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THE MESSENGER

A COMMUNICATION MINISTRY OF
CHRIST CHURCH, DUANESBURG, NEW YORK

 OCTOBER 2015 
Photo by Christine Chandler

RECTORS REFLECTIONS

ear Friends in Christ,

My thanks to those of you who completed a survey we mailed


out last month. It is clear from the survey that our games nights have
been a huge success. It is also clear that we enjoy opportunities to
share a meal together and to worship together. On Saturday,
October 24 we are trying something new by combining all three. We
are offering a family night that will begin with an informal celebration
of the Eucharist in the parish hall, followed by pizza, salad and drinks,
and conclude with games for people of all ages.
The service will be for people of all ages, but will be particularly
geared toward children. The celebrant at the Eucharist will be my sonin-law, Father Scott Garno, who is a father of three children. The music
will be led by Caleb, a young musician also from Unadilla. By inviting
people with young families to lead the worship, we hope to ensure
that the worship is sensitive to the needs both children and adults.


INSIDE
Rectors Reflections

Family Night

Operation Christmas

View from the Pew

How to Play Better

Community News

The Saavy Caregiver

Rummage Sale

Parish Schedule

Calendar

The Discovery Series

Over the years people have told me that it is difficult for them to
attend worship mid-morning on a Sunday. If you are one of those
people, this service is for you. Depending on the response to this service, we may schedule similar ones
in the future.
My wife Barbara and I will provide the meal so that those who attend can simply relax and enjoy
themselves. If you have a favorite game that you would like to play, please bring it with you.
Finally, included in this newsletter is a poster about this event. Please feel free to post it in the community
or share it with a friend.
Yours in Christ,

Bill+
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Stay tuned for details Christ Church family!


Operation Christmas Child time will soon be here!

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)
Last year we sent 34 boxes to children throughout the world!
Lets see if we can beat that number this year!
Deacon Debbie

VIEW FROM THE PEW


The Bad, the Good and the Beautiful

hether you realize it or not, you cannot spell


DEVIL without EVIL

Thanks be to God, we also cannot spell


JESUS without US. Thank God also that Jesus died,
resurrected and ascended into Heaven for all of us. Also
by the Grace of God our sins are forgiven us, in the
Name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus was tempted by the (evil) Devil and He resisted
all those temptations. We, as Christians, must also do
likewise. There is sorrow, hatred, violence and turmoil in
this world of ours. We must let go of all our anxieties and
learn to live in Gods love. His love is good and greater
than evil and we are truly blessed to receive this gift of
love. The love of God will challenge us to help change
this world.
Love, compassion and understanding will always
overcome hate and with the love of God we can find
freedom and peace. Transcend the darkness of hate
and come alive in the light of the unsurpassing love of
God and Jesus Christ. Share the gift of the strength and
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power of this love with others you meet in your lifetime.


We may not be perfect, but we can do the very best
that we are capable of doing. Remember, God loves us
just as we are, warts and all!
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to
the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the
church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without
end. Amen. (KJV)
Ephesians 3:20-21
When you find that unbounded love of God and
His peace, you will also become aware of the beautiful
world He created. There is joy in the perfection of all
around you and you are truly blessed to be able to see
this breathless, undeniable beauty, to live in it, and to
share it with others.
Resist the Bad, be thankful for the Good and enjoy
the Beautiful.
You are all, always in my prayers.
In His Peace and Love,

Doris J. Weiler 

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HOW TO PLAY BETTER


Fostering good games and godly outcomes

once served a church where the youth


group had a long tradition of a night entirely
devoted to games that had to do with food.
By the end of the night everyone was filthy with
foodfood that could have been enjoyed by
someone who needed it. When I questioned
the use of food as play and our stewardship of
food, I heard answers along like, But the kids
love it! and Its so much fun! Yet in the midst
of food shortages and debilitating droughts, I
just couldnt justify this use of food.
For the record I am also that person who
chooses not to have youth play dodge ball.
Nothing says, God loves you and
this is a safe space like a whack to
the body from a rubber ball. But I
digress.
At church, the word recreation is
often synonymous with playing
games or simply having fun. This
kind of play can be an excellent
way of gathering generations and
building community. With the right
planning and thoughtfulness,
playing charades, teaching easy
dances or a friendly game of
community kickball can build and transform
communities. In my denomination, there is even
a recreation micro-culture of energizers or silly
dances that youth at church camp do together
to start off each day. Trust me, if youve never
seen thousands of high school students jumping
up and down in unison to The Camel Dance,
you are missing something. Yet this quirky
custom has a way of breaking down even the
most intense social hierarchiesthat is, high
schoolby creating community and
celebrating silly.
However, fun is not a theology of recreation. It
can be an aspect of it, but they are not one
and the same. As church leaders we need to
get past the idea of fun for funs sake, or a
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recreation theology that refrains from
questioning the kinds of games we play, what
resources we use to play them, and what we
aim to do when we play. We are called to think
through all that we do and understand the
spoken and unspoken messages we
communicate and model to our community in
the midst of recreation.
This includes asking questions before we play
such as, what is the goal of this activity? How
does this activity build our community? What
are possible downfalls or unintended
consequences of this activity? And, how is God
glorified in this activity? We must also ask
questions after we play together
like, what did you learn through this
activity or game? What did we do
well? And, what do we need to
remember for next time?
Leaders are also called to ensure
that all members of the community
can find ways to enjoy the play.
Young, old, able-bodied, less ablebodied, those with stamina and
those with little, those who naturally
join in, and those more comfortable
off to the sideall of Gods children are invited
to play. Of course, not everyone will be
comfortable with every game. Yet attending to
the breadth of our communities can yield a
significant change in the outcome of any given
activity.
One method of embracing a more welcoming
theology of recreationor, playing a better
gameis to consider recreation, games and
play through the lens of multiple intelligences. In
1983, Dr. Howard Gardner developed a helpful
method that I regularly use. Dr. Gardner
introduced the idea that IQ tests are limited,
and that intelligence should not be measured
by asking who is intelligent but by asking how a

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given individual is intelligent. He proposed eight


different intelligences for both children and
adults:









Linguistic (word smart)


Logical-mathematical
(number/reasoning smart)
Spatial (picture smart)
Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart)
Musical (music smart)
Interpersonal (people smart)
Intrapersonal (self smart)
Naturalist (nature smart)

These eight intelligences are described as


pathways to learning. In congregational
settings, we can also look at them as recreation
pathways that can lead to an experience of
community and, ultimately, to the Holy One. For
example, recreation is often focused on those
who have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. These
folks will thrive in typical, sports-based
recreation. Yet people with other intelligences

might enjoy playing at word games, singing


karaoke, or going camping. When we take
some time to think through the community we
serve, we can adapt or assign specific roles or
tasks to people who may have varying
intelligences. We may even intentionally assign
folks a challenging role as a way to equalize,
develop skills in others, and teach.
The apostle Paul wrote, I appeal to you
therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of
God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your
spiritual worship (Romans 12:1). Communities of
faith are responsible for leading and modeling
how recreation can be transformative. This is
part of our spiritual worship, to lead our
communities in a recreation that builds up our
communities and reflects our creation in the
image of God. When the fun-ness of recreation
is understood as a part of spiritual formation, we
can create opportunities for our communities to
play together, and with God in mind. 

COMMUNITY NEWS
Outreach Opportunities
 Prayer Shawl Ministry:

 Our Lady of Fatima Food Pantry:

There is an active prayer shawl ministry at Our


Lady of Fatima in Delanson. They make shawls for
those who are homebound or ill along with lap
blankets, hats, mittens and blankets for infants
who are being christened. They meet once a
month and there is plenty of yarn! If interested
please contact Lynn ORourke, Parish Life
Director, at 518-895-2788.

The food pantry, which serves up to 80 area


families, is in need of the following non perishable
food items:

 2015 Low Vision Technology Fair FREE TO








THE PUBLIC
Presented by Northeastern Association of the Blind
in Albany
Date: October 15, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: St. Sophias Greek Orthodox Church, 440
Whitehall Road, Albany

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Canned fruit
Pasta
Canned sweet potatoes
Juice canned or plastic bottle
Cranberry sauce
Canned gravies
Ketchup
Mayonnaise
Monetary donations if you wish to make
a donation please put a check in the
offering with Food Pantry in the memo
line

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OCTOBER 2015

RUMMAGE SALE
Clean out closets, organize the
garage, and let those unused items
find a new home at the Rummage
Sale.
Friday, October 16: 4-7
Saturday, October 17: 9-2,
(bag sale 12 2)
Item Drop-Off 5 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/14 &
Thursday, 10/15

Please deliver items clean and in


working order, no electronics
Volunteers welcome!
Call Jane Weyers with questions or
for pick up, 817-3782.

Need inspiration? Read The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up, by


Marie Kondo. 

 OCTOBER 2015 
PARISH SCHEDULE
Date

Acolyte

Greeters

Bell Ringer

Elizabeth Iseman &


Tippe Miller
Bryan Salisbury &
Bart MacDougall
Sharon Mericle &
Barbara Hinrichs
Linda MacDougall &
Barbara Munson

10/04/2015

Sandra DePoalo

10/11/2015

John Weiler

10/18/2015

Sharon Mericle

10/25/2015

Jane Weyers

Phil & Jenna Sayles

11/01/2015

Sharon Mericle

Andi & Bryan


Salisbury

Steve & Sherry Schrade

Tony Miller

11/08/2015

Sandra DePoalo

Barbara Hinrichs

Sandra DePoalo &


John Weiler

Bryan
Salisbury

Kyle & Tonya


Rudolphsen
Carm Fusco &
Barbara Heimlich

Sunday School

Tony Miller
Bryan
Salisbury
Tony Miller
Bryan
Salisbury

DoK
Prayers of the People

Counters

Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

Sharon

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

Elizabeth

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

Elizabeth Iseman

Debbie

Andrea Salisbury & Cindy Creasy

Sharon

Elizabeth Iseman

Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tippe Miller

Sharon

Sharon Mericle

Sharon

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

Date

Chalice

10/04/2015

Elizabeth

10/11/2015

Elizabeth

10/18/2015

Elizabeth

10/25/2015

Elizabeth

11/01/2015
11/08/2015

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Barbara Hinrichs

Lectors

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

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BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES & EVENTS
Sunday
27 PENTECOST 18
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

4 PENTECOST 19
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Monday
28

Tuesday
29

Glenn & Judith


Doell
Devin Fortman,
Curtis White
5

Wednesday
30

Thursday
1

Art Crandall, Paul


Munson, III

11 PENTECOST 20
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

12

13

Christine
Chandler

Brendan & Amy


Walsh

18 PENTECOST 21
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

19

20

14
Discovery Series 7pm
Jasmyn Hart

21
Vestry Mtg 7pm
Cal & Jane Weyers

Friday
2

Saturday
3
Jane Weyers

Phil & Jenna


Sayles

Paul &
Theresa Munson

Joan & John


Langston

Linda Dow

15

16
Rummage Sale

17
Rummage Sale

Judy
Breitenstein

10

Michele McKinley

22

23

Bill McHugh,
Amy Walsh

Stephanie
McKinley

29

30

24
Family Night
Debbie Beach, Adam
Acevedo

Bobby Chandler

Denny & Chris Wolfe

25 PENTECOST 22
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

26

1 ALL SAINTS
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Sunday School 10am

Daniel Menzies, III


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Bob Chandler

28
Discovery Series 7pm

Sharon Smith

Marge Cummings,
Jim Featherstonhaugh
3

Ryan Moses

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Lisa & Bill


McHugh, Ryan and
Kelly Powers
6
Sarah Langston

Sharon & Bruce


Smith

31

7
Cheryl Lennox,
Zachary Therrion

OCTOBER 2015

THE DISCOVERY SERIES:


A Christian Journey

October 14 A Journey of Faith: Your Spiritual Journey; Great Commandment and Great
Commission
October 28 What We Believe & Baptismal Covenant

November 9 Path to Spiritual Maturity: Spiritual Maturity & Prayer

November 16 Bible Study & Action

December 7 Our Spiritual Gifts: What Does God Want From Me?
December 14 Getting in SHAPE for Ministry




January 3 The Great Commission: What is Mission? Spreading the Good News & My Lifes
Mission
All classes begin at 7pm in the Parish Hall.

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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