Not a final schedule. Tune in Sunday mornings for the latest information in the announcements and the bulletin.

Until Sept. 17, we have one Sunday morning service at 9:00am.

October, 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

Sat

1
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Nursery Care
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
12:00 Anglican Ethos
2
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

3
9:00 Morning Prayer

4
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells
5
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Choir
6
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

Bl;ood Drive,
1-6PM

7
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Listening for God: Tracy Ormsbee
8
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Nursery Care
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
6
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Vestry

10
9:00 Morning Prayer 



7:00 Book Club

11
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Bellsr
12
9:00 Morning Prayer



NO choir rehearsal
13
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
14
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Fabricators Group
15
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
10:00 Nursery Care
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
16
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Parish Council
17
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Seminar  


18
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Bells
19
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Choir
20
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

21
9:00 Morning Prayer
22
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Nursery Care
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
6:30 Confirmation Class
23
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

24
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Seminar  

25
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells
7:30 Bible Study

26
9:00 Morning Prayer





7:30 Choir

27
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
28
9:00 Morning Prayer
29
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal
10:00 Nursery Care
10:15 Communion
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids
11:30 Sunday Friends
6:30 Confirmation Class
30
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
31
9:00 Morning Prayer 
10:30 Seminar  


1
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells
7:30 Bible Study
2
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Choir

3
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
4
9:00 Morning Prayer

Quilters resume on Saturday, October 14.

 

Notes

 

Note: We are on summer Schedule, meaning we have one service Sunday mornings at 9:00, followed by coffee hour. On September 17, we go back to two Sunday services, 8:00 and 10:15.

What to expect at St. Stephen's on a Sunday morning

A short visitor's guide to what happens, just so you won't be surprised!

Sunday morning, we always have the communion service, with distribution of bread and wine. You can stay in the pew if you don't wish to receive the bread and wine.

Kids are always welcome in church. Crayons and paper are available at the back of the church.

Some men wear suits and ties, some don't. The era of hats and white gloves has long since gone by, so dress is a bit less formal than it used to be.

The Sunday bulletin has announcements and a sort of "road map" through the service.It can be found on a table in the back of the church. Help yourself. The hymnals and prayer books are in the pews.

Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available from 9:00am to 11:30am in our nursery room, close by, behind the doors at the back of the church.

Bathrooms are also behind the doors at the back of the church.

Communion is distributed at the altar rail at the front of the church. You can stay in the pew if you don't wish to receive the bread and wine. At the altar rail, you can kneel or stand. If you don't want the elements, cross your arms in front of you to receive a blessing. If you remain at the altar rail after the elements have been passed, the priewinest will offer annointing with oil and ask for a healing blessing. Some people stay for this and some don't.

The bread is home made but the deacon also has the traditional wafers. Gluten free wafers are avcailable by prior arrangement with Deacon Pat.

The wine will be offered by the chalice bearer, usually a lay person. You can sip from the cup, or you can dip the bread into the wine (called intinction) when the cup is offered.

There's no rule about going to the altar rail for communion. Some people just remain in their pews.

The offering plate will be passed by the ushers. You may feel free to either make a contribution or not. First time visitors may want to fill out a "visitor's card" and place it in the plate as their offering. That's entirely optional.

We often have a "coffee hour" after the service. You and your family are welcome to participate and meet people.

Two services: 8:00am and 10:15am

8:00am Sunday mornings

Some have called this the "quiet" service, since we have no music and kids usually go to the later service.

10:15am Sunday mornings

There will be hymns (blue hymnal) supported by the choir. The hymn numbers are listed on the hymn boards on the wall of the church. There is usually a choir anthem, and there is organ music before and after the service.kids

There is often a short children's sermon following the invitation, "Will the children please come forward." Kids can come forward at that time if they wish to do so. They go out for a Church School lesson right after the kid's sermon. If your kids would like to go, we would be glad to have them.

Usually there is a "coffee hour" after the service back in the parish hall. It's easy to find past the doors at the back of the church and down a short hallway. You are most welcome to go there and meet a few people. Feel free to introduce yourself. Kids are welcome at the coffee hour, too.

Children’s Worship Papers:  There are small clipboards with a coloring page based on the lectionary gospel text and a few blank sheets of paper in a basket at the back of the church, crayons also.  Please help yourself if your child would like to use this resource. Please return the clipboard and crayons at the end of the service.

If you have questions or an idea on how this resource might be created differently, please talk to Miranda Rand at 229-5105 (cell w/voice mail). Thank you! Miranda Rand, Christian Education Director

 

Book Club

These are the books for the new cycle. Please come when you can!
2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Church

Oct. 10th-Chilbury Ladies' Club by Jennifer Ryan

Nov 14th-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Dec. 12- At Knits End-Meditations by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Jan 9, 2018- The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

Feb. 13th- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

March 13th- The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

April 10th- Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

May 8th- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

June 12th-Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that saved America by Timothy Ryan

Any questions contact Vicki Hoshko

Communion Classes

The prayerbook stresses that baptism is the beginning of full membeCommunion Classrship in the Church.  Since all baptized Christians are welcome at the altar, discretion is left to parents as to when they want their child to begin receiving communion.  Criteria for Confirmation involve the moment when a person is both old enough and prepared enough to know the implications of making a voluntary, public and personal acceptance of the vows made earlier at Baptism on his/her behalf.

Classes for parents and children who are planning to prepare for reception to the Holy Communion, and those who have already begun receiving but who want further preparation, will meet on two Thursdays: October 19th in the parish hall from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm and October 26th in the church from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm.   Parents are needed to help on October 19th.

Those parents wishing their children to take communion for the first time could plan to do so on All Saints Sunday, November 5th at the 10:15 am Eucharist. 

Labyrinth Walk

Walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world on Saturday evening, September 2nd from 8:00 to 9:00pm. The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that is thousands of years old, walked by millions of people across time and traditions. The walk will be preceded by a brief introduction to the labyrinth.

Tuesday Morning Seminar:

Comparative Religions
systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world's religions.

When does the Jewish Sabbath begin? Who are Vishnu and Shiva? What are Buddhism's Four Noble Truths? What are the Five Pillars of Islam? These questions are more than an academic exercise. Religious belief has been innate to humans everywhere and in every age, from the time of the Neanderthals to the 21st century. It's also one of the strongest motivators of human behavior and has a profound impact on all aspects of our culture—our spiritual beliefs, our rituals, our politics, and the very foundations of our democracy. And it may strengthen your own faith!

Sept. 12 - Religion—Its Meaning and Importance – How do we attain the imaginative insider’s perspective when we study other religious traditions, and when we study our own tradition?

Sept. 19 - Facets of Religion—Divinity and Devotion - here is a wide range of conceptions of God, and we will explore some of the most commonly held beliefs.

Sept. 26 - What Was the Axial Age? - The Axial Age refers to the period of time from approximately 800-200 B.C.E., in which unprecedented developments occurred in four separate centers of civilization: West Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and the northeastern Mediterranean.           

Classes are held on Tuesday Mornings from 10:30 to noon in the Conference room.  If you would like to attend these classes, please email Fr. James james.ross.mcd@gmail.com.

Sunday Morning Adult Education:Christianity & World Religions

There are more than 6,000 religions in the world, most of which are very different from the literate Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) that many people think of when they hear the word religion. In order to make statements or generalizations about religion—the concept of religion, rather than a specific religion or group of religions—we need to engage in a comparative study of religion. The study of religion as a general human phenomenon involves a comparison of all religions in an attempt to discern commonalities, general patterns, and associations with cultural and ecological features. This course is intended to help you better understand your neighbors AND to strengthen your own faith through viewing well-produced videos and participating in constructive conversation. 

Sept. 24 – Oct. 15 - Hinduism

Classes are held on Sunday Mornings from 9-10 in the Conference Room.

 

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: 
Intro. to the Old Testament: The Saga of the Israelites

This course is an introduction to the Old Testament and tells the epic story of the Jews and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential monotheistic religion. The stories of the patriarch Abraham, the liberator Moses, the poet-king David and his son Solomon all come to life in the dramatic tale of loss and triumph that shaped humanity's basic moral struggle for more than three millennia.  This an eight-week course beginning Sept. 20th. 

If you would like to attend these classes, please email Fr. James james.ross.mcd@gmail.com.

Classes are held on Wednesday Evenings – 7:30-8:30 in the Conference Room.

Parish Faire

Once again we will have the Parish Faire and Picnic to begin the year. The Faire will take place on September 17th at 9:00 a.m. following the early service and again during the coffee hour following the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist. There will be a table set up for many activities of the parish and a chance to sign up for each. There will be refreshments at 9 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. 

As we begin a new program year, please think about the way you spend your time. Here are a few simple suggestions which can help to structure our schedule in the months ahead.

  • Make worship a weekly priority.
  • Commit yourself to regular study through numerous church school classes or Bible studies. 
  • Look for opportunities where you can become personally involved in serving others

 

 

 

 

 

The Bell Choir

"Come on, ring those bells!" The bells have been refurbished and are once again ready to ring out beautiful Bellsharmonies. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30, and will begin on October 5, 2016.

This year, we need 5 new bell choir members. The ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. The only qualifications are being able to count, knowing left from right, and having fun working as a member of a supportive team. It is important to commit to attending rehearsals on a regular basis, and participating in Sunday services throughout the church year. In late fall, we plan on welcoming the bells back home, and showing our appreciation to all those families who adopted a bell. There will be a rededication of the bells at both services. If you are interested, please contact me at lisamcd13@gmail.com.

In harmony,
Lisa McDonald