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Lent 2017

by Drew Downs
Lent 2017

Lent is best known for fasting. The 40 days (without the Sundays) is a season of penitence and reflection. It is one of the oldest traditions in the church, dating as far back as the early 4th Century. It began with a pair of interesting customs: Preparing new members for baptism Preparing notorious individuals and […]

Annual Meeting Recap

by Drew Downs
wheat at sunset

This past Sunday we gathered for our annual meeting as a congregation. If you want to know more about what an annual meeting is, read last week’s post! This year’s meeting was well attended, positively received, and full of great news. The Presentation: We presented our reports in writing, voice, and visuals. We set up […]

What’s an Annual Meeting?

by Drew Downs
wheat at sunset

What’s an Annual Meeting? Aside from the obvious, of course. Most churches have parish-wide meetings. St. Stephen’s is no exception. We have one annually at the beginning of the calendar year to do the most basic business of the church. We give reports of the year that was. We preview the year to come. We […]

Daring Reads – a book group for exploring faith

by Drew Downs
Daring Reads

Many of us grew up in households which were culturally Christian. We celebrated Christmas and dressed in white for Easter. We attended church on a regular basis and went to Sunday School when our parents made us. We prayed over meals at the dinner table and gave to outreach ministries at church. It seems that […]

Sermon Series – A New Beginning

by Drew Downs

To read or listen to the sermons, you may click on the links below or visit our sermon page! 1/8 – Baptism 1/15 – Invitation 1/22 – Adversity 1/29 – Respond 2/5 – Purpose 2/12 – Reconsider 2/19 – Choice 2/26 – Hope

Why we’re reading only one lesson on Sunday

by Drew Downs

Last November, we made a small change in our worship each week. Beginning in Advent, we have chosen to read only one lesson, rather than two. I wanted to share again why we are trying this out. On page 357 of the Book of Common Prayer, under the heading “Lessons” it says The people sit. […]

Christmas 2016

by Drew Downs

Dear Friends, “…until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.” This is how the writer of Matthew describes the birth of our Lord and Savior, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace. Not in flowery prose, but the linguistic gymnastics of the past perfect. –“until she had borne”– Like the birth was a […]