September, 2015

Contents:
Music
Bell Choir
Fr.James
Julie McDonald
Kid's Education
Joe Palko: Projects
Foyers
Adult Ed: Life
Adult Ed: Science and Religon
Adult Ed.: Bible
Art in Parish Hall
Deacon Pat: Profile
Parish Faire
Blessing of Animals

Ask the rector
Youth Project Response
Calendar
Masthead

Meet our new musicians: Douglas and SusanLohnas

Susan Lohnas served various churches as organist for at least thirty-five years. She studied organ with Elinore Farnum for over twenty years and is a past Dean of the Eastern NY Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Several years ago while visiting San Francisco, she had the privilege of a ninety-minute practice session on the remarkable organ at Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill. Currently Susan is an Information Technology program manager for GE Corporate. She earned an MBA from Union College.

For most of those thirty-five years Douglas Lohnas conducted the choirs where Susan played. He completed summer choral conducting courses at Westminster Choir College as well as other choral reading sessions and workshops. Douglas retired from the Niskayuna School District as the K-12 Director of Mathematics and holds a doctorate degree from Columbia University.

Choir rehearsal starts September 10. Potluck at 6:30, rehearsal at 7:30.
New members and returning members are most welcome.

And while we're thinking about MUSIC...

The Bell Choir

"Come on, ring those bells!" The bells have been refurbished and are once again ready to ring out beautiful Bellsharmonies. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30, and will begin on September 23rd.

This year, we need 5 new bell choir members. The ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. The only qualifications are being able to count, knowing left from right, and having fun working as a member of a supportive team. It is important to commit to attending rehearsals on a regular basis, and participating in Sunday services throughout the church year. In late fall, we plan on welcoming the bells back home, and showing our appreciation to all those families who adopted a bell. There will be a rededication of the bells at both services. If you are interested, please contact me at lisamcd13@gmail.com.

In harmony,
Lisa McDonald

Dear Friends,Fr. James

Though many of us have been away on vacation, parish leaders have been hard at work this summer.  During the summer I have examined the year just past, evaluating what was done and left undone, what was worth doing once and what ought to be done again.  You will hear about the exciting plans for the coming year in each month's issue of "The Messenger", so in this limited space let me simply thank the parish leaders who have worked so hard in dreaming about what Saint Stephen's could be in the years to come, and planning for what Saint Stephen's will be in the coming program year.

As we approach the fall, there are several things on my mind.  First I want to thanks members of the congregation for your prayers, cards and general support when my mother died in August.  You all were very important to me and Lisa.

Second, I want to thank the volunteers that have helped in the office, answering the phone, taking messages and retrieving the mail.  Particularly, I want to thank Paul deKanel for the outstanding job he is doing in preparing the bulletins each week. I am pleased that everything in the office is going so well.
Which leads me to my third concern.  As many of you know, the Communications Committee has worked diligently in making sure that parish matters are as transparent as possible.  However, some members are still having difficulty getting in touch with me.  To this end I will establish office hours on Mondays & Thursdays from 10am to noon.  Calling for an appointment will be helpful.  Of course, I can always be reached on my cell phone, listed in the directory.

After a summer of reflection I am more convinced than ever that this is a wonderful and extraordinary parish with a wealth of leadership and talent which bodes well for the future.  I am excited about the coming program year. 

Peace,
James+

Eucharist of the Resurrection and Inurnment
Julie Paulus McDonald
August 14, 2015

We come to this place today to give thanks for the life of Julie McDonald, my mother, to reflect about the ways in which her life enriched ours, to express our love for her. And I want to do this by looking at the painting that is printed on the back of your bulletin.  My mom painted this about a month ago.  And I want to look at it because I think it reflpaintingects her life in so many aspects.

I am sure she took her subject from the Baptist Home where she lived.  When you walk into the entrance, you can’t miss a large aviary on your left and in it are two birds that gave my mom so much enjoyment.  She called them love birds and she would often visit with them.  Sometimes she found them in different corners of the cage, and mom would say, “I guess they had a fight this morning.”  At other times they would be sitting on the same branch, and, like her painting – loving one another.

In a sense, the whole of my mother’s life was a search for love.  Some may know that my grandmother, Julie’s mother, died when my mom was two years old.  At intimate moments, she would talk about growing up without a mother’s love and how this had a profound effect on her life.  From her earliest memories my mother was in search of love.  And though our lives might have been different from my mother’s, in a sense, aren’t we all in search of love in our lives?

Love, I am talking about the deepest intimacy and trust we can know – this love that was the quest of her life, is an elusive thing. Sometimes the people closest to us let us down, and sometimes we let them down.  My mother looked for love in her family, and sometimes she found it, but her older brothers, and her father, well, that wasn’t enough – they had their own lives and loves.

My mother sought this love in marriage, but she never really found it there.  She looked for it in her children; and my brother and I gave my mom much love, but we also let her down, and hurt her, at times. 

The elusive thing about love is though my mom’s life was a quest for it, at the same time she had so much to give.  I will miss her love more than I even know.  I will miss the way she was always there for me, no matter what. I will miss that Greek way of showing love by always insisting that I eat something she offered.  Most of all, I will miss those remarkably strong hugs she would give, even at the very end of her life.

My mother’s love was surprising to me, sometimes.  Once as we were walking through the lobby of the Baptist Home, I notice that the birds were on opposite ends of the cage.  Casually, I commented that they weren’t love birds today.  My mom stopped her walker in their tracks, looked into my eyes and said, “Oh no, Jimmy, just because they are apart, doesn’t mean they don’t love one another just as much.”  And I just stood there with my jaw dropped and said, “Yea, I guess you’re right mom.”  She felt the love of her family and friends, even though they were far away. My mother knew that she was loved, and, nevertheless, she always was looking for love.
I think that is why it is fitting that the setting of her painting is night.  The different shades of blues and black depict this fact about love – sometimes it is not clear – not easy to see – it is mysterious. Sometimes you think it is there, but it is not.  Other times you are surprised to find love, when you didn’t think it was there. 

When you look at my mother’s painting your eye is directed to the full moon.  I think my mom meant that, to depict her sure and certain hope that she could find love, elusive as it can be.  And she did find it – in Jesus’ love for her.  My mom had a deep and abiding faith in God’s unbounded love for her, and for all of creation.  She found the kind of love that she never knew as a child, and could never find anywhere else. 

And certainly, my mother found love here, in God’s family we call St. Stephen’s congregation.  You all have supported her for many years and your love was so important to her – especially the love she found in the Daughters of the King.  Thank you for all your love and support.  

And now my mom has moved on into a different part of her quest for love, in a and certain hope that there is more to death than meets the eye; that death is not the end of life, but is a passing onto another realm, another dimension of this mystery we call life, getting us a bit closer toward our ultimate destiny and perfection:  the joyful union with the endless love of our Creator who is the source of our lives. Then, too, we will be re‑united with those who we have loved, and who have loved us.  Like those two birds sitting on the branch, staring at the mysterious light, knowing that they are loved.  AMEN

Christian Education 2015-2016Miranda

Early in July parents and teachers met to redefine our church school identity and to review our membership and attendance records since Begley Hall and the new classroom space was finished.

Here are some statistics from the meeting:

  • We have a total of 18 children between the ages of 4 and 14 registered in the program
  • Average weekly attendance is between 45 and 60%
  • We have gained new families and new students in the younger grades and lost high school and older middle-school students
  • Younger children just starting church school need more individualized attention
  • Older children are aging out of our current classroom structure and curriculum choices
  • Special guest presentations are poorly attended
  • Trying to fit church school attendance around organized sports, family recreation and school obligations is a struggle

Here are the decisions that resulted from the lively debate about these statistics:

  • There will be three classes on Sunday mornings held during and immediately after the family Eucharist at 10:15.
  • All classes will focus on the 3-year cycle of bible readings known as the lectionary with age-appropriate curriculum.
  • Very young children (ages 4-6) will meet in the Nursery with Lisa Zebrowski, the Nursery Manager, to watch a short bible story on video, work in a special workbook or do a simple craft. If Lisa has several babies or toddlers in the room already, then these littler ones will merge into the class for the slightly older children.
  • Grades 2-5 will be taught by Miranda Rand, the Education Director, and will meet in the library, coming out after the children’s message and returning to participate in the Eucharist with their families. Similar to the very young children’s activities, instruction will consist of discussion based on a bible-story video, special work sheets and a craft, skit, or story-related game.
  • Grades 6-9 will meet in the Sunday Friends classroom for instruction and discussion on the scripture readings for the day. Miranda Rand and Priscilla Sprague will co-teach this class. One Sunday a month the group will meet with Molly Ormsbee and George Woodzell to plan a community service project. This group will come out immediately after the Eucharistic celebration, socialize briefly over a light snack served in the classroom and work together for about 35 minutes.
  • Children who prefer to be in the same classroom as their siblings or who like a more activities-based class, are welcome in a different classroom than the one that they are assigned to so long as there is space, and at the discretion of the education director or the instructor. Younger students must be mature enough to listen without interrupting, be able to handle scissors or a one-hole punch and use glue, glitter or paint without getting it on themselves or their surroundings.  

Church School classes start September 20.  All parents will receive a letter describing the new structure, and each child will receive a personalized invitation.

I look forward to seeing everyone. ..
Miranda Rand, Education Director.

JoePalkoNotes from Joe Palko

Stamps For The Wounded (SFTW) is a service project of Lions, International, and was organized in the 1940s.

SFTW takes donations in used stamps, even the most common types, which are used on everyday mail. These are used in two major ways:

First, a veteran has the material and equipment available to become a stamp collector;
And, Second, a veteran with injuries has material for physical therapy.

Stamp donations should be cut from the envelopes, leaving a margin of about 1/4 inch, placed in a baggie, and can be mailed directly to: SFTW, PO Box 1125, Falls Church, Virginia.

For further information, contact the web site www.lionsclubs.org 
Or contact Joe Palko.

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Books for Troops (BFT) is a volunteer organization, headquartered in Clifton Park, founded by a retired teacher. The goal is to provide paperback books to service men and women who make a request. Typically, a box of books is mailed to the person at their military address.

BFT can always use paperback books – mystery, science fiction, westerns, current best sellers, classics, etc…
BFT can also use puzzle books – crossword, Sudoku, word search, etc…
BFT can always use donations, which are tax deductible –

Mail checks to: BFT, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065

For further informational details, please look at the web site www.booksfortroopscp.com
or contact Joe Palko at palko64@verizon.net

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Expired Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs turn-in.

The NY State Trooper Headquarters (783-3211) on Route 7, near Wade Road in Latham appears to be the only location in Albany and Schenectady counties to turn in expired drugs. 

There is a box in the lobby, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No questions asked. No set procedure. Some people take labels off bottles. Some do not. The drugs are destroyed. One intent is to avoid putting drugs down a drain, which contaminates water treatment facilities.

Adult EmeaningofLifeducation

The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions

A Seminar of Theological Reflection on Philosophy & Religion in the West & East

What is the meaning of life? It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all. Most of us have asked ourselves this question at some time, or posed it to somebody we respect. It is at once a profound and abstract question, and a deeply personal one. We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

How, exactly, do we find that meaning, and develop that commitment? How can we grasp why we are here? Or how we should proceed? And to whom, exactly, are we supposed to listen as we shape the path we will walk?

This year-long course is an invigorating way to begin or to continue your pursuit of these questions, with no previous background in philosophical or religious thought required. This course offers a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions from both the East and the West have contributed to this profound line of questioning.

The seminar takes place on Tuesday Mornings  from 10:30 – noon in the Conference Room .

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Sunday Morning Adult Education: Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

"When I have a terrible need
of—dare I say, ‘religion’? —
then I go outside at night and
paint the stars.”

—Vincent Van Gogh
stars

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars, explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading evolutionary theologians and progressive thinkers, each class includes a video and then a conversation around the readings in an advanced planning handout.  Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9-10 in the Conference Room.

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Discovering the Bible:  An Introduction to the Old and New Testaments

September 16 - Getting Acquaintedbible 101
It's the all-time best-seller since the beginning of printing. It has produced passionate controversy for centuries. What is the book that is like none other in the history of the world? Where did it come from? What does it consist of? Does it still speak to us today?

September 23 - The Old Testament
An ancient book? Yes, but far more! It's a kind of love letter and a still-living legacy that shaped the identity of a unique people. What about the Dead Sea Scrolls? The accurate preservation of the contents over millennia underscores the marvel of these writings.

September 28 - The New Testament
It's a book that centers on Jesus. But how do we know we have the actual words of Jesus? How were the books of the New Testament gathered and selected? What’s it all about? How does the New Testament build upon but differ from the Old Testament?

October 7 - Survival, Spread, and Influence
Despite attempts of tyrants to destroy it, the Bible has endured and become the most translated and circulated book ever. It was translated into various art forms and given to us in English through heroic efforts. It’s the book that influenced the lives that influenced the world.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Conference room.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the Parish Faire.

Calling all Creative Souls

Our Parish hall has been looking pretty bare since Chris removed most of his spectacular photos. We are planning another exhibit in that space with an October deadline.  The exhibit will be an expression of the creativity of members of St. Stephens. Art work, quilts & photos will be tastefully hung on the walls. Please call me if you would like your work to be exhibited and we can discuss the particulars.

Carole Merrill-Mazurek

Foyers

As we start the new St. Stephen's program year please consider joining us. It is a fun way to get to know other members of St. Stephen's and a way of welcoming newcomers.

Foyer meets once a month in small groups to share a meal and enjoy each other's company. Hosting and kitchen duties are shared so there is no great burden on one person.

There will be a sign up sheet at the Parish Faire in September.

If you have any questions please email me.
Gillian Woodcock

Parish ProfilesDeacon Pat

A monthly series about out members edited by miranda Rand

This month we feature our beloved Deacon, Pat Jones.

Tell us a little about yourself: where you grew up, where you were educated, how you met Chris:

I was born in Rochester, NY, but I grew up in the Army, living in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and eventually in Clearwater, FL, where I attended junior high and high school. I was never comfortable living in the south, and so I was delighted to return to New York to attend William Smith College, in Geneva. There I met Chris, and we were married one year after graduation, in the college chapel at Hobart. His graduate studies led us to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and Iowa State University in Ames. Our first daughter, Susan, was born in Geneva, and our second daughter, Elizabeth, was born in Ames, IA. When we moved to Schenectady, I had never lived longer than a few years in any one place; I am happy to have lived here for 48 years. We attended St. Stephen’s two days after we arrived, and moved into the “Pumpkin House” which was the old rectory, located where the church parking lot is now. We have attended St. Stephen’s almost all the time we have lived here.

What about your vocation: what were your dreams and aspirations as you grew into adulthood?

I never had a burning desire for a particular vocation while I was growing up. I worked as an Engineering Aide at KAPL my first year out of college, and as an assistant to an engineering professor at Johns Hopkins when we lived there. In 1979, with college tuition looming I went to work as a circulation clerk at the Schenectady Library, and enjoyed meeting such good folk as Jo Adams, a librarian, and Joe Palko and Ellen Woodzell among library patrons.

At what point did you feel the call to ministry and what made you decide to become a Deacon in the Episcopal tradition?

It was during the 1970’s, when the issue of women priests was a hot topic in the Episcopal Church that I gradually realized that that was what I would like to do. The diocese of Albany was one of the last to ordain women as either deacons or priests; in 1982 I was only the third woman ordained as a deacon in this diocese. After studying in Albany for two years, I was ordained at St. Stephen’s, and have spent my entire ministry here. I attended seminary in Rochester, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1990. The three years I spent at seminary were among my happiest times, although living in a commuter marriage for two of them wasn’t easy for either Chris or me.

Your ministry to the women at Schenectady County Jail is a significant part of your Christian identity and a significant ministry for St. Stephen’s – what first prompted you to serve in this capacity and in what ways has working with these women changed your understanding of how incarceration affects women…what is the most challenging part of that ministry? What gives you joy, what breaks your heart?

A friend who was preparing for the diaconate with me was doing pastoral work in two jails and a girls’ school, and she asked me to help her by visiting in the Schenectady County Jail. I felt totally unequipped and very anxious when I started. Many times I hoped that they would turn me away at the door, but as time went by I became more comfortable in the jail. When I started, there were 12 cells for women in the jail; now there are 48 cells, and sometimes they have to ship some women elsewhere. I have learned a lot from the women I have met there; some of them are still my friends, years later. I think the hardest part is to see the women who return, having tried and failed once again to maintain sobriety and overcome addiction. For some, this is simply a way of life. For others, it is an uphill strugPatgle that can last a lifetime.

When you are not at St. Stephen’s or in the jail what gives you pleasure? What are your hobbies, your recreation? What are your “stress busters”?

My hobbies include reading and knitting. I am currently knitting a gargoyle, a charming little guy named Simon the Baleful. I am afraid that I start far more projects than I finish. Several years ago we had a handcraft group at St. Stephen’s – if there is interest, perhaps we could start meeting again. As for reading, I like all kinds of writing: poetry, biography, and fiction, spiritual writing: Pema Chodron, Joan Chittister, mysteries, etc. My favorite stress busters are word and number puzzles, Sudoku, kenken, kakuro, crosswords, krisskross – and walking the labyrinth!

Parish Faire

Once again we will have the Parish Faire and Picnic to begin the year.  The Faire will take place on September 13th  at 9:00 a.m. following the early service and again during the coffee hour following the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist.  There will be a table set up for each activity of the parish and a chance to sign up for each.  There will be refreshments at 9 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m.  

As we begin a new program year, I want to encourage the congregation to think about the way we spend our time.  And I want to make a few simple suggestions which can help to structure our schedule in the months ahead.

Make worship a weekly priority.

Commit yourself to regular study through numerous church school classes or Bible studies. 

Look for opportunities where you can become personally involved in serving others.

Blessing of the Animals and St. Francis of Assisi  

On October 4th we celebrate the life and woanimals blessingrk of St. Francis.  He is probably better known for preaching to birds than for the poverty he embraced in his passion to be like Christ.  Yet, Francis' love of God's creation has given his statue a place in many church and home gardens.

No mere nature lover, Francis saw in nature's paradoxes and mysteries a revelation of the presence of God.  He marveled at the simplicity and obedience of the birds, fishes, rabbits, doves, the falcon who wakened him for Matins, the famous wolf of Gubbio who gave his pledge of peace to Francis and kept it.

Because of St. Francis' connection to God's creation, and especially to animals, a tradition arose in England whereby the parish priest would bless the villagers' animals on St. Francis' Day, Oct. 3. So we will celebrate St. Francis Day on Saturday, October 3 at 10:00am.

Here's how it will work:

On October 3rd the congregation and any animals (on leashes!) will gather on the front lawn of the church. WE WILL REMAIN OUTSIDE DURING THE ENTIRE SERVICE.  The rector will begin a brief worship service and then will bless each animal saying:  "O God, who has made all things for yourself, bless, we pray you, this animal; that it may be a source of love and joy to those with whom it dwells."  

It's quite a sight!

Ask the Rector

Recently I noticed that St. Stephen’s had a ‘Eucharist of the Resurrection and Inurnment’.  What is ‘Inurnment’? Could you explain what is done?

Perplexed

Dear Perplexed,

Inurnment is the action of putting the cremated remains of the deceased into a columbarium. Now you probably ask (as others do!), what is a columbarium? This, in essence, is a mausoleum exclusively used for placement of the cremains of one who is deceased.  At St. Stephen’s we have a columbarium in the Chapel of the Resurrection, the room to the left of the altar.

Both the Columbarium and the Cemetery are formal resting places for the deceased which most all churches accept.  Traditionally, the Cemetery is an approach where an embalmed human body is preserved in its human form in a grave, with the focus on the memory of the life of the departed while here on earth.  The "vision" is that of a person at rest, waiting for the resurrection of the body in human form to be taken to heaven to be with God.  A Cemetery, consequently, is a place to mourn and remember the earthly life of a departed loved one.

The columbarium is an approach where the human body is returned to ashes and the Soul released to be reunited with God.  The earthly remains are placed in a Niche in the Columbarium with a focus on the transformation of the loved one into another dimension.  The "vision" is that of a Spirit that has gone to be reunited with God in Heaven.


Youth Project Response

George Woodzell

A number of years ago the people at Congregation Gates of Heaven asked St. Stephen’s youth group if they’d be interested in providing  child care while their congregation celebrated the high holidays days of Rosh Hashanah and Yon Kippur; in exchange, the synagogue would make a contribution to the youth group’s workcamp fund.

This arrangement has proven to be highly successful for everyone involved: the CGOH parents could attend services free of the distractions of squirming children, St. Stephen’s youth group received very generous donations to their workcamp fund, and the youth group members could play with (and cuddle on occasion) some bright, delightful little children. Unfortunately, our youth group currently doesn’t have enough members to provide the care and attention that the Gates of Heaven children require, so, regretfully, we’ve had to suspend our child care for a time.

When I informed Rabbi Matt Cutler of our situation, he sent the following very moving reply:

George:

Mere words cannot express our gratitude for the years that Saint Stephen's teens have provided our congregation with childcare during our high holidays. You made our worship easily accessible for families because they knew that their children were taken care of. It fostered a bond of fellowship and friendship that will be permanently etched in the souls of our community.

Again, I think you and the members of the church for the years of support and friendship thru the gift of childcare.

Please wish everyone a restful and joyful summer.

Rabbi Matt Cutler


Calendar for September, 2015

Tentative calendar - subject to change
Get the latest: announcements Sunday morning and on the website calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


1
9:00 Morning Prayer

2
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing
3
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office

4
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
5
9:00 Morning Prayer

8:30 Labyrinth
6
8:30 Morning prayer
9:00 Communion
7
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office
8
9:00 Morning Prayer


7:00 Book Group

9
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing
10
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office


6:30 Choir
11
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
12
9:00 Morning Prayer
13
7:30 Morning prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Parish Faire
10:15 Communion
11:30 Parish Faire
14
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office

7:30 Vestry
15
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Seminar
16
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing
17
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office


7:30 Choir
18
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
19
9:00 Morning Prayer
20
7:30 Morning prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Nursery Care
9:00 Adult Education
10:15 Communion & Sunday school
11:15 Sunday School
PARISH PICNIC
21
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Parish Council
22
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Seminar
23
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing
7:30 Bible Study
7:30 Bells
24
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office


7:30 Choir
25
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
26
9:00 Morning Prayer
27
7:30 Morning prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Nursery Care
9:00 Adult Education
10:15 Communion & Sunday school
11:15 Sunday School
28
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Office
29
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Seminar
30
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Communion & Healing
7:30 Bible Study
7:30 Bells
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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,
Susan Lohnas, Organist,
Douglas Lohnas, Choir Director,
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

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
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