From the Rector.....
When Howard Hughes, the multi-billionaire, died, the question in most minds was, How
much did he leave in his estate?'
One answer should be immediately obvious: He left it all.
But there has been a story going around of a rather parsimonious man who had been
diagnosed with a terminal illness and who was determined to prove wrong the saying,
"You can't take it with you."
After much thought and consideration, the old penny-pincher finally figured out how to
take at least some of his money with him when he died. He instructed his wife to go to
the bank and withdraw enough money to fill two pillow cases. He then directed her to
take the bags of money to the attic and leave them directly above his bed. His plan:
When he passed away, he would reach out and grab the bags on his way to heaven.
Several weeks after the funeral, the deceased lawyer's wife, up in the attic cleaning,
came upon the two forgotten pillow cases stuffed with cash.
"Oh, that darned old fool," she exclaimed. "I knew he should have had me put the
money in the basement."
Certain it is: all of us will some day leave behind all of our worldly possessions - no
matter where we leave them. The question is: where do we want to leave our
In 1970 the vestry of Saint Stephen's established an endowment fund to ensure the long
term viability of the parish. For over 25 years many faithful people have left some of
their possessions to the church through that fund. In this way they were assured that
part of their material assets would continue to work for the perpetuation of the Body of
Christ here on earth. They believed in and supported the church during their lifetime.
and they wanted it to prosper and grow and carry the gospel to succeeding
Recently the vestry and the endowment committee closely examined the fund. They
agreed that the current balance in St. Stephen's endowment fund could not ensure the
continuing viability of the parish's physical plant. Therefore, they developed a strategy
by which the fund would grow through donations and earnings until it is worth one-half of
the replacement cost of the parish's property. At this time that goal would be one and a
half million dollars. Currently the fund is a little less than 1/6th that! We have a way to
Of course, a church that fully understands its responsibility for spreading the gospel and
attracting others to the church, will never have enough money for its work. There can
never be enough to implement properly Saint Stephen's ministry and mission to the
world - any more than there can be a limit on how much we should give to further the
advancement of God's kingdom.
The old adage is true: "You can't take it with you." For the future of our congregation,
please remember Saint Stephen's in your will.
ALL SAINT'S DAY
All Saint's Day is one of the seven
principal feasts of the church. This day
is a celebration of Christ in His whole
mystical body. We are reminded that
the saints still support us by their
witness and example and surround us
with their love and prayers. All Saint's
Day is the one day set aside each year
when our faithful departed are
If you would like to have
a particular person remembered by
name, it is not too late. Please call the
parish office as soon as you receive this
We will remember them on
Friday, November 1st at a joint
Episcopal Eucharist, 7:30 pm at St.
Paul's Church, Schenectady and on
Sunday, November 3rd at the 8 & 10:15
Eucharists. The later service will
include first communion for some of our
young people and two baptisms!
The Woman Behind
Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, for 40 years
the editor of "Godey's Lady's Book," the
mother of all magazines for women, was
responsible for our observance of
In 1846 Mrs. Hale, a widow with five
children, began her campaign to have
Thanksgiving Day established as a
national holiday. Some individual states
listened to her and acted, but the
Federal Government ignored her pleas
for 17 years.
In 1863 Abraham Lincoln heeded Mrs.
Hale, and the result was the first
Thanksgiving proclamation by a
president since George Washington.
(Mrs. Hale not only edited a magazine,
not only raised children as a single
parent, not only was responsible for
Thanksgiving's being recognized as a
national holiday, she also wrote the
poem, "Mary Had a Little Lamb!")
This traditional service will be held at
Grace Lutheran Church at
7pm, Sunday, November 24th.
The Church recognizes the traditional
Thanksgiving Holiday as a holy day for
our land, life, and heritage. It finds its
roots in observances begun by colonists
in Massachusetts and Virginia, a
tradition later taken up and extended to
the whole of the New American nation
by action of the Continental Congress.
Our celebration of Thanksgiving stems
from our many blessings of God's good
creation. As Children of God we are to
live our lives in a spirit of thanksgiving.
We are to be faithful stewards of the
earth as God's creation, given to us as a
A COLLECT FOR THANKSGIVING
Almighty and gracious Father, we give
thanks for the fruits of the earth in their
season and for the labors of those who
Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of
your great bounty, for the provision of
our necessities and the relief of all who
are in need, to the glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Also, don't forget the annual
Thursday morning at 10 am
St. Stephen's Church
If you or someone you know is unable to
attend church on either a long or
short-term basis, please call the parish
office if you would like to have
communion brought to you.
Guest Teacher will lead a
SCHOOL OF PRAYER
Jesus was praying in a certain place,
and when he ceased, one of his
disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to
Both as confirmed children and as
lifelong Christians, we may still say,
"Teach us to pray." And rightly so, for
prayer is an essential lifeline to God in
our discipleship. St. Paul reminds us
that "we are to grow up in every way"
into Christ. And so all of us need to
continue to learn prayer that we may
grow up in Christ.
Is there really Someone out there who
hears me? How-can I "pray without
ceasing"? What do I do when I am
distracted, or when I cannot seem to
pray for more that five or ten minutes?
How do I pray in a busy life? What is
prayer without words? --All these
questions and more may have caused
us to stumble.
The School of Prayer will be held on
Sunday mornings, Nov. 10 - Nov. 24 in
the Parish Hall.
This course is given by the Rev. Delos
Wampler, former director of Barry
House and an active retreat leader in
the Diocese of Albany and currently an
active priest at Saint George's,
EXPLORING THE ANGLICAN ETHOS
This course is intended to introduce
prospective members of our parish to
the ethos of Anglicanism. It is also a
good 'refresher course' in our beliefs for
any member of the parish. It is offered
to prospective members twice a year,
but every three or four years we offer it
to the entire congregation on Sunday
mornings. This year the course begins
on December 1st and will end January
The study will explore our particular
ethos: Anglican traits rooted deeply in
the past (200 A.D.) of Britain's relatively
pragmatic and moderate peoples. It
explores why we Episcopalians do what
we do and how our church has been
shaped and is being shaped.
The course is required for all adults who
wish to be confirmed or received into
the Episcopal Church. Those who wish
to join the congregation will be
welcomed on January 11th.
How to Perpetuate a Weekly Pledge
$1,000 endowed by will to a trust will equal a pledge of $ 1.20 a week.
$5,000 endowed by will to a trust will equal a pledge of $ 6.00 a week.
$10,000 endowed by will to a trust will equal a pledge of $12.00 a week.
$20,000 endowed by will to a trust will equal a pledge of $ 24.00 a week.
Schenectady Inner City Ministry UPDATE:
SICM SEEKS SPECIAL COLLECTION FROM CONGREGATIONS
Congregations are invited to have a collection for personal care items to be distributed at the special dinner given by Glen Sanders Mansion during the Thanksgiving Season. Those partaking will include guests of various SICM programs, the City Mission, and other service agencies. The dinner is billed as "We Give Thanks, A Random Act of Kindness." The personal care items we seek are such things as: shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotions, etc.
INVITATION TO RELIGOUS CONVENING ON WELFARE CHANGES
All are welcome to a special convening to gain accurate and timely information on changes in the federal laws and the options available to New York State. It will be Sunday, November 10 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St. in Albany. It is sponsored by Christians United in Mission, SICM, and many others from a wide religious community. Advance registration is encouraged; contact Jim Murphy at 346-6848.
VOLUNTEER SOUGHT FOR SAVE AND SHARE
The Save and Share Food Buying Coop, one of the programs of SICM, seeks a volunteer driver on distribution day. This person would deliver food shares to shut-ins. Distribution is usually the last Friday of the month in the afternoon. For information, contact Donna Durkee at 346-5207.
BRIEF SICM PROGRAM UPDATES
Food Program: Laurie Bacheldor is providing interim staffing for Pat Obrecht while she is out for surgery. Food Task Force members and others are pitching in until Pat returns.
Bethesda House: John Davis in starting a Health Day with guests and seeks donations of personal care items. Bethesda House will share in any extras given for the Thanksgiving meal.
Darnien Center: A ramp was built over the summer thanks in large measure to volunteers from St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and support from Zion Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Brotherhood, the host church, Sacred Heart/St. Columba's, and others.
SICM Offices: The porch is repaired and there now is a new ramp on the side for coming into SICM's offices. The side door is now the main door.