Welcome to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Forest, VA
Worship and Meetings Schedules
8:30 a.m.Holy Eucharist: Rite II
9:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal
10:30 a.m.Holy Eucharist: Rite II
6:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Holy Eucharist with Blessing of The Animals
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10:30 am service in Parish Hall
During our 10:30 Eucharist, Rev. Kate will offer blessings for animals/pets during the time before Offertory in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. The service will be in the Parish Hall to accommodate our furry, feathered or scaly friends’ needs. Please bring your pet in a crate (especially cats) or on a leash so that everyone can be comfortable. If you can’t bring your pet, a photo will also work. We will be accepting donations of pet food or treats to be donated to the Lynchburg Humane Society.
Bluegrass Service on the Grass with Concert and BBQ
Sunday October 13th, 2019, 1:30 to 5pm
Join us for an uplifting outdoor worship service at 1:30 pm with hymns and songs in the Appalachian Bluegrass Gospel tradition. All are welcome to worship with us and to stay for the festival afterward. Please invite your neighbors and friends!
Optional barbecue lunch provided by Moore’s Country Store and Deli for $10 per person, ($5 for kids under 10) immediately following the service. Bluegrass worship music and concert performed by local Lynchburg family band, “Mountain Highway.” In the event of severe weather, the service will be held in the Parish Hall.
Sunday, October 13th – one service only at 1:30pm (Bluegrass Service on the Grass). There will be no regular 8:30 or 10:30 am services.
Hurricane Relief Donations Needed
Episcopal Relief & Development
If you would like to donate to relief for Hurricane Dorian victims, please
consider Episcopal Relief & Development. You may also complete online donations
here. Please make your checks out to ERD if you would like to donate through
the collection plate or drop your donation off at the office.
Still collecting items for Miriam’s House
We continue to gather items for Miriam’s House in Lynchburg. Miriam’s House is
temporary housing for women and children who need a safe place to reside. Let’s
also take time each day to pray for the safety and well-being of these children
and women. We will be collecting the following items:
– dishwashing detergent
– paper towels
– toilet paper
Please bring these items to the Parish Hall at church.
Thank you for your prayers and generosity.
October Outreach Collection
We are collecting winter jackets for school aged homeless children in grades
Kindergarten thru 5th. You can drop your donations in the Outreach Collection
Box in the Parish Hall. Please call the office with any questions.
Discretionary Fund Update
Thanks to your generous support of the Priest’s Discretionary Fund, since July
1st over $600 has been given to families with either disconnected or soon to be
disconnected utilities and $600 to prevent evictions and for moving expenses.
$400 was also contributed for medical expenses related to restoring partial
eyesight for someone with near blindness. If you or anyone you know needs
financial assistance with utilities, medical bills, or other emergency needs,
please let Rev. Kate know. All support is kept confidential.
The Bishop is Coming…
Though he isn’t coming till January 12th, 2020, we have the opportunity to have Bishop Mark offer our parishioners the Sacrament of Confirmation and also Reception into the Episcopal Church (if you have been Roman Catholic or Moravian and have been confirmed in those traditions). Confirmation is “the sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). “Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop.” (BCP, p. 412)
“Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.”(TEC website glossary) If you would like to be confirmed as an adult or be received or are discerning either, please contact Rev. Kate as soon as you can so she can answer any questions and so we can make arrangements for education around Confirmation. In our Diocese, the Bishop prefers to confirm Youth 16 or older so that a mature and informed commitment to the Episcopal Church can be made. If you have a youth who would like to be confirmed or is thinking about it, please let Rev. Kate know.
8:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II or Morning Prayer
10:30 AM: Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II or Morning Prayer