BUDGET REVIEW & ANNUAL MEETING: the Annual General Meeting of the parish will be held, weather permitting, on Sunday, January 28 after the service.
SOX BOX: The Sox Box is ready for donations of new warm socks for adults and children, as well as hats, scarves, gloves and mittens. There will be a February distribution.
ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14:This year we will participate in a liturgical outreach program developed by the Episcopal Church to bring the gifts of worship outside of our building. Rather than our usual evening Ash Wednesday service, we will provide Ashes to Go on the sidewalk in front of the church. Everyone is welcome to come by that day to receive the imposition of ashes. The community will be invited to participate. We will also have hot homemade soup available to eat here or to go.
LENT MADNESS: This is a fun engaging way for people to learn about the men &women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints. Thirty-two saints are paired in a tournament like single elimination brackets. You learn about the saints in each pairing and vote each day for your favorite. Voting is done online at the Lent Madness Webpage and you can follow along at the Lent Madness Facebook page.. Participate and help choose who wins the Golden Halo this year. We have the booklets for each family or individual to participate and will post the brackets on a sheet at the back of the sanctuary.
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.
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 to attend.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS (EMs): We need one or two people (although more are welcomed) to join our group of EMs. This important ministry assists Miriam with our Sunday worship and may also serve on Holy Days and for special occasions. see her if you are interested in joining this ministry.
ALTAR GUILD: We are seeking people to join this Ministry of service to the parish. The schedule has been changed so that people are not requested to serve a month at a time. In ages past, this was thought to be something that only women were called to do but it is open to anyone who would like to have a quiet time of reflection and prayer while also preparing the Altar for our Sunday service. See Miriam if you would like to join this Ministry.
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): 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.
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY: We have learned that our neighbor, Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) needs some help. They are trying to feed hungry teens (20-50) who participate in their programs. They have limited funds for this aspect of their program.
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.