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THE MESSENGER

A COMMUNICATION MINISTRY OF
CHRIST CHURCH, DUANESBURG, NEW YORK

 APRIL 2015 
Photo by Christine Chandler

RECTORS REFLECTIONS

ear Friends in Christ,

Several years ago I ran across an Easter story that touched


my heart. It has been retold and adapted by many people. I
believe the original version is attributed to Paul Harvey. I share
it with you as we begin to celebrate the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

INSIDE

He was nine in a Sunday School class of eight-year-olds. Eight-year-olds


can be cruel.

Rectors Reflections

The third-graders did not welcome Philip to their group. Not just because
he was older. He was different. He suffered from Downs syndrome and
its obvious manifestations: facial characteristics, slow responses,
symptoms of retardation.

View from the Pew

Rummage Sale

Deacons Notes

One Sunday after Easter the Sunday school teacher gathered some of
those plastic eggs the kind in which some ladies pantyhose used to be
packaged. Plastic eggs which pull apart in the middle.

Duanesburg 250

Parish Schedule

Calendar

Annual Convention

The Sunday school teacher gave one of these plastic eggs to each child.
On that beautiful spring day each child was to go outdoors and discover
some symbol of new life and place that symbolic seed or leaf or
whatever inside his egg. They would then open their eggs one by one,
and each youngster would explain how his or her find was a symbol of
new life.

So
The youngsters gathered around on the appointed day and put their eggs on a table, and the teacher
began to open them.
One child found a flower. All the children oohed and aahed at the lovely symbol of new life.
In another was a butterfly. Beautiful, the girls said. And its not easy for an eight-year-old to say beautiful.
Another egg was opened to reveal a rock. Some of the children laughed.
Thats crazy! one said. How is a rock supposed to be like new life?!?
Immediately the boy spoke up and said, Thats mine. I knew everybody would get flowers and leaves and
butterflies and all that stuff, so I got a rock to be different.
Everyone laughed.

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The teacher opened the last one, and there was nothing inside.
Thats not fair! someone said. Thats stupid! said another.
The teacher felt a tug on his shirt. It was Philip. Looking up he said, Its mine. I know its empty. The tomb is
empty.
The class fell silent.
From that day on Philip became part of the group. They welcomed him. Whatever had made him different
was never mentioned again.
Philips family had known he would not have a long life; just too many things wrong with the tiny body. That
summer, overcome with infection, Philip died.
On the day of his funeral nine eight-year-old boys and girls confronted the reality of death and marched up
to the altar not with flowers.
Nine children with their Sunday school teacher placed on the casket of their friend their gift of love AN
EMPTY EGG an expression of their affection for their classmate and their faith in the Resurrection.

Yours in the Joy of the Resurrection,

Bill+
VIEW FROM THE PEW
And now the rest of the story

nly a few months ago, we gathered


together at Christmas, to celebrate the
birth of Jesus. That was the beginning of
Gods revealing love to us through Jesus Christ.
Now God gives us His ultimate love in giving us His
son as the supreme sacrifice for all our sins and
the sins of the whole world. The life of Jesus was
filled with varied emotions. For example, He
showed impatience and anger with the money
changers of the temple. Most times He showed
love and compassion to those that He healed.
Even as Jesus hung on the cross in excruciating
pain, he showed love, forgiveness and
compassion. And now..we will gather together
at Easter, to celebrate the glorious resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Jesus said lo, I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world. (Matthew
28:20b KJV)
Shortly after my 14th birthday, my oldest sister
went into the hospital. She had streptococcus
disease of the blood. I had never heard of it
before and only once since. Wherever the blood
clotted, she had pain. While she was in the
hospital, it reached her heart and she died.

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Penicillin could have saved her but the army had


priority on it. I always felt that she gave her life for
her country. She was 24 years old. It was my first
experience with death and I was devastated. We
had many interest in common such as music and
art. After her death I would start out to ask her
opinion on something only to stop and realize I
could never ask her anything again. I daily
remember Edith in my prayers and always think of
her in Holy Week, since the dates are so close to
her own life. She was born on April 7, died on April
11 and buried on April 14
Since then I have experienced the death of
my husband, my father and my mother all in less
than three years. After 40 years, though, I am
more at peace, with the thought that they have
been buried with Christ. We shall all be together
with Jesus even unto the end of the world.
I wish you all a most Joyous Easter. You are all
always in my prayers.
Love & Blessings,

Doris J. Weiler 

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APRIL 2015

RUMMAGE SALE
Friday, April 17: 4 to 7 p.m.
& Saturday, April 18: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., bag sale
12-2
Spring clean now and deliver items
Wednesday, 4/15 and
Thursday, 4/16
Please deliver clean items in working order only,
5-8 p.m. in the evening
NO ELECTRONICS, VOLUNTEERS WELCOME
Contact Jane Weyers with questions or for pick up, 817-3782

DEACONS NOTES
A Caregivers Guide to Clutter

rganize Senior Moves offers practical and


useful tips when it comes to Spring cleaning
and getting organized. Break out the

brooms!
The D word -- decluttering -- can strike fear in even
the bravest of people. Whether you have lived your
home of 5 years or 50 years, this is an essential activity
to keep your house not only looking nice, but also
safe to be in. Although the process can be
overwhelming, use the following information to guide
you along the way.
1. Allow yourself time For many people, there is an
emotional attachment to their belongings, regardless
of the significance. Allow time to adjust to getting rid
of some things, and time to make arrangements for
their proper disbursement.
2. Where to start? Tackle the areas that you live in first
(kitchen, living/family room, bedroom). The progress
you see there will encourage you to move into other
areas.
3. Limit the amount of time spent each day. This can
be an emotionally and physically draining
process. Organize Senior Moves recommends no
more than two hours each day, and no more than
three days each week.
4. Designate areas for disbursement. Try to decide
where you would like things to go, and set aside an
area
for
each
destination.
Examples

By Deacon Debbie
include:
trash.

family, donations, friends, shred,

5. Closets and cabinets Carefully empty the contents


of each closet and cabinet. Assess the usefulness,
the quality and the quantity of everything. Test the
pens, erasers and markers; if they do not work, get rid
of them. If the clothes are out of style, no longer fit, or
have seen better days, do not hang onto them.
6. Papers An excess of papers tend to trap smells,
which is never good. We like to suggest to our clients
that they sort their papers while watching
television. Before starting, it is a good idea to speak
to a financial advisor about keeping financial
information. Have a receptacle for trash, one for
shredding, and another for papers that are being
kept.
7. Hazardous wastes When you are ready to take on
the basement, attic, garage or shed you may find old
paint, pesticides, etc. It is a good idea to find out the
date for the next hazardous waste disposal
program in your area -- most towns have one in the
spring and one in the fall.
8. Contact family, friends and charities Determine
the level of interest from family and friends to see if
they are interested in anything -- including any of the
paints and pesticides. In regards to charities, call
ahead and be specific with them about what you
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would like to donate. Most charities operate on a
volunteer basis, and may not be able to pick up your
things for two to four weeks.
9. Trying to coax a family member to get
started? This is certainly a tricky obstacle. If the
process may create more tensions within the family,
consider bringing in a third party to help. Fewer
things in the home will be less to organize, less to
clean, and less mess. Incorporating Steps 1-8, along
with your patience and understanding may be the
key to getting your family member heading in the
right direction.
A
thorough
decluttering/spring
cleaning,
if
approached
properly,
can
be
very
therapeutic. Planning ahead will make for a
smoother process, and, in the end, help eliminate the
stress that is often associated with decluttering.

Organize Senior Moves is a full-service senior moving


management company that can help seniors
facilitate the relocation to (or from) a private
residence, an assisted living facility, or senior housing
complexes. Michelle Kavanaugh and her staff are
certified members of the National Association of
Senior Move Managers.
The Organize Senior Moves team works closely with
each client to designing layout for new home,
downsizing and sorting, packing, unpacking and
setting up new place to look and feel like home. For
more information visit www.organizeseniormoves.com
or email them at organizeseniormoves@gmail.com. 

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know


to be useful or believe to be beautiful. William
Morris

DUANESBURG 250
Celebration Update
The Duanesburg 250 Committee continues to meet monthly, planning various events to celebrate
Duanesburgs 250th Anniversary. The following events have been arranged thus far:




May: Historical field trips through Duanesburg for DCS elementary students. Also there will be an essay
contest for the DCS HS students
July, August, September: Local restaurant specials

September 19: Duanesburg Historical Society "Ride About"

September 20: Ecumenical Service at Duanesburg-Florida Baptist Church

September 26: Duanesburg 250th Anniversary Celebration Day at DCS High School with craft fair,
farmers market, formal recognition program, chicken barbeque (Our Lady of Fatima Church) and a
music program.

There are a few additional events in the planning stages that will be announced on the organizations
Facebook page www.facebook.com/Duanesburg250.
Please take note of these events and plan on attending! If you are interested in participating in the
Duanesburg 250 Committee or volunteer, please contact Sherry Schrade. 

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APRIL 2015

 APRIL 2015 
PARISH SCHEDULE
Date

Acolyte

Greeters
Carm Fusco &
Barbara Heimlich
Andrea & Bryan
Salisbury

04/05/2015

John Weiler

04/12/2015

Sandra DePoalo

04/19/2015

Sharon Mericle

Phil & Jenna Sayles

04/26/2015

Jane Weyers

Barbara Hinrichs

05/03/2015

John Weiler

Carm Fusco &


Barbara Heimlich

Lectors

Bell Ringer

Elizabeth Iseman &


Tippe Miller

Bryan
Salisbury

Steve & Sherry Schrade

Tony Miller

Marge Cummings &


Lena Dominy Santiago
Cal Weyers &
Doug Fortman
Sharon Mericle &
Barbara Hinrichs

Bryan
Salisbury
Tony Miller
Bryan
Salisbury

Sunday School
No Sunday School
Jenna Sayles &
Katherine Fortman
Heather & Bob
MacDougall
Sharon Mericle &
John Weiler
Tony & Tippe Miller

Date

Chalice

Altar Guild

DoK
Prayers of the People

Counters

04/05/2015

Sharon

Sharon Mericle

Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

04/12/2015

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

04/19/2015

Elizabeth

Sharon

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

04/26/2015

Elizabeth

Debbie

Andrea Salisbury & Cindy Creasy

05/03/2015

Sharon

Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

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Linda MacDougall &


Cheryl Lennox
Linda MacDougall &
Cheryl Lennox
Marge Cummings &
Cindy Creasy
Marge Cummings &
Cindy Creasy

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 APRIL 2015 
BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES & EVENTS
Sunday
29 PALM SUNDAY
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Monday
30

Tuesday
31

Wednesday
1

Nolan McHugh,
Sherry Schrade

Thursday
2 Maundy Thursday

Johnny Bard

Friday
3 Good Friday

Saturday
4 Holy Saturday

Bob & Heather


MacDougall

Carm Fusco
5 EASTER
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
No Sunday School
Bart & Linda
MacDougall
12 EASTER 2
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

13

20

26 EASTER 4
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

27

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14

15 Vestry Mtg 7pm

16

10

11

Jim & Judy


Breitenstein

Alexis Weyers,
Thomas Walsh

17

18

Bryan & Andrea


Salisbury

19 EASTER 3
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Dianne Acevedo,
Ian MacDougall
3 EASTER 5
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

21

Jeremiah Lennox

22

23

24

25

29

30

Alexandra
Moses, Tonya
Rudolphsen
28
Jim Breitenstein

Heather
MacDougall

Emma Connor

Sharon Mericle

Fr. Bill Hinrichs

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Marissa Fortman

9
Ashley Hunt

Margaret Fish,
Corinne Skala

APRIL 2015

Registration is available on the Diocesan website at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/.

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:
Cyndy 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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APRIL 2015