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THE MESSENGER

A COMMUNICATION MINISTRY OF
CHRIST CHURCH, DUANESBURG, NEW YORK

 DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017 


Photo by Christine Chandler

UPDATE FROM THE VESTRY

s you read this Messenger, we will have had five Supply


Priests since the end of September: Mother Anne Curtin
from Valatie, Father Richard Lehmann from Rotterdam,
Father Jerry Adinolfi from Greenville, Father John Scott from
Albany and Father James Jacob from Rhode Island. And of
course, our own Deacon Debbie has been serving the Eucharist
with Reserved Sacrament at least once each month. I have
started working on filling our schedule for the month of
February, when you will start seeing some of these same people
again. There are many congregations in the midst of the search
process, so Supply Priests are in demand and in slightly short
supply. If we have a bad storm on Sunday morning in the
coming months, it is possible that we will have Morning Prayer.


INSIDE
Update from the Vestry 1 - 2
Search Committee

Parish Schedule

Calendar

4-5

News & Notes

I realize that having a different Padre (as Brian would say)


each Sunday is not ideal, but please be assured that the
Search Committee is working to expedite the process as much as possible. I have asked Steve
Schrade, Chair of the Search Committee to provide a brief overview of the process and timeline
so that you understand the rather complicated system used by the Albany Diocese.
My heartfelt thanks to my fellow Vestry/Search Committee members for all the hours of meetings
(and homework) we have had to log over the last three months. Everyone has been willing to
assume extra tasks, which has made my job much less stressful.
We now have timed candles making our church start to look like Christmas, thanks to Steve and
Sherry. On Sunday, December 18th, we will be very busy with the Greening of the Church in the
morning and our second annual Carols and Lessons Service at 7:00 that evening - cookies in the
Parish Hall afterward. On Christmas Eve at our 7:00 Service, Malcolm has scheduled a soloist to
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join us.
As we go through Advent towards the Blessed Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I wish you and all of
your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (2017!) Please keep our search in your
prayers and I am certain that our Lord will send us the Rector we need.
Sincerely,

Judith D. Breitenstein
Senior Warden 

SEARCH COMMITTEE
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW RECTOR IS ON SCHEDULE

ince Fr. Hinrichs made the announcement in July that he was leaving Christ Church, the
Vestry has been following the required standard procedure for calling a new rector. Those
steps are basically as follows; conducting a parish self-study (survey), filing a parish portfolio
with the Diocese of Albany, receiving and interviewing a slate of candidates and, with the
approval of the Bishop, issuing a call to the new rector.
After holding 15 meetings in last four months, the Vestry has reached the point in the process
where the parish portfolio has been submitted to the Diocese. We now are waiting for the
profile to be approved and posted online where potential candidates will be able to decide
their degree of interest in Christ Church Duanesburg. Hopefully by early next year we will have a
list of candidates for our consideration.
A great deal of thought has been given to such important issues such as, how much are we
able to afford in compensation for the new rector, what are the most important traits we desire
our new rector to possess, should we consider sharing a rector with a nearby parish (thereby
increasing the number of quality candidates), etc. You, as members of the congregation, have
been extremely helpful during these past few months by completing and submitting the surveys
and by being most patient as the search process moves forward. So we thank you very much
for that! Please feel free to talk to me either in person, by phone or by email if you have any
questions or concerns in regard to the search for our new rector.

Steve Schrade
Search Committee Chairman
875-6559/steve.schrade@hotmail.com 

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PARISH SCHEDULE
Date

Celebrant

Acolyte

Greeters

12/04/2016

Fr. James Jacob

Bryan Salisbury

Phil & Jenna Sayles

12/11/2016

Fr. Eric Cosentino

Jane Weyers

12/18/2016

Fr. Jerry Adinolfi

Sharon Mericle

12/24/2016

Fr. Lehmann

Andrea & Bryan


Salisbury
Kyle & Tonya
Rudolphsen

12/25/2016

Lectors
Marge Cummings &
Tonya Rudolphsen
Linda MacDougall
& Barbara Munson
Elizabeth Iseman &
Sharon Mericle

Joyful Journey
Amy & Brendan
Heather & Bob
Nancy & April

NO SERVICE

01/01/2017

Deacon Debbie

CJ

Phil & Jenna Sayles

01/08/2017

Fr. Robert Witt

John Weiler

01/15/2017

Deacon Debbie

Jayden

01/22/2017

Fr. Robert Witt

Sandra Weiler

Phil & Jenna Sayles

01/29/2017

Deacon Debbie

Evie

Andrea & Bryan


Salisbury

Date

Chalice

12/04/2016

Elizabeth Iseman

12/11/2016

Elizabeth Iseman

12/18/2016

Elizabeth Iseman

12/24/2016

Elizabeth Iseman

Andrea & Bryan


Salisbury
Kyle & Tonya
Rudolphsen

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

12/25/2016

Bryan Salisbury &


Bart MacDougall
Steve & Sherry
Schrade
Cal Weyers & Doug
Fortman
Sandra & John
Weiler
Marge Cummings &
Tonya Rudolphsen

Steve & Tonya


Amy & Brendan
Steve & Sharon
Heather & Bob
Nancy & April

DoK
Prayers of the People

Counters

Deacon Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tonya


Rudolphsen

Elizabeth Iseman

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

Sharon Mericle

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

Deacon Debbie

Andrea Salisbury & Cindy


Creasy

NO SERVICE

01/01/2017

Sharon Mericle

Elizabeth Iseman

Deacon Debbie

Judy Breitenstein & Tonya


Rudolphsen

01/08/2017

Sharon Mericle

Elizabeth Iseman

Elizabeth Iseman

Sharon Mericle & Phil Sayles

01/15/2017

Sharon Mericle

Sharon Mericle

Sharon Mericle

Jane Weyers & Steve Schrade

01/22/2017

Sharon Mericle

Sharon Mericle

Deacon Debbie

01/29/2017

Sharon Mericle

Linda MacDougall &


Cheryl Lennox

Elizabeth Iseman

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Andrea Salisbury & Cindy


Creasy
Judy Breitenstein & Tonya
Rudolphsen

DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017

 DECEMBER 2016 
BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES & EVENTS
Sunday
27 ADVENT 1
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

4 ADVENT 2
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

Monday
28

Tuesday
29

Wednesday
30

Friday

Saturday

Billy Chandler,
Phil Sayles

Linda
MacDougall, Raul
Bastiani, Patrick
McHugh, Tony Miller

10

13

14

15

16

17

Katherine
Fortman, Kevin
Lenehan

Nick Bastiani, Rick


Lucia

20

21
Vestry Mtg 7pm

Jeffery Hunt
Raul & Janet
Bastiani
5

Thursday
1

Steve Schrade

Barbara Greer
11 ADVENT 3
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

12

18 ADVENT 4
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am
Carols & Lessons 7pm

19

25 CHRISTMAS
(No Services)

26

Doris Weiler

22

23
Quinn Walsh

24 CHRISTMAS EVE
Holy Eucharist 7pm
George
Featherstonhaugh

27

28

29

30
Jill Brandoline

31
Brendan Walsh

John Iseman

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BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES & EVENTS
Sunday
1 THE HOLY NAME
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

Monday
2

Tuesday
3

Wednesday
4

Thursday
5

Friday

Saturday

Doug & Katherine


Fortman

8 EPIPHANY 1
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

15 EPIPHANY 2
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

16

22 EPIPHANY 3
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

23

29 EPIPHANY 4
Bible Study 9am
Holy Eucharist 10am
Joyful Journey 10am

30

10

11

12

13

14

18
Vestry Mtg 7pm

19

20

21

24

25

26

27

28

31

Janet Bastiani

17
Malcolm Kogut

Judith Doell

Bob Skala, Ethan


MacDougall

Scott Wolfe

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NEWS & NOTES


CAROLS & LESSONS
 DECEMBER 18TH

GREENING OF THE CHUCH


 DECEMBER 18TH

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH
 DECEMBER

All are invited to Christ Church on


Sunday, December 18th at 7 PM to
participate in a Carol and Lesson
program. We will be celebrating
the season with favorite Christmas
carols and scripture readings,
followed by a time for refreshments
in the Parish Hall. This is a free
event and we hope to see many of
our neighbors.

The greening of the church is


scheduled for December 18th
immediately after Sundays service.
Please join in helping to prepare
and decorate the church for the
Christmas season. Many hands
make light work!

The Vestry of Christ Church and the


Ladies Guild are pledged to support
the Christmas Outreach efforts of our
church. In addition, if you are able to
contribute in providing for those in
our church and community who are
in need, you may include your
donation with your weekly Sunday
contribution. It is as easy as writing
one check that includes your weekly
amount with your outreach amount.
Be sure to write your outreach
amount on the front of the envelope
along with your weekly amount on
the front. Thank you for help and
donations are welcome through to
December 18th! 

We would also appreciate


donations of Christmas cookies for
the refreshments. Please feel free to
drop off you cookies anytime that
Sunday 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.

Christ Church
P.O. Box 92
Duanesburg, New York 12056-0092

Wardens:
Judy Breitenstein
Phil Sayles
Vestry members:
Cindy Creasy
Sharon Mericle
Tonya Rudolphsen
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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