WEEKLY UPDATE WEEK OF 05.20.19
Thursday May 23
7:30am Morning Prayer.
7pm Newcomer class (Godly Play room).
7:30pm 10:30am Service Choir Rehearsal.
Sunday May 26
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.
9:15 Forum. “Uncommon Prayer: Personal Devotions in the 21st Century”, led by Colette Chabbott. The church has a long tradition of personal devotions: contemplation, meditation, the rosary, petitions, sacred reading and more. How do these fit into a 21st century life? We will discuss the tradition and our own practices. Please bring any objects that have helped you in your personal devotions now or in the past.
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.
Office Space becoming available in the building
Two offices on the third floor of the building will become available about July 1st. Each office is 189 square feet, approximately square, 13.5 feet by 13.5 feet suitable for up to 3 people with desks. If you know of a non-profit that may be interested in this space, please have them contact Mike in the Parish office, <Mike@SaintStephensDC.org> as soon as possible as its unlikely this space will be available for very long.
Communications position at SSI
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.
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˃.
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, ˂email@example.com˃ or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti,
˂firstname.lastname@example.org˃. Thank you!
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˃.