Monday, April 6, 2020

HOLY WEEK at St. Stephen's


HOLY WEEK 2020

Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist

Friday April 10 Good Friday   
12:00 pm – Good Friday service + Solemn Collects +
Veneration of the Cross + Eucharist of the Pre-sanctified

3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

 Saturday,  April 11 – Holy Saturday
10:00 am – Holy Saturday service

Sunday April 12
Easter
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

All our Holy Week Liturgies will be Livestreamed through https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842







Friday, April 3, 2020

Palm Sunday at St. Stephen's


Join us online for our Palm Sunday Mass this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Mass will be livestreamed through our Facebook page: https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

It will uploaded later to our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

We will be blessing palms as usual. After Mass, I will place the palms outside the church near the front entrance. Please feel free to stop by the church and pick up these blessed palms, to keep through the year. They will be available at the church through  Monday afternoon. 

Please be sure to keep them through the year and bring them back to church early next year so they can be burned for ashes for the Ash Wednesday liturgy.

PLEASE NOTE: when you are picking up palms, if you meet someone else from the congregation, please make sure to keep social distancing norms in place i.e. please keep part by at least 8 feet.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. Robert Forrest Andrews


The prayers of St. Stephen’s are requested for the repose of the soul of Fr. Robert Forrest Andrews, who was Rector of St. Stephen’s from 1981-1984.

We only recently received word that Fr. Andrews died on July 30, 2019.

As is our tradition at St . Stephen’s, a memorial Requiem Mass in his memory will be celebrated this summer. More information will follow.

An obituary follows.


O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: accept our prayers on behalf of your servant and priest, Robert, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 


The Reverend Robert Forrest Andrews
May 25, 1931 – July 30, 2019

The Revered Robert Forrest Andrews passed away on July 30, 2019 at 88 years old. Born in DeKalb, Illinois in 1931, Bob was a 1953 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and served as Combat Engineer in the Korean War based in Japan. Following ordination in 1963 from Nashotah House Seminary, he served parishes in Saint Joseph and Grosse Ile, Michigan; Northglenn, Wheat Ridge, Woodland Park and Cripple Creek, Colorado; and Fargo, North Dakota. Prior to joining the priesthood, Bob worked for his father at Forrest Andrews's Dodge Plymouth in DeKalb, Illinois, and Bob worked for Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania and for the State of Wisconsin as a civil engineer. "Father Bob" was a compelling priest, delivering thoughtful sermons and ministering to hundreds of parishioners over the years. In addition to his dedication to the Episcopal ministry, he had a passionate love of life, his daily walks, reading, the NFL, golf, movies, music and politics. Predeceased by his wife Jane Jewell Andrews (died 2014) and former wife, Mary Ann (Molly) Hutchison Andrews, he leaves behind a legacy in his children, Stephan (Dede) Andrews, Elizabeth Andrews, Doug (Cynthia) Andrews, Mark (Karen) Andrews, Aisha Mazera, Suzanne (David) Picher, and Melinda (Joseph) Saylor. Bob is also survived by 21 loving grandchildren and by 2 great-grandchildren.



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

This week at St. Stephen's


this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday April 1
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/Annette Morrow, preacher
James Mackay, music




Sunday April 5  Palm Sunday
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Blessing of Palms + Reading of the Passion Gospel
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher





LOOKING AHEAD TO HOLY WEEK

Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist

Friday April 10 Good Friday   
12:00 pm – Good Friday service + Solemn Collects +
Veneration of the Cross + Eucharist of the Pre-sanctified

 Saturday,  April 11 – Holy Saturday
10:00 am – Holy Saturday service

Sunday April 12
Easter
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

All our Holy Week Liturgies will be Livestreamed through https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842




Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Public liturgies closed until April 30


March 31, 2020

Dear St. Stephen’s family:

Please find attached a letter from the Standing Committee of the Diocese regarding the Covid-19 crisis. St. Stephen’s, of course, will  comply with the recommendation of the Standing Committee and extend the discontinuation of all public liturgies at St. Stephen’s until April 30. The stream lined liturgies will continue during this time on both Facebook and YouTube.

          Our Holy Week liturgies will be streamlined and will be live streamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube.

Facebook live streaming will be on the St. Stephen’s Facebook page: https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

All live streamed liturgies will be uploaded to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

          As we enter another week of quarantine and social/physical distancing, I ask your continued prayers for our St. Stephen’s community, for our community for Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo, for our Church, Nation and the World.

          Please know that you all remain in my daily prayers.

-peace,
Fr. Jamie+


Friday, March 27, 2020

Please keep up on your Pledges/Offerings


Greetings,

Since we are not meeting in person for the foreseeable future, it is imperative that you do not let your pledges or offerings lapse. I know this in an uncertain time for everyone. But it is especially difficult for a congregation like St. Stephen’s which depends on the pledged financial offerings of its members.

Although we are not meeting together in person, we are still worshipping. Both the Sunday and Wednesday Masses continue online, and people have been expressing their gratitude for these opportunities.

Fr Jamie and the Wardens and Vestry of St. Stephen’s are still doing the work the needs to be done in our congregation. It is business as usual most days at St. Stephen’s.

Although nothing could prepare us for this crisis, St. Stephen’s has stepped up to the plate and continues to do so, even when events change on a seemingly daily basis.

We are still reaching out and trying to comfort and give aid to those in need both within our congregation and in our community. The Coronavirus has not prevented us from doing the work we are called to do here at St. Stephen’s

So, please do keep your pledges and offerings.

It is very easy to do so.

MAIL: Please feel free to mail in your offerings at the church (120 21 Ave N. Fargo 58102). I am still keeping office hours each day and so I also check the mail. Please make sure that, in mailing your offering, you send it to the attention of Laura Nylander. Laura will be emailing you soon with an update on your pledge. Please feel free to ask her any questions you may have about your pledge.

ONLINE: You can also give online. Simply visit our website (http://ststephensfargo.org) and click on the “donate” button on the home page. This will direct you to Paypal. You can pay your pledge or simply give us an offering.

PRAY: Most importantly continue your prayers for St. Stephen’s, for our larger Church, for our nation and for this world.

Together we will get through this. And soon, we will meet together again in person, will worship together in our building and will be with each other to continue to do what St. Stephen’s does best.

-peace,
Fr. Jamie+
The Wardens and Vestry of St. Stephen’s

John Anderson's ordination postponed


Dear St. Stephen’s-

We knew it was inevitable, and I held off making on “official” statement about it until now, but John Anderson’s ordination to the Diaconate, originally planned for April 4, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop Keith has suggested two possible dates in May or June. As we move closer to that time, we will share the updated information for the ordination.

As you all know, this had been yet another disappointing set-back for John in already unduly difficult process. However, this is an unavoidable reality in this time of world-wide crisis, and I am grateful for Bishop Keith’s leadership and pastoral compassion in this difficult situation.

With all of that in mind, I ask all of you to please keep John, Jessica and their entire family in your prayers right now.

And let us all look forward to the wonderful day when we can gather together to celebrate the ordination of another Deacon in the Church.

-peace,
Fr. Jamie+