Friday, November 30, 2012

New Coat Rack at St. Stephen's

Because we needed more room for coats, we had to extend the coat racks out. Here's the after, and the before photos.


and before....

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bishop's Visit/Potluck/Confirmations/Receptions

A friendly reminder that Bishop Michael Smith will be joining us this Sunday for his annual visit. He will be confirming and receiving several at least six people, and we will be welcoming new members as well.

During Children’s Chapel, there will be a St. Nicholas celebration in honor of the Feast of St. Nicholas on Dec. 6th. Special treats will be given to the children.

After the mass, we will be having a potluck, so please bring feel free to food to share.

Most of all, we hope you will come out for this great celebration of our congregation.

Rock Talk! This Sunday

·                                 ROCK TALK is a ministry for youth 9+. If you know any pre-teens that would like to join, they are welcome! Next ROCK TALK is this Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 AM, with James Mackay. The topic will be lots of fun! : If you were writing a Christmas Carol today, what would you put in it? We'll talk about the folk origins of Christmas caroling and Carols--and we'll gather ingredients for our own carol.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The week of November 26

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday November 28
6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper afterward at a local restaurant

Saturday December 1
Sertoma Holiday Lights begins at Lindenwood Park, Fargo.
St. Stephen’s has a display this year

Sunday December 21 Advent
10:00 am – Rock Talk!

11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Bishop Michael Smith, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel - St. Nicholas celebration
Confirmation/Reception of New Members

12:00 pm - Potluck Lunch and Presentation following Mass
Please plan to bring food to our potluck in honor of Bishop Smith’s visit and for Confirmands and Newly received.

Please pray for our confirmands:
Leah Elliott
Michael McMullen
Vincent Reusch

And for those about to be received into the Episcopal Church
Sandra Kenz
Catherine McMullen
Paul Mott

And for our new members:
Emily Woolwine
Jeanne Woolwine

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Apse repainting


....and before.


Holiday Lights display painting party

The finished product at Lindenwood Park, Fargo

Mike McMullen
Cathy McMullen

Seth Keene


Seth and Karl Keene



 King Wencelaus

November 24, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

The week of November 19

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday November 21Thanksgiving Eve
7:00 pm – Holy Eucharist at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
(670 4th Avenue North , Fargo)

Thursday November 22
Thanksgiving Day

Sunday November 25Christ the King Sunday
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie Parsley, celebrant/preacher
No Children’s Chapel

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stewardship Sunday/Vestry potluck this Sunday

Join us
This Sunday
November 18

Holy Eucharist at 11:00 am

Vestry potluck following Mass

Pledge cards and Time-and-Talent sheets
will be handed out at this time.

Please join us
as Fr. Jamie and the Vestry
express their heart-felt gratitude for the many ways
in which you have given of your time, talent, gifts and self
to St. Stephen’s
and as we look toward another year
of Ministry.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fr. Jamie's Stewardship Letter

November 8, 2012

St. Wilibrord

Dear St. Stephen’s family,

Five years ago, the membership of St. Stephen’s was 55 members. The Average Sunday Attendance at that time was 24.

How things have changed! Our current membership is 121. This past Sunday, as we celebrated the Baptism of our own Leah Elliott, there were over 50 people in church. At no point during this past year (even during the summer) did our attendance slip below 30. And almost every Sunday brings new visitors.

This not just good news; this is incredible news! Whenever I share information like this with colleagues and others in the wider Church, they are as shocked and amazed as I am often am. In the wider Church, numbers reflect growth and vitality.

But, for us, it is more than a matter of numbers. It is a matter of a congregation that has come together and is doing wonderful and transformative things in the name of God. As we look around us, we see a congregation of changing faces, of a church building that is being updated, of ministry that is reaching beyond these walls to the farthest stretches of the world.

Of course, a common question I am asked is: what’s the secret of our success? My first answer is always, of course, the Holy Spirit. This Spirit is most definitely at work in our congregation. God’s Spirit, as we all know, is a Spirit of renewal and life. And it is this Spirit feel in our midst when we gather together and it is this Spirit that empowers us when we go out and do ministry in the world.

My second answer is this: we are simply living out the Gospel. This is a congregation that has been committed to following Jesus’ message of loving God and loving one another, and, in doing so, being radically welcoming to every single person that comes through our doors. This is what makes the difference, and this is what makes us who we are.

We have so much to be thankful for at St. Stephen’s. It is an exciting time for us. New people are finding a home and a family at St. Stephen’s. Those of us who have been here for years are finding ourselves renewed and recharged, as well as confronted with all the changes and challenges of a growing congregation. And all of us, together, are doing ministry in whatever ways we can.

All that is happening here at St. Stephen’s is something to celebrate. This is a time in which we should be giving thanks to God for this church home, this church family and these opportunities to do the ministry of loving God and one another in worship and service.

On Sunday, November 18, we will all have an opportunity to celebrate these blessings God has granted to us. On November 18, we celebrate Pledge Sunday. Pledge time is the time in which we take a good, long look at our selves as a congregation and what we are doing in our own lives to help St. Stephen’s live even further into this growth and life we are celebrating.

That Sunday, the Vestry of St. Stephen’s will host a dinner after the 11:00 am celebration of Holy Eucharist. That dinner is a way for your Priest-in-Charge and your Vestry to thank you for all you have done for St. Stephen’s this year. At that meal, you will be given a packet that will contain your pledge card and your Time and Talent sheet. Your pledge card is an opportunity for your consider what kind of monetary pledge you would like to make to St. Stephen’s. As you know, ministry and the practical upkeep of our physical building is not done without finances.

The Time and Talent sheet is a way for you to consider pledging from your time and talent. What ways can you pledge from the gifts God has granted you in areas such as personal expertise? Are you an artist? Are you good at social care? Are you mechanically inclined? These are ways in which you have been blessed by God and, recognizing them as blessings, they are ways in which you can give back.

More than anything, know how grateful and humbled I am to be serving you. I am truly blessed by God to be serving a congregation that is excited about what it is doing, that is renewed by its energy and committed to its following of Jesus. Thank you for all you have given to me.

Fr. Jamie+

Monday, November 12, 2012

The week of November 12

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday November 14
6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper afterward at a local restaurant

Sunday November 1825 Pentecost
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie Parsley, celebrant/preacher
Children’s Chapel

Vestry potluck following Mass

5:00 pm – Gentle Thanksgiving (FM Veg)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Undercroft remodeling

Newly painted walls, following All Saints Sunday Mass

Sue Morrisey, Sandy Kenz and Kim Baird

 Sandy Kenz working on the new shades, November 10, 2012
The new shades, November 10, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

The week of November 5

Join us this week at St. Stephen’s

Wednesday November 7
6:00 pm – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Incense will be offered at this Mass
Supper afterward at a local restaurant

Sunday November 1124 Pentecost
11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Fr. Jamie Parsley, celebrant/Sandy Holbrook, preacher
Children’s Chapel

12:45 pm – Vestry

Thursday, November 1, 2012

St. Stephen's at the Movies TONIGHT

Join us


Thursday, November 1st
St. Stephen’s at the Movies

6:00 pm – meet at Spicy Pie (322 Broadway) for pre-Movie meal

7:00 pm – The Master at the Fargo Theater (314 Broadway)

There will also be an opportunity for gathering afterward to discuss the movie for anyone who would like to do so.