Pentecost Issue 
May 2010


Shield Dear Friends in Christ,zzsteelers

There is perhaps no more important ministry we share as a parish family than the ministry we have to our parish children.  Much of their view of the Christian Faith will come from the modeling we do in our lives. We have all taken a vow at their baptism that we will "Do all in our power to support these persons in their life in Christ". (BCP 303)

Many years ago families gathered around the fireplace after dinner to read the Bible to each other and tell the great Bible stories to children. This picture was eclipsed by many changes over the past century. First, it was the advent of the automobile.  Suddenly families had the option to go out at night with ease rather than stay home.  This was followed by the radio and the TV.  Then came the allure of extra curricular activities at school: sports, dramatics, and the like. Finally, and most recently, we find ourselves living in a world where most parents are employed outside the home.  "Family time" is indeed precious and spare.
With the demise of fireside bible reading, came a change in parental perception.  The end result of these many developments has been to give parents the false impression that they are "off the hook " that they are no longer the primary Christian Educators of their children. Some have the idea that Christian Education is what takes places for 50 minutes, on Sunday mornings, nine months of the year, for twelve years of a child's life. At that point, the child knows everything there is to know about God. This works out, by the way, to be 54 total school days for your child.  Would you, in good conscience, accept 54 days as sufficient education time for your child in any other subject?  Math?  English?   Chemistry?  Yet that seems to be the sum total we are ready to require of our children in terms of their Christian Education. And that is being generous.  The most we can do on Sunday mornings, and this is important, is to reinforce the good teaching that parents have been doing at home.
Over the past several years Saint Stephen's congregation has spent much time, talent and money to enrich the faith of our children and of ourselves.  Indeed, the idea of a new building first came about because of an unsafe environment in our classrooms.
 

Our idea has not been to supplant our parents as the primary Christian educators of their children.  Even if that were our purpose, we would fail.  We cannot teach in 54 days what parents will spend a life time teaching their children.  What we are interested in doing is reinforcing the Christian Education parents teach by example at home. We know that much very fine Christian Education is taking place in our parish homes.  We know because we see our parish children growing into fine young adults.  And we are proud of them and of their parents!
What we are interested in doing is providing individuals and families with the opportunity for intergenerational experiences of God's presence and the ability to both recognize God's presence in those experiences and seek to know what God has to say to us in those experiences.  Perhaps the most important question is not, "How do I teach my child about God?", but "Did I learn all I needed to know in my 54 days of Christian Education"?   These experiences are as much for the adults in our parish as they are for the children.

The goal of our congregation's work in enhancing Christian Education is to promote life long learning for each and every member of our parish.  We as adults have much to learn from our children, and they much from us.  Families can learn from those who live alone, and single persons from families.  Together, as a parish family, we each have something to share and something to gain from describing one experience of God's presence, and asking, "what is God saying to us through this experience?"
Next year promises to be an exciting and beneficial year for all of us.  Please pray about your part in Saint Stephen's education program for next year.

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altar railThe 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 23rd .  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 three baptisms and a renewal of our Baptismal vows, especially appropriate on this day, and special music.  Please wear something red to commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit "in tongues of flame", and listen carefully as the gospel is read in over a dozen different languages! 


 
               A LOOK AT THE WORLD
  
If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, With all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:

·   There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere  (North and
     South) and 8 Africans.


·   51 would be female; 49 would be male

·   70 would be non white; 30 white.

·   70 would be non Christian; 30 Christian.

·   50% of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people and all 6 would
      be citizens of the United States.


·   80 would live in substandard housing.

·   70 would be unable to read.

·   50 would suffer from malnutrition.

·   1 would be near death , 1 would be near birth.

·   Only 1 would have a college education.

·   No one would own a computer
When one considers our world from such an incredibly compressed perspective, the need for both tolerance and understanding becomes
glaringly apparent........


 
                 Thank You, Thank You...

...To all cooks who cooked and baked our suppers before the Sunday Lenten studies.
...To all those who set up, cooked and cleaned up for the Seder Supper and who prepared
    the special Passover foods, especially Marilyn Humphrey.


...To the Altar Guild and to brass polishers par excellence who polished all the brass in the
    church, and made Easter Day beautiful with flower arrangements.


...To Tim Olsen and the Choir members who helped to make Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday
    beautiful, and The Easter Vigil and Easter Day joyous.


...To the lectors, chalice bearers and acolytes who made our worship possible.

...To all those who helped in the toddler and nursery rooms.

...To the ushers and to the offering counters.

...To Dennis Wisnom, our volunteer administrative assistant who worked so hard to prepare
     bulletins and make other arrangements.


...To Donna, our sexton, who made the church shine again.

...To the Church women who made our palm crosses.

...and the list goes on and on!


Have you ever thought about what St. Stephen's would look like without volunteers:

No Church School....no ushers to say hello and hand you a bulletin...no acolytes on the altar to help our clergy...no choir to lead the singing...no Altar Guild to prepare the church and altar for our services and to make sure the flowers are on the altar...no lectors to read our weekly lessons...no one to deliver the altar flowers to the sick and homebound...no Messenger...no Care Teams...no coffee hour.

Wait!  What?? No coffee hour???? No cookies and juice for the kids?? No Church School.

Maybe it is time to think about volunteering!


Adult Education on Sunday Mornings:

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth Continues. This course is based on, central themes: Mythology is humanity's universal method of seeking the transcendental, and "follow your bliss" is the timeless formula for spiritual satisfaction. Campbell himself is an erudite scholar and quintessential storyteller, recalling a wide spectrum of myths from throughout history (Japanese, Native American, Egyptian, Mayan, and many more) to illustrate humankind's eternal quest to grasp the mysteries of creation. Historical artifacts and illustrations bring these timeless stories to life.

Classes are held in the parish hall at 9am.  The rector facilitates the discussions following the viewing of the interviews. 


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


Classes on the Anglican Covenant Offered at St. Stephen's

Last summer the General Convention called on the Episcopal Churches to study the Anglican Covenant.  Our parish will hold two classes on the Covenant on May 5th and 12th from 7pm to 8pm in the parish hall.  After veiwing a video of our Diocesan Bishop and Canon Theologian, the rector will lead discussions.

Background

The 1998 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops passed a resolution on human sexuality stating that it "in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union" and that it could not "advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions".

One Canadian diocese, New Westminster, authorized a rite for the blessing of same-sex unions at its 2002 Diocesan Synod. The use of the rite by individual parishes was incumbent upon a specific request of the parish made through its annual vestry meeting or resolution of its parochial church council. In May 2003, six of the diocese's 76 parishes received authorization to use the rite.

In 2003, the Episocpal Church's General Convention consented to the Diocese of New Hampshire's election of Gene Robinson as its bishop. Robinson's election prompted a group of 19 bishops, including the Bishop of Albany, to make a statement warning the church of a possible schism between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, stated that it would "inevitably have a significant impact on the Anglican Communion throughout the world and it is too early to say what the result of that will be". He added, "It is my hope that the church in America and the rest of the Anglican Communion will have the opportunity to consider this development before significant and irrevocable decisions are made in response". Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated that he did not see what "all the fuss" was about, saying the election would not roil the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. Other senior bishops of the church, like Peter Akinola, Archbishop of the Church of Nigeria, stated that their churches were in an "impaired communion" with the Episcopal Church.

As a result of the controversy over the consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop and the blessing of same-sex unions, in October 2003, Anglican leaders from around the world met in Lambeth Palace in an attempt to avoid a schism on the issue. The day after, they released a lengthy statement:
We must make clear that recent actions in New Westminster and in the Episcopal Church (USA) do not express the mind of our Communion as a whole, and these decisions jeopardise our sacramental fellowship with each other...This will tear the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level, and may lead to further division on this and further issues as provinces have to decide in consequence whether they can remain in communion with provinces that choose not to break communion with the Episcopal Church (USA)...Similar considerations apply to the situation pertaining in the Diocese of New Westminster.
The Primates also asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to form a commission to provide "urgent and deep theological and legal reflection" to report back to the Primates in 12 months.

Lambeth Commission on Communion

In 2003, Archbishop Robin Eames, the Anglican Primate of All Ireland, was appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chairman of the Lambeth Commission on Communion. This commission studied the state of unity in the Anglican Communion in light of the developments in the United States and Canada. The Commission published its findings, the Windsor Report, in October 2004.

The report took a strong stand against homosexual practice, recommended a moratorium on further consecrations of actively homosexual bishops and blessings of same-sex unions, and called for all involved in Robinson's consecration "to consider in all conscience whether they should withdraw themselves from representative functions in the Anglican Communion". However, it stopped short of recommending discipline against the Episcopal Church or the Anglican Church of Canada.
The report also recommended solidifying the connection between the churches of the Communion by having each church ratify an "Anglican Covenant" that would, in part, commit them to consulting the wider Communion when making major decisions.

The final draft of this 'Covenant' is being voted upon by every Province in the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Albany has also put it on the agenda for June. Participants of the classes will receive a copy of the 'Covenant' and other supporting and non-supporting materials. A sign-up sheet for those wish to participate can be found in the parish hall.


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Sunday school update, May 2010

Our schedule for Sunday school continues through June 7th. We will meet for regular Sunday school through May (see times below). On June 7th, we will meet at the regular time to have an end of the year celebration. Britta 
 
We had a wonderful Easter. A big thank you to the Riordon family who stuffed eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Thank you to Britta Kilbournwho served in the nursery on Easter Sunday. 
 

You are always welcomed in Sunday school and we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday school times and places:
Preschool through 4th gradersmeet from 10:15 until the Offertory.
Fourth, fifth and sixth gradersmeet from 9:00-10:00am. This group meets in the tower.
7th - 12th gradersmeet from 9:00-10:00am. This group meets in the first preschool room in the basement.
Laura Davis
Home phone: 377-0626
Email: rlcs@nycap.rr.com

 

 Please see the bulletin board in the hallway that goes into the parish hall for updates
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       Vacation Bible School, Volunteer Opportunities

Vacation Bible school (VBS) is scheduled for June 28th through July 2nd.  We are off to a great start.  We have filled the station leader positions.  Now we are beginning to coordinate the other essential volunteers.  This year Erin Cohen has volunteered to take care of little ones in the nursery during VBS (thank you, Erin).  This service will be for volunteers who have children that are too young to participate in VBS.  Hopefully this will open the door to those with young children and are interested in helping out during VBS.  Below is a list and description of positions we need to fill so that the week will run smoothly for the children.
 
Snack coordinator: work at the "Green Tree Games" station during VBS. This person will choose snacks, help recruit volunteers to bring in snacks and be in charge of providing snacks to the children during the program.
 
Snack assistant: purchase snacks for VBS. You will be reimbursed for the purchases you make. Getting the snacks would be done prior to the program.
 
Decorators: do creative work prior to the week of VBS. These volunteers will help create a rainforest for VBS. At VBS, decorations tend to be simple and fun. This is a great way to help out if you cannot be there during the program.
 
Laura Davis
Guides: work with small groups of children during VBS. This position is perfect for youth and adults that like hanging out with kids. These volunteers take their group of children from station to station during the program.
 
Please see Laura Davis if you are interested in helping out with VBS. 

Thanks,  
 Laura Davis
            
Vacation Bible School Registration
 
We will be going on a Rainforest adventure!  Our guides will be taking on us on an amazing journey.  We may see butterflies or toucans or maybe even a monkey.  During the adventure, massages about sharing, giving, growing, loving and praising will be passed along.
 
This year Vacation Bible School (VBS) is June 28th through July 2nd from 9:15 to noon. VBS is for children 4 through 10 years old. The adventure takes place at the famous rainforest of Union Presbyterian Church (a leaky roof can come to some good!). VBS is a joint effort with Union Presbyterian and St. Stephen's churches. Please fill out the registration below and give to Laura Davis.
 
______________________________________________________________________
 
 
             2010 VBS Registration ~ June 28th - July 2nd
                       at Union Presbyterian Church

 
 
Name:________________________________________________________________
 
 
Age / Entering grade for 2010-2011:________________________________________
 
 
Parents' / Guardians' Names:______________________________________________
 
 
Address:______________________________________________________________
 
 
Home Phone:_________________________Email:_____________________________
 
 
Who will be picking up your child from VBS?___________________________________
 
 
Relationship to child / Cell phone:___________________________________________
 
 
Child's food and / or other allergies:_________________________________________
 
 
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us as we celebrate VBS with a potluck and worship on Friday, July 2nd @ 6:30pm at St. Stephen's Church.


Story time

Archive Photo: Story Time with Rosemarie Jaquith, St. Stephen's Chancellor

 

 


                               


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Reid House Rehabilitation
 
Progress on rehabilitation of Reid House has been slow but steady.  All of the sheetrock has been installed.  Thanks to George Woodzell and Sal Belardo, taping of the sheetrock is just about complete. 


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George Woodzell


 


Belardo

Sal Belardo

In May we will installing doors and trim.
Since spring is arrived, we will be adding the railings to the handicap ramp and siding to back of the house.  We plan to start painting in June. 

Volunteers are urgently needed and are most welcome.

   Austin Spang

 

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Austin Spang

 New Parish Hall Building Schedule

Our architects and the building committee have discussed various building schedules.  Jack Waite and Dan Wilson talked with three contractors with whom they have worked on previous projects..  All three contractors felt it would be significantly better to bid our building at the end of July with work to start  September 1.  They expect next year to be "normal" with prices 10-15% higher.  Subcontractors are currently available with prices down but starting up.  Materials have gone up 15% since last year. They would very much like to start as soon as possible so that the new building is enclosed during  January and February.
 
Based on the above discussion, the following schedule for the new parish hall has been agreed to:
 
Construction Documents           Completed June 25, 2010
Bidding                                         June 25, 2010 - July 26, 2010
Contract review                          July 26-August 15, 2010
Contract Award                           August 15, 2010
 
Constructions Start                    September 1, 2010
Demolition/ Abatement             September 1 - November 1, 2010
New Construction                      November 1 - September 30, 2011
 
This is a fairly aggressive schedule. We will need the help of everyone.
 
Austin 

                  Word from the wardens
 
The wardens and vestry would like to thank the congregation for their patience and involvement with the process of creating a parish reconciliation plan supported by the services of consultant Jim Garrett. We will continue the next step of this work, which is to create a map for next steps. This will be shared with members of the congregation at some point before June 1. In addition, plans for the new parish hall structure will be initiated this autumn. In preparation for the absence of the current parish hall, the vestry will create a task force to plan for continuation of coffee hours, adult education, agape, etc., in new venues. An initial meeting will occur in early May. If you have an interest in becoming part of this creative endeavor, please call Carole or Tracy.
 
Remember, the wardens are here to help support our congregation. If you have concerns, issues or ideas, please seek out the wardens or vestry members during services or call or e-mail.
 
Peace,
 
Carole Merrill-Mazurek and Tracy Ormsbee
 

 

    VESTRY MEETING UPDATE -April 12, 2010
                                                By Tracy Ormsbee, Jr. Warden 


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Tracy
 with Ellen

At its April meeting, the Vestry was presented the schedule for architectural drawings, construction bids, vestry vote on a contract and a proposed start date for the new building project. The group then discussed plans to accomplish the many tasks associated with these preparations. Among them:

§         Creating a transition task force to plan for where and when to hold coffee hour, 
              meetings, etc.
§         Creating a task force to plan the capital campaign for the project that would work
             under the finance committee.
§         Packing up and storing items housed in the building to be replaced.
§         Making decisions about the new kitchen and what it needs.

Also, under the Buildings and Grounds report, Reid House is making progress. It should be ready to paint by June and then get occupancy certificate.

Debbie O'Connor asked for help with maintenance of the church gardens.

The crumbling step in the front of the church will be repaired as part of the new building contract, which will save the church money.

Other committee reports:

Personnel:
Jim Garrett has completed more than half of the work he agreed to do with St. Stephen's. Plans are being made for the wardens and Fr. James to meet with him to outline future plans, including, but not limited to, creating a letter of agreement with the rector, meetings with parishioners and educational sessions.
The committee is still preparing a survey for parents to gather information that will help in the search for a Christian Education Director.

Rector's Report:
We received one new pledge, a transfer from Christ Church.
We received a Thank You from the Schenectady Free Clinic.
The date of the May Vestry meeting changed because the confirmation falls on the same day. The meeting will be the second Tuesday of May.
 


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Carole
 Merrill-Mazurek

Warden's Report:
Sr. Warden, Carole Merrill-Mazurek thanked the Vestry for its support and for working so effectively as a team during a very difficult time.  A letter will be written to Bishop Love thanking him for his support as well.

Old/New business:
Fr. James is preparing a list of people for committees and task forces.
Continuing to look into whether there's an inexpensive way to recycle paper, etc. in the office.
Tracy discussed the success of the first youth lector at Sunday's service.

That's it for the April meeting.  
The next Vestry Meeting is MONDAY, May 10th. 


More Activities and Dates
HamsterBand 
       Thanks to Chris Jones for most of the photographs of Saint Stephen's folks. 

Our calendar is on line.  Click here:
 Link to the Saint Stephen's Calendar 
 Jump ahead to Anniversaries and Birthdays
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            Interfaith Library Group of the Capital Region


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Bruce and Jane Tatge

The Interfaith Library Group of the Capital Region will meet on Tuesday, May 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at First Reformed Church of Schenectady, 8. N. Church Street (parking across the street). The program will be a discussion of the book "Half the sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide", by N.Y.Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. The discussion will be followed by a showing of the film "A walk to beautiful", from public television's NOVA program.  All are welcome to attend. Those who plan to attend or who would like further information are asked to call Jane Tatge at 399-3270.

Jane Tatge

 

                                  Coffee With the Rector
 
Ever want to have a conversation with the rector?  Have any questions for the rector?  Just want the rector to listen to what you have to say?  Well, Fr. James is happy to meet with any member of the congregation, either at Starbucks or at the rectory.  A sign-up sheet for those wish to have coffee can be found in the parish hall.
 
                      
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                      AGAPE


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Marilyn Humphry

Our next Agape meeting will be Fri. May 14, 2010 at 6pm at the church.  Please bring a dish to share, and your own table service and join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship, all are welcome.

Marilyn Humphrey

 

      The Shop at St. Stephen's

Spring is Sprung, The Grass is Riz so for your garden we  have garden stones, wind chimes, plaques  and blessings.  A new card line had just arrived by "Shirley, Goodness and Merci"!!!!   Magnets, cards, and bookmarks for Mom' Day too and dont forget to visit our Angel corner.  The shop is open after the 8 and 10:15 services. 
  
Thanks so much,
Marilyn Humphrey

 
 

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                  PLEASE HELP WITH A GARDENING PROJECT

St. Stephens has some of the most stunning gardens in the area, and I
would love to keep them that way! Over time, gardens have a tendencyto become unmanageable if left alone too long.


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Debbie O'Connor


So, I would like to make the garden under the stained glass windows by the choir door much smaller so that it can be easily maintained. The project will involve digging up some of the plants, and ultimately planting grass so that the garden is only as wide as the three windows.


If you can dig up plants and carry materials, have some tools, and can plant grass I would enjoy working with you on this project.

Please call
Debbie O'Connor on 374-6641, and we can begin!

Thank you,
Debbie



CROP Walk for the Hungry

 It's not too late to sign up to walk or to sponsor a walker!
 
The annual 5-kilometer Schenectady CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, May 2nd, 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 or across Chapel Street from the church.
 
The CROP walk is 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. 
 
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.
 
Take a registration/sponsorship form to sign up sponsors who pledge money to CWS/CROP. You may also raise funds online at www.cropwalkonline.org. Each walker will receive a local CROP 2010 T-shirt.


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Richie and George Woodzell

 
For those of you unable to walk with us, please sponsor one of St. Stephen's walkers.  Check the sign-up list near the sponsorship forms.
 
WALKERS: If you are turning in all your money on May 2, please let Richey Woodzell know. If you still have money to collect, take just the top tear-off sheet with you to the walk.

If you have questions, please talk to
Richey Woodzell, 372-9398.
 

 

 

Thanks to Richie Woodzell for proof reading the Messenger.


 

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A Word from the Field...
 

We caught up with Rev. Frantz Cole, affectionately known by friends, family and colleagues as Fanfan, who oversees the Church's relief and rebuilding efforts as Development Chief for the Diocese of Haiti. Fanfan took a moment out of his hectic schedule to give us his perspective on the situation on the ground, and the role our support is playing in his country's recovery. 
ERD Now: What are the greatest challenges you face on a daily basis?

Fanfan:The challenges are many. There is no office to work out of. The job is getting bigger so we need to expand our staff. We don't have enough resources to cover all the needs.
ERD zzsteelersNow: How is Episcopal Relief & Development making a difference?

Fanfan:You make an enormous difference here. Together we fed more than 5,000 to 6,000 people after the earthquake. We bring medical care to 8 villages. We distribute medicine free to all. We pay doctors, nurses and pharmacists to go out to the communities. We are providing shelters and tarps to people who are without homes or whose homes are partially destroyed. With your help we are doing all of that and more.
Episcopal Relief & Development is bringing assistance to communities that might otherwise not be helped. You provide not only financial support, but also trained professionals who have the skills and experience to help get us through this crisis and to begin rebuilding for the future. It is a wonderful and effective partnership.


Submitted by
 Kabby Lowe

Contact: Tyla Fowler     (800) 334-7626, ext. 6311

To donate:  https://www.er-d.org/OnlineDonateForm/ 

Episcopal Relief & Development
P.O. Box 7058
Merrifield, VA 22116-7058




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                Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
                                 May 2010
                 AniversariesNBirthdays   
 


Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Th

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

1
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Reid House Work 

2
8:00 Eucharist
9:00 Education Hour

10:15 Eucharist

Noon: Inquirer's
Class

CROP Walk 12:30

3

9:00 Morning Prayer

4

9:00 Morning Prayer
Over the Hill Gang 1:00 

5

9:00 Morning Prayer

Anglican Covenant Class 7 pm

6

9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist
& Healing

10:45 Bible Study
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

7

9:00 Morning Prayer

 

8

9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 DOK Meeting
9:00 Reid House Work 

9

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

19

9:00 Morning Prayer
7:30 Vestry Meeting

11

9:00 Morning Prayer

Over the Hill Gang 1:00 

12

9:00 Morning Prayer

Anglican Covenant Class 7 pm

13

9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist
& Healing

10:45 Bible Study

7:30 Choir Rehearsal 

14

9:00 Morning Prayer

AGAPE 6pm

15

9:00 Morning Prayer

9:00 Reid House Work 

Diocesan DOK Retreat
at SLC 9:30 - 3:00

16

8:00 Eucharist

9:00 Education Hour
10:15 Eucharist
Nursery Care

Noon: Inquirer's Class

17

9:00 Morning
Prayer

18

9:00 Morning Prayer

Over the Hill Gang 1:00 

19

9:00 Morning Prayer

20
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist & Healing
10:45 Bible Study
7:30 Choir Rehearsal
7:30PARISH COUNCIL

21

9:00 Morning
Prayer

22

9:00 Morning
Prayer

9:00 Reid House Work 

23
PENTECOST

8:00 Eucharist
9:00 Education Hour
10:15 Eucharist
Nursery Care

Noon: Inquirer's Class

24

9:00 Morning
Prayer

25

9:00 Morning Prayer

Over the Hill Gang 1:00 

26

9:00 Morning Prayer

27
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Eucharist & Healing
10:45 Bible Study

7:30 Choir Rehearsal

28

9:00 Morning
Prayer

29 

9:00 Morning
Prayer

9:00 Reid House Work 

30

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

31

9:00 Morning Prayer

Memorial Day 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wedding Anniversaries and Birthdays

          Birthdays:

Paul Jesep              5/4
Margaret Rivenburg  5/4zzsteelers
Bruce Tatge           5/4
Omer Burton           5/5
Belachew Emaelaf    5/5
Ted Schlansker        5/5
Izzy Varno              5/5
Rocky Bonsal           5/7
Marilyn Dare            5/9
Robyn Stewart        5/10
Scott Soulé            5/11
Ayodele Jones          5/12
Charline Hoffmann    5/15
Amy Soulé               5/15
Benjamin Hoshko      5/18
Tyleigh Versocki       5/19
Elizabeth Levine        5/20
Steven Koch            5/21
Gene Koreman           5/23
Cheryl Syta               5/24
Phyllis Chapman         5/26
Allison de Kanel         5/26
Emmy Grubb             5/26flowers
Marilyn Humphrey      5/26
William Schlansker     5/26
Pat Hagen                 5/27
William Smith, Jr.        5/29
Will Koch                  5/30
Shannon Trant           5/30
Dawn Kaler               5/31
Julie McDonald           5/31
Susie Olsen              5/31

 
APRIL ANNIVERSARIES
Jack & Olive Carter Luczka        4/5
Sidney & Gillian Woodcock        4/5
Steven Koch & Susan Townsend 4/6
Omer & Pearl Burton                4/20
Budd & Carole Merrill-Mazurek    4/29
Peter & Josefina Nevius           4/29


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

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.
Volunteer-staffed by Denise Wisnom mornings,
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: james.ross.mcd@gmail.com
Our website is www.saintstephenschenectady.org 
The Messenger is published September - June.
                 Please submit articles to Larry Levine, 377-9657 messenger@saintstephenschenectady.org