Winter/Spring 2018

St Stephen’s is a worshiping, learning, and serving community. We gather on Sundays for worship, during the week for study and learning, throughout the year for service opportunities, and periodically for retreats and other community events.

Visit or website to learn more: www.ststephensorinda.org
Contact the office for details: info@ststephensorinda.org   |   925-254-3770

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY: Wisdom and Epiphany
     
Remaining Wednesdays: January 31 and Feb 7  |  6pm to 8.30

The word “Epiphany” means something like “showing forth,” and in Church tradition, the Feast of the Epiphany is associated with the arrival of the magi in Bethlehem. Following a mysterious star, the magi travel a great distance to discover the Wisdom of God in the newborn Jesus. The magi are considered wise because they recognize what God is doing in Jesus. The powers of the world, who claim wisdom, miss the point, or seek to quench the light of God coming into the world. Therefore Epiphany is a season of seeking Holy Wisdom, and trying to comprehend and understand where God may be found, and honor and recognize what God is doing in the world.
      For four weeks we will explore the Biblical Wisdom tradition by reading texts from Scripture that address Holy Wisdom, alongside sources from tradition (including hymns and readings for Epiphany, among other things). Adults gather at 6pm for a shared meal and to discuss and reflect on scripture and tradition. Everyone is welcome. Childcare (including homework club) is provided for families with children. Make time in your life to deepen your appreciation for God’s word in scripture.

ANNUAL PARISH WEEKEND
      May 4–6 | The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg
A weekend for all ages in beautiful Sonoma wine country. We make time for true Sabbath, gathering in community to share meals, stories, activities, and copious free time in a spiritually renewing environment. Bring a friend! Registration will start at the end of March.

SUPPER SUNDAYS
      Second Sundays from 5pm to 7pm
An all-ages gathering for dinner, learning, prayers, activity, and service, all in one. This is a great way for families to participate together, and to meet new people across generations. All ages are welcome: bring a friend!

MEN’S RETREAT
      March 2–4, St Dorothy’s Rest in Sonoma
Spend two days in the Redwoods with friends and acquaintances, sharing meals, time for quiet reflection, rich discussion, hikes or easy walks in the beauty of the landscape, and time to nourish your soul.

SPIRITUAL CARE
St Stephen’s clergy and lay leadership work in partnership to offer pastoral care, to share in the ministry of intercessory prayer, to bring Holy Communion to those who cannot be with us on Sundays, and to provide companionship to the homebound and hospitalized. Please contact Rev Jane Stratford to learn how you can participate in any of these vital ministries: jane@ststephensorinda.or

OUTREACH / SERVICE
Our Outreach Committee plans activities and opportunities for the congregation of St Stephen’s to be in service to the world around us, and to build relationships with the people we serve. See the reverse of this page for our current effort, and visit our website to see what’s coming up: www.ststephensorinda.org/outreach/

 

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