May 19, 2013
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Pentecost is This Sunday - May 19th - Wear Fire Colors!
This weekend we celebrate the Day of Pentecost/Whitsunday. It is our tradition to wear “fire colors” (red, orange, yellow, etc.) on Pentecost as we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Plant Sale – Last Day May 18th
Our Spring Plant Sale continues on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will be used for landscaping needs around the church. If you have plants to donate, please bring labeled plants to the Parish Hall by May 16.
Landscape Clean-Up & Geranium Planting – May 18
Everyone is invited to help clean up the St. Stephen’s grounds and plant 350 geraniums on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.muntil we’re done. The Geranium plants will be delivered on Saturday at 12 noon. Bring your favorite garden tools (rake, broom, trowel, etc.), water, snacks, lunch, etc. Bring the kids! We’ll have a brief instruction time, then get started. Enjoy outdoor fellowship and be part of making your church a welcoming place to Gather, Grow and Serve. Landscape Committee.
St. Stephen’s Rummage Sale
Our rummage sale continues on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon is “bargain time”. Bring your friends and neighbors, and help support this important fundraiser for community outreach.
Memorial Day Service – May 26th
The annual Memorial Day Service commemorating those who have died from our parish family will be held next Sunday, May 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection, St. Stephen’s Columbarium.
Sew & Sow – May 20th
The Sew & Sow group meets on Monday, May 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to come and help sort or cut fabrics for future quilt making – no sewing skills necessary! If you like to knit, crochet, or sew you are welcome to join us too! Bring your lunch; stay as long as you like; or stop by to pick up a quilt kit to stitch at home (easy instructions are included.) Call Jackie M. 624-9452 for information.
Book Discussion Group
We will meet at the home of Dottie Leland on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. to discuss “An Invisible Thread” by Laura Schroff. RSVP to 448-6505 if you plan to attend and to get directions.
Friday Musical at St. Stephen’s May 24th
Everyone is invited to enjoy a delightful performance featuring Andrea Dawson, voice; Carolyn Jess, piano; Larry Jess, trumpet, and more on Friday, May 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen’s. A reception will follow. This free event is sponsored by Friday Musical, an organization “dedicated to fostering and perpetuating performance, the knowledge of and interest in music, and the fine arts in the Spokane area.”
Summer Worship Schedule begins June 2nd
Our summer worship schedule begins Sunday, June 2 with a single service on Sunday at 9 a.m.; the Saturday 5 p.m.service meets as usual. Summer office hours (9 a.m. to 12 noon) begin in July.
Sunday School and Adult Christian Education Schedule
Children’s Sunday School and the Sunday Morning Adult Christian Formation Class will begin summer recess after today,May 19. Classes will resume in the Fall. For Youth Group schedules, check with Dan Warn, Youth Ministries Coordinator.
Summer Landscape Weeding Schedule
The “Weeding Chart” is now in the Narthex. Choose your favorite garden area in the St. Stephen’s landscape to weed for the summer! The time commitment is minimal – a couple of hours once a month is all that is needed. Work when it is convenient for you! This year we have added “The Berm” which was landscaped last Fall. There are now 25 plots on the chart. Sign up for your own area, or share a plot with a friend or family member.
“Eine Schönen Abend,” featuring former parishioner Kaitrin Cunningham on Sunday, May 26, 4 pm at St John’s Cathedral. Kaitrin, daughter of former choir member Robin Leiserson, is pursuing a Masters in vocal performance at University of Arizona.
Kinderchor Concert at St. Stephen’s
Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A free will offering will be taken to help support Kinderchor (suggested donation $5). A reception will follow. This is their last concert of the year. Invite your friends to experience this amazing group of talented young vocalists under the direction of Sharon Rodkey-Smith.
Kinderchor will also sing at St. Stephen’s on Sunday, June 2 at the 9 a.m. service.
2013 Basketball Camp
St. Stephen’s annual basketball camp is scheduled for June 17–20, Monday thru Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration forms are now available in the church office and on our website. If you have questions or are interested in helping prepare breakfast or lunch for the coaches, or assisting with the first aid station and other needs of the campers, please contact Sarah Ranson at 869-3708 or ststephensbasketball@gmail.
Faith Action Network Spokane Summit
Everyone interested is invited to the Faith Action Network Spokane Summit on May 19 at All Saints Lutheran Church in Brown’s Addition from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Your input on upcoming legislative issues is encouraged. Registration for the event is free on the Faith Action Network website (www.fanwa.org).
Are you in outreach ministry?
Attend a SED Talk in your area this summer! Hear the stories of ministry leaders, just like you, throughout the Diocese of Spokane.
Join us to network, share stories, discover new resources, tell us your ministry needs, & learn new leadership skills.Register online (it’s free and easy) to reserve a spot at this event. All events are on Saturday, June 8 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at St. Andrew’s, Spokane. There is no charge, and a light lunch is provided.
Honoring Life: “A Compassionate Discussion on the Realities of the Death Penalty”
Multiple faiths and communities will come together to hear some of their own faith leaders discuss the death penalty in a peaceful, respectful atmosphere. Perspectives will be given from Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic, and Episcopalian points of view. The discussion will be held St. John’s Cathedral on Wednesday, June 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A question and answer session will follow. This forum is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR - May20-26
5/20 – Jeremiah 13-15, Psalm 51, Hebrews 7
5/21 – Jeremiah 16-18, Psalm 52, Hebrews 8
5/22 – Jeremiah 19-21, Psalm 53, Hebrews 9
5/23 – Jeremiah 22-24, Psalm 54, Hebrews 10
5/24 – Jeremiah 25-27, Psalm 55, Hebrews 11
5/25 – Jeremiah 28-30, Psalm 56, Hebrews 12
5/26 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church!