Sunday, November 22, 2020

 A STATEMENT FROM THE RECTOR TO ST. STEPHEN’S

NOVEMBER 22, 2020

 

Dear St. Stephen’s members and friends,

As you all know, the cases of Covid infection in North Dakota have risen drastically within the last few days and weeks. There are now, as of today, over 10,000 active Covid cases in the state of North Dakota alone. As a result of this alarming and critical situation, I have decided, after consultation with the St. Stephen’s Wardens and Vestry, to once again suspend all in-person worship at St. Stephen’s, beginning immediately. 

          I understand that this situation is a disappointment to some of us who have enjoyed in-person worship. Those who have attended in-person worship have been very conscientious in wearing masks and keeping social distance. However, as I have said from the beginning of this pandemic, even with those precautions in place, I do not want St. Stephen’s to be the cause of anyone getting sick with this disease.

          This decision of course comes at a very inopportune time. We will begin the Season of Advent next Sunday. Christmas is a month away. We are also in the middle of our Pledge Drive. However,  it is important that parishioners’ health remains out highest priority during this time.

As a result of this decision, we will continue to do the following:

VIRTUAL WORSHIP: We will continue to provide all of our liturgies through our various online features. Our Sunday and Wednesday Masses will continue as always. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses will also be celebrated at our regular times. All of our liturgies will continue to be Livestreamed.

 

 

STAFF AND VESTRY: For the foreseeable future, I along with our parish staff of Deacon John Anderson and organist James Mackay, along with our wardens and select Vestry members, as well as Cantor Michelle Gelsinke and Matthew Patnode, will continue to help to provide regular online worship and music for you. All of these online liturgies will continue to be done by Facebook Livestream and will be uploaded, as usual, to our YouTube channel and our website. Links to these are included below.

PLEDGES: Because we are in the midst of Stewardship time and our annual pledge drive, please know that your pledges are more important than ever during this time. I ask you to please make sure to send in your pledge cards in a timely matter and to give generously for our congregation to continue to do the ministries we do and to provide the presence we have been during this difficult time. If you have not received a pledge card and would like one, please let me know. Or if you would like to pledge, or make a one-time pledge online, please feel free to do so through our Paypal account on our web page https://ststephensfargo.org

PRAY: Please PRAY! Pray for our congregation, for our members, your wardens, your vestry, your organist and musicians, and for me, your priest.

Pray for your neighbors, our country and all those affected by this crisis throughout the world.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Keep healthy and keep safe! Please continue to socially distance as best you can during this time and WEAR YOUR MASKS!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please continue to join us for worship through these media.

Livestream:  https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

 

Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

 

Our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

You are all in my prayers, and be assured I pray for each of you by name throughout the course of each week. Please pray for me also during this time. And with you, I look forward to the day when this pandemic will be a distant, unpleasant dream and we can all gather together to worship, to share fellowship and to in each other’s physical company again.

 

-peace,

Fr. Jamie Parsley

Monday, November 9, 2020

The week of November 9

 

Wednesday, November 11

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

 

Friday, November 13

Fr. Jamie’s day off

 

Sunday, November 15- STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Deacon John, assisting

James Mackay, organist

Michelle Gelinske, cantor

 

Our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services are now open to public worship. Please follow the protocols based on the standards of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. Our Masses will continue to be livestreamed for those who are not yet ready to come back to public worship:  

 

Livestream:  https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

Or on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

Or posted to our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

Mark your calendars:

Nov. 15 – Stewardship Sunday

Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Eve Mass (7:00 p.m.)

Nov. 29 – I Advent – Great Litany

 

Stewardship Videos:

If you missed any of the Stewardship videos of families from St. Stephen’s talking about all that St. Stephen’s means to them, be sure to check them out on our YouTube page. Donna Clark and Daniel Wolford, Cathy McMullen, Mike and Sue Morrissey and the Tackling family all recorded videos.

YouTube.com and then search for “St. Stephen’s Fargo.” All our masses are also uploaded there.

 

Words of Wisdom:

 

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you even when you don’t see it yourself. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

The week of November 2

 Wednesday, November 4

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting


Friday, November 6

Fr. Jamie’s day off


Sunday, November 8

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Deacon John, assisting

James Mackay, organist

Michelle Gelinske, cantor

 

Our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services are now open to public worship. Please follow the protocols based on the standards of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. Our Masses will continue to be livestreamed for those who are not yet ready to come back to public worship:   

Livestream:  https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

Or on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

Or posted to our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

Prayers for the Election Season

This election season has been one of the most contentious of modern times. Many of us feel helpless. But there are things you can do.

First, VOTE. Go out and vote.

Second, PRAY.

Forward Movement has put out an important resource for the Election year. I invite you to use this resource in your prayer life as we head toward the election:

A Season of Prayer: For an Election




 

Mark your calendars:

Nov. 15 – Stewardship Sunday
Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Eve Mass (7:00 p.m.)
Nov. 29 – I Advent – Great Litany

 

Words of Wisdom:

Talent is God given – Be Humble

Fame is man-given – Be Grateful

Conceit is self-given – Be Careful