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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

December 2015

DECEMBER 24TH - Christmas Eve at St. George's. Parishioners, families, friends and neighbors gathered together for a beautiful Midnight Mass and a solemn Silent Night.

J.J. Lighting candals before Mass  Long shot of the church with the lights dimmed during Mass


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20TH - Georgians prepare for Christmas, from ironing to polishing to setting up the creche to hanging of the greens. And, finally, they admire their work!....a job well done.

Debbie & Judy ironing linens  Jeff on ladder with Johnnie below as they clean the chandelier

Amy & Rick preparing the creche  pedistals

Jon, Gene and Jeff decorating the front of the balcony  Alcolytes waitng to begin rehersal


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13th – At 2 o’clock on a brisk, overcast day, A Service of Advent Lessons & Carols took place at St. George’s. The St. Cecilia Choir of St. George’s and The Chancel Choir of First Reformed Church, a total of 30+ voices,  brought together in beautiful sounds for this holy season. Parishioners from both churches filled the pews.

Parishioners singing carols  David Kennison reading

A view of the choir in the balcony  Male chorists in the church isles


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH - As part of our Outreach endeavors, parishioners from St. George's signed up for  full day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army at the Price Chopper on Eastern Avenue in Schenectady.

     Jon Pearson and Nancy Angus with the Salvation Army kettle


November 2015

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH - The Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of the Diocese of Albany, was Celebrant at St. George's. Between the 9AM and the 11:15AM Masses, parishioners gathered for a brunch and socializing with Bishop Love.

Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of the Albany Diocese  Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of the Albany Diocese

Bishop Love in food serving line  Grant Jaquith with Bishop Love

Bishop Love talking to Bob Paska  Bishop Love talking to Gene DeLong

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST - The 3rd Annual Vestry-sponsored Stewardship Dinner took place in the Great Hall starting at 6:30. Fabulous food was the bill of fare, courtesy of the Vestry and Spouses. Camaraderie was provided by some
60+ parishioners. Music was supplied by Andrew and his Accordion. And a
wonderful time was had by all attendees.

Food servers Louisa Carr and Jane Moran           


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST  - A combined choir of the singers of St. George's and First Reformed churches took place at 4PM at First Reformed Church in Scotia. Andrew Krystopolski (pictured) was primary conductor and guest organist; Rebecca Shepherd conducted two pieces; and Justin Foster was the primary organist. Parishioners from both churches gathered to enjoy the Evensong experience.


October 2015

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH - Second Sunday was held on Fourth Sunday this month due to a scheduling conflict. Senior Warden Chris Henry gave an update on the rector's search, and Jeff Wengrovius presided over the 2nd Town Hall meeting, discussing the upcoming Stewardship Campaign. Vestry members provided "savories and sweets" for the usual coffee hour between the 9 and 11:15 AM Masses.

Warden Chris Henry speaking at meeting  Jeff Wengrovius talking about stewardship.  Crowd shot


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH - Her Georgian family helped Susanna Sherwood celebrate her 90th birthday with a delicious brunch between the 9AM and 11:15AM Masses. A tasty time was had by all.

Susanna Sherwood stands aw we sing Hapy Birthday to her.    

September 2015

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH - Fr. Charles King has been our supply priest for ten consecutive months, and will return sporadically throughout the coming months. At the 9AM Mass on Sunday, he and his wife Alice were feted with gifts in appreciation for their service to St. George's. His, an engraved silver bowl; hers, a lovely bouquet of flowers. Between the 9AM and 11:15AM Masses, the Vestry hosted a small brunch in their honor. 

Fr. King receiving gift from the parish accompanied by wife Alice to left and Senior Warden Chris Henry  Fr. King holding up chalice given to him by the parish


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH - During the 9AM Mass, St. George's celebrated the Dedication of the Stations of the Cross as painted on wood by Gerri Moore and framed by cabinet maker Gordon Henry, given in memory of the Moore and Henry families. A catered brunch buffet followed. Jim, Gerri and Jimmy Moore posed for pictures at the reception.

Participants in Stations of the Cross dedication.  David Kennison hanging one of the Stations icons.

Reception in the Great Hall after dedication.    Artist Gerri Moore in the center with husband Jim and son Jimmy.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH - It was a twofold meeting between the 9AM and 11:15AM masses: our Second Sunday Adult Forum and our 1st Stewardship Town Hall headed by Jeff Wengrovius, which morphed into a Ministry Fair. Several Georgians discussed Stewardship, Worship/Liturgy, Daily Office, Hospitality/Fellowship, Buildings/Gardens, Book Club, and Communications/Website. There were sign-up sheets for volunteers, Andrew giving a big plug for his amazing St. Cecilia Choir, and tableful of Sweets 'n Savories provided by the Vestry.

Chris Henry - Senior Warden, addresses the congregation  Jeffrey Wengrovious - Stewardship Chairman speaks  James Whitehead - vestryman - speaks  Andrew Krystopolski - church organist dissesed opportunities to participate in our volunteer choir

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH -  Once again, St. George's Church and Café were open for visitors to the Annual Stockade Art Show. Kudos to co-chair Joan Pearson and Kevin Grace for another successful execution of this event that is a money-maker for St. George's as well as a place to refresh body and soul throughout the day.

Jim Wingate and James Whitehead cooking  Food servers working the line  People eating at various tables. Art exhibits on sidewalk behind them.

July 2015

SATURDAY JULY 18TH - A parish picnic was held at the Pearson's camp on Sacandaga Lake in the Town of Lake Pleasant. With questionable weather to start the day we actually had one of the best days of the summer with temperatures in the 80s and lots of sun. Rosemary Pannone brought a 12 year old neighbor (the only child there). DJ had never been in a boat before. He was ecstatic when Jon let him drive the boat and he greatly enjoyed tubing. 

Group photo of picnic attendees.

Bob, Jimmy, Jim, Kevin and Rosemary  Kevin, Rosemary, Jane, Chris, Kali, Jim W., Judith

SUNDAY, JULY 12TH - Second Sunday is our adult forum between the 9 and 11AM Masses. The July meeting was an informative one on our rector search. Senior Warden Chris Henry answered questions from parishioners.


June 2015

FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH & SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH, 2015 - St. George's was represented at the 147th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany at the Camp of the Woods by Chris Henry, Jon Pearson, Jeff Wengrovius, Bob Paska, Fr.Charles King and his wife Alice.

Georgian attendees at the convention  Georgians in Tebbits Hall Camp of the Woods

A view of the stage at convention  Bishop Love (center) presiding

April 2015

SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH - It was a wonderful day at St. George's - with the St. Andrew's Society, the Schenectady Pipe Band, visiting clergy including Retired Bishop Daniel Herzog, a meaningful Mass followed by a parade around the Stockade Area, and ending with a Georgian feast of epic proportions.

Bishop Herzog giving the sermon   St. Andrews Society with their banners  

  St. Andrew's Society marching through the Stockade.  

    Priests giving the dismissal after parade.

Buffet line for lunch  

Bishop Herzog on right

SUNDAY, APRIL 26th - St. George's Music Director Andrew Krystopolski and 7 members of the St. Cecilia Choir performed for the ladies of Heritage Home on Upper Union Street. Afterwards, they interacted with their appreciative audience.

Choir singing to seniors  Choir members talking to residents


SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH - All ages gathered for Easter Sunday. We gave thanks to the Risen Lord, and round of applause for Andrew and his St. Cecilia Choir who performed tirelessly during Holy Week.


SATURDAY, APRIL 4th - On a very windy evening, the First Mass of Easter at 7PM started with "the kindling of the new fire" and the Blessing of the Paschal Candle. Parishioners gathered outside the West Door to view the proceedings.


FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd - Good Friday Mass at 12:30 was a solemn service leading up to the Veneration of the Cross.

Also available at this link is a brief video of the choir singing Adoramus Te Christe by J. A. Perti on Good Friday as posted on Facebook: Adoramus Te Christe

Fr. King in pulpit giving Good Friday Sermon  Acolytes hold Jesus on cross for parishioners to kiss

Parishioner kissing Jesus' feet  

THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND - Maundy Thursday's Mass at 7PM included the washing of the feet and an all-night vigil at the Altar of Repose.

  Foot Washing by priest  

Foot washing  Lady Chapel prepared for The Watch.

March 2015

SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH - Palm Sunday at St. George's began, as usual, in The Great Hall. Following the distribution of palms, parishioners - led by Rev. Canon Charles B. King and his deacon, Rev. Frederick L. Curtis - walked in procession to St. George's Church where the Mass continued, including the reading of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ with both celebrants and congregation.

Congregation seated in the Great Hall

Celebrants led by Rev. Canon Charles B. King center  Rev. Frederick L. Curtis   

MARCH 27, 2015 – A lively Foyer’s Group party was held at the Pearson’s house.  This was a combination of all the foyer’s groups with 30-35 in attendance.  Appetizers and desserts were served. 

The basketball contingent  Chris Henry, Judith Smith with the Tonneaus in the backgroung with Jean Greenspan

MARCH 21, 2015 – Stations of the Cross (10:30AM) following Morning Prayer (10AM) Saturdays in Lent is a wonderful way to prepare your mind and spirit for Holy Week. David Kennison leads this ministry again this year.

Individuals particapating in Stations of the Cross

February 2015

FEBRUARY 2015 - This year's Lenten series, "Questioning Capital Punishment," presented by Kevin Grace, began with the viewing of the movie "Dead Man Walking" on February 19th with ensuing consecutive Thursday evenings of discussion. This film and topic with two distinct controversial viewpoints has resulted in lively dialogue from all participants.

Kevin Grace

January 2015

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH - Senior Warden Chris Henry presided over the brief Annual Parish Meeting and vestry elections....which was followed by good fellowship (our supply priests Fr. Charles King and Fr. Michael Webber attended)....and a parish feast of Caesar salad, baked ziti, meatballs, sausage/peppers/onions, and Italian bread.

Vestry sits at "head table" as Chris Henry, Senior Warden, makes announcements.

Rev. Charles King  Parishioners eating lunch with Father Michael Webber and wife Katherine in front  

December 2014

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24TH - Christmas Eve at St. George's Church began at 11:30PM with wonderful music, sermon and liturgy. Thanks to Fr. Charles King Jr. and deacon Howard Smith  for keeping the Georgian tradition at this beautiful holiday season, and to all those who participated on the altar, in the choir loft, and behind the scenes who made it "a night to remember" for a grateful congregation. 

Photo of the manger taken through a window from outside the church.   acolytes look on as the baby Jesus is added to the creche on Christmas Eve  A view of the choir loft       

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21ST - As part of our Music Outreach Ministry, Andrew Krystopolski and seven members of the St. Cecilia Choir sang for residents of The Glen Eddy. Both traditional hymns and Christmas caroling were part of the musical repertoire, and a good time was had by all!

Choir singing at Glen Eddy  Gleny Eddy residents watching the choir.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21ST - Our Annual "Greening of the Church" took place after the 10 o'clock mass as parishioners stayed to lovingly decorate St.
George's for Christmas, inside and out. A lunch was provided after all the work was done.

Flowers being prepared for presentation around the church  hanging a wreath on the balcony  Hanging a wreath on the pulpit  Putting evergreen roping around the front entrance  Setting up the creche  clean up  

Vist a link with a brief video describing Gerri Moore's artistic efforts as she produced 14 Stations of the Cross paintings for the church. For photographs, visit pictures dated November 30, 2014 when the paintings were dedicated.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH - Advent Lessons and Carols took place at 4PM. The service was led by the Reverend Charles B. King, Jr. Organist Andrew Krystopolski had a full choir and church members were assigned to the six readings. It was a glorious afternoon at St. George's Church.

Andrew Krystopolski in the choir loft.  Full choir in the loft  Father Charles King at the altar

November 2014

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH - A "farewell bunch" was held after the 9AM combined Mass for Father Paul and Maggie. Good food and good fellowship for all who attended.

Judith, Donna and Kevin  Connie, Mike, Barb and Penny  John and Charlie    Jim and Anne    Fr. Paul Blanch blessing the food for his own party.  

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH - The blessing and dedication of the 14 Stations of the Cross, as painted and donated by local artist and long-time Georgian, Gerri Moore. This was Fr. Paul's last official duty as our 18th rector.

You can also visit this You Tube link for a brief video of the painting process:

The collection of finished Stations of the Cross on a table  Gerri Moore and Father Paul Blanch

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd  - The Vestry/Search Committee meeting with Bishop William Love and Transition Minister Beth Strickland from the Diocese of Albany was a productive work session that began at 3PM and ended at 5:30PM.

Vestry search committe in meeting.  Bishop William Love and Transision Minister Beth Strickland  Beth Strickland working with an easel  Bishop William Love and Transition Minister Beth Strickland

Everyone seemed to leave with positive thoughts about the search for a new rector as well as the future of St. George's.

Thursday, November 20th - At Fr. Paul Blanch's final vestry meeting at St. George's, Warden Richard Forshaw presented a gift from the vestry to Fr. Paul - a watch with an engraving St. Georges and the dates of his rectorship with us.

Fr. Paul receiving gift from the vestry

October 2014

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th - The 2nd Annual Vestry Dinner, hosted by Stewardship chairman Jeff Wengrovius and committee member Louisa Carr, was a low-key, relaxed evening of good food prepared and served by Vestry members, and good conversation about the ministries at George's with volunteer opportunities available to all parishioners.

Jeff Wengrovious in the kitchen!  Buffet line manned by vestry members

Buffet line  

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9TH - the 3rd Anglo-Catholic session started with a mass that reflected how our service was probably celebrated in the early days of St. George's, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Afterwards, guest speaker John Weslowski talked about "The Church Catholic - Roman and Anglican."

Father Paul explaining Anglo-Catholicism  Father Paul conducting Mass in different style using 1662 prayer book.  John Weslowski speaking about his appreciation of catholicism

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd - The 2nd mass of our "What is an Anglo-Catholic" session was more relaxed with the altar facing the people and more people participation. For example, Joan Pearson doing the reading. Following the mass, speaker Rembert Herbert's informative topic was on "The Oxford Movement," which began on July 14, 1833. A question-and-answer period followed Rembert's talk.

Father Blanch lifting the Host during Mass.  Joan Pearson reading the lesson during Mass   Rembert Herbert discusses Anglo-Catholicism

September 2014

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH -  Twenty-seven parishioners and friends of St. George's attended the first of three seminars on "What Is An Anglo-Catholic?" to be held on consecutive Thursdays at 7PM. The mass was celebrated in various traditional and modern Catholic styles, followed by a short lecture and question & answer period. Theme of this first seminar was: the history and development of the Catholic movement in Anglicanism.

Father Blanch near altar talking about Angl-Catholicism   Father Blanch conducting Mass   

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 – At the beginning of Mass on Sunday, Father Paul Blanch joined the choir in the balcony to bless the newly refurbished organ. Also pictured is Simone Stella of Florence, Italy, a guest organist who played during Mass as well as “The Postlude Recital” at 4:00 PM.

Father Paul Blanch, flanked by the choir, blessed the newly refurbished organ.   Simone Stella of Florence Italy playing the organ.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 – St. George’s had a Gala Dinner at the Stockade Inn celebrating the refurbishment of the organ.  It was a great event with live entertainment provided by Nancy Timpinaro-Hogan and Ward Dales. 

table of attendees   Andrew Krystopolski and Father Paul Blanch   Our entertaining couple for the evening

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH - To celebrate the rebuilding of our organ, we had an outstanding organ concert presented by Canon Mark Laubach, Organist St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Mark Laubauch describing one of the pieces he was about to play.   Mark Laubauch playing the organ during his concert.   Formal picture of Mark Laubauch seated at the St. George's rebuilt organ.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 - The Stockade Art Show was held on a gorgeous early fall day with comfortable temperatures and clear skies.  St. George’s ran their traditional café to make some money off the gathering of artists and art lovers attracted to the event. A secondary benefit was the opportunity for Georgians to work together on a community project.

A picture of the food line.   

August 2014

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH - A parish-wide pool party and picnic was held at the home of Ed and Karen Perka's. The weather cooperated, and a good time was had by all attending.


June 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014 - The Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated at St. George's, emphasizing the joy of the Eucharist. Red and white roses were scattered at the beginning of the procession around the church as Fr. Paul followed with the Monstrance that is used for Eucharistic adoration.

Rose petals being scattered before the Monstrance passes   Father Blanch carries the Monstrance

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th & THURSDAY, JUNE 5th, 2014 – All parishioners were invited to an informative power point presentation given by our visiting Bishop from Australia, Peter Danaher on Wednesday. On Thursday Bishop Danaher presided over Mass in the Lady Chapel prior to a dinner meeting with the Vestry in the Great Hall.

Bishop Danaher speaking to a group of Georgians   Bishop Danaher with the audience visible   Bishop Danaher with a different view of audience   Bishop Danaher presiding over Mass in the Lady Chapel

May 2014

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2014 - Fr. Paul accepted one of 7 Schenectady Heritage Foundation awards for St. George's steeple restoration. The ceremony took place at City Hall with Gloria Kishton, SHF president, and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presiding.

Fr. Paul Blanch at podium with Mayor Gary McCarthy and Gloria Kishton   Pictures of all of this year's winning projects.  St. George's representatives: Chris Henry, Rick Forshaw, Dave Kennison and Father Blanch with Mary McCarthy and Ms. Kishton   

MAY 2014 - This year's annual Easter Egg Hunt was held inside the church because of inclement weather.  Five of our young Georgians participated, resulting in a tie between Sam Whiteman and Liam Weakley. 

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH - It was a sunny and warm St. George's Day for our Patronal Festival Mass and all the excitement that went with it: the presentation of the tartans with the St. Andrew's Society, the Schenectady Pipe Band, the procession around the Stockade neighborhood with clergy, acolytes, choir and parishioners, a tribute to Fr. Wampler, and a Georgian feast!

St. Andrews Society presenting the tartans     Parade around the Stockade   Bagpipers on parade   St. Andrews Society with their tartans in the parade  Father Paul Blanch reads the closing prayers for the Mass   Farewell presentation to Father Delos Wampler   Brunch is served

SATURDAY, MAY 17TH - St. George's "Fantasy Island Float" won 1st prize in the Niska-Day Parade. Thanks to Mr. Rourke, Tattoo, and all the participants including floatmeisters Rick Forshaw and Jason Benoit. Congratulations!

Parade participants in front of the float.    Kids lined up

MAY 5-6-7: Organ Refurbishment News - the organ console and various pipes were removed from the choir loft. The work is being done by Kerner & Merchant Pipe Organ Builders of East Syracuse, NY. The console will be returned the 2nd week of July and played for mass on the 13th. the major portion of the project - updating the computer system - will be completed by the weekend of September 19th that will be chock-full of special events to mark this monumental occasion.



April 2014

SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH - Fr Paul Blanch held a 2nd Parish Forum between the 9 and 11:15AM services to discuss the results of a Parish Survey given out at the Annual Parish Meeting in January. Interesting, informative issues were raised by congregants who gathered together in the Great Hall for this discussion. A 3rd Parish Forum will be held in May.

Father Paul speaking to parishioners        


SUNDAY, APRIL 20th - Easter at St. George's, a solemn but joyful time with a Rite I Mass at 9AM and a Rite II Mass at 11:15AM.

the altar as viewed from the back of the church    Father Paul in the pulpit delivering his Easter sermon.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19th - Congregants of St. George's gathered outside for the rekindling of the Holy Fire then processed into the church for The Great Easter Vigil mass on Holy Saturday.

Gathered in front of the church waiting for the lighting of the "holy fire"   Fr. Paul lighting the "holy fire"

THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH - Maundy Thursday celebrated the Mass of the Last Supper included footwashing....stripping of the altar during the reading of Psalm 22....followed by the all-night Watch of Prayer at the Altar of Repose.

Foot washing    Jon Pearson reading Psalm 22   Altar of Repose for "the watch"

APRIL 13, 2014 - Palm Sunday at St. George's began with a combined mass in the Great Hall....videotaped for our archives....distribution and blessing of palms... and procession into the church for the remainder of the solemn service including the reading of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Palm Sunday started in the Great Hall     


     Processing into the church from the Great Hall

March 2014

SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH - from 4-6PM....Georgians, families, friends and Stockade neighbors enjoyed "the best Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner in Schenectady" as prepared and served by Chef Kevin Grace and his kitchen staff. Louisa Carr with her future family and Judith Smith decked out in the wearing of the green and in charge of ticket sales.


February 2014

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH - FROM 6-8pm, the Great Hall was transformed into St. George's version of Mardi Gras....complete with authentic New Orleans music, food and good fellowship. Kevin Grace and his kitchen crew handled the food and take-out orders....Andy K and his swingin' quartet, the "live" background audio....and all attendees, the fun that goes with this festive time of year....including an "arms length" raffle and a lucrative 50/50 opportunity.

The Band     The organizers - Kevin, Michelle, Paul, Kimberly and Judith

Kevin in the kitchen with Alice     Ron all decked out for Mardi Gras

Father Paul and Mike     Dawn sell an arm's length of raffle tickets.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH - Chef Kevin Grace and his crew "rustled" up a great Pancake Breakfast between the 9 and 11:15 masses. Fresh fruit, pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausages, bacon, and beverages, all for just $8 adults, $5 children.  Seconds and thirds were encouraged! And a good feast was enjoyed by all attending with all proceeds directed toward the organ refurbishment fund.

Our most valuable kitchen assistant - Kevin Grace!     People in the food line

Food line     

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND - Candlemas or "The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple" was the solemn beginning to this important Christian celebration at St. George's. Then, between the 9AM and 11;15AM Mass, Fr. Paul met with the youth of the church in the Narthex to explain the theme of the mass as part of their Christian Education.

Father Paul Blanch at the altar     Parishioners process around the church with lighted candles in their hands.      Father Paul conducts Sunday School

January 2014

JANUARY 19, 2014. The Annual Parish Meeting took place after a combined 9AM Sunday mass. Fr. Paul gave the State of the Parish Reports, the wardens spoke, raffle winners claimed their prizes, and a delicious Italian buffet prepared by chef extraordinaire Kevin Grace followed as parishioners dined sumptuously on fresh fruit, eggplant parmigiana, lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic bread, vegetables and dessert.

Long shot of the Great Hall with assembled people.     Father Paul speaking at the meeting.

Our two wardens - Chris Henry and Rick Forshaw at the podium.     Andrew Krystopolski and Alice Polumbo.     Johnnie and Nancy Angus eating.