Events & news


Wednesday June 5

  • 7:30pm Taizé Service.

Thursday June 6

  • 7pm Newcomer class (Godly Play room).

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

Sunday June 9 (Day of Pentecost)

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

  • 9:15 Forum. “Restorative Justice and Security Issues”. Darien Walls, member of St. Stephens who works with incarcerated youth, will lead a focus group in the practice of a Restorative Justice Circle to get input from the community on issues of security. Restorative Justice is a mindfulness practice that helps develop healthy relationships and honest communication as we address how we reach out to persons in need.

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

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

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

Help needed

Anyone with an hour to spare midday on Saturdays June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27. We need someone with a car to pick up fruits and vegetables at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market and transport them to Loaves & Fishes. Please contact Michele Lewis-Muzzatti, 240-536-5948, ˂˃ or Donald Debevoise,

˂˃ for more information. Thank you!

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, ˂˃ or Michele Lewis-Muzzatti,

˂˃. Thank you!

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 this year. Contact the Rev. Susan Walker at ˂˃.

Diocesan Pride Picnic

St. Thomas' Parish, D.C., in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, will host the Episcopal Pride Picnic during the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8 from noon - 4pm. Light food will be provided beginning at noon for people before the parade. You can learn more and sign up to bring a side to share in this link:

Diocesan Latino Picnic

As every year, the Office of Latino Ministries of the Diocese will hold its Annual Picnic on June 22 at Wheaton Regional Park, beginning at 10am. Each Latino congregation will be represented and will provide food to share with participants. Confirm with Father Sam your participation in this important diocesan initiative.

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 ˂˃ or contact the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin, ˂˃ or 202-321-6351.

Words Beats and Life Visual Arts Summer Academy

You are invited to fill out an enrollment form for the Summer Academy taking place at St. Stephen and the Incarnation from June 24 - July 26, from 10am-3pm Monday-Friday.) This program is primarily for young people (12-18) that are DC residents. Young people from Maryland and Virginia can complete this form but will be placed on a waiting list. All DC residents are automatically enrolled once completing this form. You can enroll visiting this link: