counseling 432 of them and placing 244 in gainful employment. JOBS is busy updating its Community Directory, which provides a comprehensive listing of agencies and the services they provide for low income Schenectady residents. More than 3000 copies of the directory were distributed this past year to customers and human service professionals.

Channel 9 Highlights Damien Center

Glenn Read, Director of the Damien Center was featured on Channel 9’s "Lending a Hand" program on Saturday, January 29. It was a wonderful opportunity to educate viewers about the services he provides to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Way to go Glenn!

Think Summer, Think SICM

This summer SICM is looking for churches to sponsor college-age or mature high school interns; we also need your help getting volunteer crews (3-5 people) to help serve at one of the summer lunch sites. Call Mary for details on either opportunity at 346-4445.

Next Assembly to Dialogue on Church/Government Issues

At the March Assembly (shifts to Thursday in Lent, March 3 at Woodlawn Reformed Church), we have invited several elected officials for a dialogue on the issues of church and non-profit’s roles relative to the current trend towards frontage assessments, charges for trash collection and requests for voluntary contributions for governmental services (payment in lieu of taxes). The Assembly is not taking a position but seeks to foster an educational and constructive dialogue on this trend which can raise opposing viewpoints. All are welcome. The Assembly begins with refreshments at 6:45 PM and the meeting at 7 PM. The church is on upper State Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood, across from the Griswold Funeral Home. For information, call the SICM office at 374-2683


March 8 & 14: 2005 CROP Walk Recruiter Session. Emmanuel-Friedens Church, Schenectady (3/8), Christ Community Reformed Church, Clifton Park (3/14). Drop in between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Call Phil with questions at 374-2683.

March 17: Hunger Awareness Day Breakfast. Bethesda House, Schenectady. Call Mary for details at 346-4445.

May 1: 2005 CROP Walk. Call Phil for details or to join the committee at 374-2683.

St. Stephen’s CROP Walk Information

This year's CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, May 1 (details of the route, time, etc. will be forthcoming).  Forms for walkers to sign up will be available starting March 13 for St. Stephen's CROP walkers.  There will be a sign-up display after that date, or see Cindy Reedy for more details or for forms.

This is a wonderful opportunity for those who walk and for those who pledge, to provide relief to the less fortunate, throughout the community and the world.

A Reminder

When you return your cans and bottles at the Niskayuna Co-op, you can turn in the receipt to a cashier and make a donation to SICM.




You are invited to express yourself by donating a new book to the Church Libraries.

Each donated book will display a label with the donor’s name and personal message.

This is the perfect opportunity to....

celebrate your child or grandchild’s birthday

show appreciation for a job well done

say thank you to a church school teacher or other parish leader

share an interest

remember a loved one

celebrate a holiday

make sure a favorite book is in the library

All friends members of Saint Stephen’s congregation are welcome to become involved in this venture. It’s a great way to help our library grow.

The next time you have something to say....


For general information contact the parish office.


Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing access to counseling services for Sri Lankans recovering after the tsunami. Many survivors lost family members and remain traumatized by the disaster.

ERD is working with the Diocese of Colombo to coordinate a trauma stress relief and rehabilitation program for people in need of counseling. David
Baughn, M.D., and Jennifer Baughn, Ph.D., a physician and clinical psychologist trained in the field of trauma, will be stationed in Sri Lanka
for three months.  There, they will train local counselors, educators, and social service workers on post traumatic stress disorder methods and

"Many people in communities throughout the diocese are in need of counseling," said the Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera.  "'The sea that sustained
us took everything from us,'" quoted Bishop Chickera. "This comment from a fisherman applies to people too. Both have the potential for nourishment and destruction."

Contributions for the victims of the tsunami are $5.5 million to date. The staff has been overwhelmed by the generous response. Temporary staff has been hired both in the ERD office and in the Episcopal Church's financial office that also has to process our contributions. They are working very hard, and we hope that by this time next month, we will be able to provide you with figures for the diocese. It is important for you to know that contributions
are already at work and major plans for our rehabilitation efforts are under way.


Church School – Lent, Holy Week and Easter

As a Lenten discipline, the children are participating in the "Fill the Ark" project for Heifer Project International. Families use a daily giving calendar to learn about global needs and to set aside money in a small plastic ark. They will present their arks during the 10:15 service on Palm Sunday. We hope to raise at least $500 - enough money to purchase a cow for a family in need.

Also, we will hold a bake sale on March 13 to work toward the Heifer Project.

Meanwhile, Lenten memorizations continue: learning the seasons of the church year and their colors and significance, and singing the Gloria in excelsis from the communion service.

There is no school on Good Friday, March 25. 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 the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and observe the Stations of the Cross, using a format written just for children. The total time will be about one hour.

On Easter Day, the children’s choir (grades 1-4) 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. Flowers will be provided.


Calendar for Education Hour: Grades 1-6

3/6 4 Lent

Regular classes

Choir with Tim Olsen (gr 1-4)


3/13 5 Lent

Regular classes

Bake sale for Heifer Project

3/20 Palm Sunday

Choir with Tim Olsen (gr 1-4) Regular classes

Ingathering of Heifer Project arks


3/25 Good Friday

Story and Stations of the Cross


3/27 Easter

No regular classes

Children’s choir rehearsal in

church (9:45am)

Flowering of the Cross

Children’s choir to sing

4/3 1 Easter

Review of Lenten memorizations

Regular classes

Heifer Project totals announced!

We finally have a new classroom for the 5th and 6th grades. In February the tower room was recarpeted, and the class moved their supplies and furnishings to the tower the following Sunday. Included in their move were Fr. Peatling’s paintings, or icons, which have become a very meaningful part of their meeting place.

Nursery care is available on Sundays in the corner room downstairs, from 9 to 11:30, under the supervision of Margaret Trawick and parents.

The PreK-K class meets after the children’s talk during the 10:15 service each week in the Parish Hall, taught on alternate weeks by Sharon Trant and Laura Davis.


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.


March 6

March 13

March 20

March 27


8:00 Service


P. Homes

B. Frank

T. Miller

G. Woodzell

B. Frank

1st Lesson

M. Bishop

P. Nevius

K. Miller

S. Woodcock

2nd Lesson

B. Stratton

S. Ras

D. Stevens

B. Stratton

10:15 Service


G. Woodzell

DD Crates

C. M-M

D. Carroll

DC Crates

1st Lesson

B. Strangfeld

DC Crates

B. Wisnom

O. Jones

2nd Lesson

D. Caruso

M. Dare

R. Caruso

G. Jaquith


C. Mertz, S. Kilbourn

J. & C. Trant,

D. Caruso

S. Sombor, L. Kelly

J. Jones, R. Davis



J. Versocki, D. Belardo, B. Voelker

M. Causey, D. Crates, A. Spang

P. Northop,

L. Peacke,

K. Small

D. May,

R. May,

B. Strangfeld



E. Chouffi

R. Jaquith

G. Woodcock

D. Tonneau


No flowers-Lent

No flowers- Lent

Palm Sunday


LEM and Care Givers

L. Perregaux & M. Causey

G. & R. Woodzell

C. Mertz, A. & K. Lowe

S. & C. Trant



2/26-3/4: Morin, Russell, Wisnom, Woodcock

3/5-3/11: Casale, Jones, Lowe

3/12-3/18: Hoffmann, Northrop, Versocki

3/19-3/26: All of the alter guild teams


Chalice Bearers and Lectors for Holy Week



1st Lesson

2nd Lesson

March 24: Maundy Thursday

M. Causey

G. Woodzell

V. Hoshko

March 25: Good Friday


B. Mazurek

C. M-M

March 26: Easter Vigil

N. Hoffmann

Volunteer needed

Volunteer needed



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 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 The rector’s email is Our website address is

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