From the Rector.....
We moderns recognize especially silver, gold, and diamond jubilees - twenty-fifth, and sixtieth or
seventy-fifth anniversaries. Among the Israelites, the word "jubilee" had a highly specific
meaning. Every fiftieth year was a jubilee, or jubilee year, a year of restoration and emancipation.
Farmers' fields were to be left uncultivated, slaves were to be set free, and houses that had been
sold since the previous jubilee were to revert to their original owners or to the heirs of those
owners. The sounding of a ram's horn heralded the start of a jubilee.
This November marks the beginning of our "Jubilee Year". We have been planning for the
special activities with meetings and with much prayer. On November 16th we will begin the
celebration with a Eucharist of Dedication - dedicating our new Chapel of the Resurrection, our
handbells, our needlepoint cushions, and our newest communion altar ware. Other special
activities such as special lectures and concerts will be announced. As we begin our Jubilee year,
I would like to say something about the theology behind the celebration.
In the sacristy hangs a certificate of the consecration of our church building. It reads in part: "And
we do hereby pronounce and declare, that the City of Schenectady and the State of New York, is
Consecrated and thereby separated henceforth from all unhallowed, worldly, and common Uses,
and dedicated to the Worship and Service of Almighty God, for reading and preaching His holy
Word, for celebrating His holy Sacraments, for offering to His glorious Majesty the Sacrifices of
Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving, for blessing His People in His Name, and for all other Holy
Offices of His Church."
That certificate tells us the most important things about this building. First that 50 years ago, a
group of people made an offering of this building and dedicated it to the worship and service of
God. Second that God accepted that gift and God will not let go even forever. Who among us
has not felt a power moving in this place which is greater than any one of us.
Your faithfulness, generosity, prayer and hard work these last eight years have renewed the gift
which is Saint Stephen's Church. And it is fair to say that God's hand has been in the guiding of
the renewal of this Church. But God wants more. Yes more. God wants you.
At our baptism, each of us was consecrated, given to God. We who in the Eucharist 'offer our
selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice," have also been
dedicated to the worship and service of Almighty God. And God will not let go of us forever. We
have renewed the gift of God's building. God wants also the renewal of the gift that is us. To this
end, we embark on the Jubilee Year.
During the next year we will rededicate this building. We will offer it renewed and
revitalized to God who already has hold of it. Before that could happen, we have had to examine
foundations, shore up weak spots, reinforce or rebuild the worn parts. During the next year we
will also have the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to God's worship and service. The many
programs of the Jubilee Year are meant to be opportunities to help us celebrate this joyous
renewal. They are also meant to be a way for each of us the reexamine the foundations, shore up
the weak spots, reinforce or rebuild the worn parts of our faith.
God has hold of us, and God will not let go. The Jubilee Year is our opportunity to rededicate
ourselves to God's worship and service, even as we rededicate our parish church. A rededicated
church. . . a rededicated people.
EDUCATION FOR ADULTS
THE SPIRITUALITY OF WORK
How do we carry the lessons and truths of
Sunday into the workday world of Monday
through Friday? For Christians interested in
bringing spiritual values into the workplace,
this question presents a creative challenge.
In this course you can discover how to bring
a true Christian ministry to your daily life by
infusing your work world with ethics and
competence. Classes will be held on
Sunday mornings, Oct. 26 - Nov. 23 in the
Parish Hall and will be led by Michael
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
remembered. 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
newsletter. We will remember them on
Saturday, November 1st at a joint
Episcopal Eucharist, 10:00 am at
Calvary Church, Burnt Hills and on
Sunday, November 2nd at the 8 & 10:15
Eucharists at St. Stephen's. The later
service will include first communion for
some of our young people and two
God let me be content with simple things"
The twinkling of a star, a bird that sings,
The roaring of a wave, a sunset view,
A tiny blade of grass, a drop of dew,
Autumn's golden splendor, a flower fair,
The echo of a woods, a baby's stare,
The stillness of the night, a sky of blue,
Memories to treasure, a friend that's true,
A swallow's swift descent, a timid fawn,
A mother's loving care, the sun at dawn.
Simple things? Forgive my human fraility!
Each one a miracle revealing Thee.
The LOGOS program has been up and running for a month after a 2 year respite with a
successful comeback. It is a great fortune to have so many talented parisioners to be a part of
LOGOS is a program for school-aged children (1st grade and up) which meets Wednesday
afternoons from 4:00 - 7:00pm. First through 4th graders have choir while 5th through 7th
graders practice a newly formed bell choir. The classes then move on to Bible Study, and art
classes led by Stacey DeBritz. (The children are creating banners depicting their present
history and future visions of St. Stephen s for our Celebration in November.) The day is
ended with the Dinner Hour and topped off with a non-competitive group game and closing
The entire afternoon is a wonderful opportunity for everyone (both students and adults) to
learn from and about each other and to strengthen the ties that bring us together. At this time
we have four students from outside our congregation who have found a friendly spot to call
We could always use more adult help. There are many areas of volunteering with this
program, with varying degrees of time involvement. Some of these include:
Cook Team: Cook once every 5 weeks, budget provided. Prepare meal for
40 people. 3 people to a team. Arrive at church 5:30, dinner at
6:15. Cook books available for ideas and recipes.
Clean Up: Run dishwasher, clean and put away dinner ware. Arrive at
church 6:30. Work every week or on a rotating schedule.
Table Parent: Be present every week and "parent" a dinner table. 5 kids per
table, 2 adult "parents". Must be willing to laugh and play games
with these very endearing children. Arrive at church at 5:50.
WARNING: Some games involve ping pong balls, ice cubes
and other wacky props.
Activity helper: Be present every week or on a rotating schedule beginning in
January and prepare/assist with indoor sport activities. Arrive at
church at 4:30.
If you are interested or intrigued by this program come by some Wednesday and stay for
dinner. Dinner guests are always encouraged to attend and asked to donate $2 to help pay
for meal costs. Please let us know by the previous Monday if you will be visiting. New
students are also always welcome. We look forward to your joining us.
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
Meet Our Church School Teachers
First Semester (Sept. to Feb)
Ages 3 - 4: Nan Blaufuss
Pre-School: Lisa Corea & Gaye Mertz
Primary: Kim Chapman & Jeanine Phillips
Intermediate I: Debbie Trawick & Dawn Rizzo
Intermediate II: Susan Feyer & Marysue Andrews
Senior High: George Woodzell & Suzanne Coonradt
Substitutes: Vickie Hoshko
Education Committee: Fr. James, chair
Resource Room Coordinator: Richie Woodzell
Thanks for accepting this most
Church School Themes
Each year our Church School focuses on
four general areas of study: Old Testament,
New Testament, Sacraments, and the
The themes for this year are:
Pre-School: Shepherd, Jesus as Teacher, Worship Environment, The Church Sings
Primary: Stories of the Bible, Sermon on the Mount, Worship: People in Community, Saints of the Church
Intermediate I: Covenant, Miracles, Baptism, New Life, The Apostle Paul
Intermediate II Covenant, Miracles, Baptism, New Life, The Apostle Paul
Ask your student about what s/he is
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.
"70 YEARS AS A CONGREGATION
50 YEARS AS A CHURCH"
Sunday, November 16th
3:00 pm. - Festive Eucharist at the church
5:30 pm. - Hors d'Oeuvres and Dinner at the Glen Sander's Mansion
- Premiere of the new video on Saint Stephen's:
"Remembering our Past,
Creating our Future"
This traditional service will be held at
Eastern Parkway Methodist Church at
4pm, Sunday, November 23th.
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
St. Stephen's will help, as a group, in sorting food items for
the Concerns For The Hungry Thanksgiving baskets. This will take
place on Saturday, November 22 at the GE IUE Hall on Erie
Boulevard ... from 9 am - 4 pm. If you have any questions,
please call Vicki Hoshko, 372-7819.
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
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!")
The most unpredictable Pleasures in my life are chance
encounters with women who recognize me from my visit,to the
Schenectady County Jail. I had such an encounter today. I think
if I had ever been in jail I would want to reject any reminder of
such a difficult time -- and that would include "the Church lady"
- but this young woman. honestly seemed delighted to see me. In
fact she approached me before I even recognized her. It was a
Here!s a brief description of St. Stephen's Jail Mdstry: On Sunday
afternoons I spend about an hour and a half visiting the women in
the Schenectady Jail. These visits consist of reading the lessons
for the day, discussing the sermon or any question that comes up
about the lessons, and praying together. The women live on two
floors in the old jail, so I make a total of four stops to see
them, visiting the right and left side of each floor. Sometimes I
donl make it to all four stops, so I try to vary the order each
Let me tell you a little about a few of the women who have been
in jail recently. (Some names are changed.)
Pat is in and out of the jail a lot. Once she was rearrested
within five hours of being released. Every time she returns to
the jail she is embarrassed to see me. She is bright and funny and
I love to see her - I just wish I could see her somewhere else.
Pat prevailed upon Dee to join in our prayer group about a month
ago. Dee has been in jail for about six months, but for the
first five she ignored me. Finally she quizzed Pat about what
church I represent, and looked over the service bulletins and
lessons carefully. Then she said that I didn't seem to be anti-Catholic, and joined our circle. Apparently someone in another
church group at the jail had been belittling practices such as saying
the Rosary and going to Confession. Dee later asked me a couple
of questions that seemed designed to check my orthodoxy. Dee may
be in our jail for months yet. Her future is uncertain, and she
desperately needs your prayers.
Grace remembered the Christmas cards we gave her when she was in
jail a few years ago. She doesn't know if she'll still be in jail
at Christime this year.
Kate cried during most of my visit with her last Sunday. Her
situation is serious, and it seems to me if she didn't cry
sometimes there would be something wrong. I cannot offer her
anything other than prayer, hugs, and the assurance that she is
I mentioned Christmas cards above. Each year St. Stephen's
donates stamped, unsigned Christmas cards to the women in the
Schenectady County Jail. Please consider donating unused cards
from last year, or those unsolicited cards from charities, rather
than throwing them out. The women really appreciate them -
especially the stamps. As always, expect to see cards laid out
to be stamped and tied during a coffee hour in early December.
Thanks for your support and prayers. Any woman who is interested
in this ministry is welcome to join me somt Sunday afternoon to
see if it is right for you.
............ Allison de Kanel
The flowers on the altar in November are given to the Glory of God.
2 - All Saints Day Sunday
9 - In memory of Ernest J. Salisbury by Blanche
16 - The loved ones of Betty and Jesse Dipley.
23 - In memory of Porter Dobbins, Jr. by Barbara
In memory of Dawn Schlansker by Ted Schlansker.
30 - In memory of Marilyn Regula by Donald Regula.
The YWCA Domestic Violence Program has initiated a Girl
Scout troop for young girls whose families have been
affected by domestic violence. Many of these families to
not have the resources to buy uniforms, sashes, patches or
scout books and St. Stephen's service committee is
requesting donations of the items. A basket will be
available at the back of the church.
Your generosity will enable young women to become part of
an organization that offers acceptance and enhances self-esteem as their families struggle to end violence in their
For further information please call: Pauline Holmes, 384-0904 or
Carole Merrill-Mazurek, 346-8959.
Plans are underway for a November
2nd and November 30th intergenerational. Our sessions will focus
on All Saints' Day and Advent. All
parishioners are invited to the parish
hall at 9:00 am on these days to
participate in these programs. There
will be no church school on
CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR INVITATION
Persons interested in singing at the 11:00 pm Christmas
Eve service should contact Tim Olsen at 383-6101 for more
BABETTE'S FEAST - 4 stars
Written by Isak Dinesen
Screenplay written by Gabriel Axel
Directed by Gabriel Axel
This is a tale of two beautiful young girls who grow up in a
small Danish village where their father is a minister. One girl
passes up love and the other passes up fame so that they can
remain in the village. They grow old using religion as a
substitute for living life.
They take in a refugee from Paris, Babette, to help them with
the cooking and housekeeping. Babette serves the traditional and
unexciting meals. She keeps the secret of her past to herself.
But one day she wins 10,000 francs in a lottery and decides to
spend it all on the simple villagers. She, herself, cooks a
magnificent feast. Babette truly is an artist.
This film is about life - unfulfiliment, pleasures and artistic
passion. It is a 1987 academy award winner for best foreign
language. The language is Danish and French with English
I guarantee you will find "Babette's Feast" truly delicious!
............................. Eunice Chouffi
ST. STEPHEN'S MUSIC DIRECTOR TO CONDUCT CONCERTS AT UNION COLLEGE
Dr. Tim Olsen will conduct the Union College orchestra in
the premiere of his Trumpet Concerto on Saturday, November 8
at 8:00 pm in Memorial Chapel on the Union campus.
will also lead the Union College Jazz Ensemble in concert on
Wednesday, November 12 at 8.00 pm in the Reamer Campus
REMEMBER OUR VISITORS - PLEASE WEAR YOUR NAME TAG
At this year's annual recognition event for Literacy
Volunteer's students and tutors, a Russian student said,
"Our 'speechlessness' here was extremely painful but slowly like a
picture being developed, new sounds started making words,
sentences, the whole music which is called the English language."
Since 1962, Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) has been
helping adults to build reading, writing, and English-speaking
skills by matching them with trained volunteers on a one-to-one
tutoring basis. This program is offered free of charge to any
adult motivated to make that difficult first phone call for help
Volunteer tutors attend comprehensive and inspirational
training sessions, learning skills in teaching: reading, writing
and spelling for the Basic Literacy program, or speaking,
listening and pronunciation for the English as a Second Language
program. No foreign language knowledge is necessary to tutor in
ESL. A 6-months commitment is asked of all new tutors and
support from the LVA office is always available. As a community
service of personal involvement, the program rewards not only the
students, but the tutors who often discover unrealized abilities
and skills in themselves.
Many of the ESL students are refugees from a variety of
countries. One Chinese student, while working at various part-time jobs, managed (with her tutor's help) to get her driver's
license, citizenship, and associate degree from SCCC. Her tutor
was almost as proud as she was at the naturalization and
Any high school graduate wishing to volunteer, or seek more
information, may call LVA Schenectady at 372-9819. There will be
an ESL evening and Saturday training series beginning Tuesday,
November 18 at the central library. Many students are waiting
for tutoring help.
............... Richey Woodzell and Ann Woodham