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On Racism and Black Lives: Loving the Lord our God and Loving our Neighbor as Ourselves

St Stephen’s Church seeks and serves Christ in all persons. We are committed in our baptism to loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. With God’s help, we strive for justice and peace among all people, and we respect the dignity of every human being; therefore, we oppose racism of every kind, and we’re focused on Black lives now. To learn more, we invite you to see the following sermons, in pdf manuscript and video formats, by clicking below:

The Rev’d Phillip C Ellsworth, Jr, Rector
A sermon preached 7th June 2020
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The Rev’d Christine Tully Trainor, Associate Rector
A sermon preached 31st May 2020
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During CovidTide, St Stephen’s Church is still called as members of the Body of Christ to witness to the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, loving God and our neighbor. Our core commitment never changes; how we live into it does. St Stephen’s will continually adapt our worship and community life to express this mission for the world under current conditions and in keeping with the best available public health guidelines.

ALL ABOUT REGATHERING:


UPDATES TO SERVICES AND EVENTS
To help keep everyone safe, and to abide by the latest directive from Bishop Marc, as of March 16th, the church and parish house are closed for in-person regular worship and cultural events from through a date to be announced in September

The health of the community is our highest priority. We encourage people to stay connected with St Stephen’s and one another through livestreaming services and virtual meetings.

We invite you to join us online for a live broadcast of our 10:00 am Service of Holy Eucharist:
  1. Subscribe today to St Stephen's new Sunday livestreams You Tube Channel | stay up-to-date with changing links
  2. Livestream 10:00 am Sunday Service | 9.20.20
  3. PDF for this Sunday's Leaflet 9.20.20
  4. The pdfs of St Stephen's Worship Leaflets are available here.
  5. All Livestream links
When the service broadcast is completed, the video is archived straightaway and available via the same link.

CONTACTING ST STEPHEN'S
To keep everyone safe, St Stephen's is closed and our office staff are all currently working remotely.
If you need to get in touch with the office, to receive the quickest response, please email the staff directly. You can always call and leave a voice message, but your call may be not returned as efficiently. Elizabeth checks the Office voicemail from home. If you have an emergency, please call or text the Pastoral Care number on the back of the Sunday leaflet.

LINK TO ST STEPHEN'S ONLINE DIRECTORY

PASTORAL CARE AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH ST STEPHEN'S | Prior letters and link to Together Again


ONLINE SERVICES AND EVENTS

WORSHIP LIVESTREAMS | [ Link here to ALL livestreams page]:
    Coming Up
    SUBSCRIBE TO ST STEPHEN'S NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO STAY IN-THE-MOMENT WITH ALL CHANGES
    20th September 2020, 10:00 am | Livestream YouTube Link

    Prior [ Link here to ALL livestreams page]

    FALL GODLY PLAY BEGINS | PDF to download
    • St Stephen’s Kids | Godly Play Stories at Home | Normally during the school year we teach Godly Play classes to students, but since we are separated by County Health and Bishop Marc’s directives, we will be sending you videos you can watch on demand. We understand that many children are dealing with more screen time than usual, but we’re not willing to cede that space entirely to schools. It is important to find spiritual help for your children from your church.

    • Each week in Tidings we will send a link to a Stories of God at Home / Godly Play story in video format.
    • Here is link for the introduction for parents: https://youtu.be/wJAYfWzmHPg

    • I recommend that you watch each Godly Play story as a family, at a set time convenient each week if possible. You are raising a child in the knowledge and love of the Lord, to love God and neighbor. That is a huge responsibility. And it is at the same time a great privilege, a gift.


    • Please feel free to contact directly Victoria Ellsworth if you have any questions or need any advice on how to share your faith lovingly with children. — VE

    BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS VIDEO Prerecorded
    26th September, 8a to 10a
    27th September, 11:15a to 12:20p


    • The Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 4th October, falls on a Sunday this year. The clergy want to put their hands on your beloved pets to bless them on camera.

    • Phil will be in the Courtyard at the church on September 26th from 8:00am to 10:00am to bless any creature who is presented for a blessing. Phil and Christine will be blessing animals in the Courtyard on the 27th from 11:10 to 12:20. You’ll know how to keep a proper distance from each other. Please wear a mask and have your pet on a 6’ leash. If necessary wait your turn. 

    • Every blessing will be recorded in a short video clip. The Stream Team will stitch each clip together to create a video that they will integrate into our livestream broadcasting live on the 4th of October. Look for a surprise that day near the beginning of the service. It could be ruff. —PCE+

    TREASURE MEMORIAL | 18 September 2020, 11:00 am
    • Meeting ID: 867 6065 4808
    • Passcode: 830589


    BIBLE STUDIES/FORUMS/FILM GROUP/ONLINE SATURDAY PRAYER GROUP:
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    How to Zoom Link for more details

    St Stephen's Online Slow Religion, Sundays, 9:00 am | Led by Joe Jennings and the Rev'd Zoila Schoenbrun
    20 September | Slow Religion, Foundations of Faith | Pre-Christian
    4, 11 October | Slow Religion Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
    18 October, 1 November | Slow Religion | Early Church



    • Meeting ID: 861 1642 0227
    • Passcode: 440095
    • This week's class Slow Religion Foundations of Faith:Greco-Roman Wrestling explores the context for Jesus Christ and the early Christian movement in 30CE in terms of Greek and Roman philosophies and religions. We think you will find that many of the core beliefs present at that time are still with us. The class is being led by the Rev. Zoila Schoenbrun and myself. 

    • Slow Religion, Sunday 4th October 9:00 am |  Zoom link
    • Meeting ID: 880 2552 8962
    • Passcode: 568081
    • Slow Religion: The Foundations of Christian Faith in the 21st Century 
    • Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
    • Life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the increasing prominence of the Holy Spirit as witnessed in the Gospels. Comparative views of the evolution of the creed and prayer life from 1st century Judaism to Jesus. Sources include Gospels and Roman texts. We will reflect on how do we discern God’s presence and command and how do we respond when God becomes active in our lives? The series is led by Joe Jennings and the Rev. Zoila Schoenbrun.
     
    Sunday Forums, Led by Karl Belgum

    • Meeting ID: 883 1043 7241
    • Passcode: 041902
    • A special end of summer event.  Weeds, thorns, fruits and harvests: agricultural imagery of the New Testament.  I will send out a  few pages of agricultural parables to read in advance.  Time to put your mind back into the world of the first century. 

    • Meeting ID: 863 6168 2139
    • Passcode: 454207
    • Was William Blake a Christian and, if so, what kind?  And is religion fundamentally a romantic, as opposed to rational, endeavor?   We will discuss his wonderful poem, Jerusalem, which is also a song/hymn.  Maybe we will try a Zoom singalong.  I hope one of our literature or art majors will step forward to help with this as I am (as usual) completely unqualified.



    St Stephen's Online Film Society, Led by Donald Sung | Wednesdays, 4:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

     
    Sunday, 20 September 2020 Virtual Coffee Hour, 10:45a | Zoom Link
    • Meeting ID: 884 1146 6920
    • Pw: 634255
    • Hosted by Lilian Murray and Donald Sung
    • Participants will be muted on the Zoom call upon entry. Zoom directions and etiquette below:
    • Pdf of Zoom Etiquette

    St Stephen's Saturday Men's Breakfast with Father Schaper, 8:00 am


    Children and Youth News and Survey for all Families with Children

    • St Stephen’s Kids | Godly Play Stories at Home | Normally during the school year we teach Godly Play classes to students, but since we are separated by County Health and Bishop Marc’s directives, we will be sending you videos you can watch on demand. We understand that many children are dealing with more screen time than usual, but we’re not willing to cede that space entirely to schools. It is important to find spiritual help for your children from your church.

    • Each week in Tidings we will send a link to a Stories of God at Home / Godly Play story in video format.
    • Here is link for the introduction for parents: https://youtu.be/wJAYfWzmHPg

    • I recommend that you watch each Godly Play story as a family, at a set time convenient each week if possible. You are raising a child in the knowledge and love of the Lord, to love God and neighbor. That is a huge responsibility. And it is at the same time a great privilege, a gift.


    • Please feel free to contact directly Victoria Ellsworth if you have any questions or need any advice on how to share your faith lovingly with children. — VE

    The Rector's Bible Study:
    • New Bible Study Coming Soon

    The Associate Rector's Series:
    Completed





    -PCE+