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. The study will resume when she returns from vacation.
VACATION: Rev. Miriam is taking some well- deserved time off the last three weeks of September. We have secured supply priest for each Sunday of her vacation. We will also be putting back into use the pastoral care plan we used during our search for a new priest. After September 9th if you are in need of pastoral care, please contact Katies, Paul, Sabra. They will contact the priest who will be providing the pastoral care who then will contact you directly. Rev. Miriam has made arrangements to be kept in the loop, as needed; however, we do want to respect her need to have time off.
UNITED THANK OFFERING: It’s that time of year folks for those little blue boxes we know and love. They are available at the back of the sanctuary. We will collect them on October 30th. This offering helps Episcopal churches with funding grants for special projects. We received a UTO grant to help us build the ramp into the Church.
ANGLICAN PRAYER BEAD WORKSHOP:On Sunday, November 4 Rev. Miriam will present a workshop on “How to use Anglican Prayer Beads”. She will cover the difference between the Roman tradition rosary beads & the smaller Anglican set and how to use them to facilitate your daily devotions. Bring your beads if you have them; if not, we have some that you can purchase for a small donation to the church.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: We plan to begin our new Sunday School program in October. Godly Play is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring God’s presence in our lives through story-telling and play. Using a Montessori
foundation, the program is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation. Lindsey and her helpers are busy gathering materials and preparing the space and the lessons. She will be the primary
teacher. Contact her if you are interested in helping or you have a child who wants to join in the learning and the fun!
FUNDRAISERS: The vestry seeks input about the fundraisers for 2019. Share your thoughts with a vestry member or write them down and bring them to the coffee hour. We are interested in your thoughts and ideas.
PITTSFIEND YOUTH WORKSHOP: PYW has resumed its academic year schedule. They are opening the food closet at the Middle-High School. Donations of canned chicken, tuna, as well as shelf staple vegetables, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, are most appreciated. They will also be stocking personalhygiene items at the school and even laundry detergent to help teens to have clean clothes for school. Please help if you can.
ST. STEPHEN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND: St. Stephens Scholarship Fund: Please consider making a donation in any
amount large or small to the Scholarship fund. We have given our first two awards this year and really want to keep the fund healthy and growing so we can have a small part in making some dreams of higher education come true for students in Pittsfield. Donations in any amount are accepted. The first recipients 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.