From the Rector.....
At the end of June the parish council went on retreat. They 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, especially as we resume the LOGOS program!
This fall we mark two very important anniversaries: seventy years as a congregation
and fifty years as a church. The theme we have chosen is: Remembering our Past,
Creating our Future. The beginning of September will also mark the completion of eight
years as your rector. Three things stand out. First, that this is a wonderful and
extraordinary parish with a wealth of leadership and talent which bodes well for the
future. In one sense, the rector's task is simply to "get out of the way" to enable that
leadership and talent to flourish in the Lord's service.
The second is that as a community we have done a lot of growing together in the past
eight years. At least I have, and I have had to in order to keep up with the job.
Finally, in the last three years I have had a strong sense of our building upon what has
been done before. The coming program year is the result of Tom Moss's vision for this
congregation, Joe Sitts' administration of the parish, Walt Harris' pastoral care of its
members, and John Peatling's continuing contribution to our worship life. The coming
year will bring change, and that is good and a sign of life. But there will always be
those deep and abiding threads of continuity grounded in the Gospel.
As I have had time this summer to reflect upon these last eight years, and the last
seventy years, I thank God that we are together in this community we call Saint
EDUCATION FOR ADULTS
This course will spend two weeks on
each of three Christian Sects, most of
whom live within a couple hours drive
from Schenectady. The aim of this
course is to help us understand the
historical background, the form of
worship, the organization, the basic
doctrinal positions, and distinctive
features of the Amish, the Hutterites,
and the Shakers. In turn it is hoped that
we will become more aware of our own
beliefs as we explore those of others.
All classes begin on Sunday mornings
at 9:00 am. in the parish hall:
Sept. 14 & 21 - The Amish: A People of
CHRISTIAN SECTS: WITHDRAWN
AND IN COMMUNITY
Sept. 28 & Oct. 5 - The Hutterites: To
Care and Not to Care
Oct. 12 & 19 - The Shakers
LOGOS IS BACK!
LOGOS is an exciting design for
effective Christian education in the local
church. It is a weekday program of
Christian nurture for young people
grade one to eight. It provides all the
dynamics of a "camp" experience each
week, at the church, in relationship with
adult Christians of the congregation.
LOGOS does not replace Church
School, but provides dynamic new
power and attractiveness for our
Church-centered Youth Education
In 1992 Saint Stephen's began LOGOS
after a year of planning. It was very
successful for three years. At that point
some of the key adult leaders either
moved out of the area or changed their
work schedules resulting in too few
LOGOS adults for the number of
students involved. LOGOS was
suspended for two years and now is in a
position to fully staff all positions
Logos is not substitute for or a
replacement of the regular Sunday
Church School Program. Rather it
offers a strong supplement to traditional
Christian education. Emphasis is on
relationships with God and with each
other, learning to treat each other as
children of God.
Our goal is to begin on September 24th.
"70 YEARS AS A CONGREGATION
50 YEARS AS A CHURCH"
Sunday, November 16th
3:00 pm. - Festive Eucharist at the church
5:00 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"
WOULD ANYONE WHO HAS ANY
MEMORABILIA CONCERNING THE
HISTORY OF SAINT STEPHEN'S
PLEASE CONTACT THE RECTOR
SIGN UP TO HOST A COFFEE HOUR!!!
A sign-up sheet is located at the SHOP for anyone who would like to host a coffee hour
after the 8:00 and 10:15 am services. If you've never done it before, sign up with
someone who has. Directions follow below.
COFFEE HOUR DIRECTIONS:
Everything is provided except milk for coffee and tea. Cakes and cookies are a time-honored tradition but optional for you to provide.
At 8:00 am service, you can use the small coffee pot that is on the counter. Start the
coffee before the service so it will be done by the time the service is over.
can be placed on the cart that is in the kitchen and wheeled out to the back of the
parish hall extension since this is where all the 8:00 o'clockers congregate.
BE SURE TO CLEAN UP AFTER AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS PUT BACK IN
For the 10:15 am service, use the large percolator (60cup). Explicit directions are on
the wall by the pot. Coffee should begin percolating by 10:00 am. Boil water prior to
the service for tea - turn off the burners during the service and prepare tea in 2 pitchers
when you return after communion. Mix 3 pitchers of lemonade and place in refrigerator
during the service.
All cabinets are labeled. Coffee hour cabinet is to the left of the sink under the counter,
with excess supplies in the black cabinet in the back hall. Cups and napkins are in the
cabinet under where the coffee pot sits.
Clean up everything you use and return to its proper place.
They might not need me; but they might
I'll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.
The library has purchased the first three novels in the bestselling "Mifford" series by
Jan Karon. Enter the world of Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, his friends and
acquaintances, and follow his relationship with his lovely neighbor, Cynthia. This is a
heartwarming and engrossing series about the inhabitants of fictitious Mitford, North
Carolina, based on the real mountain town of Blowing Rock.
AT HOME IN MITFORD - also on tape!
A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW
THESE HIGH, GREEN HILLS
Also newly acquired are:
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGE SOUL, 101 stories of life, love and learning,
written for young people. It was #1 on the NY Times best-seller list.
THE BODY, MENDING THE SOUL by Joan Borysenko, PhD., mentioned in one of
Father James' recent sermons.
Please remember to sign out books with your name and phone number and the date
borrowed. Place the card in the metal box on the bookshelf. The loan period is one
month. When returning, place in the yellow box on the bottom shelf.
LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY
The rector continues to lead a Bible study after the Thursday morning service of Eucharist and
Healing. The study, beginning at 10:45 am, focuses on the lections for the coming Sunday, and
everyone is most welcome to join.
0 God, make the door of my house wide enough to receive all who need human love
and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife. Make its threshold
smooth enough to be no stumbling lock to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged and
strong enough to turn back the tempter's power. God make the door of my house the
gateway to Thine eternal kingdom.
From the ruins of St. Stephen's - Walbrook, London
Newcomers to the Nursery
"I love these little people, and it is not a
slight thing when they who are so fresh from God, love us." - Dickens
TRISTIAN DAVID SHERMAN, son of Elizabeth and David Sherman and brother of
Frank and Kelly.
DAVID WILLIAM DARE, son of Marilyn and Jed and brother of Devon.
WE WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
REMEMBER OUR VISITORS - PLEASE WEAR YOUR NAME TAG
Karen Jordan and Bill Smith - August 9,1997
A special family touch was provided when Karen's grandfather sang "AveMaria" at her
wedding as he had also done many years earlier when her parents were married at
ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE BEGINS
The adult choir begins its new season with a pot luck dinnerrehearsal at Susie and Tim
Olsen's house on Thursday, September 4th. New members are most welcome! Please
call 383-61 01 for more information. The first regular rehearsal is Thursday, September
11 at 7:30 pm at the church................Tim Olsen
The four stained glass windows in the Chapel of the Resurrection are now complete.
Each has been given as a memorial gift from parish members.
... the dove window is in memory of the loved ones of Marti and Austin Spang.
... one of the three windows over the columbarium is in loving memory of Frances
(Frankie) Baumis and Gwen Robbins.
... the middle three is a thanksgiving from the Porter Dobbins family for the many years
St. Stephen's has been an integral part of their lives.
... one of the three is in memory of all the Episcopal Church Women of St. Stephen's.
Warmest congratulations to Molly Morin, beguiling Basset, who was recently voted the
"cutest" in a Gazette dog days contest. Molly lives with Carolyn, Rick and Christopher
Morin. Dog biscuits all around!
They finally came last night. I had been expecting them for several.days ever since I
awoke to find the lawn glazed with the season's first frost.
My wife was already asleep, and I was hovering at the edge of consciousness, when
their song drifted through the open window.
"Geese!", I cried.
Ace, my black Lab, was perched on the patio with both ears cocked. I sat down beside
him, and the two of us fidgeted in the October chill. Then they passed overhead - a
long, babbling skein silhouetted-against the moonlit clouds. My pulse quickened.
The passing of a flock of wild geese is a special moment. I know of several folks,
besides myself, who will confess to rising in the night to listen to the autumn chorus.
And once in South Arkansas, I saw a line of cars parked along the shoulder of a busy
highway while their drivers watched a ragged "V" of Canada geese skimming
As I listened that night, I thought about the witchery these creatures hold over us. What
chord do they strike that invades our slumber and stops traffic?
Perhaps we have erred in making these great birds symbols of freedom; they may
really be prisoners of their instincts, forced to fly south each fall to survive. Could it be
that we are indentured..to instincts of our own? Does that explain the deep
restlessness we may feelwhen we hear the birds in the autumn? Something, at
any rate,,,kept me sitting on the patio for a long time that night with Ace's head in my
lap, both of us entranced by the cries of the passing geese.
.........Perry Johnson in National Wildlife
One of my favorite (mis)quotes of Scripture is: 'The devil lurketh like a chocolate cake,
seeking someone to devour him." Is that from one of Paul's epistles--or maybe one of
the prophets said It - Jeremiah? Obediah? Wouldn't you like to know? Sign up now
for a Bible Study course, to begin the week of September 21. We will explore the Law
and the Prophets, the historical books and assorted other "writings" of the Old
Testament. Then on to the gospels and epistles of the New Testament, tracing the life
and teachings of Jesus and the struggles of the young churches. We will meet once a
week, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, time to be arranged. A student workbook offers varied
exercises and thought-provoking questions to guide our study. No prior Bible
knowledge is required, only a desire to know more and a willingness to share in the
learning process. Bring a friend or relative! Please contact Deacon Pat (372-5836) to
sign up or get more information.
To those who donated the baked goods and hundreds of 'treasures" to the rummage
sale, thank you!
To those who gave so generously of their time and energy sorting and setting up the
sale, thank you!
To those who sold the coffee pots, books, dishes, etc., thank you!
A thank you also to the drivers and delivery volunteers. The rummage sale netted just
over $1,000 for the purchase of new tables for the hand bell choir!
The recycling of donations continued after the sale. Usable items were given to Home
Furnishings, ALPHA Counseling Center for Pregnant Women and the Salvation Army.
Not including the hours spent by donors packing things at home and delivering them to
the church, 30 people worked for a total of 200 hours from Thursday pm to 3 o'clock
It is honest to say that a good time was truly had by all involved!
SCHENECTADY EPISCOPAL CHURCHES TO PAINT AND
REPAIR ADIRONDACK MISSION CHURCHES
The baptismal liturgy of our prayer book begins by quoting Saint Paul: "There is one
body and one spirit..... And in a show of unity with the Episcopal churches in Warren
County, many high school and adult members of the Schenectady Episcopal churches
will gather together in September to paint and repair a number of small mission
The plan is for the Schenectady churches to pay for all materials needed so that no
mission parish will incur any of the cost. During the second week in September, a
meeting will be held at St. George's Church of all volunteers who will be part of the
work project. Assignments will be given and further strategies developed. A SIGN-UP
SHEET IS ON THE SHOP COUNTER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO
We will leave Christ Church parking lot on September 26th at 5 pm and arrive at Barry
House where we will lodge. That evening, we will set up equipment and supplies at
each church and begin our work. Saturday morning we will have breakfast at Barry
House and then travel to each work site and work throughout the day. Members of the
mission parishes will provide lunch and dinner. On Sunday, we will attend Eucharist at
the mission churches. After church we will resume our work until it is finished.
Please consider working on this important project!!
Our administrative assistant, Janice Robinson, begins her 20th year this month at St.
Stephen's Church!! She began working 2 days a week for Fr. Harris beginning on
September 8, 1977 and says "we've come a long way into the 'modern age' since
COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF SCHENECTADY
If you're looking for a challenge and want to help make a difference in your community,
Hospice has a place for you. Join a team of dedicated, compassionate people who
provide Hospice care to the terminally ill and their families. You have the opportunity to
take some risks and grow while providing a special ministry as a patient and family
volunteer. If you're interested in learning more, come to an informal orientation on
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1997
Woestina Reformed Church
1397 Main Street
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150
A free 25 hour training program will be held :in October. For more information, call
Hospice at 377-8846.
The flowers on the altar in September are given to the Glory of God.
7 - In memory of Marian Horch by her husband George Horch.
14 - In memory of Coreta V. Hatlee by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hatlee.
21 - The loved ones of the Feyrer family.
28 - A thanksgiving for the 1st anniversary of Jennifer and Andrew
Reid by Janice and George Robinson.
- The loved ones of Virginia and Robert Malmros.
ALTAR FLOWER DISTRIBUTION
Each Sunday, the distribution committee of the altar guild delivers flowers to the sick
and shut-in members of our parish family. This is done on a rotating schedule with a
team of two people. If you would like to volunteer for this important ministry, call Kabby
Lowe at 346-8879 or sign-up at the Parish Faire on September 7th.
PARISH PERSONALITIES: Meet Diane and Scott Kilbourn
General Electric has played a significant role in the lives of Diane and Scott.
Diane grew up in Rotterdam, NY and attended St. George's Episcopal Church with her
family. After graduating from Colgate University, she joined GE's financial
management program and moved to Massachusetts.
Scott was raised in Massachusetts and returned there after completing studies at St.
Lawrence University. He was in marketing for a large company when he and Diane
met in Fitchburg, MA in 1983. They were married two years later at St. George's and
continued to live in Massachusetts.
The move to Schenectady came about through employment changes. Scott lost his job
because of company restructuring and Diane accepted a position with GE in her
hometown. Once in Schenectady, Scott found work with GE MAO and there met
Marilyn Dare who told him about St. Stephen's. He attended church, liked the people
he met and the "feeling" of the parish and the Kilbourns have been part of our church
family ever since.
Diane, an enrolled agent (EA) representing taxpayers before the IRS, left GE to form a
business with her mother. Bengtson Tax Service, E.A. has been in operation for four
years. Scott is now at the main General Electric plant doing contract work.
The Kilbourns have two children. Britta, age five, will start kindergarten this fall at St.
Helen's School. Nine month old Eric has been able to go to work with Diane, but will
soon transfer to day care. Diane likes to garden and is an avid sailor on her parent's
boat on the Sacandaga. Scott enjoys golf and learning about woodworking. When time
permits, the family leaves their home outside Scotia to vacation at their log cabin on
Lake Bonaparte near Watertown. ............Marilyn Causey