Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ERD Ingathering THIS SUNDAY

Plan to bring the Episcopal Relief & Development (ER&D) coin boxes (or at least their contents!) to church for our ingathering of these offerings this Sunday, April 23. The contents of our individual boxes will be combined with the ER&D Sunday and the Lenten Wednesday offerings. Together we anticipate that there will be at least enough money ($175) to pay for one family’s share in a community garden through ER&D’s Gifts for Life.


Of course contributions, in addition to those from the coin boxes, will be welcome on April 23 as well.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

The week of April 17 (Easter Week)

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday April 19 – Wednesday of Easter Week
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Sunday April 23  – 2 Easter
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel
Coffee Hour following

12:45 – Bible Study on the Prophets


Thank you from Fr. Jamie


Thank you!

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who worked hard this past week to make our liturgies work smoothly.  Thank you to our acolytes, lectors, eucharistic ministers, flower organizers, ushers, and those who cleaned up after the services. You all made these liturgies run smoothly.

Thank you to our cantors and especially thank you to our organist James Mackay, who proved us with some incredible music. Thank you to William Weightman for his cantoring, to LeoWilking for cantoring so effectively for the very first time at the Easter Vigil and to Michelle Gelinske for the beautiful cantoring on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Thank you also for those who took photos, who shared events on social media and those who invited friends and loved ones to our church during this week.

Thank you especially to Kelson Demmons for his wonderful gift of music on Easter Day!  

Thank you especially to Sandy Holbrook and Alice Hauan for their very faithful Altar Guild duties, and to Alice for the wonderful job of polishing.

I am personally grateful for each of you.

The attendance at each of Holy Week liturgies increased greatly this year, and all of our liturgies were very well-attended, especially our Easter Vigil and Sunday Masses. We also had a great influx of visitors (not including the members of St. Mark’s who shared two of our liturgies this year) Thank you especially to everyone who worshipped and shared their presence.

Although I am physically exhausted after this week of activity, (which also included several pastoral visits, an emergency baptism and a few other unforeseen situations) please know I am so grateful to be serving such a vibrant, amazing and committed congregation as St. Stephen’s.

St. Stephen’s showed yet again that it was a worshipping community, striving to live out in its life the commission of the Risen Christ.

Fr. Jamie+


Easter morning







Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Vigil

It was a truly gorgeous and very well-attended Vigil Mass. Thank you to Pastor Joe Larson for concelebrating and for a wonderful sermon, and the members of St. Mark's who braved our all-no-holds-barred “smells and bells” Mass. Thank you once again to James Mackay for his excellent music, William for his cantoring, and it was a great joy to have Leo Wilking cantor for the first time. Thank you also to Darcy for her extra duties as acolyte and to all the readers. (Thank you also to Charlie, Darcy and William for these photos) 





 Blessing the New Fire
 Censing the New Fire







(photo by William Weighman)

Easter