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Saint Stephen's Schenectady

Christmas Issue 
December 2010
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in this issue

A. From Father James

B. School Days

C. More News

D. More Activities and Dates

Shield 
From the Rector
 
As I write this message the busiest shopping day of the year has ushered in another shopping season.  Christmas carols are heard in the stores, on the radio, and in just about every other commercial on television.  And yet, it is four weeks before Christmas.  The rush has not begun.  We are between holidays.  Very soon Christmas break will be here, and then we will be doing that last minute shopping, addressing cards, wrapping presents, and rehearsing.  But, for the time being, we are resting, waiting.

God's people have always been a waiting people, waiting and watching.  Often we wait, not knowing exactly what to expect, hoping for something to happen, hoping for someone to come: a letter in the mail, a visitor, our number in the lottery.

God's people are a waiting people.  But waiting is difficult: in the surgical waiting room - awaiting a word; in a long line at the bank, in an airport.  Have you ever noticed the variety in the manner of people's waiting?  Some are the staunch kind who wait with a sure and certain hope. Others sit on the edge of their seats in anxious fear.  You can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she waits.

But waiting is hard.  We often become impatient and thereby miss the mighty movement and redemptive voice of God. Sometimes our impatient waiting causes us to miss out on the joy of that for which we are waiting.

The season of Advent, which we began November 28th, evokes the emotions of anticipation in Christians.  It captures the ancient yearning for the Messiah that was so much a part of the history of the Hebrew nation.  Advent comes in the part of the year when the days grow shorter and shorter, when we feel surrounded by darkness, and when our need to look forward and to hope becomes especially intense.  It is an in- between season of waiting and of watchful preparation.  But there is a great danger in waiting for the Lord's Coming with impatience and anxious fear.  This Advent season could be nothing more than a busy, expensive holiday in which we burn up our emotions and become tired of Christmas weeks before it comes.

Take some time away from that busy schedule, slow down.  Let's take some time this Advent to make ourselves ready, to allow Christ to act upon us; to feel His penetrating power deep within us, enabling us to be ignited from within, creating the warmth that will give the glow of Jesus in us, a glow that will allow others to see that Christ has come and that He is coming again.

      Peace,
      Fr. James+



Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

 The patron saint of our parish is St. Stephen whose life we will celebrate on Sunday, December 26th at both services.

Stephen was called one of the "seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom" (Acts 6:3).  He was chosen by the apostles to relieve them of the administrative burden of "serving tables and caring for the widows." This became what the Church traditionally considers to be the work and ministry of a deacon.

Stephen's activities involved more than simply "serving tables" for the Acts of the Apostles speaks of his preaching and performing many miracles.  These activities led him into conflict with some of the Jews, who accused him of blasphemy, and brought him before the Sanhedrin.  His powerful sermon before the Council is recorded in the seventh chapter of Acts.  His denunciation of the Sanhedrin so enraged its members that, without a trial, they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death.

Saul, later called Paul, stood by, consenting to Stephen's death, but Stephen's example of steadfast faith in Jesus, and of intercession for his persecutors, was to find fruit in the mission and witness of Paul after his conversion.  The Christian community in Jerusalem, taking fright at the hostility of the Judean authorities, was scattered; so that for the first time the Gospel of Christ began to spread beyond Jerusalem.

Come celebrate our patron saint on Saturday!

BlueStarSky

Christmas Services
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CHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 p.m.  Family Eucharist
10:45 p.m.  Christmas Carols
11:00 p.m.  Festive Candlelight Eucharist
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CHRISTMAS DAY
10:15 a.m.  Eucharist
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FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:00 a.m.  Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
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THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD
January 1st
10:00 a.m. Eucharist

EPIPHANY SUNDAY
January 9th
8:00 a.m.  Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

SnowyEvergreen

     Cleaning and Greening
             of the Church
Help prepare the church for Christmas. On Sunday morning, December 19th, beginning after you get your coffee, we will meet in the Church to hang the greens, and generally prepare the church for our celebration of Christ's birth.

   CHILD CARE CHRISTMAS EVE
The Chapel will be open at the 5:00 p.m. service. 
Toddlers are invited to share the church service experience with their families, but it can be a long time for some to be still.

                    Advent
         Advent began on Sunday, Nov. 28th.  It is a time to prepare for Christ's birth as well as for His second coming to judge the world.  It is a time of watching and waiting and great expectation.  Purple, the color of thoughtfulness and penitence is the color of the season.  The Greek letters, Alpha (the first of the alphabet) and Omega (the last letter) combine to make the symbol for this season of the year signifying that God is Eternal -- the beginning and the end.  Come and worship during Advent in joyful anticipation of the birth of our Lord.
 
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                         The Twelve Days of Christmas

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly.  During that era someone wrote 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as a kind of secret catechism that could be sung in public without the risk of persecution.  The song has two levels of interpretation: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the church.  Each element in the carol is a code word for a religious reality.

The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
The five gold rings recall the Torah (Law), the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit.
The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing?  These are the nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5). 
The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

  
   Christmas Flowers

 Flowers

Consider taking part in donating flowers for the Altar.  There are many reasons for donating flowers for Sunday morning.  One is in remembrance of someone, or to say thank you to  someone or a group of people.  If you would like, you may find someone who would like to donate flowers with you on the same Sunday, and you may split the cost ($40). Both names will be recognized.   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            Christmas Flowers
I would like to donate flowers for the Christmas Season:

Name:_____________________
In honor of:________________
Or
In memory of:______________
Donation:__________
Deadline for Christmas flowers is December 12th

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                   2011 Altar Flower Calendar
I would like to have the altar flowers given in my name
On (date)_______________________
In honor of______________________
Or
In memory of____________________
I've enclosed a check for $40.

Please mail to the Parish Office, 1229 Baker Ave.  Schenectady, NY  12309
Or place this coupon and your check in the collection plate.

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                                                                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.
                                               ChritmasBells

WHEN TO CALL YOUR CLERGY

 Many people have the idea that the only time they should call their priest or deacon is when someone is critically ill or when there is a death in the family, and some don't even do that.  Here are ten occasions when you should have no hesitation in picking up the phone to call James or Pat.

1.  Before going to the hospital: it makes no difference whether you are going to the hospital for major surgery or for a routine checkup - call before you go.
 2.  When alcohol or drugs become a problem for you or for someone you love: the alcoholic or drug dependent person is not a hopeless sinner - he or she is a person with a disease who needs treatment.  There are no easy answers to chemical dependency, but the clergy can help you to understand these problems or to assist families and individuals in locating help.
 3.  Before you engage a lawyer: this does not mean before you get an attorney for any purpose, but before engaging one when a husband and wife are considering separation.  If you take the Christian view of marriage seriously, you will wish to talk through your situation with clergy or other pastoral counselor before matters proceed to the point of seeking legalcounsel.
4.  When a baby is born: when a new member of our family is born, James or Pat would like to call while the mother is still in the hospital.  This is a good opportunity to rejoice with the family and to ask God's blessing upon the child.
5.  When you would like to talk or pray about a difficult decision: the big decisions in life are so important that they should be "talked out and prayed through".  Your work, perhaps getting married, a change in jobs - are all included.
6.  When you know someone in need of spiritual help: it is part of our Christian responsibility to be alert to the needs of others.  If you know of someone who needs help, do not hesitate to call.  Together, we may be able to find a way to minister to those in need.
7.  When there is a death in the family: no matter what the hour of day or night the clergy should be called at once.  Their task is to bring you to strong consolation of our Christian faith and to counsel with you concerning arrangements for the funeral.
8.  When you are spiritually depressed: remember, help is available!  The finest Christians have all gone through their dark night of the soul.  Don't try to fight it through alone.  If God seems far off and religion has lost its reality, you are not the first person to feel that way.  Don't struggle with spiritual depression by yourself.
 9.  Before anyone enters the armed forces or leaves for college: Not only will the clergy want to know their address away from home, but would like to opportunity to make a personal visit to assure them of the concern of their home parish while they are away.
10. When you want to share a thanksgiving: when a parishioner wants to share a thanksgiving for all God's gracious gifts, the clergy will be delighted to share this with you.

 Fr.  James - 370-3573
  Deacon Pat - 372-5836

Pagaent

Sunday school 2010 
 
Sunday school times and places:

Babies through 3 have Nursery in the Chapel.

Preschool through 4th graders meet in the Reid House from 10:15 until the Offertory.

Fourth, fifth and sixth gradersmeet from 9:00-10:00am. This group meets in the tower.
7th - 12th graders meet from 9:00-10:00am. This group meets in the Church Office.

Sunday School Link to our Website page on:
http://www.saintstephenschenectady.org/Education/Sunday_School_04.html

GirlsCaroling
 

               
                           Nursery School
First Friends Nursery School at St. Stephen's Church has had a wonderful fall, filled with lots of activities and fun.  In September, the children learned about fall, families and apples.  The children enjoyed a field trip to an orchard for apple picking, too!  In October, learning topics included Christopher Columbus and pumpkins.  The highlight of October was, of course, the Halloween parade and party.  Parents and children alike enjoyed the day, and the princesses, superheroes, ghosts and goblins were truly adorable.  November brought with it discussions about sharing and Thanksgiving.  The children learned all about the pilgrims, their journey on the Mayflower and Native Americans who helped the new settlers.  They celebrated the holiday with a "feast" of their own. Some children chose to dress as Pilgrims and others as Native Americans.  They also collected food for the Schenectady food pantry during the month to reinforce the concept of sharing.  December is an exciting month with lots of activities, too.  The children will talk about Christmas, as well as learn about other religious holidays like Chanukah.  They will also spend time talking about giving and the needs of others.   They will finish off the calendar year with a Holiday party later in the month.  As you can probably imagine, it is a very wonderful time, filled with learning and fun!

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Merry Christmas!
Amy
Soulé

GirlNTree




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

INQUIRE'S CLASSES are a basic four week course which is 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 are held on Sunday at noon in the rector's office beginning January 9th.

Fr. James  


 C. More  News
  
  Jump Back to B. School Days
  Jump Ahead to D. Activities & Dates 
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            GoldCharm   The Church Shop
 

The Episcocats Calendars have arrived, chuckle your way thru our church year with these cute and wonderful cats.  The shop has Christmas Kraft Kits for Kids, and many unusual decorations you can use  as you start to "deck the halls."  We have Candles and lots of stocking stuffers too. Our line of cards from The Metropolitan Museum have been a big  hit and we still have a few left, stop by and see us, and we thank you so much for your support.

Lily and Marilyn

 

 

                                So many books and so little time!     Books

                              Let's give all the St. Stephen's book afictionados another excuse to read.
(But who needs an excuse?)  On Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 there will be an organizational meeting for a St. Stephen's Book Club.  Please join us if you would like to be part of a group that reads, discusses, and  enjoys a little social time, well maybe a lot of social time.  We'll look forward to seeing you at the Feyrer's home, 1198 Lowell Rd., Schenectady.  Any questions, or if you are interested and cannot attend the meeting,
call Susan Feyrer or Vicki Hoshko.


 

 

TeddyBearCAPS FOR TINY BABIES
(or how to keep from succumbing to the pre-Christmas crazies)


    Knitting can be a soothing, meditative activity at the end of a busy day, or even as a mid-day break. The yarn flows through your fingers, the needles click smoothly, and you can find your breathing and your heart rate slowing, your muscles relaxing. Here is the absolutely easiest and quickest knitting project I have ever seen:
    Two organizations, Save the Children and Warm Up America! are asking knitters (and crocheters) to make a cap (or more) to help save the lives of nearly 4 million newborn babies in the developing world.

To get started, go to www.GoodGoes.org/caps for patterns, or pick up printed directions at the back of the church. The caps are very small, and one can be finished easily in an evening. Bring your completed caps to Jean Versocki by February 1st, and she will ship them off. That's all there is to it. Need yarn? I have plenty.

The Christ-child, whose birth we are preparing for, came into the world without a place to lay his head, or a cap to keep him warm. Here is an opportunity for us to provide comfort for babies in our own day, to bless them as we have been blessed by the presence of the Holy Child in our lives.

 Deacon Pat

It's YOUR website...
Even though all of that twitter, facebook, and other kinds of social networking going on, St. Stephen's still does maintain a website. One purpose is to be a window to the world for those who might be church shopping. Another purpose is to make certain kinds of information available to our members. Did you know that we have:
Cards
     the schedules for Foyers groups, ushers, counters, and more,
     a picture directory with addresses, phone numbers, and more,
     a reasonably up-to-date monthly calendar,
     the lessons for the next Sunday,
and a lot of other stuff, including half a dozen photo galleries?
We are found at
                   http://www.saintstephenschenectady.org/
There are many more pages on the website. Feel free to explore them sometime. Since I'm not perfect (well, DUH!), you will find mistakes and typos now and then. Let me know and I'll fix them and thank you for your help. I hope you find our website helpful, informative, and attractive.  

Chris Jones, website manager. 

 SantaNChild
                   Mug Shots
If we don't have a recent picture of you and your family, we want one. We use it on the website directory, and for our published directory (new edition coming out soon), and for the mug-shot board. If you would like to give us a current photograph, that would be fine, or I would be glad to take one. I usually have my camera with me at church, and consider it my privilege to take an informal snapshot of you.  

Chris Jones

 

      Thank you Chris for all the photos of our
         great Saint Stephens' events!!                
 







MaryJosChrist

                                                 Wardens Corner

No news from the Vestry this month.  I hope to have news to distribute from the next Vestry Meeting.  The December Vestry Meeting is Monday, December 13th. Stay tuned for next month.  

 
Larry Levine, Editor

                  Nativity


           Reprint of Last Vestry Meeting Summary
                                         October 11, 2010
Meeting

Building and Grounds: 

  • Austin announced that Allegrone had the low bid, 2,135,400, for the building of the new parish hall.  He has sent Allegrone's contract to Jack Feyrer to forward to our attorney, Tom Hayner, to review. The Vestry voted to authorize the wardens to sign a contract with Allegrone, not to exceed $2,135, 000, pending approval by our attorney

     
  • Grounds:  The Vestry voted to hire T & P Lawn and Landscaping to handle our lawn care and snow removal, pending a favorable recommendation from First Presbyterian. 

Endowment Committee:

  • New Building Business Plan:  We need Diocesan approval when applying for a mortgage on any church property.  The Diocesan Architectural Committee needs to give its approval.  They have received our architectural plans and our business plan. 

Nursery School Taskforce: 

  • The Vestry voted to purchase First Friends Nursery School for $12,000. 

Capital Campaign Taskforce: 

  • The co-chairs of the Capital Campaign Taskforce are Tracy Ormsbee and Carole Merrill-Mazurek.

Finance Committee:

  • Every Member Canvass:  The Finance Committee has agreed to oversee the Every Member Canvass.  Our goal is to have the letter sent out by Nov. 9, and all pledges in by November 17. 

KeepChristInXMas
Carole Merrill-Mazurek
Tracy Ormsbee

Vestry meetings are open to all members of the congregation.  Vestry meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30pm.  The Vestry does not meet in July or August
 

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.
 

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LakeMtScene 

November Article on
New Parish Hall

Progress is being made but slower than I'd like.  The new bids from the three contractors were opened Oct 3.  The bid from Allegrone Construction from Pittsfield, MA which made the lowest bid of $2.13M has been accepted by the Vestry.  Allegrone Construction is a family owned business with a reputation for doing quality work as demonstrated on their web site, Allegrone.com. 

We've found that in order have a mortgage on the Church property, we need to get approval from the Bishop and the Standing Committee.  We've submitted the required information and are hoping for approval at the Committee's next meeting, Nov 1. 

To be ready for demolition as soon as we get approval, we have had the old building surveyed for asbestos.  By the time you read this Messenger, we will have hired an asbestos abatement contractor.

Austin Spang


CaroleingSunnySide

 D D. More Activities and Dates

Our calendar is on line.  Click here:
 Link to the Saint Stephen's November Calendar 
 Jump ahead to Anniversaries and Birthdays
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Caroling
             Christmas Caroling

             Everyone is invited to a Christmas Caroling party on Sat, Dec 11th at 4pm.  We will meet at Baptist Health Nursing Home in Scotia.  We will walk the halls singing Christmas carols for about an hour, then all come back to the Syta's home for a potluck chili dinner.  Every year we do this it's loads of fun and the residents love to have us.  Sign up on the sheet at the back of the church, or sign up by contacting Cheryl Syta.

Thanks!
Cheryl


 
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                                      CHRISTMAS CARDS
It's time for the Saint Stephen's Christmas Card Bee! On Sunday, December 12, following both services, we will gather in the parish hall to prepare cards for all the inmates in the Schenectady County Jail to send out to their loved ones. How can you participate? It's easy:
       1) Bring in, ahead of time, unused cards (with envelopes) and/or postage stamps, and place them in the basket in the back of the church.
       2) Come to the parish hall following worship on the 12th of December;
 and spend an hour or so stamping and bundling cards for delivery to the jail. We usually distribute around 1100 cards, for about 300-350 inmates. Many hands make light work...so I hope to see you there!
 Deacon Pat


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                       SICM Dinner Was a Success

      Thank you to all who generously supported the Harvest for the Pantry dinner and silent auction.   Over 200 meals were served and SICM reports that $20,000 should be the final result.  At $.16 per pound the Emergency Food Pantry will be able to purchase almost 62 tons of food, or the equivalent of 30,000 meals!  
      And another thank you to all who have brought donations of food to church each
Sunday, this also helps with the constantly growing needs of the community.  There is a continuing need for baby food, especially Enfamil and Stage 1.

 Amy, Eunice and Marti 


  
 
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The Order of the
Daughters of the King

Please pray for the people of Haiti, as the cholera epidemic has taken 400 lives and Hurricane Tomas is approaching.  The first DOK National Assembly in Haiti was Nov. 13, including a number of DOK's from the US.  In addition, two new chapters were instituted on Nov. 14. 

The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. "We are an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Today our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches."

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Phone: 770-517-8552
Fax: 770-517-8066
General Email: dok1885@dok-national.org

SnowyRoad

BETHESDA HOUSE DINNER
 Mark your calendars now and plan to take part in providing a delicious Sunday dinner for the clients of Bethesda House on January 30th. Once again we will be joined by members of St. George's Church.  The dinner we served last year was enthusiastically received, and this year there are likely to be even more people present. We will need cooks and servers and helpers of all ages. Watch for further notices in January.
 Deacon Pat  


CAPITAL REGION THEOLOGICAL CENTER CLASSES

"Old Testament I: History, Israel's Faith and Our Future"w/ Rev, Dr. Johan Bosman,
 20 hours: 4 Thursday eves beginning 1/17, and 2 Saturdays; Christ Community Church, Clifton Park
A course in our Lay Theological Educational Program, open to all.
$250.00; $200.00  to audit.  Reg. deadline: 12/17.

JUST ADDED!- Interactive Webcast Event w/ Brueggemann!
"Reading Scripture Through Other Eyes,"w/  Reknowned Internat'l Panel of Speakers-
Thur-Fri, Jan20-21, 9am -4pm, St. John's Lutheran Church, 160 Central Ave, Albany,
Join us for Keynote Speakers (via webcast), panel discussion, reflection groups, and study materials!  How does our Understanding of Scripture change: by culture?  in groups? when we share?
Cost: $125 by Dec. 21; $140 thereafter.  Reg. deadline: Jan. 10.

"Which Way Do We Go?  Charting Paths for Today's Youth Ministry",
 w/ Revs. Christy Lang & Blair Bertrand, (Doctoral Students of Kenda Creasy Dean),
 Sat., Jan. 22, 9am-3pm at Delmar Reformed Church, Creative ways to approach youth ministry.
Cost: $75 by Dec. 23., $95 thereafter; Reg. deadline: Jan. 7, 2011.

"Connecting with Calvin: Restoring Unity to the Church",
w/ Dr.Randall Zachman, Sat, Mar. 26, 9am-12pm, Siena College
This Calvin scholar shows us how historic issues from the Reformation inform our current situation.
Sponsored by Siena College, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies, and Westminster Presbyterian (Albany). No course fee; Free-will offering for CRTC. Reg. deadline: Mar. 18.

"Sunday is Fun Day! Church School Rotation Model Workshop"
 w/ Rev. Dr. Miriam Lawrence Leupold,
April 2, 2011, 9am - 4pm, at First Presbyterian in Albany,
Come discover why Rotation Model works for all learning styles and may size churches.  
See it set up and take home
Lots of resources.  Bring a team to maximize the learning!
$65 by Mar. 3, $75 thereafter; Reg. deadline: Mar. 17, 2011.

It's gift-giving time, but don't we all have enough STUFF?
Why not try a CRTC Gift Certificate for your favorite church school teacher, pastor or that budding theologian in your
ousehold?  Call or email our office now!  Look at all of the courses coming up:

Register online at www.capitalrtc.org or by phone at 518-462-2470. Watch our website for information on these and many ther courses available in 2010. 
Scholarships and group discounts available for most classes;
please contact us for an application.
SnowyLargeHouse

          Birthdays:   

Peter Nevius...................12/01
Louise Peake..................12/05
Mildred Gittinger.............12/07
Vicki Hoshko...................12/08HappyBirthday
Jim Ormsbee...................12/09
Claudia Ashelman............12/12
John Liberis.....................12/12
Robert McCalley..............12/17
Jed Dare.........................12/18
Jacqueline Shaw.............12/19
Shirley Gretz...................12/20
Jean Greenspan..............12/21
Jim Syta.........................12/21
Addison Elsbree...............12/22
Stephen Sombor..............12/23
Robert Olberg..................12/25
Isabelle Jaquith...............12/27
Ronald Michelson.............12/27
Elizabeth Canavan...........12/28
Christian Renken.............12/28 HappyAnniversary
Anne Sombor..................12/28
Carl Hatlee II..................12/29
Denise Crates.................12/31
Lois Hoover....................12/31

  
      Anniversaries:
Robert Olberg & Andrea Worthington..12/10
Gerald & Linda Perregaux...................12/22
Jeffrey & Margaret Rivenburg.............12/27
Grant & Rosemarie Jaquith.................12/30


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, 377-7015

Class of 2011:
Austin Spang
Tracy Schierenbeck
Linda Emaelaf

Class of 2012:
Deborah O'Connor
 Millie Gittinger
Matt Canavan

Serving without Vote:
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:  james.ross.mcd@gmail.com
Our website is www.saintstephenschenectady.org
 
The Messenger is published September - June.
Please submit articles to Larry Levine