The 3rd Week after Pentecost

Dear St. Stephen’s church family,

Dear St. Stephen’s family and friends,

Greetings in Christ!

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
-Psalm 130:5-6

The readings for this Sunday are:

I Samuel 8:4-20; 11:14-15, Psalm 138, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35

Yesterday I went over to St. John’s Cathedral to walk through the space in preparation for Tanner and Brielle’s wedding, which will take place on Saturday, June 15th! Please keep them in your prayers, as they prepare for this holy day, as well as Anne and Laurence and family. While the rector of the Cathedral, the Rev. Laura Marie, was refreshing my memory of the cathedral space, the newly elected Lutheran Bishop (ELCIC), the Rev. Dr. Ali Tote, stopped in, because he is co-celebrating a funeral with Laura-Marie at the cathedral tomorrow. I wished the new bishop well, and shared our congratulations in his new work and ministry. Cathryn Wood was present at the Lutheran synod where Ali was elected, in her role as the Director of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

On Friday, June 14th at 10:30 am, we will be holding a memorial service for the Rev. John Matheson at St. Stephen’s. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend via Zoom, please be in touch with the church office.

Here is dear, almost-one-year-old Mila, checking out the prayerbooks the other morning. The inaugural Thursday Book of Common Prayer Holy Eucharist took place this week, with the Ven. Dan Hughes officiating. We are blessed to have Dan with us leading this service, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. It will take place weekly on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. Draw near, with faith.

Won’t you be my Neighbour? Today! Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm. If you are new or newish or just want to come and meet people, you are warmly welcome to attend. We will have refreshments, a time of prayer and conversation. The final event will take place on Tuesday, June 18th at 7 pm.

Last night some of our youth group gathered at Jen’s home for a swim, games and snacks. Thank you Jen, for your hospitality, and to all who help out with our young people at St. Stephen’s.

Are you a young adult post high school (or almost!)? The Rev. Perry is starting up a new ministry for those in College, a career, (or Undecided)! See the poster below and join in fellowship and faith. Bring a Bible and some food!

Evening Prayer on Tuesdays at 7 pm–outdoors, weather permitting.

Book Study–Faith Like a Child–Thursday at 1:30.  We will discuss chapter 1 and possibly 2.

I heard this week from the Rev. John Chuol, in Calgary. He sends his love and greetings to all at St. Stephen’s. He also shared that he has been in touch with his family member, Machot, who has been sponsored as a refugee by our church. Machot has been asked to travel to Kampala to complete a biometric exam, which is part of the refugee process. This means that there is some action on his file, which is great news. It also means that we need to begin preparations for his eventual arrival, considering such things as where he will live when he first arrives–temporary placement, possibly with a parishioner or house sitting. When he is here, we will help him find a place. We will need to help him get a health card and figure out the ropes of transportation. We will need to help Machot get immersed in Canadian culture, tapping into English classes. We will need to host him in our homes, inviting him for lunch or supper, making time for him to feel a part of our community. As you can tell, it takes a village, and that is why churches are the ideal place for refugees to begin settlement. We are the body of Christ. I will keep you posted about meeting as a parish and any who are interested in being a part of the settlement team–there will be many small and bigger ways to be involved. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

 

In Christ’s love and rest,
Rev. Amy <><

 

 

Love everyone: the poor in spirit, the rich and spoiled, the lost, the proud, as well as the physically disabled. Do not argue, or get angry, or blame them. If you can, try to help them in any way, for being spiritually crippled can be even worse than being physically crippled. Love others not for your personal benefit, but because love brings you happiness. -Leo Tolstoy