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June 2005

 

ON THE CLOSING OF CHURCHES

We had some friends in for dinner last night. Now it happens, for obvious reasons, that most of our friends have connections with the church, which means that conversations around the dinner table inevitably, and to my wife's consternation, center on what's going on in the church, any church.

One of our dinner guests is an active Presbyterian , and she told us that her denomination is planning to close four churches in our city . Each is a struggling parish with financial stresses, so the intent is to sell all four buildings and with the proceeds build one large enough to accommodate the membership of the four that had closed. Their total Sunday congregations number about 100.

I thought after our guests had left of my recent experience with the closing of the Anglican parish in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to which my parents and I belonged. Some time before I had become a member, when I was a scruffy Catholic kid, I had joined the scout troop which met in that church's basement every Monday night, since the church was around the corner from where we lived. I must have been an incorrigible adolescent, for I was evicted from the troop because of misbehavior. But later on, when I was about 16, and obviously had cleaned up my act, I took the step, entirely on my own, to give up the Roman Catholic Church, and to seek membership in the Anglican Church. My reasons for becoming an Anglican were not very impressive, but I had been invited to join the church choir, and I loved music. Not long after, my parents and my sister, all lapsed Roman Catholics, decided to join me so as to be a family united in religious faith and practice.

My parents, proud blue-collar, hard-working folks that they were, entered into the life of that parish community with a gusto that was amazing. They loved the parish deeply, for they, with their very thick German accents, totally unintimidated by the very English community that they had chosen to join, were so warmly accepted.. It became the most important part of their life and of mine.

The current bishop of the diocese of which that parish was a part, after announcing the decision to close the parish, for it had fallen on tough times, asked me to preach at the final service. I simply couldn't. That parish had figured so profoundly in the spiritual re-formation of my family, I could not possibly be as objective and clear thinking as a preacher should be.

Now I had to close some parishes when I was "active" as a bishop. It was one of the most difficult tasks I experienced. But that experience has formed within me a reverence , not for church buildings, however beautiful they can be, but for the Christian communities that are nourished within them, and which can so profoundly shape people's lives.

+J.C. Fricker,
Interim Dean


 

Episcopal Relief and Development

G o o d n e s s A g a i n

And God saw everything that he had made, and it was very good.... Genesis 1:22

It is hard to remember the goodness of the earth in the midst of a natural disaster -- nature seems enormous, raging, ruthless, an enemy. It seems that whatever goodness there was in nature was a million years ago, and it seems that it will never be good again.

What can restore a person's faith in goodness? What can give someone who has lived through something terrible the courage to stand up amid the wreckage of everything he had and trust that life will again be possible?

Rural Mississippi was struck by tornadoes last month, twelve in one day. Dozens of small communities were affected, some of them leveled: Rankin County saw thirty families left homeless; in neighboring Smith County, terrified high school students huddled with their teachers in a hallway while the twister tore the roof right off the building. In all, 253 homes were destroyed, and more than 5,000 families were without power for days.

You're at school and the roof flies of, and you stare at the sky and think to yourself that you're going to die right here, right now, and you're only fifteen.

The Bishop of Mississippi asked for immediate help from Episcopal Relief and Development, for families in immediate need. Now they know a lot more than they wish they knew about the power of nature, the fragility of human life. And a lot more about the hand of God reaching out to touch and heal through the giving of faithful people whom they will never meet. That's how you learn of the possibility of goodness after something
terrible: we are God's hands in the world, and God heals through us.

To learn more about ERD, visit www.er-d.org or call 1-800-334-7626, ext 5129. Copyright © 2005 Barbara Crafton.


VESTRY HIGHLIGHTS

May 2005 Meeting

Bishop Fricker expressed his pleasure at the beautiful Pentecost Sunday celebration at St. Paul's, beginning with a truly beautiful service and ending with the splendid Monteverdi Vespers performed by our choirs. All vestry members congratulate Drew and Andrew and the vocal team for a concert that was very well attended and drew much praise from attendees. Bishop Fricker also acknowledged the red banners, made by some of our talented seamstresses. All agreed that they were a great addition to the Pentecost celebration.

Roger distributed to vestry members a proposal and formal offer from St. Paul's Cathedral which is being presented to Bishop Garrison and the Diocesan Trustees for consideration in their current discussions about re-location of the Diocesan offices. It is hoped that they will give prayerful thought to the possibility of relocating to our building at 4 Cathedral Park. Vestry members expressed their hopes that the Bishop and committee members will give high priority to a Diocesan commitment to the City of Buffalo as the center of the Diocese. More will follow when we hear from Bishop Garrison.

About 40 pledge increases (or new pledges) have been received by vestry members and parishioners in response to our parish discussion about the current budget demands. The result is thus far an increase of $30,000. of pledge income and vestry members have pledged to continue this stewardship effort. Plans include a visit and presentation by the Stewardship director for the Episcopal Church. All will be invited to hear Ms. Terry Parsons when plans are solidified.

In continuing discussions about "revenue streams" at St. Paul's the issue of our fundraising practices was brought to the table and it was agreed that this is an area where some better planning might be called for. The subject will continue to be discussed with the possible development of a fundraising plan, which will give a fair opportunity to all groups who want to fundraise for their special purposes.

Beverly Fortune,
Junior Warden

 

The Diocesan Companionship Committee is sponsoring a mission trip to Puerto Rico 1/29/05 through 1/7/06. It is a trips involving sister churches from the southern deanary and the Cathedral.

We have 6 slots for the Cathedral including myself. The cost of the trip including airfare, ground transportation, room and food is approximately 950.00 per person. Folks interested in this mission trip can reach me at 716 835 2218 or 716 8512656 or via my email ghhernandez1@yahoo.com for more information.

I am planning to do a coffee hour on our sister church relationship in Puerto Rico and will talk more about the trip.

Gilbert Hernandez

 

Christian Education

Monday Evenings at the Cathedral:

Due to the outrageous popularity of our Monday Evening Book Club (we have read The Secret Life of Bees and Tuesdays with Morrie so far ) we will continue in June with The Life of Pi , written by Yann Matel, the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize. Then in Ju ly we will read the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. We will have books available for purchase, thanks to Vera Kozak!

Here's the schedule:

  • 6 - 6:15: Evening Worship
  • 6:15 - 6:45: Simple Soup and Salad Supper
  • 6:45 - 7:45: Book Discussion
  • 7:45 - 8:00 Compline

Join us whenever you can during the evening. Folks come and go as they need to, so don't be shy. Childcare provided!

 

Junior Youth Group

The Junior Youth Group will have a gathering Sunday, June 5th, 11:30 - 1:30 PM for a picnic at the Marina. Bring a change of clothes and a frisbee or football for a pickup game. Picnic lunch will be provided. We will meet in the Walker Room at 11:30 a.m., walk to the marina and return to be picked up by parents at 1:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Sharon Bass at 837-9060. Last month we had 13 Youth Groupers at our event. What a FABULOUS TURNOUT!!!!!!

 

Senior Youth Group

The Senior Youth Group will meet on June 12th for their monthly event. Watch the Bulletin for more details. MANY THANKS to Leyla Kamalick for her leadership. We wish her Godspeed and many blessings as she heads to Middlebury, VT. Leyla's contribution to the youth and the 20's and 30's programming as well as her wonderful presence throughout the Cathedral will be missed. Thank you, Leyla, and may God be with you now and always. You remain in our prayers.

Special Thanks! Many thanks to the church school teachers, substitutes, nursery attendants, children's liturgy leaders, and youth advisors who have given so much of their time, talents, love, and energy this year to the young people of St. Paul's: Sharon Bass, Henrik Borgstrom, Alma Brown, Lynn Brunner, Canon Cole, Wendy Darling, Vicki Fithian, Sally Hezel, George Hezel, Patricia Hills, Leyla Kamalick, Vera Kozak, Noel Krabel, Mark Looney, Wendy Metz, Meg O'Malley, Tom O'Malley, Kathy Reiss, Liz Schreier, Kara Schwabel, Kevin Smith, Karen Moden Smith, and Allie Townsend.


Children's Liturgy

Children's Liturgy continues throughout the summer. Children gather in the aisle to listen to the Gospel reading and then retire to the Holy Spirit Chapel for a lesson, prayer and songs. They rejoin the Eucharist at the Offertory. Our children present the gifts and then join their parents or worship leaders in the Children's Pew for the remainder of the service.

Congratulations to Cullen Brown who will be confirmed at the Diocesan Confirmation at the Cathedral on June 4th at 10:30 a.m.! We're proud of you, Cullen!!


NEW CURRICULUM FOR CHURCH SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!

Following much research by the Christian Education Committee and approval from the Vestry, we are proud to present Godly Play as our curriculum for next year (an excellent introduction to the curriculum was in May's Chimes, written by CE Committee member Lynn Brunner).

On June 17th, 18th and 19th, Canon Kristen and CE Chairperson Cathy Dempesy will travel to Annapolis, Maryland for an intensive training on the theory and implementation of Godly Play. We will return as certified teachers and trainers, able to train teachers at St., Paul's and throughout the Diocese. With this endeavor we are taking the lead in this Diocese as a parish committed and energized in providing the best Christian formation and education available. Our children are our present and our future!

 

Women's Retreat

After many months of planning and preparation, the Women's Retreat is finally here. On June 10-11th, the Women's Retreat will be held at Camp Weona. If you have not signed up, please contact Mary Ellen in the Cathedral Office to register. There is still time! June is often a very busy and hectic month. Give yourself a gift and come away with the women of St. Paul's to refresh and renew your spirit.

At the retreat you will have a chance to develop a Spiritual Survival Strategy for you in your Workplace (whether your workplace is at home raising kids, in the office, volunteering, or taking care of aging parents!) Scholarships are available! Please speak with Canon Kristen if you have any questions or concerns.

Attention Youth

There is a very important meeting for youth entering grades 8-12 and their Parents on June 12 in the Scaife room after the 10:00 am service. There are some exciting changes happening and we want to make you aware of our plans for next year which include a new program, Journey to Adulthood, and new youth group leaders Kate LIttle and Michael Strzalka joining Allie Townson next year. Come meet them and learn more about our plans for next year. If you have any questions, call Leyla. 883-8307.

 

August Workshops

The Rev. Paul Lillie, appointed missioner to the Diocese of Jerusalem, and currently at the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr, Jerusalem, will be conducting workshops for three weeks in August. There will be a noon presentation as well as an evening presentation.

The first week is entitled Spirituality and Ethics in the Workplace: Jerusalem and Beyond. The second week is entitled Jerusalem meets Bufalo: Spirituality, Faith and the Workplace. Week three is entitled Spirituality, Ethics and Faith in Our World: Life in a global context.

 

Thanks!!!

Hunger ~ Outreach offers many thanks to Muriel Poole and Adrian Cross and St. Paul's creative bakers for making this year's St. Paul's Baked Goods Benefit Sale a terrific success. A total of $824.00 will be shared by Meals on Wheels and the Food Pantry at 1272 Delaware Ave.

 

Properties committee

Weekday Parking at St Paul's

As you all know, St. Paul's has very limited parking during business hours. In order to control the use of our designated street parking and the small lot on Pearl St., we are implementing a simple, cost-effective system on June 1, 2005.

To utilize any St. Paul parking space you must display a numbered parking pass on your dashboard. The passes are controlled by Mary Ellen in the parish office. She will issue a permanent, numbered pass to authorized users. Temporary-use passes are also available for short-term users. Vehicles without a visible pass displayed will be subject to ticketing.

The two spaces on the east side of Pearl St at the corner of Cathedral Park are currently reserved for our masonry contractors weekdays until the completion of the project.

The passes are NOT valid at any metered space and will NOT prevent you from being ticketed by the city, if warranted. The currently used 8 x 10 papers will not be honored after June 1st.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Around the Cathedral

Congratulations to Margaret Neri, daughter of Rich and Martha Neri, who graduated from the NYU School of Social Work. She will be employed by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

Best wishes to Rebecca Neri, upon her marriage to Joseph D. Pozzi of Syracuse. The newlyweds are both attorneys and will be at home in Syracuse.



 

Music Department

CATHEDRAL REACHES CITY SCHOOL STUDENTS

In a new outreach ministry launched by St. Paul's Cathedral Music Department, students from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts had the opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge composition project.

The outreach project, entitled "Organ Works" was piloted in March of this year and spanned a two-month time frame. Over those two months, students from the Buffalo Arts Academy came to St. Paul's Cathedral weekly along with composer David Hanner from the University at Buffalo.

Together, this team composed a new piece for organ, children's choir and instruments called "Names and Games" which, according to Frank Scinta, Arts Academy choral director, "recalls in song and movement several staples of a child's experience: nursery rhymes, play songs, scale practice, counting games, and even nightmares."

The 30-minute work was premiered at the Cathedral on Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. The event was covered by Channel 7 TV news, and the audience was comprised mainly of parents and other interested parties who may never have had another reason to set foot into the Cathedral.
The project was a success not solely for that reason, but because of the impact it had on the students from the Buffalo Public Schools. (A couple of them expressed interest in the studying the organ because of their experience here.) The music department hopes to continue to fund this project with outside grants in the future.

Andrew Scanlon, Assistant
Organist-Choirmaster.

 

THANK YOU,
ORGAN SCHOLAR!

We want to extend out thanks and best wishes to Stephen Price. Stephen came to us this fall from the Church of the Ascension where he was functioning as their organ scholar.

The multi-talented Stephen Price plays the organ, piano, clarinet and violin. He is a talented actor, having acted in professional shows in Buffalo; but mostly he is a first-class gentleman.

This fall he will begin study as an organ major at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. His teacher will be Stephen Roberts, a personal friend of mine, and one of the finest teachers in America. Stephen will also serve as the Organ Scholar at St. Paul's Church On-the-Green in Norwalk, CT, a vibrant Anglo-Catholic parish with a wonderful Skinner organ. The future of Anglican church music is in capable hands!

Good luck, Stephen!

Andrew Scanlon,
Assistant Organist-Choirmaster

 

THANK YOU,
MUSIC SUPPORTERS!

As the cathedral music program year draws to a close, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to the people who make the program possible:

  • Andrew Scanlon, Assistant Organist-Choirmaster
  • Vera Kozak, Music Ofice Assistant
  • Stephen Price, Organ Scholar
  • Nancy Stecker, Boy Choir Mother
  • Wendy Darling, Girl Choir Mother
  • Jamie Gidley & Ellyn Lane, Boy Choir Supervisors
  • Ansgarius Aylward, Orchestra Liaison
  • Jamie Burritt, Vocal Coach
  • Patricia Hills, Theory Co-ordinator
  • Kevin Marshall, Librarian
  • Kathie Hartmans, Cathedral Choir Association Chair
  • Dan Yox, Alumni Association Chair
  • Priscilla Wiedl, Friends of Music

Our music program is one of the largest programs of its type, world-wide, and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful team of staff and volunteers. Thank you also to the Interim Dean and staff and Chapter of the cathedral for their support and encouragement.

Drew Cantril

 

PRINCIPLES IN DETERMINING OUR PLEDGE
Allyn C. Foster

The following are some things I shared as part of the Budget and Financial Forum, sponsored by the Vestry, held at St. Paul's on April 24.

I. Ownership

  • God is the Owner of everything. Everything, including life itself, is a trust from God.
  • We brought nothing into this world. We will take nothing out.
  • There is no separation between the material and the spiritual. We make a big mistake when we compartmentalize our lives by assuming that the sacred has to do with our prayers, our worship, singing hymns in church, and that the rest is "secular." The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. (Psalm 24:1) All of life is holy.

II. Priorities - What is most important? What do we value most? We must make choices because none of us has unlimited
resources.

  • We need to determine the place of the Spiritual in our scale of values.
  • What does St. Paul's mean to us? How important is this community of nurture and support and challenge? How valuable is this long and lovely tradition of sacred music, art, and liturgy?
  • Your Vestry and ministry staff spent a recent weekend on retreat. During part of that time we retraced the past fifty years of St. Paul's history, relying on the recollections of members of the group. We were all awed and overwhelmed by the richness of this faith community and the people who have contributed to that richness.
  • There is a line from a prayer for the church in the Book of Common Prayer, which refers to the church as "that wonderful and sacred mystery." If something is that valuable, it deserves to be strongly and faithfully supported.
  • We will adjust our priorities. We will need to make some decisions as to the Church's importance in relation to other priorities. We will need to move something else to a lower position.
  • Flipping God a five or a ten if we have something left over fails to produce a positive result. Supporting a fund raiser for some church organization is appreciated, but is not a true measure of our stewardship.
  • The church's financial status is not the issue here, but rather the benefit to the giver. Token giving gives me no positive benefit. However giving that requires a priority decision connects my physical and material world with the spiritual and the eternal. Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

III. Systematic - We live in segments of time and rhythm: daily, weekly, monthly. We do our shopping, we go to work, we eat, we sleep, we pay our bills.

  • We worship weekly. It is my firm belief that we are to give weekly as well. Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but placing my offering envelope in the plate during worship is just as significant as saying the prayers, singing the hymns, or receiving the bread and wine.
  • I encourage us to think of pledging and giving on a weekly basis (even if we use direct withdrawal from a bank account
  • There are two reasons for this

    The first is that our giving then becomes a part of weekly worship.

    The second reason for weekly pledging and giving is that we are able to give more. If you were to ask me to consider giving $2100 to the church this year, I would probably hesitate. But I can give $40 per week, and at the end of the year my statement tells me I have given nearly $2100! We're asking our members to consider increasing their 2005 pledges. Can I give an additional $500? That seems like quite a lot, and yet that's only $10 per week, which I think I can handle. When you determine your pledge, think in weekly increments and do the math to come up with the annual total.

IV. Joy

  • We're not talking about drudgery, nor some heavy obligation, or paying dues.
  • St. Paul said something quite profound about giving when he wrote to the Church at Corinth. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (II Corinthians 9:7)

God's desire is that our giving should bring us joy.
Giving brings joy when it represents a sufficient portion of our possessions so as to have meaning.


My very first parish fresh out of seminary in 1958 was a tiny church in central New York State. The building was so tiny that75 worshipers would cause the walls to bulge. The last person to leave on Sunday morning was the treasurer. When he shook my hand he left a roll of bills-my $50 weekly pay. Of course the church provided me with a small house, and paid for all the coal I needed. But that was it. I had three mouths to feed and a fourth to join that first year. We held a capital frnds campaign that year. The director talked to us about our need to set the pace for the rest of the congregation. Did that mean me? On my tiny salary? Well, it did mean me! I struggled long and hard about surrendering $5.00 of that $50. But I did it. It was one of the brst decisions I ever made. It has provided a pattern for me to the present day. And you want to know something? I get a kick out of giving! It's ode of the most satisfying experiences of my life, to know that I'm doing something that can make a difference.
form to St. Paul's or give it directly to Canon Kristen.

Your Vestry and staff have made that commitment. Each one has increased his or her pledge. Many more did so at our Forum after worship on April 24, and others have responded generously in the time since then. We are excited about what's happening at St. Paul's, and about what is about to happen. We've locked on that promise in Isaiah: I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19) We are witnessing new participation, new vision, new enthusiasm in every area of our life together. Part of that new thing is a new trend in financial support which will reverse the old trend of heavy draws on endowment and a vastly higher percentage of income coming from weekly pledges.
We are asking each person receiving this communication to made a meaningful increase in your giving for 2005. Please understand, no one is asking anyone to go hungry or to deprive themselves. If you are at or near the poverty line, we want you to be part of this fellowship. We love you. We want to reach out to you. But there are many who could make an increase of 50% or more, some perhaps 25% or 10%. This decision is between you and God.

If your financial commitment is not already included in the total of 2005, please fill out a card next Sunday, or request one from the church office. If you have already made a commitment, we invite you to fill one of the "Pledge Increase" cards, indicating an increase of a dollar amount or a percentage for the current year. Have you fulfilled your "Let the Stones Sing" Capital Campaign pledge? Why not consider applying a like amount as an increase to your Current Expense pledge?

Thanks for all you do and will do. Experience the JOY!

 

A Place at the Table

The Kentucky Derby Party held at the home of Barbara and George Hole was a great success! Not only was there a surprise winner of the Derby, but also Canon Kristen Looney won the hat decorating competition!

Next: June 25th Scandinavian Midsummer Dinner - join us for the smorgasbord !

Call Judy Metzger to sign up to volunteer at Friends of the Night People, June 5th from 4:30 - 7:00.

Also on June 5th, there will be a full meeting of the Hunger-Outreach Committee in the Holy Spirit Chapel following the 10 a.m. service.


 

SUNDAY, June 5

The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 Eucharist

10:00 Eucharist, Rite I
Sermon by Bishop Fricker

11:15 Forum. The 10 am experiment. The Worship Committee, the Christian Education Committee, Music Department, and Clergy will lead an all congregtatin discussion about the new schedule implemented during Eastertide. We need your feedback. Please join us in the Walker Room at 11:20 am.

 

SUNDAY, June 12

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 Eucharist

10:00 Eucharist, Rite II,
Sermon by Bishop Fricker.

Afterward: Coffer Hour

SUNDAY, June 19

The 5th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 Eucharist

10:00 Eucharist, Rite I

Afterward: Coffer Hour

 

SUNDAY, June 26

The 6"'' Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 Eucharist

10:00 Eucharist, Rite II,
Sermon by Bishop Fricker

11:15 Forum: Lee Poole will speak on the life and times of Sheldon Thompson whose colorful career mirrored that of early Buffalo. He was a founding member of St. Paul's Church and rose to become the first popularly elected Mayor of the City. As part of his presentation Lee will show a number rare illustrations of early Buffalo.

 

 


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