Special Happenings during our Season of Creation (October 1-November 5, 2023)

Youth Group Creation Movie Night, Saturday, September 30, 6-9 p.m. We will watch The Day after Tomorrow and discuss our feelings about climate change. Pizza, veggies, beverages and popcorn will be provided.

Here and There: The Beauty We See Everywhere on Our Small Planet An exhibit of photographs by Christopher Jones, October-November (Begley Hall)

Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 1, 3 p.m. All friendly pets are welcome. Please be sure your pet is on a lead or in a secure carrier. Our service will be on our front lawn, weather permitting, or around the corner in Begley Hall (next to 1229 Baker Avenue).

Simple Supper and Discussion, Wednesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Members of the parish (up to eight) are invited for supper and a discussion of our hopes for celebrating a season of creation. You are encouraged by not required to read Wendell Berry’s seminal essay “The Gift of Good Land,” which can help inspire our discussion. Soup or a casserole, beverages, and salad will be provided. You are welcome to bring other dishes to share. R.S.V.P. by 10/1 to mtrjane@st-stephens.church.

Mustard’s Retreat: A Benefit Concert for Schenectady Community Ministries, Saturday, October 7, 7 p.m. Admission is free; generous contributions to SiCM are encouraged; ticket reservations: (518)346-6241; reception by the Vestry will follow.

Michigan-based Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Libby Glover) have been captivating audiences since 1975 with their “defiantly hopeful” music that builds community and celebrates the earth.

Some reviews over the years of their recordings: “In the ‘knock your sock’ off department” (Bill Hahn, WFDU, Teaneck, NJ) “What a pleasure…rings with exquisite lyric and melody…brilliantly crafted songs.” (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange) “An exceptional album. Tender, intelligent, moving, fresh, and eclectic.” (The Ann Arbor News) “Excellent….Amazed at their poetry and storytelling ability…Has more of the magic that made the last (album) so special, and that was a hard act to follow.” (Canadian River Music)

Here’s a link to a promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZsRjQ3ODfo&list=RD1ZsRjQ3ODfo&start_radio=1

Food: A discussion of our food, organic agriculture, and our CSA program with Roxbury Farm led by Richey Woodzell, Sunday, October 15, after 9:30 a.m. service.

Blessing of The Rectory (“Moss House”), Sunday, October 22, after 9:30 a.m. service Members of the parish are invited to join in a house blessing of The Rectory. Our normal refreshments will be served there that day. This celebration is to acknowledge and thank the many church members who contributed to a refurbishing of the home to prepare it for a new priest for the parish.

Youth Eucharist, Sunday, October 29, 9:30 a.m. (CANCELLED)

“What Do We Do with Our Bodies?” Sunday, October 29, 11 a.m. This will give us an opportunity to re-connect with our columbarium located in our Chapel of the Resurrection and hear a presentation by Dr. Bernie McEvoy about Vale Cemetery and its green burial option in “The Dell,” one of only six centers in New York State. It’s a topic we tend to ignore; it’s a gift to our family to carefully consider our plans when we are of sound mind and body; it’s an environmental issue over which we have some choice.

Family Creation Movie Night, Saturday, November 4, 5-8 p.m. (CANCELLED)

Substituting for Family Creation Movie Night was “Coming Together”–a gathering for conversation, a shared meal, and a meditative exercise accompanied by music.