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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!

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.

Dear People of St. Stephen’s,

The Lord has risen indeed! Alleluia! I wish you a joyous Easter season, full of amazing surprises, mercy, YESes to life and laughter, and knowledge of God’s kingdom unleashed in us and us in it. May you be swept up in this resurrection madness.

Yours in our risen Lord,
Christy+

 “I Praise You for This Resurrection Madness” by Ted Loder from Guerrillas of Grace

Lord of such amazing surprises
as put a catch in my breath
and wings on my heart,
I praise you for this joy,
too great for words
but not for tears and songs and sharing;
for this mercy
that blots out my betrayals
and bids me begin again,
to limp on,
to hop-skip-and-jump on,
to mend what is broken in and around me,
and to forgive the breakers;

for this YES
to life and laughter,
to love and lovers,
and to my unwinding self;
for this kingdom
unleashed in me and I in it forever,
and no dead ends to growing,
to choices,
to chances,
to calls to be just;
no dead ends to living,
to making peace,
to dreaming dreams,
to being glad of heart;
for this resurrection… Continue reading

Recently a friend who visited St. Stephen’s remarked on the buzz and vitality that she felt in our worship and amongst the congregation. This past year has brought new members to our community, a new feeding ministry (Saturday Table), and many people finding anew the gifts God has given them and the ways that they can be used at St. Stephen’s and beyond. Thus, it seems appropriate to cap this exciting growth in our community and in our ministries with the celebration of what many in our Church consider the holiest and most sacred liturgy in our Church year—the Great Easter Vigil on the eve of Easter. This year we conclude our observation of Lent and Holy Week with the celebration of the Great Easter Vigil.  This service offers us the opportunity to experience the joy and awe that the apostles felt at the resurrection of Christ!

The Great Easter Vigil is not to be confused with the vigil that St. Stephen’s parishioners keep in the sanctuary after our Maundy Thursday service until the morning of Good Friday—they are keeping vigil. The Great Easter Vigil is traditionally held after dark on Holy Saturday and before dawn on Easter Sunday.… Continue reading

 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 12th at 5:30pm

 Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 13th
Holy Eucharist & Ashes 9:30am & 7:00pm

 Palm Sunday
March 24th
Holy Eucharist 8am & 10am

 Maundy Thursday
March 28th  7:00pm
Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing & Stripping of the altar
Vigil kept overnight

 Good Friday
March 29th
Stations of the cross at noon
Service at 7:00pm

Great Easter Vigil
Saturday, March 30th at 8pm
Holy Eucharist, Lighting of the Pascal Candle, & Renewal of Baptismal Vows

 Easter Day
March 31st
Choral Eucharist 8am & 10am

 

Save-the-Date

The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, our Diocesan Bishop, will be leading us in worship on February 3rd at both services!

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop calls for prayer

The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls for prayer following the tragedy in Connecticut:

We grieve with the many families and friends touched by this shooting in Connecticut.  We mourn the loss of lives so young and innocent.  We grieve that the means of death are so readily available to people who lack the present capacity to find other ways of responding to their own anger and grief.  We know that God’s heart is broken over this tragedy, and the tragedies that unfold each and every day across this nation.  And we pray that this latest concentration of shooting deaths in one event will awaken us to the unnoticed number of children and young people who die senselessly across this land every day.  More than 2000 children and youth die from guns each year, more than the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Will you pray and work toward a different future, the one the Bible’s prophets dreamed of, where city streets are filled with children playing in safety (Zechariah 8:5)?

The Most Rev. Katharine… Continue reading

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

Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers will be performing at St. Stephen’s on Sunday, November 25th at 3pm. The concert is called “Through the Storm” and is a benefit  for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. $10 at the door.