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Events & news


Tuesday July 16

  • 7pm Finance Committee Meeting (Godly Play Room).

Thursday July 18

  • 6:30pm Family Movie Night: “Over the hedge” (2006) (PG) (Auditorium)

Friday, July 19

  • 7pm Eucharistic Ministers training (Godly Play Room).

Sunday July 21

  • 8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, the Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell preaches and presides.

  • 9:15 Coffee in the Auditorium

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

  • 10:30am Holy Eucharistic Rite II, the Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell preaches and presides.

  • Noon Pastoral Care Ministry meeting (Mission Room).

  • 5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.

Interested in pastoral care ministry?

Looking for more pastoral care ministers. St. Stephen's pastoral care ministry team provides emotional and spiritual support to members in times of need. We do this in various ways: visiting in home or hospital, taking communion when requested, visiting by telephone calls and by writing cards. We also review and update the parish prayer list. By meeting monthly we support one another and make time to discuss different aspects of pastoral care. If you want to learn more, join us Sunday, July 21 at noon in the meeting room right behind the Godly Play Room. Fr. Sam will be facilitating the meeting. We want to enlarge the circle of caring at St. Stephen's. Please consider joining us.

Name Badges or Name Tags Request Process

In mid June our name badge request form attached to a clip board disappeared from its spot on the back table. The request form has been replaced and if anyone who would like a name badge please add your name to the form. If you requested a name tag in the recent past and did not receive one, please add your name to the new form. Note to all: Name tags are really helpful so if you have a badge please wear it.

Family Retreat

Registration is now open to join other St. Stephen's families for an overnight retreat. The retreat will be held from 11:30am Saturday, September 7 to 4pm Sunday, September 8. Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for kids over 3. The retreat will be held in Jefferson, Maryland. Please register by July 28. Checks can be made out to St. Stephen's - note on the check "Family Retreat" or via paypal. You can use the graphic Lisa had included as well as the link:

Feast of Mary Magdalene - The Apostle of the Apostles

When: July 22, 6:30pm

Lets get together to be inspired by one of the great saints of the church, Mary Magdalene. The narrative presents her as midwife, shepherd and repairer of fishing nets, like many women of her time. But she is also a woman of prayer that became the witness of God’s power through the resurrection of Jesus. Come with an open heart and with curiosity about this biblical icon. We will provide snacks and soft drinks for an evening to explore her life and her importance for the Church.

Watch the trailer here:

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity. With the gesture of laying on of hands and unction with chrism by the bishop, the power of the Holy Spirit fills the newly confirmed to proclaim the Good News in Christ, to give strength in faith and to lead people into the world. For that reason, our church is offering a Confirmation Class during the fall for those interested in taking this new step as part of the journey of faith. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at Washington National Cathedral, on November 2, 10am. Those interested, please contact Fr. Sam Dessórdi Leite, our Senior Priest, at ˂˃.

Savior of the World: Feast and Solemn Mass – August 4, 5:30pm

The first week of August is a special time in El Salvador. In Salvadorian tradition, eyes, ears and hearts are focused on the person of Christ, through the experience of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on Mount Tabor. Misa Alegría invites everyone to share in celebrating this Christian festival. We'll begin with a procession outdoors and walk to the church nave for the Eucharistic feast. After the service, Salvadorian food will be served. We also invite you to wear white and blue, the colors of the Salvadorian flag.

Threaders of St. Bridget

Patti Brennan will host the Threaders of St Bridget for potluck and crafting at her home this Friday July 19 at 6pm. Please confirm at 608-208-0222 or via email — and also please feel free to bring along a friend. There will be extra yarn, knitting needled and crochet hooks in case you’re looking for inspiration and tools!

Family Movie Night!

Through the summer everyone is invited to the Family Movie Night program. Every Thursday during the month on July, starting at 6:30pm (movie starts at 7pm) we will meet in the church with popcorn and soft drinks. Feel free to bring snacks to share with the group. The movies will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles. We will be screening this week: Over the hedge (2006) (PG)(2019).

Eucharistic Minister Training-July 19 from 7-9pm

If you would like to be a Eucharistic Minister and help with the distribution of communion join us on Friday, evening July 19 for Eucharistic Minister training. This will be a bilingual training experience and will prepare you for this important liturgical task. This is a single class with no follow up required other than your participation in distributing the Eucharistic bread or wine. Let Fr. Sam ( or Mary Alcuin Kelly ( know of your interest.

Diocesan annual giving workshop

This workshop, Annual Giving 101 is the basic introduction to strategies and materials for a successful Annual Giving drive. Specific materials will be included, as well as an opportunity to talk with other churches and share stories of what works well and what kinds of support your church could use. The workshop will take place on Saturday, July 20, at Grace Episcopal Church (Silver Spring, MD), 9am–noon. Please contact Linda Baily ( of the diocesan Financial Resources Committee with questions. You can register at

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