October 2018 Newsletter (PDF)
A Word from the Senior Warden
It was wonderful seeing so many of you being present at church as we began the new academic year. On September 9, 2018, we welcomed a visit from the Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, our Suffragan Bishop. After leading us in worship and preaching a great sermon encouraging us all to not just “hear”, but to “listen”, Bishop Gayle spent time with parishioners during a reception held in the dining room. She answered questions about our concerns, fears and excitement around the search process for our next rector, as well as answering other questions about her own journey to becoming a bishop and as well as her role as a bishop. Members from the Kiswahili leadership got to spend time with Gayle as well as the Vestry and the Search Committee.
On Homecoming Sunday, September 23, 2018, our guest preacher was The Rev. Norm Faramelli. Rev. Norm’s preaching reminded us of all of the good work that we do at St. Stephen’s and how the lay leadership from the Vestry to the members of the wide ministries we do, help the parish stay together while moving forward to do our work, even in the absence of a parish rector. Parishioners had a chance to reminisce with Norm as we welcomed him to a fabulous dinner, prepared by Chef Neil O’Donnell and his crew of sous chefs. Interestingly enough, Norm was with us eighteen years ago. The parish has changed in so many ways, especially regarding building preservation. When Norm was with us, none of the building projects, including stained glass window restoration projects were even started, less completed. It seemed all too fitting to present him with a framed photograph of the St. Stephen window, depicting Stephen preaching to the crowds.
Also, on September 23, Sunday School began its new program year. It is never too late to register the children in your care. Sunday School is an important way for your children to be taught the Bible lessons all while teaching our youngest ones that they are connected to and a valuable part of our church family. It is through Sunday School that our children really get a chance to feel what church life is like, to make friends in their age groups and to become involved in the variety of youth activities that we offer. It is by offering these tangible programs that we raise the next generation of parish leaders. We have a dedicated crew of parish volunteers, under the leadership of Lucinda McClain and Paul Whitcomb, who are Sunday School teachers and mentors and are ready to welcome your children.
St. Stephen’s is blessed to a have so many dedicated people ready to serve the parish in many different capacities. The events we hosted in September, as well as planning for the Church School year, the Search process, worship, and all the ministries we do to support our community, require the help of many people giving of their time in generous ways. I am truly grateful and thank God every day for each of you.