SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE:  We are currently on our Summer Worship Schedule (a single service of the Holy Eucharist at 9am on Sundays). We will continue to gather for this single Sunday morning service through the middle of September.

CELEBRATE OUR PATRONAL FEAST:  On Sunday, July 8, join us to celebrate our patron and to welcome back to St. Stephen’s, our first Rector, Fr. David Knight as our guest celebrant.  He served at St. Stephen’s 1972-1978.  He was called as its Vicar, but during his tenure, in 1977, the congregation achieved parish status and he became the first Rector of St. Stephen’s!  He and his wife Jeannie now reside in Richmond, Virginia, where–though retired–they are active in the Diocese of Virginia. Welcome back, Fr. David!

SPECIAL POTLUCK BRUNCH:  On Sunday, July 8, we will have a special Pot Luck Brunch following the 9am service. Please bring your favorite breakfast dish to share on that day!

2018 WESTBOROUGH ECUMENICAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  August 6 through August 10, 2018

Theme: Shipwrecked! Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive.

Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.

Location & Details: First United Methodist Church 120 West Main St. Westborough, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Age 3 – 6th Grade, $30/child if you register before July 15th, $35/child after July 15th ($60 max/family)                 

Registration:  Registration packets can be found in Fay Hall on the table beneath the bulletin board, or here:

http://www.goodshepherdcares.org/wp-content/uploads/VBSregistration18.pdf

PARISH QUIET DAY: Summer is rapidly approaching and with it all types of summer activities.  Time will simply not slow down and most of us will be as busy as usual.  How about taking a few hours for yourself and join us on Saturday, July 14, 1-4 p.m. for a quiet day at St. Stephen’s?   There will be activities planned (more in-depth info to follow) which will be “good for the soul” and give each of us an opportunity to gather spiritual strength to greet the busyness of summer.  Remember, too, that this time of personal reflection is one of the four parts of Jesse’s sabbatical plan.  Let’s join with him on the last part of his experience and perhaps discover what God has planned for each of us at home.A few volunteers are needed for this quiet day.  More detail about what help is needed will be forthcoming but please consider helping out and being enriched yourself through the quiet of the afternoon.  Questions?  Contact Michelle Mongeon, Deacon Beth, Simon Fricker or Sharyn Philcox.

BIBLE STUDY:  We are currently on summer break.  We will resume in September.  If you have any questions please contact David Small.

PARISH CAMPING TRIP:  Please join us Friday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 30 at Pine Acres family campground in Oakham, MA.  Saturday night there will be a brief prayer service followed by a potluck dinner.  We will be serving homemade Italian sausage, peppers & onions with potluck sides and deserts.  Any questions please see Larry Gavini or email him at lgavini508@nullgmail.com.

FALL FAIR:  Workshop meetings for the fall fair have begun. The fair will be held on Saturday, November 3, 9 am to 1 pm.  Please join us for good conversation and meaningful work.  No prior “crafty” experience needed.  For questions, contact Sharyn Philcox at grammysharyn@nullgmail.com or (508) 393-6858.

MEN’S GROUP:  Men’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 8am in the Parish Hall.  We are currently on summer break and will resume in the fall.  See Simon Fricker for more information. 

PARISH EMAIL LIST:  If you would like to sign up for our parish email list you can sign up online at http://eepurl.com/cajgf5 

NEW TO THE PARISH? If you are new to St. Stephen’s and you would like to join, please see Deacon Beth to learn more about how to do so. He can be reached by email (deacon@nullststeph.com) or at the parish office.

HELP OUR LITTLE RED WAGON: The Westboro Food Pantry thanks all of you who have been supporting them by donating to our “Little Red Wagon”. They are in need of cereal, personal feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, shaving cream, and razors for both men and women.

ALTAR FLOWERS: You can dedicate flowers in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one by signing up on the flower chart in the narthex. Put the envelope with date you have chosen, the dedication and your check (suggested contribution is $75) for the flowers in the Treasurer’s mailbox. Please make sure that the parish office has the information as well for the Sunday bulletin.

SANCTUARY LAMP MEMORIALS: You can dedicate the Sanctuary Lamp in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving by signing up in the narthex. Put the envelope with date you have chosen, the dedication and your check (suggested donation is $20) in the mail box for the Treasurer, just outside the church office. Please make sure that the parish office has the information as well for the Sunday bulletin.