Author Archive | Megin Sewak

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+

Discernment – Service Times

Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,

Planning processes are interesting.  Often while pursuing one direction another direction presents itself and draws nearly unanimous consent.  As the Planning Team discerned direction for the life of St. Stephen’s and as that vision was presented to the community on September 24, one item percolated to the surface in both cases at times with prompting and at times without.  The one item that kept rising to the surface was moving to one service.  There was sentiment for this idea from different “places” meaning people of all ages.  As the planning process unfolded, people made a point of mentioning how much they would like to draw the entire community together on Sunday mornings with one service.  The Bishop’s Committee talked this over at our last meeting and supported moving forward with the proposal of an experiment of one service at 9 AM beginning December 4, Advent I, and continuing through January 7, Epiphany Sunday.  What we need now is your feedback between today (October 12) and October 24, the date of our next Bishop’s Committee meeting.  You can direct your feedback to me in person or by email (ajohnson@dionwpa.org) or text/call (847-651-1323).  You can direct feedback to our Bishop’s Warden, Cindy Willis also in person, or by email (cindy@georgewillis.com), or also by phone.

After we’ve tried this for several weeks we will review how this arrangement is working and decide about going forward from there.  The decision will be made with community input.

Fall is here!  Enjoy God’s various masterpieces all around us.  See you in Church.

Love and blessings,

Al

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