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St. George's Episcopal Church

Goings On About the Parish...

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.