Merry Christmas and Happy Epiphany!

Dear St. Stephen’s church family,

Merry Christmas continued!

Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. -Matthew 3:2

Our church worship service schedule is back to normal, as we hold 2 Sunday services, starting tomorrow–8:30 am and 10:30 am, with a 5 pm Malayalam service. Tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve, the Malalayam congregation will meet at 10 pm, for a Watchlight service, praying in the new year!

Here is an except from a poem, written by Minnie Louise Haskins:
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and
put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light
and safer than a known way.”
May all of us, at St. Stephen’s, put our hand into the hand of God, as we tread into this new year and all it brings.

You are invited for games and snacks tomorrow–January 31st, from noon until 3, after the 10:30 am service. Come and spend some time with others and learn a new game or work on a puzzle. Bring a snack to share. This is meant to be a casual time of fellowship and friendship as we turn the page to a new year–2024!

A reminder that our office is closed until Wednesday, January 3rd. Regular office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30-1:30.

Our first Book Discussion Group will take place on Thursday, January 4th at 1:30.

 The magi, as you know, were wise men–wonderfully wise men–who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones…And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.”
― O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

Sent with joy and hope in Christ, w ho is the light of the world!

The Rev. Amy