June 2018 Newsletter (PDF)

From the Interim Priest,

I hope you are enjoying the arrival of spring. The leaves on the trees, the color burst of the flowers and hearing birds in the morning makes my heart glad. I find that I have more energy, which is good because there continues to be work to be done. This June, we are packed with opportunities to worship, serve and learn as we live out our faith.

  • June 2nd is the Third Annual Youth Pride Event. Come join us on Saturday to enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of the LGBTQ community and supporters who have too often experienced the Church as a hostile place. Youth Pride Event is a day we show the world that all are accepted and loved by God.
  • On June 3rd the Rev. Patrick LaFortune will be preaching and celebrating the
    Eucharist as a way to give thanks to God for the care and support that St. Stephens
    has shown him in his journey towards the priesthood. Patrick is currently serving at
    Church of the Good Shepherd in Reading and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 23rd.
  • On June 10th in the morning we will be celebrating and recognizing our children, youth and those who work with them. We will also be awarding the college scholarships.
  • On June 10th in the afternoon, the Beloved Community Team is sponsoring an Active Bystander Training. With the help of the theater troop, True Colors, we will get hands on experiences of ways to support those who have to endure racists and discriminatory behavior. If you have ever wondered what you can do to counter racism, here is a supporting but challenging opportunity to learn.
  • On June 17th we have the joyous but sad work of saying goodbye to our Life Together Intern, Jamie Shore. She will be preaching at both the 8 and 10 AM services. Jamie has been a faithful and inspired leader, especially with our children and youth. We will miss her and hold her in our prayers as she leaves to begin her studies at Boston University School of Theology.
  • June 24th will mark the Eneza Injili Team of the Kenyan/Kiswahili Congregation participating in the New England Anglican Music Festival. The Rev. Zachary Kinyua has been diligently preparing this incredibly talented youth singing group. They hope to be awarded the best group for the second year in a row. Details of the event will be forthcoming.

In addition to all of this, the Kids in Community and the Summer Learning a preparing to begin in July, but that is for next month’s newsletter. I pray that you will enjoy the new life of spring as we, the people that make up St. Stephen’s Church, continue to follow and serve the Lord.

The Rev. Tom Barrington