St. George's Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY * St. George's Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY

St. George's Episcopal Church


Goings On About the Parish...

February 2020

Sunday, February 23rd - St. George's had Evensong with preacher Mark J. Dunn from First Presbyterian providing a homily.

Mark Dunn from First Presbyterian in the pulpit  

January 2020

Sunday, January 26th – St. George’s Annual Parish Meeting took place after Mass in the Great Hall. Meg Hughes was appointed Recording Secretary and new Vestry members were elected; Fr. Matt Stromberg gave the State of the Parish Address, followed by Jeff Wengrovius’ treasurer’s report. Alice and Ralph Polumbo again coordinated a parish raffle. Meredith Ewbank commented on the new parish directory, as shown by Fr. Matt and Bob Paska. The meeting was adjourned and everyone enjoyed a lunch buffet provided by the  Vestry.

Long view of the Great Hall with Fr. Stromberg at podium in distance  

Treasurer Jeff Wengrovius at podium  Table with raffle prizes for review

  Fr. Stromberg with Bob Paska holding our latest church directory of membership  Shot of the food line

Sunday, January 5th  - Baby Ian was baptized by Fr. Matt Stromberg during the 10AM Mass at St. George’s. Family, friends and parishioners attended this very special day for parents Michael and Michele and the Thiessen household.

Baptismal font with baby held by Fr. Stromberg


December 2019

Sunday, December 22nd – The Greening of the Church took place after Mass, lunch and a showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in the Great Hall. An enthusiastic group of Georgians unpacked, dusted off, and assembled the Nativity scene, plus lit candles and prepared the altar. Jeff Wengrovius provided Christmas music on the organ to keep everyone in the spirit of the season; Grant Jaquith once again took charge of clean-up, and garlands and wreaths were hung both inside and out.

Volunteers work in balcony to sting greens  

  Attaching a wreath to the pulpit  Preparing the creche

Working with candles  Sweeping up  On a ladder attaching garland to church front


Saturday, December 14th - Shoppers at the Glenville Price Chopper/Market 32 are a giving group of people who welcome Salvation Army bell ringers every year….with mostly bills and a few coins tossed into the kettle. It’s “Merry Christmas” and “thank you for your support” and genial conversation in the spirit of the holiday season.

Bob Paska manning the Salvation Army Kettle  Nancy & Johnnie Anugus  maning the Salvation Army kettle.  

Anne & Dave Kennison manning the Salvation Army kettle


Sunday, December 8th - Kingsway Community Holiday Carol Sing was held at Kingsway Nursing Home. Eight Georgians turned out to assist about 40 Kingsway residents get into the holiday swing. After the event ended, one picture was taken of the volunteers from St. Georges. A second picture was taken of David and Anne Kennison with Dave's mother, Dottie Kenison along with Stella and Bill Shultz. All part of the Georgian family!    

Dave, Anne, Alice, Brian, Jean, Joan, Fr. Matt, Jon     Back row, Dave & Anne Kennison with Stella Schultz.  Front row -  Dottie Kennison and Bill Schultz.


November 2019

Saturday, November 9th - Who knew St. George's had such a talented family of performers? They strutted their stuff (literally) at the Murder Mystery Dinner to the delight of an appreciative audience. A raffle and excellent Italian buffet preceded the show, a fun way to spend a brisk fall evening. Kudos to Joan, Rich, Paul, Ralph, April, Jeff, Jon, two Jims, Bob and all those willing participants for a job well executed!









October 2019

Sunday, October 6th - In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Annual Pet Blessing at St. George's took place at 3PM. Georgians, friends and neighbors....with their 4-legged family members (primarily dogs and cats this year)....attended the brief service of prayer and blessing that was held inside the church because of inclement weather. Treats were given to all animals.

Fr. Stromberg at the altar  Chris Henry with his dog



September 2019

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH -    Welcome! the Annual Ministry Fair (and, potluck) at St. George's after the 10AM Mass. Fr. Matt's PowerPoint presentation highlighted church leaders like Nancy Angus (Altar Guild), Alice Polumbo (Outreach, Assisted Living Ministry), Tarik Wareh (Shapenote Singing) and April Stromberg (Children's Education.) This was followed by parishioners signing up to volunteer for the ministries of their choice.






Saturday, September 7th - What is the Stockade Art Show without St. George's Church? We sell our prepared refreshments (food and beverage) for nourishment and our outdoor sit-down café is a wonderful place for
socializing. We provide guided tours of our magnificent church. And there's our music director, Brian Taylor, providing music from the choir loft . It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours while perusing and buying local art
to enhance your home. Kudos to chairperson Joan Pearson and Georgians like Sandee Hughes who gave of their "time" and "talent" for another successful venture.

A picture from the west side of N. Ferry Street of art presenters in front of St. Georges.  St. George's volunteers- Marilyn Warner, Alice Polumbo and Jon Pearson


Organist Bryan Taylor   Joan Pearson and Sandee Hughes in the kitchen


May 2019

Sunday, June 9th - Fr. Matt baptized Ciera Williams at a special ceremony within the 10AM Mass at St. George's. Parishioners welcomed the newest Episcopalian to our church family.

Fr. Stromberg with Chris Henry holding script as Ciera Williams makes responses.    

Sunday, May 26 - It was a warm (not hot) day with sunshine and blue skies for St. George's yearly Mass on the Grass and Rogation Sunday. Parishioners enjoyed our traditional full and beautiful Mass with our choir....which was followed by a very special ceremony at the back of our gardens, thanking God for the beauty of the earth and Fr. Matt's "blessing of the tools."

  Fr. Stromberg at makeshift outdoor altar

Choir picture  

Blessing gardening tools


Sunday May 19, 2019 - Two Georgians, Pam Turley and Audrey Pagan were confirmed and Jim Turley was received into the Episcopal Church at a group confirmation progam at St. Peter's Church in Albany.

Group photo of all participants  Audrey Pagan with Bishop Love


Friday May 10, 2019 - A wedding was held for David McQuilling and Robyn Barber in the Lady Chapel for a small group of attendees that included several Georgians.

David McQuilling and Robyn Barber in the Lady Chapel  Newlyweds outside the church


Sunday May 5, 2019 –Festive St. George’s Day couldn’t be bothered by iffy weather as we welcomed our favored visitors from St. Andrew’s Society and Saint George’s Lodge #6 of Free and Accepted Masons. Fr. Matt co-celebrated Mass with Canon Rev’d Keith Schmidt of The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal. During Mass we had the Kirkin’ O the Tartans of the St. Andrew’s Society and afterward we were accompanied by the Schenectady Pipe Band for our march through the Stockade.  After dismissal from Mass we retired to the Great Hall for a very large and wonderfully diverse luncheon. 

St. George's Society stand after posting their tartans  The blessing of the tartans

The co-celebrants Keith Schmidt and Matthew stromberg led by Sub-Deacon Kevin Decker  Schenectady Pipe Band in procession

  Procession around the Stockade nears the end as the reenter St. George's grounds

Final blessing and dismissal in front of the church


April 2019

Saturday, April 20th - The Great Vigil of Easter began at the West Doors of St. George's at 7PM with the Kindling of the New Fire and the Blessing of the Paschal Candle (outdoors....on a windy evening.) After Mass indoors, everyone was invited to "the first feast of Easter" potluck in the Great Hall.

Preparing to light the new Paschal candel  Inscribing the new paschal candel  

  Parishioners watching the lighting of the Paschal candel  Food buffet after the Vigil Mass


Friday, April 19th - Our noontime Mass on Good Friday included The Liturgy of Our Lord's Passion and Death, and the Veneration of the Cross.

Fr. Stromberg and two servers face the congregation.  Fr. Stromberg kissing the feet of Jesus


Thursday, April 18th - The Solemn Liturgy of Maundy Thursday at St. George's included the washing of the feet and the all-night vigil in the Lady Chapel.

Fr. Stromberg doing a reading  Washing the feet of acolytes

Washing the feet of parishioners  

Altar in the Lady Chapel with candels ready for the overnight watch.


SUNDAY, APRIL 14th - Palm Sunday Mass began in the Great Hall, with the choir singing, Fr. Matt presiding, parishioners responding, the blessing and distribution of Palms, procession to the West doors of the church, and everyone participating in The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ as verbalized by Chris Henry, Fr. Matt Stromberg and David Kennison, with Joan Pearson narrating and our congregation in supporting roles.

A picture of the choir in our Great Hall  Fr. Matthew Stromberg giving his homely  

A wide view of the entire Great Hall with the altar placed to the left and parishioners to the right

Handing out palms  We all process from the Great Hall to the church

Fr. Stromberg at the altar in the main church

Sunday, April 9th - With Fr. Matt presiding, David Kennison the main speaker, and Brian Taylor familiarizing us with a few of the featured hymns, parishioners attended an informational Holy Week Preview in the Great Hall after the 10AM Mass.

Fr. Matthew Stromberg   David Kennison speaking  Organist Brian Taylor with a hymnal speaking about the music for Holy Week  Brian Taylor playing the piano with parishioners in backgrouond


March 2019

Thursday, March 21st - volunteers from the Assisted Living Ministry of St. George's brought mass, communion, music and friendship to residents at the Kingsway Community in Schenectady. Special thanks to Fr. Matt Stromberg for his thought-provoking sermon on "names," music director Brian Taylor for keeping participants "on key" for the hymns, and Alice Polumbo for coordinating this monthly event. Longtime Georgian, Dottie Kennison, (last picture) is a resident at Kingsway.

  Parishioner, Pam Turley greets a resident  

Parishioner, Meg Hughes does a reading.  Parishioner, Joan Pearson singing

Fr. Matt Stromberg doing service  Parishioner, Lynn Paska greets Dottie Kennison, a parishioner of St. Georges.


Friday, March 8th – was a “clean the church” brainstorm of parishioners Meg Hughes and Pam Turley, who gathered 12 Georgians together for a much-needed spring cleaning. Polishing, dusting, vacuuming and mopping were the jobs du jour. A follow-up was scheduled for Thursday, March 14th.



February 2019

Sunday, February 24th – A very special Mass at 10AM at St. George’s. The Reverend John L. Scott, guest celebrant and preacher, presided over the Renewal of Marriage Vows of Judy and Gene DeLong, longtime parishioners, who recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful ceremony, shared by their church family and the DeLong family.

Grace & Judy DeLong kneel before Rev. John Scott to renew their wedding vows.


January 2019

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH - Our Annual Parish Meeting, after the 10 o'clock Mass, began with a raffle, which was followed by Fr. Matt Stromberg's State of the Parish address and the Treasurer's Report by Jeff Wengrovius. Other highlights: nominations and election of new Vestry members....lunch and fellowship after the formal agenda.

Johnnie Angus and Alice Polumbo selling raffle tickets.  Long shot of the Great Hall with Fr. Stromberg at the podium flanked by the vestry.

Fr. Stromberg at podium.  Jeff Wengrovius, Treasurer, at podium giving financial report.


December 2018

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23rd - "The Greening of the Church" took place after the 10AM Mass, with parishioners donning work clothes and gloves, and preparing St. George's for Christmas. It's a wonderful time of camaraderie with even some out-of-town family members helping to make our beautiful church look even more beautiful....and, festive!

Picture of the altar with several people bhind the altar preparing for Christmas  Fr. Stromberg and Steve Hartz wiring up Christmas lights.

Colton Jaquith taking a breather.  J.J. Moran standing on the altar rail to put Christmas lights on one of the two trees.  Dave Kennison working with candles.

Jamie Taylor and Judith DeLong preparing candels  


Saturday, September 15th - It's that time of year when feeling good about yourself means taking that extra step in helping others. Once again, Jon Pearson was chairman for St. George's involvement in the Salvation Army's annual kettle drive. This year, 19 Georgians gathered at the Price Chopper/Market 34 in Glenville on Saturday, December 15th from 9AM-6PM for "bell ringing" in one hour shifts. Thank you to all volunteers and donators for participating in this worthwhile community fundraiser.

Salvation Army sign  A hand placing money in the kettle

Rich & Suzy Unger  Rev. Stromberg and wife April with their children


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH - With many years in law enforcement under their belts, Pam and Jim Turley gave Georgians a Safety Presentation in the Great Hall after our 10 o'clock Mass. This included tips on how to respond to an active shooter or other similar emergency situations. The PowerPoint presentation was followed by an informative Q&A session.

Jim Turley with one of his slides.

Jim Turley to the left with parishioners listening


Sunday, December 2nd - parishioners gathered in the Great Hall after our 10 o'clock Mass to make Advent Centerpieces for their homes. Led by April Stromberg, it was a fun arts 'n craft project for those participating.


October 2018

Sunday, October 28th – St. George’s Stewardship Campaign ended with a Stewardship Luncheon after Mass, as provided by Vestry members. Good food and good fellowship in the Great Hall, and a good time was had by all!

distant shot of the people eating lunch.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH - From "mock" mojitos to mangos, and everything else edible in-between, Caribbean Night in our Great Hall was a bonafide success. Approximately 70 attendees from church and community (many festively dressed) enjoyed the authentically prepared food, while the amazing One Man Steel Band kept the evening "alive with the sound of music!" 

A view of the appetizers table  Fr. Stromberg with David and Anne Kennison  A panoramic shot of the Great Hall gathering  Food preparation in the kitchen  Diners  For entertainment we had a virtuoso jack of all trades  Diners  Diners


September 2018

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH - The Great Hall was filled with parishioners and food as Fr. Matt gave his power point presentation on our various ministries, several church leaders spoke, and volunteers were encouraged to add their names to the sign-up sheets at the back of the room. Our annual Back to Church Sunday/Fall Launch/Ministry Fair (many names! one objective!) followed the 10AM Mass, and a good time was had by all.

Rev. Matthew Stromberg addresses attendees at lunch.  Jim Wingate speaks

Alice Polumbo speaks  Meg Hughes speaks

Distant shot of the group


Saturday, September 8th – the Stockade Art Show is a yearly event that puts Georgians to work on our campus: prepping, cooking and serving delicious food to visitors at our St. George’s Café (not to mention clean-up afterwards); and giving guided tours of our magnificent church, with guest organists performing throughout the day. Too many volunteers to list here, but chairperson Joan Pearson is grateful to each and everyone one of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Food line at the Art Show  Food line at Art Show

Rich Unger manning a grill  Judy DeLong giving church tour  

August 2018

August 21-22-23: New this year - April Stromberg's "Summer Enrichment Program" that included crafts and games related to the bible study curriculum as taught by Fr. Matt and April, who also provided a meal for everyone, including parents. A wonderful time was had by all attendees, children and adults alike.


June 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH-SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH - St. George's representatives to the 150th Annual Convention of the Albany Diocese at Camp-of-The-Woods, Speculator were: Suzanne Hartz, Richard Unger, Jeffrey Wengrovius, Jonathan Pearson and Robert Paska, who once again stayed overnight at the Pearson's camp, along with Fr. Matthew Stromberg. Our own bishop, The Right Reverend William H. Love presided over the 3-day event that featured a very special guest, The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, who officiated at the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Rich Unger, Bob Paska, Fr. Matt Stromberg, Jon Pearson  A picture of the stage and lecturn with Bishop Love speaking

Our delegation with Rich Unger, Fr. Matt Stromberg, Jeff Wengrovius, Sue Hartz in top rwo, and Jon Pearson just below them  Visiting Bishop Michael Curry at the podium


SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD - Isaac Stromberg received his First Communion surrounded by the love of his parents, Fr. Matt and April, and his sister Helen.

Isaac Stromberg being held by his father Fr. Stromberg with the famil around them


SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD - The Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated at our 10AM Mass. This is a joyful celebration of the gift of the Lord's Real Presence, his true Body and Blood, which is the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist.
Canopy holders were: Jon Pearson, Greg Thomas, Rich Unger and Ralph Polumbo, who escorted Fr. Matt as he carried the Monstrance to the altar.

Canopy in position to receive the Monstrance.  Fr. Stromberg holding the Monstrance


May 2018

SUNDAY, MAY 13TH - The sun was shining on our 2nd Mass on the Grass. Our 10AM Mass was a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the refreshing outdoors, on our beautiful campus in the Stockade Area.

Parishioners celebrating Mass outdoors in the Memorial Garden  Fr. Matt at the altar oudoors.

Fr. Matt at the altar outdoors.    

Choir on the grass


SUNDAY, MAY 13TH - Following Mass on the Grass, we had our 2nd Annual Rogation event in our parish garden. It's a day when we offer prayers for God's blessings on the fruits of the earth. Parishioners were encouraged to bring their gardening tools in to be blessed.

Group of parishioners in the church garden


April 2018

SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH - Cool temperatures and a very light drizzle couldn't put a damper on our St. George's Day Mass, the reading of the names of our founders and rectors, nor the parade around the Stockade Area. We were joined by members of St. Andrew's Society, St. George's Masonic Lodge, and the Schenectady Pipe Band who stayed afterwards for a sumptuous potluck in the Great Hall.

Procession led by Chris Henry  A view of the altar as the names of previous rector's of St. George's are read.

Kirkin' O the Tartans  Parade around the stockade

Parade continues  Schenectady Pipe Band drummer

Luncheon for the parish


SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND - Two new Georgians were baptized by Fr. Matt: James Smigelski and Emilio Bergami. A reception followed in the Great Hall with cupcakes in the  form of a cross as the centerpiece for the after-Mass feast.      

A view of the baptismal parties gathered around the baptismal font.  James Smigelski being baptized

Emilio Bergami is baptized.  Baptismal cake


SUNDAY, APRIL 1st - Easter Sunday at St. George's ended with a beautiful 10AM Mass highlighted by the sound of music: guest instrumentalists, and our magnificent choir directed by Brandon Dumas. It was a fitting conclusion to Holy Week.

Procession starts down the Gospel aisle of church  Procession nears the altar  Choir passes in procession  



March 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st - Who likes an Easter Egg Hunt? Approximately 100 people (including 39 children) enjoyed the now-annual Easter Event at St. George's. Coordinated by April Stromberg, parishioners of all ages and the community gathered together for coloring and hunting for eggs in a traditional Easter fashion.

Kids and parents during Easter egg hunt  kids    

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st - Known as "the service of light," Georgians gathered outside the West doors for the Kindling of the New Fire and the Blessing of the Paschal Candle at 7PM. Congregants then processed into the church holding lighted candles (distinguished after the liturgy) for the remainder of the Mass.

Fr. Matt lights the new fire  Preparing the paschal candle.        


FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH - The Veneration of the Cross is a personal and profound time for Georgians during the 12 o'clock Mass.

The cross is held while parishoners kiss Jesus' feet.          


THURSDAY, MARCH 29th - The humble "washing of the feet" by our rector was an important part of the solemn liturgy of Maundy Thursday at 7PM. After the Mass, an all-night vigil took place in the Lady Chapel.

Parishioners getting their feet washed.    


Sunday, MARCH 25TH - Palm Sunday started out in the Great Hall with a beginning Mass, a full choir, and the distributing of palms. Parishioners then processed over to the church for the remainder of the Mass that included the reading of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ narrated by Joan Pearson. Clutching their blessed palms, the congregation then headed for coffee hour, or Sunday brunch, or home.  Special thanks to The Reverend Canon Charles B. King for being co-celebrant at the Mass.

Mass begins in the Great Hall  St. Cecilia Choir lined up in the Great Hall

Fr. Matt at the lectern giving his homily.

Procession to the church begins  During the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Fr. Matt is in front of the altar with Dave Kennison and Chris Henry  Joan Pearson narrates the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ  Procession of parishioners to their pews


Sunday, March 4th - this was a very special day for St. George's as we welcomed Bishop William Love to our 10M Mass. His visitation coincided with the confirmation of two adult members of our parish: Stephen Hartz and Tarik Wareh along with the reception into the Episcopal church of Paul Smigelski. After a beautiful Mass, congregants gathered in our Great Hall for a luscious Canoli Cake and Coffee, and to chat with our Bishop and congratulate our newest Episcopalians.

Church procession begins  Bishop Love sitting by the altar  Steve and Sue Hartz   Tarik Wareh and family  Paul Smigelski and Louisa Carr  Fr. Stromberg & Bishop Love blessing the cake for the recently confirmed and received.


February 2018

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH - A Farewell Brunch for Andrew, Kevin and Judith, prepared by Kevin, was a bittersweet time for all attendees who gathered to wish our three friends well in their new Florida venture. YOU WILL BE MISSED.         

Buffet line  Panoramic shot of diners in the Great Hall      Judith, Andrew and Kevin

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH – As a final goodbye to St. George’s, departing Organist & Director of Music - Andrew Krystopolski, organized and conducted the Faure Requiem on Sunday afternoon.  Participants included the St. Cecilia Choir and invited singers whom Andrew has worked with over the past seven years. The program was accompanied by Brandon Dumas on the organ (Brandon will start as Andrew’s replacement on March 1, 2018); Karlinda Caldicott - Harpist; Christopher Trombley - Baritone Soloist; Ann Marie Barker-Schwartz - Violinist and Kali Rose Moran, Soprano Soloist. 

Andrew Krystopolski conducting  Brandon Dumas on the organ  Balcony shot of the choir  Harpist Karlinda Caldicott  Baritone Soloist Christopher Trombley  Choir grouped by the altar. Soloist Kali Rose Moran 3rd from left in front row


January 2018

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH - St. George's Annual Parish Meeting took place in the Great Hall after the 10AM Mass. After the business meeting, election of Vestry members and Convention delegates, parishioners enjoyed a lunch of pork, red cabbage and potato pancakes as prepared by Administrative Assistant Bob McCloskey.

Fr. Stromberg speaking with vestry seated at head table.  Parisihioners in food line getting lunch.  A table of parishioners eating lunch.


December 2017

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH - For the 2nd year, St. George's offered a Children's Mass at 4PM on Christmas Eve day. Youths from church and the community participated, along with adults, in the telling of the birth of Jesus. Thanks to April Stromberg for recruiting all of the actors and actresses.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH - "the greening of the church" at St. George's is always a festive occasion for those participating. We wear old clothes and don't mind getting a little dusty as we hang the wreaths and garland, set up the manger scene, decorate around the church, the guys spend time with ladders, all to make our church welcome and even more beautiful during this joyous season.

Steve & Jon preparing to hang Christmas garland around the front door of the church  Jamie, Sue and Johnnie finding various decorations   Nancy & Anne polishing silver  Bob, Johnnie & Jeff hanging garland on the balcony  Sandy and Grant preparing the manger  Steve, Jamie, Bob & Jon changing lightbulbs in the 30 foot ceiling  Dave Kennison climbing the ladder to replace light bulbs  Father Stromberg hanging Christmas tree lights


Saturday, December 9th - Georgians rang the bell for the Salvation Army at the Eastern Parkway Price Chopper, as organized by Jon Pearson. Georgian bell ringers included (pictured): Fr. Matt Stromberg, Gene & Judy deLong, and Nancy Angus & Dot Dever.

Fr. Stromberg manning Salvation Army collection station  Gene & Judy DeLong ringing bells  Nancy Angus and Dot Dever


November 2017

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH - We had a dinner to cap our fall Stewarship Drive for 2018. It included a grilled chicken dinner with desserts. It was followed by a sing along with Jeff Wengrovious on the piano and many of our choir members joining Jeff in singing while grouped around the piano.

Jeff Wengrovious on piano with choir members leading congregation


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH - our Great Hall at St. George's Church was filled with An Evening of Dinner and Music, as some 100 people enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings (prepared by our chef extraordinaire Kevin Grace), followed by a concert of American Songbook Favorites performed by soprano Roseanne Hargrave, accompanied by pianist Michael Clement. Music director Andrew Krystopolski who chaired this church fundraiser, presented $102 to the winner of the evening's 50/50 raffle, Peter Luczak.

Father Matthew Stromberg  View of the entire group watching the event  Roseanne Hargrave  


October 2017

Saturday, October 28th - We participated in the Acolyte Festival of the Albany Diocese at the Cathedral. Fr. Matt was a guest speaker, and several of our finest represented St. George's including Steve Hartz, senior warden Chris Henry, Anna Thiessen, David Kennison, and JJ Moran.

Picture of the program booklet  Fr. Matthew Stromberg at the Cathedral  Acolytes Steve Hartz, Chris Henry, Anna Thiessen, Dave Kennison and James Moran

October 2017

St. George's OUTREACH continues its mission to provide food for Schenectady's City Mission with enough for sizeable deliveries each month. A big thank you to parishioner Steve Hartz who took a selfie of himself and SICM employee Kory Baskin, Assistant Director of Dining Services for the Dining Center, during this month's delivery.

Picture of City Mission building facade.        Steve Hartz in front of City Mission

Sunday, October 8th - Some wore fur, some were leashed, others were carried in crates....all gathered together harmoniously at 3 o'clock at the west doors of St. George's for the Annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Matt presided over this very special ceremony for "all God's creatures, big and small"....and their families.   

Attendees on the church lawn with their pets.  Fr. Stromberg in front of the church  Fr. Stromberg blessing a dog  Police officer with police dog for demonstration meets other dogs there


September 2017

Sunday, September 17 - "Start Up Sunday" is a day when Georgians sign up for various ministries for the year and enjoy a delicious potluck as well!

People in the Great Hall viewing the participation opportunities.   Food line   People looking at participation opportunities.


Sunday, September 9 - Mass on the Grass was an inventive new way to celebrate the joys of being an Episcopalian. It was a full Mass with a full choir and approximately 48 congregants.

         Choir outdoors

Saturday, September 9 - Busy Georgians worked St. George's Café (behind the scenes and the front lines) during the Annual Stockade Art Show. Inside the church were volunteer guides and constant organ recitals.

A picture of the artists directly in front of St. George's from the street.   A picture of the food serving line.  Judith greeting people as they enter the church for tours or to hear the organist recitals.   Andrew Krystopolski playing the organ with Feiz Wareh to his left.


August 2017

Wednesday, August 24 - 14 budding artists showed up at Canvas, Corks & Forks in Schenectady for a Georgian fundraiser. Fun for all was the theme of the evening.

Chris Henry working on his picture   Barb & Jeff Wengrovious working on their paintings.   The entire group holding up their finished paintings


July 2017

On July 21, 2017, Acting United States Attorney Grant Jaquith (and St. George's Church member) spoke to the children at the Steinmetz Summer Day Camp conducted by Schenectady Inner City Ministry as part of their “career week.”  Acting U.S. Attorney Jaquith described the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and noted that our nation depends on a legal system that provides a fair way to resolve problems peacefully.  The children spoke about what they wanted to do when they grew up, and created a “me page” using each of the letters of their first names to begin a positive word or phrase that described them.  Mr. Jaquith emphasized the importance of education to achieving career goals and making good decisions, and urged the children to take advantage of the special gift of teachers and counselors who are dedicated to helping them learn and grow.

Colton Jaquith, Grant Jaquith's son, is shown in the bottom right of the photo with a child on his lap. St. George's sponsors summer interns; Colton is this year's intern.


Saturday, July 22nd - the date of the Annual Pearson Parish Picnic on Sacandaga Lake was a fun-filled time for all participants. Great food, great fun, a great get-together in the lovely community of Pleasant Lake. Many thanks to Jon and Joan for once again hosting another memorable day at their lakeside camp.

Judy DeLong and Joan Bessarb on the porch.    Colton, Matt, Ryan and Paul on the raft  A group shot of everyone there that day.


Sunday, July 16th - Georgians came together at 3PM in our rectory's backyard on a hot, humid Sunday to honor our sexton, Gerald Cooper, who is retiring and moving back to Louisiana with Penny to be with family. It was an afternoon of good conversation, good fellowship, and good food....and a wonderful tribute to a man who has been an integral part of our St. George's family for twelve years. You will be missed, Gerald....but never forgotten!

          Cake with inscription  Gerald & Penny, Fr. Stromberg & Rich Unger  Gerald cuts the cake


June 2017

SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH - Evensong for Trinity Sunday was celebrated at St. George's by Fr. Matt Stromberg, officiant; David Kennison, MC/lector, and Andrew Krystopolski, organist/choirmaster, with his full St. Cecilia Choir and Friends. Kudos to all participants for a memorable hour.

Fr. Stromberg & David Kennison on the altar.  St. Cecelia choir with many extras.


June 9-10 - In conjunction with the Stockade Area Sidewalk Sale, St. George's held a very successful 2-day Rummage Sale offering clothing, household goods, and so much more! Thanks to chairman Rick Forshaw and those Georgians who gave of their time, talent, and worked before, during and after the sale.

Signage for Rummage Sale  Picture of room full of items for sale  Items for sale  Hallway with tables of neatly folded clothing for sale.

June 9-10-11 - The 149th Convention of the Diocese of Albany was again celebrated at the Camp of the Woods. Representing St. George's were (L-R) Jon Pearson, Rich Unger, Chris Henry, Fr. Matt Stromberg, and (missing from picture) photographer Bob Paska. Congratulations to Fr. Matt for being elected to The Great Chapter of the Cathedral.

Banner at the entrance to Camp of the Woods.  Jon Pearson, Rich Unger, Chris Henry and Fr. Matt Stromberg by their seats Friday night.  Picture of the dias with Bishop Love.  Fr. Mathew Stromberg introducing himself prior to his election to The Great Chapter of the Cathedral.

May 2017

On Sunday, May 21st....parishioners and the St. Cecilia Choir gathered together in the Memorial Garden after Mass for special blessings on what is known as Rogation Day.



On Wednesday, May 10th....Fr. Matt and Andrew offered prayers and blessings at various local fire stations in honor of St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.

Fr. Stromberg preparing to sprinkle Holy water on fire engine.   Fr. Stromberg sprinklin Holy water.


April 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH - Our festive St. George's Day included the Kirkin' O the Tartans of the St. Andrew's Society, representatives of St. George's Lodge #6 of Free & Accepted Masons, and the Schenectady Pipe Band. Mass began at 10AM in the church and ended with a parade around the Stockade Area.

Procession down church isle  Procession continues  Grant Jaquith reading scripture in front of all the tartans  Presenting the tartans  Parade around stockade  St. George's Lodge with their banner in parade.  Wide picture of the choir, St. Andrews Society, clergy and acolytes after the parade.


SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH - "Easter Sunday" Mass at 9AM (Rite I) and 11:15AM (Rite II) - the Sunday of the Resurrection was a joyous time for those attending and those serving on the altar.

 Father Stromberg giving his sermon.  All servers from Easter service pose in front of the altar.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH - "Holy Saturday" Mass at 7PM - the congregation gathered outside the west doors for The First Mass of Easter including the Kindling of the News Fire. Mass continued indoors with 6 readings from Scripture.

Congregation gathers outside for the lighting of the "new fire".  Clergy prepare the new Paschal Candle.


THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH - "Maundy Thursday" Mass at 7PM - The Liturgy of the Lord's Supper included the washing of feet, music director Andrew Krystopolski directing the full choir doing the stripping of the altar, followed by the all-night vigil in the Lady Chapel.

Jon Pearson as lector  Foot washing in process  Foot washing in process  Choir Director Andrew Krystopolski in the choir loft


FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH - "Good Friday" Mass at 12 Noon - The Liturgy of Our Lord's Passion and Death, and the solemnity of The Veneration of the Cross.

Alice & Kevin hold a wooden cross   


SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH - Palm Sunday began in the Great Hall with hymns from the St. Cecilia Choir and The Liturgy of Palms, including the Gospel reading, followed by a parish-wide procession into St. George's Church for the continuation of the Mass and reading of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Choir lined up in Great Hall prior to procession to church.

Temporary altar and servers in the Great Hall prior to procession to the church.  Parishioners in the Great Hall prior to procession to church.  Procession as it enters the church  Father Matthew Stromberg on the altar with two chairs he used as props for his daily Sermon.  Procession around the church led by a shrouded cross.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND - Every Sunday in Lent we have been having dinners with discussion of The Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Lively Virtues. Each week we see a 10 minute video on the sin and the virtue of the week, then we discuss the topic for 45 minutes or so. Attendance has varied from 10 to 19.

February 2017

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH - St. George's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by the St. Cecilia Choir, was good food, good conversation, and good music. In other words, "a good time was had by all."

Kevin Grace cooking pancakes.  Food line setup  Judith & Louisa selling tickets  People at table eating  Diane Reed with a Mardi Gras mask  Andrew playing accordian


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 - Moms, a couple of Dads, and a few children came to our rescheduled Valentine's Tea ([postponed from last week due to thesnowstorm.) There were tablesful of sweets, tea sandwiches, fruit, gluten-free items; plenty of tea, soda, juice and water to quench everyone's thirst; toys and crafts for the kids; and socializing for the adults. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon, thanks to our rector's wife, April Stromberg.

A sampling of the cookies at the tea.  Some of he women attendees  Diane Reed holding up a Valentine card  Some of the children at the tea party.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 - Fr. Matt Stromberg participated in the diocesan Parish Leadership Conference at the Spiritual Life Center. Rich Unger, who accompanied Fr. Matt, took this picture.

Fr. Matt Stromberg holding a chalice.


January 2017

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 - Suzy & Rich Unger and Jean Greenspan attended the Women's March in Washington, DC along with millions of others around the world (an estimated 500,000 marched in DC alone.) They were joined by Suzy and Rich's daughter and son-in-law, Suzy's sister and sister-in-law and friends. The march was exhilarating; the mood was positive; the demonstrators were polite and friendly. There was a sign reading: "Episcopal Women marching for the dignity of every human being." Our group was proud to be part of such a positive expression of free speech.



JANUARY 22, 2017 -   The Annual Parish Meeting of St. George's Church got underway after the 9AM Mass on Sunday in the Great Hall. The opening prayer by Fr. Matthew Stromberg was followed by distribution of a packet of reports from various Vestry members and church leaders; election of candidates to the Vestry; a gift to outgoing Junior Warden Richard Forshaw for 5 years of extraordinary service; a State of the Parish report by Senior Warden Christopher Henry; a Financial Report by Treasurer Jonathan Pearson; and a sumptuous breakfast prepared by our in-house chef Kevin Grace.

Father Matt at lectern discussing parish business.  Father Matt with vestry to his left  Warden Chris Henry, Father Matt and outgoing warden Richard Forshaw  Jonathan Pearson-parish treasurer-making his report


December 2016

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18TH - Georgians attending the 9AM and 11:15AM Masses stayed around to help prepare the Greening of St. George's (inside and outside) and the Great Hall. It's an annual tradition where parishioners come together, work together, and the end result is a more beautiful church and campus for the holiday season.

Setting up Christmas tree in Great Hall  Rich Unger unwrapping a poinsettia for placement  Meg Hughes, Jon Pearson and Joan Pearson preparing to hang wreaths

Rich Unger and Jon Pearson hanging greenery from the balcony  Helen and her father Fr. Stromberg

Jon Pearson and Bob Paska hanging greens, and wreaths, around the front doors  Nancy Angus admiring new decorations on front entrance

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH - As part of our holiday Outreach, 18 Georgians - including Nancy and Johnnie Angus - signed up for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing from 9AM to 7PM. St. George's was stationed in front of Encore Shoe Department at the ViaPort Mall in Rotterdam. Jon Pearson coordinated this event.

Johnnie & Nancy Angus with Salvation Army kettle  General information about bell ringing for the Salvation Army


November 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH - The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle was celebrated with a Mass at 7PM at St. George's with special guests and bagpipers from the Society of St. Andrew, the local Scottish fraternity. 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST - It became a "spectator sport" as a few parishioners and mostly Stockade neighbors watched the removal of some badly rotted trees from the front yard at St. George's. Although it looks barren now, new trees will be planted to replace the old.

Gerald stands near the tree removal cranes  


The new trees


October 2016

Friday, October 28th - the Institution and Induction of the 19th Rector of St. George's, Fr. Matthew Stromberg, took place at 7PM in the church with a catered reception for 200 following in the Great Hall. The Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, presided over the glorious event that was attended by parishioners, Stockade neighbors, friends, family and visiting clergy. From start to finish, it was an evening to remember.

A picture of the cover sheet of the service bulletin  A picture of the Great Hall with dinner settings for 190.  A picture of the altar with Father Stromberg kneeling before the Bishop as he is instituted.Bishop Love and Fr. Stromberg entering the church   A picture of the church with most of the pews full of people  Senior Warden Christopher Henry welcoming people to the dinner reception after Mass with Father Stromberg and his wife to his right.  Diners enjoying the dinner reception.  A proclomation from the Mayor of Schenectady in honor of Fr. Matthew Stromberg's Institution.


Saturday, October 15th - After 18 & 1/2 years as Administrative Assistant at St. George's, our beloved Donna Vrooman decided to retire to devote time to her family. The Vestry hosted a Reception in her honor from 4-6PM in the Shaw Lounge. Parishioners were invited and gave Donna a "proper send-off." They came with love and sadness to say "goodbye" to this very special woman who has been our "office staple" for almost two decades. Donna, you will be missed.

Fr. Matt blesses the food. Donna is to the right with floral top and white hair.  

Presentation to Donna of a gift from the parish  Donna holding her gift and a bouquet of flowers.


October 9th - The Annual Pet Blessing, in honor of St. Francis of Assissi, took place on Sunday, October 9th at 2 o'clock at St. George's. Dogs (big and small), a cat or two, and 2 pigeons were accompanied by their owners.
Parishioners, neighbors and the community-at-large gathered at the west doors for the lovely service, liturgy, hymns, and - of course - the blessing. Fr. Matt Stromberg was accompanied by Andrew Krystopolski on the accordion.

A view of 20 people with pets on the lawn in front of the church

Rich Unger and his dog  A pigeon with a leash and harness held by Sue Jenner  J. J. Moran with a dog

Bob Moran with a dog  Fr Matt with Chris Henry and Chris' dog

Sunday, October 9th - Georgian bakers gave of their time, talent and ingredients to bake dozens 'n dozens 'n dozens of cookies for St. George's Place, a drop-in center at Hamilton Hill. The community outreach project realized chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, white chocolate chip cherry, peanut butter, and snickerdoodle cookies. Kevin Grace chaired this ministry and baked alongside Louisa Carr, Alice Polumbo, Joan Pearson and Sandee Hughes. Also helping, but not pictured, was 4-year old Helen Stromberg.

Louisa Carr, Alice Poloumbo, Kevin Grace, Joan Pearson, Sandy Hughes  Kevin Grace in the kitchen


September 2016

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH - St. George's Ministry Fair/Start-Up Sunday started up after the 9AM Mass and before the 11:15AM Mass. Fr. Matt Stromberg opened the event with a prayer; Stewardship chairman Jeff Wengrovius was emcee.
Ministry boards were set up in the Great Hall, and will remain there for several weeks, with information about the ministries and sign-up sheets for those interested in volunteering. Between "sweets 'n savories," various chairpersons talked briefly about their ministries.

Jeff Wengrovious and Fr. Matt   Sandy Hughes signing up for a ministry

Alice Polumbo signing up  Rich Unger presenting a painting of St. Georges, purchase during the Art Show last week, to Fr. Matt and April  Sign-up display for Sunday School

Several people looking at the displays describing available ministries

SEPTEMBER 2016 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 - Because of a weather forecast predicting rain (that never happened), the Stockade Art Show scheduled for Saturday was cancelled and re-scheduled for Sunday. That meant St. George's Café, offering food and drink for art show browsers and buyers, would not open as planned. It cannot be said that Georgians aren't resilient, however, and while our Café was "tabled" (pun intended!), it all came together deliciously the next day. The sun shone. The winds blew tablecloths off the tables. The sound of easels falling over in the background. Yet a good time was had by evident with these pictures. St. George's Church was open for tours, and organ music with guest organists played throughout the afternoon.

Sndwich board with list of organists scheduled to play during the Art Show  A shot of artists set up on North Ferry Street in front of St. Georges.  Our cooks Gene DeLong and Jim Wingate

Judith and Suzzi with the list of available items and prices  Food line with cahiers to the right

Susan Stromberg (sitting), April Stromberg (standing center), Barb Wengrovious  Andrew Krystopolski at the church organ during church tours

A picture of the food line   Jeff Wengrouvious and Fr. Matthew Stromberg eating

David Kennison giving tours of the church

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 - Andrew Krystoposlski and the St. Cecilia Choir of St. George's Church were supposed to perform for residents of the Kingsway Community at 2PM. But because of the Stockade Art Show cancellation on Saturday (re-scheduled for Sunday), many of the singers were committed to working at St. George's Café. Andrew to the rescue! He treated the Kingsway Community to a half-hour of accordion and piano music, from favorite hymns to rousing polka music! 

Andrew Krystopoloski playing the accordian  Andrew Krystopolski with the Kingsway residents


August 2016

August 7th - Fr. Matthew Stromberg celebrated his first Sunday at St. George's Church, the church's 19th  rector. Between the two Masses (9AM and 11:15AM), he and his family (wife April, daughter Helen, son Isaac) were feted at a Georgian brunch in the Great Hall. Conversation and food flowed freely.

Fr Matt giving his sermon during Mass  Fr Matt serving communion  

Fr Matt meeting and greeting parishioners  Fr Matt seated at a table surrounded by parishioners

July 2016

JULY 2016 - Parishioner/volunteer David Kennison spent the month refurbishing the lantern adjacent to the parking lot steps. Old, decrepit and crumbling, parts had already fallen to the ground, and the remaining bits were shaky at best. It was taken down, disassembled and the old paint removed (some by sandblasting, some by heat.) This uncovered a major reason for the decay - 5 different types of metal were used in construction, and interaction between the metals accelerated the corrosion. After much frustration and many unforeseen problems, this project was done!



June 2016

JUNE 10 & 11 - The 148th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany was held at Camp of the Woods, Speculator, NY. Representatives from St. George's were Jon Pearson, Jeff Wengrovius, Chris Henry and Bob Paska.

View of main stage for convention  Warden Chris Henry and vestrymen Jeff Wengrovious studying their convention materials  Jon Pearson, Jeff Wengrovious, Chris Henry and Bob Paska at convention center

May 2016

SUNDAY, MAY 30th - Corpus Christi, emphasizing the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, was celebrated on the last Sunday in May with the Reverend Richard Lehmann and Deacon Howard Smith. The Holy Mass concluded with a procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as displayed in the Monstrance.



St. George's float in this year's Niska-Day Parade, a replica of the cover of a Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass CD, won 1st prize! Congratulations to the hard-working Georgians who volunteered  for this project including the Forshaws, the Weakleys, the Ungers, and the Jaquiths (to name just a few of the families)....and, of course, our own Herb Alpert "impersonator," Chris Henry.

St. George's banner leads the float in parade  Frontal view of the float in the parade

Rear view of the float  The Jaquith family at the parade

April 2016

SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH - A cadre of clergy, acolytes, St. Andrew's Society, the Schenectady Pipe Band, music director Andrew Krystopolski with his St. Cecilia Choir and guest trumpeters and - of course -Georgians, family, friends and neighbors celebrated St. George's Day with a beautiful combined Mass at 10AM, followed by the annual parade around the Stockade, and ended in the Great Hall with a sumptuous buffet and camaraderie for all.

St. Andrew's Society processing around St. George's.  Bagpipers play as they exit the church.  Acolytes exit the church

  Parade around the stockade lead by St. Andrew's Society  Pariishioners in parade around the Stockade

Luncheon held in the Great Hall  Luncheon

March 2016

SATURDAY, MARCH 26th - The first mass of Easter took place on Holy Saturday, starting at 7PM with the kindling of the new fire and the blessing of the Paschal Candle in front of the west doors of the church. Congregants then processed into the church for the full mass which was followed by a Georgian reception in the Great Hall.

Lighting the "new fire" outside the front doors  Preparing to light the new Paschal Candel

  Parishioners watch as the Paschal Candel is lit.

Choir starting procession into the church  


THURSDAY, MARCH 24TH - A solemn high mass on Maundy Thursday included washing of the feet (with 12 volunteers to represent the 12 apostles), the Passion narrated by Jon Pearson, and an all-night vigil in the Lady Chapel.

  Foot washing in process

  The lady altar prepared for the overnight watch


FRIDAY, MARCH 25th - The mass, a solemn Liturgy of our Lord's Passion and Death, at 12 noon on Good Friday included the Veneration of the Cross.

Three officiants at the altar     Parishioners lined up to venerate the cross


MARCH 20 - Palm Sunday at St. George's began in the Great Hall, palms were blessed and distributed by celebrant The Reverend Richard B. Lehmann, then the choir and parishioners processed into the church for the remainder of the Mass, which included the reading of The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

David Kennison leads off procession in Great Hall  Parishioners in Great Hall with choir lined up against wall of Great Hall.

Father Lehman blessing the palms.  Father Lehman at the lectern


FEBRUARY-MARCH 2016 - Every Saturday morning at 10:30 during Lent, following Morning Prayer at 10, David Kennison leads parishioners and friends of St.
George's in Stations of the Cross. This very powerful aspect of the days leading up to Easter should be on everyone's preparation for the death and resurrection of Christ. Remember  "by his Cross are we saved."

  David Kennison near the altar  

Processing from one station to the next  


February 2016

Tuesday, February 2nd - St. George's Assisted Living Ministry group selfie picture taken in the elevator at Capital Living Nursing Home.

8 people in an elevator


January 2016

Sunday, January 31st - St. George’s Church did Choral Evensong in anticipation of The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The Evensong, sung by the St. Cecilia Choir and New York Catholic Chorale, included Preces and Responses from the St. James Service by R. Aarons, Evening Canticles by Thomas Tallis, an anthem, “Christ, whose glory fills the skies” by Harold Darke, as well as congregational hymns, prayers and scripture.

Organist and conductor in balcony  Picture of the choir  Organist and conductor


Sunday, January 24th - the Annual Meeting of St. George's Church was held in The Great Hall. Opening prayer was given by the Reverend Paul Hunter. Senior Warden Christopher Henry presided over the meeting which included vestry elections, financial report, and a question & answer session on our rector search process. The meeting adjourned after a few words from our Music Director Andrew Krystopolski. A pot luck followed the business meeting.

The Rev. Paul Hunter  Warden Christopher Henry speaking from the podium

Parishioners reviewing written materials as they listen to reports being presented.  Organist Andrew Krystopolski reads a quote from Billy Graham