Author: Sharon

Sunday School

Adult Sunday school will begin September 17, at 9:10 AM, and run until we begin the Advent Bible Challenge on November 27.  This group that will use the daily meditations of Father Richard Rohr as content for our discussions.  The group will determine the direction of the discussions each week based on what content from the previous week.

Upcoming Events at St. Stephen’s

Sundays,  Catechism classesJuly 20th – August 6th at 10:45 AM

Wednesday, July 26th, 6:00 PM – Daughters of the King Meeting

No Vestry Meeting in August

Sunday, August 13th – Bishop Benfield visits St. Stephen’s and Reception Meal following the 9:30 AM service

Sunday, August 20th – Education Sunday and blessing of the backpacks

Wednesday, August 23rd, 6:00 PM – Daughters of the King Meeting

Sunday, September 3rd, 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM – Return to regular service schedule

Saturday, November 4th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM – St. Stephen’s Sounds & Grounds Coffee House

Dinners for Eight

This past weekend Richard Robertson hosted a dinner at his beautiful farm house in Jacksonville.  Anita Williams, Chris Kellogg, Bill and Bobbie Quinn, Don and Sharon Dykes were there to enjoy a delicious meal and wonderful fellowship.  It’s never too late to sign up for the dinners.  If you are interested, please contact Rev. Jim Dalton and he’ll be glad to add you to the list.


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Take the Bible Challenge!

A Journey with Matthew” – Please consider taking this challenge and committing yourself to reading the assigned passages from Matthew, the accompanying meditation, meditating on the 1-3 reflection questions written for each passage/meditation and praying the prayer.  There are several people who have committed to the study.  The discussion groups will meet from 9:30 – 10:15 AM on June 5 and June 12; the time will be moved to 8:30 – 9:15 AM for Sunday June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17 and 24 (8 Sundays)

Summer schedule

Summer Service Schedule – Well, the results of the survey for considering a change in service time for the summer was unanimously in favor of 9:30.  I know the 8:00 AM regulars thank you for your support of moving the service to 9:30 AM; it is a good compromise.   Beginning June 19 (3rd Sunday in June) we will have one service on Sunday at 9:30 AM. This schedule will continue through August 21 (3rd Sunday in August).  We will return to two services on August 28th.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The ECW is grateful to everyone who participated in the recent rummage sale.  All of the treasures that were contributed raised over $2,000 that go toward mission projects throughout the year.  As part of those projects, a child of an incarcerated person will have the opportunity to attend Camp Mitchell this summer!  Sharing our blessings is a joy and a pleasure.

The Order of the Daughters of the King

The All Saints Chapter is blessed to serve in such a loving congregation that supports the mission of prayer, service and evangelism. The chapter is currently working on servitude through a community mission called Fishnet Ministries.  They provide meals to the homeless, senior citizens, and families in need.

The Welcome Center has  table with a DOK prayer request box which was added recently.  The chapter hosted a reception for the congregation and provided information to all who were interested in learning more about the order.

Training sessions will begin in June for prospective members.  Gina Bridges and Alicia Alaniz will be participating in the classes.  This is a commitment of love for the Lord, and prayers for our chapter are greatly appreciated.  If you are interested in joining the class, please contact Liz Beall, Joyce Dalton, Sharon Dykes, Pauline Frazier, Evie Gray, Jane McKinnie, or Barbara Savage.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Welcomes Our Newest Members

I’m so pleased that we have new families that have committed themselves to living a life in Christ with us at Saint Stephen’s, adopting us as their church family.  Welcome to Mark, Pauline, Gina, Josh, John, Alicia, Kathryn, Vikki and Joe!  Thanks to all of you who made this a special day for them and for all of us.  It’s always special to have our bishop visit us as well!

Rev. Jim Dalton

Episcopal Church Women

The ECW has copies of the St. Stephen’s Cookbook available and the cost is $10.00 each.  They have sold quickly and make wonderful gifts.  Please contact Pat Phillips or Barbara Savage.

There will be a church rummage sale this year so please see if you have anything to donate.  The date will be posted soon.

It may seem early but Lenten services are almost upon us.  The Easter Reception is on March 27, 2016.