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Updated: Nov 19

Anybody who knows me probably knows that I can make a Venn diagram sing almost always. I resonate with the idea that pieces of our own worlds overlap with other pieces, finding new sources of strength in the bonds and the new colors created by the overlapping circles.


Perhaps the ultimate Christian Venn diagram is the Trinity, followed closely by a cathedral’s rose window - many pieces working toward the glory of God, powered by light and color, structured by thoughtful design and inspired by and inspiring love of God and all of God’s creation.

Pastoral care is a piece of our own rose window – a community of caring where all feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to each other, where everyone is treated with kindness, respect, and helpfulness, and, where they can, everyone has a mutual sense of responsibility to the health and vitality of the community.


As the current point person for pastoral care, please call/text me, Jane Bishop, 202-297-8627, with your pastoral care concerns for yourself, your family, your friends, or anyone you feel called to care for.

Together we will prayerfully decide on the next steps, connecting you and your cares and concerns with the right people and resources of our caring community.


Speaking of connection, let me offer this gift, which came to me unexpectedly and is truly a divine blessing: The Singapore Gift. My family lived in Singapore for 12 years – 13 time zones away from the U.S. East Coast. Despite many well-intended miscalculations, we would get phone calls at all hours of the night. So I learned how to answer the phone at 3am, make some sense, develop a plan of action if needed, and then go back to sleep. What this means to you is that if you need care and it cannot wait until daylight, my ears and my heart are here for you, God willing and thanks be to God.

May we all find peace, challenges, and joy in the love of God and each other.


Blessings y Paz,


Jane B.

For announcements to appear here on the website (in the Events & News section) and in the weekly newsletter sent by email, send them to Jackie. Please CC Rev. Ronnie in your announcement submission at revronnie@saintstephensdc.org.

Updated: 2 days ago

Upcoming events:


Check out the special worship opportunities and other activities during Advent and Christmas!


Centering Prayer on Sunday Mornings

  • Every Sunday of Advent, starting November 27, 9:45am

  • This is the same Sunday that the 8:00am worship service goes on hold, so you are encouraged to attend this time of prayer or to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes in place of attending that service.

  • Joshua Gerras is facilitating this time for meditation and prayer. Centering prayer can be traced to Trappist monks. The practice focuses our hearts on God's presence. It can connect us to the root of our faith.

 

8:00am Service paused during Advent


The Sunday 8:00am worship service will be paused during the Advent season, starting November 27. If you regularly attend this service, you are invited to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes or attend the centering prayer session at 9:45am instead. You can find announcements about both of those alternatives elsewhere on this page.

 

Midweek vespers (evening prayers) during Advent


On Wednesday evenings during Advent, you are welcome to attend a brief (30 minutes) vespers (evening prayers) service. We will use Holden Evening Prayer as the setting, which is a beautiful, rich, musical prayer service composed by Marty Haugen, whom you might recognize as the composer of "Gather Us In." The service includes lots of singing, much of it in a call and response format, plus a couple of Scripture readings and prayer. It will be a wonderful way to unwind at the end of the day in prayer and be part of the preparatory season of Advent.


Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 at 7:00pm

 

Morning Forum is coming back!


For now, we are hoping to hold Morning Forum on the second Sunday of each month, starting at 9:15am, beginning in Advent (December). But we need a volunteer to lead each session. (This could involve, for example, sharing your knowledge, facilitating a discussion, or introducing an organization or service opportunity. Some past Morning Forums were focused on the diaconate, rites of remembrance of the departed, Nicene Creed translations, the history of the Book of Common Prayer, bishops in the early church, the synoptic Gospels, the non-canonical Gospels, the Gospel reading for the day, and various service organizations. But these are just examples;use your imagination, and don't be shy.) Contact Jim Frazer if you would be willing to lead a Morning Forum session.

Morning Forum, Dec. 11, 9:15am: The Nicene Creed: Poetry and Theology. Jim Frazer will discuss the literary structure of the creed and how that reinforces its presentation of the Nicene and other doctrines.

 

Choir rehearsal for 10:30am service

Every Thursday, 7:30-8:45pm

 

General announcements


Giving Statements


Last week, giving statements were sent to anyone who has donated financially to SSI in 2022. If you did not receive it, please let the office know. If you have a question about your giving statement, please reach out to the office or Sarah Padre, Treasurer, at ssitreasurer@saintstephensdc.org


Loaves and Fishes volunteer opportunity


Our Loaves and Fishes program serves a prepared meal every Saturday, Sunday and federal holiday year-round. Many people in need come for food. If you are interested in volunteering with Loaves and Fishes, simply text Denize at 240-855-5874


Rector Search Process on the Website


Information about the rector search can now be found on our website! There you can get updates, track the progress, and add your input. Check it out now!


Samaritan Ministry's 2022 Holiday Gift Card Drive

As partners of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, you can get 2023 off to a great start by helping to replenish our gift card inventory now.

Between now and December 31, please consider buying gift cards to benefit Samaritan Ministry participants in the coming year. Throughout the coming year, these gift cards will provide

our participants with the means to purchase food, clothes, toiletries, and access to public transportation.

To provide our caseworkers with the greatest flexibility, we are asking for $25 gift cards from the following retailers:

  • Target

  • Walmart

  • Safeway

  • Giant

  • WMATA/Metro (SmarTrip)

Please deliver or send gift cards to:


Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

Attn: Sy Jones, Volunteer Manager

1516 Hamilton St NW

Washington, DC 20011

Questions? Contact: Sy Jones at sjones@samaritanministry.org or call 202.722.2280 x314


Urban Village Update


Major changes are happening at Urban Village. The Urban Village Corporation board, comprised of Urban Village residents, congregants from St. Stephen, and neighborhood residents, discussed those changes this past Tuesday with Banneker Ventures president Omar A. Karim. His organization recently become the new owner, along with the tenants themselves, of Urban Village.

The tenants opted to take advantage of the District's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act to partner with Banneker Ventures in an agreement that gives the tenants 20 percent ownership of the property. The arrangement honors the affordability covenant that was the basis for the church's donation of the land for Urban Village on all of the existing units, and Karim pledged that as many new units as possible when the property is redeveloped will also come under that affordability commitment. Karim told the board that numerous short-term maintenance issues are being addressed in the apartment units while redevelopment plans are being redrawn. Opportunities for church and community input into the design of the new Urban Village will be forthcoming in the spring, he said. In the meantime, the Urban Village Corporation board is looking for new church and community members. A meeting to incorporate new members and elect new officers for 2023 is tentatively scheduled for mid-November. Email urbanvillage@ijpoole.net to express your interest in getting involved.


Online Service


The AV team is working to find a sustainable way to provide consistent, quality online access to our Sunday morning worship services. For now, we have decided to offer this option only for special services. The next service that will be broadcast online will be All Saints Sunday, November 6. We will also stream the Sunday, November 20 service. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to Liane Rozzell or Rev. Rondesia.


Update on Children’s Ministry for Fall 2022


We are looking forward to continuing to provide three levels of care for children and families:


  • 1A. Infants up to age 3: Currently this is represented by the rocking chair at the back of the church and the board books available for reading and looking at the table at the back of the church.

  • 1B. Infants up to age 3 (and older with parental discretion): As soon as it cleaned, the Marshall Room (to the left as you stand at the high altar), the Marshall Room will be opened as follows:

a. For children with a parent any time and until we have a dedicated childcare person

– and the adjoining bathroom is fixed

b. For children under the care of our childcare provider, as long as parents sign in and are available on an as-needed basis, as soon as the bathroom is fixed.


  • 2A. Children ages 3 until age 9: Godly Play program of directed reading, curated story books, and crafts at the table at the back of the church through October (or until the Godly Play room is cleaned, organized, and staffed by volunteer teachers and door people.

  • 2B. Children ages 3 until age 9: Godly Play program in Godly Play room, definite start: First Sunday in Advent, November 27. Children will follow the Godly Play door person, carrying the children’s cross, from the sanctuary to the Godly Play room. The Godly Play lessons will include greeting, lesson, "I wonder" and "I noticed" questions, art response time, feast and sharing time. The children will return to their parents to participate in worship around the altar for Holy Communion and the rest of the service.

  • 3. Tweens and Teens (9 and above): Meet with their leaders for fun, study, and fellowship following the agreed-upon schedule. Details to follow from Rev. Linda Kaufman, Laura Popielski, and Bill Briggs.

As you can see, we are actively trying to get the wheels back on the bus, even as we try to stay safe and joyful. As you can also understand, true full-scale ministry to children and families takes many hands and hearts. Please consider how you might share your time and talents with our beloved little (and not-so-little) ones. With questions, ideas, and/or to volunteer, email Jane Bishop or call/text:

202-297-8627.


Coffee hour is back!


Join us after the 10:30am service for coffee/tea, light snacks, and fellowship. Please sign up to volunteer to bring snacks and help with set-up/ clean-up for our weekly coffee hour. Thank you for making this time possible!


A Gentle Reminder Please keep your pledge up to date. Just like your household, the church has regularly monthly expenses we must meet, so your help in making regular pledge payments insures we can meet them. Thank you for your commitment and faithfulness to our community.

Calling All Bakers

Do you bake? Do you bake bread? We need volunteers to bake bread for the 10:30am Sunday Eucharist. Please call or email Bill MacKaye at 202-374-5100 if you would like to bake bread on the first Sunday each month or the fifth Sunday (only four times a year!) or occasionally as a substitute.