The Messenger

Web Edition

Saint Stephen's Schenectady
  Summer Issue 
   June 2011

in this issue

A. From Father James

C. More News

D. More Activities and Dates


Dear Friends,

          This is the "Summer Messenger" which means that is the last one you will receive until September.  This also means that our program year is coming to an end.  Every June I look back over the last ten months in amazement.  The collection of monthly "Messengers" tells the story of the year just past.  As I flip through the pages, there is one response that arises: the response of gratitude to God for the gift of such a year.

First, let me say that I have been impressed at the patience of the congregation as it has lived through the demolition of the old parish hall and the beginnings of the new.  We have not been able to have coffee hour or other fellowship activities, our education activities have been curtailed greatly and parking has been a nightmare; yet spirits are high and anticipation of our new building is great.

Next, let me thank you all for a tremendous response to our capital campaign, Building on God's Blessings.  So many members have worked so hard on this project! We are grateful to one another and glad in God's presence as we consider a response to the campaign. Though a very generous gift has allowed us to build the new building, furnishing it is the responsibility of the entire congregation. If you have not sent in a pledge for the new building, please do so before the June 12th celebration.

Finally, let me say how pleased I am at the working relationship that Miranda Rand, our new Christian Education Director, and I have developed.  We have been collaborating in plans for new programs for our young people for next year and it has been very exciting!  I am more convinced that Saint Stephen's needs a healthy building so that we can pass-on  our faith for generations to come.  Because if we don't do it, our approach to faith might cease to exist.

            It has been said before on this page, and I cannot help but wonder: do we realize, do we ever really realize the gift of this congregation to us?  As I flip through the past year's newsletters, I remember the incredible lives of those who have died, but not before they gave much of themselves to the work of this church.  I also see articles on activities that have helped us to keep on top of social issues, to educate us about the substance of the Christian faith, to welcome those who are strangers in our midst.  Consider the members of the parish council whose labors of love have strengthened us.  Rejoice at the list of vestry members who have led us this far.  Do we ever really realize what an INCREDIBLE, LIVELY, REMARKABLE gift this church is to each and every one of us?  I give thanks to God for the gifts of such a year.

                                                            Fr. James  + 


A. From the Rector 


The Feast of Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost marks the end of the Easter Festival in the Liturgical year.  But it is not the end of anything, but the beginning of that new life in Christ.  In our prayerbook Pentecost is properly designated as the fiftieth day of Easter. The celebration begins with the day of Resurrection and ends with the gift of the spirit to the Church.  That giving of the Spirit is to be understood as a resurrection appearance.

The import of Pentecost as the final Resurrection appearance is that through the gift of the Spirit, Christ's presence is forever insured for the community of the faithful.  This we indeed celebrate!

We will celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, June 12th.  This feast is as important as Christmas or Easter and St. Stephen's is hoping to have everyone present for the celebration.  The gospel will be read in several different languages representing the many languages present on that first Pentecost.  Red is the color associated with the Holy Spirit, so wear something red to church!

Jazz Sunday: June 5th

Although a spirituality that includes jazz music may not be for everyone, it has become a tradition at St. Stephen's.  Experts say the interest by churches in jazz brings the music genre full circle, because jazz has its roots in spirituals and other elements of the black church.

The Episcopal liturgy is well suited for different expressions of music because the Book of Common Prayer preserves the evolution of early forms of worship and prayer in a way that is open to creating new traditions. Jazz Eucharists have emerged as a synthesis of traditions, a blending of an age-old liturgy with the unique musical language we call jazz. With a freshness that is open to God's Spirit, this musical tradition sounds the hopes, dreams, joys, frustrations and pain that expresses human experience, while exploring a musical vocabulary that transcends the limits of the written or spoken word.

On June 5th at the 10:15 Eucharist this congregation is pleased to welcome the Union College Jazz Ensemble to lead us in "making a joyful noise to the Lord".  Led by Dr. Tim Olsen, music director at St. Stephen's, the group will  accompany our parish choir and will lead our congregation in a variety of Spirituals and other songs.

Bishop Herzog to Visit St. Stephen's

On June 19th the Right Rev. Daniel Herzog will be at St. Stephen's at the 10:15 Eucharist to preach, celebrate and confirm and receive new members into the church.   


A couple was arranging for their wedding, and asked the bakery to inscribe the wedding cake with 1 John 4:18 which reads "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear."

The bakery evidently lost, smudged or otherwise misread the noted reference, and beautifully inscribed on the cake John 4:18 ... "for you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband."


 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.


B. From the Education Director

Sunday School 2011 

Pre-school through 3rd Grade: approx: 10:30-11:00AM meets in the Reid House with Brian Riordon or Miranda Rand immediately after the children's sermon to just before the Eucharist

Youth-Grades 7-12:
9-10AM meets in the Chapel with George Woodzel

Grade 4-5 Students
may choose to help in the Pre-school group (please call Miranda Rand to discuss)

Grade 6 Students
may join George Woodzell's group in the chapel (please call George Woodzell to discuss)  



@ St. Stephen's Ms. Miranda

When we re-gather in September we will be that much closer to moving into our new classrooms as the parish hall nears completion. That in itself is exciting, but there is something even more exciting happening in the fall - we will start using the Godly Play curriculum with our younger group.

This curriculum is based on the oral tradition of story-telling - the earliest way the stories about Jesus and his Judaic ancestors were passed down.  The format mimics a 4-fold service of worship and incorporates some elements of the sanctuary into the storytelling room.  The stories are biblically based, simply told, and employ a great sense of mystery.

During the summer months I'll be working on a roster of stories, recruiting volunteers and organizing training sessions. I'll also be looking for volunteers to sew fabric underlays and make small wooden figures. Look forward to hearing from me!

George Woodzell and I will continue to work together to find people from different faith traditions to visit the high school class and talk about their beliefs, thus creating an opportunity for our youth to understand Christianity in the context of other great world religions. We will balance discussion times with times of active service, visiting places like the Regional Food Bank in Latham where we can be "hands-on" missioners.

I'd like to thank all those folk who kept the education program going during the time St. Stephen's was without an education director, and to lift up those who said "yes" to me when I asked them to teach or assist with the younger group. Brian Riordon, Amy Soule, Dave Crates, Cheryl Syta, Allison deKanel, Denise Crates.

I am aware that there is a gap where the 5th - 7th graders do nClassot have age-appropriate instruction. I am asking for patience at this point. Those students who wish to, may come into the younger grouping and we will plan each week for some more challenging activities. Inconsistent attendance and teacher scheduling conflicts caused this class to be discontinued prior to my arrival on staff.

Please don't forget about VBS...flyers have been mailed to all St. Stephen's kids, there are some extra registration sheets in the back of the sanctuary-please pick one up and pass it on to a neighbor if they have age-appropriate children. A collaborative effort between St. Stephen's and Union Presbyterian, held at Union Presbyterian 9-12 noon daily, July 25-29. Theme is Shake it Up Café.   

All Sunday School classes ended for this season on May 22  


Coming Soon: VBS: "Shake it Up Café" July 25-29, jointly with Union Presbyterian. Registration forms will be mailed May 1.We need lots of help. Call me or look for the sign-up sheet on the information table in the church. All VBS activities are at Union Presbyterian.

Please Note: During the months of May and June there will be no answering machine at my home number - our house is undergoing a major facelift. Please call my cell (229-5105) or use email to contact me.



I have to confess to a great love of creative contemporary liturgy -and to a practice of meditating on iconographic artwork in preparation for leading worship. I have also to confess to a life-long addiction to books and to being the owner of a substantial collection of liturgical resources, some of which are books of prayers with beautiful illustrations.

One recent addition to my library is a book of prayers that focus on Jesus' life and ministry-At the Name of Jesus - the Way, the Truth, the Life, a lovely collection of meditations written by Richard Fragomeni, associate professor of liturgy and homiletics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, with illustrations by Michael O'Neill McGrath, a brother of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.  This book just happened to find its way into my possession when I was preparing to celebrate the Eucharist with the elderly mobile population of the Kingsway campus, where I lead worship twice a month.

The prayer that compelled me to purchase the book is titled Bread from Heaven and companioned by an illustration of an Hispanic-featured Jesus presiding at the Table, his mother, Mary, on his right, multi-racial disciples on his left. One hand is raised in blessing over the chalice; a dish of pita bread is close by. The Dove of Peace is on the center edge of the table and a line of men and women wait nearby, hands outstretched to receive the sacrament.  It is a poignant reminder that Jesus came for everyone, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, for those who are homeless and for those who own homes up and down the country and in other lands as well.  

The words of the prayer summarize all the reasons we would come to "the gospel feast" -- to be in solidarity with those who are casualties of disaster, or victims of injustice or abuse, to protest pollution, to celebrate our life made new in the Spirit, and to give voice to our joy in the risen Lord. Reading it and meditating on the illustration has immeasurably enriched my Easter season.

Christ has risen, Alleluia!
Miranda Rand, Christian Education Director

More Challenging Times in Sunday School  
(or, Learning About Faith from Teenagers)

 How many people - of any age - would be willing to meet with a group of strangers and talk openly and honestly about their faith? How many teenagers could meet with a group of teenagers to do such a thing? On May 15, two teenagers joined the St. Stephen's upper level Sunday School class to do just that: talk about their faiths.

Khalafalla Osman and Ritam Mehta are members of an organization named "Children at the Well," which seeks to bring together teenagers of different faiths by telling stories based upon their cultures and beliefs. Khalafalla, a muslim, told us about the basic ideas behind Islam, and told a story about a wise man who hid someone by putting him in the most obvious place available. Ritam, a hindu, told us about several of the gods worshipped by hindus; he emphasized that these individual gods were appreciated for the qualities they represented (the god shown as an elephant, for example, represented the attribute of good listening - big ears - and flexibility - the trunk), and were all seen as elements on one overarching cosmic being.

As we discovered from the Tibetan Buddhist monk who joined our class several weeks ago, the more we learn about other faiths, the more we learn about our own - and the more we realize how much all faiths share and how little divides them.

George Woodzell




  C. More  News
  Jump Back to B. School Days
  Jump Ahead to D. Activities & Dates 

New Parish Hall 
Excerpt from Gazette article by M. Velte

John G. Waite Associates of Albany and Manhattan was hired to build the new parish hall. They specialize in historical preservation and restoration of buildings. Waite said the church was built off Baker Avenue near The Plaza in the mid-1940s for Protestant workers at General Electric and American Locomotive. It was designed by architect Isaac G. Perry, who was also one of the final architects to oversee construction of the state Capitol Building.

Head architect on the project Shannon Brown said the 9,OOO-square-foot facility will include a parish hall, classrooms, meeting rooms, a kitchen, a library, a nursery, and more bathrooms, all with energy-efficient appliances. Some materials used will also be from local sources. The stone will be Hudson River Blue Stone, the wood for the trusses will be from
the Adirondacks and the slate from Washington County.

To pay for the project the church will be fund raising and spending some of its endowment. "It's money spent for the future, that's how your council sees it," MacDonald said.

Waite added the project, "is a good statement on the part of the church. It reflects a optimism in the city and that the parish is going to grow. Not many urban churches are building facilities like that today."

The project is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving.

Qestions?  Contact Austin Spang



The Warden's Corner

It is exciting to see the progress of our new Parish Hall and we all look forward to it's completion the end of November.   Capital Campaign for the furnishing of our new building. 

Our thanks to Austin for all his work as liaison with the Allegrone and mitigating problems as they arise. 

Why We Pray for Our Enemies

When our friend Tim died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, we grieved his death. We had known Tim since he was 2 years old: our families went camping together for years, and we watched Tim grow into a bright, articulate, passionate young man. Our hearts ached for his parents and his 7 brothers and sisters. We prayed for Tim, and for his family. Now, ten years later, one of Tim's brothers serves in the Diplomatic Corps in Afghanistan. He has a military escort wherever he goes. He is often in danger. We pray daily for him. These prayers come easily, wholeheartedly.

But it isn't enough to pray only for those we love: we are called as Christians to pray also for our enemies, for those who hate us. Jesus said, " You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' but I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" (Mt. 5:43-46)

We are to love without exception, completely. Some people cause great pain and suffering, and when they die we may be tempted to rejoice. But we all are more than just the sum of our sins: we all are made in the image of God; no matter how much we tarnish that image, it is still there. It is my understanding, my belief, my hope, that God loves each one of us regardless of what we do, or fail to do. And God will deal with every one of us justly and mercifully, and with love.

For a long time after Tim's death, his parents said the Prayer of St. Francis every day. It can be found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer, along with the following  prayer "For our Enemies":

"O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Deacon Pat



Submitted by Richey Woodzell  372-9398 
Please keep our homebound and ill members in your thoughts and prayers:        Claudia Ashelman, Galina Bayer, Mary Davis, Isabella Dewhurst, Jesse Dipley, Michael Dixon, Sondra Grady, Stephen Gray, Jack & Robert McCalley, Peter & Josefina Nevius and Marian Sevinsky.

       Please consider prayerfully becoming one of St. Stephen's visitors.  Each week a care team takes the altar flowers to the homebound, ill or other parishioners, reminding them and ourselves that we keep them in prayer, and that we are all part of our parish community.  If you feel called to this ministry, please talk with Father James or Richey Woodzell.


  D D. More Activities and Dates

Our calendar is on line.  Click here:

 Link to the Saint Stephen's February Calendar 
 Jump ahead to Anniversaries and Birthdays

Please join St. Stephen's Church:

Celebration Sunday BBQ Lunch


Immediately following the 10: 15 service

Please bring a salad or side dish to share.

St. Stephen's will provide BBQ Chicken, and Dessert!

Come join us while we celebrate "Building on God's Blessings"

with lunch, music and a wonderful speaker 




Lawn Sale Thanks
Very many thanks to you all who contributed, in whatever way, to the success of our Lawn Sale on May 7th , those who helped with sorting and pricing, those who came really early to help set up, those who helped sell, those who baked, our two "ambassadors" who had the boring job of just sitting in the church to make sure everything was alright, those who provided  goods to sell and not to forget those who bought! Very important also were our clean-up crew. Also thanks to Lily Holcombe and Ellen Ormsbee who made our road and lawn signs. It was truly a team effort and I really appreciated all the help and support I was given. I think our efforts paid off and the final total for those efforts is $1,666.11.
With good friends, good fellowship and a good outcome we were truly blessed.

Gillian Woodcock

Saint Stephen's Shop

The Shop--------- The Shop has had a wonderful year with great sales.  The many interesting shop items and unusual donations to the Encore section have made our sales brisk.  We are so happy to tell you that we will be giving $500.00 to the church to be used for Scholarships for our young people for Work Camp.  You are all to be thanked for your support of us, your generosity made the donation possible.  A tip of the hat to all of you and Keep shopping!!!! Thanks again, Love and Blessings to you all, 
Lily and Marilyn


                           BOOK CLUB NEWS                                   Reminder:books
June14th-Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by
           Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

All Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
We meet at Susan Feyrer's house.

Please join us!

Any questions contact Vicki Hoshko



Vermont Veteran's Home (V V H) Outreach

Please donate Books

Vermont Veteran's Home (V V H) in Bennington, VT, serves medically needy servicemen and women from the northeast and New England.  Father Donald Gardner, retired from St. Paul's in Troy and St. George's in Clifton Park, was a resident for many years, until he passed away last summer.

Due to his eye problems, I used to send him books-on-tape and CDs, plus large print books, which he shared with his friends.  I also included a variety of music and appropriate VHS tapes for the V V H auditorium.

In Father Don's memory, I am continuing to send similar items, plus other books, to several of his friends.  At the moment, I obtain items from Schenectady County Public Library Whitney Book Store, Colonie Sanford Public Library, and Clifton Park Public Library, plus from the Union Presbyterian Church bargain sale.

However, I would like to encourage members of St. Stephen's to pass along to me, books on tape or CDs, and any other items, which will be forwarded to V V H.  

Thank you.

Joe Palko



Thanks to the generosity of St. Stephen's, we collected 282 items of clothing (or 405, if you want to count each sock separately) for the women in the Schenectady County Jail. I can assure you that they will be very much appreciated by "my girls." It certainly is true that "little things mean a lot," especially when one has so very little. 

Deacon Pat 

 Peach Tree Chris J

                                      The Plant Exchange

A few years ago, some of us brought plants in to church to share with our members. This year, we are trying out a new system. If you have something you'd be willing to share, let me know and I'll list it on the Plant Exchange page of the website. If you'd like to add to your garden, go to the plant exchange page and see what looks appealing. Then call the donor and work out a time that you can go to the donor's house and pick up a plant or two. Perennials do need to be divided every now and then; the spring is a good time to do that.   The Plant Exchange page is located on the St. Stephen's Church website. If you have trouble getting to that page, give me a call and I'll help you find it. It's reached from the Members Only page.
Plant in pot 
My garden now has quite a few plants which came from members of St. Stephen's Church. It's nice to have that connection between your garden and mine!

Happy digging!
Chris Jones 


Workcamp Shares

Still a Good Investment 

Please contact anyone in the youth group or see George Woodzell about buying your shares. 

Remember: all of the money you pay for workcamp shares goes directly to pay the cost of the youth group's trip this summer to the workcamp in Peterstown, West Virginia.

Schenectady Inner City Mission SICM 
SICM LogoHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection
      ...  a SICM initiative funded by the NYS DEC



bring them in  
SATURDAY, JUNE 25,  10:00-2:00


          BRING THESE ITEMS                                                       DO NOT BRING
          Compact fluorescent lights                         Electronics nor TVs 
            Hazardous cleaners                                             Computers & accessories
            Paints                                                                 Empty aerosol & paint cans
            Paint thinners & strippers                                    Large propane tanks
            Lawn & garden chemicals                                   Explosives, ammunition
            Pesticides                                                           Medical waste, drugs*
            Small propane tanks                                            
Materials that will be accepted include compact fluorescent lights, toxic cleaners, paints, paint thinners & strippers, lawn & garden chemicals, pesticides, and small propane tanks.  Items not accepted include electronics, TV's, computers & accessories, empty aerosol & paint cans, large propane tanks, explosives, and ammunition.

A prescription drug collection may be included in this event.  In addition to the collection day, a public program or information table can be arranged, featuring alternative nontoxic products as well as more information about household hazardous products.   For more information please call 258-4846.

Richey Woodzell  


Safe House Emergency Shelter Needs Items 

SAFE House in Schenectady, now in its 26th year, is a temporary 30-day emergency shelter serving homeless and runaway youth between the ages of 16 and 20.
Since its inception, St. Stephen's has supported this program with donations of toiletries.  SAFE House can use the following for their teenaged residents:  travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorants and soaps.  Also needed are washcloths and towels, and socks and underwear for both male and female residents.  Most youth arrive without any of these items.  If you wish to help fill these needs, put your donations in the SAFE House basket at the back of the church.
When the youth leave for their own room or apartment, they also need basic household items:  pots and pans, dishes, glasses, flatware, small appliances, dish towels, etc.   If you can donate any of these, call Judy Lewis at SAFE House, 374-5178, or speak to Richey Woodzell.  Thank you!


SICM Food Pantry and Summer Lunch 

It is June, and Summer Lunch at SICM will soon begin

We will be at Jerry Burrell Park the week of July 5 - 8. 
Marti Spang will be there all four days and would like to have 4 helpers each
day.  Setup begins when the truck arrives at about 11:30 and we will be all done by
about !:00.  There's a signup sheet on the table in the back of the church. 

More information is also available from SICM's  Crys Hamelink at 374-2683 or if you have questions or want to sign up there.
Thank you.
Marti, Eunice, Amy  

                  Food Pickup Volunteers Needed            
Are you available on a Sunday afternoon at 2:00?  Each Sunday, when the Schenectady Greenmarket closes, the farmers donate their unsold produce and baked goods for the local food pantries and soup kitchens.  Beginning the first Sunday in May and going through October, when the Schenectady Greenmarket is outdoors in front of City Hall, the Greenmarket coordinator is looking for volunteers to load the leftover food in their car to transport to a food providing agency that afternoon, or to keep it until the following morning and deliver when the agency is open.  If you are interested in helping one Sunday (or more), contact Debbie Forester at  388-0051 or

 Richey Woodzell


ERD LogoLiving Our Faith for a Better World. 

In April, tornadoes swept through the South and Southeast, killing hundreds of people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. In the weeks after the storms, communities and relief agencies worked together to assist people as they salvaged belongings and started planning to rebuild. Now, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal dioceses of Alabama, North Carolina, East Carolina and East Tennessee as they help impacted communities move from immediate relief to longer-term recovery


To support Episcopal Relief & Development's work, please visit  or call 1.800.334.7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.



Save the Date! Monday, October 3, 2011, CRTC's Fall Event
 at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia! w/ Keynote Speaker Barbara Wheeler,  Director of the Center for the Study of Theological Education (CSTE) and Former President, Auburn Seminary, Author and Award-winning Educator.  $50; Many levels of sponsorship!  Reg. deadline: September 23, 2011.  A great time- Don't miss it!
Thus Says the Lord: Listening to the Prophets, Old Testament II, w/ Rev. Dr. Beth Tanner, Niskayuna Reformed, Begins July 21, A Lay Theological Education Program 20-hour course. $250; $200 to audit.  Reg. deadline: July 18, 2011.
Empathy in Action: Intro to Pastoral Care, w/ Rev.William Grosch, M.D.,  Lynnwood Reformed, Begins September 8, A Lay Theological Education Program 20-hour course.  $250; $200 to audit.  Reg. deadline: August 23, 2011.
Canoeing Through Creation, w/ Rev. Kent Busman, Mon, Sept. 12- Thurs. Sept. 15, Camp Fowler, Get away into the beautiful Adirondacks for hiking, canoeing, and theological reflection on the care of God's good creation. $300; Reg. deadline: Aug. 24.   
"Spirit, Grace & Power: Acts of the Apostles", w/ Rev. Dr. Richard CarlsonSiena College, Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 20 & 21, 9am-3pm,  This popular professor is back to help us rediscover the grace and power of the Spirit at work in the early church as well as our own!    $155 by Sept 22; $175 thereafter.  Reg. deadline: October 5, 2011.
"Opening the Doors: Welcoming the Differently-Abled", w/ Rev. Catherine Patterson, NYS OPWDD, Thurs., Oct.27, 9am-3pm,  Designed to help faith leaders reach out to individuals and families of individuals with developmental disabilities who wish to belong to a faith community.  $75 by Sept 29 ; $85 thereafter.  Reg. deadline: October 13, 2011.
 Boundary Awareness, w/ Rev. Dr. Davis Olsen , Thurs., Nov. 3, 9am-3pm,  Explore fundamental role relationship tensions and why boundaries do or do not hold.  For all congregational leaders and those who minister to children, teens, adults, or any specialized ministry.  $90.  Reg. deadline: October 18, 2011.
God in the Details: A Faith & Science Dialogue, w/ Rev. Dr. Wesley Wildman, Sat., Nov. 5, 9am-3pm,  The more we learn from science, the more we begin to grasp the fullness of God's glory!  Explore cosmology & creation, and evolution and human nature.  $75 by Oct 7; $85 thereafter.  Reg. deadline: October 20, 2011.
Go Ye: The Nuts & Bolts of Planning a Mission Trip- A Resource Sharing Event, w/a Panel of Area Presenters, Sat., Nov. 19, 9am-12:30pm,  Ever wondered how to put together a mission trip- and do it well?  Hear about planning, fundraising, finding volunteers, & more!  $45 by Oct 21; $40 thereafter.  Reg. deadline: Nov. 3, 2011.
Register online at or by phone at 518-462-2470. Watch our website for information on these and many other courses available in 2011.  Scholarships and group discounts available for most classes; please contact us for an application.

It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a new Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared. But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked,
"Is the coming winter going to be cold?"
"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed," the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.  

A week later he called the National Weather Service again.
"Is it going to be a very cold winter?"
"Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter."  

 The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find.  

Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.
"Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?"
"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's going to be one of the coldest winters ever."
"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked.
The weatherman replied, "The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"


June Birthdays
Bill Frank ...............................6/1
Robert Voelker.......................6/2
David Caruso..........................6/4
Ellen Ormsbee........................6/5
Barbara Adams.......................6/7
Charles Mertz.......................6/13
Bonita Bailey.......................6/14
Stephen Gray.......................6/14
Laura Huggett......................6/14
Josephine Jones....................6/18
Al Lowe................................6/20
Matthew Syta........................6/20
Benjamin Claus....................6/22
Don Humphrey.....................6/22
Ann Walraven......................6/25
Salvatore (Sal) Belardo........6/27
Jack Luczka..........................6/27
Charles Trawick....................6/30



July Birthdays
Hoagy Walker .......................7/1
Everett Schierenbeck.............7/8
Mary Davis............................7/9
Joan Moss..............................7/9
Marian Sevinsky....................7/9
Doreen May  .......................7/10
Judith Versocki....................7/10
Gillian Woodcock................7/12
James McDonald..................7/13
Andrea Worthington ............7/15
Gaye Mertz...........................7/16
Austin Spang........................7/16
Jean Versocki........................7/17
Larry Levine...................7/19
Jean Hadley...........................7/21
Chris Jones............................7/21
Thomas Kirby.......................7/24
Oto Ones...............................7/25
George Woodzell..................7/25
Ryan Huneau........................7/28
Molly Ormsbee....................7/31
August Birthdays

Jeanette Claus.....................8/1
Brody Riordon....................8/1
Jean Greenspan...................8/5
Robert Chapman.................8/6
Suzanne Taylor...................8/7
John Goldthwaite ..............8/15
Ganon Riordon..................8/16
Brandon Anthony..............8/19
Angela Strong....................8/19
Emily Mertz.......................8/20
Daniel Koch.......................8/24
Alannah Mykoo..................8/24
Richey Woodzell................8/26
Glenn Kaler........................8/29
Mary Whitney.....................8/30




June Anniversaries
Stephen Sombor & Lucy Clark..........6/1
Sal & Diana Belardo........................6/12
Christopher & Patricia Jones...........6/13
K. Scott & Diane Kilbourn..............6/15
Emile & Ann Walraven...................6/15
William & Janet Schlansker............6/19
Clark & Mildred Gittinger...............6/20
Glenn & Dawn Kaler.......................6/20
Belachew & Linda Emaelaf............6/22
Jack & Susan Feyrer.......................6/22
Austin & Marti Spang.....................6/22
Jim & Tracy Ormsbee.....................6/26


July Anniversaries

Tim & Laura Huggett......................7/3
Scott & Amy Soulé.........................7/5
Robert & Shirley Voelker.............7/10
Charles & Gaye Mertz..................7/16
Richard & Carolyn Morin.............7/19
David & Lorie Kelley...................7./30
August Anniversaries

Tim & Susie Olsen.....................8/2
Owen & Jean Greenspan...........8/5
Eber & Mary Davis....................8/9
Donald & Marilyn Humphrey..8/13
Ronald & Mary Michelson.......8/25
Charles & Debbie Trawick.......8/25
Bill & Joanne Frank..................8/26
David & Suzanne Taylor..........8/28

Acts 7:55
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"


Quick Links...
Link to Calendar on our Website

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, Millie Gittinger
Jr. Warden, Linda Emaelaf

Class of 2011:
Austin Spang
Richie Woodzell

Class of 2012:
Scott Kilbourn
Jim Ormsbee
Peter Nelson

Class of 2013:
Erin Cohen
Brian Riordon
 Treasurer: Denise Crates

The Church Office
Our office is located at 1229 Baker Avenue.
The telephone number is (518) 346-6241
The office fax number is (518) 346-6242
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