Monday April 29
6:30pm Buildings and Grounds committee meeting (Godly Play room).
Wednesday May 1
7:30pm Taizé Service.
Thursday May 2
7:30am Morning Prayer.
7:30pm 10:30am Service Choir Rehearsal.
Sunday May 5
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Martin Smith preaches and presides.
9:15 Forum "Christ beside me, Christ behind me, Christ beneath me, Christ within me. . .Etc!", by Martin Smith. In the ancient Celtic prayer St Patrick’s Breastplate (which we sing as the hymn “I bind unto myself today”) one verse spells out the various forms in which Christ is present to us. In our forum we will explore the physical metaphors through which we imagine presence. Each form of presence has quite different expectations and feelings associated with it, and each one suggests a distinct way of allowing Christ to connect with us in prayer. We will outline some prayer experiments to “try at home”.
10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.
10:30am Holy Eucharistic Rite II, the Rev. Martin Smith preaches and presides.
5:30pm Spanish Eucharist. The Rev. Yoimel González Hernández preaches and the Rev. Alex Dyer presides.
The Numbers of Holy Week
Our faith tradition is filled with numbers, 40 days in the desert, 7 days of creation, well you get the picture. So it might be interesting to look at the numbers of holy week participation,, e.g. service with the largest increase over last year (Burial of the Icon) , and other numerical tidbits of interest only to the church nerds in our midst, So here goes:
8 the number of services held during Holy Week (includes Morning Prayer on Holy Saturday Morning)
610 total attendance for all services
25-35 folks who showed up to help on the many Holy Saturday tasks from polishing brass, folding up the purple draping to hanging the gold draping, flower arranging, moving furniture back in place, removing wax from the tenebrae hearse and practicing for the Easter Vigil
200+ the number of butterflies hanging on either side of the Way of Love Banner
4 the number of kinds of incense used during Holy Week services
98 the number of liturgical participants for all the services (this number does not include Eucharistic Ministers)
Gleaning together for Loaves and Fishes
The Columbia Heights Farmers Market resumes Saturday, April 20 and offers us another opportunity to glean for fresh fruits and vegetables for our guests at Loaves and Fishes. If you are interested in helping pick up the produce on Saturday afternoons (arriving around 12:30pm and delivering boxes to SSI afterwards), please contact Donald Debevois at ˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃ or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti at ˂email@example.com˃. This program runs every Saturday until early December.
Saint Stephen´s Welcome Class
Are you new to Saint Stephen's or have you been here awhile and are interested in a deeper exploration of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition, Saint Stephen's history, liturgical and spiritual practices, and ways of living into your faith? Join us for the six-session Welcome Class, on Thursday evenings from May 9 through June 13. Classes meet from 7- 8:30pm in the Godly Play room off of the auditorium. Contact Elizabeth Finley at ˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃ or Laura Moye at ˂email@example.com˃ to sign-up for the class. If you have questions, contact Elizabeth, Laura or Father Sam at ˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃
Annual meeting and vestry nominations
This year´s Annual Meeting will be Saturday, May 18 at 5:30pm, with a dinner to follow. At the Annual Meeting, we will discuss the business of the parish and elect vestry members.
The nominating committee is pleased to present the following candidates for the vestry:
Senior Warden - Brede Eschliman
Junior Warden - Michele Lewis-Muzzatti
Clerk - Liane Rozzell
Vestry member (filling an open 1-year term) - Cosby Hunt
Vestry member (3 year term) - Adan Luna
Vestry member (3 year term) - Colette Chabbott
Vestry member (3 year term) - Sarah Rogers
Please mark your calendar!
Sunday forums are about sharing your interests, your work, your passions with the parish. Forums are a means for building community as we get to know one another and learn and grow in our faith. Please consider how you might offer a Sunday forum this year. Contact the Rev. Susan Walker at ˂email@example.com˃.