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Parish Camping Trip

What: An opportunity to spend 1-2 nights with your St. Stephen’s community camping under the stars and redwoods.
When: Friday, July 26th & Saturday, July 27th
Where: Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Armstrong Redwoods.
*We will cook meals, enjoy campfires, spend the day on the river Saturday,  and celebrate Eucharist Sunday morning out in nature!
RSVP: By calling or emailing the office. Invite your friends!

On Sunday, April 21st, the Godly Play children will be raising money to help children and families through Episcopal Relief & Development.  This year our project is to provide Flocks of Chickens.  “A gift of chickens is far more than hens, a rooster and a daily supply of fresh eggs.  Your gift supports training families to raise poultry and sell surplus stock and eggs in the marketplace.”  Please support our Earth Day project after both services on April 21st!

Please mark your calendar’s for our Children’s Service on May 12th at 10am.  Our worship will include the children in our church community as they present special music, read God’s word, and serve in other ways during the service. Please join us for this special service on Mother’s Day!

St. Dorothy’s Rest is an Episcopal Camp and Conference center in Occidental. In the summer they hold a variety of camps for children of all ages,  including their Hospital Camps. St. Dorothy’s Hospital Camps are  tuition-free opportunities offered to children fighting cancer and needing organ transplants at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Woods-to-the-Waves raises funds to cover the cost of hospital camps and it’s great fun. You are invited to join Christy and Kai and a group of friends of St. Dorothy’s, and maybe even your dog as we walk, run or mountain-bike 2, 12.5 or 14.6 miles from St. Dorothy’s in the redwood hills of western Sonoma County down to Shell Beach on the salty Pacific Ocean. The path is beautiful, moderately strenuous for the first 2 miles, and it’s a great way to show your support St. Dorothy’s and hospital campers.

“The Paschal Cycle”

For our Lenten Adult Formation this year we will be studying the liturgies and events of the Paschal Cycle which includes Lent, Holy Week and Easter. The paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our participation in this mystery is at the theological core of the gospel and its liturgical celebration is the central event of our church year. You are invited to come learn more about these liturgies and our celebration of Jesus’ death and rising again!

Tuesday, February 5th at 6pm—Ash Wednesday & Lent

Thursday, February 28th—Palm Sunday

Thursday, March 7th— Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 14th—Good Friday & Holy Saturday

Thursday, March 21st—The Great Easter Vigil & Easter Day

Soup Supper at 6pm followed by discussion

 

Bishop Beisner is inviting the entire Diocese of Northern California to take The Bible Challenge with him, beginning Epiphany 2013.  The Bible Challenge is a year-long commitment of daily Bible reading that will lead participants to easily complete the whole Bible in one year. Each day we will all be reading the same three chapters from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, and one chapter from the New Testament.  The Bishop will not only be doing the daily readings along with participants, but will be supporting them throughout the year through e-mail, the website, prayer and in other ways.  There is no cost and any Bible is suitable.  Each day’s readings will be augmented by a brief meditation posted on The Bible Challenge web page or can be purchased in book form through forward movement.

The kick-off for The Bible Challenge will be on Epiphany (January 6, 2013) when participants will bring their Bibles to church for a special blessing. The readings will begin on Monday, January 7, 2013. Pamphlets with readings for each date are available at the back of the sanctuary or here… Continue reading

Ways you can help:

DONATE: In light of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, Episcopal Relief and Development has established a dedicated Hurricane Sandy Response Fund to support the relief and recovery efforts of our partners in both the Caribbean and the US. Click here to make a donation. (If you prefer not to donate by credit card, there is check mailing information at the bottom of the page this link takes you to.)

PRAY: Please continue to keep everyone in your prayers.

More information:

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts                                         by Episcopal Relief & Development

Thanks to the generosity of Episcopalians from around the country, Episcopal Relief & Development is in the process of making emergency grants to impacted dioceses in support of parish-based relief activities following Superstorm Sandy. In the US, these funds will help congregations expand feeding ministries and facilitate the provision of shelter and transportation assistance for those in need. In the Caribbean, Episcopal Relief & Development support is helping to secure food, water and building materials for distribution in critically impacted areas.

Superstorm Sandy hit the… Continue reading

Square Dancing Fun!

Square Dancing Fun!

Come celebrate fall on Saturday, October 6th starting at 2pm! Barn dancing, pumpkin carving, story telling, good food and excellent company! Bring your friends and a dish to share!

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