Monday, April 19, 2010

The week of April 19 at St. Stephen's

Wednesday April 21St. Anselm of Canterbury
6:00 PM – Holy Eucharist
***Incense will be used at this Mass***
Supper afterward at a local restaurant

Thursday April 22
2:00 PM - Evangelism meeting

Sunday April 254 Easter
11:00 AM – Holy Eucharist -- with Children’s Chapel
Fr. Jamie presiding/ Sandy Holbrook, preaching

1:00 PM – Vestry

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Safeguarding God's PEOPLE at St. Stephen's

Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo is hosting

Safeguarding God's PEOPLE
training session

Saturday May 8
10:30-2:00 PM

Anyone in the diocese who can attend is welcome. If you are, please contact either
Fr. Jamie Parsley (
or Laura Nylander (
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 21 Ave. N.
Fargo, ND

Monday, April 12, 2010

The week of April 12 at St. Stephen's

Wednesday April 14St. Damien of Molokai & Bl. Marianne of Molokai
6:00 PM – Holy Eucharist
Incense will be used at this Mass
Supper afterward at a local restaurant

Thursday April 15
6:30 Fr. Jamie & Gin Templeton Reading/Art Discussion at True Colors Bookstore (4755 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN)

Sunday April 113 Easter
11:00 AM – Holy Eucharist -- with Children’s Chapel
Fr. Jamie, presiding/preaching

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bring-a-Friend-to-Church Sunday/ERD in-gathering

This Sunday is a special one. It's Bring a Friend to Church Sunday AND the ingathering/celebration of our Lenten offerings for this year's diocesan MDG project - build a well in a community lacking access to clean water.

SO, remember to bring your ERD Hope Chests that were handed out the first Sunday in Lent. If you prefer to bring a cash or a check for your offering, please mark it "ERD-well." We'll have a special brunch after worship to celebrate these offerings and this joyous Easter season. See you on Sunday.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Breakfast with Gin & Lynn

****This Saturday, April 10th, 9:00 am! ****

Breakfast with Gin & Lynn

Please reply so we can have plenty of food.

You are invited to "Breakfast with Gin & Lynn" on Saturday, April 10th. Breakfast served at the church at 9:00am with plenty of coffee, prepared and served by us, followed by a work project and finishing up before noon. Our hope is that we can do this about twice a month beginning on Saturday, April 10th. Initially we would like to work on the children's area cleaning out old materials and repainting the chipped paint. Also, the shades in the Undercroft need to be straightened and repaired or replaced. On April 24th, we will work on the grounds and haul things out for clean-up week.

Please check out the following wonderful article about our very own Fr. Charles Cherry. The text of the article is included below. Photos can be viewed by clicking on the link.

Great work, Charles!
‘An advanced amateur’

by Jennifer Johnson

Daily NewsPublished/Last Modified on Monday, March 29, 2010 11:09 AM CDT

Local galleries have never featured the photographic work of Charles Cherry. None of his photos can be found online, and not once has he even thought to enter any contests. That's due to the Wahpeton resident's low-key approach to his photographs, many of which cover several trips he's made to Guatemala over the years.

"I don't promote myself as a photographer, I just love to take pictures," said Cherry, 75.

Referring to himself as "an advanced amateur," Cherry has documented two trips he's made to the Central American country through church mission trips and plans to make a third this summer. His job there is twofold: he is a chaplain and a basic translator for the medical team. Although the official language of the country is Spanish, 70 percent of population instead uses their native dialect. Twenty of the dialects are Mayan, he said, and in some cases a second translator is required.

In contrast to his communicative role, Cherry's photos capture moments that don't require deciphering. Vivid landscapes and bright colors define his view of Guatemala, and the natives frequently profiled in his photographs are traveling through the rhythm of their daily life. Caught in various stages of emotion - surprise, consternation, somber reflection - Cherry has taken what we imagine in our mind's eye of humanity and framed it on paper.

Although most of his subjects don't even realize they're being photographed - an intentional move by Cherry, who hates posed pictures - he has no intention of exploiting them.

"I believe a good photographer captures the meaning of life, especially when the photograph is a vignette of human life," he said. "The picture becomes a narrative in the mind of the viewer."

An example of this can be found in a photo of a young Guatemalan boy, leaning thoughtfully against a large rock pile on land 11,000 feet above sea level. The rolling hills behind him hold native crops such as corn and beans, and he's obviously lost "in his own little world" but seems to be gazing directly at the camera, said Cherry. But in fact, Cherry was stationed 100 yards away."I wasn't trying to be furtive," he said. "He didn’t even see me.

"The photo was the subject of a recent writing assignment for his students at North Dakota State University's TRIO department, where Cherry used this photo and others to spark creativity. Although the moniker abbreviates nothing, TRIO programs provide federally-funded educational opportunity outreach designed to motivate and support college kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Cherry secured a teaching position at the department 22 years ago, holding sessions with English as a Second Language students who need study skills and reading improvement. He also tutors individual students on writing, classical and modern languages, history and religion.

Cherry arrived in Wahpeton on Dec. 2, 1985, after he was plucked from his native state of North Carolina and chosen to be a clergyman at Trinity Episcopal Church. At one point, he was appointed editor of the state Episcopal newspaper and was often required to take photos.

He stayed at the Wahpeton church a brief time before he accepted his position at NDSU, and several years later married his wife, Shirley Hunkins.

"The only two things that bring a man to North Dakota are a job or a woman," said Cherry, who still speaks in a Southern drawl. "In my case, it was both."

Despite his exotic travels, Cherry is inspired to take photos every time he walks out of his house. Although he doesn't intend to show his photography in a gallery anytime soon, he will head back to Guatemala in July."Maybe some more responsible individual will encourage me to do something with (the photos), but I don't have any plans at the moment," he said.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Week at St. Stephen's

Happy Easter!

It was a GLORIOUS Easter Sunday at St. Stephen’s with a PACKED church (possibly a record number of worshippers--certainly within the last 22 years) and an equally packed Children’s Chapel.

This Easter Week at St. Stephens’ we resume our regular Wednesday evening Mass, with supper following at a local restaurant.

Wednesday April 7Wednesday in Easter Week
6:00 PM – Holy Eucharist
Incense will be used at this Mass

Saturday April 12
Breakfast with Gin and Lynn (more information in The Ambassador and to follow)

Sunday April 112 Easter
11:00 AM – Holy Eucharist -- with Children’s Chapel
Fr. Jamie, presiding/ Fr. Charles Cherry, preaching