Thursday, March 31, 2022

UPDATED Covid Protocols (as of April 1): A Return to "Normal"



April 1, 2022

Dear St. Stephen’s members and friends,

It is with great joy (and a bit of trepidation) that I can announce that as of April 1, and with the steady waning of the Covid pandemic, we will once again return fully to pre-pandemic standards at St. Stephen’s. As we approach the Easter season, it is time to celebrate the ending of this dark and terrible time in our common lives, give thanks to God for bringing us through and to come back together after two years of separation.

I, along with the Wardens and Vestry, am inviting and encouraging all parishioners to return to in-person worship if they are able.

Please be aware that as we come together again, there will be a few new ways of doing church that we will continue to follow:

MASKING Masks are no longer required for any liturgies, coffee hour or any other in-building gathering at this time, though anyone who needs to wear a mask should do so.

PASSING THE PEACEWe will continue to use touch-free greetings.

 OFFERING: We will continue to use the plates at the front of the church. There will be no more “passing of the plate” at the offering.  

 HANDOUTS: We will continue to use disposable booklets for all liturgies.

 FOOD Coffee Hour is re-instated as it was before the pandemic.

 ONLINE WORSHIP: Online worship through Livestream will continue ONLY for Sunday morning and Wednesday Masses. All other liturgies will be in-person only. We will soon be moving the camera and its computer out of the aisle and into a less visible space.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP: We encourage all parishioners who are able to begin attending our liturgies in person.

 VACCINATIONS If you have not been vaccinated and you are able, please get vaccinated very soon.

Please plan to join us once again in person at St. Stephen’s. There are familiar old faces as well as many new ones; there are beautiful new additions to the church building and new ways of worshipping (we are now using gender-neutral language for God in all of our liturgies at this time). Music continues to fill our space, even more so now with our new organ. It is an exciting and wonderful time here at St. Stephen’s as we begin this new, post-pandemic era, so please join us again as we start returning to this new “normal” way of living.   

                                                -Peace,

                                                Fr. Jamie

                                                The Wardens

                                                The Vestry

 

 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

The week of November 1

 Wednesday November 3  

6:00 p.m. – Annual Requiem Mass

Procession to the Memorial Garden

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

 

Sunday November 7   ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Coffee Hour following

If you have not done so, please send any names of any departed loved ones you would like remembered to Fr. Jamie at frjamieparsley@gmail.com and he will make sure that their names are remembered at the Requiem Mass

Sunday, October 24, 2021

The week of October 25

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday October 27 –  

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

  

Sunday October 31  – 23 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 

 Beginning on Sunday, October 31st, a list will be placed in the Narthex for you to write the names of your deceased loved ones so they may be remembered at the special Requiem Mass we will celebrate on Wednesday November 3. You can also send any names to Fr. Jamie at frjamieparsley@gmail.com and he will make sure that their names placed on the altar on All Saints Sunday and that they are remembered at the Requiem Mass

Sunday, October 17, 2021

The week of October 18 at St. Stephen's

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s


Wednesday October 20   

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 


Sunday October 24  22 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

Monday, October 11, 2021

The week of October 11

 

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday October 13

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

 

 

Sunday October 17  21 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The week of October 4

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday October 6   

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

Friday, October 8-Saturday October 9   

Diocesan Convention in Bismarck

 

Please pray for our delegates as they head to Convention:

Jessica Anderson

John Baird

LeRoy Chief

Janice Chief

Sandy Holbrook

Annette Morrow

Gin Templeton

Leo Wilking

 

Deacon John

Fr. Jamie

 

 

Sunday October 10  20 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The week of September 27

 Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Mon. September 27

Ambassador deadline

 

Wednesday September 29

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Incense will be offered at this Mass

Supper afterward at a local restaurant

 

Friday October 1   

Fr. Jamie’s day off

 

Sunday october 3  19 Pentecost

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Deacon John, assisting

Coffee Hour following

 1:00 p.m. – Pet Blessing