Please have all articles and events for the July newsletter turned into the office by noon today. Feel free to contact the office at 806-799-3439 or email the Office Administrator, Kristin Killough at email@example.com.
St. Stephen's vestry will have their monthly meeting in the Parish Hall at 5:30pm today.
A new parish veterans group will have a 3rd Thursday of the month gathering. The gathering will be in the parish hall. All persons who have served in any military group, as well as spouses, and friends are welcome!
The Finance Committee will meet for their monthly meeting in the Parish Hall at 5:30pm today.
Join us for service of healing and restoration.
This month the group will be meeting at the Rapstine's house (11 Brentwood Circle) and will be discussing the movie, Cider House Rules, starring Charlize Theron, Tobey Maguire & Michael Caine. Please watch the movie ahead of time and be ready for great discussion! Please bring an appetizer to share and BYOB!
FRANK is a fellowship of young adults who meet together to explore the Episcopal faith and who we are as members of the body of Christ. We meet every other Tuesday at the church to share a potluck dinner, a few drinks, & some great conversation! All ages are welcome (21 & up to participate in BYOB) and childcare is provided! We hope to see you there!
Calling all 2017 graduates!! Are you graduating from high school or college this month? We want to know!! Call or e-mail Kristin in the church office so we know who to honor on May 21st! 806-799-3439 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Parent’s Night Out was such a success, we have made it a monthly event! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 19th from 6:30-9pm! Come support the Youth Mission Trip to Austin, TX and drop your kiddos off at the church and have a date night or just some time to yourself! Your kids will be well taken care of with activities and light snacks! (And they will have youth AND adult supervision!) $20 for 1 child and only $10 for each additional child in the same family. Please RSVP to Taylor Swift or Lyndsey Walton (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and please plan to sign a release form ahead of time or when dropping off.
Come to the annual Spring Fling event on Cinco de Mayo!! Over 80 items have been donated for the live and silent auctions! Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased in the church office or at the door! Your ticket includes a wonderful fajita meal by Abuelo's restaurant, wonderful music and a great time with friends! Don't miss out!
Money raised will go to four charities this year: Four-Legged Friends of Lubbock, St. Benedict's Chapel, the St. Stephen's Choir and the Bowie Buddy Bag Program!
The event this year will be held at the home of Ben & Shirley Edwards: 220 FM 1730 (only 14 miles from the church. Go South on Slide....look for the adobe house and barn on the west side of the road! There will be balloons tied to the gate!)
In order for our entire parish to worship together, we will hold only one service on Easter morning. This is a glorious service celebrating our Risen Lord. Upon entering the nave, parishioners are invited to help flower the cross, which will lead the procession. The music and hymns all reflect the joyful "Alleluia" attitude that light has overcome darkness and life has conquered death! Easter lunch and a kid's egg hunt will follow the service. Please make plans to stay for food and fellowship. Please sign up to let us know how many in your family are attending lunch and if you are able to bring a salad, dessert, vegetable or if you can help with serving and clean-up.
The Great Vigil of Easter is the most important service of public worship of the liturgical year. It is the first celebration of the Gloria during the fifty-day long celebration of Easter, marked by the first use, since the beginning of Lent, of the exclamatory "Alleluia," a distinctive feature of the Easter season.
We are reminded that Christ is the "light" in the darkness of life for Christians everywhere. The great hymn, the Exsultet, is sung, the sweeping story of salvation history is recounted, the Resurrection of Jesus is proclaimed with the ringing of bells. The congregation renews their baptismal vows and the Liturgy of the Eucharist continues as usual,. This is a moving and glorious service to begin our Easter celebration.
Childcare is provided for this service.
During this service we follow the stations of the cross within the Nave
Childcare is provided for this service.
The gospels tell us that after the "Last Supper" Jesus led his friends to the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where he was soon to be arrested. Jesus went off by himself to struggle in prayer about the coming ordeal telling his closest disciples, "I am deeply grieved, even unto death, remain here, and stay awake with me." A little later he came back only to find that the disciples had fallen asleep, so he gently chided them saying, "Could you not stay awake with me one hour? Keep awake and pray..." Our participation in an overnight prayer vigil is a response to this questions and command. The church will remain open from 9pm Thursday until 10am Friday for any who wish to spend time in prayer. Even if you have not signed up, you are invited to come and spend time in prayer and contemplation.
On Maundy Thursday we remember how Jesus washed his disciples' feet before he gathered them for his Last Supper. Coming from the Latin Mandatum Novum, or "New Commandment," Maundy refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples: "Love one another as I have loved you." At this service, Christ's commandment is enacted by foot washing. After the foot washing, we proceed with the celebration of the Eucharist. Every Sunday, we hear the Words of Institution during the Eucharistic Prayer. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar as an act of preparation for Good Friday. The church is left barren, dark and silent.
Childcare is provided for this service.
The word "tenebrae" means "darkness." It is an ancient service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles. This symbolic darkening, along with readings, help to portray the events of Holy Week.
Please look over the schedule carefully and make your plans for Holy Week. Please note the events that require signing up or RSVP's ahead of time! Contact Kristin in the office if you have questions and/or would like her to add your name to a sign-up sheet (806-799-3439). Contact the hosting churches to RSVP for the Presiding Bishop's events! (Phone numbers and details on the picture, in the April newsletter, and on the St. Stephen's Facebook page.)
Our fifth annual It's an Art Thing! event is scheduled for March 24th from 5-7pm. Set up will be 10am-3pm the same day.
We each have individual talents that God has given us to enrich our lives and those around us. What is your hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time? Let us get to know you and your gifts better! Bring your creations to display. Come and see the talents of your St. Stephen's family. Enjoy a fun evening of fellowship. Everyone is invited!
For more info and/or if you would like to participate and reserve a table for your treasures, contact Erin Schambureck (email@example.com) or Jenna Jenkins-Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us for our Lenten Study every Wednesday evening at 5:30pm starting March 8th and ending April 5th. A light supper will be served. Books for the study are available in the church office for $15 each. If you would like to help provide supper one evening, please see the sign-up sheet outside the church office. We would like 2-3 people to sign up for each Wednesday. Please call the church office if you have any questions. 806-799-3439 or e-mail Kristin at email@example.com.
On Ash Wednesday, as Lent begins, worshipers' foreheads are marked with ashes in the sign of the cross. The ashes traditionally come from burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. In Old Testament days, ashes were a sign of mourning and repentance.
Please join us for Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00pm.
All are invited to enjoy pancakes, sides and yummy toppings on Tuesday, February 28th from 5-7pm! Hosted by the Men of St. Stephen's!
Do you volunteer in the nursery? Or help out with the youth or in children's Sunday School activities? If so, please plan to attend our next training, which is required for everyone at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church who helps/works with kids in our church in any capacity, as well as our church leadership - including vestry members. If you have already participated in the training in previous years, please keep in mind it needs to be renewed every 3 years. If you aren't sure if you are up for renewal this year, please contact Kristin in the church office at 806-799-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She has a master list of who was trained and when.
Please RSVP for this training. Thank you!
The youth are invited to enjoy S'mores & a movie at the church! We will gather at 7:00pm. The movie is TBD. Come have fun with the other youth at St. Stephen's!
Regular program w/ bible study and meal (Christmas), 6-7:30pm
*this will be the final time we meet before January
*This will be at Father David’s house!!!! (4409 17th St.)
*Please bring a small gift under $15 for a gift exchange
Training for new and experienced eucharistic ministers is required for licensing through the Diocese. Please contact Michael Pullen for more info or if you have questions.
The youth of St. Stephen's will be gathering at the church to separate & bag Legos to get them ready for the Bowie Elementary kids. Pizza provided!
The youth will be having their first annual Turkey Bowl at the church! This is exactly what it sounds like.....bowling with a frozen turkey! This event will include a pie eating contest, nacho bar and possibly s'mores. There will be a prize for the winning team!
Everyone is invited to join our annual Parish Thanksgiving Dinner on November 20th, following the Evensong Service. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the church office. Please sign the sheet to let us know how many people are attending from your family. There is a second sheet to sign up if you would like to bring a favorite salad or dessert to share!
The annual "round-up" meeting to plan for the coming year of ministry at St. Benedict's Chapel will take place at 5:00pm on Sunday, November 13th at the Bosscher's Home (4002 88th Place). Drinks will be provided. Please feel free to bring an appetizer to share! Have any questions? Contact Karen Bosscher at 806-535-4191.
The Men of St. Stephen's will be serving Klemke's sausage and brats, sauerkraut, potato salad and strudel following the 10:30am service! Join us for this church family meal and fellowship! No charge!