April, 2015



Dear Friends,

Even though Holy Week is almost here, life continues to bring surprises.  Several things are on my mind, not all related to our season.  

First, we have had extensive damage to the classrooms off the hallways from the parking lot.  Unknown to us, an ice jam developed on the roof and when we had a thaw in mid-March the melting water had no place to go but under the slate.  Over several days the leaks in the classrooms became worse.  Richey Woodzell and Marilyn Causey moved the piano and other contents of the rooms into Begley Hall.  Fortunately, nothing was damaged except the ceilings and walls. Our insurance company was contacted and the adjustor approved all the repairs needed.  As I write, the extent of the damage is being evaluated by a recovery firm that deals with water damage.  By the time you read this I hope the needed repairs have begun.

FireSecond, we are now entering Holy Week. The Holy Week and Easter service schedule is printed in this newsletter.  Please pull it out and put it on your refrigerator or message board at home.  (Downloads available below.) Why?  Because there is no greater journey than the spiritual journey of Holy Week, for it is the journey which gives meaning to the whole of our lives.  Please plan to attend as many services as you are able to deepen your Christian understanding and commitment. Come to Jerusalem and see again the love of God and our salvation.Bob

Third, as you know, our Music Director, Bob Acosta, must leave this position due to a demanding new promotion with the State of NY.  The congregation will miss his superb preludes and postludes and his skill in promoting congregation singing through the way he played the hymns.  I know the choir will sorely miss his direction.  The Personnel Committee has lined up substitute organists until the position can be filled permanently.

Finally, I want to thank all those who have contributed in two large ways above and beyond your pledge to the operation of the church.  First, the money and articles given this Lent for the local homeless in our community and for the Episcopal Relief and Development worldwide was spectacular.  It makes me proud to be a part of such a caring congregation.  And second, thanks to those who gave towards the refurbishing of our handbells.  In May they will be packed up and hand delivered by Susan and Jack Feyrer to the manufacturer in Pennsylvania.  We are assured that the handbells will be ready for rehearsals in September.

Hoping you will have a blessed Holy Week and Easter season,






















Worship During Holy WeekPalm Sunday

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 (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.  The service then modulates into a more somber mood: the Passion Gospel is read, with individuals reading parts and the whole congregation representing the crowd. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at all services.

Mon.-Tues.-Wed. (12:30): Holy Eucharist celebrated each day.

Wednesday Seder Supper (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.  Sign up for the Passover meal now.

Maundy Thursday (7:30): 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. Sign-up sheets are available at the Church Shop for foot-washing and the all-night vigil on Maundy Thursday.

Good Friday (12:00, 5:00, 7:30): The Way (or Stations) of the Cross will be conducted in the traditional manner at noon.  At 5:00 an interactive version of the Stations appropriate for children will be conducted. The liturgy for Good Friday will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Vigil (7:30 pm): 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 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!

Sign-up sheets are available at the Church Shop for for reading the Old Testament lessons at the Easter Vigil on Saturday.

Easter Sunday (8:00,10:15) We will celebrate a Choral Eucharist at both services. Our traditional Flowering of the Cross will take place during the processional at the later service. Children may bring flowers. Flowers will also be available at the back of the church.

Sign-up sheets are available at the Church Shop for foot-washing and the all-night vigil on Maundy Thursday, and for reading the Old Testament lefoot washingssons at the Easter Vigil on Saturday.

If you are scheduled to serve in any capacity during this season (acolyte, chalice bearer, lector, usher), please check your schedule and arrange for a substitute if you are going to be absent.


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.

Sign-up sheets are available in the Nave Extension or at the Church Shop for helping at the Seder Supper on Wednesday, foot-washing and the all-night vigil on Maundy Thursday, and for reading the Old Testament lessons at the Easter Vigil on Saturday.

If you are scheduled to serve in any capacity during this season (acolyte, chalice bearer, lector, usher), please check your schedule and arrange for a substitute if you are going to be absent.

Butterfly Reunion

The Butterfly Reunion, sponsored by the Diocese's "Healing a Woman's Soul" Program,  is a one day retreat that will be held on Saturday May 9th for women who have been victimized by domestic violence.  St. Stephen's Church, sponsored by the ECW will be the venue for the event.  The day will consist of fellowship, spiritual guidance, group discussions and craft projects  to support and empower  domestic violence victims.  The ECW will provide breakfast and lunch for the particapants.  For further clarification or information, please contact Carole Merrill-Mazurek 518-346-8959

Why HAWS ?

In 2013, I retired from the YWCA after a 25-year tenure as the Director of Domestic Violence Services in Schenectady County. In 2014, I was delighted to hear about Healing a Woman’s Soul. The importance of God's love, the heart of HAWS ministry, has never been part of a traditional secular DV program paradigm, but my experience confirmed to me that the women who were most successful in leaving abusive relationships also had a relationship with Godtulips. I have been working with women who survive abuse and continue to believe in human goodness and love. I have been blessed and inspired by interactions with thousands of women and their families for whom the YWCA was a sanctuary.

One, after the tragic death of her daughter at the hands of her abuser, persevered with grace, courage and dignity that transcended the horrible tragedy. Another beautiful woman, blinded by her abuser, made the YWCA her home, exhibiting love, courage, support and humility as she reached out to other residents recovering from abuse. I have been amazed at the depth of dignity, hope and generosity exhibited by victims in situations that are frightening and life changing.

I believe that God calls each of us to use our gifts to address the harsh realities lived by our sisters and brothers. I assert that when we stand with victims, the poor, the homeless and disenfranchised, we stand on holy ground and by working together we shift a seemingly hopeless paradigm to one of dignity and self-worth.

HAWS expands on the excellent services available to DV victims, helping them know that God hasn't abandoned them and they have sisters who will assist them to complete their journey. HAWS embodies part of our religious tradition that reminds us, “May we always be at home with the Holy.”

By Carole Merrill Mazurek

Parish Profiles April 2015 - Lisa McDonaldLisa

(Parish Profiles is a recent addition to The Messenger and will be featured on a regular basis, Miranda Rand is the editor.)

Lisa is the wife of our rector, Rev. Dr. James McDonald. Lisa has been active in St. Stephen’s parish since 2010, when she started singing with the church choir because she loved to sing, and because she wanted the opportunity to get to know the congregation better.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Nassau.  My parents are from the Netherlands, and they moved into this area since my mom’s relatives lived in Rensselaer County. They purchased a small house in the village of Nassau when I was 1 year old.

Do you have siblings? If so, where are you in the birth order, and how did that affect you while you were growing up? I have two wonderful older brothers.  My brother Jack is 9 years older, and Jim is 6 years older.  When I was 12, Jack was married and Jim went to college, so it felt like I was an only child.    

You teach elementary school children: What grade/school district? I am teaching at the same school I attended as a child.  J  I teach at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School (known as D.P.S.), which is part of the East Greenbush Central School District. The school is located in the village of Nassau. I am currently teaching 4th grade, but I have also taught multi-age classes (Grades 1/2, 1/2/3, and 4/5 combination classes) and 3rd grade (for over ten years).

What made you decide on this career? Ever since I can remember I have wanted to teach! I enjoy working with children, and I enjoy learning. I want the children to have a life-long love for learning.

What is the best and the worst thing about teaching? How many years have you taught? The best thing about teaching is working with the children and with the staff at D.P.S. We are a family unit.  J The toughest part of the job is realizing that no matter how hard I work, and how much I show I care, I only have 10 months to make a difference in the life of a child.  But my heart is filled with all the wonderful memories of how they have touched my life.

What gives you pleasure when you are not working? (i.e. recreation, hobbies, etc) I thoroughly enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. When I have free time, I enjoy walking, bicycling, kayaking, and participating in other activities where I can spend time outdoors surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Photography has always been fascinating to me, and I often spend hours trying to capture one moment in time. Another passion is weaving.  My floor loom becomes an extension of me, with the rhythm of the shafts and beater interlocking single threads into one piece that transforms before my eyes.

You sing in the Burnt Hills Oratorio as well as in the church choir and you have recently taken responsibility for the hand bell choir – obviously, you love music…what is it about music that inspires you? What is your favorite genre? Did you participate in special training to direct the hand bell choir?
Music has always been an important part of my life.  It takes a hold of me, envelopes me, and fills me with great emotion.  My first memory of music in my life is my dad singing and playing his guitar, while my mom harmonized.  For Christmas one year, my parents gave me a record player and two records and I listened to them over and over.  I never tired of them.  My passion for music grew throughout the years.  I progressed from playing the clarinet, to the bass clarinet, and then the bassoon.  I played in bands, orchestras, and pit orchestras.  But then after graduate school I decided to focus on vocal production.  I always sang with the church choir, but I wanted even more opportunities to sing so I joined the Sweet Adelines.  Little did I know at the time that it would consume my life. For ten years I lived and breathed barbershop harmony.  It was an amazing experience, but one day, surprising myself and everyone else, I resigned.  God was leading me elsewhere.  Sweet Adeline rehearsals were on Thursday nights, and that conflicted with the church choir rehearsal. The following week I joined two choral groups (otherwise I would have gone through withdrawal) and the church choir.  When I joined St. Stephen’s I discovered the cases of bells under the choir pews.  What a find!  James convinced me to learn more about the handbells, so I attended a workshop and then spent a few months observing rehearsals at a local church.  I minored in music at The College of Saint Rose, and by studying handbell resource books I figured I could give directing a try.  I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing group of people who touch my life with wonderful music.  My musical journey continues!  (I wonder what will be next?)  


Read any good books lately?

St. Stephen’s Daytime Book Club will have its first meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 1 PM in the church library.  If you are interested in this book group, please contact Marilyn Causey (372-2469) or Louise Peake (374-0480).  We are suggesting Someone by Allison McDermott for our April book.  If you cannot find a copy, select another book by the same author.  We look forward to seeing any who can come.  We will not be limited to fiction.  Come with suggestions for future selections.

St. Stephen’s Evening Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 PM in the Youth Lounge, to discuss the novel March by Geraldine Brooks, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize For Fiction. This is an historical novel and love story set during a time of catastrophe, on the front lines of the American Civil War.  Acclaimed author Geraldine Brooks gives us the story of the absent father from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - and conjures a world of brutality, stubborn courage and transcendent love.  An idealistic abolitionist, March has gone as chaplain to serve the Union cause.  But the war tests his faith not only in the Union - which is also capable of barbarism and racism - but in himself.  As he recovers from a near-fatal illness, March must reassemble and reconnect with his family, who have no idea of what he has endured. (taken from Goodreads.com).   If you would like a ride, please call Tracy Ormsbee (542-3385)

Book Review

Atul Gawande Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the end

This is a book about old people like me, but it might apply to all of us. Getting old is sometimes not all that much fun, but the alternative is not so good either! As my brother used to say, getting old is not for sissies! The first part of the book is about nursing home and “independent living” care, and the rest of it is about how the medical profession deals with us when we face serious life-threatening situations.

The author doesn’t have much good to say about how nursing care is provided these days: “our elderly are left with a controlled and supervised institutional existence, a medically designed answer to unfixable problems, a life designed to be safe but empty of anything they care about.” There are a few bright spots on the horizon, some of them involving single bed rooms, doors that lock, absence of forced routine, kitchens, and (believe it or not) dogs, cats, and birds. And safety should not always be the biggest concern.

In terms of end of life issues, conversations between doctor and patient are surprisingly important, and we don’t usually do them very well. The right questions don’t get asked, and all to often we rush into the most aggressive treatments available. When I faced cancer treatment choices (sixteen years ago for prostate cancer, five years ago for lung cancer), I did make the aggressive choices. They turned out to be for me the “right” choices. But those decisions are often much more complicated than they were in my case. The “horizon” is important: are we looking for a short term inconvenience (surgery, recovery, pain, risk, drugs, ...) for a long term gain, or are we looking at a shorter horizon (seeing our grand-children, having some meals, not being incapacitated by pain, ...) ? Also, hospice care is not utilized nearly as much as it should be, and it often gives just as long a life span or longer than more aggressive options.

We tend to rely on the medical profession to give the answers, but it doesn’t always happen. All too frequently, it doesn’t deal with “the larger aims of a person’s life.”

“If to be human is to be limited, then the role of caring professions and institutions - from surgeons to nursing homes - ought to be aiding people in their struggle with those limits. Sometimes we can offer a cure, sometimes only a salve, sometimes not even that. But whatever we can offer, our interventions, and the risks and sacrifices they entail, are justified only if they serve the larger aims of a person’s life. When we forget that, the suffering we inflict can be barbaric. When we remember it the good we can do can be breathtaking.” (My italics)

My take on this book is that we do have choices, but the conversations will be difficult, and that the medical profession is often not ready to ask the right questions and have those conversations. This book was not “fun” to read, but it did open my eyes a bit to some of the issues of living, ageing, and dying. Also, it was an emotional read because of the many moving stories, especially the story of the death of Gawande’s father at the end of the book.

The author is a physician who has written several well regarded books and is a Boston surgeon and a professor at the Harvard Medical School. Maybe I’ll try another of his books.

Chris Jones 3/21/15

Schenectady CROP WalkCROP

What:   5-kilomenter walk to raise money and awareness to fight hunger

When:   Sunday, May 3, 2015
              Registration: 12:30-1:20
Walk begins at 1:30 (after a brief opening)
              Rain/Snow Date:  None, collecting funds “upfront” is “rain insurance”

Where:  Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady. The Route loops through downtown Schenectady, with one rest stop approximately half way.  An optional “Golden Mile” route is available.  Runners are welcome but it’s not an official race.

Why:   to witness/celebrate and to raise money for hunger-fighting efforts in Schenectady and around the world.

  • 25% of funds will go to local Food pantries, Community Crisis Network, and Senior Meals.
  • Remainder will go to hunger-fighting relief, self-help development and refugee resettlement needs in the US and around the world.
  • Special Africa and AIDS Initiative - at work whenever the next emergency or disaster happens.

How:   Walkers get Sponsor Records in the nave extension during April or at the SICM office at 1055 Wendell Avenue (374-2683, information@sicm.us ) and sign up sponsors.    Also, consider joining the Schenectady team at www.crophungerwalk.org to raise funds online.

SO!  We can all join in by walking, supporting the walkers with a contribution, and praying for the success of the walk.  Let’s make this year’s Walk the BEST YET!

Questions?  Call Priscilla Sprague (281-9279).

Ask the Rector:James

My sister’s husband is undergoing chemo & it’s a really tough time for the whole family.  How do I go about having the congregation pray for all of them? Signed, Believer in the Power of Prayer

Dear Believer,

First let me say that your family is fortunate to have you in their lives.  You sound like a wonderfully caring and compassionate person.

You have identified one of the benefits of being a member of a church community.  That is, having the community support you through their collective prayers.  At St. Stephen’s, there are at least three ways you can ask for prayers, for yourself, and for others.

One is by using the Prayer List at the back of the church on the Usher’s Table.  It’s usually a beige piece of paper on a clipboard.  You can write the person’s whole name or just their first name on this list.  This list is available at both services every Sunday.  Throughout the week, at daily Morning Prayer Deacon Pat and I (and sometimes, others) pray for the people listed.  There is no limit to the number of names you write down, nor is there any limit on the number of weeks you can ask for prayers.

Another way is to contact a member of the Daughters of the King.  The Daughters are a group of women whose mission is the extension of Christ’s kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism.  They pray daily for the concerns of people at St. Stephen’s.  The names of those they pray for are known only to them (and God).  To ask the Daughters of the King to pray for your concerns, contact Louise Peake or Richey Woodzell.

A third way prayers may be requested is through what is called the Prayer Chain.  This is a group of people from St. Stephen’s who, as a part of their daily discipline of prayer, include the petitions of our congregation.  This is also a quiet and confidential way to ask for prayers.  To ask for prayers through the Prayer Chain, simply contact Suzanne Taylor.

Of course, in addition to these three “formal” ways, there are many others.  Simply talking to your fellow parishioners and asking them to pray for your concern is always an option.  You can speak privately to Deacon Pat and/or me at any time to ask for prayers.

The bottom line is that you can choose one or all of the options.  The most important thing is that the focus is prayer – I don’t think God is too particular about the process!


Thanks for your generosity...

If someone asks you, as a member of St. Stephen's, to give you money, please direct them to Fr. James or Deacon Pat. They frequently use their discretionary accounts to disburse funds to needy people when it is appropriate to do so. They can also direct needy people to local sources of clothing, food, shelter, and so forth, when that is appropriate.

If you want to help, please donate to the discretionary funds (Pat and James share the dispersal of those funds), or donate directly to a local charity such as SICM, the YWCA, the Regional Food Bank, City Mission, Bethesda House, The Salvation Army, or your own favorite.

There's a listing of organiztions on our website. If you would like to add to that list, please let our webmaster (Chris Jones) know.


For the Children: Christian Education April 2015

During the month of April, we will concentrate on Easter and post-resurrection stories.

In Godly Play we will learn about Jesus’ ministry to the ordinary people of the Galilean countryside through his storyAralyn telling – we will listen to Jesus through the retelling of his parables. In this curriculum, Parables are presented in a gold box, because parables are precious, like gold. All parables are presented in a one-dimensional format, with a colored felt underlay and flat pieces (felt or wood) are taken out of the box and places on the underlay in a special order.

Sunday Friends stories are presented through scripture being read aloud by the students taking turns as we go around the circle, and discussion questions, a story-appropriate craft or activity follows, and a snack. A closing ritual which changes each week, rounds out each session.

Schedule for Holy Week

Friday, April 3, 5:00 – 7:00 Stations of the Cross – stories, craft, light supper, baking hot-cross buns – please let me know if you are interested. (mirandarand411@gmail.com)

Sunday, April 5, 10:15 Flowering of the Cross processional – children choose flowers to decorate the cross with and process with the choir. Flowers will be available in the nave extension (please plan to be at church by 10:10). There is no instruction this Sunday, but child care will be available from 9:30 until 11:30.

Blessed Easter, everyone.
Miranda Rand, Christian Education Director

For the Adults

Sunday Morning Adult Education:

Rabbi Jesus: Exploring the Jewish Roots of JesusThis course explores the heritage of biblical Israel and the Jewish origins of the Christian faith.  Classes are held on Sunday Mornings – 9am to 10am in the Conference Room, April 12, 19 and 26.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study:
Discovering the Bible: Hebrew Scriptures Overview

This course is a survey of the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), while discussing some of the scholarly issues surrounding each part of the Old Testament (such as the JEDP theory). The videos take account of new research in the field of biblica studies.

These classes are presented as a survey, not a theology. So don't expect it to stand up for any particular theological perspective (you will be given the tools to do that on your own). It is a useful introductory-level course for students starting out in biblical study.

April 8 – From Abraham through Conquest of Canan
April 15 - From David through The Exile
April 22 – From the Return from Exile through  Alexander & Hellenism
April 29 - From The Apocrypha through  Maccabees

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Conference room.  If you would like to attend these classes please email Fr. James james.ross.mcd@gmail.com.

Tuesday Morning Seminar:Philosophy and Religion in the West

Philosophy and religion ask many of the same questions:

  • What is the ultimate reality?
  • What can we know about it—or what should we believe about it?
  • How do our questions and thoughts, our hopes and fears, relate us to it?
  • Is this ultimate reality a person whom we meet, or an object that we contemplate?

These are questions no thoughtful person can evade.  They are enduring and perennial. And they are possessed of a history whose twists and turns have left their mark on almost every person on earth.

April 7 Kierkegaard - Existentialism and the Leap of Faith
April 14 Nietzsche - Critic of Christian Morality
April 21 Neo-orthodoxy - The Subject and Object of Faith
April 28   Encountering the Biblical Other - Buber and Levinas
May 5 Process Philosophy - God in Time

Classes meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to noon in the Conference Room. 


The calendar says it’s spring, we’re approaching Easter, and SICM Day of Service will be Saturday April 25.  This year we’ll be cleaning up the parks that are sites for SummerLunch.  If you would like to join in there will be more information after Easter.  We will sign up for a week of Summer Lunch at Jerry Burrell at the April Assembly.

We’ll also soon have a signup for the Crop Walk on Sunday, May 3.

Amy, Eunice and Marti

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

Next meeting is April 28th.

Tools for Lent -- throughout Lent
Our Tools for Lent fundraiser for Episcopal Relief and Development, with the theme of empowering women with tools, education, food and supplies, has brought in $370 as of March 22.  Thank you for your support!  On Easter Sunday we will present our donations during the Offertory.

Ladies luncheon -- 4/12
Please Join Us! ECW luncheon will be held at Turf Tavern on Sunday, April 12th at 12:00. Tickets will be sold after Church services for only $10.00. Entrée Choices: Baked Scrod, Chicken Florentine, Roast Tip Sirloin of Beef. Meal includes salad, bread, brownie sundae, coffee, tea, and water. A very special treat this year as our presenter will be our very own Claudia Jakubowski!  She will offer thoughts on personal style by giving quick and practical ideas to help every woman become her most stylish self!   Ten Easy Steps for Stress-Free Style! Do hope you’ll join us! Any questions?  Please ask Sara Palko or Linda Perregaux.

Healing a Woman's Soul -- 5/9
We will provide breakfast, lunch and fellowship for the Healing a Woman's Soul reunion for about 30 women affected by domestic violence.  

Roxbury Farms CSA

Are you interested in fresh, local produce delivered weekly this summer and fall?

Roxbury Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) still has openings for members. You may obtain information and enrollment forms on the farm’s website, http://www.roxburyfarm.com , as well as from Richey Woodzell. 

All of the vegetables are grown at Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, NY, using organic and sustainable practices.  The produce includes lettuces and other greens, tomatoes, corn, green beans, snap peas, summer and winter squash, potatoes and herbs, to name just a few.

A full share provides 15-20 pounds of vegetables per week for 23 weeks, enough for 2-4 adults on a vegetable-based diet.  The cost is $597, which can be paid in installments.  There is also a 3-hour work requirement per share.  For an additional $75, you may purchase a fruit share, and for $125, you may sign up for the winter share, which is three 30-lb. boxes of root crops, winter squash and cabbage, delivered in December, January and February.  CSA members may also purchase pastured pork and grass-fed lamb and beef raised on the farm.  The meat products are certified Animal Welfare Approved for humane animal husbandry.

Sign up for the Schenectady or Glenville delivery site. 

Pick-ups are on Tuesdays, June 9 – November 3, plus November 17.
Schenectady:  4:30 – 6:30 PM at Mt. Olivet Church, 1068 Park Avenue
Glenville:         4:00 – 6:30 PM at Immaculate Conception Church, Route 50

If a whole share is too much, consider a half-share – find someone to split a share with you!
Or buy a full share and donate the other half to the SICM pantry!

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 4000 pounds of Roxbury Farm produce from the Schenectady and Glenville delivery sites.

Questions?  Ask Richey Woodzell, 852-6796.  We’ve been members for 13 years, and eagerly anticipate the beginning of each new season.


Palm Sunday – March 29, 2015
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:00 am & 10:15 am Procession with Palms & Eucharist

Holy Monday - March 30, 2015
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Tuesday - March 31, 2015
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:30 pm Eucharist

Holy Wednesday – April 1, 2015
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:30 pm Eucharist
6 pm  Seder Meal

Maundy Thursday – April 2, 2015
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 – April 3, 2015
9:00 am Morning Prayer
12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross
5:00 Children’s Stations & program
7:30 pm Lessons & Prayers

Easter Vigil – April 4, 2015
9:00 am Morning Prayer
7:30 pm Lighting of the first fire
Nine lessons and musical responses
Baptismal Renewal

When you come to the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, please bring small bells to ring at the appropriate point in the service, and bring a candle lantern if you want to carry the New Fire home with you that night.

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April, 2015

This April calendar is a DRAFT copy, subject to change. For the latest information, lcheck the sunday bulletin, announcements in church on sunday, or the website calendar.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
12:30 Eucharist 

6:00 Seder meal
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing

7:30 Eucharist & Foot Washing
9:00 Vigil
3Good Friday
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer 
12:00 Stations of the Cross
5:00 Children's program 
7:30 Prayers
9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Easter Vigil
Easter Day
7:30 Morning prayer 
8:00 ChoralCommunion
9:00 Nursery Care 
10:15 ChoralCommunion
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Parish Council
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Religion and Philosophy 

6:00 Girl Scouts
7:00 Book Group 
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

1:00 Book Group

7:30 Handbell Choir 

9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing

7:30 Choi
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer

9:00 Morning Prayer
12 Easter 1
7:30 Morning prayer 
8:00 Communion
9:00 Nursery Care 
9:00 Education Hour 
10:15 Communion &Kids' class

12:30 Ladies' Luncheon
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

7:30 Vestry
9:00 Morning Prayer 
10:30 Religion and Philosophy 

6:00 Girl Scouts 

8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 DOK

7:30 Handbell Choir 
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing

7:30 Choir
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Morning Prayer
19 Easter2
7:30 Morning prayer 
8:00 Communion
9:00 Nursery Care 
9:00 Education Hour 
10:15 Communion &Kids' class
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 CWS drop-off

6:30 Girl Scouts

9:00 Morning Prayer 
10:30 Religion and Philosophy

1:00 CWS drop-off 

6:00 Girl Scouts
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 CWS drop-off

7:30 Handbell Choir 
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing

1:00 CWS drop-off

7:30 Choir
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 CWS drop-off
9:00 Morning Prayer
26 Easter 3
7:30 Morning prayer 
8:00 Communion
9:00 Nursery Care 
9:00 Education Hour 
10:15 Communion &Kids' class
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
7:30 Worship Committee
9:00 Morning Prayer 

6:00 Girl Scouts
7:30 ECW
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing

7:30 Choir

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

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,
Lisa Zebrowski, Nursery Manager,
Laura Bynon and Chris Quinn, Nursery School
Joe and Donna White, Custodians

The Vestry
Sr. Warden, Erin Cohen
Jr. Warden, Brian Riordon
Clerk, Tracy Ormsbee
Treasurer, Denise Crates

Class of 2015:
Jack Feyrer
Bill Frank
Jim Syta

Class of 2016:

Travis Reedy 

Class of 2017

Josanne Frank
Peter Nelson

Thanks, Richey, for lots of proofing and corrections!

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. 
The Rector's email is: james.ross.mcd@gmail.com
Our website is http://www.saintstephenschenectady.org/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SaintStephensSchenectady
The Messenger is published September - June. 
Please submit articles to our secretary at
StSteph1229@gmail.com by the 25th of the Month before.