An adult christian education class about the Parables of Jesus will begin on September 10th at 9:15am. It will meet every Sunday morning for approximately an hour, with the exception of September 17th. The class will meet for 5 weeks, ending on October 15th. Paige McKay will be leading the class. There are no materials needed for the class and each class is "stand alone" so even if you have to miss one, please still attend the rest of the session!
An Inquirer's Class is starting on September 10th and will meet every Sunday morning at 9:15am until October 22nd! This is a class for anyone wanting to join St. Stephen's by confirmation, baptism or reception. It is also open to anyone who is just curious about what the Episcopal church believes and why. Father David Perdue will be leading the class. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office ASAP. (email@example.com or 806-799-3439)
Rally Day is a yearly celebration for the ministries of our church. It is a time to sign up for ministries and to become involved in the parish. It is also a great time of fellowship with our church family! This year Rally Day will begin immediately after the 10:30am service (and we will only have one service on this day)! Wear your picnic-type clothing to church that day and stay for a cookout, ministry fair and lots of fun family games! Bring a side dish for the cookout.
Parent's Night Out is back!! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 29th from 6:30-9pm! Come support this Youth fundraiser 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and please plan to sign a release form ahead of time or when dropping off.
The parish veterans group has moved from Thursdays to the 3rd Saturday of the month! The gathering will be in the parish hall and is a potluck breakfast. All persons who have served in any military group, as well as spouses, and friends are welcome! If you have questions, please feel free to contact Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-816-0560.
Join us for service of healing and restoration.
This month the group will be meeting at the Ehmer's (9205 Gardner Ave) and will be discussing the movie, Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner & Forest Whitaker. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.