Pastoral Council

A Visit to the Upper Room

 

The morning after a life altering event often becomes a crossroad in one’s life. Something-- life changing-- has taken place and a new dawn forces one to note: “I am not the same.” And to ask: “Now what?”

The morning of November 18th, 2016 became just that type of morning for many, following an occasion where The Holy Spirit was invited to make a guest appearance at our inaugural Discernment Gathering of Pastoral Council Leaders. Nothing like this had happened here at the parish before. This was a big day; a day that we, in attendance, would not soon forget. And it would become a day that I wish every member of our Church might have experienced, for it was in coming together in this manner of prayer, as the Body of Christ, that we fully committed ourselves to the work that Christ, as His disciples, had commissioned us to do.

Twenty-three people met in our Church the evening of November 17th and to me, the scene was a familiar one, recalling something of what must have taken place in the Upper Room the day, “Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James” had gathered. During the discernment process songs of praise were sung, Letters from Paul to the Corinthians and to the Romans were shared, and God was with us! As I sat with these disciples of Christ, I observed our pastor leading his faithful people in mission and I thought: How similar people become when they have the desire to work for Jesus. Then I recalled a comforting passage from Acts 1:12: “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer….” The morning after the discernment gathering, questions from curious and faithful Church goers filled my email account: “Well, what happened? What was it like? Can you tell me more about the meeting?” My answer: “We gathered in prayer and waited for The Holy Spirit to come…. And he did.” Members of the Discernment group, most interested in a seat on the council, five in total, spoke with the Grace of God on their tongues, describing how God had done great things with them. The audience listened in admiration and with gratitude. We learned so much about each other. We grew our love for each other. For the first time, since I have been president of the Pastoral Council, we were One Body, all with one accord. I discerned more that night than I had imagined from this time in prayer with the Holy Spirit and my faithful parishioners: Mainly, that prayer is an equalizer; that working for Jesus gives one dignity, purpose and a reason for being; and finally… that I am where I belong.


 

 

PASTORAL COUNCIL LIST 2020

 

Liz DeJoy

459 Westkill Rd

Jefferson, NY 12093

652-2738

evdejoy@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 

Sandy Eighmie

216 Smith Rd

Stamford, NY. 12167

435-1158

SMEighmie@aol.com

 

Andrew Flach

62545 State Hwy. 10

Hobart, NY  13788

917-885-4490

andrewflach@yahoo.com

 

Jim Johnston

31 Roosevelt Ave.

Roxbury, NY 12474

326-3158

jimgjohnston@hotmail.com

 

John Russell

201 Beaver Dam Rd

Stamford, NY. 12167

652-2791

Johnrussell3@me.com

 

Pat Svoboda

339 Kapitko Rd.

Margaretville, NY  12455

845-586-3563

pgs12455@yahoo.com

 

Edie Mesick

2 Baumback Rd.

Roxbury, NY 12474

326-7164

ediemesick@aol.com

 

Mary Melia

2542 Doral Dr.

Pennsauken, NJ. 08109

609-206-2756

MMelia@dow.com

 

Bob Melia

2542 Doral Dr.

Pennsauken, NJ. 08109

609-941-8362

robertmelia61@gmail.com

 

Fran Wellington

1650 McMurdy Brook Rd.

South Kortright, NY. 13842

528-1984

feefs37@gmail.com

 

Janet Wenner

39 River St.

Stamford, NY. 12167

434-7657 or 652-4055

jmkwenner@hotmail.com

 

 

Ex-Officio Members:

Rev. Michael G. Cambi

27 Harper St.

Stamford, NY 12167

652-7170 ext. 101

pastorshc2@stny.rr.com

 

FAITH FORMATION ADMINISTRATOR/ PARISH SECRETARY 

Chrissy Blanck

P.O. Box 352

Hobart, NY 13788

427-7967

sheartchurch@stny.rr.com

 

 

Parish Trustees:

Patrick Wenner 

520 Blenheim Hill Rd. 

Stamford, NY 12167

518-935-8964

wennerpatrick@gmail.com

 

Susan Rich

276 Brockway Rd

Hobart, NY. 13788

538-1045

tbmg276@gmail.com