The Messenger

Summer, 2003


Dear Friends,

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

It has been said before on this page, and I cannot help but wonder: do we realize, do we ever really realize the gift of this congregation to us? Look through the new directory you will receive shortly - at all the names of all who have joined our membership - and remember that many congregations struggle to show a lessened decline each year.  As I flip through the past year's newsletters, I remember the incredible lives of those who have died, but not before they gave much of themselves to the work of this church.  I also see articles on activities that have helped us to keep on top of social issues, to educate us about the substance of the Christian faith, to welcome those who are strangers in our midst.  Consider the members of the parish council whose labors of love have strengthened us.  Rejoice at the list of vestry members who have led us this far.  I am overwhelmed at the children in our congregation who have crowded into our church.  I am excited by the strains of choirs singing, our organ resounding. 

Do we ever really realize what an INCREDIBLE, LIVELY, REMARKABLE gift this church is to each and every one of us?  Come to the volunteer recognition picnic on June 15th after the 10:15 am Eucharist.  Celebrate all that we have done; give thanks to God for the gifts of such a year. 

 

 

Church Camp

Registrations are being accepted for Church Camp at Beaver-Cross to be held from:

July 2  - July 4  for Grades 1-2

July 6  - July 12   for Grades 3-5

July 13 - July 19  for Grades 3-5

July 20 - July 26  for Grades 6-8

July 27 - Aug. 6  for Grades 6-8

Aug. 3  - Aug. 9  for Grades 9-12

Aug. 10  - Aug. 16  for Grades 9-12

 

Beaver-Cross Episcopal Conference Center is located on Route 80 near Springfield Center , New York , slightly more than a mile south of the junctions for Routes 20 and 80.  Overlooking picturesque Otsego Lake , its 37 acres provide an ideal setting for an experiment in Christian living.  

Beaver-Cross offers swimming, organized sports, arts and crafts, music drama and nature study.  A typical day begins with Morning Prayer, followed by breakfast, a program led by diocesan clergy, crafts and games, lunch, swimming and free time.  The evening includes dinner, recreation and Compline.

  More information and registration forms can be found on the welcome table in the parish hall extension.  Financial aid is also available.

 

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

My last Sunday with you as your associate rector will be June 1st.  It is time for me to move on in my spiritual journey. I have been given the opportunity to work on several special diocesan projects, serve as assisting priest at St. Michael’s in Colonie, and explore new ministry opportunities.   

As I come to the end of my three-year term of ministry at St. Stephen’s, I have been reflecting on the many wonderful things we have shared together.  During the years we have shared sorrows, most especially our recent loss.  We are grieving with Taylor ’s death with his family, and we know that this terrible loss will change us all forever.  I think I am beginning to learn what our Lord Jesus meant when he said, “Weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.”  No matter what happens, we are all in this together, in grief and in joy.  And indeed we have shared joy as well as sorrow.  We have rejoiced at the baptisms of new members of our family, and welcomed many new friends in His name.  We have found joy in healing, and in renewed faith.  I gratefully remember many wonderful conversations we’ve had, as I have learned much and more deeply about our faith from many of you. 

However, as Christians we don’t live in the past, because our past is redeemed.  As Christians we live in and for the future. Because of what our Lord has done for us, even leaving and death are not an end, but a beginning.  As I prepare to move on in my spiritual journey, I want to offer my thanks for the many blessings I have received.

To Fr. James, to Deacon Pat, and to all of you, the people of St. Stephen’s and my dear friends, I leave with you the gift that you have already had from our Lord.  That is the anamnesis, (the remembrance) of the Lord – the assurance that we will find him whenever we celebrate Holy Communion.  And in Him, we are not really separated by place or time.

In the peace of our Lord,

Mother Lorrie Lyons

 

Parish Grounds and Work Campers budget to be Repaired

 

Hold the morning of June 7th on your calendars!  The vestry dealt with two concerns at its May meeting: 1) that our young people be able to raise enough money for their work camp week this summer and 2) that the ravages of this past winter on our parish lawns and gardens be repaired.  For the latter concern it was suggested that we hire professional landscapers.  Then the idea surfaced that we should hire our own teenagers with the money going toward work camp.  Finally it was decided that many more people were needed, and that the entire congregation could repair all damage in a mere three hours.

 So this is how it will work.  At 9am (or whenever you can come) adults and youth will assemble in front of the church.  Each will be given a time sheet upon which each worker will record the total number of hours worked that day.  These sheets will be tallied and the vestry will give to the work campers the number of hours worked at a fair wage (minimum wage?).  This event is being carefully planned so that every worker will be put to work right away and for the duration of the morning.

Come, make our grounds beautiful AND support our work campers!

 

 

Peripatetic Parishioners

Once again the bulletin board at the Garner entrance will be reserved for bulletins from all over the world! When you worship elsewhere this summer, please save the bulletin (or anything else you think might be of interest) and tack it up on the bulletin board. The rector loves to receive bulletins and newsletters from other churches.

 

 

Schedules, July/August/June

 

Jul 6

Jul 13

Jul 20

Jul 27

Altar Guild*

C.

A.

B

C

Chalice 8 am

G.Woodzel

D. Trawick

DC Crates

C. Jones

1st Lesson Lector 8 am

B. Stratton

M. Causey

G. Woodzell

P. Nevius

2nd Lesson Lector 8 am

R. Woodzell

C. Trawick

O. Luczka

S. Woodcock

Chalice 10:15

M. Causey

P. Holmes

N. Hoffmann

DD Crates

1st Lesson Lector 10:15

V. Hoshko

M. Roseberry

L. Varno

R. Stewart

2nd Lesson Lector 10:15

R. Stewart

D. Caruso

M. Causey

DC Crates

Crucifer 10:15

Server 10:15

Torch 10:15

Torch 10:15

Ushers

volunteers

Counters

A

B

C

D

LEM

C&D Trawick

G&R Woodzell

Ackner/Downs

D&C Trawick

Nursery

Care Team

G&R Woodzell

A&K Lowe

Holmes/Bishop

G&R Woodzell

The June 4th service is a Eucharist and picnic at 5:00

*Altar Guild: Your duty week begins the Saturday before the above date.

**Altar Guild: Includes Sunday service at 7 pm in chapel (Eucharist)

Acolytes: Please find a substitute if you cannot serve or call Deacon Pat.

You need to arrive in the Choir Room at least 15 minutes before the service begins.

Lectors: Read the First Lesson and lead the Psalm

Altar Guild Teams

Counters

A Hoffman, Northrop, Versocki

A. B. Stangfeld, D.May, R.May

B Jones, Morin, Reid, Russell, Woodcock

B. S.Grady, M. Gitinger, D. Molino, J. Versocki

C Casale, Lowe, Varno

C. D. Belardo, J. Ackner, B. Voelker

D. A. Spang, M. Causey,D. Crates

E. P. Northrop, L.Peake, K. Small

Aug 3

Aug. 10

Aug.17

Aug. 24

Aug. 31

Altar Guild*

C

A

B

C

A

Chalice 8 am

M. Causey

P. Holmes

DD Crates

Carole M-M

N. Hoffmann

1st Lesson Lector 8am

K. Miller

O. Luczka

S. Ras

B. Mazurek

G. Woodcock

2nd Lesson Lector 8am

B. Stratton

M. Bishop

DC Crates

O. Luczka

K. Miller

Chalice 10:15

O. Luczka

Carole M-M

D. Trawick

C. Jones

G. Jaquith

1st Lesson Lector 10:15

J. Ackner

O. Jones

J. Ackner

T. Widenor

R. Woodzell

2nd Lesson Lector 10:15

G Jaquith

B. Mazurek

C. Trawick

B. Adams

G. Woodzell

Crucifer 10:15

Server 10:15

Torch 10:15

Torch 10:15

Ushers

volunteers

Counters

A

B

C

D

E

LEM

C&D Trawick

G&R Woodzell

Downs/Ackner

C&D Trawick

G&R Woodzell

Care Team

C&D Trawick

A&K Lowe

Bishop/Holmes

G&R Woodzell

C&D Trawick

*Altar Guild: Your duty week begins the Saturday before the above date.

**Altar Guild: Includes Sunday service at 7 pm in chapel (Eucharist)

Acolytes: Please find a substitute if you cannot serve or call Deacon Pat.

You need to arrive in the Choir Room at least 15 minutes before the service begins.

Lectors: Read the First Lesson and lead the Psalm

Altar Guild Teams

Flower Distribution Team

A Hoffman, Northrop

A Lowe

B Peake, Morin, Reid, Russell

B Woodzell, Ackner

C Dipley, Lowe, Tomlinson

C R&D May

D Tatge

Ushers

A Borrowman, Nevius

Counters

B Kilbourn, Ehler

A M.Spang, D.May, R. May

C Lowe, Voelker

B Ackner, Gittinger, Molino

D Woodzell, Michelson

C D.Belardo,Vanda,Voelker

E Dare, Stewart

D A.Spang, Borrowman, Crates

F Causey, Jones

E. Cornell, Peake, Small

Sustitutes: Holmes, Bishop

Jun 1

Jun 8

Jun 15

Jun 22

Jun 29

Altar Guild*

A

B

C

A

B

Chalice 8 am

M. Causey

P. Holmes

DD Crates

Carole M-M

N. Hoffmann

1st Lesson 8 am

P. Nevius

M. Bishop

DC Crates

B. Mazurek

C. Jones

2nd Lesson 8am

D. Stevens

Carole M-M

L. Stevens

S. Ras

G. Woodcock

Chalice 10:15

O. Luczka

N. Hoffmann

G. Jaquith

C. Jones

G.Woodzell

1st Lesson 10:15

L. Emaelaf

B. Adams

K Chapman

M. Gittinger

R. Woodzell

2nd Lesson 10:15

T. Widenor

M. Dare

B. Voelker

D. Manor

B. Strangfeld

Crucifer 10:15

Server 10:15

Torch 10:15

Torch 10:15

Ushers

volunteers

Counters

A

B

C

D

E

LEMs

G&R Woodzell

Ackner/Downs

C&D Trawick

G&R Woodzell

Ackner/Downs

Care Team

G&S Woodcock

C&D Trawick

G&R Woodzell

A&K Lowe

G&S Woodcock

*Altar Guild: Your duty week begins the Saturday before the above date.

**Altar Guild: Includes Sunday service at 7 pm in chapel (Eucharist)

Acolytes: Please find a substitute if you cannot serve or call Deacon Pat.

You need to arrive in the Choir Room at least 15 minutes before the service begins.

Lectors: Read the First Lesson and lead the Psalm

Altar Guild Teams

Counters

A Hoffmann, Northrop, Versocki

A D.May, R. May, B. Strangfeld

B Jones, Morin, Reid, Russell, Woodcock

B M.Gittinger, D.Molino, S.Grady, J.Versocki

Varno, Versocki, Woodcock

C J.Ackner, D.Belardo,B.Voelker

C Lowe, Casale, Varno

D A.Spang, M. Causey, D. Crates

E. Peake, Small, Northrop

Substitutes: M. Spang