Weekly Update Week of 11.11.2019
Wednesday, November 13
10am Spirituality of Aging Sightline Series.
Thursday, November 14
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal in the Auditorium
Sunday, November 17
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I, The Rev. Martin Smith preaches and presides.
9:15am Forum: Joe Casazza will facilitate a discussion of the morning’s gospel, Luke 21:5-19.
10:10am Sharing the Gospel with Loaves and Fishes.
10:30am Holy Eucharistic Rite II, The Rev. Martin Smith preaches and presides.
5:30pm Misa Alegría (Spanish language liturgy). The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite preaches and presides.
Upcoming 9:15am Forums
November 17, Joe Casazza will facilitate a discussion of the morning’s gospel, Luke 21:5-19. November 24, being Formed for Ministry, Archdeacon Sue von Rautenkranz will speak about our formation as disciples for Jesus and how we are equipped for service in the world. Our commitment to follow Jesus begins with the Baptismal Covenant. Each of us is on a journey as we experience calls to ministry that change and grow throughout life. Sue will share stories from her own call as a deacon and relate how the ministry of a deacon is connected to the call and ministry of both the laity and the priesthood
News from the SSI Clergy Team
by Fr. Sam Dessórdi Leite
As Senior Priest at St. Stephen and the Incarnation I have been coordinating our clergy meetings and working with my colleagues to provide pastoral care and nurture our community. From time to time our clergy serve sister churches in the diocese of Washington to fulfill their Call. Below is a message from Rev. Linda Kaufman to all of you. Let's hold her in our prayers until she is back with us again:
Beloved Friends at St. Stephen and the Incarnation.
I have been absent a lot from church for the past few months as I was interim director at Charlie's Place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. That gig ended last week. November 4th I start a new temporary gig at St. Thomas Parish, Dupont Circle, as their interim rector. They are on the verge of hiring a Priest in Charge but wanted someone present in the office and leading the liturgy until mid-January. I am delighted to have a brief time with our sister parish.
Please pray for the parish as they discern their next leader -- and as we celebrate the end of ordinary time, Advent and Christmas together.
I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Much love, Linda.”
Up Coming Ordinations
We will celebrate with joy the ministries of Savannah Ponder and Jean-Pierre Seguin on their Ordination days. Everyone is welcome! Keep Savannah and Jean-Pierre in your prayers as they continue the process for Holy Orders. Ordination to the Diaconate of Savannah Ponder on November 16, 10am, at the Washington National Cathedral. Ordination to the Diaconate of Jean-Pierre Seguin on December 14, 11am, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, MI.
A Weekend to Remember
The past weekend was a feast in heaven and in earth. It was a weekend to commemorate the Cloud of Witnesses (Hebrews 12, 1). We sang litanies for the departed in most services. We built altars to remember our beloved dead.
Food was served after each service to celebrate God’s presence in the church Triumphant and Militant. On Saturday, November 2, adults from our parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation and Reception, and on Sunday November 3, Greta Zimpleman received the Sacrament of Baptism just after the procession for All Saints Day, which led the congregation to enter the sacred space with joyful hearts.
You can see some scenes of these events here: http://bit.ly/2PNz3RL
Youth Overnight: Dusk 2 Dawn, Unseen Indescribable Power
Come gather with friends old and new from the diocese for Dusk 2 Dawn, a youth overnight event at Washington National Cathedral beginning at 6:30pm. Friday, November 22 and ending at 8:30am, Saturday, November 23. Discover the Unseen Indescribable Power of God as we explore the magical world of C.S. Lewis. Grades 6-12.
Revival 2020 – More Jesus More Love
Volunteer Sign Up: In preparation for the More Jesus, More Love Revival on Sunday, January 26, 2020, our diocese is seeking for volunteers to serve in a variety of critical roles. From greeters and ushers to floor managers and brand ambassadors, we’re looking for folks at all levels of experience who are excited, motivated team players willing to serve in the months leading up to and on the day of the event. If you would like to register to volunteer please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2KhEW61.