March 2018 Volume 11 number 1
THE PRIEST'S ANNUAL REPORT
What I said last year continues to be true. St. David's is a remarkable small country parish. It has an even better mix of young and elderly families with the addition of two young active families, a good but smaller number of well trained acolytes, an active Sunday School program, a vigorous sense of community and wider outreach. All of these factors are all increasingly rare in small parishes, and even in some larger ones. Having a Parish Pre-School is even more the exception.
Being financially sound is also less and less the case for small parishes. St. David's is still financially stable although a disturbing element of fear that the aging population will mean a loss of revenue is still present. If not firmly resisted, it can still become a deadly force. Finding new sources of revenue as well as a realistic reevaluation of our financial priorities is still an important issue for a stable future. Cutting down on the expenses of doing ministry must be the last, not the first resort for without the Sacraments and pastoral ministry, a parish cannot be a parish but becomes simply a club without a purpose. Trust in the leading of the Holy Spirit and the courage and willingness to take a few risks can be scary but is the way of faith. For a parish that has carried on for years with supply clergy rather than a vicar or rector, St. David's has done very well, in fact remarkably well and that, in large part, is because it has supported the clergy who have served here.
All of this is evidence of good lay leadership and the faithfulness of the congregation as well as a long succession of good and faithful supply clergy. Some training in matters of parish administration and the legal requirements imposed by the New York State Religious Corporations law and Canons of the Church is still needed. Wardens, who have the responsibilities normally borne by a rector for the running of the parish, need the knowledge and tools to do the job. The Diocese is now trying to provide better support for these unsung heroes of the field, in part by expecting long-term supply clergy to undertake a teaching role in this area. We still need Visitors and at least one Worship Leader who is not away for extended periods of time during of the year but we have several new readers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, (Chalice-bearers) and Vestry members. We lost our summer only Chalice bearer this past year and two of our others leave for warmer climes for the winter, and though we have a few new folks, we need to train a few more people for that important job. We still have two and sometimes three acolytes who serve well and take a commendable interest and pride in their work, which adds greatly to the beauty and solemnity of our liturgy. Some new recruits and training
are still needed in this area too.
Worship after all, is the heart of our life together, all the rest is for the purpose of
making that possible, meaningful and uplifting and it is worship that equips us for living
out our life in Christ in the world around us. St. David's has much of which to be proud,
and much to look forward to in the future by the grace and leading of the Holy Spirit.
E. Heather Benson, Long-term Supply Priest
WORDS FROM THE WARDEN
By Lynne Swartz, Warden
January 21, 2018
As 2017 comes to a close, it is a time to reflect on happenings in the past year. We lost some members, and gained some new members. St. David's is so fortunate to have parishioners that are willing and able to participate in our services and events during the year. Our music has been enhanced by a semi¬permanent substitute, Bob Peters, as we continue our search for an organ scholar. We also had a concert organized by Mr. Peters that benefited the ER&D and a fun concert with music of the 60's, with one of our own members participating in the group BAGG Square.
We have continued to use Calogero and Associates for our financial work with one of our parishioners, Tom Sumney being the liaison between accountants and St. David's. He has done a great job for us.
While we miss those we lost this year, we are so happy to have a new family that is very active, with a grandson who has joined our Sunday School.
2018 will be a challenge but we are up for it! We are discussing many outreach programs and know that it will be another successful year in Barneveld. As has been said in the past, we are an aging parish but have not stopped growing. With God's help, we will continue to grow in his service.
ST. DAVID'S SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT 2017-18
This year we continue to use the "Good News Curriculum" for our Sunday School classes. We have had six children attend classes this year so far from four families in our parish. Sharon Nash and Debbie Landman have volunteered as teachers this year. We always welcome other members of our parish to teach a lesson or two (or more). If anyone is interested please contact Sharon Nash.
WARDEN'S ANNUAL REPORT
by Debbie Landman, Warden
January 21, 2018
St. David's witnessed many changes in 2017.
Regretfully we had to say good-bye to some of our long time members and active Sunday parishioners who passed away this year and we miss them greatly. We parted ways with our long time organist —which has allowed us to consider an organ scholar program- which we will continue to pursue. We shared joyful music at two special concerts this Fall-Thank you to Bob for one concert and Paul for the other! We have welcomed some new parishioners — Merry and Ronnie who hopefully will be part of our church for some time to come. We have been blessed by Tom who served as our Treasurer this year and has done a remarkable job in getting our bookwork in order after Joanne retired. Sharon continued her wonderful work as our garage sale guru and had the biggest sale yet- including many items generously donated by Joanne from her house with Ted. Even though Ricky retired as warden she continued to be very involved with coordinating many events this year and placing several articles in the newspaper to get St. David's mission out in the community & her next project is our 200th anniversary celebration in 2021- how exciting! In November we enjoyed a visit from Bishop Dee Dee and I believe all of us gained some inspiration from her words and her mission for the Diocese. I would like to thank Lynne for all that she has done over the past two years as warden for St. David's. She was great at keeping us on track and leading the way! I will miss her as our leader, but glad that she will have some chance to rest now & recharge- except that she may now accept a position as treasurer-so much for rest. Our priest, Heather, has continued to offer us much guidance and counsel and her sermons continue to truly reflect the Word of God.
I would like everyone to think about what St. David's means to you- what do you love about it? What would you change? How can St. David's help our community? Would you miss it if it wasn't here? We would love to have these discussions with you in 2018- attend a vestry meeting or talk to a vestry member. Help us let this little church shine in 2018!
March 29 Maundy Thursday 5 PM
March 30 Good Friday 5 PM
April 1 Easter 10 AM
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.
The Book of Common Prayer
St. David’s is particularly thankful for the Rev. Heather Benson’s continuing recovery. We welcome her back.
SEEKING JESUS IN THE ISSUES THAT DIVIDE US.
Jesus prayed for us “that they may be one”—but he never had to deal with a Facebook comments section. Can we have Christian unity AND real conversation on divisive topics like politics, sexism, gun violence and racism?
Join Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York on Facebook Live for monthly discussions—from a Christian perspective—on controversial topics. We’ll consider the issues for the sake of building relationships, not winning arguments.
Join the conversation on Facebook Live at Bishop DeDe’s Facebook page (facebook.com/bishopdede), Tuesdays at 8 p.m.:
March 20th: Why would white Christians care about racism?
April 3rd: Is there a Christian response to gun violence?
We are now half way through the current school year. We have full classes in both the 3 and 4 year old groups. There are 6 boys and 6 girls in the 3 year old class and 9 boys and
7 girls in the 4 year old class this year. We have had a good fall and winter so far. Santa visited us again and all the children sat on his lap to tell him what they wanted for Christmas — no cryers! The four year olds continue to learn how to write the letters of the alphabet. They will learn how to write their names next even though 4 of them can already do it. We have worked on shapes and colors with both groups. Counting to 10 is going very well with the three year olds. The four year olds are perfecting their counting to 30. We have had two parties at Halloween and Christmas and our next one will be on Valentine's Day in February. If the snow holds and it gets a bit warmer we will go sledding on the hill next to the church soon.
This year one of our three year old parents — Brynn Semeraro (who sells Usborne Books- a quality children's book company) arranged a Book Fair for November and March. This allows parents to purchase books for their families. The school earns a certain dollar amount for the total sold. This allows us to pick out books for the school free of charge based on our sales during the Book Fair.
Sharon Nash continues as the teacher and Lynne Swartz is our director. Each day we have a helping parent. Those that choose to do this get a slight reduction in their tuition. Our monthly tuition this year is as follows:
3 year olds - $75 for parents who are helpers and $100 for those who are not.
4 year olds - $110 for parents who are helpers and $140 for those who are not.
Graduation for the four year old class is scheduled for Friday, June 15th.
We are already getting calls for next year's classes. To date - 9 three year olds are interested and have been added to a preliminary
ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Drop off small items starting May 5th. Bring larger items after Memorial Day. Please remember to clean items first – this helps them sell better. Feel free to mark items if you know what they should bring. If you need pickup of items, please call Sharon Nash (896-6305). We will accept items up until May 31st. There will be a signup sheet for workers at church. We will need lots of help in moving and marking the many, many items donated by Cornelia Knower, as she moved out of her large home into assisted living. We are thankful for her generosity. All help is greatly appreciated.
ST. DAVID’S WEBSITE
The vestry has budgeted a modest sum this year to create a website for the church to serve as part of our outreach to our community. Chris Pepe has agreed to serve as our tech geek to make this happen and do periodic maintenance. While Chris will do the heavy lifting on the tech part to get it up and running, it's up to this congregation to create the message and content that goes in the website.
The link below
has a very good article to help guide us in this process. It is written from an Episcopal concern and perspective. Your input is needed for both the website and the newsletter. Please support these ventures.
A LIFE WELL LIVED
Gertrude Millar (Trudy) Owens, 94, of Barneveld, died peacefully in her home on January 29, 2018 while being treated for emphysema and congestive heart failure.
Trudy was born in New Hartford, NY, on February 3, 1923. She was the daughter of Captain David S. Howard, USNR and Gertrude Millar Howard. Her father was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a Vice President and Director of the Charles Millar & Son company in Utica, NY. She had two brothers and two sisters, She attended the Utica Country Day School and graduated from the Masters School Dobbs Ferry, NY and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 1944, she married William Page Harris of Alpena, MI, while he was serving in the Pacific as an officer in the US Navy. They had three children and were divorced in 1955. After her first marriage, she and her children returned to New Hartford and in 1960, she married John Van Dyke (Jack) Owens of Prospect, NY. Jack was the President of the Eastern Rock Products Company and a highly respected member of the business community in Utica. She is survived by one child from her first marriage and all five of her step-children as well as 9 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
She was blessed with a full and active life of service. During her first marriage, she lived in Germany for three years as part of the military occupation after World War II, where she encouraged German women to become active in civic affairs and served as Chairperson of the American School in Bad Godesberg. She was a member and volunteer worker with the Junior League in Utica, Detroit, MI, Columbus and Cincinnati, OH. She was a very active member of the Episcopal Church, serving on the vestries of both Grace Church in Utica and St. David’s Church in Barneveld. She was also the Treasurer of the Episcopal Church Women of the Second District of the Diocese of Central New York. She served on the boards of the House of Good Shepherd, The Clothing Bureau, The Samaritan Counseling Center and The Sunset Home, all in Utica. In 1993, she and her husband received the Founder’s Award for long
In addition to her service, Trudy was a talented athlete and gifted artist. She was a member of the Utica District Golf League for 25 years and won multiple club championships, at the Sadaquada Golf Club. She was a prolific member of the Embroiderers Guild of America. Her work won awards at the state level and decorates both Grace and St. David’s Churches as well as the homes of many of her friends and relatives. She also was a talented jeweler and enamellist. She loved traveling with family and friends and was an extraordinarily lucky fisherwoman, almost always catching the biggest bass, salmon or bonefish wherever she traveled.
Most important she was a loyal wife and devoted mother with both her own children and her beloved step-children who came into her life after the tragic loss of their own mother.
After the passing of her second husband in 1996, Trudy moved into her own small home in Barneveld and lived out her remaining years surrounded by her treasured garden and supported by her many loyal friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at St. David’s Church Barneveld, NY on a date to be announced.
Trudy was an avid reader and later on listener of audio books. Her wit, intellect, and interesting opinions and stories made for lively discussions at St. David’s Book Club. Some other words ascribed to Trudy by parishioners were formidable, unique, a force to be reckoned with (in a good way). She is missed.
Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Book of common Prayer
A LENTEN DISCIPLINE
Most of us grew up with the idea of giving up something for Lent. For many it was (is) a way to diet by giving up all those sweets. The Church of England has a different take for this Lenten season. They issued a “Lent Plastic Challenge , a call to reduce use of plastics. A calendar of tips to meet the challenge was produced. The following are excerpts from that calendar.
‘For Anglicans Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose in our life. This year we challenge you to give up single-use plastics – to reduce the actions which damage God’s creation.
Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950’s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than ten times over. Just 9% was recycled.
‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth’ The Anglican Communion’s Fifth Mark of Mission.”
Share your journey with others on the Plastic-less Lent Facebook Group.
“Sunday 4 March
Colossians 1: 16-17
‘For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.’
Consider organising a community litter pick.”
Each week of the Lent Plastic Challenge has a theme, for example food and drink, kitchen, clothing and travel. March 5 – 10 is the kitchen theme.
“6 Use natural cleaning cloths instead of plastic and synthetic sponges.
Compressed natural cellulose sponges are often sold without any plastic packaging.”
“9 Avoid foil wrapped crisps and chocolates.
Some sweet wrappers are now recyclable but don’t forget to check.
“Sunday 11 March
‘But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”
Do you use disposable cups at church? Can you encourage people to bring their own mugs?”
The theme for March 12 - 17 is clothing.
“21 Avoid wet wipes.
These contain plastic fibres so don’t break down like toilet roll, despite often being described as flushable.”
“17 Request zero plastic packaging.
If you’re buying clothes on line ask the retailer if they can reduce or remove plastic packaging.”
“29 What lasting changes are you going to make?
Do you find yourself looking at plastics in a different way? List three things you are going to commit to changing.”
“Make your voice heard.
Share what you are doing with friends, family and community. Ask you MP what they are doing to tackle single use plastics. Join the UN’s CleanSeas campaign and Greenpeace’s Plastic Pledge. Find out your own plastic footprint. Call on supermarkets for a Plastic Free Aisle.
We hope this challenge has made you more aware of your plastic use and helped you create some lasting changes.”
The entire calendar can be viewed at
or google Lent Plastic Challenge calendar.
Some suggestions are uniquely British.