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St. Stephen’s Blog

Holy Week, Easter, and a Brand New First

by Drew Downs

As we prepare ourselves for Holy Week, this culmination of our Lenten journey, check out the latest edition of First, the seasonal publication of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church! Inside you’ll find: Answers to serious questions! Reflections on Holy Week in worldly contexts! Poetry by Malcolm Guite and C.W. Christian! and an Easter reflection by the Presiding […]

Bring Lent Close

by Drew Downs
Lent at St. Stephen's, Terre Haute probably won't include a bucket of chicken

As we approach Lent, I’m actually excited this year. Excited that this season actually makes sense to me. And hopefully it will make sense to you, too. I used to have a love/hate relationship with Lent that was much more of the hate than the love. All the somber tones, the need to punish ourselves, […]

Ministry to the Homeless in Terre Haute

by Editor

Sandy Bush and Deby Veach volunteered last month as part of the annual homeless census, serving chili and peanut butter sandwiches at Fairbanks Park and passing out blankets to the homeless in Terre Haute. The Homeless Coalition  will be meeting every other month starting in February to look for other ways to provide for the homeless, not only in January but […]

Calling All Knitters and Crocheters: Ministry on the River and Gulf

by Editor

It’s time to start knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for the Ministry on the River and Gulf. What is the MOR+G? It’s an outreach that offers pastoral counseling, support and fellowship to the thousands of professional mariners at work on board towboats, offshore vessels, harbor tugs, buoy tenders and dredges on the Ohio and […]

The Biblical Wild

by Drew Downs

It was my first week and my first class. We were just getting to know each other. Students and teachers. The class was team-taught by our Hebrew and Greek professors to give us an introduction to both parts of our Scripture. We read them concurrently: The Succession Narrative in the Hebrew Scripture and Luke in […]

First – A Brand New Newsletter!

by Drew Downs

Check out our new newsletter, First. Why “First”? You’ll have to read it to find out: If you want to download a copy to read later or share with a friend, you can click here: First – Advent! Or check out the fully embedded version. Want to help with the next one? We need volunteers, stories, pictures, […]

A Vision of Formation: Walking Through Fire

by Drew Downs

For several weeks, we’ve heard a gospel of endurance and serving those who suffer. We were taken back to an early teaching, to the Sermon on the Mount. We heard Jesus preach ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. […]