The Messenger

Summer 1998

OUTDOOR EUCHARIST VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PICNIC

Sunday, June 7th

The picnic will immediately follow the 10:15 am Eucharist

Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided

Bring a salad, dessert or other dish to share

A sign-up sheet is available on the SHOP counter

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and wear your "picnic clothes"

From the Rector.....

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends, On June 9th I will begin a three month sabbatical. In the February Messenger I explained what a sabbatical is and why it is important. This month I would like to describe the arrangements the vestry, parish council, and I have made to ensure that congregational life will flow smoothly this summer.

First, I am happy to announce that Fr. Peter Turner will celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday mornings for all twelve weeks. Elsewhere in this newsletter is an introduction from Fr. Turner, so let me just say that I leave knowing the liturgical ministry of St. Stephen's is in splendid hands. He has met with Deacon Jones and me, as well as with Janice, our Administrative Assistant. It is important to remember that Fr. Turner will only be here on Sunday mornings. He is not hired as an interim' priest, but as a supply' priest. Please respect this limit of his ministry here.

Saint Stephen's will continue to reach out to parishioners who are sick, experiencing loss, or who are alone and those in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and at home through lay people. Two team members will be on-call each week to check hospital admissions, inform the parish office of admissions, and visit people in the hospital. They will be available to visit anyone who, for any reason, would like a visitor from the church. The names of the on-call team members would be published in the Sunday bulletin each week during the summer. For sacramental emergencies, the other Episcopal priests in Schenectady have agreed to be available. Deacon Jones will be available for part of the summer.

The parish office will be open each Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Messages left on the answering machine will be monitored daily by Janice. If you have a need, someone will get back to you within twenty-four hours or less. If you have an emergency, Janice can be reached at home (370-0988).

I will be writing a paper during the month of June and will be off to Wales and Scotland in July and August. My topic of study is Celtic spirituality. The paper I will give in Wales will be based on my doctoral project: Understanding How Church Members Reflect Theologically upon Daily Life Experiences. I have also arranged to travel to Brussels and stay with Mousumi and Harry Franks for a couple days. I look forward to sharing all of this with you in the fall. My first day back will be September 8th.

Peace,

....................James+

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday

8:00 am Holy Eucharist
10:15 am Holy Eucharist

Thursday

10:00 am Holy Eucharist
(except in August)

The parish office is open during the summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 am until 12 noon.

Church Camp 1997

Registrations are being accepted for Church Camp at Beaver-Cross to be held from:

June 28 - July 4 for ages 7-9
July 5 - July 11 for ages 8-10
July 12 - July 18 for ages 9-11
July 19 - July 25 for ages 10-12
July 26 - Aug. 1 for ages 11-13
Aug. 2 - Aug. 8 for ages 12-14
Aug. 9 - Aug. 15 for ages 14-16

Beaver-Cross Episcopal Conference Center is located on Route 80 near Springfield Center, New York, slightly more than a mile south of the junctions for Routes 20 and 80. Overlooking picturesque Otsego Lake, its 37 acres provide an ideal setting for an experiment in Christian living.

Beaver-Cross offers swimming, organized sports, arts and crafts, music drama and nature study. A typical day begins with Morning Prayer, followed by breakfast, a program led by diocesan clergy, crafts and games, lunch, swimming and free time. The evening includes dinner, recreation and Compline.

More information and registration forms can be found on the welcome table in the parish hall extension. Financial aid is also available.

PERIPATETIC PARISHIONERS

Once again the bulletin board at the Garner entrance will be reserved for bulletins from all over the world! When you worship elsewhere this summer, please save the bulletin (or anything else you think might be of interest) and tack it up on the bulletin board. The rector loves to receive bulletins and newsletters from other churches.

The flowers on the altar in JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST are given to the Glory of God.

June 7 In memory of Anne Dare & William Jones

June 14 In memory of Loved Ones of Sal & Diana Belardo
In memory of Loved Ones of Jesse & Betty Dipley

June 21 In memory of Rosa & Malcolm Lander

June 28 Thankoffering for the Marriage of Howard & Margaret Phillips

July 5 In memory of Dr. John Stewart Leith

July 12 In memory of Albert & Edna Sachs

July 19 In memory of Rev. Tom & Julia Moss and Douglas Smith

July 26 In memory of John & Joyce Nelson

August 2 In memory of Nancy Walters Carter In memory of Edgar Lukas

August 9 In memory of Justin Northrop

August 16 In memory of Edwin McCullough

August 23 In memory of William McMahon Jr.

August 30 In memory of Henry & Frances Baumis

FROM THE PARISH OFFICE........

ATTENTION ALL COMMITTEES AND GROUPS REQUESTING TO USE THE PARISH HALL DURING THE SUMMER AND BEGINNING IN September.........You will need to immediately fill out a Building Use Form (found on the Welcome Table), and return it to Janice Robinson as soon as possible so we can get your group on the calendar. Available dates are reserved on a "first come, first served" basis. So, if you have a specific date in mind for your group, get your form in quickly!!

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

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY POSITIONS OPEN FOR NEXT YEAR AT SAINT STEPHEN'S

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EFM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: "And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord." EFM is the theological education extension program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The seminar group is the nucleus of EFM. A group consists of eight to ten students and a trained mentor meeting weekly for two hours over the course of a nine-month year. A one year commitment is required. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history, and twentieth century theology. The purpose is to provide lay members of the church with a comprehensive foundation for understanding and experiencing Christian faith. Students are given weekly lesson assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Students are responsible for setting their own learning goals. They spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. What can you expect from EFM? Those enrolled in the program report that EFM has helped them to think theologically, increase their understanding of the Christian heritage, deepen their faith and provide them with a new confidence in their ministry. POSITIONS ARE OPEN FOR EFM BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the jr. high classroom. Those who would like to begin this autumn must decide by June 15th. More information and application forms are available from the parish office. Tuition is $295 annually. Applications and payment must be returned to the parish office by June 15th. The next opportunity to begin EFM at St. Stephen's will be in May, 1998.