St. Stephen's News

September 11, 2020

Taize Service Saturday, September 12th at 4 PM
Are you looking for a quiet, contemplative prayer service?  The next Taize Service will be held on September 12th at 4 PM via Zoom.    If you would like to join the service on September 12th, go to  https://gannon.zoom.us/j/97111480574 The Meeting ID is 971 1148 0574.  No password is required at this time.  If you wish to call in and listen to the service, dial 1-646-558-8656 and enter 97111480574# (No Participate ID is needed). 


Coffee Hour September 13th
Grab some coffee, tea or juice and some snacks and join Father Shawn and others from St. Stephen's on September 13th at 11 am.  To join the Zoom Meeting, please go to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82690418811?pwd=V1l5OTZLUDNQcTdvaytaVDhKcEM5QT09 When asked for the Meeting ID, enter 826 9041 8811 and when asked for the password enter 958374.  If you would like to call in, dial 646 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID  826 9041 8811 and the password 958374 when prompted.    Please remember, we will be having the Zoom Coffee Hours on the dates we don't have Outside Worship Service.  The next Zoom Coffee Hour date is:  September 27th.   


Next Outside Church Service on September 20th

It was so nice to see those that attended the Outside Worship Service this past Sunday.  We had another beautiful Service and and it was so wonderful to be in community with one another.  The next Outdoor Worship Service will be held on September 20th at 9 am on the north lawn by the Columbarium!    Mark it on your calendar, October 4th (weather permitting) is the next outdoor church service.  Please be aware that masks will be required and social distancing and all other guidelines in the letter must be followed.  Remember to bring your own chair! The online service format will continue, so if you are unable to attend or don't feel comfortable attending just yet, you can still watch the service online.     If you didn't get a chance to read our Reopening Plan, you can do so here.


Live Streamed Worship from the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and Cathedral of St. Paul in Buffalo
Beginning Sunday, September 13, worship for the Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania will be streamed from the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and the Cathedral of St. Paul in Buffalo on alternating weeks. Each week's service will be available on Facebook and YouTube beginning at 10 a.m.  Below is the schedule: 
September 13
10:00 a.m. Erie Cathedral online worship, Dean Melinda Hall preaching
September 20
10:00 a.m. Buffalo Cathedral online worship
September 27
10:00 a.m. Erie Cathedral online worship, Dean Melinda Hall preaching
October 4
10:00 a.m. Buffalo Cathedral online worship
October 11
10 a.m. Erie Cathedral online worship, Alvin Johnson preaching
October 18
10:00 a.m. Buffalo Cathedral online worship
October 25
10:00 a.m. Erie Cathedral online worship, Kathleen Moore preaching


Evening Prayer Service September 13th
Father Shawn and Kate will be hosting a Sunday Evening Prayer Service on Sunday, September 13th  at 7 PM.  You are welcome to join us at 7 pm on Sunday by going to this link or you may watch it when you are available starting today with the link above.  The Evening Prayer Service will also be posted on our Facebook Page and also the Facebook Group.   We hope you will join us!


Upcoming Egg and Personal Care Items Collections
This morning was the Egg Donation Drive and Personal Care Item Collection. Thank you to all that donated eggs or personal care items for the Fairview Presbyterian food pantry!  Stay tuned to the next collection. 


Prayer Rock Garden
We have started to put out the beautiful prayer rocks that were made this summer during the Summer Challenge.  Please bring the prayer rocks you made and place them by the sign.  We invite everyone  to participate.  If you didn't make any this summer, please feel free to make some now.  It would be such a blessing to make this garden full!

   

Parking Lot Work 
The St. Stephen's Parking Lot and Driveway will be sealed and re-striped THIS Monday, September 14th.    There will be no use of the parking lot or driveway on Monday;  however,  you will be able to drive on it Tuesday. 


Giving
THANK YOU to everyone that has been mailing in their pledges to the church office during this time.  Donations will still be deposited on a weekly basis.  You can continue to mail your pledge to the Church Office at 1070 Dutch Rd. Fairview, PA 16415 or you can donate on the Diocesan website.  
The Diocese has created a way to accept donations/pledges online for congregations during this time.  If you are interested, please go to the Diocesan website. Once on the website, click on the donate button. Click on the word "Fund" and it will allow you to scroll down and select Fairview, St. Stephen's.   Then enter the rest of your information.  The Diocese is covering all of the fees associated with this service so St. Stephen's will receive the full amount of the donation.  Thank you again!  


March 20, 2020

All Church Services Canceled
Bishop Sean announced that in person worship services will be canceled at least through Holy Week and Easter due to COVID-19.  If you would like to read the letter, you can do so here.  Some of the churches in the diocese are holding live services online.  If you would like to watch one of these, you can do so here.   For St Stephen's, Father Shawn has recorded his message and Kate has recorded music which is all available below.  While we can't be together for Sunday Services, we do hope these opportunities help to keep you connected.  

 

Communication with the Diocese and St. Stephen's Staff
Father Shawn is in contact with the Diocese and he has been communicating virtually with the Bishop and staff.  Also, Father Shawn, Claire, Susan and Heather have been meeting virtually discussing on how best to serve our St. Stephen's family and working remotely since the Church Office is closed.   If you need to reach someone or have a need, please contact Claire at (717) 448-0506 and if there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Father Shawn at (814) 602-8743. 

 

Need Help?
If you are needing help, please contact us.  Whether is it picking up groceries, prescriptions, or other supplies we have volunteers willing to help.   Please contact please contact Claire at (717) 448-0506 and let her know what you need.  Also,  if there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Father Shawn at (814) 602-8743

 

Adult and Women's Bible Studies
We have created opportunities online for our Lenten Bible Studies.  If you have not received communication from your leaders of the group, please contact them. 

 

Giving
Although our church building is closed at this time, we are still working and supporting our community and those in need at St. Stephen's. In the meantime, as you are able, you can mail your weekly pledge to the Church Office.  Donations will still be deposited on a weekly basis.  The Bishop's Office is also working on providing centralized online giving so that pledges for any congregation can be paid online. We will pass along this information when we receive it.  Thank you for your continued support. 

 

Sunday Service Documents
Please go to the Worship Section of our Web page to find the Bulletin, Readings, Prayers, Music, Gospel and other important information.


March 17, 2020

Good afternoon St. Stephen's Family and Friends.  

In light of all the school and business closures and the changes to our lives these next few weeks because of the coronavirus, we wanted to keep our St. Stephen's family connected and focused on God during this time. While we are unable to meet in person to worship, we have come up with some opportunities to stay engaged and in community with one another.   

Father Shawn recorded his message this weekend and posted it on Facebook.  For those that don't have access to Facebook or are not a member, don't worry, you don't have to have an account to listen to his message.  You can access his message here. When you go to the site, make sure you click on Not Now under Create New Account and it will allow you to listen to the message.  (Make sure the sound is on and not muted). 

We are working on a way to keep the the Adult and Women's Bible Study groups connected during this time since we won't be meeting in person.  The leaders will be in contact with the group members sometime this week.  

Please, please, please know that we do want to stay in touch with our St. Stephen's friends and families!  If you do have a need (supplies, groceries, etc.), please contact Claire at (717) 448-0506.  As Father Shawn said in his message, you can also be in contact with one another.