Community Caring – Habitat for Humanity

Chenango County Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International. The primary target population for the project is to help families of all ages and of all racial/ethnic compositions currently living in substandard housing throughout Chenango County, who need a “hand up rather than a hand out”. Through … Continue reading

Nave Gazing

Welcome to our new column, Nave Gazing! We’ll be using this little corner of The Big Red Door to talk about all things liturgical, from the architecture of the church to the words of our services. Just for full disclosure, I stole the title of this article from my friend, Fr. Brooks at St. Thomas’. … Continue reading

The Big Red Door Newsletter Launches

The Big Red Door is a joint newsletter effort of St. Andrew’s, St. Mat-thew’s, and Emmanuel Episcopal Churches here in the “Northern Kingdom” of Chenango County. (I use “Northern Kingdom” because I once heard Fr. Dave Hanselman once refer to the lower part of the county as the “Southern Kingdom.”) For this first issue, we … Continue reading

Presence, Not Presents

Warning: This Article Is NOT Safe for Little Kids Waiting for Santa When I was a little kid, about four years old, I remember waking up late on Christ-mas Eve to the sound of my father swear-ing. This wasn’t unusual, but it was late, and I was afraid he would chase off Santa. So, I … Continue reading

Important Holiday Dates

11/23/17     11 a.m.     Thanksgiving Eucharist     Emmanuel Church 11/23/17     Noon       Thanksgiving Dinner          Parish Hall, Emmanuel Church 11/29/17     7 p.m.      Father Steve Installation    Emmanuel 12/24/17     4 p.m.     Christmas Eve Service         Emmanuel 12/24/17     8 p.m.     Christmas Eve … Continue reading

What Adventure Awaits?

By the time you get this newsletter, we will be well within our Stewardship “campaign.” And I know, I know, it can be a drag hearing pleas for your money, along with your time and talent. But let me tell you a little bit about why I actually came to Central New York. It was … Continue reading

St. Matthew’s 44th Annual Tasting Tea

It will be on Sunday, November 5, from 1 P.M. until 4 P.M. There will be a raffle featuring a Thanksgiving Basket, a Wine Basket, and an original framed painting by Ann Faulkner. We will not be selling cookbooks this year, but recipe cards will be available for all the treats to be tasted. Many … Continue reading

Kids’ Christian Formation

Starting in October, there will be Sunday School classes held in the Parish Hall starting at 9:30 AM, the same time as services in the church. The class will go until about 10:10 AM and then the class will be led into church to be with their families for the Great Thanksgiving. The format for … Continue reading