Tuesday, 24 December, Christmas Eve 4 PM Holy Eucharist
HOLLY FAIR PREPARATIONS: ON Wednesday, November 6th at 9 am, in the under-croft of St. Stephen's volunteers will stuff candy jars, use a glue gun, finish off items for the fair. You do not need to bring anything. However, if you are in the middle of a craft for the fair and could use some help to finish it off, bring it. You do not have to be artistic or crafty. We can use any and all help. If you just want to drink coffee and visit, come on down.The lively input will be helpful. We realize this is not convenient for you working folks. Maybe if there is still work to be done we can organize another work session after normal business hours. Thanks! Katie and Wes
HOLLY FAIR: Calling all crafters & bakers! For our November 23rd fundraiser we need crafts of all kinds. Woodworkers, knitters, quilters, painters. Bakers, there will be a bake table! Perfect your holiday recipes and family favorites. Wes has volunteered to be the coordinator for this event. Bake Sale Table: Julie. Let her know what you can bake. Cafe: Sabra & Lucinda Silent Auction: Helpers needed for small auction, only a dozen items. New To You Table: Pam S. has some items appropriate for this table, and we have items left over from past holly Fairs. If weather is good there will be a table outside.
Publicity: Coordinator needed
CHIPS GIFT PROGRAM: The diocese is gathering and purchasing presents for the children of incarcerated persons. Please support this effort, limiting your purchased to $25 value--not no violent toys, make-up, or sharp toys. In addition to a toy, each child receives a book, so consider that gift also. If contributing money, make out the check out to St. Stephen's with ChIP's written in the memo.
SOX BOX: Rita has put out a call for socks, gloves, hats and scarves, to be delivered to the Pittsfield elementary school.
STEVE'S ORDINATION:Steve Ekerberg will be ordained to the Order of Deacons on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11 AM at St. Paul's Church in Concord. The next day he will serve at our altar for the first time as Deacon. Bishop Rob has assigned Steve to serve at St. Paul's.
LECTIONARY STUDY: Meets on Friday morning at 9 AM in the undercroft. All are welcome. (Except during Rev. Miriam's July vacation)
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. Please contact Lucinda if you can help.
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 Godís 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!
HELP PYW WITH YOUR COUPONS: You can help Pittsfield Youth Workshop by bringing your extra coupons from the newspaper. We collect them and contact Betty Holmes, the coupon queen, who turns them into personal care items, food and other items for the teens at PYW.
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.