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Typical Sunday Activity Schedule

8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal
10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. Christian Education for children

Week of May 12th

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - United Thank Offering Collection
Monday – May 13
6:00-7:00 p.m. Gateway Dinner
6:30 p.m. Vestry Meeting
Tuesday – May 14
6:00-7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday – May 15
4:30 p.m. Daughters of the King/Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting at Jill Flores.

Week of May 19th

Sunday, May 19
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer: Rite II
9:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal
10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer: Rite II
12:00 p.m. Christian Education for children

Rev. Kate will be on vacation from May 19th through the 28th. If you are in need of Pastoral Care or the assistance of a priest during that time, please let the office know and we will arrange for a local priest to assist you.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meetings:

May 8th - 1:00-3:00

May 26th - after the 10:30 service.

Ten prayer shawls have been lovingly knitted and blessed. Seven have been given to someone in need. Anyone who would like a prayer shawl to give to someone who is ill, grieving, or in any need for comfort, can pick up a shawl from the office.

Parish Picnic after Outdoor service - June 24th

Mark your calendar for the tentative date: June 24th for a Parish Picnic after the 10:30 service on the church lawn.  Stay tuned for more information.

United Thank Offering

This year during Lent, St. Stephen’s has been holding a United Thank Offering (UTO) collection. Your donations will be collected this Sunday, May 12, 2019 during the Offertory. Please place your donations in the plate.

Gutters Being Installed

The scheduled start date for the work to repair and paint the soffits and replace the gutters on the Administrative Building is Monday May 20th and will last through the end of the week. Please, anticipate not being able to use the front doors of the Administrative building to gain entrance into the building during this work.

There will be some equipment at the front and rear of the Administrative Building.  For personnel safety, it is recommended that you use the door from the breezeway or the door from the Parish Hall to gain entrance into the Administrative Building. Also, avoid going near the work while it is being performed.

Lay Reader Inservice:  June 2nd, 12:00pm in Church

Calling all Readers!  We will have an in service to review best practices and responsibilities for offering this valuable ministry for our worship services. This will also be an opportunity to assist those who are new to being a reader of our scripture and/or Prayers of the People. If you can’t make it, please let Chris in the office know and we will schedule an additional time.

Interfaith Outreach

Continuing through May, we will be collecting cleaning supplies in our continued partnership with Interfaith Outreach. Please donate any of the following or fill a bucket with cleaning supplies. The bin is in the Parish Hall:

  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Glass/Window cleaner
  • Disinfectant
  • Dish washing Liquid
  • Sponges
  • Toilet brushes
  • Buckets
  • Mops

Donate to The Bishop’s Dollar Fund

This year during the season of Easter, Bishop Bourlakas extends his annual invitation to reflect on our blessings as members of the body of Christ. The movement to share out of our gratitude is one of the fruits of faithful reflection. We encourage generous support of The Bishop’s Dollar Fund to continue to address a variety of needs throughout the diocese not otherwise covered through our annual budget. You can mail donations to the Diocesan Office (PO Box 2279, Roanoke, VA 24009) or donate online at www.dioswva.org/online-giving.html.



Worship Schedule


8:30 AM:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II or Morning Prayer

10:30 AM: Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II or Morning Prayer