Still working on Lent…

Lenten Taize/Compline Services
Taizé and Prayer Service starts at 6:00 p.m. with Soup Supper afterward.
Taizé is a form of Christian meditative singing that has been created in the Taizé  community in France. A Taize´ service is a beautiful and reflective form of worship for our Lenten season.  Compline is the last Daily Office of the day in the Anglican tradition and in our Book of Common Prayer.  It is a quiet, prayer-filled way to honor the passing of the evening hours and the completion of the working day.  All services will be held in the church sanctuary.
Please sign up in the parish hall or let Chris know if you can make soup or bring bread for any of these evenings. (Note that the schedule has been changed from what was previously announced.)

March 13:  Taizé Service
March 20: Taizé Service
March 27: Compline Service
April 3:       Compline Service
April 10:     Taizé Service

Fr. Brad Visit, March 17th
Father Brad  Laycock will be visiting with us on March 17th.  He will be assisting Rev. Kate and preaching for both the 8:30 and 10:30 services and will be staying for coffee hour.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting Update
For the month of March, because of the Lenten soup services on Wednesday, we will be holding our evening prayer shawl ministry group on Sunday, March 17, from 6-8. We will still have the afternoon session on Wednesday, March 27, from 2 to 4.

Outreach Sundays
Starting in March, we will have guest speakers/preachers in our pulpit once a month for the next few months who will be sharing their experiences and information about their non-profit organizations.  In the Forest area, we have few organizations that directly serve those in our community who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, hunger, racism, illiteracy and other issues affecting our neighbors on the edges. So, we have the opportunity to increase our awareness of organizations that perform valuable outreach services to the Lynchburg and Bedford County areas by bringing them to us!  On March 24th, Shawne Farmer from Interfaith Outreach will be speaking for both services.

United Thank Offering
This year during Lent St. Stephen’s is going to have a United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering which will be collected on Sunday, May 12, 2019. UTO boxes, Lenten calendars, and envelopes are available on the table at the back of the church. Please feel free to pick up anything you need.
Whether you choose to give up something, take on something, or simply be mindful during this Lent, be grateful each day and share your gratitude by putting some coins into your Blue Box.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Interfaith Outreach
Thank you to everyone who donated linens and hangers!  IOA now has enough to last their clients for a few months. For March and April, we will be collecting cleaning supplies in our continued partnership with IOA. They also need volunteers to help at their warehouse and around the office at their downtown location.  Contact them via  their website.
Please donate any of the following or fill a bucket with cleaning supplies. Bin is in the Parish Hall:
Bathroom cleaner
Multi-purpose cleaner
Glass/Window cleaner
Dishwashing Liquid
Toilet brushes

New Facebook Page
We have a new official Facebook page (versus our Group page) which will give us more visibility and options for people to find us and share news and events with a wider audience. Please like our new page and invite all your friends, neighbors and family to like it also!  And leave us a Review. The link is available on the monthly newsletter.

Kroger Community Rewards
If you shop at Kroger, you can donate to St. Stephen’s by going on-line and signing up for Kroger Community Rewards. Our code is CP034. We receive a quarterly check for a percentage of what you spend.

Blessings on the first Sunday of every month for Birthdays, Anniversaries and Travelers. Rev. Kate offers these during the 8:30 and 10:30 services for all those who have birthdays, anniversaries and/or are traveling during the coming month as a new way to honor and celebrate the significant life transitions of our parishioners.