Tuesday, March 4th is Shrove Tuesday!
We will celebrate this day before we enter into Lent on the next day with a pancake supper. We will start serving food at 5:30pm but please come whenever you are able. Friends and family are welcome! There will be crafts, music, and good times. Please see the sign-up in the back of the sanctuary to help out.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live” (John 11:25).
Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
This year for our Lenten Study, we are going to study the topic of death and dying. I know this isn’t exactly a favorite topic for most of us, but it is an important one in a culture that tends to fear and avoid death. As Christians, we believe that death is not the end. We are a resurrection people.
Each year on Ash Wednesday, we receive ashes on our foreheads and hear the powerful words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (BCP 265). These words invite us to face the reality that our mortal lives will come to an end and in the face of this reality to name our hope in Christ. This is what we celebrate in Easter—that Christ conquered death once and for all and made life eternal available to us in God.
This study will provide us with spiritual and practical tools to help us become more comfortable with our own humanity and to help us know how to… Continue reading
Annual Meeting 2014 packet
Our annual meeting is this coming Sunday the 26th. Please click above to read the packet of information. The meeting itself will move quickly, so it’s important to read in advance. All are invited and please consider bringing a dish to share at our pot-luck coffee hour!
4:30 pm Children’s Pageant and Holy Eucharist
10:00 pm Carols
10:30 pm Choral Holy Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist
Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 29th at 9:00 am
Our annual prime rib dinner will be Sunday, December 15th at 5pm. Please sign up in the back of the sanctuary or contact the office if you plan to attend and let us know how many people will be attending with you. A donation of $10/meal is requested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For dessert we will be serving a variety of Christmas cookies, if you’d like to bake some for the event, please sign up in the back of the sanctuary.
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Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
Another year has passed and this Sunday, December 1st we begin a new church year and enter into the season of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and watching, listening and breathing, and searching for Christ’s peace in our lives as we prepare ourselves to celebrate his birth. This focus encourages us to slow down; it challenges the hubbub of the holidays and helps us stay grounded.
Guide Me into an Unclenched Moment
into an unclenched moment,
a deep breath,
a letting go
of heavy expectancies,
of shriveling anxieties,
of dead certainties,
that, softened by the silence,
surrounded by the light,
and open to the mystery,
I may be found by wholeness,
upheld by the unfathomable,
entranced by the simple,
and filled with the joy
that is you.
Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder