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THE MESSENGER

A COMMUNICATION MINISTRY OF
CHRIST CHURCH, DUANESBURG, NEW YORK

 MAY 2015 
Photo by Christine Chandler

RECTORS REFLECTIONS

ear Friends in Christ,

In his first letter, St. Peter writes, Always be ready to make


your defense to anyone who demands from you an
accounting for the hope that is in you; (1 Peter3:15.) This does not
mean that we should all be able to quote half a dozen theologians
by memory, but it does mean that we should be able to explain in our
own words why we believe what we do about God and His Son Jesus
Christ. In other words, each one of us should have an elevator
speech that we can offer whenever the opportunity arises.
Over the years, I have participated in healing services where the
speaker did not offer a sermon or a homily but a witness talk. That is,
the speaker only gave an account of what he or she had
experienced or seen first-hand much like a witness in court. That
particular setting makes it easy for individuals to offer their elevator
speech. Outside of that context, we are often at a loss to know how
to share our faith without appearing to force it on someone.


INSIDE
Rectors Reflections

View from the Pew

Rummage Sale

Parish Schedule

Calendar

Annual Convention

Id like to propose a way that we can offer a quiet witness to our faith in and around Duanesburg,
while at the same time providing an opportunity for people to invite us to talk about our faith. I have
purchased several decals of the Episcopal shield that can be placed on a side window of a car. If one
or two of us place them on cars, chances are no one will notice, but if we all do, friends and neighbors
will find that everywhere they turn there is another Episcopalian. Out of curiosity, people might ask why
we chose to display the Episcopal shield and that will provide an opportunity to give an account of
the hope that is in you.
BONUS: If, like me, you own a popular model car, you might find that sometimes it is hard to find your
car in a large parking lot when there are three or four just like it. The decal will make it easy to spot your
car.
The decals will be available after May 10. I encourage you to take one for each of your cars.
Yours in Christ,

Bill+
CHRIST CHURCH  DUANESBURG  NEW YORK

VIEW FROM THE PEW


The Love of God
I once read about a little boy who had a broken
toy. As his father tried to fix it he realized he was
missing a piece. His son, watching him, sat with a
clenched fist. The father soon discovered the
missing part was in the boys hand. He explained
to his son that he couldnt fix the toy unless the
boy gave up the part to him.
I sensed a lesson in that story. Do we, like the
boy, withhold things from God, our Father? Do we
fail to give up a part of us to Him? Do we fail to
say Thy will be done? In our thoughtlessness, do
we prevent God from fixing our problems? I once
saw a sign:

Before you go to sleep,


Give all your problems to God.
He will be up all night anyway.
Just as the father in the story explained he
could not fix the toy unless the son gave up a part
to him, so it is with God. God our Father cannot fix
our problems unless we give up a part of ourselves
to Him in prayer. Will not God, who in His infinite

love gave His son Jesus Christ, to us in atonement


for our sins; also show us His love in answering our
prayers? God, however, can only answer prayers
that are prayed to Him.

Be careful for nothing,


But in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving
Let your requests be
made known unto God
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
RememberGod
is
Omnipresentalways
presentready to hear our prayers of Praise,
Thanksgiving, Petition, Confession, Penitence, and
Intercession.
Praise be to God The Father, The Son Jesus
Christ and The Holy Spirit!
You are all Always in my daily prayers.
In His love and peace,

Doris J. Weiler 

RUMMAGE SALE
Thank you for your support
Thanks to the hard work of the entire Christ
Church community, the spring rummage sale
was again a success. At this time, a net profit of
at least $850 was realized, and many buyers
were thrilled to receive items that had
previously gone unused. A few high quality
items were set aside to be sold through other
avenues in order to earn an amount respectful
of the value of the donors gift.
Thank you to everyone who donated items,
helped set up, advertised the sale, parked cars,
worked at the event, and cleaned up!

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MAY 2015

 MAY 2015 
PARISH SCHEDULE
Date

Acolyte

Greeters

05/03/2015

John Weiler

Carm Fusco &


Barbara Heimlich

05/10/2015

Sharon Mericle &


Jayden Sayles

Phil & Jenna Sayles

05/17/2015

Jane Weyers

Andrea & Bryan


Salisbury

05/24/2015

Sharon Mericle

Barbara Hinrichs

05/31/2015

Sandra DePoalo

Kyle & Tonya


Rudolphsen

Lectors

Bell Ringer

Sharon Mericle &


Barbara Hinrichs
Bryan Salisbury &
Bart MacDougall
Linda MacDougall &
Barbara Munson
Elizabeth Iseman &
Tippe Miller
Sandra DePoalo &
John Weiler

Sunday School

Bryan
Salisbury

Tony & Tippe Miller

Tony Miller

No Sunday School

Bryan
Salisbury

Jenna Sayles &


Katherine Fortman
Heather & Bob
MacDougall
Sharon Mericle &
John Weiler

Tony Miller
Bryan
Salisbury

Date

Chalice

Altar Guild

DoK
Prayers of the People

Counters

05/03/2015

Sharon

Marge Cummings &


Cindy Creasy

Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

05/10/2015

Sharon

Elizabeth Iseman

Elizabeth

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

05/17/2015

Sharon

Elizabeth Iseman

Sharon

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

05/24/2015

Sharon

Sharon Mericle

Debbie

Andrea Salisbury & Cindy Creasy

05/31/2015

Sharon

Sharon Mericle

Elizabeth

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

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MAY 2015

 MAY 2015 
BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES & EVENTS
Sunday
26 EASTER 4
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am
Dianne Acevedo, Ian
MacDougall
3 EASTER 5
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
No Sunday School
10 EASTER 6
Mothers Day
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Monday
27

Tuesday
28
Jim Breitenstein

Wednesday
29

13
Andrea Salisbury

Marissa
Fortman
14 Ascension Day

9
Ashley Hunt

15

Marguerite
MacDougall, Kelly Powers
24 WHITSUNDAY
(Day of Pentecost)
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am
John Bard
31 PENTECOST 1
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am
Analisa Bastiani,
June VanWie
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18

19

Ken Fish

Gina Bastiani
Menzies, Tracy Rabideau,
Amanda Weyers

20
Vestry Mtg 7pm

21

26

27

28

Elizabeth
Iseman, Ryan
Powers

John Langston,
Laura Lucia

Isabelle Acevedo

25 Memorial Day

1
Jasmine Therrion

Harold & Mildred


Schworm
23

22

Charlie Powers

29

30
Brandon Lucia

5 Diocesan
Convention at
Camp of the Woods
(June 5th 7th)

John Chandler
Tonya & Kyle
Rudolphsen

Margaret Fish,
Corinne Skala
16

Geoffrey Fish
17 EASTER 7
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Saturday
2
Sharon Mericle

7
Fr. Bill Hinrichs

12

Friday
1

Heather
MacDougall

Emma Connor

11

Thursday
30

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Andrea Fortman

MAY 2015

Registration is available on the Diocesan website at


http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php.
The registration deadline is 5pm on May 29th, 2015.

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

WWW.CHRISTCHURCHDUANESBURG.ORG

MAY 2015