Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Young(er) Episcopalians

Recently it has become clear that we have a good number of young(er) people either here at St. Stephen’s or exploring our congregation who are interested in spending time together socially and discussing different issues that are specific to being young(er). It is also a great opportunity to explore the “fascinating” world of the Episcopal Church and Anglican spirituality.

As a result, Fr. Jamie is starting up a Young(er) Episcopalians group at St. Stephen’s. Fr. Jamie started a similar group years ago when he served at Gethsemane Cathedral in Fargo, and it was a great success.

Young(er) Episcopalians are:

+ people in their 20s and 30s (give or take a few years on those limits).

+ not necessarily “official” Episcopalians nor regular church “attendees,” just young(er) people interested in the Episcopal Church and its ministries, or just spiritual matters in general.

+ married, committed or single, straight or gay, parents or not, shy or outgoing, students or hard-working professionals.

+ non-judgmental about where a person is on their personal or spiritual journey. It doesn’t matter if you’re a doubter or a firmly committed Christian. All young(er) seekers are welcome.

We will get together with Fr. Jamie once a month or so, possibly at a local pub or drinking establishment for some informal, laid-back discussions and, most importantly, time together. And of course there will always be the opportunity to “stump Fr. Jamie.”

If you are interested or you know someone who is, please let Fr. Jamie know. We are hoping to have our first outing the middle part of November.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Celebrating All Saints at St. Stephen's


Octave of All Saints/All Souls at St. Stephen’s

This year at St. Stephen’s we will be have an entire week celebrating the saints in our lives. In preparation for the Feast of All Saints (which is one of the most important feast days in our Church year), we will be remembering all of the saints in our lives (those whom we have loved and who have shown us something of who God is). We will be offering several opportunities at St. Stephen’s to honor those who have passed on before us to the larger Communion of Saints.

+ Please list the names of your deceased loved ones on the list in the Narthex so they may be remembered at the special Requiem Mass we will celebrate on Wednesday November 3. You can also send me any names at apium@aol.com and I will make sure they are remembered at the Requiem Mass and their names placed on the altar on All saints Sunday.

+ Bring a photograph or other memento of your loved one to be displayed on the special altar that will be in the Narthex at St. Stephen’s from October 31 through November 7.

+ Attend the Requiem Mass at 6:00 pm Wednesday Nov. 3 and the All Saints Sunday Mass on November 7.


All Saints Liturgies for 2010

Sunday, October 31
23 Pentecost
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie – celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel

Monday November 1
The Feast of All Saints

Tuesday, November 2
The Feast of All Faithful Departed (All Souls)


Wednesday November 3
6:00 pm – Requiem Mass for all our deceased loved ones
Fr. Jamie – celebrant/preacher
Incense will be offered at this Mass.
Supper afterward at a local restaurant

Sunday November 7All Saints Sunday
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie – celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel

Monday, October 25, 2010

The week of October 25

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday, October 26
6:30 pm – Healing Eucharist at HeartSprings
Messiah Lutheran Church
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Wednesday October 27
6:00 pm – Mass
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Incense will be used at this Mass
supper afterward at a local restaurant

Saturday October 30
Diocesan Convention
Radisson Hotel, Bismarck, ND

St. Stephen’s delegates:
Joann Droppers
James Mackay
Gin Templeton
William Weightman

Sunday October 3123 Pentecost
11:00 am – Morning Prayer/Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel

Monday, October 18, 2010

The week of October 18

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday, October 19
6:00 pm – Evening Prayer with “Episcopal 101” class following

Wednesday October 20 -
6:00 pm – Mass
Incense will be used at this Mass
supper afterward at a local restaurant

Sunday October 2422 Pentecost
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Children’s Chapel

Monday, October 11, 2010

The week of October 11

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday, October 12
6:00 pm – Evening Prayer
“Episcopal 101” class

Wednesday October 13 -
6:00 pm – Mass
Incense will be used at this Mass
supper afterward at a local restaurant

Thursday October 14
11:00 am – The memorial service for Hale Laybourn (+September 16, 2010) at St. Stephen’s

Sunday October 1721 Pentecost
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie Parsley, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel

Sunday, October 10, 2010

St. Stephen's new website

St. Stephen’s has a great-looking, brand-new website! Please check it out at

http://www.ststephensfargo.org/

(note: there is no hyphen between “stephens” and “fargo” as in the old website address).

It will now be much easier to access current information, past issues of the Ambassador and a calendar.

So, be sure to check out our new website.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The memorial service for Hale Laybourn


A Celebration of the Life of Hale Laybourn has been scheduled for 11:00 am Thursday, October 14 at St. Stephen’s.

Committal of ashes will be at a later date in the Columbarium of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Hale, a long-time member of St. Stephen's when he and his wife Barbara lived in Fargo, died September 16, 2010 in Fort Collins, CO. While in Fargo, he was President of Blue Cross Blue Shield from 1965-1986. He and Barbara were also instrumental in starting the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera Company.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The week of October 4

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday, October 5
6:00 pm – Evening Prayer
“Episcopal 101” class

Wednesday October 6 - Observing the feast of Bls. William Bliss & Richard Ely
6:00 pm – Mass
Incense will be used at this Mass
supper afterward at a local restaurant

Sunday October 1020 Pentecost
- 11:00 am – Holy Eucharist -
Fr. Jamie Parsley, celebrant/Sandy Holbrook preacher
Children’s Chapel
- 12:45 pm – Vestry

Saturday, October 2, 2010

In today's Fargo Forum

St. Stephen's to host animal blessing Sunday

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 21st Ave. N. in Fargo, will offer its annual blessing of animals and pets at 1 p.m. Sunday. Animals and pets of all sizes are welcome.