Monday, August 29, 2016

The week of August 28

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday August 31
1:00 p.m. – Michelle Gelinske Patnode recitial at Riverview Place.

6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper following at a local restaurant

Friday September 2
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday September 4  – 16 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/Sandy Holbrook, preacher

Coffee Hour following

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Prayers for Doug LeQuire

The prayers of St. Stephen’s are requested for Doug LeQuire, who has been in the hospital since Wednesday.

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant Doug, that his weakness may be banished and his strength restored; and that, his health being renewed, he may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Monday, August 22, 2016

Pride 2016

Very proud of everyone who came out to represent St. Stephen's at Pride 2016. Special thanks to William Weightman for his tireless work and organizing.  Here are  some photos (thank you to Amy Phillips):













The week of August 22

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday August 24
6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper following at a local restaurant

Friday August 26
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday August 28  – 15 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Coffee Hour following

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pride Events for St. Stephen's

PRIDE WEEKEND EVENTS for ST. STEPHEN’S

Saturday August 2o  
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Pride in the Park, Island Park, 616 1st Ave. S., Fargo (set up is at 10:00 a.m.). Volunteers for the St. Stephen’s booth are much appreciated. Please contact William if you are able to volunteer.

Sunday August 21   
12:30 p.m. Pride Interfaith Service at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway – Darcy Corbitt will be a speaker

2:00 pm – Pride Parade (beginning at the Intersection of 5th St and 4th Ave. N.)

If you are planning on marching with the float, please meet at the staging area in the parking lot of the bike shot at the Old Northern Depot on 4th Avenue North between 1:15-1:30. The event should be over by 3:00 p.m.
For more information on the Pride events, please contact William Weightman (weightmanw@gmail.com)


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Volunteers needed this Sunday

Volunteers are needed Sunday, Aug 21, to put the undercroft back in order following the carpet cleaning. Please convene at the church at around 10:15. Thanks

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The week of August 15

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s
Wednesday August 17
6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper following at a local restaurant

Friday August 19-21
Fr. Jamie out of town for a wedding

Saturday August 2o  
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Pride in the Park, Island Park, 616 1st Ave. S., Fargo

Sunday August 21  – 14 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Charles Cherry, celebrant/preacher
Coffee Hour following
12:30 p.m. Pride Interfaith Service at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway – Darcy Corbitt will be a speaker

2:00 pm – Pride Parade (beginning at the Intersection of 5th St and 4th Ave. N.)

For more information on the Pride events, please contact William Weightman (weightmanw@gmail.com)






Saturday, August 13, 2016

Prayers for the soul of Leah Sailor

The prayers of St. Stephen’s are requested for the repose of the soul of Leah Sailor, the sister of Alice Hauan, who died this evening in Wisconsin.

Please also keep Alice and their family in your prayers as well.


Almighty God, before whom live all who die in the Lord: Receive our sister Leah into the courts of your heavenly dwelling place. Let his heart and soul now ring out in joy to you, O Lord, the living God, and the God of those who live. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The week of August 8

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s
Monday August 7  
The Ambassador deadline

Wednesday August 10
6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper following at a local restaurant

Thursday August 11
2:00 pm – Requiem Mass for Elizabeth “Betty” Spur (+7/27/2016)
Fr. Jamie, celebrant
James Mackay, music
Michelle Gelinske Patnode, cantor/soloist

Friday August 12
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday August 14  – 12 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Coffee Hour following


Friday, August 5, 2016

Fiber Arts Festival 2016

Please join John Baird at the Fiber Arts Festival this weekend at Rheault Farm in south Fargo (all apologies to John that I did not get this information out earlier)



Jennifer Tackling at Red River Market on Saturday

Join our very own Jennifer Tackling who will be performing tomorrow morning at Red River Market in downtown Fargo.



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Obituary for Betty Spur

Elizabeth Spur, 80, Fargo, ND, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from kidney failure in Sanford Palliative Care Unit.

Elizabeth was born August 31, 1935, in the rural mountains of West Virginia. She lost her parents at the age of five and was adopted by relatives who lovingly raised her and supported her in her many and varied school activities, including Honor Society, Drama, Speech Founder Charter of the Thespian Gavel and Mark Society, and head majorette.

She was an Ohio Medical College graduate and Maumee Valley Hospital RN in Toledo, OH. She served as National Program Chair for the National League of Student Nurses. After graduating from nursing school, she worked as an RN in Cleveland, OH, at St. Alexis Hospital and Parma Community Hospital.

She married Dr. John Spur on October 27, 1956, in Cleveland, OH. During their fifty-two year marriage, she supported his education and career and faithfully tended to him in his later years before his death in 2008. Together, they raised four children and had one grandson. She supported her children’s activities in Girl Scouts, Brownies, hockey, Indian Scouts, art and piano lessons.

For most of her life, Elizabeth suffered from debilitating disease processes including Crohns disease. During her well periods, she enjoyed travel, community involvement, and the outdoors.

Her most treasured travel experience was a spiritual pilgrimage to Israel. Her most joyous adventure occurred in Florida while working with the US Coast Guard in saving the Right whale, the largest creature on earth. Elizabeth sighted a previously undetected Right whale. Her monitoring efforts and findings led to the US Coast Guard closing a shipping lane so the mother whale could successfully give birth without injury due to passing ships.

Her community involvement included adopting immigrant families and working with Head Start programs.

She enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening to provide fresh vegetables and berries to family and friends and planting brightly colored flowers to provide substance to butterflies and bees.

In her final days, she enjoyed visiting with friends on her front porch, admiring apple trees lovingly pruned by her late husband, watching bunnies and birds feeding in the grass, feeling the breeze on her face, and watching trees wave and leaves flutter in the wind.

In her final hours she repeatedly said, “I’m happy.”

Elizabeth and her family greatly appreciate the kindness and caring of those who prayed with her, for her, and over her. Special thank you to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Sanford Palliative Care.

A memorial service will be Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 2 PM, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 - 21st Avenue North, Fargo. The service will be presided by Father Jamie Parsley. Reception at St. Stephen’s will follow the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, Elizabeth and the family would ask that you consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Feast of the Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen

August 3 is the little known feast of the Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen (I always say it’s good to take any opportunity to celebrate our patron saint):


O Lord, grant that we may imitate what we worship so we may learn to love even our enemies, as we celebrate the finding of the body of him, who knew how to pray for his persecutors, to our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen. 


High Plains Reader article featuring Dan Nygard and his reunited band

In case you missed it in the High Plains Reader, here is an article in which our very own Dan Nygard and his reunited band, The Krebscouts, are featured:





http://hpr1.com/index.php/arts-entertainment/music/punk-rock-reunion



Monday, August 1, 2016

Requiem Eucharist for Betty Spur set

The Requiem Eucharist for Elizabeth “Betty” Spur has been set for Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s

Burial of ashes will follow in the St. Stephen’s Memorial Garden  

A reception for Betty will be held following the service.


Your continued prayers for the repose of Betty’s soul, as well as prayers for her family, are requested. 

Prayers for Sandy Kenz

The prayers of St. Stephen’s are requested for Sandy Kenz, who had surgery last night to repair an ulcer and to have her appendix removed.

Please no visitors at this time.

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command
you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity:
Be present in your goodness with your servant Sandy, that her
weakness may be banished and her strength restored; and that,
her health being renewed, she may bless your holy Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.