Event Calendar

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. Details are on our website, www.stgeorgesschenectady.org.

Coffee Hour Don’t forget Coffee hour after Mass. Join us in the Great Hall for fellowship with friends & church family

Little Red Wagon Sunday/ SiCM collection October 8th is our monthly ingathering of food and personal hygiene supplies for the SiCM Food Pantry. We’ve been setting a blistering pace in 2023, all due to your devoted generosity. Last week we delivered 351 lbs. of food, a new monthly record! So far this year we have provided 2,218 lbs to the hungry in our community, giving us great hope we will achieve our 2023 goal of 2,500 lbs.

Pillow Talk October 8th is also our quarterly donation for the YWCA emergency shelter. Thank you to all who have contributed to our parish outreach. This continuing ministry supports women and children who have escaped from an unsafe environment and arrive with nothing. The need is great and is ongoing. We need Pillows, Twin Size Blankets and Comforters. Blankets and comforters may be gently used, but pillows must be new, unopened and in their original packaging. Place donated items at the back of the church.

Jamie Taft continues to improve at Schenectady Center. He would love to have more visitors! Afternoons are better since he has therapy in the morning. Schenectady Center: 526 Altamont Ave, Schenectady, NY 12303, Tel: 518.346.6121. Contact Suzy Unger, 407-718-2058, if you have any questions.

FOYERS is BACK! This fall, we are re-starting our very popular Foyers groups. Foyers groups are small groups of 8-10 persons sharing simple meals and fellowship. The intention is to have fun and provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other. Each group meets once a month for a simple meal and relaxed conversation in the homes of members. Foyer groups have no agenda, no bible study, no prayer service; they simply strive to be what Christians are: groups of people who gather together and “love one another” so that that friendship may grow. Sharon Trant is leading the charge this year and has placed a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Contact Sharon at sharontrant928@gmail.com.

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 cornishanglican@gmail.com. (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 kentech2@nycap.rr.com. Dean Marshall Vang has also offered his pastoral assistance during this time.

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 singing throughout the world. We sing in the Great Hall on Saturday afternoons from 1-3:30pm. For schedule updates or more information, please contact Tarik Wareh or visit www.albanysacredharp.org

All on the Same Page Book Club Our Book Club meeting is today, September 17th, after Mass in the Shaw Lounge. The chosen read is Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town, by William B. Patrick, recommended by Jon and Joan Pearson. This book tells the story of Schenectady’s comeback. Everyone is welcome, so don’t be shy!

Coming up soon…

Saint Francis’ Day Blessing of Pets will take place this year on October 8 at 3:00 p.m. Bring your pets, and your friends and their pets, and join us in the front of the church!

Annual Bible Symposium at the Cathedral of All Saints will be held this year on Saturday, November 4 from 9:30 to 1:30. This year’s presenter is The Rev’d Malcolm Guite. Dr Guite is a renowned Anglican poet, priest, singer-song writer and scholar whose recent works include David’s Crown: Sounding the Psalms, a collection of poems written in response to the Psalms. You can read more about his peoms and essays and find recording at https://malcomguite.wordpress.com. Tickets are available through the Cathedral of All Saints website and include a box lunch. If you need assistance registering please speak to Fr. Pettigrew.

Psalms: A Study Led by Director of Christian Formation, Jonathan Kimmel Did you know that the New Testament quotes the Psalms more than any other Old Testament book? The Psalter is also one of the longest books in the Bible, and is certainly worth a lifetime of study. Our Cathedral will be offering a seven-week study of the Psalms in preparation for the Bible Symposium with scholar, priest, and musician Malcolm Guite on November 4th. This is also a chance to study the Psalms in community. The class will be offered on Tuesday evenings, starting on September 19th, at 7:30PM on Zoom. Please fill out the form on the Cathedral’s website to receive the Zoom link for the Tuesday evening sessions. You only have to sign up once to receive the link for all seven weeks. Find the sign up link under: www.cathedralofallsaints.org/special-events.

Ember Days are three days which occur four times a year: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after St. Lucy’s Day (Dec. 13), Ash Wednesday, the Day of Pentecost, and Holy Cross Day (Sept. 14). The name comes from the Latin title Quattuor tempora, meaning “four times.” In ancient Italy the times (originally three) were associated with sowing, harvest, and vintage, for which one prayed, fasted, and gave alms. Later the four times became occasions for ordination, for which the Christian community prayed and the candidates prepared themselves by prayer and retreat. The BCP appoints proper collects and readings for this observance under the title “For the Ministry (Ember Days), including propers “For those to be ordained,” “For the choice of fit persons for the ministry,” and “For all Christians in their vocation” (BCP, pp. 256-257, 929). [Source: Episcopalchurch.org/glossary/ember-days]