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

St. George's Episcopal Church

Goings On About the Parish...

December 2011

The weekend before Christmas 2011 was a busy one at St. George's. On Saturday....Georgians gathered to assemble the Christingle oranges. On Sunday afternoon....Georgians decorated the church for Christmas, then stayed on for the joyful, all-age Christingle Celebration at 4 o'clock.

Proceeds for Christingle once again was a fundraiser for the Northeast Parent & Child Society.

Preparing oranges and candles      Finished oranges/candles

Preparing the church     Cleaning the candelabra     Children setting up Christmas Tree

Decorating the front door of the church     Fr. Paul celebrating Christingle Mass

Christingle Mass     Christingle Mass

Luminaries in front of church before Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

November 2011

Commitment Sunday, November 20th....a combined 10AM Mass with every parishioner participating in a stewardship exercise showing how "We Are the Church," as illustrated through pieces of a picture puzzle of St. George's.

Everyone received a piece of the puzzle after communion and had to put that piece in place on the blank puzzle....building up to a completed picture. As you can see, there were a few pieces missing. Outreach Chairperson Alice Polumbo headed this year's Stewardship 2011 Campaign, assisted by various members of the congregation.





October 2011

Fr. Paul led a group of 16 people on a Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy from October 3 – 9, 2011. 

Group Shot from Pilgrimage.

Group shot on the only day we saw any clouds.

Mass in the catacombs of Rome.     Group shot at St. Francis Basilica

Fr. Paul celebrating Mass in the Catacombs of Rome!

     Chapel in Assisi


The 2nd Annual Blessing of the Pets" took place on Sunday, October 2nd at 3PM at the west doors of St. George's Church. This special Franciscan celebration brings all of God's creatures together (on leashes or in carrying cases) with their owners for a brief and beautiful ceremony....with Fr. Paul Blanch presiding and appropriate hymns by concertina master Andrew Krystopolski.



September 2011

Fr. Paul blessed the newly renovated St. George's House, the home of Andrew and Kevin, on Sunday, September 25th after Choral Evensong at 4PM. This was followed by a party....and you know how Episcopalians and Georgians like to party!....with munchies, beverages, and stimulating conversation. Fr. Paul presented contractor George Van Der Wouden  a small token of our appreciation for all the work he did "above and beyond." The festivities continued with wonderful music by Andrew the Concertina Master.



Sunday, September 25th....between the 9:00 and 11:15 AM services....was St.
George's Annual Ministry Fair in the Great Hall. People signed up for various ministries including Lectors, Greeters, Altar Servers, Choir, Hospitality, Pastoral Care, Buildings and Grounds, Sunday School, Altar Guild, Television Production, and other exciting Georgian activities.



Pouring rain didn't dampen the 1st Annual Choir Retreat at Lake Luzerne (September 23rd-24th). There was Evening Prayer, Compline, Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer and Evensong....the Knights Feast Dinner prepared by Chef Kevin.....a vocal workshop with Stephanie Tennill....choir rehearsal, downtime, and a good time had by all!




  On "Back to Church Sunday," September 19th....parishioners invited family, friends and neighbors to join them at the 9:00 and 11:15 masses. In-between was fellowship and a humongous "pot luck" brunch. It looks like least, those who were photographed....had a good time socializing  and breakfasting together.



    Sunday afternoon, September 19th....some 20 Georgians met in the church parking lot at 1:15 to begin a drive to the Kateri Shrine in Fonda. A guide welcomed us and explained the story of this Mohawk Valley attraction and the inspiring tale of Kateri Tekakwitha. In addition, there were woodland trails to explore, and a Native American museum and gift shop to peruse. At 3 o'clock, everyone gathered for Stations of the Cross. At 5 o'clock, Fr. Paul led us in Evensong, with the reading by Andrew Krystopolski in the main indoor chapel.



On a sunny September 10th 2011, the celebrated annual Stockade Art Show was held.  In this early fall kick-off, many members of St. Georges enjoyed the opportunity to serve the community, make some money, and enjoy each other’s company.

Art Show cooks     Food Line

Fr. Paul talking to a group     Our money changers on the food line

Ben manning the food line     Food line


July 2011

July 30th was a gorgeous day in the Adirondacks.  Approximately 40 Georgian’s turned out for a picnic at the Pearson’s on Sacandaga Lake. 

Group shot of church picnic

Enjoying the chance to chat.      A full table.

Watersports - How many can fit on this raft?     Relaxing and taking in the view.

Dave Kennison cooking some appetizers     Fun for all ages.

June 2011

Dedication and blessing of the new Church Sign, in memory of Bob Todt and his daughter Deborah, took place following the 9AM Solemn Mass for Corpus Christi on June 26th. With many thanks to Barbara Todt and her family for this generous gift.

New Church Sign 1     Blessing of new church sign


Our garden lilies next to St. George's House are flourishing.

Lilies blooming in the church gardens



St. Chad's College Choir

From June 17th to June 20th, the Choir of St. Chad’s College, from the University of Durham, UK were “guests” of St. George’s. Georgians and Stockade neighbors opened their hearts and their homes to these talented choristers, invited the community to join us in this amazing musical journey, and enjoyed interacting with these wonderful young students  when they weren’t “singing their hearts out” for us. Pictorially, these are memories from the long weekend: Friday night’s picnic on the church campus; the Saturday night concert in church; Sunday masses (9AM and 11:15AM) at St. George’s; Evensong at 3PM the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany; followed by relaxing in our rectory’s beautiful backyard after Sunday’s Evensong performance.

For a short video clip of St. Chad's Concert of Choral & Organ Music presented on Saturday June 18th please use this link:


Friday night picnic.

hungry choir     Holy Grill Pit


Saturday evening concert.

Ticket sellers for concert.     Audience arrivals.     Choir as viewed from the organ loft.

Director of Music, St. Chad's Choir - James Randle     Choir singing

Choir singing 2     Choir singing 3


Sunday morning mass.

Choir Director James Randle                                   Choir singing during mass

Singers     Voices loud and clear!

Peter Swift Sub Organist     Choir processing around the church     Clergy processing around the church


On Sunday we took a group shot at The Cathedral of All Saints where the choir participated in Choral Evensong, and finally some pictures of the group relaxing in the backyard of Fr. Paul Blanch's house after Sunday's Evensong performance.

Group photo at Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, NY     Break at Rector's house 1

Break time at Rector's House 2     Break at Recotor's house #3



May 2011

St. George's Day

The Feast of St. George the Martyr, aka St. George's Day, was a joyful celebration beginning with a solemn high mass at 9AM on Sunday, May 22nd....and including presentation of the Tartans with members of the St.
Andrew's Society, the blessing of the milk cartons (a Sunday school project with our youth), a procession round the Stockade with our choir, congregation and the Schenectady Pipe Band, and closing ceremony at the west doors.







April 2011

Easter Sunday

We celebrated the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ with beautiful hymns, blaring trumpets, trombones and kettle drums, and the Organ of St.
George's in the background. Alleluia!



Holy Saturday

The Great Easter Vigil began outside at the west doors of the church at 7:30PM with "the service of light" - the blessing of the new fire and the Easter candle.




Good Friday

On Good Friday at 12:15PM, we solemnly celebrated the death of Jesus.

Congregants stood in line to participate in the Veneration of the Cross.

The mass was an emotional journey for those in attendance.


Maundy Thursday

The feast of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday began at 7:30PM with the Mass of the Last Supper.

The footwashing....a reminder that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an example of how we are to follow him in service to others.

Parishioners signed up for the Vigil of Prayer at the Altar of Repose which took place from 9PM Thursday to 8:30AM Friday.


Palm Sunday

Parishioners from our 9AM and 11:15AM services began Palm Sunday with Solemn Mass, Palm Procession and the Liturgy in the Great Hall.

The Right Reverend Gordon Mursell from England was our guest preacher for Holy Week and Easter.


Our volunteer choir led us from the Great Hall to the Church.


"The Passion of the Christ" was narrated by Joan Pearson.


Christopher Henry, Fr. Paul Blanch, Fr. Delos Wampler and David Kennison had starring roles in "The Passion...."


Supporting St. Baldrick's Foundation

Colton Jaquith is supporting St. Baldrick's Foundtion this year. On Monday Colton had his head shaved in support of St. Baldrick's, a foundation that is funding research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Many members of the St. George's community have pledged money to support Colton's bold gesture.


Colton Jaquith


March - April 2011

This year, our Lenten study program is taking us out of St. George's each Wednesday to different religious venues as we learn to better understand our own faith and compare how others worship.

For our fifth week, we visited the Buddhist Centre on Washington Avenue in Rensselaer to learn about Buddhism.



For our fourth week we visited the Baha'i Reading Room at 138 Jay Street in Schenectady on April 6th to learn about the Baha'i faith.



For our third week we visited the Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District on Albany-Shaker Road in Loudonville on March 30th to learn about Hinduism.



For our second week we visited The Islamic Center of the Capital District on Lansing Road in Colonie March 23rd to learn about the Islamic faith.


For the first week we visited the Congregation Gates of Heaven Synagogue on Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady on March 16th to learn about Judiasm.




March 2011

St. George's Annual White Dragon Sale in March was extended to two days, Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th. It was a day of community camaraderie, bargains galore, and parish profits as chairperson Rosemary Pannone reported an intake of over $3,000. Food was provided for the workers by the hospitality committee.




Church "banks" made by our Sunday School children were blessed by Fr. Paul and given out to parishioners after mass. The object of this Lenten Collection is to fill the decorated cartons with loose change and return them to St. George's after Easter. Last year, this fund raiser realized approximately $1,000.



February 2011

Sunday, February 6th was a Pulpit Exchange with Fr. Paul Blanch going to Christ Church Hudson to celebrate Mass and Fr. John Perry coming to preside and preach at St. George's. Members of each church accompanied their respective rectors.

In Schenectady (L-R): Fr. John Perry, Christ Church vestry member/junior warden's wife Fayal Greene, St. George's senior warden David Kennison, rector's wife Eleanor Perry, Christ Church junior warden David Sharpe.

In Hudson (L-R): rector's wife Maggie Blanch, Fr. Paul Blanch, Fr. John Perry, senior warden Jamison Teale, St. George's choir member Joan Pearson, St. George's treasurer/vestry member Jonathan Pearson, rector's wife Eleanor Perry.


January 2011

St. George's again partnered with St. Stephen's to provide a noontime meal to Bethesda House guests on Sunday, January 30th. Parishioners cooked dishes for the dinner and/or were given kitchen assignments onsite. It was an afternoon of hard work and camaraderie....ending in the distribution of socks for this annual event that is known as the "knock your socks off" pot luck.




St. George's Annual Parish Meeting was held on Sunday, January 23rd in the Great Hall after the 10 o'clock mass. Preceding the formal meeting, elections, a review of 2010 and the state of the parish....attendees enjoyed a Georgian brunch highlighted by Ralph's "famous" lasagna. A good time was had by all, as captured pictorially.