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St. Stephen’s E-News – July 27, 2020

Grace and peace to you from the Lord, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. — Jim Dalton A Blessing for Us All The Lord bless you and keep you,The Lord make his face to shine upon youand be gracious unto you;The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon youand give you peace, now and always.AmenNumbers 6:24-26 The flowers on the altar Sunday were graciously given by Martha Mayland. They were dedicated by her to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of her husband, Dickey Mayland. The flowers were arranged by Anita Williams. Happy Birthday to the following folks who had birthdays this past week or this week.Bernetta Isaac – July 24thJ.O. Isaac – July 28thNatasha Rowe – July 30thDickey Mayland – July 31st Virtual Services: Pat Phillips worked hard Friday afternoon to get the router signal in the office corrected. She replaced the old one and had a successful test. Laura used the router in the nave for Compline Saturday night and it worked well. The microphone has really helped with sound. We now need to explore a camera that will record more clearly. Noon Prayer: Just finished watching noon prayers with Pat

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 22, 2020

A BLESSING Bless to us, O God, the road that is before us,Bless to us, O God, the friends who are around us,Bless to us, O God, your love which is within us.Bless to us, O God, the light that leads us home. Ruth Burgess, The Book of a Thousand Prayers ANNOUNCEMENTS Altar Flower Dedication: Sunday, July 19th, 2020The flowers on the altar next Sunday, were graciously given by Martha Mayland, to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of her husband, Dickey Mayland. Happy Birthday, Dickey! The flowers will be arranged this week by Anita Williams. Java with JimThe theme for this week’s morning devotionals is “Encouragement.” Eucharistic MinistersIf any of our Eucharistic ministers would like to participate in the Sunday worship services, the clergy would love to have you join us. Let Fr. Jim know and if you would like to participate and he will schedule one of you each Sunday. Services this WeekYou will find a list of all services for the week on our church Facebook page. There is a link to the Facebook page at the end of this newsletter. Announcements or Articles for the NewsletterAll of you are invited to submit

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 15, 2020

Grace and peace to you from God, our father. — Jim Dalton A Blessing Blessing and laughter and loving be yours.The love of a Great Godwho names youand holds you while the earth turns and flowers grow,this daythis nightthis momentand forever. Amen Ruth Burgess, The Book of a Thousand Prayers Announcements Vestry Meeting Next Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 PM: The vestry meeting will be on Zoom from 6:00 – 6:30. Anyone on the vestry or in the church who has an item for the agenda should let me know. Vestry members will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting by email next Tuesday. If any other members of the church would like to listen in, you are very welcome. Just let me know and you, too, can be invited! Dick Johnston’s Virtual Children’s Camp – St. Stephen’s has sent $1,000 to help fund their efforts to help children of one (or both) incarcerated parents have a good experience this summer, even if they can’t attend the camp at Camp Mitchell as they have in past years. $500 was donated by the ECW and $500 from the priests’ discretionary fund. The money will be used to help buy children’s books, backpacks,

St. Stephen’s E-News – July 7, 2020

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; and may you be rooted and grounded in love! — Jim Dalton A BlessingBe thou a bright flame before us,Be thou a guiding star above us,Be thou a smooth path below us,Be thou a kindly shepherd behind us,Today – tonight – and for ever. Amen.– St. Columba (c.521-597) Order of Service for Sunday Worship: Sunday, July 12, 10:30 AM The Word of God, Book of Common Prayer, page 355 Opening HymnOpening Salutation, BCP, pg. 355Collect for PurityGloria (unison) BCP pg. 356The Collect of the Day, BCP, pg. 357The LessonsOT Reading: Genesis 25:19-34Psalm 119:105-112Epistle Reading: Romans 8:1-11Gospel HymnGospel Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23The SermonThe Nicene Creed, BCP, pg. 358The Prayers of the People: Form VI, BCP, pg. 392Covid 19 PrayerConfession, BCP, pg. 393AbsolutionPriest’s BlessingThe PeaceAnnouncementsClosing HymnDismissal Prayer of the WeekLord God, whose son, Jesus Christ,understood people’s fear and painbefore they spoke of them,we pray for those in hospital;surround the frightened with your tenderness;give strength to those in pain;hold the weak in your arms of love,and give hope and patience to those recovering;we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, or Lord.Christine McMullen, The Book of a Thousand Prayers Worship UpdateIt is looking as if

St. Stephen’s E-News – June 22, 2020

Prayer for the week Take my life, and let it beConsecrated, Lord, to thee;Take my moments and my days,Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my will, and make it thine:It shall be no longer mine,Take my heart: it is thine own;It shall be thy royal throne. Take my love; my Lord, I pourAt thy feet its treasure-store.Take myself, and I will beEver, only, all for thee.AmenFrances R. Havergal (1836-1879) Some of you may remember hearing this prayer as a hymn. I remember singing it as a child. Consider using the prayer for the week daily in your prayer schedule. If you don’t have a daily prayer schedule, consider starting one. There is no better way, during this time of social distancing, to build up your spiritual relationship with God, than through daily prayer. St. Stephen’s Calendar of the Week’s ActivitiesMonday, June 2212:00 PM – Prayers with Pat: Noon Prayer; BCP pg. 103; Facebook Live6:00 PM – Vestry Meeting using ZOOM Tuesday, June 238:00 AM – Java with Jim: Morning Devotional; Facebook Live7:00 PM – Twilight with Toby: Compline or Evening Prayer (TBA); Facebook Live Wednesday, June 2412:00 PM – Rejoice with Joyce: Noon Prayer; BCP pg. 103; Facebook Live6:00

St. Stephen’s E-News – June 15, 2020

The blessings of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Rest Upon You! May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith;and may you be rooted and grounded in love,and comprehend, with the saints,what is the breadth and length and height and depthof the love of Christ,so that you may be filledwith all the fullness of God.based on Ephesians 3:17-19 NEWS BRIEFS VESTRY MEETING: Note the change —St. Stephen’s Vestry will meeting via Zoom on Monday, June 22, at 6:00 PM. Vestry Members will receive an email with the link to the Vestry Meeting on Sunday afternoon. LITTLE FREE PANTRY PROJECTOne of the goals we set for ourselves as a church this year was to establish a small pantry on the church grounds and to encourage community participation in helping keep it stocked. St. Stephen’s is located in a neighborhood that has people with significant needs and people that have been blessed economically. Sandy and Burl Hays are working on this project; beginning with researching any restrictions that city may have on placement of the little pantry. DICK JOHNSTON’S SUMMER CAMP 2020The past several years many of you have made donations to help with this camp. This year Camp Mitchell is

St. Stephen’s E-News – June 8, 2020

A Blessing May the warmth of Christ heal you, the eyes of Christ gaze on you, and the peace of Christ shine through you, Today and evermore. Angela Ashwin – Book of a Thousand Prayers A “See Ya Later” to Karen Davis: by Carol Eden Karen was a dear friend since February 1984 who was old enough to be my mom but I never thought of her as a second mom. She was a true friend. Karen and I traveled the country together for years. I could call her any time and ask if she wanted to go on a trip and she always replied “Sure. Where do you want to go?” We traveled to Branson and the Smoky Mountains too many times to count. We traveled the east coast numerous times to visit her family or my friends. A couple of those times we visited with Bill Alford who used to be a member of St. Stephen’s. We traveled to New Mexico to see her son Marc and his family. We even traveled to CA to Clive Foy’s 90th birthday and to see her sister she hadn’t seen in a couple of decades. I will always have those treasured

St. Stephen’s E-News – June 1, 2020

Grace and Peace to you from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Bishop Curry’s Day of Pentecost Sermon (click on the Title to access the Link) This Week at St. Stephen’s TUESDAY, JUNE 28:00 AM – Java with Jim; live on Facebook 7:00 PM – Compline with Toby; live on Facebook WEDNESDAY, JUNE 312:00 PM – Noon Prayer with Joyce and Jim; ; live on Facebook 6:00 PM – Bible Study on ZOOM; a Journey with John, Day 29 (Reading: John 12:12-26) THURSDAY, JUNE 48:00 AM – Java with Jim; live on Facebook 7:00 PM – Compline with Toby; live on Facebook SUNDAY, JUNE 7: TRINITY SUNDAY10:30 Worship service, live on FacebookRev. Toby Rowe will give the sermon and officiate the service. Reminder: Send prayer requests by Friday morning. Please email, text, or call Toby or Jim. Schedule for the next 6 weeksMay 31- Sermon / Celebrant: Toby Rowe June 7 – Sermon / Celebrant: Jim Dalton June 14 – Sermon / Celebrant: Toby Rowe June 21 – Sermon: Joyce Dalton / Celebrant: Toby Rowe June 28 – Sermon: Laura Phillips / Worship Leaders: Pat and Laura PhillipsJuly 5 – Sermon: Laura Phillips / Worship Leaders: Pat and Laura

St. Stephen’s E-News – May 25, 2020

Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! Letters to Lenora This is the last week of this project. I’ve received eight letters thus far. Please get them to me by Friday. You don’t even need to worry with the template I sent out, just type up words of encouragement …a scripture that you love and want to share and what it means to you ….a favorite quote and what it means to you. Words of encouragement about her starting to college at UCA, etc. Just take the time to show love to this young lady, and send it to me in an email. Come on Church, you can do this! Fr. Jim+ Service Schedule for the week of May 25 – 31 TUESDAY, MAY 26 8:00 AM – Java with Jim; live on Facebook 7:00 PM – Compline with Toby; live on Facebook WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 12:00 PM – Noon Prayer with Joyce and Jim; ; live on Facebook 6:00 PM – Bible Study on ZOOM; a Journey with John, Day 29 (Reading: John 12:12-26) THURSDAY, MAY 28 8:00 AM – Java with Jim; live on Facebook 7:00 PM – Compline with Toby;

“A Labor of Love”

Our All Saint’s chapter of the Daughter’s of the King will be collecting boxes of cereal and ramen noodles each Sunday through August 25th to donate to the Open Arms Shelter in Lonoke, which helps 13-18 year old young women in need.  These are the two items they go though the fastest!  Remember this need when you do you shopping this week!