From the Rector.....
Last month Bishop Herzog called all clergy in the Diocese to gather for a three day
convocation. Bishop Payne of Texas was the keynote speaker. He began his talks by
making a distinction between maintenace churches and missionary churches.
Maintenance churches spend most of their time, energy and resources in maintaining
the church building and their programs (Sunday school, worship, social activities, etc.)
Missionary churches direct all they do toward attracting and assimilating those who
have no church home into a welcoming congregation. While they do maintain their
buildings and programs, that is not their primary focus.
Bishop Payne said that the Diocese of Texas has moved from being a maintenance
diocese to one focused on missionary work. Each parish is seen as a missionary
outpost within one large church called the diocese. This vision has sparked a
wonderful feeling of cooperation and collaboration among the different churches.
Individual congregations no longer feel isolated, but understand themselves working
together in helping the unchurched people in their communities to discover the love of
Bishop Payne's strongest suggestion was that churches who emphasize only
maintanence, no matter how strong they may appear today, will not continue to flourish
in the 21st century. I have read many studies and reports which point to this, but it has
never affected me as strongly as when Bishop Payne said it to us last month.
Saint Stephen's is seen by many people in the Diocese as one of the strongest
congregations in terms of attendance, budget, programs, and good fellowship.
However, Bishop Payne leaves me with a nagging question: How many of the many
unchurched people who live all around us have we brought to Christ? Most of the
people who join our congregation are already committed Christians. Most all our new
members have come from some other church, whether Episcopalian or some othe
denomination. On of our distinguishing features is how we welcomed visitors genuinely
and warmly. However, I would suggest that this is still within the maintenance of the
church and not missionary activity.
Demographic studies in the Capital District show that Schenectady County is not a
growing area. Some have even called it stagnant'. If Bishop Payne is right, Saint
Stephen's cannot afford to wait for Christians to move into the area and find us. We
need to bring the unchurched into our church.
EDUCATION FOR ADULTS
Hermits, Monks and Madmen
This class will attempt to show how achieving
"holiness" has taken devotees on some very unusual roads.
Ranging from prayerful solitude to extreme self-denial, follow the
lengths human beings have gone to in their search for spiritual
peace and growth. Make this your follow-up All Saints study, Sunday, Nov. 8th
at 9:00 am. in the Parish Hall.
Between Two Altars
This course will examine issues that Christians must deal with in their everyday
lives. Each class begins with a video presentation by Dr. Martin Marty, a
world renowned authority on religion and ethics in America and is followed by a discussion led by Deacon Jones.
Nov. 15 - The Mind: Conformed or Transformed? Are we to be conformed
to the values and morals of culture? Or are we to be transformed by our
Nov. 22 - The Body: Idol or Temple? Is the physical body an idol to be
worshiped? Or is the body like a temple meant to reflect our worship
Nov. 29 - Work: Calling or Curse? Is work...everyday secular work...a
calling. Or is work...menial, mindless, one-thing-after-another work...a
All classes are held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall.
Thinking about joining the Episcopal Church???
THE ANGLICAN ETHOS 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 on
Sunday mornings between 9 - 10 am in the rector's study. This
year the course begins on November 15 and ends on December
20th. 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 10th
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
Sunday, November 1st at the 8 & 10:15
Eucharists. The later service will include first communion for
some of our young people and two
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
Nov. 1st. All Saints' Intergenerational
Nov. 8th. regular classes
Nov. 15th. regular classes
Nov. 22nd. regular classes - after church Thanksgiving food drive at the IUE hall
Nov. 29th. Advent Intergenerational in the parish hall
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE ICHTUS
SHAREHOLDERS' THANK YOU DINNER, next Saturday,
November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. This will be a
sit-down dinner and a sharing of the pictures, slides and
experiences of the Reach Workcamp the youth group
attended in Lititz, Pennsylvania, this past summer.
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.
Bishop Ottley to Preach
Bishop Ottley, Anglican Observer at the United Nations, will be
our guest preacher at the 10:15 am. Eucharist next Sunday. Later
that day he will preach at Evensong, 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of
All Saints in Albany. Bishop Ottley was elected in 1984 to serve as
the Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Panama. Two years later,
simultaneously, he was appointed Bishop-in-charge of El Salvador
and continued to serve the dioceses of Panama and El Salvador
until 1992. He remained Bishop of Panama until he was called as
Anglican Observer in 1994. Bishop Ottley's visit is sponsored by
the Metropolitan Deanery.
Acts of Kindness for Thanksgiving
Acts of kindness, a group of volunteers who sponsor an annual
Thanksgiving feast for over 1000 Schenectady friends in need at
the Glen Sanders Mansion, is looking for donations of Toiletries
and other health items. Your donations will be packed into health-kits and given to those who attend this year's Thanksgiving
celebration on Tuesday, November 24th. Please give to those who
are homeless, lonely or forgotten. Your donation will make a
difference in another's life.
Please put the following toiletries in the
basket in the tower entrance: shampoo, powder, toothpaste and
brushes, dental floss and soap. Band-Aids, wet-wipes, after shave
or other health items are good choices. Donations must be made
by next Sunday.
This traditional service will be held at
Church at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 22nd.
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
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 flowers on the altar in November are given to the Glory of God.
1 - All Saints Day Sunday
8 - In memory of Ernest J. Salisbury by Blanche
15 - In memory of Porter Dobbins, Jr. by Barbara
22 - In memory of Dawn Schlansker by Ted Schlansker.
29 - In memory of Marilyn Regula by Donald Regula.
Plans are underway for a November
1nd and November 29th intergenerational.
Our sessions will focus
on All Saints' Day and Advent.
parishioners are invited to the parish
hall at 9:00 am on these days to
participate in these programs.
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
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 7
at 8:00 pm in Memorial Chapel on the Union campus.
will also lead the Union College Jazz Ensemble in concert on
Wednesday, October 30 at 8.-OO pm in the Reamer Campus
REMEMBER OUR VISITORS - PLEASE WEAR YOUR NAME TAG
A Message from out Retiring Secretary
As many of you already know, I have resigned my position as
administrative assistant of St. Stephen's Church and have
accepted a full-time position at Sunnyview Hospital as a
medical secretary. I have been working at Sunnyview part-time in the afternoons for the past year, and because the
office has become very busy, it was decided to make my
parttime position a full-time position.
Before I end this segment of my life, I want to thank
everyone who helped me in the office throughout my 20 years.
I especially want to thank Barbara Dobbins for her diligent
work and many volunteer hours as editor of The Messenger.
Also to Marti Spang and Suzanne Taylor who have collated
many pages of the Messenger, parish directory and anything
else that came along. Many to the senior meal program who
collated the bulletin every week and stamped and labeled
There is a lot of history of St. St ien's stored in my mind,
and I will treasure those memories forever. Thank you to
all of you who put it there! Also, I want to thank everyone
for the beautiful reception on October 25th and the generous
And to Fr. James....... thank you!!
A Note from the Messenger Editor
Over 15 years ago Janice Robinson and I began working
together to produce the monthly Messenger. It has been a
path of mutual respect, great ease in understanding and
communicating with each other and a very happy friendship.
I am grateful for all her efforts and wonderful efficiency,
and will miss the intuitiveness that made the job such a
pleasure. Thank you, Jan, and every best wish for the
Thank you to.....
...Ted Schlansker for fixing the phone system
...John Goldthwaite for assembling the new and very
complicated desk for our treasurer Pauline Northrup
...the altar guild who did much tivertime work preparing
four baptisms in four weeks
... George Woodzell, Stephen Woodzell, John Petito and Jim
Borrowman who moved the contents of a woman's apartment into
a storage facility. Using the Home Furnishings truck, a
morning's hard work by the crew was topped off by lunch at
McDonald's. Efforts were coordinated by Deacon Pat and
Interested in becoming a lector?
One way that people at St. Stephen's can serve in the Sunday
Eucharist is to read from the Bible in front of the
congregation. Lectors read the first lesson, lead the
congregation in saying the Psalm and also read the second
lesson. The readings are sent to the lector in advance so
that she or he can practice it before Sunday morning. A
rotation schedule is used, and if lectors cannot be present
for their Sunday, they are expected to trade with someone
else on the schedule.
If you enjoy reading aloud, please consider becoming a
lector at either the 8:00 am or 10:15 am Eucharist. You may
contact Marilyn Causey, 372-2469, who does all the
Jr. High Youth Group
The Halloween party sponsored by
the middle school youth group was a great success. Thank
you to all the spooky trick
and treaters and to those who worked hard to make it such
fun. The next service project will be November 22 at the IUE
Hall supporting the Thanksgiving food drive by helping to
New Members baptized into the Christian Community
Nicholas William Leach son of Lesa and David
Audrey Angela DeBritz daughter of Stacy and Michael and sister of Allison and Joseph
Alexandra Patrice von Friedeburg, daughter of Stephanie and
Arnim of Washington, D.C.and first cousin of Allison, Angela
Devon Elizabeth Hall, daughter of Elizabeth and Lyle of
Richmond, Maine, sister of Galen Scott, and granddaughter
of Deacon Pat and Chris Jones
From Our Archives
NOVEMBER 1978 -
Walt Harris was rector, John Peatling assistant, Marilyn
Riddle secretary, Norman Hoffmann and Barbara Dobbins
were the wardens..; Plans were complete for the Sunday,
November 19 celebration of St. Stephen's 50th
anniversary ... The first "early morning Eucharist" was
held at 6:45 am - an informal service followed by a
light breakfast...Grace Lutheran Church hosted the
ecumenical Thanksgiving service with Father Harris as
guest preacher ... A very successful craft fair, co-chaired by Bessie and Don Nelson and Donna and Larry
Newton, had been held in October and an advent brunch
was planned for December under the culinary talents of
the ECW evening guild ... The ECW day guild, Ruth
Lighthall president, had a silver tea November 28
commemorating that organizations own 50th anniversary.
- William Martin was interim rector, Pat
Jones deacon, Janice Robinson, secretary, George
Woodzell and Bruce Tatge were the wardens... The vestry
adopted a program called Parish Visitors, aiming to
engage the entire parish in mutual support through
personal visitation and telephoning...Agape' sponsored
a hymn sing and there was a prayer workshop led by
Carolyn Parker, diocesan liaison to the Anglican
Fellowship of Prayer.