St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Trinity Sunday

May 30, 2021     10:00 am

Join us in person or online with facebook live

https://www.facebook.com/ststephensforest

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray for our new rector, the Rev. Matt Rhodes and for Amy, his wife and for Mary and Ella, their children as they transition to St. Stephen’s.

 

What is the Trinity Sunday?

Feast that celebrates “the one and equal glory” of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, “in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being” (BCP, p. 380). It is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year (BCP, p. 15). The proper readings and collect for Trinity Sunday are used only on the feast, not on the weekdays following. The numbered proper which corresponds most closely to the date of Trinity Sunday is used (BCP, p. 228). The BCP also provides the proper “Of the Holy Trinity” for optional use at other times, subject to the rules of the calendar of the church year (see BCP, pp. 251, 927). The Hymnal 1982 presents ten hymns in a section on The Holy Trinity (Hymns 362-371), including “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!” (Hymn 362), “Come, thou almighty King” (Hymn 365), and “Holy Father, great Creator” (Hymn 368).  Celebration of Trinity Sunday was approved for the western church by Pope John XXII in 1334. This feast is associated with Thomas Becket (c. 1118-1170), who was consecrated bishop on Trinity Sunday, 1162. His martyrdom may have influenced the popularity of the feast in England and the custom of naming the remaining Sundays of the church year “Sundays after Trinity.” The Sarum Missal and editions of the Prayer Book through the 1928 BCP named these Sundays the Sundays after Trinity. The 1979 BCP identifies this portion of the church year as the season after Pentecost, and names these Sundays the Sundays after Pentecost (see BCP, p. 32).

 

Good Luck, Rachel Nas!!! This is Rachel’s last Sunday with us. Best of Luck and many Blessings Rachel!!

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Congratulations 2021 Graduates!!

  • Rachel Nas, our pianist graduated from Liberty University last week with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is heading to Georgetown University to work at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Andrea Kind’s granddaughter, Krista Diresta is graduating from Binghamton University in NY this Sunday with her MBA. She will be working with the Royal Back of Canada in NYC starting in July.
  • Andy and Kristy Bliss have Connor graduating from JFHS and attending CVCC this fall.
  • Catherine McGinnis, our nursery worker before COVID, is graduating from JFHS and will be heading to Virginia Tech this fall. Her parents are Chuck and Cindy McGinnis.
  • Greg and Susan Branan have Madeline graduating from Elon University. She will be heading to Madrid to teach English as a second language this fall.
  • Mary Beth and Jim Hunter have two children graduating: Will graduating from JFHS and heading to James Madison University, Lizzie graduating from James Madison University. She will be heading to Texas to work for Dell.
  • In Penny Thomas’ family she has 4 grandchildren graduating: Hunter – Jason and Michelle Thomas – graduating from JFHS and heading to the University of Arizona, Noah – Jonathan and Janine, Thomas – graduating from JFHS and heading to Old Dominion University, Savannah – David and Jennifer Moore - graduating from JFHS and heading to Virginia Tech, Penelope – David and Jennifer Moore - graduating from Virginia Tech. She will continue acquiring hours in the medical field and will be applying for PA schools in the spring of 2022.

Since we haven’t gotten to see each other and definitely have not been able to keep up with the adults let alone the children. Send us an email and let us know what the kids are doing. What sports they are involved with? Extra curriculars? Grade they will be going into next year? They can write their own story or you can send us the information.

Rev. Matt Rhodes will be with us starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Office hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Email: ststephenspriest@gmail.com

Phone: 703-581-9500

Save the Date – Rev. Matt Rhodes will have his first service with us

June 6, 2021 at 10:00 am. Please come, “Welcome” him, if you are able. We will still continue to Live Stream/Record our services.

Thank you for all who have reserved your spot.

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The Health and Safety committee is meeting to review our safety guidelines. We will keep you up to date on this. As of now if you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. We are still following distancing rules and ventilation protocols.

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Rev. Matt shared this Podcast link, “The History of Christianity”, it was started in August of last year. Episodes run between 30 and 45 minutes, and the host - The Rev. Bertie Pearson - is rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, TX. It’s a refresher on church history. The link to subscribe or listen to individual episodes is https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-christianity/id1529832314.

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 The Diocese is providing services – here is the link if you’d like to join them.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHvFPczsDp186aK9hRZpyQ

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Our services are recorded and we have been able to use Facebook live. If you plan to attend everyone will be wearing masks, socially distanced and the windows will be open for air circulation.

We will be practicing the COVID rules by taking temperatures when you are checked in.

https://www.facebook.com/ststephensforest

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Church Prayer List May 2021

Jennie Aveson, The Rev. Sue Bentley, Ralph and Jaye Del Duca, Barbara East, Chris Frank, Gene Goley, Sarah Gosnell, Laurie Hartman, Anne and Jim Hite, Bill Hodges, Frank Horvath, Caleb Jacobs, Theresa Lawson, Susan Major, Lola Lee Mohr, Zeke Puig, Nancy Robbins, Katsuyo Robinson, Joshua Shaver, The Rev. Melissa Hays-Smith, Brad Laycock and Letitia Smith, Martha Stokes, Christine Walker, Hannah, Jim, Joanne, Joy, Mary, David, Bill, Sue, Beth, Linda, Theresa,  Renae, Linda Finney, Joe Finney, Christy, Cyndi, Grace, Sharon

For our families, friends, and neighbors; those we know and those we don’t know,

that they live in joy, peace, and health and be freed from ailments, anxiety and addictions

Please note Anne and Jim Hite have been added to our prayer list. They are okay. Anne had a health setback. They would prefer not to have a lot of phone calls and   no visitors at this time. Cards are welcome of course.

For online pledging or donating use the link below:

https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1565122

Thank you for your continued support of St. Stephen’s by pledges, plate donations, tithely, prayer, time and talent. It is all greatly appreciated.

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If you need pastoral care, extra prayers or know someone that does or have questions or concerns please let a Vestry member know:

Justin McCarthy, Senior Warden, 815-307-6285, justinmccarthy@bellsouth.net

Larry Flores, Junior Warden, 434-942-2412, firstflores@gmail.com

Hal Clark, 434-616-1496, halclark@shentel.net

Sharon Reynolds, little-woods@nymrod-mesa.com

Ray Vohden, 434-401-7540, Vohden1@shentel.net

Sharon Wright, 315-246-6787, swright3584@gmail.com

Jennifer Moore, 434-660-2543, jenfrmoore@aol.com

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Guidelines for Regathering in Worship Inside and Outside and in our Church 

Our goal is to care for and respect our neighbor's health and well-being and our own; we encourage you to follow these guidelines:
- Masks will be required if you are not vaccinated. If you forgot yours or don't have one, we will provide a mask for you
- Please maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing at all times including before and after services (unless you are in a couple or family group who may sit together)
- Those with high risk conditions or immuno-compromised are advised to NOT attend in person and to worship with us with our online recording of the service.
- Ushers will be taking your temperature with a touch free thermometer when you arrive; if it is over 100.4 you will need to return home and worship with us online.
- If you have had fever AND cough or shortness of breath in the last 14 days or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please refrain from attending.
- We will be greeting each other and exchanging the Peace in touch-free ways:  waving, nodding, air hugs, etc.
- Please avoid socializing before or after the service so that we can maintain our safe distances and minimize the time spent of possible exposure.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our congregation

 and visitor’s safe while we regather in person!

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 16, 2021

10:00 am

Join us in person or online with facebook live.

you don’t have to have a facebook page, just click on the link below

https://www.facebook.com/ststephensforest

 

Collect

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Let us pray for our new rector, the Rev. Matt Rhodes and for Amy, his wife and for Mary and Ella, their children as they transition to their new church. Let us also pray for the discernment of his current parish, Christ Church Millwood.

 

Today is Ascension Day -  May 13, 2021 - The occasion on which the risen Christ is taken into heaven after appearing to his followers for forty days (Acts 1:1-11, Mk 16:19). The Ascension marks the conclusion of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances. It is the final elevation of his human nature to divine glory and the near presence of God. The Ascension is affirmed by the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds. The Ascension is celebrated on Ascension Day, the Thursday that is the fortieth day of the Easter season. It is a principal feast of the church year in the Episcopal Church.

 

All Hands on Deck for a St. Stephen’s Work Day

This Saturday, May 15th starting at 9 am.

 

Bring your gloves, rakes, tarps, leaf blowers. Water and snacks will be available.

If you aren’t able to work, just stop by and say Hi! We would love to see you.

 

If you aren’t available for the 15th we will also have a Work Day on May 22nd. 9 am start. We hope to see you at one or the other.

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Good Luck, Rachel Nas!!! Rachel is heading to Georgetown University to work at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her last day with us will be May 30, 2021.

We will acknowledge Rachel’s time with us on Sunday, May 23rd at the 10:00 am service. Dr. Rev. Nina Salmon will also be with us. Come celebrate and join us for communion.

Thank you, Rachel!!! You have provided us with beautiful music and thoughtful pieces in your time with us. Our Christmas and Easter services were amazing and you were “instrumental” in making this happen.

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Class of 2021 Graduates -

We have a few additions to our graduate list and updates to the previous list. Thank you for sharing:

Andrea Kind’s granddaughter, Krista Diresta is graduating from Binghamton University in NY this Sunday with her MBA. She will be working with the Royal Back of Canada in NYC starting in July.

Andy and Kristy Bliss have Connor graduating from JFHS and attending CVCC this fall.

Catherine McGinnis, our nursery worker before COVID, is graduating from JFHS and will be heading to Virginia Tech this fall. Her parents are Chuck and Cindy McGinnis.

Greg and Susan Branan have Madeline graduating from Elon University. She will be heading to Madrid to teach English as a second language this fall.

Mary Beth and Jim Hunter have two children graduating: Will graduating from JFHS and heading to James Madison University. Lizzie graduating from James Madison University. She will be heading to Texas to work for Dell.

In Penny Thomas’ family she has 4 grandchildren graduating: Hunter – Jason and Michelle Thomas – graduating from JFHS and heading to the University of Arizona. Noah – Jonathan and Janine Thomas – graduating from JFHS and heading to Old Dominion University. Savannah – David and Jennifer Moore - graduating from JFHS and heading to Virginia Tech. Penelope – David and Jennifer Moore - graduating from Virginia Tech. She will continue acquiring hours in the medical field and will be applying for PA schools in the spring of 2022.

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Since we haven’t gotten to see each other and definitely have not been able to keep up with the adults let alone the children. Send us an email and let us know what the kids and teens are doing.

What sports they are involved with? Extra curricular’s? Grade they will be going into next year? They can write their own story or you can send us the information.

A new date to save – Rev. Matt Rhodes will have his first service with us June 6, 2021 at 10:00 am. Please come, “Welcome” him, if you are able. We will still continue to Live Stream/Record our services.

Penny Thomas has been listening to the Podcast that Rev. Matt shared with us (see the link below), in her car. She is definitely “tech” savvy. She said they are very interesting and you don’t necessarily have to listen to them in order.

Rev. Matt shared this Podcast link, “The History of Christianity”, it was started in August of last year. Episodes run between 30 and 45 minutes, and the host - The Rev. Bertie Pearson - is rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, TX. It’s a refresher on church history. The link to subscribe or listen to individual episodes is https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-christianity/id1529832314.

*** The Diocese is providing services – here is the link if you’d like to join them.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHvFPczsDp186aK9hRZpyQ

_____________________________________________________________________________

Our services are recorded and we have been able to use Facebook live. If you plan to attend everyone will be wearing masks, socially distanced and the windows will be open for air circulation.

We will be practicing the COVID rules by taking temperatures when you are checked in.

   More details of our COVID protocol is at the end of this email.

https://www.facebook.com/ststephensforest

______________________

Church Prayer List May 2021

Jennie Aveson, The Rev. Sue Bentley, Ralph and Jaye Del Duca, Barbara East, Chris Frank, Gene Goley, Sarah Gosnell, Laurie Hartman, Bill Hodges, Frank Horvath, Caleb Jacobs, Theresa Lawson, Susan Major, Lola Lee Mohr, Zeke Puig, Nancy Robbins, Katsuyo Robinson, Joshua Shaver, The Rev. Melissa Hays-Smith, Brad Laycock and Letitia Smith, Martha Stokes, Christine Walker, Jill Flores, Hannah, Jim, Joanne, Joy, Mary, David, Bill, Sue, Beth, Linda, Theresa,  Renae, Joe Finney, Christy, Leighton, Cyndi, Douglas, Grace, Sharon

Please pray for our families, friends, and neighbors; those we know and those we don’t know, that they live in joy, peace, and health

and be freed from ailments, anxiety and addictions.

 

Visit our website

https://www.ststephensforest.org

Jennifer has added our church ministry schedule to the site and has updated a few things. Thank you for your work on this Jennifer!

Our Outreach Group fed the Gateway Men this month. Thank you Marybeth for coordinating and all of you that participated!!

For online pledging or donating use the link below:

https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1565122

Thank you for your continued support of St. Stephen’s by pledges, plate donations, tithely, prayer, time and talent. It is all greatly appreciated.

____________________________________________________________________________________

If you need pastoral care, extra prayers or know someone that does or have questions or concerns please let a Vestry member know:

Justin McCarthy, Senior Warden, 815-307-6285, justinmccarthy@bellsouth.net

Larry Flores, Junior Warden, 434-942-2412, firstflores@gmail.com

Hal Clark, 434-616-1496, halclark@shentel.net

Sharon Reynolds, little-woods@nymrod-mesa.com

Ray Vohden, 434-401-7540, Vohden1@shentel.net

Sharon Wright, 315-246-6787, swright3584@gmail.com

Jennifer Moore, 434-660-2543, jenfrmoore@aol.com

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Guidelines for Regathering in Worship Inside and Outside and in our Church 

Our goal is to care for and respect our neighbor's health and well-being and our own; we encourage you to follow these guidelines:
- Masks will be required.  If you forgot yours or don't have one, we will provide a mask for you
- Please maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing at all times including before and after services (unless you are in a couple or family group who may sit together)
- Those with high risk conditions or immunocompromised are advised to NOT attend in person and to worship with us with our online recording of the service.
- Ushers will be taking your temperature with a touch free thermometer when you arrive; if it is over 100.4 you will need to return home and worship with us online.
- If you have had fever AND cough or shortness of breath in the last 14 days or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please refrain from attending.
- We will be greeting each other and exchanging the Peace in touch-free ways:  waving, nodding, air hugs, etc.
- Please avoid socializing before or after the service so that we can maintain our safe distances and minimize the time spent of possible exposure.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our congregation

 and visitor’s safe while we regather in person!