WEEKLY UPDATE WEEK OF 05.06.19


Thursday May 9

  • 7:30am Morning Prayer.

  • 7:30pm 10:30am Service Choir Rehearsal.

Saturday May 11

  • 10am Confirmation Service (Washington National Cathedral).

Sunday May 12 (Mother´s Day)

  • 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.

  • 9:15 Forum

  • 10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.

  • 10:30am Holy Eucharistic Rite II, the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.

  • 5:30pm Spanish Eucharist. The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.

Mother´s Day celebration

Sunday, May 12, Coffee Hour will celebrate Mother's Day with a potluck lunch. Doris Collie is organizing the event and asking for donations for lunch: vegetables, entrees, salads, breads, fruit, desserts, or whatever you'd like to share. Thank you!

SSI Family Retreat: Survey

Roughly every 18 months, SSI families go on an overnight retreat together. It's a time to get out of our normal routines and spend time together outside of Sunday morning. The time frame we are looking at is late summer/early fall; hopefully people will be back from summer vacation and not yet busy with weekend sports activities, etc. so that everyone can join us.

In order to make arrangements, we would like to get a sense of what dates/length of a retreat people would be interested in. We are hoping we can go to a place in Maryland, roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from SSI if the timing works and we can figure out the budget. Please take less than 5 minutes to consult your calendars and fill out the form found at this link: https://bit.ly/2vIna48

Continuing the Monthly Taize Service

As many of you know, Laura Moye is moving out of the country this summer and will thus be leaving St. Stephen's. It has been a real joy for her to be part of our monthly Taize worship service and she truly hope it can continue on past her time in DC. Currently, though, we are in need of at least one person (or a couple of people who could share the responsibility) to help lead the program. The service is not that hard to plan. Essentially, it is a matter of selecting about six songs and plugging their numbers into a template. More importantly, what's needed is a person who can carry a tune to help lead the singing with Michael, our illustrious music director. It's helpful if you can make a commitment to be there monthly, or share this responsibility so that each month is covered. As it has been for Laura, this is an opportunity to be part of a new ministry. Please chat with Laura Moye (soymoye@yahoo.com - 404-452-8920) or Michael Salmon if you're interested.

Samaritan Ministry toiletry drive

Here’s a way to honor your mother and father this year for Mother’s and Father’s Day: participate in the Samaritan Ministry toiletry drive starting on Sunday, May 12 and continuing through Sunday, June 16. Please consider donating the following items and placing them in collection boxes at the back of the church:

  • Female toiletries - sanitary napkins, soap, body wash, deodorant (full size preferred)

  • Male toiletries: shaving cream, deodorant, soap (full size preferred)

  • Lotion (full size preferred)

  • Toothpaste (full size preferred), toothbrush, dental floss, non-alcoholic mouthwash

  • Disposable razors - for males and females

  • African-American shampoo and conditioner hair care products (full size preferred)

  • Hand sanitizer - small and large sizes

  • Face cloths and towels

St. Stephen’s is a founding partner parish of the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington network. Every year, Samaritan Ministry helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people who are homeless or otherwise in need through the Next Step Program. For more than 30 years, participants have been welcomed by staff and volunteers into a safe, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to choose their own goals and pursue them! They are given the resources and support they need -housing and employment search guidance, coaching, referrals to partner service providers and more- to fulfill those goals. Participants are listened to and treated like family.

Please be generous in your support of this important ministry. If you have questions or need more information, contact our partner parish representatives, Jane Bishop, ˂bishop.jane9@gmail.com˃ or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti,

˂mlewis0513@aol.com˃. Thank you!

Farewell to Yoimel

We will be saying farewell to the Rev. Yoimel González Hernández by the end of July. Although we hate to see him go, we are very happy and excited for him as he will be the new Assistant Rector at St. Alban´s church, also in Washington, DC –adjacent to the Cathedral grounds.

Yoimel arrived at the church on July 2016. One of the first projects he volunteered for was to help install the labyrinth in the sanctuary. As we got to know more about Yoimel, we found out how blessed we were to have such a talented, generous and enthusiastic member of our community. During his time here he has worked extensively with the Spanish speaking congregation and has been a helpful and reliable bridge between the Spanish and English-speaking congregations. He also applied his artistic, musical and preaching skills in a variety of ways, from helping to create many of the lovely images the church has used for a variety of occasions to building Day of the Dead ofrendas, and lots more.

As Yoimel won´t continue in his current position in our parish, we are looking for a new Bilingual Communications Coordinator. An announcement of the opening and a position description will be communicated in upcoming bulletins, email and advertised on several web sites. If you know of someone that you believe would be a good candidate for this position, please either notify Mike in the office ˂Mike@SaintStephensDC.org˃ or have them write to

˂Hiring@SaintStephensDC.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!

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 & 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 donalddebe@gmail.com or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti at mlewis0513@aol.com. This program runs every Saturday until early December.

Saint Stephen´s Welcome Class

The spring Welcome to Saint Stephen's Class begins on Thursday, May 9 and continues for six weekly sessions through Thursday, June 13. This is an opportunity to join with fellow travelers to explore topics including the Episcopal/Anglican tradition; the history of Saint Stephen's; liturgy and worship; faith politics and spirituality; and putting faith into practice. Classes are from 7-8:30pm in the Godly Play room off of the auditorium. To sign up please contact Elizabeth Finley at ebfinley@verizon.net, or Laura Moye at soymoye@yahoo.com.

Sunday Forums

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. Contact Susan Walker at susankwalker2@gmail.com or speak to her on a Sunday.


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