Monday, June 26, 2017

The week of June 26

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday June 28  
5:00 pm – Becoming an Ally Class

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Thursday June 29 – July 3
Fr. Jamie’s out of town

Sunday July 2  – 4 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer
John Anderson, celebrant/preacher

Coffee Hour following

Friday, June 23, 2017

A heartwarming story involving our own Adam Breth:


http://www.inforum.com/news/4288055-moorhead-police-officers-rescue-ducklings-sewer


Celebration of Life for Marlys Lundberg July 7th

The Burial Liturgy for Marlys Lundberg will be 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, in Fargo. Fr. Jamie will officiate at her service.

Committal of her ashes will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

Please continue to keep the repose of her soul in your prayers. Please also pray for her loved ones at this time.

Marlys’ full obituary can be found below:


Marlys Jane Lundberg died peacefully in her sleep on June 10, 2017 at her home in northern California.

In 1946 Marlys married Stanley C. Ford. They made their home in Enderlin, ND, Mason City, IA and Fargo, ND where they raised their four children.

After the death of her husband Stanley, Marlys went to work in the district office for US Senator Quintin Burdick and was a part of the US Senate district staff until her retirement.
In 1977, Marlys married Fargo attorney and vintage car aficionado, Lowell W. Lundberg. They made their home in Fargo, ND and Mesa AZ.

Marlys was a proud member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo. The family is touched and honored to have the Reverend Jamie Parsley preside over Marlys’ celebration of life at the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home.

Marlys is survived by her two children, Stephanie [Luigi] Paruccini and James [Ellen] Ford. In addition to her two children, Marlys is survived by two sisters, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Marlys was preceded in death by her husbands, Stanley C. Ford and Lowell W. Lundberg, her sons, Kory and Tracy Ford and two of her siblings. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sue Morrissey "Best of Show"

Our very own Sue Morrissey’s painting was named “Best of Show” at the 58th Annual Midwestern Invitational at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead on Sunday. We are so proud of you, Sue!!


The week of June 19

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday June 21  
5:00 pm – Becoming an Ally Class

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Friday June 23
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday June 25  – 3 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Coffee Hour following

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Prayers for the repose of the soul of Marlys Lundberg


The prayers of St. Stephen’s are requested for the repose of the soul of Marlys Lundberg, who died on June 10 in Yuba City, California.

Marlys was a deeply loved, long-time and very devoted member of St. Stephen’s, and a close friend of many of us.  She will be deeply missed.

Please pray for her family at this time as well.

A memorial service will be held in Fargo at a later date, with burial of ashes at Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, next to her husband, Lowell. I will share information when those plans are finalized. 

Gracious God,
nothing in death or life,
in the world as it is or the world as it shall be,
nothing in all creation can separate us from your love.
We commend Marlys into your loving care.
Enfold 
her in the arms of your mercy.
Bless 
her in her dying and in her rising again in you.
Bless those whose hearts are filled with sadness,
that they too may know the hope of resurrection;
for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.


May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the 
mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The week of June 12

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Monday June 12  
Ambassador deadline

Wednesday June 14  - Eve of Corpus Christi
5:00 pm – Becoming an Ally Class

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Friday June 16
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday June 18  – 2 Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Coffee Hour following

12:45 - Vestry

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

First of monthly Healing Masses

This Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. we will be offering the first of our monthly Healing Eucharists at St. Stephen’s. We will be offering special prayers, laying on of hands and anointing with blessed oil those who need healing prayers. Even if you are unable to be present, please send me by email or Facebook messenger names of those you wish to have prayed for at this special service. We will be offering this Healing Mass the first Wednesday of each month from now on. 

BECOMING AN ALLY class beginning this Wednesday

Join us this Wednesday, June 7 at 5:00 pm 

for Darcy Corbitt’s class on 

BECOMING AN ALLY  

There will be four classes on the LGBTQ+ community and how to be a good ally.

The Topic this week will be Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity (7 June),

Each 50-minute session stands independently of one another or can be combined for a more comprehensive learning experience.

For more information about the workshops, please contact Darcy, or visit her website:  www.DarcyCorbitt.org/ss2017.


Monday, June 5, 2017

The week of June 5

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday June 7  
5:00 pm – Becoming an Ally Class (Understanding LQBTQ + Identity)

6:00 p.m. – Healing Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Friday June 9
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday June 11  – Holy Trinity
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Coffee Hour following

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pentecost Baptisms



It was wonderful to baptize Jaxon and Noah Cole today. Grandma Kathie Durben was very proud of them (and rightly so).
Congratulations to Kelson Demmons on his first Sunday as acolyte. He is the first in a new corps of young acolytes at St. Stephen's.

Pentecost




(Before Mass) It's looking very Pentecostal at St. Stephen's

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Congratulations to Kristofer Sando, who is graduating from Moorhead Hight School on Sunday

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The week of May 29

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday May 30 – The Feast of the Presentation
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Friday June 2
Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday June 4  – Day of Pentecost
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Coffee Hour following



Sunday, May 21, 2017

The week of May 21

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday May 23
6:00 p.m. – Episcopal 101

Wednesday May 24 – Eve of the Ascension
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Sunday May 28  – 7 Easter
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Coffee Hour following


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prayers for Jessica Pitzel & John Anderson

The prayers of St. Stephen’s are requested for

JESSICA PITZEL

and

JOHN ANDERSON

who are being married at St. Stephen’s
this Saturday.



Jesus, do for Jessica and John
as you did in Cana of Galilee.
Take the old water, their busy individual lives,
and turn them into gospel wine.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The week of May 15

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s
Tuesday May 16
6:00 p.m. – Episcopal 101

Wednesday May 17
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Saturday May 20
4:00 p.m. – The Marriage of John Anderson & Jessica Pitzel at St. Stephen’s

 Sunday May 21  – 6 Easter
ROGATION SUNDAY
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel student/leader/helper recognition
Coffee Hour following

Rogation Procession/Blessing of seeds, gardening implements

Monday, May 8, 2017

The week of May 8

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday May 9
6:00 p.m. – Episcopal 101

Wednesday May 10
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Sunday May 14  – 5 Easter
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel

Coffee Hour following

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Michelle Gelinske named YWCA Health & Wellness Woman of the Year



Heartfelt congratulations to our very own Michelle Gelinske for being named the YWCA Health and Wellness Woman of the Year! We are all so proud of you, Michelle!!! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

The week of May 1

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday May 3
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Sunday May 7  – 4 Easter
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel
Coffee Hour following

12:45 – Vestry

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Very proud of our very own Dr. John Baird


Sunday, April 23, 2017

The week of April 24

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday April 26
6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Supper at a local restaurant follows

Sunday April 30  – 3 Easter
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel
Coffee Hour following


12:30 – Acolyte training

Music this morning at St. Stephen's

 Paul and Kristofer Sando on trumpets
Michelle Gelinske, James Mackay, Kelson Demmons and Paul Sando

(photos by William Weightman)

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


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Good Friday


Maundy Thursday

A very moving Maundy Thursday Mass this evening


 The stripped altar
 The empty aumbry

The Altar of Repose

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maundy Thursday


Episcopal News Service story on the Integrity Window

North Dakota church dedicates window commemorating LGBTQ ministry

Stained-glass window
The Integrity Window, or St. Aelred Window, was dedicated April 2 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Fargo, North Dakota. Photo: St. Stephen’s
[St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church press release] St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo, North Dakota, dedicated and blessed a new stained-glass window on April 2 commemorating the congregation’s longtime LGBTQ ministry.
The Integrity Window (also known as the St. Aelred Window) was designed by St. Stephen’s parishioner and local artist Gin Templeton. Michael Orchard Studio of Fargo built and installed it.
St. Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) is the patron saint of Integrity, the LGBTQ organization in the Episcopal Church. The window features an overarching rainbow, the Pride flag and a depiction of the St. Stephen’s Noah’s Ark float used each year in the Pride Parade.
The window also references the Baptismal Covenant of the Book of Common Prayer, with the message, “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect with the dignity of every human being?” A verse from the book of Galatians also included. The window is dedicated in memory of “those who died trying to be their authentic selves.”
“Loving God, loving your neighbor as yourself, that’s really the basis for all Christian ministry as I see it, and I think that’s the basis for how we see GLBTQ inclusion,” the Rev. Jamie Parsley, priest-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, told local TV station KVLY-TV.
St. Stephen’s has a long history of being committed to gay and lesbian causes, and in 2015, it sought Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota so the congregation could offer same-sex marriage rites. Bishop Carol Gallagher was appointed to provide that episcopal oversight of the congregation.
The congregation also was a trailblazer in the Diocese of North Dakota in including women in its leadership, clergy and liturgical ministries. It was the first congregation in the diocese to have female senior wardens and acolytes, and it was first to welcome a female priest. The congregation dedicated a window to these milestones in September.

Monday, April 10, 2017

HOLY WEEK at St. Stephen's

HOLY WEEK at St. Stephen’s

Thursday, April 13 Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist + Foot washing + Stripping of Altar
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/John Anderson, preacher
James Mackay, music


Friday April 14 Good Friday   
12:00 pm – Good Friday service + Solemn Collects +
Veneration of the Cross + Eucharist of the Pre-sanctified (with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church)
Fr. Jamie, Pr. Joe Larson, co-officiating/Fr. Jamie, preacher
James Mackay, music

 3:00 pm – Stations of the Cross
Fr. Jamie, officiant
James Mackay, music


Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday
10:00 am – Holy Saturday service
Fr. Jamie, officiant
James Mackay, music

8:00 pm—Easter Vigil (with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church)
Lighting of the New Fire + Service of Light + Return of the Alleluia
Fr. Jamie, Pr. Joe Larson, concelebrants/Pr. Joe, preacher
James Mackay, music

Sunday April 16 Easter
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Fr. Jamie celebrant/ preacher
James Mackay, music
NO Children’s Chapel

Coffee hour following

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Palm Sunday

Join us tomorrow for

PALM SUNDAY

11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Blessing/Procession of Palms + Reading of the Passion Gospel