Saint Stephen's Schenectady

All Saints Issue 
October 2008


in this issue

A. From Father James

B. School Days

C. More News

D. More Activities and Dates



Dear Friends in Christ,
I am writing this column on Sunday, September 14th.  As I do so, the sound of children is still ringing in my ears -- children laughing, crying, asking questions, giving me 'high fives', asking to "go to the potty", and in other ways being children IN GOD'S HOUSE. 
My ears are also ringing with the sound of adults -- adults teaching Church School, instructing Acolytes, answering questions, giving gentle guidance, being patient.
In the Diocese of Springfield I was given a bumper sticker that read: "In the Episcopal Church We Treasure Kids!"  That sentiment was certainly acted out on Sunday as we began our program year.  To me there is no more beautiful sound than the gentle rumble (and sometimes dull and not so dull roar), of children in church.  It is the sound of the church breathing.  And even though a child's giggle or question or comment or coo may sometimes distract you from your prayer or cause you to miss a few words of the sermon, it is certainly preferable to the sound of utter silence in an empty church.
A well-known African proverb says "It takes a whole village to raise a child."  At a time when newspapers and TV reports seem filled with ever-escalating violence involving children, we need to remember that it takes a whole congregation to raise a child.  That is certainly evidenced at Saint Stephen's - through all of us older people helping all of these wonderful younger people to grow in the Lord.  We, the church, are the village.  Perhaps in the scant two hours our children have in this village once a week, we can teach them by our example, that the ways of God are better than many of our culture's ways.  And if we can teach them that, then there is hope for our wider village - the schools, the playgrounds, the housing projects, our neighborhoods, our towns, the world itself.


AA. From Father James 






                                   AllSaintsDay   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, November 2nd at the 8 & 10:15 Eucharists.  The later service will include first communion for some of our young people!

                     BlessingAnimals Blessing of the Animals
                      and St. Francis of Assisi

On October 4th we celebrate the life and work of St. Francis.  He is probably better known for preaching to birds than for the poverty he embraced in his passion to be like Christ.  Yet, Francis' love of God's creation has given his statue a place in many church and home gardens.
No mere nature lover, Francis saw in nature's paradoxes and mysteries a revelation of the presence of God.  He marveled at the simplicity and obedience of the birds, fishes, rabbits, doves, the falcon who wakened him for Matins, the famous wolf of Gubbio who gave his pledge of peace to Francis and kept it.
Because of St. Francis' connection to God's creation, and especially to animals, a tradition arose in England whereby the parish priest would bless the villagers' animals on St. Francis' Day.  Since Oct. 4 falls on a Monday this year, the parish council thought that the next Saturday would be a good time for St. Stephen's to continual our annual tradition.  Here's how it will work:
On October 4th  the congregation and any animals (on leashes!) will gather next to the church behind the parish hall. WE WILL REMAIN OUTSIDE DURING THE ENTIRE SERVICE.  The rector will begin a brief worship service and then will bless each animal saying:  "O God, who has made all things for yourself, bless, we pray you, this animal; that it may be a source of love and joy to those with whom it dwells."
It's quite a sight!
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.

         BecomingAMember    Becoming A Member of St. Stephen's
 On Sunday, October 5th 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 afternoons between Noon and 1:00 p.m. from October 5rd through October 26th.  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. 
                   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 a 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 a 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.  
     Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry
Schenectady Inner City Ministry is holding a fundraiser for the SICM Emergency Food Pantry called: "Harvest for the Plenty".  There will be appetizers, a main courses salads and desserts from local restaurants.  Also there will be a silent auction and jazz music.  This fundraiser will take place Sunday, November 9th  from 4:00 to 7:00pm at First United Methodist Church, 603 State Street in Schenectady.  Ample parking is available.  Tickets are $25 a person and are available at the SICM office at 930 Albany Street, 374-26.
Also the Food Pantry has a variety of volunteer positions open (Gail Van Valkenburgh, 346-4445).
                    EducationForMinistry  Education For Ministry
 The Education for Ministry (EFM) Program is the theological education extension program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history, and twentieth century theology.  The purpose is to provide lay members of the church with a comprehensive foundation for understanding and experiencing Christian faith.  A special emphasis is on doing theological reflection on daily life issues. Students meet weekly in seminars led by a trained mentor.  Tuition is $340 annually (scholarships are available).  The course takes place in the Community Room on Sunday afternoons between 2-4:30.  If you are interested, you might want to talk to current participants: Diane Reed, Laura Davis, Dennis Wisnom, Jo Adams, or Trudy North.
                               Faith Lessons
 Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance.  Teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan weaves together the Bible's fascinating historical, culture, religious, and geographical context, and reveals keen insights into the Scripture's significance for modern believers.  Lively discussions after the video each week help to make this a very popular course.  The course takes place on Sunday mornings at 9 am in the parish hall. All are welcome.

         Disciples  Becoming Disciples through Bible Study

Becoming Disciples through Bible Study is a 34-week study that focuses on the entire Bible and how God is in relationship with God's people.  It is a complete and structured approach to bible study that uses video presentations, discussion, individual study, group fellowship and prayer to develop persons of deeper spirituality. The Disciple Bible Study series is a life changing and enriching experience.  The course will take place in the Rector's office and Thursday mornings from 10:45am to 11:45am. All are welcome.






 B. School Days





                            Times for Sunday school:
Preschool / kindergarten group will meet after the children's sermon during the 10:15 service in the basement nursery school rooms for about ½ hour.  About 3 times a year, we'll meet at 9:00am.  Those special classes will be announced ahead of time. 
First, second and third grade group will meet from 9:00-10:00am on Sunday mornings in the basement nursery school rooms.
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade group will meet from 9:00-10:00am on Sunday mornings.  This group will begin in the basement and then go to the tower after the opening activities.
Seventh and eighth grade group will meet after the 10:15 service (11:30-12:30).  This group will begin in the Chapel.  Once the youth group planning is finished, the 7th and 8th graders will go to the tower.
High school group will meet after the 10:15 service (11:30-12:30) in the Chapel.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Laura Davis


                                Nursery News
 St. Stephen's nursery is open and ready for the youngest in our church community.  Pam Guthrie staffs our nursery during the program year, but she can't do it alone.  In order to have the safest environment for our youngest, we need to have a helper with Pam each Sunday.  We ask that all families that use the nursery sign up to help Pam once very six weeks.  Assisting in the nursery is open to the youth group and all adults.  If you wish to volunteer, the sign up sheet is in the nursery.  If you have any questions, please ask Laura Davis.  Thank you.

Laura Davis

                        Christmas Preparations

Thank you to Cheryl Syta, Allison de Kanel and Nancy Scardino who have volunteered to help with plan the youth and children's Christmas program this year.  Look for updates in the next month!
               New!  Snacks for 1st-6th grade
During the 9:00-10:00 Sunday school hour, we will be offering snacks to the children.  These snacks are store bought and nut free.  Please sign up to bring in juice or a box of crackers.  If you have questions, please ask Karen Holcombe.
             Thank you to teachers and helpers
We are very fortunate at St. Stephen's to have such a wonderful group of people who have made a commitment (large or small) to pass along our faith to our children and youth.  If you see them, please thank them.
Preschool and Kindergarten group:  Dawn Tonneau, Kate or Brian Riordan and Melinda Renken (beginning in November).  Our craft helper for this group is Cheryl Syta.
1st -3rd Grade group:  Dave Crates & Richey Woodzell.  Karen Holcombe is the craft helper and snack coordinator.
4th - 6th Grade group:  Peter Nelson & Allison de Kanel.
7th - 8th Grade group:  Laura Davis & ?
9th - 12th Grade group: George Woodzell & ?
Amy Button is our substitute.
Sunday school is still in need of teachers to help with the 7th-12th grade groups and one more teacher for the preschool - kindergarten group.  Please consider making this ministry your own.  Your commitment can be as small as a lady bug or as large as an elephant.  If you have questions, please ask Laura Davis.  Thanks.



         Hunger   Millennium Development Goal # 1:

          Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

No one can deny that times are tough.  There are so many in our community who has it tougher.  In October and November, the Sunday school teachers are going to be encouraging the children to bring in a food staple each week for the SICM food pantry.  Please plan on purchasing an extra food item each week.  We will be one baby step closer to reaching MDG #1.  Thank you.

                             Communion Class

Father James will be offering Communion Class on two Sundays, October 19th and October 26th.  This program will be held during the Sunday school hour (9:00-10:00am) in the Community Room.  All children from preschool age through sixth grade are welcomed to attend.  This will be in lieu of the curriculum for 1st-6th graders.  We'll resume the Old Testament stories after All Saint's Sunday.  On the 19th and 26th, we will have a short class for preschoolers and kindergarteners after the children's sermon during the 10:15 service.

SecBEnd E-Links in this issue, on Education:


Becoming a Member of St. Stephen's, By Father James


Education For Ministry Program, by Father James


Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study


 Jump to Pat Jones' Bible Study "Kerygma" in section D


Jump to Pat's Knitting Prayer Shawls in section D




C C. More 



  Jump Back to B. School Days

  Jump Ahead to D. Activities & Dates 


                       Distributing the Messenger
As many of you are aware, the September issue of the Messenger was sent out to the majority of the congregation via email.  This is a first for St. Stephen's. Our email list has been growing, thanks to everyone who provided their current email address at Church.  We hope this effort will be a contribution to both our financial and environmental Stewardship.
Also, I think we really need to honor our promise to mail hard copies to those who requested it. If you did not receive a copy of the September issue, there is a copy available at the web site, or call the Church office, weekday mornings.  You can also give us your email address or mailing address by sending it to messenger@saintstephenschenectady.org.
Paper copies of the October issue will be prominently displayed in the back of the Church.
This is a period of transition for all of us.  We ask your patience as we collect email and home addresses, and coordinate our efforts. 


Thank you.



   VESTRY MEETING UPDATE - September 8, 2008
Finance Committee
The Finance Committee has been meeting regularly to discuss both the status of our current finances and the funding of the new building project. 

A letter was sent to members of the congregation who pledge, reminding them to keep their pledges current.  The response to the letter was positive.
An internal audit is being conducted.  This is a requirement of our bylaws.
Buildings and Grounds
St. Stephen's has put in an application to be designated as an historical site.
Correspondence was received from National Grid indicating that the power pole in the back of the church, adjacent to the parking lot, can be moved.  This has been an issue in terms of the footprint of the proposed new building.
Communications Task Force
To send the Messenger, we will be using Constant Contact, a service that allows us to keep in touch with members of the congregation more easily.

Beginning with the September issue, the Messenger is being sent out via email.  People who indicated that they wanted a paper copy were mailed one, although this did not happen consistently.  We will work with Fr. James and Kathy Miller to correct this.  This as a transition period and we ask people's understanding as we work out the "kinks".


Paper copies of the Messenger will always be available in the Parish Hall.  We will make sure they are prominently displayed.  A suggestion was made to place copies on the Usher's Table at the back of the church.  This will be done.


At the September 14th picnic, we will again give everyone the opportunity to update their contact information.  Our commitment is to do this three times a year. 

Architectural Task Force
Representatives of the architectural firm continue to meet with members of the Architectural Task Force. 
A presentation about the building project is set to be made to the congregation in October.  The is Sunday, October 19th  at Coffee Hour.  Members of the Architectural Task Force will be there as well as the architects.  Please mark your calendars.
We remain on target with our time line.  We ask your continued prayers for this project.
That's it for the September meeting.  "See" you next month.
Contact Barbara Wisnom for questions or suggestions at 371-6187



Draft by Austin Spang for Architectural Task force:
                St. Stephen's As Our Treasure

                        by Barbara Wisnom 

 Fall is the time we hear about Stewardship in the context of making our financial pledge.  We know that Stewardship is the giving of our "time, talent and treasure" as an expression of gratitude for what we have been given by our generous God.  A recent experience caused me consider St. Stephen's Church as a "treasure".  What does that mean, and how does that impact our decision about our pledge?
The 12th Chapter of Luke, we read "For where your treasure is there your heart will be also."  Let's look at what it means to think of St. Stephen's as Treasure.
An obvious trap would be to think of our church solely in terms of an earthly treasure.  A treasure no doubt, in all its beauty.  Yet, that is not the "all" of treasure.  There's so much more.  For some people, giving to the "building" is where they are.  It's not wrong.  It is simply a measure of where they are in their spiritual journey.
Our growth on this journey is a question to explore.  I believe we want to be challenged to look more deeply at what the "more" is; to move to the next place in our spiritual evolution.  What is it to look into our heart and discern what St. Stephen's means to us as our spiritual home ~ our Treasure? 
Here are some questions to process as you prayerfully consider this idea.
What "treasure" is here for you?  Where is your heart?  How do you frame St. Stephen's as Treasure?  How do you deal with the notion that this is "just a building"?  What will it take for you to connect your heart to a deeper place?  How do you connect the dots between this idea and Stewardship?
For me, it always comes down to two things:  gratitude and trust.  Let's look again at what Luke says :
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you - you of little faith!"
God is saying to us, "Trust me.  I will take care of you."  So as I hold St. Stephen's as Treasure, it is with a grateful heart, knowing that this place is a gift from God for us.  And from that well of gratitude, and that knowing that God is always revealing the path, I give from a place of deep trust and even deeper love.  St. Stephen's is the place where we manifest our love of God through our worship and through our service to His people. 
Could we worship somewhere else?  Could we serve His people somewhere else?  Of course.  But that's not the point.  The point is that our reality is here, entwined in this building.  It is like our "centering place", the place from which we draw nourishment for our souls, hearts and bodies and through which we are strengthened, and from which we go out to do His work.  It's our HOME.  Our Treasure.


We offer profound thanks to Debbie Trawick who has generously and graciously served for many years as Chair of Fellowship for St. Stephen's.  Debbie has been the "behind-the-scenes" person who made sure our Fellowship activities happened.  From Coffee Hour to the picnics, to the Seder and Pancake Suppers and more, Debbie has been there with a smile on her face and her sleeves rolled up. 
So when Debbie indicated she needed a well-deserved break, there was a bit of panic.  Who could fill those shoes?
Liz Varno, that's who!  We are so fortunate to have Liz as the new Chair of Fellowship.  She has stepped right in, eager to learn all she can from Debbie.  Liz brings great organizational and communication skills to this effort, plus a big heart and a love for St. Stephen's.  We welcome you Liz, and offer our support in whatever way we can.
The next time you see Debbie in church, please say "thanks" for the tremendous contribution she made over the years to St. Stephan's.  And when you see Liz, tell her welcome and ask her what you can do to help!

Barbara Wisnom


                         Photographs to be Exhibited
 I will have photographs from Wales and the Maine coast on display at the Niskayuna branch of the Schenectady county library during the month of October.  Please drop by and have a peek.  Chris Jones
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                               The Photo Board
 In order to help people put names and faces together, we are maintaining a photo board in the nave extension (behind the green curtains at the back of the church). All members of the parish are invited to have a family or individual photograph on that board. If yours isn't there, please either pass a photo on to me, or let me take a snap shot of you after church sometime. If your photo is kind of old, I would be glad to take a new one.
We keep a photo directory as part of the St. Stephen's web site, so you can see it any time. Just go to the web site at .saintstephenschenectady.org
and click on "Member's Page" at the bottom. You will need to enter an identification and password. There are three pages on the directory, arranged alphabetically. If any of the information listed there is incorrect, please let us know. 
Chris Jones




Episcopal Relief & Development Receives Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator 

Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce that it has achieved a
4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. This is the highest possible rating, given to only a quarter of the charities evaluated by the group, the national leader in charity evaluation. To view Episcopal Relief & Development's profile on Charity Navigator, visit www.charitynavigator.org. A copy of the 2007 Annual Summary can be downloaded from Episcopal Relief & Development's websitewww.er-d.org/Financials/.
To help Episcopal Relief & Development heal a hurting world, please visit the agency online at www.er-d.org , or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.

FRIAR (4 OCT 1226)

Francis was born in 1182, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. His early years were frivolous, but an experience of sickness and another of military service were instrumental in leading him to reflect on the purpose of life.


One day, in the church of San Damiano, he seemed to hear Christ saying to him, "Francis, repair my falling house." He took the words literally, and sold a bale of silk from his father's warehouse to pay for repairs to the church of San Damiano. His father was outraged, and there was a public confrontation at which his father disinherited and disowned him, and he in turn renounced his father's wealth--one account says that he not only handed his father his purse, but also took off his expensive clothes, laid them at his father's feet, and walked away naked.


He declared himself "wedded to Lady Poverty", renounced all material possessions, and devoted himself to serving the poor.


Christian perspective on Halloween
Since the eighth century Christians have celebrated All Saints' Day on November 1 to celebrate the known and unknown Christian Saints. Saints are not just those whom the Church has canonized, but all members of that "cloud of witnesses" who proclaim Jesus as Lord - including you and me!

Almost as old as the celebration of All Saints' Day is the tradition associated with All Hallow's Eve. ("Hallows" mean "saints," both mean "holy ones," as in "Hallowed be thy name." "Eve" means the evening before.) So, Halloween means "the evening before All Holy Ones' Day." Today we call that festival Halloween (Hallow's Eve) and we have many fun secular ways of recognizing it in addition to religious ways. However, it's important to remember that its celebration has a long, positive history in the Church.

What sort of history is that? Like many of the liturgical festivals (Christmas and Easter included), All Saints' Day and All Hallow's Eve have some connection to pagan festivals. People of many races and cultures have remembered their dead and have had superstitions about death itself. Christians remembered death itself on All Hallow's Eve and celebrated Christ's victory over death. During the Middle Ages, Christians would gather in Churches for worship and they would remember the saints' victories over evil. Likewise they would put on little displays showing Jesus' victory of Satan, often using unusual masks and costumes to act out the story.

Thus, the festivities on All Hallow's Eve were the Christian's way of laughing at death and evil, something we can do in certain hope of Christ's victory over the powers of darkness. The Church for centuries, however, has seen All Hallow's Eve not as a glorification of evil, but as a chance to affirm eternal life in the face of the death of our mortal bodies. Just as Easter is a celebration of Jesus' victory over death and evil, so is Halloween!





 D D. More Activities and Dates


Our calendar is on line.  Click here:

 Link to the Saint Stephen's October Calendar 

 Jump ahead to Anniversaries and Birthdays



                      Kerygma   KERYGMA CLASSES TO START
The spiritual depth and beauty of the Psalms have provided nourishment for Jews and Christians for centuries. This "hymnal of ancient Israel" is still in use in all our public worship, as well as in private prayer. Come and join us this fall, as we spend seven weeks learning more about the psalms. Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 -9:00, October 7-November 18.  Workbooks will be provided at cost.


Please call Deacon Pat (372-5836) or e mail patjones for more information.

Calling all knitters! Come and find out about the shawl-knitting ministry, or share what you already know. This is an opportunity for knitters to come together on a regular basis, perhaps once or twice a month, praying and knitting shawls for namy different people and purposes.


Can you think of someone who would appreciate tangible evidence of God's loving care? (I wrote down 20 names without stopping to think!)


Please call Deacon Pat (372-5836) or e mail patjones for more information                                              


Jump Back to End of Section B: Education


Jump Back to Article About All Saint's Day with Fr. James November 2nd


Jump Back to Fr. James' St. Francis Article - Fun Pet Event Oct 4th


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                                    Fall DOK Retreat
* Sure you are thinking you already have a lot on your plate, but does that include meeting with fellow female church members with a common love for God?
* Well with Daughters of the King you can do just that
* We meet once a month to go over prayer lists, birthdays, anniversaries and discussion about a book of prayer.
* We are daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, neighbors and your fellow church members
WHO/WHAT:   We are getting a group of DOK members and those that are curious/interested in Daughters of the King to join in on the Daughters of the King Fall Retreat.
WHERE:     The Retreat takes place at the Spiritual Life Center
                  Greenwich, NY
WHEN:      Saturday November 8th 2008
                    Sign in is at 9am
HOW MUCH: Just $20.00 will include your goodies and lunch
What will be discussed: The Theme: 


                                                 Bridging the Gap
                                               Lord Give us Hope
                                       Our God is a "God of Hope"

* After signing in we will receive name tags, booklets
* Listen to the Rev. Laurie M. Garramone-Rohr
* Activities
* Lunch
* Prayer
    Contact: Margaret (Trawick) Rivenburg
* You will then be asked to fill out an order form and give 20.00 for your attendance by October 10th if you are going to attend.
 * You will receive follow-up information about carpooling and times for meeting fellow St. Stephens Members for the trip.

                       Parish Fair Thank you!
Thanks to everyone who supported both the Parish Faire and the Parish Picnic.  By all accounts, each event was a success.
Without YOU these events could not have happened.  So whether you shopped for picnic food, helped to set up tables, assisted with clean up, brought information to share at the Ministry Faire, manned the grills, baked a cake, or were simply present, we thank you. 
Know that every day, prayers are offered for every member of this congregation.  Your presence is key to the health of our church, no matter your level of involvement, no matter your age or length of time here at St. Stephen's.  You count!  Thank you!


Thanks To Home Furnishings VOLUNTEERS!
Thanks to this summer's HFP Volunteers, who operated two truck runs delivering and picking-up furniture in July:Michael Bishop, Scott Kilbourn, Christian Renken, and Mike BeBritz.

The Home Furnishings Program is a unique resource for people getting their lives together who need some basic furniture and housewares here in Schenectady County. Thanks also to those who donate their previously-loved furniture. If you have any furniture you wish to donate, please call 346-2444 to see if your items are needed (HFP has limited warehouse space).

St. Stephen's will operate another week of Home Furnishings truck runs on November 18th and 20th. Let Rocky know if you wish to work either of those evenings, or sign up in the Parish Hall. Mark your calendars! Thanks to all who have volunteered in the past.

If you are interested in becoming an HFP volunteer, call Rocky Bonsal

Capital Region Theological Center Invitations
Equipping, Connecting, Inspiring

CRTC Program 1:
 You are cordially invited to CRTC's 6th Anniversary Celebration!
            Monday, October 6, 2008, 6 - 9pm;
      Glen Sanders Mansion; 1 Glen Ave., Scotia, NY 12302
     Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and dinner in celebration of CRTC!
     Join us for a festive evening; see new and old friends.
        Bid on silent auction items.   A free will offering will be taken.
    Please make your reservation online at 
Capital Region Theological Center Website
, www.capitalrtc.org, or call (518) 462-2470.
     Our speaker:   the new President of Union College,

     Dr. Stephen C. Ainlay, President of Union College, Sociologist

  "Religious Fluency: Notes on Competency in the 21st Century"
   ..."In a world that is increasingly diverse and globally interconnected,
    competency in the 21st Century requires 'religious fluency.'"
CRTC Program 2:
Spiritual Direction:  A Gift and a Ministry"
Saturdays, October 25 and November 8, 2008, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
First United Presbyterian Church of Troy
Led by Sister Katherine Hanley, CSJ, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean of St. Bernard's Albany Extension
A spiritual director helps us listen and become aware of God's movements,
invitation to growth and assistance in prayer.  Don't miss this informational and experiential time with a thorough introduction to spiritual direction from an expert!  Lunch and course handouts are included.
Cost:  $140 by Sept. 26, $160 thereafter
Registration Deadline:  Oct. 10, 2008
CRTC Program 3:
Leadership in Paul: Theology, People and Practices
Friday, October 31, 2008, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Siena College, Loudonville
Led by Dr. Efrain Agosto, Prof. of New Testament, Hartford Seminary
This course will offer careful, exegetical examination and discussion of texts and contexts from Pauline literature that demonstrate Paul's tehology and practice in exercising authority in congregatons.
Cost:  $75 by Oct. 3, $85 thereafter     Lunch included        
Registration deadline:  Oct. 17, 2008
CRTC Program 4:
Boundary Awareness Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2008, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Delmar Reformed Church, Delmar, NY
Rev. Dr. David Olsen, Exec. Dir., Samaritan Counseling Center
Explore some of the fundamental role relationship tensions involved in any form
of ministry.  Issues of power, authority, ethics, gender, and the overall setting of healthy boundaries will be set. 
Cost:  $80  Registration deadline:  Oct. 24, 2008
Shelle Hamil, Registrar/Finance Coordinator
Capital Region Theological Center,518 462-2470,
info@capitalrtc.org  www.capitalrtc.org
 *            Martha H. Reisner, Executive Director
              Capital Region Theological Center
              (518) 462-2470
               Visit CRTC on the web: www.capitalrtc.org


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Wedding Anniversaries and Birthdays




                      Stephen Woodzell                09/01
                      Clark Davis                         09/04
                      Tim Olsen                           09/04
                      Sidney Woodcock                09/11
                      Allison DeBritz                     09/12
                      Juliette Syta                       09/12
                      Linda Perregaux                   09/14
                      Bob Strong                         09/14
                      Olive Carter Luczka              09/15
                      Jo Ann Adams                     09/16
                      Philip Manor                        09/16
                      Jake Collen                         09/17
                      Alice Buell                          09/19
                      Lily Holcombe                      09/21
                      Richard Morin                      09/21
                      Clark Gittinger                     09/23
                      Devon Dare                         09/25
                      Joseph DeBritz                     09/27
                      Mary Michelson                    09/27
                      Benjamin Blaufuss                 09/28
                      Elizabeth Marshall                 09/29


                     Oto & Josephine Jones              09/04
                     Lisa Ghendill & Todd Templeton   09/16
                     Sarah & Ryan Huneau                09/18
                     Elizabeth & Paul Pratico             09/22
                     Laura & Ryan Davis                   09/24
                     Helen & Donald Reid                  09/26
                     Carolyn & Denis Manor               09/28
                     Melinda & Christian Renken         09/28
                     Suzanne & Jim Wolff                 09/28


Quick Links...



Calendar on Website


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
 Dr. Timothy Olsen, Director of Music
 Ms Katherine Miller, Office Manager
The Vestry
 SrWarden, Ryan Davis
 JrWarden,Rocky Bonsal
Class of 2008:
Austin Spang
Sid Woodcock
Glenn Kaler
Class of 2009:
Melinda Renkin
Tracy Ormsbee
Barbara Wisnom
Class of 2010:
Susan Feyrer
Amy Soule
Peter Nelson, 377-7015
Serving without Vote:
Clerk:                          Peter Nelson
 Treasurer:                  Denise Crates
 Chancellor:                Rosemarie Jaquith
The Church Office
Our office is located at 1229 Baker Avenue.
It is open on weekdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
The office telephone number is (518) 346-6241
The office fax number is (518) 346-6242
                 If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message.       We will call you back as soon as possible.
The Messenger is published September - June.
Please submit articles to Larry Levine