The Messenger

Saint Stephen's Schenectady
Easter Issue 
April 2009

in this issue

A. From Deacon Pat

B. School Days

C. More News

D. More Activities and Dates

         The Deacon's Bench


Only three more weeks of Lent--we are just past the halfway mark. Whatever good intentions I began with have been pretty much battered, if not forgotten altogether. This is not where I had intended to be! So often it seems that I start the day with clear plans and expectations, but "life intervenes" and I end up doing something totally unexpected. I lift my foot to take the next step, and it comes down where I had not  thought to go. I am reminded of one of my favorite prayers: "I'll pick them up, Lord, You put them down." It works for me.

The other day I came across a book of meditations in a Forward Movement Publication, by Bo Cox, who was an inmate in the Oklahoma State Prison for many years. He writes:

"Ecclesiasticus 43:1,2. 'The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky, as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens. The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises what a marvelous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.'

Ben Sira, the writer of Ecclesiasticus, goes on to speak, rather eloquently, of the splendor of heavenly phenomena: sky, sun, moon, stars and rainbows. He obviously saw the hands of the Most High in all of these magnificent works. 

I'm writing this in the early summer of 1994. A few weeks ago, after an unexpected downpour, the sun came out of the cloud-darkened sky. There, in all its grandeur, was a rainbow. One end touched down in the woods about a quarter-mile away. The other end touched down in the razor-wire fence that surrounds this prison.

I stood there and reveled in God's handiwork. Just as I thought I understood the magnificence of it all, I noticed another prisoner looking at it. This man had just spent the last year in H-unit, Oklahoma's underground prison. It had been a while since he'd seen the sun, much less a rainbow.

The look on the man's face said it all. God is great."

May you, too, see the rainbows, and remember those who cannot.


AA. From the Rector 
Easter Season

Lent, the forty days of penitential preparation before Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday and is a time of reflection and penitence.
Holy Week is the week prior to Easter.  The most deeply spiritual services of the year take place during this week in which we commemorate the last days of the life of Christ culminating in his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

During the Easter season, we focus particularly on the experiences of the risen Christ in the early Church.

Pentecost begins 50 days after Easter and continues until the end of the church year.  Pentecost is when the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit and sent into the world and is a season of spiritual growth ministry.

Holy Week and Easer Schedule of Services
April 5 Palm Sunday - -8:00 am Holy Eucharist
                                                     10:15 am Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

April 6-11                         9:00 am Morning Prayer

April 9 Maundy Thursday      10:00 am Holy Eucharist
                                                                  7:30 pm Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing
                                                                     9:00 pm-7:00 am Vigil kept in the church

April 10 Good Friday               12:00 am Stations of the Cross
                                                                        7:30 pm Good Friday Liturgy

April 11 Easter Eve                                    7:30 pm Great Vigil of Easter
 Christ statue
April 12 Easter Day   8:00 am Holy Eucharist
                                                  10:15 am Holy Eucharist

                                        Please note:

Holy Eucharist will not be celebrated Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week.

Sign-up sheets for foot-washing, night vigil
and readings at Easter Vigil will be found on the shop counter.

The church will be open for private devotions on Good Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm.



Gospel   Easter Prayer
       by Susan H. Kramer 
Lord, You have arisen forever
In my heart!

May the sunrise
Remind me to shine in Your light.

May the caress of a gentle breeze
Remind me of Your compassion.

May the fragrance of a flower
Remind me to blossom in Your love.

May the singing of birds
Bring a song of joy to my lips.

And in the closing of each day
May I remember to quietly pray.

Wherever I am, whatever I do
May my thoughts in joy return o You!


Easter Day, Easter Joy
Taken from Sermon by The Rev. Joe Summers, 2008 

Easter Day, Easter Joy means no longer living under the dominion of fear. Yes we will still have great fears, but they will no longer dictate our lives. We will no longer live terrified by death, or even hell, because we've been there, we've been baptized into it, and yet behold we live.

Easter Day, Easter Joy means no longer being the possession of feelings and experiences, or being the possession of others, because nothing in all creation, not the past, nor the present, nor the future, can keep us from knowing the love of God we find in Christ Jesus.

Easter Day, Easter Joy: God is calling us back to life, back to joy, back to courage, back to connection--even in the midst of a world where the most terrible things happen. Let us wake from the nightmarish sleep of illusion, domination, addiction, hard heartedness and reclaim our selves, our lives, our world. To hell with hell. That's the Spirit of Easters' message. To hell with life lived under the dominion of isolation and death. To hell with domination and all the ideologies that support it.  No more feeling like we've got to live from the outside in in order to survive.

Easter Day, Easter Joy: Instead of empty hearts, hearts broken open, fountains of living water springing up within us, life lived with a zest that wakes us up in the morning with an excitement to be alive, life abundant overflowing, a mighty flood welling up within us and pouring out to overrun run the dikes and barriers that would keep us from being connected to ourselves, to each other, and to God.

Easter Day, Easter joy-- singing out-- I am God's beloved, You are God's beloved, no one and no thing can take that away from us.

Easter Day, Easter Joy shouting out within us: freedom is coming, freedom is coming, yes I know! Yes, I know! The day of the Lord has come, the time of God's endless Jubilee. No more living as slaves.

Easter Day, Easter Joy: creation, our bodies, our sexuality, no longer seen as the enemy, but part of the means through which we know ourselves as beloved of God and love and are loved.

Easter Day, Easter joy: no more putting others down to raise ourselves up as all are now being raised up, and heaven is big enough for all.

Easter Day, Easter Joy: he changed the rock that was my heart into fountains of living water.

Easer Day, Easter Joy: the Kingdom of heaven, the reign of heaven on earth here and now.

Easter Day, Easter Joy, let us be baptized into this story and reborn in and through it, so that we and all things might be made new. And if we are willing, God is ready, and if we are ready God has already gone ahead to prepare a way for us. 


B B. School Days

Sunday School Update
Happy Easter!

In the center of some old, brown leaves, there was a beautiful, yellow crocus.  This was a picture on the St. Stephen's website the beginning of March and it helped me to realize that Spring and Easter are right around the corner.  What a great feeling that is!
We continue to learn about baptism in our three Sunday school groups.  Our Baptismal banner is almost completed and the children will be presenting it to the congregation during Easter season.  The intermediate group is creating an original symbol by combining several symbols of Jesus and baptism into one.  The primary group is busy wondering and asking many questions about so many topics.  They continue to sing "Father Abraham" every once in a while only if they can tell Dave and Richey who Abraham is!  The preschool-kindergarten group with their helpers are learning mostly through crafts.  They love glue sticks and making just about anything.  This group is learning "Jesus Love Me."

Holy Week will be quiet this year for the children.  We are going to take a year off from the Stations of the Cross program for children.  If you would like a Stations for the Cross booklet for you and your family, please let me know. 

Easter Sunday is filled with tradition.  We plan to have an Easter egg hunt for the little ones before the 10:15 service.  We are in need of volunteers to fill eggs and hide them.  The children also "flower the cross" at the beginning of the 10:15 service.  Adults and youth are needed pass out flowers and to assist the children at the cross.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.

Our schedule for April:

4/4/09, Saturday............Meet in the Parish Hall to make crosses for Palm Sunday
4/5/09, Palm Sunday...The Passion according to Mark will be read (regular Sunday school)
4/12/09, Easter Sunday...Easter egg hunt!
                        Meet in the Parish Hall extension at 9:30 (no Sunday school classes.
4/19/09 Regular Sunday school
4/26/09 Regular Sunday school

Please know that you are always welcomed in Sunday schoolBunny Profile
 and we look forward to seeing you.

Here are Sunday school times and places:

Preschool / kindergarten group meets after the children's sermon during the 10:15 service in the basement nursery school rooms for about ½ hour. 

First, second and third grade group meets from 9:00-10:00am in the basement nursery school rooms.

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade group meets from 9:00-10:00am.  This group will begin in the basement and then go to the tower after the opening activities.

Happy Spring!    
 Laura Davis

 Home phone:  377-0626
 Church phone:  346-6241 



Strawberry kiss  Couldn't have doneit without you!
Thank you for a successful outreach project.  We collected many, many kits for Church World Service (CWS).  This was truly a church wide effort. We will be taking our kits along with any kits collected by Union Presbyterian Church to the CWS office in Syracuse over the next month. 

We'll have grand totals in May's messenger and news about the CROP walk which is a CWS project as well.

Thank you again for helping.

              Laura Davis, Richey Woodzell and the Sunday school children


                    Sesame gang

       Vacation Bible School Beach Party!! 
                       Update and Registration
The kids are invited to a beach party!  They'll have a great time surfing through the Scriptures.  Everyone will return home with "Beach Be-Attitudes":  Be Obedient, Be Kind, Be Forgiving, Be Bold and BELIEVE.  What a party!
This year Vacation Bible School (VBS) is July 6th through 10th from 9:15 to noon.  VBS is for children 4 through 10 years old.  The VBS beach party takes place at the ocean front church of Union Presbyterian (at least it will be ocean front for the week).  VBS is a joint effort with Union Presbyterian and St. Stephen's churches.  Please fill out the registration below and give to Laura Davis.
We need kids for the party and we need youth and adults to volunteer.  Please consider helping us either before VBS by making decorations or during the week.  The first volunteer meeting is on Tuesday, April 21st @ 7:00pm at Union Presbyterian.  Please contact Laura Davis if you have any questions.
                 2009 VBS Registration
                   July 6th-10th at 
            Union Presbyterian Church
Child's Name:____________________________________
Age / Entering grade for 2009-2010:__________________
Parents' / Guardians' Names:____________________________________

Home Phone:____________Email:________________________________
Who will be picking up you child from VBS?_________________________
 Peas in a pod

Relationship to child____________________ 

Cell phone:____________________________
Child's food or other alergies:____________________________________
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us as we celebrate VBS with a potluck and worship on Friday, July 10th @ 6:30pm at St. Stephen's Church.

Girl with bunnies and ducks 
C C. More 
  Jump Back to B. School Days
  Jump Ahead to D. Activities & Dates 

                     Postponed Kerygma Bible Study
The Kerygma Bible Study on the Parables of Jesus will be postponed
until fall. In spite of spring-like weather, the deacon continues to
be "snowed under" by an assortment of activities. This 7-week study
would be an excellent first course for newcomers to Bible study. To
sign up, please contact Deacon Pat (372-5836 or
              Letter from the DeBritz Family

Dear St. Stephen's Parish,
How could the DeBritz family ever thank you enough for all the support you have given us over the past several months?  Mike describes our community as a large net holding us up.  Each individual action is a part of a very strong weave.

We have been blessed with prayer, letters, cards, inspiration, gifts, food, phone calls, hugs, tears, washing the breakfast dishes, taking care of the dog, snow plowing, shopping, child care and so much more.  You have nourished us physically, spiritually and emotionally.  We will be forever grateful.  In the process of caring for Audrey, we haven't had the opportunity to thank you all personally, but we thank God every day.  Audrey especially thanks God for all her care givers.

Audrey will be halfway through the most arduous part of her chemo therapy be the time this letter is published.  Please continue to keep her and our family in your prayers, as she battles Leukemia.  She is putting up a tough fight and making great progress.  We see God's work at hand every moment.  Cancer has changed all our lives and as Audrey so aptly said, "Mommy, cancer doesn't always bring bad things." 
Easter eggs
God bless you all,

Stacy DeBritz and family




Financial Reports
Denise Crates presented the financial reports for January & February, 2009.  Of concern are the expenses for utilities and office expenses.  Both of these line items are at 22% of what was budgeted for the entire year.  The specific details regarding the office expenses will be researched by Denise and reported to the Vestry.  Changes and modifications will be made as needed.  Please direct any questions regarding our financial situation to either of the Wardens or any Vestry member.

Communications Committee
Chris Jones, Larry Levine and Fr. James are working on the final details of updating contact information for all parishioners.  Once this is completed work will begin on an updated Parish Directory.

Personnel Committee
Performance reviews for Fr. James, Laura Davis and Tim Olsen will be given at the end of March.

Wardern's Report
On March 3rd the Wardens convened a meeting to discuss the process of covering the Parish Office.  A small Task Force has been appointed to take the ideas from the March 3rd meeting and develop a plan for implementing them.  Amy Button and Tracy
Schierenbeck are heading the Task Force.   

Buildings and Grounds
The Reid House is waiting for the building permit to be approved.  George Woodzell and Fr. James are working closely with the city on this. The Vestry thanks Austin and all of the volunteers for their hard work and continued commitment to this project.

That's it for the March meeting.  "See" you next month.
Contact Barbara Wisnom for questions, feedback or suggestions at
371-6187 or 

                                                     VESTRY MEETINGS
Vestry meetings are open to all members of the congregation.  Vestry meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30pm in the basement of the Parish Hall.
Wini the Poo
On very rare occasion, the Vestry may need to meet in "Executive Session" to discuss a confidential matter, and the congregation is not able to be.
Feel free to contact any member of Vestry at any time if you have questions about what goes on at Vestry meetings, or if you have something you would like to bring before the Vestry for discussion.
Please note the Vestry does not meet in July or August



                  USHERS NEEDED

We're looking to expand our Ushers group for the 10:15am service.  And we'd like you to pray about volunteering for this ministry.

Ushering is an easy yet fulfilling way to be a good Steward, as you give back to St. Stephen's of your time.

It only involves your time during the service.  No extra meetings or activities.  And we'll schedule you with an experienced Usher who will show you the ropes.  You can volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year.  It's up to you.

Oh, and by the way, this is an "all gender" ministry - not just limited to the men!

Curious?  Interested?  Contact either Norman Hoffmann (377-5851) or Barbara Wisnom (371-6187;


Bugs Bunny   Top reasons for Being an Episcopalia
       According to Robin Williams

        submitted by Bruce and Jane Tatge

10.  No snake handling.
 9.    You can believe in dinosaurs.
 8.   Male and female.  God created them; male and  female we ordain them.
7.  You don't have to check your brains at the door.
 6.  Pew aerobics.
 5.  Church year is color coded.
 4.  Free wine on Sunday.
 3.  all of the pageantry, none of the guilt.
 2.  You don't have to know how to swim to get baptized.
1.  No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.



           Recipe for Delicious Dish #1

This recipe is Ham and Cheese Strata, served at the brunch for Bishop Love's visitation to Saint Stephen's Church on Sunday, March 8th.  The event was hosted by the Saint Clair's Chapter of the Daughter's of the King.
Feel free to add, subtract or rewrite... in good taste.

Ham and Cheese Strata, serves 12

16 slices of white bread, cut off crusts and cube
1 lb. ham - cubed
1 lb. sharp cheddar grated cheese
1 lb. Swiss cheese
6 eggs
3 cups whole milk
½ tsp. onion salt
½ tsp. dry mustard

Topping ½ cup butter, 3 cups corn flakes,.
Grease 9x13 pan, oven at 375 for 40 minutes.

Spread half of the bread cubes in bottom of pan, and add the ham and half of both cheeses. Cover them with remaining bread cubes. Mix eggs, milk, onion salt, and dry mustard.  Pour evenly over bread cubes and fridge over night.  Before baking, combine the crushed corn flakes and butter for topping and sprinkle half over the top of what is in pan, add the remaining cheddar and swiss, top with the rest of the cornflake mixture. (3 cups corn flakes =1.25 cups crushed flakes.)

Submitted by Marilyn Humphrey

Venezuela statue & village

 D D. More Activities and Dates

Our calendar is on line.  Click here:
April Calendar 2009          Note: Link target changes
 Jump ahead to Anniversaries and Birthdays        to current calendar.

Join your fellow parishioners on SATURDAY, MARCH 28 from 9:00am till NOON for fun, fellowship, food.  We'll be rolling up our collective sleeves to make sure the entire church and parish hall sparkle for Spring ~ and especially for the upcoming Easter Day.

The details ~
        WHEN - Saturday, March 28 - 9:00am till Noon
        WHERE - St. Stephen's Parish Hall & Church
        WHY - to make our church home sparkle for Spring
        WHAT - bring your own cleaning supplies & equipment
         (rags, dusters,mops, brooms, buckets, gloves and your
            favorite version of Mr. Clean or Lestoil)

Families welcome.  We'll be arranging child care for the younger ones who aren't into cleaning.  Older ones are some of our best helpers!

You bring a bag lunch.  We'll supply drinks and dessert.

There will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall this Sunday, March 22nd.  You can sign up for your favorite cleaning spot.  Be sure to grab it before someone else does!!

Questions:  Barbara Wisnom ( or Rocky Bonsal (

See you on the 28th!


                              Church Libraries 

St. Stephen's will host the spring meeting of the Interfaith Church Library Group on Tuesday, May 5 from 1 to 3 pm. This group is open to all people interested in church libraries or wishing to start one in their own church. The meeting will include a presentation on and discussion of Francis Thompson's poem "The Hound of Heaven." All parishioners are invited to attend.


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Current Courses



Building on Strengths
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 9 am - 1 pm

Old Testament Part III: The Writings
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 &
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturdays 5/2, 5/9

Compassionate Living
7 - 9 p.m. Friday 4/24 &
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday 4/25

Spiritual Formation
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Five Wednesdays 5/6, 5/13, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 &
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday 6/13

Social Media for Churches: Web 2.0
Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Stewardship and Fundraising 101
Thursday 6/25 & Friday 6/26

Overview of World Religions
rescheduled for Fall, 2009; exact date TBD

Introduction to World Religions: Islam
rescheduled for Fall, 2009; exact date TBD

Capital Region Theological Center
160 Central Avenue Albany, NY 12206-2901
Ph: (518) 462-2470 Fax: (518) 462-2453

                         YOUTH GROUP NEWS:
                                            Lockin and Workcamp
                                             from George Woodzel


Lock in

The Latest Lock-In

On March 6 the youth group held another of their storied lockins, this time spending the evening at the Albany Air Rock Gym, climbing the walls (literally), and roaming in the maze of caves. Here's a picture of three of the intrepid cavers.



A report from last summer's workcamp       zzsteelers  

Here's a picture of Laura, with some of the other St. Stephen's workcampers (Carrie Trant, Britta Kilbourv,  Maria DeMarco, Laura, Lea Scafidi, and Julie Slotnick)

Each summer folks who attend workcamp have powerful, sometimes life-changing experiences. In her college application essay, Laura Pratico described some of her workcamp experiences; here's part of what Laura said:


College Essay
by Laura Patrico 

I was seventeen when I was offered an opportunity that would profoundly change my life. The youth group leader of my church offered me the chance to go to Oceana, West Virginia for one week to attend a Reach Workcamp with other teens my age. Reach Work camp is a weeklong undertaking of a service to low-income communities. I never knew that this experience would impact my life and someone else's life so much.

The reason Reach Workcamps exist is to help elderly, disabled, and low-income families that have problems with their houses and are unable to repair them on their own. Various youth groups come from different states to work together to fix up a person's house so that it becomes a warmer, dryer, and safer place for the person. We call the person whose house we are fixing up our "neighbor." This is based on Mark 12:31 in the Bible when Jesus is talking about loving our neighbors as ourselves.

The neighbor I helped was an elderly woman named Esther. She bad multiple problems. One was breathing. When she was at home, she had to breathe through an oxygen tube hooked up to a tank. In addition, she had trouble walking and was going to need a wheelchair soon.

Youth groups from different churches all over the country attended this workcamp. At this workcamp I was put into a work crew where I was with five other teens that I didn't know before. My crew was assigned a work site that we would be working at for the week. My crewmates were from Illinois, Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania. The tasks that we were assigned to do at Esther's house were to build a wheelchair ramp and to re-shingle her roof. When we were finished with all our projects, everyone in the crew wrote something with a Sharpie marker on the wheelchair ramp so Esther would always remember who built it She felt so blessed that we were there for her to fix up her house.

Esther doesn't have a lot of people with whom to talk. So Esther loved it when we would come inside to talk with her for awhile when we took breaks from working. Everyone on our work crew would go inside, one after another, to sit down and talk with her. She had a lot of interesting things to talk to us about.

I had such a good experience there. At the end of the week when we were done with the ramp and the root: we all went inside and gave Esther a present We bad taken a piece of the wood we had used to make the ramp with to make a cross for her. We then framed the cross. We all signed our names and wrote something nice to Esther on it. I will never forget the look on Esther's face and the tears in her eyes when she saw her gift and the good job we had done on her house. She was so happy and thankful that God made this all happen for her. She knew that if she didn't believe in God as much as she did, she wouldn't have been blessed with such good people to do this for her.

I was so pleased that I could impact someone's life so much. I would never have thought that this experience would change my life as much as it did. It taught me that I can make a difference in the lives of others.

Laura Pratico

              Quick Phone List
Who to call if you want to know about...
Who to call if you want to participate in ...

Acolytes: Allsion deKanel 384-0529, Dennis Wisnom 371-6187
Adult Education:  Fr. James 346-6241
Altar Guild: Jill Woodcock 785-3874, June Russell 372-6992
Agape: Pauline Holmes 384-0904
Book, The: Susan Goldthwaite 355-5968
Chalice Bearers:  Marilyn Causey 372-2469
Choir: Tim Olsen  280-1795
Church School: Laura Davis 377-0626
Communications:  Barbara Wisnom 371-6187
Confirmation: Fr. James 346-6241
Counters:  Denise Crates 373-9657
CROP walk:  Richey Woodzell 372-9398
Daughters of the King:  Debbie Trawick 384-0335
Education: Laura Davis 377-0626
EFM: Fr. James 346-6241
Endowment Trustees:  Michael Bishop 384-0904, Jack Feyrer 373-4137
Fellowship: Liz Varno  346-5370
Foyers:  Gillian Woodcock 785-3874
Gardens: Marilyn Causey 372-2469
Greeters: Norman Hoffmann, 377-5851
Home Furnishings:  Rocky Bonsal 372-4681, Richey Woodzell 372-9398
Inquirer's Class: Fr. James 346-6241
Jam and Cards: Chris Jones 372-5836
Jail:  Deacon Pat 372-5836
Kerygma:  Deacon Pat 372-5836
Lectors:  Marilyn Causey 372-2469
Library:  Jane Tatge  384-0335
Messenger:  Larry Levine  377-9657
Over-the-hill Gang: George Woodzell. 372-9398
Parish Council:  Fr. James. 346-6241 
Pastoral Care Teams:  Fr. James 346-6241, Marilyn Causey  372-2469
Prayer Chain:  Suzanne Taylor 393-9035
Service committee: Not organized at this time.
SICM:  Eunice Chouffi 370-1777, Marti Spang 393-2859
Vestry:  Rocky Bonsal  372-4681, Barbara Wisnom 371-6187
Web Site:  Chris Jones  372-5836
Worship Committee: Deacon Pat  372-5836
Youth Group:  George Woodzell 372-0398

Descriptions of these committees may be found in the Ministry Booklet or on our web site at Our Website:




Wedding Anniversaries and Birthdays

zzsteelersDennis Wisnom..........04/01
June Russell..............04/03
Todd Templeton.........04/03
Alik Versocki .............04/04
Mary Frances Hatfield 04/04
Jack Feyrer ..............04/05
Sarah Huneau ...........04/06
Dean Gouldthorpe ......04/07
Gerald Perregaux ........04/09
Lucy Clark ................04/10
Gordon Jaquith ..........04/10
Victoria Brooks-McDonald 04/11
Bailey Mertz ..............04/12
Stephen Ras ..............04/12
Kathy Miller ...............04/15
Dave Crates ..............04/16
Aralyn Riordon ...........04/16
Donald Reid ...............04/16
James Soule' ..............04/17
Elizabeth Varno ..........04/20
Abigail Cohen .............04/21
Rebecca Emae..laf .......04/21
Saphirah Mykoo ..........04/21
Dennis Holcombe ........04/22
Cindy Marshall ...........04/23
Veronica Cohen .........04/25
Delaney Huneau .........04/27
Denis Manor ..............04/28
Zoe White ................04/28
 Jack and Olive Carter Luczka .........04/05
 Sidney and Gillian Woodcock ..........04/05
 Steven Koch and Susan Townsend ..04/06
 Omer and Pearl Burton  ..................04/20
 Budd and Carole Merrill Mazurek .......04/29
 Peter and Josefina Nevius ...............04/29

Quick Links...
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
1935 The Plaza
Schenectady, New York 12309
Church Staff
The Rev. Dr. James R. McDonald, Rector
The Rev. Patricia L. Jones, Deacon
Dr. Timothy Olsen, Director of Music
The Vestry
Sr Warden, Rocky Bonsal
Jr Warden, Barbara Wisnom
Class of 2009:
Melinda Renkin
Tracy Ormsbee
Glenn Kaler
Class of 2010:
Sid Woodcock
Susan Feyrer
Peter Nelson
Class of 2011:
Austin Spang
Tracy Schierinbeck
Carole Merrill-Mazurek
Serving without Vote:
Clerk: Elizabeth Levine
Treasurer: Denise Crates
 Chancellor: Rosemarie Jaquith
The Church Office
Our office is located at 1229 Baker Avenue.
The telephone number is (518) 346-6241
The office fax number is (518) 346-6242
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