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June 22, 2017 // Choir of Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., to sing for Evensong at St. Stephen's
As part of the American Guild of Organists' Midatlantic Regional Conference, the renowned choir of Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., will lead a service of Choral Evensong, with the Rev. Steve McGehee of St. Stephen's Church officiating, on Wednesday, June 28. A prelude featuring the choir, conducted by Jeremy Filsell, Ph.D., and guest organist Erik Wm Suter, will begin at 4:35 p.m., followed by the service. A copy of the program is here; information about St. Stephen's Aeolian-Skinner organ is here.
June 8, 2017 // Café construction begins next week
The construction of our new café is scheduled to begin next week! We are thrilled that this project is on track for a fall opening, and deeply grateful to all who have made a gift or pledge to this exciting ministry. Read more about the project and how you can support it here.
June 2, 2017 // This Sunday is the Day of Pentecost
This Sunday, June 4, is the Day of Pentecost, one of the three major feasts of the church year (the others are Christmas and Easter). Pentecost is the day we remember the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking about God's deeds of power in a multitude of languages. Many people like to wear something red, the liturgical color for the Holy Spirit, when they come to church on Pentecost. Remember that our summer worship schedule is in effect.
May 26, 2017 // Summer schedule and Memorial Day
The summer worship schedule begins this Sunday, May 28--all the details are here. On Monday, May 29, the parish office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. We'll re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. The food pantry distribution that usually occurs on Mondays will take place on Tuesday this week.
May 18, 2017 // Bishop Goff visits this Sunday
Our annual bishop's visit takes place this Sunday, with the Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, bishop suffragan, as the celebrant and preacher at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. Bishop Goff will confirm, receive, or reaffirm more than 80 youth and adults. Special receptions in honor of Bishop Goff and the confirmands will take place after each service. (Reminder: there is no Palmer Hall service beginning this Sunday; that service resumes in September.)
May 12, 2017 // Summer book selection
Each year at this time, the rector chooses a book for the parish to read together over the summer. Read about Gary's pick for this summer here.
May 5, 2017 // Godspeed, Weston Mathews
As announced in the eSpirit and the weekly Spirit, the Rev. Weston Mathews has accepted the call of Grace Church, the Plains, to serve as their rector beginning this summer. On Sunday, May 14, we will honor Weston and his wife Hannah at a reception following the 11:15 a.m. service. You can read Weston's letter to the parish, and the message of our rector, Gary Jones, here.
May 3, 2017 // Newcomers lunch
If you are new to St. Stephen's, just joined--or deciding whether to join--we'd love to meet you this Thursday for lunch. Our rector, Gary Jones, and other staff members will be here to greet you, tell you a bit more about this parish and how to plug in (as much or as little as you like), and answer any questions you have. If you haven't already let us know that you plan to attend, please call 804.288.2867. Noon on Thursday, May 4, in the Fellowship Hall
April 14, 2017 // Easter services
Please join us to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord this Saturday and Sunday. A schedule of Easter services and additional details can be found HERE. You'll find service times, orders of service, information about music, child care, parking, handicap access, and more.
March 31, 2017 // Farmers Market returns to the great outdoors
The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's is a year-round market, open every Saturday, rain or shine. In the winter, the market is held indoors in our parish house. Beginning this Saturday, April 1, it returns to its original home in the parking lot at the corner of Grove and Somerset avenues. The market's hours are 8 a.m. until noon. To learn more about the market and our vendors, visit the market pages of the Web site, or go to our Facebook page.
March 19, 2017 // Jane Hirshfield coming this Thursday
The poet Jane Hirshfield will be here this Thursday to read from her poetry. We have been anticipating the visit of this acclaimed poet for nearly a year. Read more about her, and how to reserve your place, here.
March 13, 2017 // Community screening of Oscar-nominated documentary to be offered at St. Stephen's April 4
As part of our parish's--and the larger community's--engagement with the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, St. Stephen's Church will offer a screening of Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary "13th," about the American justice system and how it is affected by the legacy of race in the United States. Stevenson figures prominently in this film. The community is invited to see it here on Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. There is no charge for this event; pre-registration, though not required, will help us determine the best location for showing the movie. Several Richmond-area congregations are co-sponsoring this event with St. Stephen's, including Third Street Bethel AME Church, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, and All Saints Episcopal Church.
The event is planned in anticipation of Stevenson's appearance at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m.
March 10, 2017 // Spring forward this Saturday night
Before you turn in Saturday night, remember to set your clocks and watches ahead an hour. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday. You won't want to miss Sunday morning services (our new associate rector, Steve McGehee, will preach!) nor the Sunday Forum, where Allison Seay will present "The Vacancy Made Visible." Read more about coming events in this Sunday's Spirit.
March 3, 2017 // Pittman McGehee, Jane Hirshfield speak this month
Among the many resources St. Stephen's is offering for Lent is a retreat let by the Rev. Pittman McGehee, an Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst, who is a well-known teacher on religion and psychology. Read more about his March 17-18 offering here. And on Thursday, March 23, the long-awaited visit from renowned poet Jane Hirshfield takes place at 7 p.m. Read more here.
February 24, 2017 // Lent begins next week
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on March 1. Ash Wednesday services, which include Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes for any who desire it, will be held at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m. Child care will be available for age 4 and under during the noon and 5:30 p.m. services. Other services and events, such as Morning Prayer, Evensong, the Wednesday supper, youth groups, and other groups and meetings, will not take place on Ash Wednesday.
Read about Lenten offerings at St. Stephen's, including a fast that will begin February 28, here.
February 23, 2017 // Shrove Tuesday pancake supper to be held February 28, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Traditionally Christians who observe Lent have some sort of celebration the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras and Carnival and examples of such celebrations. In many Episcopal parish churches, it's customary to observe "Shrove Tuesday" ("to shrive" meaning to hear someone's confession and absolve them of their sins) with a pancake supper. Why pancakes? Many Christians used to fast from eggs and butter during Lent, so making pancakes was a way to use up those ingredients in the larder. We'll start serving pancakes in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are needed and you may pay for your supper at the door.
Do you have dried palms from Palm Sunday? Bring them with you; we'll burn them on Shrove Tuesday in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m. and use the ashes during Ash Wednesday services.
February 6, 2017 // New vestry members elected
At the annual meeting on February 5, six new members of the vestry were elected to serve until February 2020. You can see the complete roster here.
January 15, 2017 // Barbara Brown Taylor tickets
Do you have your tickets for Barbara Brown Taylor's talk at St. Stephen's? You can reserve them online here, and pick them up at any of the following times. Or, you can purchase them during these times.
- Weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the parish office (office will be closed Monday, January 16)
- Outside the Fellowship Hall on Sundays, January 22 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), January 29 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.), February 5 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
January 7, 2017 // Weather advisory
Sunday services will proceed as usual. To give our buildings and grounds staff more room to work as they ensure that the parking lot and walkways are usable, we will not hold the Saturday evening service today. Please use your best judgment about whether it is safe for you to travel from your home to St. Stephen's on Sunday. Our nursery staff, who live some distance from the church, will not be available during the morning services, but they do plan to be present during the 5:30 p.m. Sunday service. Your children are always welcome in church.
December 30, 2016 // Please make your year-end gift today
Are you planning year-end gifts? Please remember your church, and make a special gift to St. Stephen's before the end of the calendar year. Here is a link to our secure online giving portal. Watch a video here about the many ways that your support provides hope and healing in the world.
December 23, 2016 // Christmas at St. Stephen's
O come let us adore him! Services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (as well as the First Sunday of Christmas) are detailed here.