Holy Week Issue 
March 2010

Shield Dear Friends,
St. Stephen's has offered a Eucharist for Healing every Thursday morning for over thirty years.  This year during the season of lent we will also be offering spiritual healing on Sunday morning Eucharist at both the 8am and 10:15 services.  I want to use this space to explain the tradition of spiritual healing and the Church and how it will be done in our congregation.

If we look closely at the ministry of the Early Christians we find they continued the work that Jesus had taught them. That is, when anyone was sick, they prayed, laid on hands and anointed with healing oil all who were sick in body and mind  The Church has the belief that healing is primarily a spiritual process whose source is God. Healing can be effectively channeled not just by medical professionals, but in many ways, not the least of which is the anointing and laying on of hands. We believe that God's Spirit is abundantly active in our lives and offers healing of the spirit to all who ask. The healing may or may not take the shape of physical healing, but the real gift is to the spirit of the one seeking God's love.
 Here is how it will work at St. Stephen's on Sunday mornings:  when you come up to the altar rail to receive Holy Communion, you may elect to stay after the chalice has been administered.  I will follow the chalice bearer with oil and I will lay my hands on you asking Christ to uphold you in His grace, that you might know the healing power of His love.  After this you will leave by means of the side isle as usual.  I you DO NOT want the laying-on of hands and anointing with oil, simply leave after you partake of the chalice.

The Holy Spirit is, according to the Nicene Creed, the Giver of life. The Spirit is also the sustainer of life, the breath you keep drawing in as long as you're alive. The Spirit can work within us to heal our soul; to heal our body.  Henri Nouwen, wrote in The Wounded Healer,  "We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help."  Let us help one another this Lent.




Lent, the annual celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, is an intense period of Christian teaching and training.  In earlier centuries, the season provided the background for the preparation of the catechumen (new converts) for baptism on Easter morning.
The catechumens were later joined in their studies by professional Christians seeking continued study and spiritual renewal.  By the third century, Lent also was a time when Christians who had lapsed in the faith could prepare for reuniting with the body of Christ on Maundy Thursday (Great Thursday).  Their journey began on Ash Wednesday when ashes gathered from the burnt palms of the previous year's Palm Sunday were placed on the confessor's forehead as a sign of repentance and total dependence on God.  Thus, Lent has become a time for all Christians - new converts, committed followers, and renewed believers, to reflect on their baptism in the light of Christ's baptism and temptation. 
Lent is a time for spiritual preparation; a time for discipline; a time to 'repent' or 'turn around' as the Greek words "metania" implies. The spirit of Lent is to take on anew all that it means to belong to Christ.
Lent is a way of growing into Easter.


Stations of the Cross

A 'Station' is any place in the church where, during a solemn procession, there is pause for a prayer.  At St. Stephen's these include the crèche at Christmas, the entrance to the church on Palm Sunday and the baptismal font on the day of Pentecost (when there are no actual baptisms!)   During Lent there is a practice in which fourteen 'stations' are visited in turn, with a pause for a reading, a versicle and response, a prayer, and a time for meditation.  In this case, the 'stations' are fourteen pictures depicting incidents in the narrative of Christ's passion, from Pilate's house to the entombment.  These pictures will be placed around the church on Fridays and booklets which lead the participant through each station can be found on the table in the back of the church.  Call the parish office is you wish to go through this service.

                       Sunday Morning Adult Education
                                           The Question of God MaryJesus

The Question of God is a course that deals with issues that preoccupy most thinking people today: What is happiness? How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? How do we reconcile conflicting claims of love and sexuality? How do we cope with the problem of suffering and the inevitability of death? Based on a popular Harvard course taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, author of The Question of God, the course illustrates the lives and insights of Sigmund Freud, a life-long critic of religious belief, and C.S. Lewis, a celebrated Oxford don, literary critic, and perhaps this century's most influential and popular proponent of faith based on reason.

All classes are held on Sunday mornings between 9 and 10am in the Parish Hall.  The rector will be the discussion leader.




                                                Lenten Study
This Lent we will discuss the book, "The Last Week".  Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion.
Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings.
The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.
The study begins on Sunday, February 21st at 5:00 pm and continues through March 28th.


School Days

Sunday school update, March 2010
 I'm writing this as Lent begins (middle of February).  We are in the middle of our service unit in Kids' Chapel.    Our service projects are focusing on helping Partners in Health (please see Richey's article).  We are learning about Haiti and the work that Partners in Health does there.  We will be selling bean soup and herbs in beautiful pots to the congregation.  This will be the kids' way of raising money to send to Partners in Health.  As we move into March, we'll be learning about Lent, Holy Week and Easter. 
 The intermediate group is learning about our church service.  In fact, they will be creating a bulletin with the liturgy that the kids select.
 Schedule for the next month:
 February 28th:  Children pre K through 6th grade will meet at 9:00 am to put together bean soup jars.  We'll sell them after church.
 March 7th:  We begin our next unit in Kids' Chapel (focusing on Lent, Holy Week and Easter) at 10:15am.  The intermediate group will continue their unit on Liturgy at 9:00am.  We'll sell bean soup jars after church.
 March 14th:  Regular sessions for all groups.
 March 21st:  During Kids' Chapel (10:15), we'll fill the pots we made in February with herbs.  We'll sell the herbs after church.
 March 28th:  Palm Sunday.  Kids' Chapel will meet at 9:00am so that they can experience the church service on this special day.  We'll finish selling the herbs to the congregation after church.
 If you have questions or concerns, please see Laura Davis.  Thanks.
 Church phone:  346-6241

 Please see the bulletin board in the hallway that goes into the parish hall for updates

       Vacation Bible School, 2010 - We're going to a Rain Forest!
Come and experience the green trees, beautiful flowers, frogs, butterflies, and maybe even a monkey.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is scheduled for June 28th-July 2nd from 9:15am to noon each day.  VBS takes place at Union Presbyterian Church.  We will have a potluck dinner and worship service at St. Stephen's Church on Friday evening (July 2nd) at 6:00pm.
We need a lot of help to make a memorable week for our participants.  Volunteers are needed for planning the week including creating a rain forest in the church.  We also need volunteers (youth and adults) during VBS week.  This is the 6th year St. Stephen's and Union Presbyterian have worked together to bring VBS to the children.  It is always a very special week for the kids and volunteers.
Our first volunteer meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  We'll meet at Union Presbyterian Church at 7:00pm.  Please see me if you are interested in helping out.


 Laura Davis
          Valentine's Day Success for All
The inaugural Valentine's Day babysitting event was a great success. Noodles, chicken nuggets and fries were had by all, as well as an elegant cake iced with pink frosting and candy hearts (Thank you, Erin Cohen). It was beautiful to see St. Stephen's children play together as family, looking after one another .

Other highlights:
*  Vera and Andre love to clean. They took the spray bottle and paper towel to nursery school tables -
     and windows! Vera helped take care of the younger kids. Andre made an excellent poster reminding
     all of us how important it is to cover our mouth when we cough. Some parents have all the luck.
*   Gannon and Brody are doting brothers. You're a lucky girl, Aralyn.
*   William is the best hugger around. His brother, Pierce, makes excellent motor boat noises.
*   Juliette was an absolute princess - as in, dressed the part the entire time.
*   Claire and Veronica are now BFFs. It was sealed Sunday - we heard it.
*   Abby has a great determination. She squeezed into the dress up dress of her choice, regardless of
*   Marshall was the rootin' tootin'-est in his cow vest.

A real thank you to Erin Cohen: Without you, we'd just be a couple teens and a mother who hasn't held a baby in years. You are calm and collected and can work an industrial gas oven (OK, Allison D. helped), and thanks to Ellen Ormsbee, representing the St. Stephen's Youth Group.
Thanks, also, to Jim Ormsbee, who never thought his afternoon of ice fishing would end with babysitting, and Molly Ormsbee, who has a real future in childcare.

Best of all, four couples enjoyed an evening out and the St. Stephen's Youth Group earned money to help pay for its participation in REACH work camp this summer. Let's do it again!

Tracy Ormsbee


Lenten Bread at St. Stephen's
"We who are many are one body, for we all share in the one bread."
During the season of Lent we will be using homemade bread for the Eucharist. One reason for this is the symbolism of the one loaf (although we will actually be using 2 or 3 small loaves.) But a loaf of bread must be broken to be shared. And that is another important image: Jesus Christ's human body was broken when he gave his life for us. And we are all broken, in need of His healing and forgiveness, so that we can share them with one another and the world.
A practical note: you may receive the bread and wine separately, or you may dip the bread in the wine, holding it firmly and dipping briefly.
Deacon Pat for the Worship Committee

                       The Warden's Corner

To our St. Stephen's Family:zzsteelers
Carole and I would like to let you know what we're working on each month in a Warden's Corner in the Messenger. Please feel free to contact Carole or myself with any questions or topics of interest about St. Stephen's.  This is a snapshot of what's going on for February:
Among the things we learned at this year's annual meeting was that the congregation would like more information regarding the financing for the construction of a new parish hall. At this month's Vestry meeting, Jack Feyrer shared some research he's done with local banks that has produced several creative ideas for financing the project. We've asked him to share the information with the congregation after church Sunday, Feb. 22.
With the help of Rosemarie Jaquith, who drew up a proper contract, we are moving forward with plans to buy the First Friends Nursery School. The contract allows the school to continue running this year offering both parties and option out after that time. This gives the Vestry a chance to look at what is takes to run the school and whether this is a ministry we want for St. Stephen's. At the same time, the school's director can also decide to go in another direction.
Also of concern is our own Christian Education program. The Personnel Committee plans to meet with Laura Davis this month to talk about the running of the program through June and beyond. We will discuss the job description for the Christian Education Director as well as the search for Laura's replacement.
Tracy Ormsbee and Carole Merrill-Mazurek 


DeborahOConnor  Welcome Deborah O'Connor

Deborah O'Connor has been coming to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for many years.  On February 8th, the Vestry welcomed Deborah as a new member of the Vestry.   At the February Vestry Meeting, Deborah was present as she was voted into office in accord with the By Laws.  She will serve out the remainder of the 3 year term vacated by Gregg Varno, who respectfully withdrew.





            St. Stephen's Socialwork Plans

Mr Garrett will wrap up his project for St. Stephen's by giving his report to our Senior and Junior Wardens on Sunday, February 18th, just after the scheduled Messenger publication time.  Senior Warden, Carole Merrill-Mazurek will help us move forward with a plan of reconciliation.  More information will be shared when it is available.  James Garrett is an ARISE specialist in treatment of individuals and families affected by addiction. and other chronic illnesses


Building Construction - Funding Information

Jack Feyrer has reportedly found a creative financing plan that will keep much of the endowment fund intact.  As requested by Carole Merrill-Mazurek, the building construction financial information and funding options will be presented by Jack Feyrer after the Sunday, February 28th, 10:15 service.  The Finance Committee and Endowment Committee are expected to use Jack's information to recommend our building finances to the Vestry Members.  The Finance Committee includes Sid Woodcock, Denise Crates, Austin Spang, and Bill Frank. The Endowment Committee includes Interim Chair-Jack Feyrer, with Sondra Grady and Mike DeBritz.  Sharing of the potential financing plans was requested by those attending the Annual Meeting, and the information was promised so everyone would have the opportunity to offer feedback to our representatives before their vote.   

    VESTRY MEETING UPDATE -February 8, 2010
 There were 5 guests at the January 13th Vestry Meeting, in addition to the Vestry.

Jack Feyrer presented 3 offers from area banks to write mortgages employing the endowment as collateral.  The mortgage would be $1.7 million and the bank would hold the endowment and invest it.  At the end of three years St. Stephen's would break even, but a Capital Campaign fund would still be needed to cover the interest expense.  The Vestry thanked Jack and Austin Spang for all their hard work.  Jack will make a presentation to the congregation on Sunday, February 28th after the 10:15 services.
Members of the congregation are encouraged to direct any questions regarding our financial situation to either of the Wardens or any Vestry member.

St. Stephen's paid $5,000 of the Diocesan Assessment of $33,118 due to budget constraints.  It was considered a regrettable necessity.  

The Nursery School Committee reported that asset and insurance information is still not available.  The Vestry voted to allow another 30 days.


The church furnace was discovered to have a leak, and it was repaired.  Both furnaces are outdated.
Phase 2; the $115,000 architectural commitment for construction plans was proposed and deliberated on.  The result was to support the intention to first share the financial information with the congregation.  Jack Feyrer's presentation will also be emailed to the congregation to include more parishioners. 

Progress is being made with the sheetrock, and the kitchenette is coming up.  Volunteers typically meet on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons.  There is a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall if you are interested in volunteering.  You may also contact Austin Spang.

Debbie O'Connor was unanimously elected to the Vestry, following the By-laws regarding filling a vacancy.  Gregg Varno had respectfully resigned.

The Personnel committee, comprised of Tracy Ormsbee, Matt Canavan, Sue Feyrer and Carole Merrill-Mazurek, will meet with Laura Davis to think about finding a new Education Leader.
The social worker for St. Stephen's, Jim Garrett, is wrapping up his work. On January 29th he gave a preliminary report to Fr. James, Carole, and Tracy.   On February 21st He will present report with suggestions for constructive action.  At the meeting, Fr. James said he heard the hurt and anger, and has made it a top priority this year for reconciliation and healing, to establish a renewed trust.  Carole and Tracy shared plans to meet with Bishop Love on February 10th to update him.

1.  Spiritual Leadership
     Meeting/Counseling (office or phone) with Parishioners - 13 meetings: 28 hours
     Morning Prayer - 10 hours. Eucharist - 14.5 hours
     Sermon Preparation/Writing - NA
     Hospital/Nursing /Home visits - 8 for 12 hours
2. Christian Education/Study
     Educational Planning for Education Classes - 9 hours
     Reading/ Study/ Writing - 40 hours
3. Administrative
    Staff meetings - 3 for 6 hours
    Correspondence/ Email - 20 hours
    Board mtgs. - 2 for 5.5 hours
    Calls on all new members - 3 hours
Thanks were extended to Larry Levine for his great job with the Messenger and his communications.  The plan to start mailing the paper Messenger was shared with the Vestry, and met with approval.  The email Messenger will continue as well

That's it for the February meeting.  The next Vestry Meeting is MONDAY, March 8th.

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now and during the coming weeks!

by Richey Woodzell

During the past weeks people all over the world have opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to the Haitian earthquake survivors.  But the need is staggering and will continue for months and years.  In a mountainous country where daily survival was already difficult, there are now one million homeless people and shortages of food, water, sanitation and health care.  To make matters worse, the rainy season is beginning, to be followed by the hurricane season. 

Many of us have already donated money to the Red Cross or to Episcopal Relief and Development.  Now at St. Stephen's we have planned three special fundraising projects for Haiti, with proceeds to be sent to Partners In Health (PIH). 

You can help by:
 (1) donating the change from your pocket (or dresser drawer or kitchen jar);
 (2) * buying a quart of soup mix;
 (3) * buying potted herb or two.

 (* Refer to Laura Davis' article in the Christian Education section.)

Partners in Health (PIH) grew out of a small clinic begun in 1985 to address the health needs of the peasants of Cange, the poorest in Haiti, whose level of illness and death ranked among the worst in the world.  You can read about the history of Partners In Health in Tracy Kidder's book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, (Random House, 2003).
PIH works in partnership with the communities it serves, employing more than 98% of its staff from the community, the majority of them being community health workers.  These people are already serving in Haiti, where PIH now is in the forefront of treating the survivors of the earthquake.

The following news release on February 10 describes how effectively and quickly PIH delivers the critically needed health care:
"A month after the earthquake, Haiti is now threatened by another devastating public health disaster -- epidemics of infectious diseases and untreated chronic illnesses in squatter communities where tens of thousands of people are crowded together with no sanitation facilities and little access to clean water and food.

"Early one morning under an already scorching sun, a team of about 50 PIH doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians drove to an open field adjacent to one of these informal settlements--a patchwork of shelters pieced together from tattered sheets of cloth, cardboard, and scraps of wood, with an estimated population of 40,000.  Within 45 minutes, the PIH team had erected a large tent, filled most of it with tables and chairs for 20 consulting stations, created and stocked a small pharmacy and lab, and established an orderly system for checking patients in and sending them to the next available doctor.  Over the next six hours, they saw and treated more than 500 patients.

"They are operating similar clinics regularly at four settlements around Port-au-Prince, and supporting surgical teams at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince.  All this is being done in addition to providing comprehensive health care at 12 facilities outside the city that were already serving a population of over 1 million people before the arrival of the thousands of earthquake victims fleeing Port-au-Prince."


   Christmas Outreach Project
St. Stephen's has a generous congregation indeed!  A total of $1,865 was collected for the Christmas Outreach Project.  Parishioner's elected to contribute $500 to Episcopal Relief and Development - Darfur, and $1,865 to the Schenectady Free Clinic.  Thank you!  Thank you!  
Denise Crates



No meeting this month. 
Breaking for Lent.  
Marilyn and Gillian



Words From The Bethesda
         House Volunteers

Articles Coordinated by Deacon Pat Jones:        
Sunday Dinner at Bethesda House on Jan. 31st was a wonderful experience for both hosts and guests, from all reports. St. Stephen's provided at least 36 volunteers (I couldn't really count--they moved around too fast!): we cooked, served, visited with guests, cleaned up, and generally did whatever was needed.  

A few days later, Alice Polumbo of St. George's, who coordinated the meal, received the following note from Des Rossi, the Program Coordinator for Bethesda House, and forwarded it to me:
Hello Alice,
      Thanks to you and your church volunteers for providing the meal for our guests on Sunday. The guests raved again this morning about how good the food was. They do miss those home cooked meals.
    I hope that the experience was also rewarding for your volunteers. Most people's interactions with our population are limited, so I'm sure there were many new things to observe and experience. I certainly appreciate their presence and support for our ministry.  We served 85 meals yesterday.

I wish you well and always feel welcome to come by and volunteer.

Here are a few reflections on that day from some of St. Stephen's volunteers:

It had been quite a while since I had participated in a community event such as this one.  So I made a pan of lasagna and showed up at the Bethesda House to help serve or do whatever was needed.  I really did not have any expectations. Wow! Was I pleasantly surprised!  For me it was pure joy to be able to do some good in this broken, too-often tumultuous world.  Serving with others including those from St. George's and St. Stephen's was great fun.  For me it was a heart-warming, energizing team effort which drew us together.  I heard myself saying to someone serving the food "This is better than Christmas!".  The very best part of the day was when I sat down next to a two year old boy who was sitting alone (for the moment). His hands were all sticky with chocolate cookie.  I began talking with him and offering him some bites of food from his plate.  Soon his mother was saying it was time to go.  He looked up at me and stretched out his arms.  I hugged him and told him I loved him.  I let him go and he puckered up his little mouth to give me a kiss.  That was one of the sweetest moments of my life!  It would have been so easy to come up with many excuses for why I couldn't help out that day.  I am so glad I did go and I can't wait until the next opportunity to serve.  "Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me".     Diane Reed
The dinner that Saint Stephen's & Saint George's helped prepare and serve at Bethesda House was a wonderful success.  I had the opportunity to be one of the servers, which meant that I helped Bethesda guests fill their dishes.  The food was a sumptuous array of main dishes, vegetables, salads and a wide variety of breads and rolls, topped off by mouth watering desserts.  It was especially meaningful to interact with the guests and have the opportunity to make their day special.  The joyful interaction between the participants from both churches with the staff and guests at Bethesda House was very symbolic to me, the energy of the room  heightened by  conversations, laughter, civility & love expressed toward each other, reminded me of words spoken at our Sunday services, "may we always be at home with the holy."              Carole Merrill-Mazurek

The Bethesda House Dinner on Jan. 31 was a great success, judging from the happy faces I saw as people were leaving. I was passing out socks at the door: some folks were glad for whatever I handed them, and others were careful to look
over all the possibilities before making their choices. One small boy insisted on taking the largest pair in the box, saying, "I can fold them over!"  Deacon Pat

St. Stephen's volunteers at the Bethesda House Sunday dinner found a bright, clean dining room filled with long tables. The kitchen was gleaming with wonderful new stainless steel appliances.  The food line was "manned" by volunteers from St. George's and St. Stephen's. The food that was sent in was hearty, hot, and smelled delicious! People came in and sat at the long tables.  I noticed that most kept on their coats. "Des", the man in charge, welcomed all to the first Sunday dinner at the new Bethesda House and gave the hours that the dining room would be open.  Fr. James offered grace. People came through the food line by table, and told the volunteer servers what their choices were of the many hot dishes offered.  The volunteers piled on the food! Bowls of salad were also given, and thick slices of bread were available in abundance at a separate table that also was a self-serve beverage station.  The dessert table was an amazing collection of homemade sweets.  It was tended by the Ormsbee and Jaquith girls of St. Stephen's. Fr. James and Fr. Paul (St. George's) helped in the kitchen with lots of laughter.  (Did you know that it takes two Episcopal priests and one lay person to tame a roll of plastic cling wrap!!!?) Volunteers not serving helped by washing pots and pans, talking with diners, and filling in wherever necessary. As people left, they chose a pair of socks from Deacon Jones' BOX of SOX. I was also heartened to see that plates of food were wrapped and sent home with those who requested food for people at home. The whole dinner was an efficient operation warmed by camaraderie, good food, and a safe and pleasant atmosphere. Diane Reed received a kiss goodbye from a three year old!  What a wonderful gift!               Marilyn Causey  

Sunday Dinner at Bethesda House, with helpers from St. Stephen's and St. George's churches, was a great experience. Great food from many cooks, great servers and workers and guests: a day of gathering and many prayers as guests were served. How blessed we are with food, clothing, and our homes. How blessed we are to have friends and people that care for us on a daily basis. I hope that just for that day, the guests felt what we feel every day. I hope that more days will fill their lives with  love, prayer, food. Sunday was great but it can't end with one dinner. Hopefully this new facility will change lives for people every day; it looks promising. Great volunteers and lots of prayer will help the most. God's children have to help each other. Donna White

  I was so happy to assist at the Bethesda Dinner!  The St. George 's  volunteers were very friendly and I hope to work with them again. My job was to dish out the salads and serve them. I never saw so much salad in my life! But just about every morsel was taken. The new building on
State St. is a Gem!                     Eunice Chouffi

Many thanks to all who participated in this venture. I hope that we will find more opportunities like this to serve in our community.

Deacon Pat


                     Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 

Mercury7Despite the weather, our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was a success. Many thanks to all who braved the unplowed and snowy streets to attend. This is an event that requires cooperation in several areas to make the evening worthwhile so thank you to grill set men Austin Spang and George Woodzell, Room set up people Marilyn Causey, Marilyn
Humphrey, Marti Spang, Richey Woodzell and Vicki Hoshko. The cooks creating the kitchen magic were Paul DeKanel,Charles Trawick and Dave Crates with Budd Mazurek doing dish washing duties. Serving our guests were Marilyn Humprey, Vicki Hoshko,Richey Woodzell and Denise Crates. Special thanks to Dennis Wisnom for printing up tickets,Isabella Varno
for her company and selling tickets Tuesday evening and Carole M- Mazurek for helping on 2/14 to sell tickets. Everyone chipped in to help in the clean up which is always appreciated. We covered our expenses, which is always a good thing and have made donations with the proceeds.

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                Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
                                    March 2010









9:00 Morning Prayer

9:00 Morning Prayer

9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Kerygma Bible study class

9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist
& Healing
10:45 Bible Study
7:30 Choir Rehearsal


9:00 Morning Prayer


9:00 Morning Prayer


8:00 Eucharist
9:00 Education Hour
10:15 Eucharist
Nursery Care
Noon: Inquirer's Class

5:00 Lenten Study


9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Vestry Meeting


9:00 Morning Prayer


9:00 Morning Prayer
7:00 SICM Assembly
7:30 Kerygma Bible study class


9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist
& Healing

10:45 Bible Study
7:30 Choir Rehearsal


9:00 Morning Prayer



9:00 Morning Prayer


8:00 Eucharist
9:00 Education Hour
10:15 Eucharist
Nursery Care
Noon: Inquirer's Class
5:00 Lenten Study.


9:00 Morning Prayer
7:30 Parish Council


9:00 Morning Prayer

St. Patrick's Day
9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Kerygma Bible study class


9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist
& Healing

10:45 Bible Study
7:30 Parish Council
7:30 Choir Rehearsal 


9:00 Morning Prayer


9:00 Morning Prayer

9:30 DOK Meeting


8:00 Eucharist

9:00 Education Hour
10:15 Eucharist
Nursery Care
Noon: Inquirer's Class

5:00 Lenten Study


9:00 Morning Prayer


9:00 Morning Prayer


9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Kerygma Bible study class

The Annunciation
to Virgin Mary

9:00 Morning Prayer

10:00 Eucharist & Healing
10:45 Bible Study

7:30 Choir Rehearsal


9:00 Morning Prayer


9:00 Morning Prayer

8:00 Eucharist
9:00 Education Hour
10:15 Eucharist
Nursery Care
Noon: Inquirer's Class

5:00 Lenten Study 

Holy Week
9:00 Morning Prayer


Holy Week
9:00 Morning Prayer


Holy Week
9:00 Morning Prayer
7:30 Kerygma Bible study class 


Maundy Thurs


Good Friday


Holy Saturday

Easter  --> 

 Wedding Anniversaries and Birthdays

John Casale                     3/1
Ethan Brooks-McDonald     3/4
Barbara Wisnom               3/4
Elizabeth MacFarland         3/5
Paul Pratico                     3/6
Tom Casale                      3/7
Diane Bengston Kilbourn     3/10
Kelly Nolan                      3/10
Addison Schierenbeck        3/10
Jim Wolff                         3/10
Adam Gibbs                      3/11
Norma Piscitelli                  3/11
Shirley Voelker                  3/13
Roseann Caruso                3/15
Budd Mazurek                   3/16
Grace Murphy-Nolan           3/18
Brooks Brennan                  3/22
Joanne Frank                     3/22
Susan Townsend                3/22
Dorothy Gibbs                    3/23
Marti Spang                       3/23
Alexa Wolff                        3/25CoupleInLove
Madison Dominguez             3/26
Bob Hagen                         3/26
Scott Bristol                       3/27
Linda Emaelaf                     3/27
Diane Reed                        3/27
Julian Canavan                   3/28
Tracy Ormsbee                   3/29
Ralph May                          3/30
Helen Reid                          3/30

John & Susan Liberis              3/6
Dennis & Karen Holcombe       3/28




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, Carole Merrill-Mazurek
Jr Warden, Tracy Ormsbee, 346-5357
Class of 2010:
Sid Woodcock
Susan Feyrer
Peter Nelson
Class of 2011:
Austin Spang
Tracy Schierenbeck
Linda Emalaef
Class of 2012:
Deborah O'Connor
 Millie Gittinger
Matt Canavan
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
If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message.
We will call you back as soon as possible.
Our email is:  office@saintstephenschenectady.org
The Rector's email is:  jbrooksm@nycap.rr.com
Our website is www.saintstephenschenectady.org 
The Messenger is published September - June.
Please submit articles to Larry Levine, 377-9657, messenger@saintstephenschenectady.org