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Weekly reflections, updates, and news about our St. Stephen’s Community.

 

Parish Transition Update

Parish Transition Update

It has been a busy week welcoming our new Interim Rector, Ray Wilson, our new Business Manager, Rochelle Butler, and our new nursery caregiver, Lisa Martinez to St. Stephen's.  I want to extend my thanks to our staff and fellow Vestry members who helped in the...

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WELCOME MESSAGE FROM REV. RAY WILSON

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM REV. RAY WILSON

To the Church and School community of St. Stephen's: What a joy for me to join you at St. Stephen's in our mutual ministry. As the Interim Rector, I look forward to meeting each of you as together we continue the ministry of this parish. Before serving several...

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A Message from our Senior Warden

A Message from our Senior Warden

This week has been filled with joy and sadness as we celebrate our 18-year relationship with Lisa and say our goodbyes.  Nevertheless, the work of our Parish continues, and, on behalf of the Vestry, I wanted to keep everyone informed about what will be...

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Hard Stop

Hard Stop

One of the skills I admire in others is the ability to set limits on time.  I stand in awe of people who can say clearly at the outset of a conversation, “I have a hard stop in 30 minutes.”  Knowing what the ‘hard stop’ is enables the participants in the...

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CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?

CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?

Roz Chast, one of my favorite cartoonists whose work is published in The New Yorker magazine, wrote a memoir of her life with her aging parents as together they dealt with the painful decisions surrounding aging and moving from a cherished home and...

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A Prayer of Hope

A Prayer of Hope

There are ChristiansWho have hysterical reactionsAs if the world had slipped out of God's hands.They are violentAs if they were risking everything. But we believe in history.The world is not a roll of the diceOn its way toward chaos.A new world has begun to...

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Losing and Finding

Losing and Finding

This year my Lenten discipline took a different turn. I decided that I would feel my feelings and come to name them. This is no small task because I, like many of us, often live noticing only a small band of emotion.  Fear, anger, sadness, happiness come readily....

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Lent is a Pilgrimage in Time

Lent is a Pilgrimage in Time

This Sunday St. Stephen's will have the privilege of hosting the Very Reverend Dr. David Monteith, the 40th Dean of Caterbury (post Reformation) Cathedral at our forum in the Havens Center at 9:30 and as our preacher at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist.  Canterbury...

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Silence in the Presence of the Holy

Silence in the Presence of the Holy

One of my joys of coming out of COVID is that I get to go to movie theatres again and see films on the big screen.  I love being enveloped by the darkness, surrounded by the sound.  Films take me out of my world and transport me to another place and...

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Prophets Say Words We Don’t Want to Hear

Prophets Say Words We Don’t Want to Hear

See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. Isaiah 40:11 There are so many words and concepts that we use in church or Scripture study that we don’t use in other contexts: “redemption,”...

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