LECTIONARY STUDY: Rev. Miriam Acevedo holds a weekly lectionary study on Fridays at 9 AM in the undercroft of St. Stephen’s All are welcome.
OLD HOME DAY: Saturday, July 14th is the date. We need items for our Silent Auction, brand new or gently used. Gift certificates are popular. Bring your donations to the church after the Yard Sale. See Jeanne if you have Auction questions. We'll also provide our café and bake table.
3RD ANNUAL LADIES' NIGHT KAYAKING & PICNIC: This event will be held at River Run in Alton on Wednesday, July 18th, 4 pm. This is always a fun time to get together during the summer and for re-connecting with old friends Connie Mitchell and Martha Booth. It would be hard to surpass the excitement of last year's thunderstorm, but you never know! Prices are $15 for the picnic and $10 to rent a kayak (or you can bring your own). You can also come just for the (delicious!) picnic if you like. If you are new to the parish and want to find out more about this event, feel free to speak to Bernie of Pam Sanderson. And here is River Run's website if you want to read more about them: River Run
ST. STEPHEN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The first recipients of the newly created St. Stephen's Scholarship for graduates of Pittsfield Middle High School who are going on to post-secondary education were awarded to Cameron Darrah and Megan Callicoat. They each received a $1000.00 award for their freshman year. These awards are renewable for an additional year if the recipients meet the renewal criteria set by the Scholarship Committee
FIRST SUNDAY BIBLE/BOOK STUDY: Every first Sunday of the month, Miriam will hold a short bible study or book review. If we choose to do a book study, I would like to use The Bible and the Land: Uncover the Ancient Culture, Discover Hidden Meanings by Gary M. Burge. Please let Miriam know if you are interested.
PARISH FAMILY SUNDAY: Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for light refreshments and conversation in the undercroft after the service. Sign-up sheet for hosting is posted in the Narthex. offee, tea, and punch supplies are stored in the kitchen. A simple snack is all that is needed.
VIGIL LIGHT: If you would like to dedicate the vigil light in memory, celebration or thanksgiving, please let Paul or Sabra know. There is no charge for this special way to note a milestone.
EPISCOPAL JOURNAL: The current issue of the paper giving all the latest in denominational news is available at the back of the church.
FOOD GATHERING: We are collecting items for the local food pantries on the last Sunday of the month. Donate non-perishable food or non-food items not eligible for food stamps such as toiletries or paper towels. Cash is also welcome. Envelopes for monetary offerings are available at the back of the church; place in the collection plate. Leave in-kind items next to the baptismal font.
QUIET TIMES: The current "Forward Day by Day" booklet to aid you with your daily meditations is in the rack at the top of the stairs. Help yourself!
BORROWING SOMETHING?: If you would like to borrow something from the church, please make sure your coordinate this with the Sr. Warden, Jr. Warden, or the Building and Grounds Team Leader.
CHURCH CLEANING: For the latest cleaning schedule in Adobe Acrobat format, see the link at the top of this page. A copy is posted at church. Thanks to all who have volunteered for this important ministry.
HOMEBOUND VISITS: Our lay Eucharistic Visitors are available for regular visits to homebound
VESTRY MEETING MINUTES: Approved Vestry Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board in the Undercroft.
PARISH FAMILY SUNDAY: Held on the last Sunday of the month throughout the year. Parishioners are invited to volunteer to take the gifts of wine and wafers to the Altar Rail during the Offertory for consecration. They are also invited to host the fellowship coffee hour in our Undercroft following the service. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church. You are encouraged to participate in this ministry!
PRAYER CONCERNS: Information received by Wednesday will be published in the following Sunday bulletin. Please note that permission must be granted from the individual before a name is published, and in all cases, confidentiality must be a major consideration. Once the prayer concern is satisfied, please ask that the name be removed.
ALTAR FLOWERS: If you would like to make a donation for flowers in remembrance or celebration, request forms can be found at the back of the church. Requests must be received two weeks in advance of the specified Sunday.