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St. Stephen’s Update – April 15, 2021

GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU ALL! PRAYER FOR THE WEEKJesus has risen from the dead! Alleluia!By his cross he has defeated the power of evil;and through his resurrectionwe are set free. Alleluia! Lord, without your resurrectionour faith would be emptyand without hope.But you are alive,and we rejoice and dance and wonderin the mystery of your presence among us. We pray for your church:free us from the shackles of guilt and legalism,and help us to proclaim the message of healing and forgivenessfor which you died. Lord, in you mercy,hear our prayer. ANNOUNCEMENTS PLEDGING TIME AND TALENT: As was announced earlier when you were asked to make a financial pledge to the church, we would be asking you to pledge your giving of your time and talent when we return to face-to-face worship services. It is that time. This Sunday pledge cards for you to make a pledge to the ministries of the church will be given out with the bulletins. Please prayerfully consider how you will give yourself to the church. Two new ministry opportunities will be included: Videographer of worship services and Little Pantry Coordinator (all ministries come with training or orientation). EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR GUILD, FLOWER GUILD, etc.:

St. Stephen’s Weekly: Easter Week Edition, Apr. 5, 2021

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK This is the day that the Lord has made:let us rejoice and be glad in it!This is the day of the Lord;our Saviour, Christ, is risen!He has conquered sin and death,the power of love has overcome,and God has given us the victory!Alleluia!Amen. based on Psalm 118:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 A GLORIOUS EASTER SUNDAY FOR ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Resurrection Day worship service was absolutely wonderful as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and the resurrection of our church family gathering together to worship and take communion! Although it was difficult to stay distanced, not sing the beautiful hymns, not come to the altar rail for Holy Communion, have all the doors open and celling fans on, flower the cross outside, collect the offerings at the door, etc. There was certainly a feeling of new light and life. It was truly a celebration of the resurrection! The altar guild and the flower guild did a beautiful job of decorating the church! The designated singers did an outstanding job of allowing the rest of the church to hear and feel the spirit of praising God in song! The ushers did a tremendous job

St. Stephen’s Weekly – September 28, 2020

It is by this that they will know you are my disciples, by your love for one another. — Jim Dalton PRAISE AND ADORATION Holy , holy, holy Lord,God of power and might,heaven and earth are full of your glory.Amen. ALTAR FLOWERS The altar flowers for Sunday, September 27, were given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the birthday of Shelly Nelsen; given and arranged by Laura Phillips. Liturgical Offerings for the week MONDAY, September 28Noonday Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat TUESDAY, September 29Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – ReconciliationCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby WEDNESDAY, September 30Noonday Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with PatBible Study – A Journey with John, Day 45, John 19:31-42, using Google Meet THURSDAY, October 1Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – ReconciliationCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby FRIDAY, October 2Noonday Prayer – 12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat SATURDAY, October 3Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura SUNDAY, October 4Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook LiveCelebrant/Sermon: Rev.

Liturgical Offerings for the week – September 28, 2020

Liturgical Offerings for the week MONDAY, September 28Noonday Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat TUESDAY, September 29Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – ReconciliationCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby WEDNESDAY, September 30Noonday Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with PatBible Study – A Journey with John, Day 45, John 19:31-42, using Google Meet THURSDAY, October 1Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – ReconciliationCompline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby FRIDAY, October 2Noonday Prayer – 12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat SATURDAY, October 3Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura SUNDAY, October 4Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook LiveCelebrant/Sermon: Rev. Toby RoweDeacon: Rev Joyce DaltonAssisting Priest: Rev. Jim Dalton

St. Stephen’s Weekly – September 21, 2020

May the peace and love of God be ever present in your life.Jim+ — Jim Dalton Prayer of the Week: For the Family Heavenly Father, we thank you for your mercieswhich are new every morning:For health and strength,for this day with its fresh opportunities for work and service.Bless each one of us, and hold us together in your love and in love of you.We pray for your help and guidance as we face the duties to be done,the decisions to be made, the temptations that may beset us,the disappointments that may beset us.Guide us, strengthen us, keep us;and grant that in all things we may act worthily of our Christian calling.Amen. Altar Flowers from Sunday, September 20, 2020The above pictured flowers were given by Richard Engel to the glory of God and in honor of the anniversary of Eric and Athena, the anniversary of Richard and Mary, and the birthday of Mary. The flowers were arranged by Laura Phillips. Most Recent Guidelines from the Diocese about Gathering for Worship As we continue to live with the pandemic in our communities and learn more about the virus’s transmission, I am updating my recommendations for gathering in church. The meeting recommendations are

LITURGICAL OFFERINGS THIS WEEK ON FACEBOOK LIVE – September 21, 2020

LITURGICAL OFFERINGS THIS WEEK ON FACEBOOK LIVEMonday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 PM (Noon): Prayer’s with Pat Tuesday and Thursday, Java with Jim: 8:00 AM; this week’s theme “God’s Love” Tuesday and Thursday, Twilight with Toby: 7:00 PM; Compline (Jim will be covering for Toby on Thursday evening this week) Saturday: Late-Night with Laura; 8:00 PM; Compline Sunday: Worship; 10:30 AM WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDYA Journey with John 50 Day Bible Challenge. We will be discussing the scripture reading for Day 44 or 50: John 19:16b-30. This passage is Jesus journey to the cross. This will be on Google Meet. If you would like to participate let Jim Dalton know and you will receive an email invitation to join the group. You simply need internet access via computer or smart phone or tablet. Read the passage of scripture prior to the bible study. Then listen or participate as you wish.

St. Stephen’s E-News – September 14, 2020

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; and may you be rooted and grounded in love! SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKSt. Stephen’s Liturgical Calendar of Services for week of September 13 – 19SUNDAY, September 13*Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook LiveCelebrant: Rev. Jim DaltonSermon: Rev Joyce DaltonEucharistic Minister: Martha Mayland MONDAY, September 14*Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat TUESDAY, September 15*Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – Vulnerability*Vestry Meeting – 6:00 PM, Google Meet*Compline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby WEDNESDAY, September 16*Noon Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Jim*Bible Study – A Journey with John, Day 43, John 19:1-16a, using Google Meet THURSDAY, September 17*Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – Vulnerability*Compline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby FRIDAY, September 18*Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat SATURDAY, September 19*Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura ANNOUNCEMENTSVESTRY MEETING:Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 15, at 6:00 PM on Google Meet. Vestry members will receive a link in an email tomorrow in the early afternoon. The room for the meeting

Schedule for the Week – September 14, 2020

St. Stephen’s Liturgical Calendar of Services for week of September 13 – 19 SUNDAY, September 13*Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook LiveCelebrant: Rev. Jim DaltonSermon: Rev Joyce DaltonEucharistic Minister: Martha Mayland MONDAY, September 14*Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat TUESDAY, September 15*Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – Vulnerability*Vestry Meeting – 6:00 PM, Google Meet*Compline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby WEDNESDAY, September 16*Noon Prayer -12:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Prayers with Jim*Bible Study – A Journey with John, Day 43, John 19:1-16a, using Google Meet THURSDAY, September 17*Morning Devotional – 8:00 AM, on Facebook Live: Java with Jim; Theme this week – Vulnerability*Compline – 7:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Twilight with Toby FRIDAY, September 18*Noon Prayer – 12:00 PM, Facebook Live: Prayers with Pat SATURDAY, September 19*Compline – 8:00 PM, on Facebook Live: Late-night with Laura

St. Stephen’s E-News – September 7, 2020

Grace and Peace be with you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! — Jim Dalton Altar Flower DedicationThe Altar Flowers this week were given to the Glory of God and in honor of Pat Phillips’s birthday and in thanksgiving for the recovery of Dan Moser from heart surgery. The flowers were arranged by Jean Moser. The New Darth Vader or St. Stephen’s own Deacon!To say 2020 is one to be remembered is an understatement. I do wish that this wonderful lady had retired this past spring, but she has put on the Covid armor and is back attacking the challenges of shaping young minds and hearts. Teachers and student always need our prayers but this year they need them more than ever! If you are not in a habit of offering up daily prayers, this is a great year to begin. Include teacher and students in daily prayers. Our church offers up daily prayers both in our daily office services and our Daughter’s of the King chapter offers daily prayers. There is power in prayer and power in numbers. Take up your cross and pray daily if you are not already! The Force be with You! HOPEJoyce

Liturgical Offerings this Week – September 7, 2020

Liturgical Offerings this Week Tuesday 8:00 AM – Java with Jim; Morning Devotional; Hope remains the theme.Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Twilight with Toby; ComplineWednesday, 12:00 PM – Noon Prayers with JimWednesday, 6:00 PM – Bible Study, John 18:28-40Thursday, 8:00 AM – Java with Jim; Morning Devotional; Hope, cont.Thursday, 7:00 PM – Twilight with Toby; ComplineFriday, 12:00 PM – Prayers with Pat; Noon PrayerSaturday, 8:00 PM – Late Night with Laura; Compline All of these will be on Facebook Live except the bible study which will be on Google Meet. If you would like an invitation to attend the bible study, please let Jim Dalton know. It’s never too late to join. Sunday, September 13, 10:30 AM: Worship ServicesSermon: Joyce DaltonOfficiant: Jim DaltonEucharistic Minister: Martha Mayland