Dear St. Stephen’s church family and friends,

Greetings in this week before Pentecost–known as Ascensiontide.

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither rust nor moth corrupts, and where thieves do not break through and steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Matthew 6:20-21

We have begun to have coffee after the 10:30 service both outside on the lawn and inside in the Mitchell Hall. Please enjoy one another’s company in whichever location is best for you!

Evening Prayer continues on Tuesday evenings at 7, alternating between the BAS (Book of Alternative Services) and the BCP (Book of Common Prayer).

At a Clericus meeting (clergy in the deanery), I confirmed with the Venerable Dan Hughes that he will begin to lead a weekly Book of Common Prayer Eucharist on Thursday afternoons at 4 pm at St. Stephen’s. The service is spoken, without any music. The first service will be on Thursday, June 6th. All are welcome to attend this service any time. Welcoming Father Dan to lead this service at St. Stephen’s is a wonderful way for us to be hospitable to the people of All Saints as they go through the experience of closing their church. It is also a gift for us as it opens up another opportunity to receive the eucharist and to pray together! Thanks be to God.

The Rev. Deacon Perry will be ordained a priest in Prince Albert on May 31st at 7 pm. Perry will celebrate the eucharist (for the first time) at St. Stephen’s on Sunday, June 2nd at 10:30. I invite you to consider giving $10 towards a financial gift for Perry at this time in his life and ministry. Please give money to the office, or to any Vestry member.  Later that day, on June 2nd, at 2:30, All Saints will celebrate their final Evensong. All are welcome to attend.

Church school News–can you volunteer on a Sunday morning during the 10:30 am service to shepherd the smaller ones in our church school community? We are blessed with a growing church school, and that means we need extra support, especially for the younger set. Our goal would be to have a roster of 6 people who would be willing to help out with the little children once every 6 weeks or so, if Julie needed. You would go down to church school and be available during that time. If you are interested in this ministry opportunity please speak with Rev. Amy or Julie. A criminal records check will be required as well as reviewing our Safe Church policy for children and youth.
I picked up our study book, “Faith Like a Child,” today at McNally. We get a bulk discount of 20% off as a church and I like to support the local bookstore. Books cost $20.99 each, and can be picked up at church on Sunday or during office hours (Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-1:30).

Finally, a reminder that this coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. We will not hold a 10:30 am service this week, but meet instead at 5 pm as both the English and Malayalam congregations. The Malayalam congregation removes their shoes for worship, and all are invited to do so also as we enter into the traditions and cultures of one another and worship God together. We will be learning a Pentecost song in Malayalam (only the chorus, don’t worry!). We will also share a potluck meal of snacks and other dishes. Please bring a traditional or favourite dish to share if you are able.

 

Retreat Opportunities at Camp Okema! ACW (Anglican Church Women) retreat at Camp Okema June 11-13.  The Annual Camp Okema Ladies Retreat is happening May 24-26. Camp Okema Men’s Retreat, May 31st-June 2nd.

 

Diocese of Saskatchewan ACW retreat brochure CLICK TO VIEW

 

In Christ, the risen and ascended one,
Rev. Amy <><