Weekly update week of October 22, 2018
Tuesday October 23
7pm Finance Committee meeting (Godly Play room)
Thursday October 25
7:30am Morning Prayer.
7:30pm Rehearsal for the 10:30am service choir.
Sunday October 28
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Martin Smith preaches and presides.
9:15-10:15am Manna and Mercy Bible study/series (Choir room).
10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II, the Rev. Martin Smith preaches and presides.
Noon Vestry meeting (Choir room)
3pm Building of the Ofredas for the Days of the Dead celebration.
4pm Confirmation class.
5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.
Stewardship Campaign 2019
Thank you for the many gifts of time and treasure you offer to St. Stephen and the Incarnation. In 2018, we've grown in the faith and as a community, through beautiful music, quiet morning prayers, small groups, and in many other blessings large and small. As we plan for next year’s budget, we hope that you will continue your support of St. Stephen’s by making a 2019 pledge. Since we don’t have an endowment or receive regular funding from the wider church, parishioner contributions make it possible to fund our continued life together.
We expect to receive approximately $312,000 in donations from parishioners this year. In 2019, we need to increase our donations by about $22,000 just to continue our current parish operations and make up for the decrease in the diocesan grant which currently supports a portion of our senior priest’s salary. If we receive donations beyond that amount, we will be able to pursue other parish goals (for example, increasing resources for Godly Play, funding initiatives to grow our congregation, or planning for badly needed capital repairs to the building).
Please consider pledging to support our church home next year. If you are renewing your pledge, please consider increasing the amount by 10% to help meet our operational costs or 15% or more to help us meet other parish goals and save for much-needed capital repairs. To let us know how much you plan to pledge, you can:
Fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/QSVDHOnp16fCVFj63
Email Nicole Martinez at ˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃
Mail back the pledge form you receive in the mail
Fill out the pledge card at church and leave it in the offering plate
We encourage you to automate your pledge payments at http://tinyurl.com/ssi-give. Automating your pledge ensures continuity of revenue, which allows us to plan better. It is also easier for you -you don't have to remember! Thank you, sincerely, for your support of our parish.
Entry codes changes
Entry codes for the 16th St. door lock will be changed towards the end of the week of October 21. Entry codes for the third-floor door have already been changed. If you need to know the entry code for the 16th St. and or third floor door, please contact Mike at the office ˂Mike@SaintStephensDC.org˃ or 202-232-0900.
We Still Need You as a Loaves and Fishes Surveyor!
Want to know more about our guests at Loaves and Fishes? One good way to get acquainted is to volunteer to help in the annual survey of guests, which takes place next Sunday, October 28. (Bill MacKaye confesses he put the wrong date in last week’s announcement, but no one signed up anyway.) We need six or seven people—that is, we need you!—to administer a simple anonymous questionnaire to those guests who are willing to participate. (Usually most are happy to share information about their lives.) The answers help us shape the program. Loaves and Fishes guests are part of our community. Being a surveyor will give you a chance to get acquainted. We will assemble in the downstairs dining room at 10:15 for a brief orientation and begin surveying at 10:30, winding up at 11:30 or 11:45am. If you want to leave early to attend part of the eucharist or start surveying after the sermon, we can work with that. And remember that communion is always ministered on Sundays at Loaves and Fishes. Folks volunteering and eating at Loaves and Fishes are also at worship. Please email Bill MacKaye at ˂email@example.com˃ or text him at 202-374-5100 to tell him you’re available.
50th Anniversary Benefit for Loaves and Fishes
The management team of Loaves and Fishes is excited to announce that, after a several-year hiatus, the Washington Saxophone Quartet has graciously agreed to perform at St. Stephen and the Incarnation (with the renovated acoustics) on Saturday, November 3, at 3:00 p.m. There will be a reception with afternoon refreshments after the performance, and the latest CD will be on sale.
The quartet goes back almost as far as Loaves and Fishes! The four members started performing in 1976. These are the four very talented gentlemen who will be performing on November 3: Reginald Jackson (Soprano Sax), James Steele (Alto Sax), Rich Kleinfeldt (Tenor Sax), and Rick Parrell (Baritone Sax).
The Washington Saxophone Quartet has long been a supporter of Loaves and Fishes, and we appreciate this special 50th anniversary recognition for Loaves and Fishes. Suggest donation is $20 per person of $10 for students (either in advance or at the door). Please mark it on your calendar and tell your friends!
The Sunday Forums are happening each week from 9:15-10:15am in the auditorium. We offer time to gather as a community and focus on some aspect of our faith and our lives. A forum topic can be whatever is part of your journey with Christ inviting us to understand God working in our lives, to better know one another, and build the community of St. Stephen's and the Incarnation. Come hear our presenters and get to know others in the community.
October 28, Forum: "God Says!" The Unique Religious Poetry of Charles Péguy”, by the Rev. Martin Smith. Reading and discussion about the powerful spirituality of Charles Péguy (d. 1914), a French journalist and writer who fought passionately for social justice. Péguy turned to poetry after he re-embraced Christianity in mid-life. His utterly original poems bring God into conversation with us in a most compelling and fresh way.
November 4 Forum: “The Migrant Journey”, by Brian Best, former member of St. Stephen’s now residing in Arizona. Brian will speak about a migrant’s journey using a slide show portraying what migrants face when they cross the border.
Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard
Join Washington National Cathedral at 10am on Friday, October 26 as they host a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard, whose brutal death in 1998 shocked the world, grieved the Church and mobilized the LGBTQ movement. The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, and the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church, will preside. The service is free and open to the public, passes are not required.
Diaconal Workshop Day (Bilingual)
If you are interested in discerning a call to the diaconate, attend at the Diaconal Workshop Day on Saturday, October 27 at All Souls Episcopal Church (2300 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008) from 9am - 2:30pm. This will be the required first step in the process. Two persons are required to attend with you: Your Senior Priest, and another layperson from the congregation who is likely to serve on the local discernment committee. The workshop includes learning about the ministry of deacons, the various steps in the ordination process, and the structure and requirements of the formation program. You can find more information on https://goo.gl/QWQwWy and you can register on https://www.edow.org/calendar-event-details/155. Please speak to Fr. Sam Dessórdi Leite or Deacon Susan Walker for more information.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Gala and Auction
All are welcome and invited to the 2018 Gala and Auction to benefit Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. The event will be celebrated on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 6:30-9:30pm at St. Andrews Episcopal School, 8804 Postoak Road, Potomac, MD 20854. For more information or to purchase tickets visit https://bit.ly/2Cy3Nj1. You may also talk to our partner parish representatives Jane Bishop or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti.
Jai-Jagdeesh Live in Concert
An unmissable evening with one of the world’s sweetest, silliest, most divine singers at Saint Stephen and the Incarnation, on Friday, November 2, 7:30pm. You’ll probably sing, you might dance, and you’ll definitely laugh. Join Jai-Jagdeesh and her phenomenal band for a deep, groovy, soulful good time. Seating is both in chairs and on the floor. Please choose your preferred seating type when you purchase your ticket. If you prefer floor seating, be sure to bring your own mat or cushion. All are welcome. And hugs are free. For more information and ticket purchase visit https://bit.ly/2CxENZa