Dine with 9

Dine with Nine_07.22.11Dine with 9 is an opportunity to enjoy old friends and make new ones in a relaxed atmosphere. Why 9? This allows both couples and singles to feel welcomed to join a dinner group. Our next event will be the evening of Saturday, March 7th.

The host provides the home and the main course for the evening…and a little organization!

The guests provide all the rest of the dinner – appetizer, side dishes, and dessert. Your host will let you know what to bring.

Please click here to sign up for this event!

Resources for Lenten Study

SSJELENTThe Sacrament of Time: Everyone is busy, and time is at a premium. It is hard for all to come together to deepen our faith. So the Anglican monks at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge invite you to recapture time as the gift it is by signing up for a series of short (2-minute) videos that will arrive in your email over the five weeks of Lent, exploring the theme of Time and how we use it. Copies of the accompanying workbook with weekly themes and daily reflection questions are available from St. Stephen’s.    The Brothers have spent the past year praying about and studying time. “So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time,” they write. “God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse.”

The videos begin on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015. You may sign up to receive them at:  http://ssje.org/ssje/time/  

The New Jim Crow

home_book_cvrOur friends at St. Stephen’s, Boston and the B-PEACE for Jorge are inviting churches across the Diocese to participate in parish-based studies of Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book, The New Jim Crow. “Many people across the Diocese have been profoundly affected by reading Michelle Alexander’s book,” they say. “As we continue to journey together towards a just society-one that is free of violence, poverty and racism-we offer The New Jim Crow as a guide post along the way.  May it challenge and inspire you to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”

In the wake of Ferguson and Staten Island (among other places), this is an especially relevant time to read The New Jim Crow. A study guide, prepared by the faith-based Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, along with many other supporting articles and videos, makes the book accessible to all.

The New Jim Crow  spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has inspired important conversation and action around the country.

If you’d like to be a part of a small group to study this book together, please sign up by emailing me at  mcritchfield@ststpehenscohasset.org  and we will then arrange a meeting time convenient to all.

Lent for Children

2015GivingCalendar-1024x662Christian educator Jennifer Gamber has wonderful resources for children-including a “Giving Calendar” at her website: http://myfaithmylife.org/lenten-giving-calendar-2015/   “Following Jesus is tough work. It means rejecting many of the values of society and embracing Jesus’ values of welcoming the unloved, giving out of abundance, feeding the poor and clothing the naked. Following Jesus is  not just embracing Jesus’ values, but practicing them,”  Jennifer writes.  Her “Lenten Giving Calendar” is an opportunity to practice the act of giving. Each day the calendar invites children to acknowledge and give thanks for God’s abundance in their life and return that abundance in gratitude as a gift of pennies, nickels and quarters to others. “This Lent, let’s clean house, replacing habits that keep us from new life in Christ to a practice of gratitude and giving!” 

Click on the calender above to download your own!

Picture of the Week

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February 10, 2014: More and more snow!