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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. […]

A Vision of Formation: Jesus and the Disciples

by Drew Downs

I’ve always marveled at the disciples’ willingness to follow Jesus from the beginning. We read that Jesus came to the disciples and they dropped everything and followed him. We read this dropping everything quite literally: Andrew and Simon actually drop their fishing nets and leave it all behind. I can’t imagine such a moment. A […]

A Prayer for Election Day

by Drew Downs

Election Day is one of my favorite days. We could go into Election Day full of dread and unease. Or we could approach it with hope and optimism. Sometimes, we feel all of these. What I love about Election Day is that it is a day in which more than 100 million Americans participate in […]

Our work of feeding comes in many forms

by Drew Downs

In just a few days, our children will be scouring the streets looking for candy. Or more precisely, they will be knocking on doors, visiting businesses, and shouting “trick or treat!” while dressed like Elsa or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. As much as this may remind us of scavenging and their child voices telling […]

Holiday Outreach Opportunities

by Editor

It’s that time of year again! Each year St. Stephen’s teams up with the Salvation Army to help families in our community who struggle during the holidays. Coming up are two different opportunities to be involved—one right now and one a little later: Intake for Christmas Food and Toys for Tots During the last two […]

Welcome to Our New Rector!

by Editor

The wardens and vestry of St. Stephens joyfully announce the election and appointment of The Rev. Andrew Downs of St. Clair, Michigan, as the parish’s new rector. Rev. Downs assumed his duties October 1, 2014, and led his first Sunday services at St. Stephen’s on October 5. (Click here for a more detailed official announcement.) […]