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!

Image of a red bible with a gold cross and pages

St. Stephen’s Liturgical Calendar of Services for week of September 13 – 19
SUNDAY, September 13
*Sunday Worship, 10:30AM, Facebook Live
Celebrant: Rev. Jim Dalton
Sermon: Rev Joyce Dalton
Eucharistic 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

Image of Colonial era town crier with a sheet of paper

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 will be open at 5:55 PM. Try to join by 6:00 PM if at all possible.

This Week is a big Week for birthdays for members of St. Stephen’s or relatives of members of St. Stephen’s.
Happy Birthday to:
Sandy Hays (14th)
Mary Engel (15th)
Erin Dalton (16th)
Ethan Bridges (18th)

The Church Newsletter views this week-
181-number of views of the Sept. 7 edition
24-number of views of past editions
205-Total views this week
71-number of people who received the Sept. 7 newsletter
37-number who opened the newsletter
34-number of people who didn’t open the newsletter

Facebook views of last week’s services-
8 Liturgical offerings on Facebook Live: 668 views
Average number of views per video: 83.5

Thanks for those who have dropped off supplies. Any of us who go by the church and find the pantry almost empty, please take about a dozen pantry items from the fellowship hall and put them in the pantry.
*Note from Website Admin – A photo and downloadable PDF will be available on the website under the “Ministries Outside of the Church” tab. Be sure to check it out, download it, and share it with you friends. Thank you! – Seido

Image of praying hands in stained glass

The following prayer was written by Thomas Merton.

Almighty God, we thank you for all the gifts You have given us: our lives, our loved ones, all that we have and all that we are. Most of all, we thank You for Jesus, your Son and our Redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life. Jesus was the perfect steward of your gifts, showing that complete trust in You is necessary, and that giving of self is a most important part of following Him. May the offerings of our time, our talents, and our material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by His life and death for us.

Who knows what the future holds for us at St. Stephen’s when this difficult season in our lives has passed and this pandemic has been cast out? Thank God that we have our faith and our hope given to us through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

While we have this time in our physically isolated lives, it is an excellent opportunity to think about our commitment to the church: commitment of self and commitment of finances.

We made a commitment this year to put food out for our community through the Little Free Pantry (LFP). Yes, some people will take more than they need and will abuse the opportunity. But there will also be some very needy children served by our efforts. And, just perhaps, hearts will be changed through our love.

As you think about your giving for the upcoming year, consider what you would like St. Stephen’s to do in the area of outreach. Our Annual Meeting will come sooner than we think and we should be ready to discuss our priorities for outreach. Your vestry members would love to hear your thoughts. Vestry members: Vikki Farrer (Senior Warden), Lois Ann Jackson (Junior Warden), Linda Luker, Dan Dennis, and Chris Kellogg.

ALTAR FLOWERS: Sunday, September 13, 2020
The flowers on the altar Sunday were given by Jan Davenport to the Glory of God and in loving memory of her husband Harold.

The flowers were arranged by Lois Ann Jackson.

Prayer for the Week:

Gracious Heavenly Father,
how will I ever be able to express my gratitude
in words? You bless me with so many things that
were I to start listing them one by one, I would
need eternity to thank you. Eternity with you is my hope!
My humble thanks, Lord God. Amen.