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.
PARISH LIST UPDATE: Our parish list has been updated and is available to parishioners in print form or electronically.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: On Sunday October 1 will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 11 AM in Dustin Park (adjacent to the church). All family pets are welcome. Dogs must be on leashes, cats either on a leash or in a carrier, other pets secure by some humane means. Are your animals too big or too far from Pittsfield to get them in time for the blessing? Bring a photograph of them to be blessed. Rain Date: Sunday, October 22.
FYI CHURCH PAINTING: The church building is being repaired and painted over the next three weeks. Please remember to be careful when entering the building over the next few weeks. No signs or anything can be placed on the newly painted surfaces especially the DOORS for three weeks.
COUPONS: Do you have coupons for food items and/or personal care items that you do not use? Please bring them to church and share them in our efforts to feed hungry teens and their siblings via our partnership with the Pittsfield Youth Workshop. There is a basket at the back of the Sanctuary for your excess coupons. Tip of the Hat to Jessica for this idea.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS (EM): We need one or two people (although more are welcomed) to join our group of EM’s. This important ministry assists Miriam with our Sunday worship and may also serve on Holy Days and for special occasions. Please speak to Miriam if you are interested in being a part of 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.
HOLLY FAIR: We are seeking your talents in woodworking, sewing, and condiment making for items for the fair. This is our last scheduled fundraiser for 2017. There will be a Silent Auction, Crafts and Bake Table and the focus will be on the holiday season. Let’s get busy. Our efforts fund our outreach and help fund the upkeep of the church.
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): School will begin on August 29th and PYW staff are preparing to stock the food closet at the high school. 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.