INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In the event of bad weather, check Boston’s Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) and Worcester’s WSRS 96.1 radio station for notification about church delays and cancellations.
CHRISTMAS EVE SCHEDULE: (Monday, December 24)
5pm – Family Eucharist
10pm – Festival Candlelight Eucharist
(choral music and carols will start at 9:30pm)
LIVING NATIVITY: A re-enactment of the story of the First Christmas will be performed by costumed parishioners in our parking lot on Saturday December 15 at 6:00 PM. There will be real animals (donkey, horses, sheep) and live music, followed by a reception in the parish hall with warm drinks, cookies, and carols. Bring family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to the performance! This is a wonderful way for us to evangelize the true meaning of Christmas and our gift to the community. For more information see Yvette Kite.
CARDS FOR A CAUSE! “Working together we can beat the budget deficit. But we can’t do it without YOU. Here’s how: CARDS. And, who can resist this opportunity to purchase not only cards but handcrafted cards packaged in a beautiful keepsake box all for one exciting price. 30 cards for $30!!! –and St. Stephen’s receives 55% of each box sold. Think of these for your personal use, as gifts to family and friends at the holidays, hostess gifts, or purchase and donate to the card ministry. Order forms and greeting cards can be found in the Parish Hall. We have a challenge: for each household to sell five boxes. See Lynne Urso with questions. (This fundraiser could wipe out our budget deficit. Please do all you can to make this a success!)
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday School has begun. Please register your child online at http://www.ststeph.com/community/christian-formation/sunday-school/, or pick up a paper form in the Narthex. Children In Pre-school (age 4) through 6th grade are welcome to join one of our two classes on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:00 a.m. If you have questions, please ask one of the co-coordinators: Ann Bartee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Leslie Leedberg (email@example.com). We look forward to sharing and exploring the following stories with the youth of St. Stephen’s this year: The Heifer Project, Creation, The Twelve Disciples, The Nativity, Jonah in the Fish, The Prodigal Son, Esther, Baby Moses, The Fiery Furnace, and Ruth and Naomi.
YARN CLUB: The Yarn Group is currently working on kid to adult-sized blankets to donate to Warm Up American’s Hurricane Florence collection. These blankets will be distributed to families recovering from the devastating flooding in NC and SC. If you would like to join our fall charity pledge, please crochet or knit a blanket with washable yarn (size is not specific). We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm (excluding Dec.) in the Lawton Library on the lower level (enter thru the pond-side doors). If you are a knitter or crocheter – or would like to learn – please join us. The group handcrafts items for charity and parish needs, including prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls. Charity items have included hats for preemies and cancer patients, blankets for the homeless and hospital patients, and slippers for women’s shelters. Contact Ann Bartee if you have any questions.
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 canned pasta, personal feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, shaving cream, and razors for both men and women.
MEN’S GROUP: Men’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 8am in the Parish Hall. (This month we are only meeting November 17th.) 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 Fr. Jesse to learn more about how to do so. He can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the parish office.
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.