GARDEN/GROUNDS CLEAN-UP: There is still work to do so if you have an hour to share, please consider helping with pruning out the winter kill and planting some annuals. Also, please sign up to mow this summer if you are able to help. Mower and gas provided.
MINISTRY OF FUN: There has been a suggestion to go to a Fisher Cats game sometime in June. Please contact Pam and Bill if you’d like to be part of the group. They are looking for consensus on a day to go to the ball game. Ladies Night kayaking and buffet is planned for July. Hopefully we won’t have the storm of the season or a water rescue needed this year.
LECTIONARY STUDY: Meets on Friday morning at 9 AM in the undercroft. All are welcome.
MONTHLY COFFEE HOUR: We need hosts for this monthly gathering for fellowship and a shared snack. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. It can be very simple like last week when we had no kitchen, coffee and cookies with a chance to chat or it can be more substantial. It is up to the host/hostess.
TRANSITIONS: You may notice on the back of the bulletin that there is no longer a coordinator for the Parish Life Guild. No one wanted to take on this job. The Vestry decided to eliminate the position and effectively the Parish Life Guild. The duties are distributed among the Ministry of Fun, Fund Raising Event Coordinators and the Coffee Hour Coordinator, Lucinda Kerivan. The Vestry felt that this configuration more accurately reflects how we function as a community in fun, fellowship and fundraising.
FUNDRAISING SEASON: Save the dates: Saturday, June 1; Old Home Day, Saturday, July 13th. These are our big summer fund raisers.We give to many food pantries, help school children in several towns and give to other charitable endeavors throughout the year. The money we give to others, is money that we have earned from working together at fundraising.
PRAYER LIST UPDATE: We have started updating the prayer list. If you have placed a name on the prayer list, please review the listing. Contact Sabra and Rick to either remove or retain the name of the
person for whom you asked to have prayers offered. Thank you!
THE WAY OF LOVE: The Presiding Bishop Michael B Curry invites us to practice The Way of Love, practices for a Jesus centered life. The Lenten program for the Diocese is grounded in these practices. You can learn more at The Way of Love.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE:The Godly Play program will be offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. 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!
PITTSFIELD 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.
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.