Pentecost Issue 
May 2009

in this issue

A. From Father James

B. School Days

C. More News

D. More Activities and Dates

Shield Dear Friends,

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church meets at the end of summer in Anaheim, California and will be discussing a number of very important questions.  As I attended a pre-convention meeting last month, I was struck by how big our Church really is!   We belong to the church of Desmond Tutu, and the church in South India, and the church in Albany and in Plattsburgh and in Buffalo and in New York City.

We belong to the Anglican Communion which is a fellowship of churches throughout the world which shares in the heritage of the church in England.  We are 'in communion' because we share common beliefs about the nature of the church, and the sacraments and an approach to common prayer.

 >   The Anglican Communion in the US is the Episcopal Church.
 >   The Anglican Communion in New York & New Jersey is called Province II.
 >   The Anglican Communion in this part of up-state New York is called the 
       Diocese of Albany.
 >   The Anglican Communion in the Greater Capital District is called the
       Metropolitan Deanery.
  >  The Anglican Communion in the city of Schenectady is St. George's, Christ
        Church, St. Paul's, and St. Stephen's.

 Sometimes we forget how inter-connected we are.  Sometimes we act as if the entire church is within the wall's of our own.  We are not alone in this thinking, of course.  As economic times are hard, I find that denominations and congregations tend to look within, acting as if their church is the most important.

We all need to grow in our sense of the broader church and in our sense of both the nourishment we receive from it and the support we give to it.  This summer, whether you are traveling or staying at home, go out of your way on Sundays to worship with another Episcopal congregation.  Cheer them on.  Learn from them.  Pick up any useful ideas you find and bring them back.

And finally, please keep our Bishop, our deputies and the entire General Convention in your prayers this summer.



Fr.James Communion

                                The Feast of Pentecost
The Feast of Pentecost marks the end of the Easter Festival in the Liturgical year, but it is not the end of anything, but the beginning of that new life in Christ.  In our prayerbook Pentecost is properly designated as the fiftieth day of Easter--the celebration begins with the day of Resurrection and ends with the gift of the spirit to the Church.  That giving of the Spirit is to be understood as a resurrection appearance.
The import of Pentecost as the final Resurrection appearance is that through the gift of the Spirit, Christ's presence is forever insured for the community of the faithful.  This we indeed celebrate!
We will celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 24th.  This feast is as important as Christmas or Easter and St. Stephen's is hoping to have everyone present for the celebration.  There will be a renewal of our Baptismal vows, especially appropriate on this day, and special music.  Please wear something red to commemorated the coming of the Holy Spirit "in tongues of flame", and listen carefully as the gospel is read in over a dozen different languages!

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

THE ANGLICAN ETHOS is a series of four classes that are 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 its history, beliefs, worship, and work in the world.
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 will be held on Sunday afternoons at 12:00 p.m. beginning on May 3rd.  New members will be welcomed on Sunday, May 24th. 


                             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.


Ask the Rector.....

Dear Fr. James,

     I have often wondered what Episcopalians understand is going on in Holy Communion.  I know it is a mystery, but what does the Episcopal Church say about what happens to the bread and wine?  I get a sense that my childhood Roman Catholic upbringing said something different, but I am not sure.  I spoke to someone who attended the Lenten study series and she said that you addressed the issue at one of the classes. What do you believe is happing?

Dear Confused,
We Episcopalians are careful not to overdefine.  The 39 Articles refer to The Real Presence as that which we all affirm.  We may tolerate individual excursions of speculation into the nature of Jesus' Presence, but we steadfastly refuse to be drawn into the High Medieval overdefinitions that caused so much pain in the Church.  That which cannot be proven by Scripture is not required by any Anglican.
The essential difference between the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Churches has to do with how dogma is approached. Dogmatism, that is, the view that a teaching must be accepted makes the great majority of Episcopalians very uncomfortable while for many--though by no means all Roman Catholics--it lies at heart of their faith.
As for your specific questions, the fundamental structure of our liturgy suggests that Christ is truly present in the eucharistic elements, and I think that many, probably most, Episcopalians believe it. But there is a traditional reluctance to say with any certainty (or dogmatism) just how Christ is present.
For me, the subject is best approached by trying to understand the context in which Jesus said the Words of Institution at the Last Supper.  Drinking blood was strictly forbidden to the Jews because the life of a creature was in the blood, and the life belonged to God.  Therefore, when Jesus said, "Drink my blood", he was (1) doing something that only God had the right to do (because the life belonged to God), and (2) offering the very life of Christ, the life of God, to us.
Eating something incorporates it into our very being; it takes the molecules/atoms of what we eat and infuses it throughout our being in such a way that we can't be separated from it.  In a very real way, we become what we eat (as primitives have known instinctively).  Therefore, to eat Christ's flesh is to become him, to incorporate him into our being in an inseparable way.
My understanding of the bread and wine after consecration is that they are still bread and wine, but they are no longer JUST bread and wine; they are also Christ's body and blood.  My understanding of the Roman Catholic position, although it's probably a caricature, is that they would say that the consecrated bread and wine are no longer bread and wine, but are now Christ's body and blood instead of bread and wine.
I hope this helps you.
Fr. James

                                     A TRUE STORY
A couple was arranging for their wedding, and asked the bakery to inscribe the wedding cake with 1 John 4:18 which reads "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear."
The bakery evidently lost, smudged or otherwise misread the noted reference, and beautifully inscribed on the cake John 4:18 ... "for you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband."

                              ADULT EDUCATION

                                    Sunday mornings
                                         May 3 through May 24

In May we will be looking at the early church using a video filmed on location in
Israel and Turkey.  We will explore the Bible in depth and seek to understand the
Hebrew culture in which Scripture was first written and to discover how the early
Christian church, on fire with the message of Jesus, literally changed the world!

May 3. Caesarea Philippi--Everything to Lose, Nothing to Gain

May 10. Sardis--The Salt of the Earth

May 17. Pergamum--Where Satan Lives

May 24. Ephesus--The Mark of the Beast

May 31. Laodicea--Hot or Cold

CRTC logo 



Social Media for Churches: Web 2.0

Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Online media is creating social revolution.  Is your church utilizing the opportunity?  Come explore the potential of using social media tools to create community in your congregation. Hold meetings online, keep conversations going even when you are not together, instantly share information and updates, and do much, much more!
Facebook, ning, wiki, delicious, twitter, technorati, digg, blogging, rss feeds; how many are you using?  Do you know their full potential?     

This workshop will give a live review of each of these tools (and more) and answer the big questions you've been wondering for each tool:

What is it and how does it work?
What does it look like and how do I join?
What can it do?
How are others using it?
How can I use it in my ministry? 

Time will also be spent reflecting some of the dangers of online social media tools and exploring the tough ethical questions inherent in their usage.

Register by May 1.
Valerie Venezia, Vice President of Marketing, CCSNYS
Valerie has been responsible for creating te Council of Community Services of New York State's social media projects, including developing & leading workshops for non-profits.  She previously worked as a "cultural librarian" for internet companies such as eGroups (now Yahoo Groups).  She is a member of NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network.
Cost: $70 by 4/16, $80 thereafter
Location: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Scotia, 103 South Reynolds Street, Scotia, NY 12302.

Stewardship and Fundraising
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday 6/25 & 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday 6/26
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25: Stewardship in Tough Economic Times utilizes expertise from the Lake Institute of Faith and Giving and The Fundraising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University to explore the opportunities and challenges facing religious organizations today.  It will also address the interplay between religion and generosity and the role of pastoral leadership, theological integrity and organizational transparency in the creation of a culture of generosity.
You will receive a comprehensive, easy-to-use study guide with background reading, reports of data trends, a detailed bibliography and best practices advice and exercises on giving as an expression of faith and wise stewardship of resources.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 26: Fundraising in Tough Economic Times will show best practices of fundraising through the examination of the six elements fundraising: vehicles, organizational readiness, dynamic functions, human resources, management and markets. 
You will receive a comprehensive, easy-to-use study guide with background reading, exercises and best practices advice on building a fundraising program based on giving as an expression of faith and wise stewardship of resources and interactive training in key fundraising skills.
Space is limited, enroll now for either or both days!

Timothy L. Seiler, PhD, CFRE, is Director of Public Service and The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and is also Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies in the Graduate Program.  Formerly Vice-President of the Indiana University Foundation, Dr. Seiler was also a major gifts officer for University Development.  Among other publications, Dr. Seiler is the author of the fundraising workbook Developing Your Case for Support.
Rev. William Enright, PhD, is Executive Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and former Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis.  Among other accolades, Dr. Enright has served as "preacher and chaplain" for the Chautauqua Institution.  The latest of Dr. Enright's published works is a book entitled Channel Markers. 
Cost: $150 for one day or $250 for both days
Location: TBD

                          SAY IT WITH A BOOK
Be Well
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....
                                SAY IT WITH A BOOK.

             General information contact the parish office 346-6241.
                                      THANK YOU!

Walk the walk

Sunday school update

We are now in our last unit in the Episcopal Children's Curriculum.  To review, in the fall we learned about a part of the Old Testament which moved us to Advent and to Jesus' miracles.  From there we learned about Baptism and the Easter story.  Now our focus moves to our Church.  We're learning about what we do on Sunday mornings and why we do it.  Our last day of Sunday school will be on June 14th.
A great big thank you goes to the teachers who are working (and playing) with our children and youth throughout the year:
Melinda Renken, Brian Riordon, and Dawn Tonneau are helping each other teach the prek-k group.
Dave Crates and Richey Woodzell teach the 1st-3rd graders.
Allison de Kanel and Peter Nelson teach the 4th-6th graders.
George Woodzell teaches the youth group.
Many, many others help with "behind the scenes" parts of Sunday school.  That is also very important.
Teaching is a great way to get to know the kids in our parish.  We can't have a program without volunteer teachers.  If you are interested in helping out with the Sunday school program in any way next year, please let me know.  We can find a place where you will fit. 

You and your children are always welcome to come to Sunday school. 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.

Youth group (7th-12th grade) meets after the 10:15 service (11:30-12:30) in the Chapel.

Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions.

 Laura Davis


Help Wanted:  Nursery Care Provider on Sunday Mornings
We are looking for a caring person to take care of our littlest parishioners and visitors during the 10:15 service.  Our hope is to find someone who will be able to commit to coming every Sunday during the program year from 10:00 until the service is over.  We need to find this person by next September, but if you are this person and would like to begin sooner, that would be terrific. 
If you are interested in this paid ministry, please let Laura Davis know.  If we don't find anyone in our church community by mid May, we will expand our search.
Pam Guthrie has been serving in the nursery for 2 years and can not continue because of her work hours.  We will miss Pam in the nursery.  Thank you Pam!
                          Church World Service Kits
Thank you again for participating in the Sunday school's Church World Service project.  We collected 16 hygiene kits, 15 school kits, 9 baby kits, and 3 clean up buckets.  Enough money was collected to cover the cost of shipping the kits and to make a $60 donation.
Church World Service is a wonderful organization that helps so many all over the world.  Please consider continuing to support CWS by walking or sponsoring someone in the CROP walk on May 3rd.  By the way "CROP" stands for Communities Respond to Overcome Poverty.


                            * * * Vacation Bible School * * *
We are well on our way to an exciting week surfing through the scriptures.  Please join us!!
The Bible school beach party is scheduled for July 6th through July 10th from 9:15-12:00.  The beach party takes place at Union Presbyterian Church.  There will be a worship and pot luck at St. Stephen's for all volunteers, participants and families on Friday (7/10) evening. 
All children ages 4-10 years of age are welcomed to attend.
All volunteers ages 11-99 years of age are also welcomed.
We need help in the following areas:
Craft Leaders:  2 Adults to lead the children in creating beautiful art work during Bible school each day.
Craft Helpers:  Adults to purchase craft supplies (any purchases are reimbursed).  Adults and teenagers to put together examples crafts and organize supplies for each day prior to Bible school.
Shepherds:  Teenagers and adults to guide the children from station to station during Bible school.
Gathering Leaders:  Adults and teenagers to organize and lead the gathering activities that occur as the children arrive each day.  Like crafts, there are opportunities to do prep work and / or to be there during Bible school.
Decorators:  Adults and teenagers to assist with creating decorations prior to Bible school.  On July 5th, we gather at Union Pres. after church to put up the decorations.
If you can help in any way, please see me.
If your children would like to participate, please fill out a registration form and return it to me.
We look forward to our 6th year of Bible school with Union Presbyterian Church.
Laura Davis


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori is the
26th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.

Change in Messenger Distribution!
No longer a USPS mailing list.

Messenger paper copies will be available in church for people without email.

In order to save on postage, and printing, and the environment, we will only mail the Messenger to people who are homebound, or otherwise unable to make it to church.
Each month, electronic copies of the Messenger are emailed to everyone who has given us an email address. 

                Please send us your email address if you haven't yet!
If you have changed your email address, or wish to add an address for someone, please contact Chris Jones.
This step is meant as responsible financial and environmental stewardship.
                  Your assistance and understanding are appreciated.

Welcoming Father James
The Vestry welcomed Father James back and wished him well. 
Financial Reports
Denise Crates presented the financial reports for March, 2009.  Utilities and office expenses remain a concern.  Certain expenditures are not always equally balanced across a 12 month period.  Therefore while it may appear we are running over budget, in many cases because there are also months where the expenditures are minimal, the item eventually winds up in line with the budgeted amount.  As reported last month, the Vestry is aware of the our financial situation and closely monitors income and expense each month.  the Vestry thanks Denise Crates for her hard work as Treasurer. 
Please direct any questions regarding our financial situation to either of the Wardens or any Vestry member.
Finance Committee Report
A few new pledges have come in.  However, our anticipated income remains less than our anticipated expenses.
Buildings and Grounds
Reid House
Work at Reid House has stopped.  The church must seek a zoning variance from the city in order to use Reid House as a Nursery School.  The Vestry authorized Austin Spang to act on behalf of St. Stephen's in working on this issue.  Work cannot resume until the zoning issue is resolved.  Austin will keep the Vestry informed.
Clean Up Day/Adopt A Spot
There was a very positive response to the Clean up day held at the end of March.  Approximately 30 people came.  Anything that didn't move was cleaned.  The entire church and parish hall truly sparkle!  The Vestry expressed thanks to all who participated.  Going forward, through the Adopt A Spot program, volunteers have signed up to clean most of the areas in the church, at least thru the end of June.  We will be promoting Adopt A Spot in the Messenger and in other ways.
Floor Cleaning
The Vestry approved Dennis Weakley's company to clean and buff the floors in the Parish Hall, the Parish Hall Extension and the downstairs.  In addition, the floor in the workroom in the office will be stripped and waxed.  All of this work will be completed before summer.  It is thought that by doing the floors thoroughly at this time, regular maintenance by volunteers will be easier.
Building Project
The Vestry will meet in May to review the status of the building project.  Possible options for building and the financial situation will be a part of the discussion.  As soon as the Vestry reaches a conclusion about this project, the congregation will be informed.  We ask your prayers as we continue with this.
Office Task Force Report
Tracy Schierenbeck brought the Vestry up to date on the work she and Amy Button are doing to organize the tasks and projects needed to keep the office running by volunteers.  They have drafted a job description and are in the process of interviewing key stakeholders.
We ask that you please direct any questions or comments you have about the Parish Office to either of the Wardens.
That's it for the April meeting.  "See" you next month.
Contact Barbara Wisnom for questions, feedback or suggestions.

                                     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.
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

                               ADOPT A SPOT

        We do not have the services of a Sexton (janitor) at St. Stephen's.
                             We all want a clean Church.
                              When we share the work
                              things go more smoothly
                            things seem more effortless
                                     we have fun
                                we build community
             Come together as a community to make St. Stephen's
                  the cleanest church in Schenectady!
       Families and/or groups of individuals "Adopt A Spot" to clean.
                              The Church supplies
                       equipment & cleaning supplies.
           list of what needs to be done (dust, sweep, mop, etc.)
Families and/or individuals sign up to clean their "favorite" spot so it "sparkles".
   Sign up for as few or as many spots as you want to and have time for.
                      a one-time "sparkling spot" event
                                a 2 week period
                                     a month
                                     a quarter
                         whatever fits your schedule
                                    CLEANING TIMES
                                   Saturday mornings
                             Sundays after Coffee Hour.
 If neither of these times work for you, contact Barbara Wisnomor Rocky Bonsal
                to make arrangements for the church to be open.
                                    HOW TO SIGN UP
Sign up sheets are in the Parish Hall Extension right next to the poster describing
                                      Adopt A Spot

    A Day in the life of the Saints
      Saturday, March 28, 2009

'Twas on a bright    
and glorious day                   
the Saints from St. Stephen's 
had their say.

They came to attack
the church and rooms
to chase away
the winter gloom.
They hit the church
with such gusto and thunder
even the class was seen
quaking in wonder.

The brooms went scratch
the dust cloths smacked
the windows shuddered
the webs got whacked.

the floors just shimmered
the porcelain shone
the vacuum thundered
God's in his home

At the end of the day
they felt like God
as on the 7th day
He looked with awe.

And then "Wow!" they saw
what they had wrought
this kind of devotion
could never be bought.

With dirty hands and acking bones
they finally said "we're done."
We worked together, we praised the Lord
and actually it was really fun.

Marilyn Mumphrey

love one another

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 or Barbara Wisnom

 May 3rd CROP Walk sponsorship forms are here!
The annual Schenectady CROP Walk for the Hungry will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, beginning at Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, looping through downtown Schenectady and neighborhoods and back.    Registration begins at 12:30 PM, with the walk/run starting at 1:30 after a brief ceremony.  You may park in the MVP Garage.
CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) is the arm of Church World Service which offers relief to the hungry.  CROP walks all over the U.S. raise money each year to help in CWS programs all over the world.   In addition, 25% of the money raised stays in the local area to support food pantries, the Senior Meals programs, and other agencies that provide meals for those in need.
From the CWS website:  "Eradicating hunger and poverty is a cornerstone of Church World Service's mission, and the problem isn't just about getting people more food.  Church World Service is promoting food security with programs that provide inputs, protect land rights, support nutrition education and food diversification, and value indigenous knowledge."  
Please sign up to walk - individually, as a family, or with friends!  We walk one day each year because others, here and overseas, walk every day for water, food, shelter, or survival as refugees.  The walk itself is a living symbol and witness for those who walk every day.  We walk in solidarity.
The CROP walk is 5 kilometers, or  about 3.1 miles, which should take about an hour  or much less, if you choose to run the route.  There will also be a "Golden Mile" for those who would like a shorter path.  Take a registration/sponsorship form to sign up sponsors who pledge money to CROP, and bring your form with you to the walk.    We will provide St. Stephen's CROP Walk T-shirts for those interested; each walker will also receive a local CROP 2009 T-shirt.
For those of you unable to walk with us, please sponsor one of our walkers.   Check the sign-up list near the sponsorship forms.
If you have questions, please talk to Richey Woodzell

                                          ADOPT A SPOT
                             MAKE ST. STEPHEN'S SPARKLE

A huge THANK YOU to all who helped with the Parish Clean Up Day.  The participation was extraordinary.  It was a joy to witness each person jump in and start working.  Pews were washed, as were windows.  Floors were cleaned on hands and knees and rugs were vacuumed.  .Anything that didn't move was cleaned.  Among the more memorable images are Vera Crates washing each red chair in the Parish Hall, and Norman Hoffmann up on the ladder washing the windows.  We are truly blessed to have such a generous and talented congregation.  St. Stephen's "sparkled" brilliantly for Easter.
Thanks, too, to those who have "Adopted A Spot" ~ our volunteer effort to ensure that the church continues to "sparkle".
Elsewhere in this issue of the Messenger, you can read details about the "Adopt A Spot" program.  Sign up sheets are in the Parish Hall Extension, right next to the posters describing the program.  With a little bit of effort from a lot of people, St. Stephen's will definitely continue to SPARKLE.
Below are the areas that still need to be adopted:

 > the Parish Hall extension (needs a good sweeping weekly; dusting every
     couple of weeks)
 > the Nave of the Church (needs general straightening and pick up; carpet
     needs vacuuming; window sills need periodic dusting)
> Garner Ave Entrance & Stairs (need sweeping every couple of weeks;
      mopping about once a month, depending on weather)
> the Narthex & stairs at the main entrance (needs sweeping every couple of
     weeks; dusting every couple of weeks; mopping about once a month weather
     depending; throwing away dead flowers)
> Girls & Boys bathrooms downstairs
> Community Room, downstairs (vacuuming, sweeping the floor, some dusting)
> Parish Hall (sweeping weekly, especially after Coffee Hour; mopping once a
     month or so; general pick up)
> Downstairs Hallway (sweeping at least weekly; mopping every couple of
     weeks, depending on the weather)
> Choir Room (vacuuming, general straightening)
> Kitchen (sweeping after Coffee Hour each week; mopping about once a month;
     Coffee Hour host/hostesses do thorough clean up each Sunday)
> Parish Office (vacuum weekly; clean bathroom about every other week; keep
     floor in work room clean)
QUESTIONS: Barbara Wisnom

               AGAPÉ AGAPE grape

When? Friday, May 8th
Time? 6 PM
Program? Not decided - maybe just fellowship
Where? The Parish Room
Who? Anyone and Everyone!

Please Bring             
- Pot luck dish
- Own Plate
- Own Utensils

Questions? Call Christine Nelson


ERD LogoApril Edition of The Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development Web Series

Today, Episcopal Relief & Development is releasing two new installments of the monthly web series.

This month, The Power of Partnerships series focuses on the Diocese of Belize and the program "Empowerment for All," which supports ongoing classroom discussions to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and how it is transmitted. The curriculum has been so successful that it has gained national recognition and will be implemented in both Anglican and non-Anglican schools.

The current Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development explores the way that one couple has engaged in solidarity with those in need around the world by supporting clean water and disaster relief programs.

For more information or to read other stories from the online series, visit The Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development.

To support Episcopal Relief & Development, please make a donation online at, 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. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus' words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow's challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Contact: Devon Wallace


Wedding Anniversaries and Birthdays


Bruce Tatge............05/04
Omer Burton............05/05
Belachew Emaelaf.....05/05
Ted Schlansker........05/05
Isabella Varno..........05/05
Rocky Bonsal...........05/07
Marilyn Dare............05/09
Jamie Masse............05/09
Robyn Stewart.........05/10
Scott Soule'.............05/11
Ayodele Jones...........05/12                                    Biker Chicks
Norman Hoffmann........5/15
Charline Hoffmann......05/15
Amy Soule'.................5/15
Benjamin Hoshko........05/18
Tyleigh Versocki.........05/19
Elizabeth Casale.........05/20
Steven Koch..............05/21
Gene Koreman............05/23
Cheryl Syta...............05/24
Phyllis Chapman..........05/26
Allison de Kanel...........05/26
Emmy Grubb...............05/26
William Schlansker.......05/26
Pat Hagen..................05/27
David Carroll...............05/29
William, Jr. Smith.........05/29
William Koch...............05/30
Andrew Riordan...........05/30
Shannon Trant............05/30
Dawn Kaler.................05/31
Julie McDonald.............05/31
Susie Olsen.................05/31                      
Norma & Vincent Piscitelli..05/03
June & Carl Hatlee............05/10
Denise & Dave Crates.......05/23
Richey & George Woodzell..05/28
Phylis & Robert Chapman....05/30

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,3724681,
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
Serving without Vote:
 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.
Our email is:
The rector's email is:
Our website is
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