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THE MESSENGER

A COMMUNICATION MINISTRY OF
CHRIST CHURCH, DUANESBURG, NEW YORK

 JANUARY 2016 
Photo by Christine Chandler

RECTORS REFLECTIONS

ear Friends in Christ,

A new year brings some changes to our life together.

The first is a change in the format and content of SUNDAY SCHOOL.


Beginning January 10 we will offer Joyful Journey worship for young
people in our parish. Everyone will gather for the opening hymn and
acclamation on Sunday morning. Then, during the singing of the Gloria
( or Kyire during Lent) the leaders and the youth will leave to go over to
the parish hall. There we will sing songs, have a short lesson and
interactive activities based on the Gospel reading, pray and return to the
church in time for the exchange of the Peace. If you would like to
volunteer to help (we are hoping to have enough teams to rotate every
six weeks), please let Steve Schrade or me know. If you have children
who participate, please invite them to tell you what we did. Also, ask
them to tell you about the Jesus doll.

INSIDE
Rectors Reflections

Anniversary of Ordination

Operation Christmas

Parish Schedule

Family Night

Christ Church Ministries

Visiting Ministry

Calendar

The second change involves our Vestry. Our Annual Meeting on January
24 will mark the end of elected terms for Tippe Miller, Steve Schrade and
Phil Sayles. I am grateful to all three for their commitment to serve as leaders in our parish. Both Steve and Phil
are eligible to run for a second term, and Tonya Rudolphsen has agreed to run for a three-year term as
member of the Vestry. Our ANNUAL MEETING is a great time for us to gather, look back on our rich past and
ask where God is calling us to go in the coming year.
Finally, we will have a second Family (Intergenerational) Evening on January 30. We will have child-friendly
worship, food and an opportunity to play games. I invite you to join us and bring a friend.
Wish you all the best in the year to come.
Yours in Christ,

Bill 
CHRIST CHURCH  DUANESBURG  NEW YORK

40th ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION


by Father Scott Nead

oday Im celebrating the 40th Anniversary of


my Ordination to the Priesthood in
Duanesburg, NY, a small town in
Schenectady County, NY, at Christ Episcopal
Church, built by James Duane, 1st Supreme
Court Justice of the United States. It was in this
location that I began my ministry. As I look at the
pictures of this event I am struck by the fact that
the 10-year-old acolytes are now in their 50s.
When I was 7-years-old I announced to my
family that I was going to be an Episcopal Priest,
the denomination that I was baptized into as an
infant in All Saints Cathedral, Albany, NY. I
dressed in my bathrobe and paraded around
with an upside down broom that was my
processional cross. A few years later I wanted to
start a new church in East Greenbush, NY only a
few years after that another priest did start a new
church there. I kept this goal of becoming a
priest all through my growing years and High
School. One week into college and that was all
out the window (so I thought.) For the next four
years I struggled to figure out what I was going to
be when I grew up (some might think I havent
even done that yet). While, attending Fashion
Institute of Technology in New York City for
Fashion Photography, I was visited by they only
power that seemed to be able to give me
direction. I wrestled for a whole night with the
childhood call to become a priest. By morning I
had surrendered and at 6 AM I called my mother
to tell her I was now ready to become a priest.
Her response, that was so like her, was I knew
you would get around to it sooner or later. She
knew even if I didnt. So, I left NYC and headed
back to my former college, Alfred University,
where I received my BA. From there I want to The
University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee,
where I received my MDiv, from St. Lukes
Theological Seminary. It was a long roundabout
way of getting there, but here I am 40 years later.
I have had the honor to serve in many good
church communities Duanesburg, NY; Albany,
GA; Douglas, GA; Rock Hill, SC; Clinton, SC and
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for the last 15 active years in Aiken, SC. They were


small congregations and big congregations and
the last one was a brand new congregation that
I and others, began in 1990. Even this childhood
dream came true.
Being a priest has been both a joy and a
sorrow. I was a servant for so many people:
leading them in worship and a long transition in
our liturgy; in spiritual growth as well as in
numerical growth; in dreaming of and building
fellowship and worship space (three of them); but
most importantly, in being with them as their
friend/ pastor/priest in good times and not so
good times; in living and dying. It has been a
most rewarding and challenging part of my life
and one I am so grateful that I was chosen for
and had the good sense to embrace so many
years ago on that night when God asked,
Whom shall I send, who will go for me and I
answered, Here am I, send me.
I was in Duanesburg only a year until I
returned "South;" but introduced the "New Prayer
Book" to the congregation and helped them
understand that women were going to be
ordained soon (actually had been extracanonically in Philadelphia). This being my 1st
Congregation experience it was and education
for me and them. I have fond memories of being
there and the community as well. It was 1976 and
everyone was celebrating the bi-centennial. We
hosted a "wagon train" crossing the country and
passing through town. We had horses and built
some temporary stalls in the carriage shed and
fenced in a pasture behind it. We also had some
chickens in the field between the house and the
main road.
Bishop Hogg ordained me on a snowy Dec.
20, 1975. Most of the congregation was present.
Then we had to quickly get ready for Christmas
service.

On December 20, 2015 the above message was


sent to me via our web site. (Fr. Bill) 

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JANUARY 2016

Operation Christmas Child


And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you,
just as you did it to one of the least of these who are
members of my family, you did it to me.' (Matthew
25: 40)

Thank you Christ Church Family!


Because you care, I had the pleasure of delivering

40 boxes to the Open Arms Church, which is 6 more than last year!
I will be able to track my box on-line, so stay tuned and I will let you know what
country it is delivered too!
Deacon Debbie 

 JANUARY 2016 
PARISH SCHEDULE
Date

Acolyte

Greeters

01/03/2016

Sandra DePoalo

Andi & Bryan Salisbury

01/10/2016

John Weiler

Barbara Hinrichs

01/17/2016

Jane Weyers

Kyle & Tonya


Rudolphsen

01/24/2016

Sharon Mericle

Carm Fusco

01/31/2016

Sandra DePoalo

Andi & Bryan Salisbury

02/07/2016

John Weiler

Phil & Jenna Sayles

Lectors

Bell Ringer

Sandra DePoalo &


John Weiler
Marge Cummings &
Tonya Rudolphsen
Cal Weyers &
Doug Fortman
Elizabeth Iseman &
Tippe Miller
Sharon Mericle &
Barbara Hinrichs
Sandra DePoalo &
John Weiler

Tony Miller
Bryan Salisbury
Tony Miller
Bryan Salisbury
Tony Miller
Bryan Salisbury

Date

Chalice

Altar Guild

DoK
Prayers of the
People

Counters

01/03/2016

Sharon Mericle

Sharon Mericle

Debbie

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

01/10/2016

Sharon Mericle

Sharon Mericle

Elizabeth

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

01/17/2016

Sharon Mericle

Sharon

Andrea Salisbury & Cindy Creasy

01/24/2016

Sharon Mericle

Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

01/31/2016

Sharon Mericle

Marge Cummings & Cindy Creasy

Elizabeth

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

02/07/2016

Elizabeth Iseman

Marge Cummings & Cindy Creasy

Debbie

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

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Linda MacDougall &


Cheryl Lennox
Linda MacDougall &
Cheryl Lennox

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CHRIST CHURCH MINISTRIES

elow is a list of the Sunday ministries at Christ Church and those who serve. Please review the
list and let either Father Bill or Deacon Debbie know if you would like to continue in that
ministry and/or venture out into a new one.
Please let them know by January 24th. 
Acolytes

Greeters

Lectors

Bell Ringers

Sandra DePoalo

Carm Fusco

Steve & Sherry Schrade

Tony Miller

Sharon Mericle

Phil & Jenna Sayles

John Weiler

Andrea & Bryan


Salisbury

Jane Weyers

Barbara Hinrichs

Jayden Sayles

Kyle & Tonya


Rudolphsen

Sandra DePoalo &


John Weiler
Marge Cummings &
Tonya Rudolphsen
Cal Weyers &
Doug Fortman
Sharon Mericle &
Barbara Hinrichs
Bryan Salisbury &
Bart MacDougall
Linda MacDougall &
Barbara Munson
Elizabeth Iseman &
Tippe Miller

Bryan Salisbury

Lena Santiago

Chalice Bearers
Elizabeth Iseman
Sharon Mericle

Altar Guild
Marge Cummings &
Cindy Creasy

Prayers of the People

Elizabeth Iseman

Elizabeth Iseman

Sharon Mericle

Sharon Mericle

Debbie Beach

Linda MacDougall &


Cheryl Lennox

VISITING MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

here are at least 4 parishioners of Christ Church who are currently in nursing homes or homebound. We,
at Christ Church, are all blessed to be connected and need to work together to make sure those who
are currently temporarily or permanently homebound become or remain connected to Christ Church.

If you have an hour or so to spare once a month to stop by for a social visit I am sure they would appreciate it
and it will let them know they are not forgotten. This could be any time during the week which fits into your
and their schedule.
I will be placing a signup sheet with those who need a social visit out during coffee hour each month for
people to sign up as you have time. If you have any questions please see Deacon Debbie. 
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BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES & EVENTS
Sunday
27 CHRISTMAS 1
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Monday
28

10 EPIPHANY 1
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

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Thursday
31

Brendan Walsh,

Friday
1 NEW YEARS
DAY

Saturday

6 THE EPIPHANY

13

14

15

16

Doug &
Katherine Fortman
12

Malcolm Kogut

18

19

20
Vestry Mtg 7pm

21

22

23

28

29

30
Family Evening
4:30 pm

Bill & Barbara


Hinrichs

24 EPIPHANY 3
ANNUAL MTG
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

25

31 EPIPHANY 4
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

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Wednesday
30

Jill Brandoline

3 CHRISTMAS 2
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Janet Bastiani
17 EPIPHANY 2
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Tuesday
29

26

27

Scott Wolfe

Bob Skala

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Jessica Lucia

JANUARY 2016

Christ Church is a worshiping community of friends, joyfully serving,


encouraging and healing others in Jesuss name.
The parish is located at:
132 Duanesburg Churches Rd,
Duanesburg, NY, on the corner of Rt.
20 and Duanesburg Churches Rd.

Rector
Fr. Bill Hinrichs (518) 608-1139
or (518) 221-3425
WilliamRHinrichs@aol.com
Wardens:
Judy Breitenstein
Phil Sayles
Vestry members:
Cindy Creasy
Sharon Mericle
Tippe Miller
Andrea Salisbury
Steven Schrade
Jane Weyers
Deacon:
Debbie Beach (518) 372-1352
or (518) 669-1898
dbeach21@verizon.net
Treasurer:
Sherry Schrade
Parish Hall Ph.: (518) 895-2383
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Christ Church
P.O. Box 92
Duanesburg, New York 12056-0092

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JANUARY 2016