Updated Mask Policy and other Covid restrictions: As of mid-June 2021, the diocese has released us from any further Covid-19 restrictions. You will not be required to wear a mask and you may sit where you like. We do ask that you respect the wishes of those around you however.
Communion will be served in both kinds. You may receive standing or kneeling at the rail. If you wish not to receive the chalice, simply cross your arms.
Coffee Hour After our service today we invite all to come to the Great Hall for coffee and refreshments.
Weekday Services Morning and Evening Prayer resume on Tuesday, November 30th.
2021 Stewardship Stewardship season is upon us and you will be receiving pledge cards very soon. As we enter the season of Advent, please think what this parish means to you. What meaning does worshipping Almighty God in this place hold in your life? What friends you have here, what fellowship, what memories? This historic church will not exist without your support and without your pledge. Please make that commitment now.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing It’s back! After a Covid interruption, St. George’s is back and supporting the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas bell ringing-campaign. This is one of our ongoing parish outreach ministries and is always well-supported by Georgians. Our date is Saturday, December 11. The place is Price Chopper on Eastern Parkway in Schenectady. See Jon Pearson for more information. If you can’t make it, please consider a monetary donation. Put “Salvation Army” in the memo line on your check and we will make sure your check is included in our parish donation.
Greening of the Church Don’t forget this date – Sunday, December 19. That’s the date we will do our traditional greening of the church for Christmas. Christmas trees, wreathes, the Creche, boughs in the windows, pew torches, we will do it all. A light lunch will be provided, so come, work and join the fun.
Christmas Eve: Service of Carols at 8:30PM. “Midnight Mass” at 9:00PM. Celebrant will be The Rev. Peter Schofield
Christmas Day: Christmas Day Mass at 11:00AM. Celebrant will be The Very Rev. Dr. Thomas Papazoglakis
Pastoral Care & Emergencies In Fr. Matt’s absence, 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. ALL are welcome to experience the joy of singing together the beautiful a cappella harmonies and stirring songs of the Sacred Harp, a tunebook and hymnal published in Georgia in 1844 and used in community singings throughout the world. We sing in the Great Hall every Saturday afternoon from 1-3:30pm. For schedule updates or more information, please contact Tarik Wareh or visit http://www.albanysacredharp.org/.
Little Red Wagon Sunday/ SICM collection: We continue to receive donations of non-perishable food for the Schenectady Inner City Ministry. 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. We collected 181 pounds at this past week’s collection. Our total year-to-date collection is 1427 pounds. Our next collection date is December 12th.
All on the Same Page Book Club: The St. George’s book club will not meet in November or December. The first book selection for 2022 is “This is Happiness,” a nostalgic, funny, and beautifully written novel by Niall Williams. The setting is a small town in rural Ireland that is on the verge of being added to the electric grid. Discussion will take place during coffee hour on January 16th. Please see Meg Hughes if you have any questions.
Vestry member changes: At the 2021 Annual Meeting we elected David Kennison as Senior Warden. Jon Ewbank was elected Junior Warden. Jeffrey Wengrovius, Margaret Hughes and Sean Albert were all elected or reelected to vestry board positions. See Vestry page for full listing of the vestry.
Annual Meeting held January 31, 2021 on Zoom: Click for a copy of the information distributed at the Annual Meeting. Annual Meeting Packet 2021.
June 2020 St. George’s started live services again. At the same time we are Livestreaming our services.