Author Archive | Megin Sewak

One Service & Annual Meeting

Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,

This past Sunday approximately 50 participants of our community heard the results from the survey about worship, asked and answered questions, and talked some of worship going forward.  The survey response overwhelmingly affirmed the move to one service and indicates support to continue on the same path.  I’m/we are aware that his arrangement isn’t perfect for everyone while we strive to seek God’s will and the will of the majority of people.  Thanks to everyone for your understanding and your courage to move boldly into the future God sets before us.  We will continue with one service at 9 AM for the foreseeable future.  Suggestions made in the context of the survey and the meeting notes will be taken into consideration as we look forward to worshiping together.

We also talked about postponing our Annual Meeting until we are able to hear some answers to the many questions all are asking in terms of next priest, staff, finances, property, and more.  While aware of how much the Bishop supports what we are doing here, we also hoped for him to be present for this year’s meeting.  Good News:  We’ve heard from Bishop Sean and our Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday afternoon, February 11, at 4 PM here at St. Stephen’s with him present.  More details on that soon! Love and blessings,

Al+

As We Prepare – Advent and Christmas 2017

Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,

One service at 9 AM begins on December 3 and will continue through January 14.  Advent and Christmas will bring beautiful and meaningful worship and holiday experiences.  On December 3 the bells will return and as families and households we can make wreaths.  On December 10 we will witness a unique drama in the midst of our worship that day and celebrate with the Advent Tea after worship.  On December 17 our Christmas Pageant returns as we celebrate as a parish community.  On December 24 in the morning we will have Morning Prayer and Message led by Cindy Willis complete with madrigal style music with recorders and more followed by the Greening of the Church.   And then Christmas Eve worship (one service) at 5 PM with beautiful carols, candlelight, and Bishop Sean Rowe presiding!

Make your plans now to attend all four weeks.  There will be plenty for children and families and an opportunity to deepen our community of St. Stephen’s.

Love and blessings,

Al

Trying Something New

Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,

This past Tuesday the Bishop’s Committee with my support (I don’t get a vote unless a tie) voted to move forward with one service for a seven Sunday stretch beginning Sunday, December 3, and continuing through Sunday, January 14.  The service will take place at 9 AM.  Each Sunday will also feature a unique and interesting opportunity for Christian Formation around the themes of Christmas and Advent.  We will have music, scripture, children’s chapel and of course, coffee hour including our annual Advent Tea on December 10.  Thanks for your feedback.  More soon on the details as they get defined.  Thanks.

Love and blessings,

Al+

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