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.
VOLUNTEER GARDENERS:We need helpers to spruce up the gardens this week before the yard sale. Daniel has taken care of the majority of the left over old leaves but we need some extra work done before the sale. See Sabra if you have a spare hour or two this week.
TOWN WIDE YARD SALE: June 2nd is fast approaching. Many of our fundraising volunteers are unavailable this year. Contact Paul if you are able to help with pricing, set up and take down. Help fill our bake table with items for easy consumption: cupcakes, brownies, cookies, whoopie pies, handpies, muffins, scones, etc.
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.
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.
PARISH LIST: A number of people have joined us since the “new” parish list was printed. An addendum with names and contact information of our new members is available.
MINISTRY OF FUN: Do you have ideas for “Fun” activities for the fall? How about an Astronomy evening? Want to hear Messiah this year? Share your interest or idea with Bernie!
PITTSFIELD YOUTH WORKSHOP: Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW): With our help, they are now able to provide a substantial nutritious snack after school each day, as well as maintain a food closet at PYW and at the highs school. The staff thank theh congregation for their generous support. They need personal care items (deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and feminine hygiene products) and non-perishable food items. They are looking for low added sugar cereals, canned soup, canned pasta, baked beans, jam, fruit cups, sleeves of crackers, mac and cheese, mayonnaise, granola bars, canned vegetables, and other shelf stable items.
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.
PARISH FAMILY SUNDAY: We need hosts for the end of the month coffee hour. Coffee, tea, and punch supplies are stored in the kitchen. A simple snack is all that is needed.
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.