The first week in November

Dear St. Stephen’s church family,

Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ. -I Thessalonians 4:16-17

1. Last night’s youth group event

was lots of fun, and we ended our evening with candlelight evening prayer. Thank you to all who support the youth in our parish, including Dee and Paul, Jesse, Jen and Wyndham.

2. Looking good, St. Stephen’s!

Tomorrow is the deadline for ordering photos from our parish directory refresh project. If you had your photo taken, you may order photos for yourself if you wish. We hope to have the updated board up for display very soon. Please note, if you didn’t have a chance to get your photo taken, there will be more chances in the future. In the mean time, if you would like to bring an updated photo that you have, we can add to the board. It would be best if you could bring a print–with a border, but if you cannot and would prefer to send a digital file, we can print out for you and add to the display. Thank you Jen Stricker, for the time and energy you have put into this project!

3. Tuesday Chat:

at 5:30 on Tuesday, November 7th. Bring a dish to share. The theme is Fall Supper.

 4. Calling all bakers and preserve makers!

We need your offerings for the Jingle Bell Bazaar! Please bring your baking to the church on Friday November 17th between 5pm and 7:00pm. Label your baking with it’s name, but please don’t price it.

Pricing will be done at the church. Questions? Contact Bronwen.

And for those crafters out there, you may drop your pre-priced creations off at the church between Sunday, November 12th (not before) and Thursday, November 16th! Contact Cathryn if you have questions about the crafts!

We are still looking for volunteers for the day and for people to bring soups and treats for our lunch! The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hall.

5. On Friday, November 10th,

from 7-9, come and make beeswax food wraps, wooden nativity ornaments and cider sachets for the Jingle Bell Bazaar. There is a sign up sheet in the Mitchell Hall (or email the office), and a suggested list of supplies to bring if you have them on hand.

6. And on Saturday, November 11th,

from 1-5, come and learn how to make antipasto, also for the Jingle Bell Bazaar. There is a substantial list of ingredients that you may sign up to bring in the Mitchell Hall if you are able.  

7. Mark your calendars! A Cosy Advent Afternoon, Saturday, December 9th, from 12-2.

Horse and Wagon rides, hot chocolate and an Advent Craft for families and children of all ages. Bring friends, neighbours and family. Bring a donation for the foodbank. If you are able to help with this event, please sign up in the Mitchell Hall, or email. We will hold a short service of Evening Prayer at 2:00 pm.

Of all philosophers, sages, etc., Christ was the only one whose principal doctrine was the affirmation of immortality and eternity, the nothingness of death, and the necessity and importance of truth and resignation. He lived serenely as an artist, as a greater artist than any other; for he despised marble, clay, and the palette, and worked upon living flesh. That is to say, this marvellous artist, who eludes the grasp of that coarse instrument – the neurotic and confused brain of modern man – created neither statues nor pictures nor even books; he says so himself quite majestically – he created real living people, immortals. -Vincent van Gogh         

Sent with faith, hope and love, Rev. Amy <><