WEEKLY UPDATE WEEK OF 05.27.19
Thursday May 30
7:30am Morning Prayer.
7pm Newcomer class (Godly Play room).
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal for 10:30am Service.
Sunday June 2
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell preaches and presides.
9:15 Forum. “Bending the Arch: Poems with Rose Marie Berger”. Join Sojourners' poetry editor, Rose Marie Berger in a short reading and discussion about her collection of poetry, Bending the Arch. Rose Berger is doing poetic alchemy in her new book, Bending the Arch. She does it right before us. She is mixing vision with insight, words with symbol, and hope with common sense… and coming up with gold.”—Steven Charleston, retired Episcopal Bishop of Alaska. You can purchase the book here: https://wipfandstock.com/bending-the-arch.html (For an additional 20% off, use discount code: ROSE).
10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.
10:30am Holy Eucharistic Rite II, the Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell preaches and presides.
5:30pm Spanish Eucharist. The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.
Parish Financial Update through 4.30.19
Income from pledged giving and plate giving are strong and continue to be ahead of the plan. Thank you very much for your ongoing support of the church and the important work we do here.
Parishioner gifts received by the end of April 2019: $111,300
Expected parishioner gifts by the end of April 2019: $95,800
Total 2019 budget for parishioner gifts: 332,000
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. Each office is suitable for up to 3 people and 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.
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. Contact Susan Walker at email@example.com or speak to her on a Sunday.
St. Thomas new building consecration
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Dupont Circle, will consecrate its new building and sanctuary on Thursday, May 30, at 7pm. Bishop Mariann Budde and Bishop Gene Robinson will preside the celebration.
St. Thomas and the Diocese will celebrate its new worship space with a concert of sacred music, including choir, brass, and organ on Sunday, June 2 at 4pm. All are invited to attend.
Pilgrimage to the Arizona Border: Ver, Pensar, Actuar (See, Think, Act)
Join the team from Diocese of Washington and the Cathedral Sanctuary Committee on a learning pilgrimage to the Arizona border. As a BorderLinks participant you will learn from people directly affected by current economic and immigration policies. Meet with humanitarian aid organizations and immigration rights advocates, walk desert trails, witness court proceedings, visit migrant shelters and detention centers and learn about community-based projects that create economic and social opportunities within immigrant communities. This is an opportunity to think critically about the systems in which we live and participate, and about our role in the construction of a more just and caring society. We will fly to Tucson on Sunday, November 10, 2019 and return on Friday, November 15. The event cost is $760 for program, room and board. Airfare is additional. If you are interested or need more information, please let Father Sam know (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin, email@example.com or 202-321-6351.