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.

September, 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

Sat

   

 

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8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

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9:00 Morning Prayer


7:30 Labyrinth Walk
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9:00 Communion
10:00 Coffee hour
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8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

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9:00 Morning Prayer 

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


7:30 Choir
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8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
9
9:00 Morning Prayer
10
9:00 Communion
10:00 Coffee hour
11
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
12
9:00 Morning Prayer 

7:00 Book Club
13
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer


7:30 Bells
14
9:00 Morning Prayer


7:30 Choir
15
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

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9:00 Morning Prayer
17
7:30 Morning Prayer
8:00 Communion
9:00 Parish Faire
9:45 Choir
10:00 Nursery Care
10:15 Communion
11:30 Parish Faire

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

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8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells

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9:00 Morning Prayer




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


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8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Bells
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9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Choir
29
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
30
9:00 Morning Prayer

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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

St. Stephen's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm at church. The book we will discuss is OLIVE KITTERIDGE  by the author Elizabeth Strout. If you have any questions please feel free to call ,email or text Vicki Hoshko. Please bring any book suggestions for the rest of the year.

 

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.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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