First week of September!
Dear St. Stephen’s church family,
It’s a busy week for children and families this week as school gets back into full swing and activities resume. There are several new and exciting things happening in our parish this coming week also:
Church School resumes-backpack blessing!
Sunday, september 8th
We take a break from organized Church School classes during the summer and focus our energy on Vacation Bible School (😊). But we’re back, with Bible stories, activities and special events planned to nurture the growing faith of the children and youth in our parish. During the children’s talk this week, we’ll pray for children and bless them as they begin a new school year—bring your backpacks!
Commissioning of the Rev. John Chuol
Sunday, September 8th, 10:30 am service
We officially welcome John as our student intern from September through April. Yes, there will be cake after the service!
Garage Sale for Camp Okema (and St. Stephen’s)
Saturday, September 14th, 9-2
Spread the word! We are gladly accepting donations to the cause—new or used items to put in the sale. September is a good time to declutter (not that I know much about that), and your junk may be another person’s treasure! Ideally, items can be brought to church on Friday, September 13th any time after noon (or make other arrangements if you need to bring stuff before that). Thank you for your support!
English Language Classes (in partnership with Saskatoon Open Door Society)
Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm starting September 17th
If you know people who can use a hand learning English in an informal and supportive environment, let them know that we host classes at St. Stephen’s throughout the year. This is a great way for us to reach out to the community and serve a very important need in the lives of those who are new to Canada.
resumes on Friday, September 20th
in the Mitchell Hall at 1:30 pm. Come and bring your favourite project to work on, in good company!
Parish Cycle of Prayer:
Throughout the month of September, we pray for Diocesan Synod taking place in early October. The following is a suggested prayer to use as we prepare for this meeting:
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Gospel we hear the
voice of the Father telling us to listen to you.
It is your voice that we heed.
It is your way that we follow.
It is your Spirit who leads us into all the truth.
Look kindly upon your Church in the Diocese of Saskatoon.
We pray that through the Synod our souls may
be stirred and our hearts set on fire
in order to bring new energy and zeal to the
mission of our local Church.
May the Synod inspire us to missionary
discipleship, so that filled with the faith and
boldness of the Apostles and first Christians,
we may draw others to you and to your Church.
Through you, Lord Jesus, we give glory to the
Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
We also pray for parish members: Jo S, and Anne S and families.