The Messenger

September 1997

From the Rector.....

Dear Friends,

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 Stephen's.



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 Preservation
Sept. 28 & Oct. 5 - The Hutterites: To Care and Not to Care
Oct. 12 & 19 - The Shakers


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 Program.

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 required.

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.




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"



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.


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.

Everything 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.


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.

........Emily Dickinson


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!

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.

Also, MINDING 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.


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.




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 Saint Stephen's.


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!

A Sonata

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 southward.

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 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 Saturday afternoon.

It is honest to say that a good time was truly had by all involved!

.......Marilyn Causey


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 buildings.

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.


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 then!!"


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 Hospice:

10:00 am
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.


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