March 2013


The New Light of Easter
first light
The Church will be in darkness.

Into that darkness will be brought the new light of Easter
and carried through the Nave to the altar
where the Paschal Candle will be placed in its stand to burn through
the fifty days of Easter till the Ascension of our Lord.

We will rehearse our history as a people of God from creation
through the Red Sea out of bondage with God's promises
for his people culminating in the story of the Resurrection.

Easter is the festival of Baptism and we shall renew our baptismal vows.

And then the shout be raised

HE IS RISEN,
THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED,

and so begins the first Eucharist of Easter, 2013.

MAKE THIS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR EASTER.

The service begins at 7:30 p.m.
Childcare could be available. (346-6241)


Greetings from Father James!

Dear Friends,

In a way, I suppose almost everything in our lives is optional. There really is very little that we just have to do only death and taxes, some have said.  Otherwise, things are pretty much a matter of choice...to work or not to live, what to do with our time, our money. We have only to be willing to live with the consequences of It's especially true of our spiritual life that everything is optional.  We don't have even to have one, or at least to pay attention to the one we do have.  We certainly don't have to believe anything in particular, or go to church at all.

But we do.  We do believe, in one way or another; we do come to church for one reason or another, because even though we don't have to, it matters.

The old Catholic tradition once talked about "holy days of obligation", day when we were expected to be in church, when it wasn't optional.  A phrase like that gets my good Protestant hackles up, but I think it has a point.  There are days, there are times, when we have an obligation to be in church ‑‑if we want our faith to matter; if we want to be discovering what it can mean for us.  I think we too have

"holy days of obligation." 

In this edition of “The Messenger” is a schedule and description of the various Holy Week and Easter services for later this month.  If we, at St. Stephen’s, had "holy days of obligation", I think each day in Holy Week would be among them.

As I said, most things are optional.  But anything that matters takes time, and commitment and seriousness.  Anything that really matters brings with it obligation.

Have a blessed Easter,                                              
James+

A Morning Prayer
Sent in by a member of the congregation

Lord, in the quiet of this morning hour
I come to thee for wisdom, peace, power
To view the world through love-filled eyes,
Finding your image in every human guise.
Silence my tongue to all that is unkind;
Let only thoughts that bless be in mind.
Let me so kindly be, so full of cheer
That those I meet may feel thy presence near.
So clothe me in thy beauty, Lord, I pray.
That my life may reveal thee all this day.


Worship During Holy Week

Beginning with the joyful acclamation marking Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the services of Holy Week reflect the events of the last week of Jesus' earthly life. Worshipers are urged to attend the special liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, in order to experience more fully the meaning of the paschal mystery.
 
Palm Sunday (March 24th) (8:00, 10:15) Branches of palm, honoring the King of kings, are blessed and distributed to the people. At the 10:15 service, an outdoor procession (weather permitting) leads the congregation into the church. This is a festive service, beginning with a parade and concluding with the Eucharist.  There will be no reading of the crucifixion story on this Sunday, saving that for its proper place on Good Friday. 
 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (March 25, 26, 27) at 12:00: Holy Eucharist each day in the chapel
 
Wednesday Seder Supper (March 27th), 6:00 pm: We observe the Seder as Jesus might have at his last supper with his disciples. Jesus took some of the regular features of the Seder meal and gave them new significance. Jesus' celebration of the meal seemed to say, "Israel's story is now at last reaching its climax"; and Jesus' own story was also reaching its climax. He was the bearer of Israel's destiny. This Last Supper pointed to Jesus' own imminent suffering and death - the end of our exile on Easter.  Tickets for the Passover meal will be available mid-month.

Maundy Thursday (March 28th), 7:30pm: Following our Lord's example of loving service, the liturgy will include a ceremony of foot washing. After the Holy Eucharist, during the reading of a Psalm, the altar and sanctuary will be stripped of all the usual furnishings and the altar will be scrubbed. An all-night vigil will be maintained in the church.
 
Good Friday (March 29th) 12:00, 2:00, 7:30.
The Way (or Stations) of the Cross will be conducted in the traditional manner at noon. At 2:00 an interactive version of the Stations appropriate for children will be conducted. The liturgy for Good Friday will be held at 7:30.
 
Easter Vigil (March 30th) 7:30pm.
This service is truly the central service of the church year. It moves from darkness to light, from the Old Covenant to the New, from death to life. After beginning in darkness, the New Light of Christ is brought into the church. Scripture readings sketch the history of God's mighty acts. Baptism is celebrated. Then, accompanied by the ringing of bells, the candles are lighted and "Glory be to God" is sung. A joyful Celebration of Holy Eucharist welcomes the season of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Note: Worshipers are encouraged to bring bells to ring at the singing of the "Glory to God." It really is a joyful noise unto the Lord!
 
Easter Day (March 31st) 8:00am & 10:15 am, our traditional Flowering of the Cross will take place during the processional at the later service on Easter Sunday. Children may bring flowers. Flowers will also be available at the back of the church.
  
Sign-up sheets in the parish hall:
            Help with the Seder Supper
            Foot Washing on Maundy Thursday
            All Night Prayer Vigil
            Readers for Easter Vigil on Saturday night

If you are schedule to serve in any capacity during this season (acolyte, chalice bearer, lector, usher), and cannot serve, please arrange for a substitute and let the office

(346-6241) know.

Good Friday Offering

On Good Friday we remember in a unique way the witness that Jesus gave to us on the cross.  Through his obedience and through his suffering ‑‑ through the fateful steps he took each day of Holy Week ‑‑ he showed the world just how much God loves us.  Jesus' entire life was a witness to that love and the cross continues to be a sign of that reality.

In the midst of religious tensions, historic animosities and political unrest, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East stands witness to the people of our Lord's homeland, proclaiming and serving the same message that Jesus brought to that land almost 2,000 years ago.

On Good Friday we stand with the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem as it witnesses to the love of God in a strife‑filled part of the world through our prayers and financial support. Please be generous in your support of the continuing ministry of our sisters and brothers in the Middle East.


Holy Week Schedule

**Palm Sunday – March 24
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:00 am & 10:15 am Procession
with Palms & Eucharist

Holy Monday - March 25, 2013
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 pm Eucharist

Holy Tuesday - March 26, 2013
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 pm Eucharist

Holy Wednesday - March 27, 2013
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 pm Eucharist
6 pm  Seder Meal

Maundy Thursday - March 28, 2013
9:00 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Eucharist & Healing
7:30 pm Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
9:00 pm Prayer Vigil through the night

Good Friday - March 29, 2013
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross
7:30 pm Lessons & Prayers

Easter Vigil – March 30, 2013
9:00 am Morning Prayer
7:30 pm Lighting of the first fire
Nine lessons and musical responses
Baptism
Eucharist

Easter Day – March 31, 2013
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:00 am Choral Eucharist
9:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
10:15 am Choral Eucharist
7:00 pm Eucharist

MAUNDAY THURSDAY
PRAYER WATCH

There is a sign-up sheet on the shop counter for the Maundy Thursday Vigil.
It is suggested that two or more persons sign up for each one hour segment.

FOOT WASHING

On Maundy Thursday at the 7:30 p.m. Eucharist we would like to have
Volunteers from the congregation
for footwashing by the clergy.
If you would like to be one of these representatives of the congregation,
please sign up at the parish shop.


Pysanky & Pot Luck

PYSANKY & POT LUCK

There will be a pot-luck luncheon and Ukrainian egg decorating (Pysanky) class
on two consecutive Sundays – March 10 and March 17.
Everyone is welcome to attend the pot-luck whether or not they intend to stay
and decorate an egg.

Here’s what you need to know:

You can only come one Sunday out of the two? That’s fine – you may not get to complete your egg, but you can always make arrangements to finish it at a later time. 


"Gallery"– Fine Art Photography
of Ann Norsworthy-Rigley

March 1st through March 31st in the Parish Hall,
“Traditions & Foundations" a collection of works reflecting historic sites, and unique views of local landmarks, as presented in a contemplative and dynamic photographic style.  All works on display are available in print format, and various sizes. Comprehensive catalog of prior works and collections also on view. 
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm, Saturday 12:00noon-3:00pm,
Sunday 3:00pm-5:00pm. Evening and Tours scheduled by appointment.
Please contact Ann at 225-4440.

10% all sales benefit SICM, Schenectady Inner City Mission.   Contact the church office, or Ann, at 225-4440, ann@ioLIGHTstudios.com


Local Opportunities

CAPITAL REGION THEOLOGICAL CENTER COURSES
 
CRTC: ecumenical theological education, support for clergy, training for ministry, and resourcing services for congregations.

Do you know about CRTC scholarships?  In partnership with your church board or denomination, we could pay up to half the cost of your next CRTC course!  Contact us to apply today! 

NOTE: Change of date: Coin & Kingdom: Would Jesus Toss Us Out Today?, Rev. Dr. Norm Tellier, First United Methodist, Sch’dy, Mar. 9, 9am-3pm. For all who manage money in the church.  $85.  Reg. deadline: March 4.

Lilies of the Field:  Rethinking and Re-purposing Your Church Grounds to Glorify and Protect God's Creation, Mr. Edward Smyth &  Rev. Kent Busman, Thursday, March 14, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Clifton Park, 10am- 12pm, We are called to care for creation; why caring for your grounds is a reflection of that care;  stewardship results directly from these actions; next steps for your congregation!  $20/ group discounts apply; Reg. deadline: March 12.

Finding Your Calcutta, Gregg Barrett, Fred Boehrer, Mar. 16, 10am-3pm.  How do we discover where it is God calls us to serve?  Journalist Greg Barrett and Catholic Worker Fred Boehrer continue  the conversation that Shane Claiborne started last June, bringing us the real-life story of the Good Samaritan.  Hear the gospel come alive with stories from our own neighborhood.  A day of inspiration and surprise.   $75. $10- age 25 and under; Reg. deadline: Feb. 28

Social Media for Churches: The Why & How,  Rev. Dr. Tim Coombs & Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost, Apr. 12, 9am-3pm, Liverpool United Methodist, Apr.13, 9am-3pm;April 13, 9am-3pm, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Loudonville,. Does social media ever seem like a different world?  Why does the church need Facebook, Pinterest, texting and Twitter to communicate in today's digital age?  Beginner and advanced level learning in this workshop.  $75 by Mar. 15: $90 thereafter.  Reg.  deadline: Mar. 27.

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER MATTHEW FOX, Occupy Christianity: A New ReformationApr. 19, 7-8:30 pm, First Unitarian Society, Sch'dy; Apr. 20, 9am-3pm, St. George's Episcopal Ch., Sch'dy,  Come hear Fox's call to reawaken the biblically-rooted tradition we now call Creation Spirituality; learn how study of St. Hildegard can help to guide us to an authentic Christianity in today's world.   $105 by Mar. 22; $125 thereafter.  Reg. deadline: Apr. 3.

From Creation to Re-Creation: An Indoor-Outdoor Retreat, Rev. Kent Busman & Rev. John Paarlberg, Apr. 29 - May 1, Fowler Camp & Retreat Center.  Spend 3 days and 2 nights exploring scripture and the beauty of the Adirondacks; hike, canoe and kayak during the days; in the evenings, reflect on humanity's role in creation while enjoying the comfort and amenities of Chi Rho House.  $395 per person.   breakfast and lunch served at Chi Rho. Limited registration.  Reg. deadline: Apr. 15.

All's Well That Ends Well: The Transformative Work of Retirement, Alban consultant Larry Peers, May 8 & 9, St. Edward the Confessor, Clifton Park, This workshop will provide  pastors with tools for practical and spiritual questions that lead 2-10 years into retirement; prepare your congregation and yourself.  $165 by April 10; $190 thereafter; Reg. deadline: April 22. 

SAVE THE DATE!  CRTC 2013 Spring Event aboard the Captain JP Cruise Line-- Monday, May 20, 2013, 6-9 pm.
Register online at www.crtc.org or by phone at 518-462-2470. Watch our website and our Facebook page for information on these and many other courses available in 2013.  Scholarships and group discounts available for most classes.


Youth Education at St. Stephen's

Train a child in the way he should go.
When he is old, he will not turn away from it.

~~Proverbs 22:6 (NIRV)

Godly Play
(Grades Pre-K-6) -
Miranda Rand
(This group leaves with their teachers after the Rector's children's message, and return to participate in the sacrament with their families.)

During the month of February we listened to a couple of Jesus’ parables – the story materials are stored in gold boxes, because parables are as precious as gold. Father James made the gold-painted wooden boxes we use. We rounded out the month by celebrating Chinese New Year and learning the story of Valentine, the 4th century medical doctor, priest and saint who according to legend wrote a note signed, “love, Valentine” to his jailor’s little girl the day he was executed for being a Christian.  

For the month of March we will concentrate on our Lenten series where we hear again the stories of Jesus’ birth, life and ministry, death and resurrection…culminating on March 31st (Easter Sunday), with the Flowering of the Cross. The children will process with the choir at the start of the 10:15 service bearing flowers to decorate the portable wooden cross which will be situated at the foot of the chancel steps. There are NO Sunday school classes that day.

outh Group
(Grades 7-12 @ 9:00am) -
George Woodzell & Peter Nelson

The youth continue to alternate between their 10:15 teen worship time and the 9:00am discussion time, with the most recent discussion led by Ellen Ormsbee and shaped around the topic of “society.”
A visit to the Hindu Cultural Center in Albany did not come about quite as planned, in that the contact person for the center was unavailable at the last minute, but the group was able to ask some questions of one of the priests there, and to do a self-guided tour. They have plans for a lock-in one Friday evening soon, and for a service project.   

Contact Information:

Miranda Rand
George Woodzell
Peter Nelson


Adult Education

Sunday Morning: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

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Drawing upon historical evidence that has created a revolution in New Testament scholarship, this course challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Archaeological finds have yielded new understandings of Jesus' class and social status; fresh interpretations have transformed earlier ideas about the identity of the early Christians and their communities. Through engaging, on-camera interviews with twelve scholars-New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians-the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution. Together they represent a range of viewpoints, a diversity of faiths, and a shared commitment to bring new ways of thinking about Christianity.

March 3 – This class follows the story of the first attempts to write the life of Jesus-the Gospels. They were products of social and religious reconstruction in the period after the war, ranging from roughly 70 to after 100 c.e. The class will examine how these stories were passed down before they were written and how the writing of each Gospel reflects the experiences and circumstances of early Christians. They do not all tell the same story of Jesus because each one is responding to a different audience and circumstances.

March 10 - During the writing of the Gospels, a growing tension appeared between the emergent Christian groups and their Jewish neighbors. The result was a process of debate, identity, and separation that shaped both religious traditions forever. And there were still other external forces, including a second, devastating Jewish war, the Bar Kochbah revolt, which erupted in 132 c.e.

March 17- As it became separate from Judaism, the Christian Movement would face new challenges-both internal and external. In the period between 100 and 300 c.e., the movement grew throughout the Roman empire. The Christian Movement also became suspicious in the eyes of the Roman authorities. At times there were heated debates-about beliefs, worship, and even about Jesus himself. At other times, faced by external threats, the Christian Movement pulled together.

March 24 - In the end of the early church, what started as a small sect of Judaism became a significant part of the population, enough so that a new Roman emperor, Constantine, decided that they should be part of the official religion of Rome. This was a momentous change for Christianity. As the fourth century dawned, the cross was transformed into a symbol of triumph and Jesus of Nazareth became Jesus Christ. In only three hundred years, the empire that had sent Jesus to his death embraced Christianity as an official religion and worshipped him as divine.
All classes are held on Sunday mornings between 9am and 10am in the Conference Room.
The rector will be the discussion leader.


Between Athens…….and Jerusalem

A Seminar of Theological Reflection on the

Great Ideas of the Western World

Tuesday Mornings 10:30-Noon

 

March 5           Islam
What did the Prophet teach that so moved the masses? And how did the Western world come to understand the threat embodied in these Eastern "heresies"?

March 12         Secular Knowledge—The Idea of University
Apart from trade schools devoted to medicine and law, the university as we know it did not come into being until 12th-century Paris.

March 19         The Reappearance of Experimental Science
There were really two great renaissances. The first occurred at Oxford in the 13th century: the recovery of experimental inquiry by Roger Bacon and others.

March 26         Scholasticism and the Theory of Natural Law
Thomas Aquinas's treatises on law would stand for centuries as the foundation of critical inquiry in jurisprudence.


Lenten Study

This course will invite participants to join Marcus J. Borg in revisiting Christianity’s most fundamental questions: Who is God? What does salvation mean? What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith? In each of the five sessions, we will view a video in Borg is in dialogue with a small, diverse group of adults as they
honestly — and sometimes painfully — confront the big questions and work together toward authentic answers. After the video we will work in small groups during dinner and afterwards in the larger group to discover how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith, prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage. 

Sunday Evenings, March 3 – March 17 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in Begley Hall
Advance handouts are available in the Nave Extension.


Mr. Bob Acosta – Jean Langlais

One would think that to play an instrument such as an organ, it would be very difficult to play without your eyesight.  In fact, you may be hard pressed to imagine how this might be even possible if you did not have any vision. However, there were many blind organists, and one in particular is worthy of mention.

Jean Langlais was born in France in 1907.  he was blind since the age of 2 due to glaucoma and was sent to the National Institute for Blind Children in France where he studied the organ, among other subjects. He became a prolific composer of organ music characterized by a free tonal style with rich and complex harmonies.  He was also a phenomenal organist.

I had the opportunity to hear him play in the early 1970’s when he was on his many American tours and was presenting a recital of his music on the large Austin organ at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest on Central Park West in New York City. The organist is not visible to the congregation, being tucked away in an alcove.  However, the music was thunderous and magnificent.  It was truly amazing after the final piece when Langlais came out to acknowledge the applause, to see this small man with sunglasses emerge at the front of the church.

They say that the blind have a heightened sense of hearing.  As a musician this may allow the perception of harmonies that we with our faculty of sight may miss.  It is something to ponder when hearing his music. My collection of his Nine Pieces is only a small part of his approximately 250 compositions, but by listening to them, one grasps that there is indeed something special here.


Thank You’s and Recognition

Thank you for your support of our youth group in the Super Bowl Sub Sandwich Sale last week! We made 78 sandwiches, with receipts of $602.50. In addition, we received donations of $115.00, for a total of $717.50 raised for this summer's work camp trip to New Oxford, Pennsylvania. The ingredients for the subs were donated. We took leftovers to the City Mission.


Getting to Know St. Stephen’s Members
Featuring – The Ormsbee’s

The Ormsbees – Jim, Tracy, Ellen and Molly – began attending St. Stephen’s almost 10 years ago after moving back to the area from Wilmington, N.C. Tracy was taking a job as an editor at the Times Union and Jim, who grew up in Burnt Hills, was glad to get home and closer to family.
Today, Jim is a project manager at Cengage Learning turning books into digital products … but what will better resonate with those who don’t write computer code is that Jim works on Chilton Pro, the well-known car-fixing manual. He is an avid hiker, recently climbing all of the fire tower mountains in the Adirondacks and Catskills and he is now working on the Catskill 35 – that is, all the Catskill peaks that are 3,500 feet or higher.

Tracy is a senior editor at the Times Union, overseeing features, sports – yes, sports – and the Sunday front page. She is an avid reader and encourages everyone to join the St. Stephen’s Book Club, which meets second Tuesday of the month in the teen room at the church. She has served on the Vestry and co-chaired the Capital Campaign for the building project. She runs – sometimes seriously (a half marathon in 2010 and 2012) but mostly just a couple miles with a gym partner on the treadmill while chatting. In some circles, she might be considered an expert on teen behavior because, well, she has two teenagers.

Ellen is a senior at Niskayuna High School weighing her college options. She loves children and runs the St. Stephen’s nursery two Sundays out of the month and babysits many of your children (you can reach her by text). She has been to REACH work camp for the past four years and considers it a life-changing experience. She is an accomplished figure skater and skates with the Houstonettes synchronized skating team.

Molly is a freshman in high school and an active member of the St. Stephen’s Youth Group. She has attended REACH work camp as well (this will be her second year). She also is a competitive figure skater and member of the Houstonettes synchronized team. Around our house, we also consider her an expert on the iPhone and bring all our technical questions to her. Feel free to bring her yours, too.

The Ormsbees’ golden retriever, Rosie, loves chicken, long naps on the couch and harassing the neighbors. The family recently brought in a foster dog, Newman!, a lovable friend who is staying with for a while. He’s recuperating from exposure and neglect and is on his way to good health and, hopefully, a happy and permanent home.


Ministry Updates

ECW Update

Although there was a last minute change in plans and our anticipated guest speaker, Valerie Waldin, could not make our meeting due to personal reasons, the ECW met and we discussed the activities that are planned for the next three months. In March, Cindi Love will be leading the group in making lap blankets for our veterans. In April, the group will be assembling kits for Church World Services and in May the group will have a wrap-up potluck dinner for the group.

The group also discussed having another rummage sale in the fall but a leader is needed for the sale before firm plans can be made. So if anyone would like the position, it's open..... See everyone in April since I will be away in March.

Calling all leaders...

Are you bored? Are you looking for a project? Do you want to take charge of something? Well, probably not but St. Stephen's is in need of someone to take charge of organizing another rummage sale. So if you have dreams of organizing one church's treasures into a successful rummage sale please contact me at petsitter31@hotmail.com


Thank you,
Claudia Jakubowski

~~~~~~~

At the April 23 meeting of the Episcopal Church Women, we will be assembling Baby Care Kits for Church World Service (CWS).  CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world.  In areas of extreme poverty or following a natural disaster, Baby Care Kits help young mothers care for their newborn babies.  CWS recently reported that these kits are in short supply now.

From the CWS website:  “Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. Together we reach out to neighbors in need near and far--not with a hand out, but a hand up.  Around the world, Church World Service supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief and refugee assistance, and we educate and advocate on hunger-related issues.  In the U.S., we help communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies, and provide educational resources.   CWS has many opportunities to be a part of their projects and responses in the US and around the world.”

Later in March we will make cards available for you to select items to make or purchase for the baby care kits.  If you prefer, you may assemble an entire kit on your own, or with someone else.   The value of a kit is about $39.  There is also a processing and shipping cost of $2 per kit, if you wish to contribute to that instead.  Let’s aim for at least 20 kits by April 21!

To assemble a Baby Care Kit you will need NEW items, under 12 months in size:

  1. Six cloth diapers
  2. Two T-shirts or undershirts (no onesies)
  3. Two washcloths
  4. Two gowns or sleepers
  5. Two diaper pins
  6. One sweater or sweatshirt (can be hand-knitted or crocheted)
  7. Two receiving blankets (about 3 feet square – one blanket can be hand-knitted or crocheted)

Follow the listed specifics for each item, in amounts and sizes.  Wrap items inside one of the receiving blankets and secure with both diaper pins.
If you wish to make a sweater or gown, patterns will be available in the nave extension.  You may also check the CWS website; go to www.cwsglobal.org and click on Get Involved> Kits> Baby Care Kits to download a pattern.


Are you interested in fresh, local produce delivered weekly?
Consider enrolling in
roxbury farm
2013 Memberships available at all delivery sites

This Community Supported Farm (CSA) in Kinderhook grows all its produce without the use of any synthetic or artificial fertilizers or pesticides, using practices to maintain the health of the soil and the ecosystem.  The farmers have signed the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's “Farmer’s Pledge,” which reflects their commitment to treat the people who grow the food, the customers who eat the food, and the land and animals that produce the food with dignity and respect.  Their beef, lamb and pork products are certified Animal Welfare Approved, guaranteeing that they are raised and slaughtered as humanely as possible.  They strive to provide the animals with environments that best suit their instinctual needs.  The lamb and beef are all grassfed and the pigs are pastured and fed organic grain. 

Membership enrollment forms are available in the nave extension and on the farm’s website www.roxburyfarm.com >CSA Membership>Capital District> 2013 Enrollment Form (in large blue letters).  The second page of the form explains a lot of the specifics.

To participate, you buy a membership in the farm at $557 for 23 weeks of vegetables delivered to Union Presbyterian Church, 1068 Park Ave., Sch'dy, which you pick up between 4:30 and 6:30 PM.  (You may choose instead one of their other delivery sites, whatever is more convenient for you.)  The amount is usually paid up front, although they have an arrangement for three partial payments.  You may also split a share with someone, if you prefer.  That sometimes is a good way to start out.  Then you can alternate weeks or split the share each week.  The amount in one share is enough for a vegetarian couple to live on each week.  

Each week the farm delivers crates of 8-14 different types of vegetables and herbs (depending on what's available at that time of the season). In addition to the fresh vegetables, you can choose to purchase seasonal fruit, root (“storage”) vegetables, and beef, lamb, and pork. 

The CSA expects members to work 3-4 hours during the season, usually in two 1 3/4 hour shifts, but you can also work at the farm, make calls, or help in other ways.

Roxbury farm has a commitment to the hungry in the communities they serve.  They pack an extra 10% in their weekly deliveries for local food pantries, and any leftover produce goes to the pantries as well.  Last year the SICM food pantry received over 4400 pounds of Roxbury Farm produce from the Schenectady and Glenville delivery sites.

We've been members for over 10 years and are very happy with the produce.  If the farm is having a good year, as in 2012, you will receive LOTS of vegetables.  If not (in 2011 they lost an estimated 60,000 pounds of produce due to Hurricane Irene), you don't get as much.  In this way, everyone shares in the risks as well as the benefits of the farm.

If you have questions, ask Richey Woodzell, 372-9398.


Greeter Program

St. Stephen’s is beginning a Greeter program to welcome newcomers to the church. Greeters from the congregation (1-2 per service) will be identified with name tags and will be expected to approach newcomers, give tours of the church and accompany them to coffee hour where they can introduce them to others. If you enjoy meeting new people and helping to make them comfortable at St. Stephen’s and would like to be an appointed greeter for the 8 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. service, please let Fr. James, Tracy Ormsbee or Jim Syta know.


St. Stephen’s Book Club

March:     Mary and O’Neil:  A Novel in Stories by Justin Cronin
April:    Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Derie

Book club meets at 7:00 on the second Tuesday of the month in the Teen Lounge. Next meeting is March 12th.


March Calendar... is on our website


March Birthdays

Mar. 1st

Brody Riordon

Mar. 4th Ethan Brooks-McDonald
Mar. 6th Paul Pratico
Mar. 10th Diane Bengtson Kilbourn
Mar. 12th Kathryn Hoffmann
Mar. 13th Shirley Voelker
Mar. 15th Roseann Caruso

Mar. 16th

Budd Mazurek

Mar. 22nd Joanne Frank
Susan Townsend
Mar. 23rd   Marti Spang
Mar. 27th Linda Emaelaf
Mar. 29th Tracy Ormsbee
Mar. 30th Ralph May

Your website…

Did you know that St. Stephen’s church has a website? OK, so you already knew that. But did you know the following?

We get more than 500 “hits” every month.

We collect jokes. If you come across any good “churchy” jokes, please send them to me.

We have an on-line directory. If you come to St. Stephen’s frequently, you should have a listing there. It has pictures, so it might help you identify people.

We have a calendar page in which we keep the current month on display.

You can download the “original” St. Stephens cookbook from the “members” page.

You could have a St. Stephen’s e-mail address. It would look something like SUSIEJONES@ststephenschenectady.org. But I suppose most of you already have way too many e-mail addresses!

We LOVE to get corrections, additions, suggestions and so forth. Please send them to me. The purpose of the website is to accurately and attractively portray our church to the world, and be a source of information to those who already know us.

Chris Jones


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,
Miranda Rand, Christian Education Director,
Robert Acosta, Director of Music,
Cathleen Knauf, Administrative Assistant,


The Vestry
Sr. Warden, Scott Kilbourn
  
  Class of 2013:
 Erin Cohen
Brian Riordon
 Treasurer: Denise Crates
Class of 2014:
Joe Palko
Carole Merrill-Mazurek
Stan Jakubowski
Class of 2015:
Jack Feyrer
Bill Frank
Jim Syta

   The Church Office  
Our office is located at 1229 Baker Avenue.
The telephone number is (518) 346-6241
If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message.
We will call you back as soon as possible.
 
Our email is:  ssec.cathleen@gmail.com

The Rector's email is:  james.ross.mcd@gmail.com
Our website is www.saintstephenschenectady.org
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/SaintStephensSchenectady/

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