WELCOME VISITORS! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our visitors today. Whether you live in our area and decided to worship with us today or if you are visiting from out of town, we offer you a warm Georgian welcome! There are visitor cards in most of the pews and we ask that you fill one out and give it to the Greeters at the door or simply drop it in the offering plate. We’d love to see you again. Our Sunday Mass is at 10am. Details are on our website, www.stgeorgesschenectady.org.
Updated Mask Policy and other Covid restrictions: The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany has issued the following directive for wearing of masks in the church during this time of increased Covid-19 transmission. They request that masks be worn at all times while we are in the church. After a time of not wearing masks by many of us, this will feel a bit uncomfortable but this is for your health and the health of everyone. We ask that you wear your mask in church and other public places until we are told that it is again safe to remove it.
COFFEE HOUR CANCELED Due to recent rise in Covid infections in the area and in our church, Coffee Hour is cancelled for the rest of January.
Weekday Services. Our plan to develop new weekday services on Wednesday (liturgy of The Word & bible study), Thursday (Compline) and Friday (liturgy of The Word) is delayed until February due to the resurgence of Covid. When it is again safe, these will be rescheduled.
ANNUAL MEETING The 2022 Annual Meeting of St. George’s will be held in the Great Hall on Sunday, January 23rd. There will be a short review of 2021 and a look forward to 2022. In addition, there will be Vestry elections. There are 3 Vestry seats that are open for election: Paul Smigelski, Lynn Paska & Rich Unger, all of whom are completing their 1st 3-year term and are eligible to stand for election to a 2nd term. Also, David Kennison is completing his partial term as Sr. Warden and is eligible to stand for election to a 1st 2-year term. Nominations for these positions can be made in advance to the Clerk of the Vestry, Meg Hughes or from the floor at the meeting. Please make every effort to attend. The Meeting Agenda and Voting Instructions can be found below.
Candlemas Day The 40th day after Christmas, February 2nd, is The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple or The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will have a Candlemas Procession and Mass that evening at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Dale Van Wormer will be our guest celebrant.
FORUM is Coming Back! Your Vestry is making plans for a reincarnation of an old friend – a monthly Forum after Mass. Sort of like coffee hour on steroids, we hope to have different people give short talks on various subjects that may interest everyone, not necessarily religious topics. We had hoped to begin next week with rousing carols around the piano but that conflicted with the Greening of the Church, so we can only say we’ll start it soon. Stay tuned!
How About Bible Study Wednesday? As part of our effort to renew Bible Study and Christian education we are looking to form a mid-week Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. Please speak with Brian Taylor for more details.
Pastoral Care & Emergencies During the interregnum, here are the options for pastoral care needs: (1) Jim Wingate & Anne Duff are always available for pastoral care, home and hospital visitations and communion. Call Jim at 518-381-9271. (2) Brian Taylor is trained in hospital chaplaincy and will respond for pastoral care and emergencies. Contact Brian (text or voice) at 912-656-0779 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (3) If the ministrations of a priest are needed, Senior Warden David Kennison will arrange for a priest of the diocese to respond. Call David (text or voice) at 518-320-5619 or email email@example.com.
Shape Note Singing Due to the uptick in COVID infections in our area, Shape Note Singing will NOT MEET until the region’s daily new case level drops to a safe point.
Little Red Wagon Sunday/ SICM collection Our January ingathering waws successful and we are now working on February with your donations of non-perishable food and toiletries for the Schenectady Community Ministries. Hearty soups, healthy snacks, pasta, hygiene items are all needed. You may also contribute a check to the ministry and place it in the offering plate. Our next collection date is February 13th.
All on the Same Page The current reading selection for St. George’s book club is “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman. The club will discuss it on Sunday, March 20, after the 10 a.m. worship service. It’s a suspenseful and witty mystery about inquisitive English pensioners whose hobby of solving cold cases becomes a bit too real when a murder occurs in the midst of their bucolic retirement community. Meg Hughes may be contacted at (518) 694-1550 for more information about the book club.
Annual Meeting held January 31, 2021 on Zoom: Click for a copy of the information distributed at the Annual Meeting. Annual Meeting Packet 2022.
Vestry member changes: At the 2022 Annual Meeting we will elect new members to the vestry. Official Ballot for electing 2022 Vestry members.
HOW TO VOTE We are asking everyone to cast your vote by email, directly to the Clerk of the Vestry, Meg Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply forward the Annual Meeting E-mail you received to Meg Hughes and indicate your vote (do not click Reply). If you are a married couple that shares a common email, do this twice, indicating your name for each vote. Voting in this way raises the issue of confidentiality, but that is the compromise we must make. Be assured that your vote will not be revealed to anyone. After the vote is confirmed and certified, all emailed ballots will be fully deleted and any printed ballots will be shredded.
IN-PERSON VOTING If you will attend the meeting in person, you may choose to vote at the meeting. Printed ballots will be available at the rear of the church. But it will be easier and faster to tabulate the votes if everyone (in-person and on-line members) votes ahead of time via email.
June 2020 St. George’s started live services again. At the same time we are Livestreaming our services.