Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job

finding god in sufferingBeginning Wednesday, January 21st at 10:30 a.m. the Wednesday morning Bible Study will be reading Bruce Epperly’s book “Finding God in Suffering, A  Journey with Job.”  This study is open to all who have ever wondered how a loving God can allow suffering, or who have struggled with finding a living faith in the midst of grief, pain, loneliness, loss, or any other type of suffering. Copies of the book will be available at our first meeting.  Here’s how Dr. Epperly describes his latest work:

Death. Illness. Divorce. Unexpected. Undeserved. In this world there is going to be suffering and pain. As a person of faith, we are not exempt from that undeniable fact. What do we do? Where is God when the pain is unbearable and the night so long? How do we reach out to others with something more than platitudes? It has been said that theology begins in the experience of suffering. At the very least, debilitating suffering challenges our images of success and security, and invites us on a quest for something solid and dependable when the foundations of our lives are shaking. The book of Job emerges from one person’s unexpected encounter with suffering. Job seeks God’s presence, and to find a God he can trust again, he must jettison his previous images of God.
For more information, email Margot+ at mcritchfield@ststephenscohasset.org

South Shore Deanery: Teen Suicide Panel

The South Shore Deanery is sponsoring a panel addressing teen suicide on 
TuesdayJanuary 27th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate. The panel will include two experts on child psychology, as well as a speaker personally affected by her child’s suicide. Come learn about support resources, prevention, and how your church can be helpful with issues of teen suicide/depression. A potluck dinner begins at 6:30pm, panel begins at 7:30pm. 

Mission Team Meeting

highschoolmissiontrips4Our next meeting for the Global Mission Partnership with the Rev. Holly Hartman will be Wednesday, January 28th from 7pm-9pm in Walton Rodgers Hall. 

Please RSVP to Margot at 781-383-1083 or email her at mcritchfield@ststephenscohasset.org

All Parish Brunch and Annual Meeting

brunch-allThe All Parish Brunch and Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 1st at 10am. We will be having a 9am service(Note: there is no 8am or 10am service. Godly Play/CIA will meet during the 9am service) followed by our annual Parish Brunch and Meeting! We will review the 2015 budget, vote on a slate of candidates for offices, and celebrate another wonderful year of God working through and in St. Stephen’s Church.  

SAT Test Prep with a Social Impact!

ectAfter two successful seasons, tutoring sessions will begin again in the Watermelon Room on Monday, February 2nd for the SAT prep courses offered through Episcopal City Tutoring (ECT).  These one-on-one evening sessions will thoroughly prepare students to take the SAT in May and June.

Started in 2010, ECT partners with churches to offer tutoring centers staffed by qualified, paid tutors who use strategic methods to establish individualized learning plans and improve test-taking techniques. The most exciting part is that profits from the program pay for tutoring young people in Dorchester.

Open to the Cohasset and surrounding communities, students will work through a comprehensive ten-week math and English curriculum, focusing on skill development, strategies, and test-taking confidence.  Rates are competitively set at $85 per week.

If you or someone you know are interested in more information or signing up, please contact Stephanie Sears at 413.329.8291.  You can also visit the website at http://www.episcopalcitytutoring.org/

Picture of the Week

 

10685518_10153673738234237_2713889943950327670_nJanuary 24, 2014: A snow-covered St. Stephen’s.