Greetings from St. Stephen's!
We are glad God has led you here and would like to tell you a little more about our parish.
Our goal is, like St. Stephen, to be "full of faith and the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6:5) which means we keep focused on God and trust in his Spirit to direct and bless us.
At St. Stephen's this is expressed in our desire to be a healthy church of worship, discipleship, outreach, and fellowship. In worship we are within the Anglo-Catholic tradition of sung services, reverence, and even a little incense. In addition, we have a strong sense of discipleship with Christ centered preaching and teaching. In outreach as a parish we have a strong desire to reach out with the love of Christ to the community, and are eagerly working towards making this a vital part of who we are. Finally, fellowship is also important to us, and we have several opportunities to grow in faith together throughout the month.
We hope that you drop by a few times and pray about becoming a part of what God is doing in our church.
Upcoming Special Services
C - Service Held In Church
ASC -Service Held In All Saint's Chapel
St. Stephen was the first martyr of the Church (sometimes called the protomartyr). His story can be found in the Bible, the Book of Acts 6 - 7. He was chosen by the Apostles to be among a group of servants who would help distribute the food to those in need within the early Christian community. Trouble arose between the Jewish and Gentile believers and the Apostles decided to appoint certain men to ensure equality of service for the entire body of Christ. Thus he is also remembered as one of the first Deacons.
He is described in the Bible as "being full of faith and the Holy Spirit". (Acts 6:5) His bold preaching of the Gospel resulted in his arrest and trial before the religious leaders of the day. During his trial he proclaimed the history of God's people. (Acts 7:1-53) Though instead of praising them, he denounced but how they often rejected the prophets as God's messengers, and condemned the leaders of his day for doing the same in their rejection of Jesus. In the midst of their anger, St. Stephen saw a vision of Jesus Christ in triumph sitting at the right hand of God. (Acts 7:55-56) In anger he was taken to the street to be stoned to death. However, like his Lord and Savior, he did not condemn his enemies but asked God to forgive them and instead asked his Lord to receive his spirit. (Acts 7:59-60) His martyrdom is remembered on December 26th.
At 9:15 on Sunday mornings Fr. J. Wesley Evans presents an in depth study and discussion of The Book of Common Prayer. You will learn more about this vital instrument of prayer and praise... the meanings behind the symbolism, the ways we express our faith and the reasons behind the actions of our services.
Fr. Wesley Evans will offer a teaching series on Anglican History, answering the question "Where did the Church come from?" This class is offered on Sunday, May 29 at 6:30 pm.
"Christian Conversations", a laity driven learning experience, will continue on Sunday, June 19th at 6:30 pm.
Chair Yoga With a Prayer Focus
June 2, 21, 23, 28,30
Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
Wear loose fitting & comfortable clothes - no props required
For more information call
Carla Self 903-744-0160
Suggested Donation $3 - $5 per session
Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 pm
Hamburgers with All the Fixin’s, Potato Salad, Lemonade, tempting desserts and much ,much more!
The Brotherhood will hold their annual Gentlemen's Fish Fry on Wednesday, June 29th at 6:30 pm. in celebration of St. Peter's Day. All gentlemen of the parish and their guests are encouraged to attend.
The Sisters of St. Stephen will meet on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30 pm for a meal and good conversations. All ladies are invited to this evening of fun and relaxation.
A Service of Healing will be held on Wednesday,June 22nd at 6:30 pm. You are invited to take part in this opportunity to experience the healing power of prayer. A light supper will follow the service.
"Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (Isaiah 58:10-11)
In our continuing outreach program to share in our abundance, we will be sending our donated food and other much needed items to the local soup kitchen, “The Dining Car.” When doing your regular shopping please remember those in need and put a few non-perishable items in your basket. Our big blue shopping basket (located in the Parish Hall) is there to collect your donations.