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.
“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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
Members at St. Stephen’s dedicated prayer time on the one month anniversary following the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The chain represents those prayers that were lifted up in honor of those lives lost and the healing of Emanuel AME Church and the community. The chain is being sent to Emanuel AME Church as we are linked through the love of our Lord and Savior.
Update: As the school year comes to an end, the AR KIDS READ tutors worked with several of the children and these volunteers are looking forward to continuing the mission of helping children to succeed through reading. Thank you to all of those involved in making a difference in the community!
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is in the process of establishing a partnership with Pinewood Elementary. Pinewood Elementary is located one block south of St. Stephen’s, on North Eastern Ave. The partnership will include help with supplies such a pencils, providing food for the backpack program, socks and underwear for the health room, reading tutors at two grade levels and other volunteer services. This effort grew out of the 143rd Annual Diocesan Convention’s theme “Beyond Open Doors”. When contacted the principal at Pinewood Elementary was extremely excited about the possibility of a partnership. Tutors from St. Stephen’s are being trained by AR KIDS READ of Central Arkansas. AR KIDS READ is a tutoring partner with the three Central Arkansas Districts: Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County. If anyone, church members or friends, would like to get involved in volunteering at Pinewood and making a difference in the life of a child, please contact me: Rev. Jim Dalton, 501-941-0395