Wednesday, August 26, 2009

September Events at St. Stephen’s

Blessing of the Backpacks, September 13 Gives our students and teachers the opportunity to have their backpacks blessed during the 10:30 service. A great chance to get the school year off to a prayerful start!

Book Club Starts September 10 The Book Club meets on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. Each season the group chooses which book it will read and discuss and celebrates each book with a lunch together. This fall they have chosen to read Three Cups of Tea, a book about a man who builds school in Afghanistan. You are welcome to join us for lively discussion, good fellowship, and lots of laughter.

Youth Group - September13 6-8 p.m. The Church Youth Group is open to all young people in the Parish and their friends from 7th-12th grades. We generally play games, watch videos, discuss things, and have supper together. Pastor Susan, Ray, Kyle and Corinne (college student) serve as advisers for this spirited group!

Confirmation Class Starts September 20, 6-8 p.m. The confirmation class at St. Stephen’s is open to any 7-9th graders who have an interest in deepening their relationship to God. It is a two year program that stresses education and Christian formation. At the end of the program we have a full day retreat and offer young people the opportunity to be confirmed in this church by a bishop.

Movie: Redemption Road: September 27, 4:00 p.m. A fascinating movie about a man who accidentally kills a boy about his son’s age and the father of the boy was killed. It raises provocative questions about revenge, fear, evil, and what we are capable of under great stress. Come join us for the movie on the big screen tv in the Lounge, popcorn will be served and a discussion to follow. What would you do?

Stewardship Training September 29, 7:30 p.m. in the Lounge. This year we have invited a stewardship consultant, Ms. Ross Wisnewski, to come both to train our stewardship leaders and also to preach on October 18 at both services. Ms. Wisnewski is the Province Two stewardship coordinator for The Episcopal Church. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and beautiful dog, Moses, and she has the great honor of serving as the senior warden for our Rector Emeritus, The Rev. Orion Davis, at St. Mary’s in Sparta, New Jersey.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Thanks to our church school and devoted teachers Casey and Bob (with some help from Donnie) the garden looks fantastic! Tomatoes, peppers, and lots of mint are coming in and teh pumpkin patch in front looks terrific.

Thanks, kids, for making this summer so special with all your hard work!