The second Sunday in Lent

Dear St. Stephen’s church family,

Blessings!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. (1 Peter 5:6)

Last Tuesday we had a wonderful Bible Study at Sherbrooke Community Centre.

We are studying passages from the gospel of Mark–thus our title, Mark with Marc. Our next study is on Tuesday, March 5th at 7 pm. All welcome. We were joined by a very spiritual cat, who perched in the middle of the table throughout our session. Perhaps he later went to evangelize the birds that live in Sherbrooke, after having been converted to the way of Christ.

Our next Tuesday Chat Cafe happens this coming week–on Tuesday, February 27th, starting at 5:30! All are welcome to this parish potluck. Bring a dish to share and come and spend some quality time with parish family and friends.

We continue to hold English Language Conversation Circles, through the Saskatoon Open Door Society–every week, alternating between in person and zoom. This past Thursday the topic was ‘boredom!’ We talked about what we did when we were children and what we do now when feeling ‘bored.’ There were wonderful stories from such far flung countries as the Ukraine, Cameroon, Azerbaijan and China. One man said that when he was 13 or 14, he and his friends were bored and decided to take an impromptu trip to another city, by airplane! They stayed there for a few days and came home. Tickets were $10, which they managed to pull together. I thought this was a story worth retelling! It is so good to get to know people through these simple conversations. Thank you to volunteers Joanne, Lynda, Lisa and Thyatira for volunteering at these sessions. They are usually quite small, especially in person.

Confirmation and Youth–Please note that we are planning to provide lunch on Sunday, March 17th! Look out for more information and what you can bring to make this happen. Our next confirmation class will take place on Sunday, March 17th, after church, after lunch, after the Screwtape Letters! We will have a shorter session. Our next Friday night Youth Group will be on Friday, March 15th. Mark your calendars! Stay tuned for details.

We are blessed to have a Lenten lunch tomorrow. A group of parishioners is preparing lunch for us for after the 10:30 service. Thank you! I encourage everybody to stay for lunch, get to know some one you don’t know yet or catch up with some one you do know! Consider asking the person next to you what they did when they were bored as a child! You may be surprised by the answers!

Last Sunday, the children helped us to put our Alleluias to sleep for a season. Throughout Lent, it is the practice of the church to restrain from this word of joy and praise in order to better celebrate on Easter! Here is Julie as we hang the box of Alleluias on the ceiling in the sanctuary. Stay tuned for an Easter piñata! 

After lunch tomorrow, we will hold our 3rd session of the book study on the Screwtape Letters, by CS Lewis. We will be looking at chapters 5-7 and meet upstairs in the Mitchell Hall. Please don’t feel that you can’t jump in where we are at, if you haven’t attended the other sessions.

Please sign the thank you card for the law firm of McKercher LLP, who so generously helped us. Tomorrow will be your last chance.

Annual General Meeting–Sunday, March 10th, after the 10:30 am service. If you have a report to contribute, please have it in the office asap! 

The Scroll deadline is the end of this month! Please get all submissions in to Linda Bliss. Thank you Linda, for all the work you do to prepare our parish newsletter. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer:
Monday: for our Lenten lunches, for those who prepare the meal, for the ministries that are blessed by our donations, for a growing sense of community and belonging in our parish.
Tuesday: for our Annual General Meeting, that it may be an informative and inspiring meeting!
Wednesday: for Dan and Amanda, with Ian and Ivy
Thursday: for Paul and Deidre, with Kaiden, Micah and Briony
Friday: for Matthew and Kerrie, with Jillian and Benjamin

The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says, “give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You.” I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here, a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over your whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked–the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall be yours. -CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

 

Sent with joy and hope in Christ,

The Rev. Amy