“We Cherish St. Stephen’s”
As the church we are God’s presence in the world. St. Stephen’s is a vibrant community, in which we worship together and share in a variety of ministries in Christ’s name. We cherish these ministries. And it was with this spirit in mind that we launched our annual pledge campaign on Sunday, We Cherish St. Stephen’s.
We also introduced our St. Stephen’s Cherished Moments Giving Tree in Walton Rodgers Hall, so everyone could write on a paper “ornament” what they cherish most (past and present, ministries or moments, people or places) at St. Stephen’s. Already, ornaments are adorning the branches of the tree–many of them created by our youngest members!
In the days ahead, please reflect on what you or your family cherishes about St. Stephen’s and how your pledge directly impacts the continuation of these ministries, then hang your own paper ornament on our Cherishing Tree.
Note: This year, for the first time, we’re able to make our pledges on-line, as well as by the traditional methods of putting the pledge card in the offering plate or mailing it in to the office. To make your pledge on-line, just click on the green “Make A Pledge” button to the left of this article. Complete the form to create a Tithely account in one easy step, then arrange for your pledge payment in whatever manner you wish – one time, weekly, monthly – it’s up to you.
With gratitude and thanksgiving,
Sam Pease & Dan Dubeau, Co-Chairs, 2017 Stewardship Committee
Hearing Voices? The Four Weeks of Advent
In our readings for Advent this year we hear from many different voices: Jesus, John the Baptist, Mary, Isaiah and even an anonymous angel-to name but a few. We thought it might be fun to illumine those scriptures this year with four different voices of our own from the pulpit-one for each week of Advent. On the First Sunday of Advent, Rev. Margot preached about “Advent Preparedness,” highlighting our counter-cultural call as Jesus followers to focus on preparing expectantly for the long-awaited day when Jesus returns-and offering concrete and pragmatic in ways of living into that call. On Second Advent, we’ll hear from Dr. John Whiteside; on Third Advent we’ll hear from Bishop Alan Gates; and on the Fourth Sunday of Advent we’ll hear from Amy Whitcomb-Slemmer. Rev. Margot will then lead us into the grand celebration of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve. We’ve never done this before, but hope you all enjoy it and find the variety of perspectives both refreshing and enlightening! We’ll look forward to hearing what you think!
The Bishop is Coming…The Bishop is Coming!
Join us on Sunday, December 11th when The Rt. Rev. Alan McIntosh Gates will join us at the 10 am service and fellowship. All are welcome!
Fun facts about Bishop Gates:
Bishop Gates was born and baptized in Springfield Massachusetts. He has worked as a Russian language translator, researcher and intelligence analyst at the Department of Defense and the State Department. As a seminarian he served at St. Stephens Lynn, and after ordination he was curate in Hingham at St. Johns. More fun facts next week…..
Picture of the Week
CIA and ROX visit Common Cathedral in Boston