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St. George's Episcopal Church

 

Goings On About the Parish...

April 2017

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 all....as 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