ST STEPHEN'S CENTRAL
LIVING FAITHFULLY IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
ST STEPHEN'S IS GATHERING VIRTUALLY AND OUTDOORS
On Racism and Black Lives: Loving the Lord our God and Loving our Neighbor as Ourselves
St Stephen’s Church seeks and serves Christ in all persons. We are committed in our baptism to loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. With God’s help, we strive for justice and peace among all people, and we respect the dignity of every human being; therefore, we oppose racism of every kind, and we’re focused on Black lives now. To learn more, we invite you to see the following sermons, in pdf manuscript and video formats, by clicking below:
The Rev’d Phillip C Ellsworth, Jr, Rector
A sermon preached 7th June 2020
[link to manuscript]
[link to video]
The Rev’d Christine Tully Trainor, Associate Rector
A sermon preached 31st May 2020
[link to manuscript]
[link to video] | Scroll to sermon at 20:00
During CovidTide, St Stephen’s Church is still called as members of the Body of Christ to witness to the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, loving God and our neighbor. Our core commitment never changes; how we live into it does. St Stephen’s will continually adapt our worship and community life to express this mission for the world under current conditions and in keeping with the best available public health guidelines.
ALL ABOUT REGATHERING - 8:00 am Outdoor Service Reservation Eventbrite link:
UPDATES TO SERVICES AND EVENTS
To help keep everyone safe, and to abide by the latest directive from Bishop Marc, as of March 16th, the church and parish house are closed for in-person regular 10:00 am worship and cultural events through a date to be announced in October. Please note that St Stephen's now holds an 8:00 am Sunday outdoor service.
The health of the community is our highest priority. We encourage people to stay connected with St Stephen’s and one another through livestreaming services, the early outdoor service for 20 people, and virtual meetings.
We invite you to join us online for a live broadcast of our 10:00 am Service of Holy Eucharist:
When the service broadcast is completed, the video is archived straightaway and available via the same link.
- Subscribe today to St Stephen's new Sunday livestreams You Tube Channel | stay up-to-date with changing links
- https://www.youtube.com/ststephensbelvedere | St Stephen's unique YouTube Channel url
- Livestream 10:00 am Sunday Service | 10.18.20 Look for the date
- PDF for this Sunday's Leaflet 10.18.20
- The pdfs of St Stephen's Worship Leaflets are available here.
- All Livestream links
CONTACTING ST STEPHEN'S
To keep everyone safe, St Stephen's is closed and our office staff are all currently working remotely. If you need to get in touch with the office, to receive the quickest response, please email the staff directly. You can always call and leave a voice message, but your call may be not returned as efficiently. Elizabeth checks the Office voicemail from home. If you have an emergency, please call or text the Pastoral Care number on the back of the Sunday leaflet.
LINK TO ST STEPHEN'S ONLINE DIRECTORY
PASTORAL CARE AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH ST STEPHEN'S | Prior letters and link to Together Again
ONLINE SERVICES AND EVENTS
WORSHIP LIVESTREAMS | [ Link here to ALL livestreams page]:
SUBSCRIBE TO ST STEPHEN'S NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO STAY IN-THE-MOMENT WITH ALL CHANGES
18th October 2020, 10:00 am | Livestream YouTube Link Look for the date of the service
Prior [ Link here for ALL livestreams page]
FALL GODLY PLAY BEGINS | PDF to download
- St Stephen’s Kids | Godly Play Stories at Home | Normally during the school year we teach Godly Play classes to students, but since we are separated by County Health and Bishop Marc’s directives, we will be sending you videos you can watch on demand. We understand that many children are dealing with more screen time than usual, but we’re not willing to cede that space entirely to schools. It is important to find spiritual help for your children from your church. I recommend that you watch each Godly Play story as a family, at a set time convenient each week if possible. You are raising a child in the knowledge and love of the Lord, to love God and neighbor. That is a huge responsibility. And it is at the same time a great privilege, a gift.
GODLY PLAY THIS SUNDAY
Please feel free to contact directly Victoria Ellsworth if you have any questions or need any advice on how to share your faith lovingly with children. — VE
BIBLE STUDIES/FORUMS/FILM GROUP/ONLINE SATURDAY PRAYER GROUP:
How to Zoom Link for more details
St Stephen's Online Slow Religion, Sundays, 9:00 am | Led by Joe Jennings and the Rev'd Zoila Schoenbrun
20 September | Slow Religion, Foundations of Faith | Pre-Christian
4, 11 October | Slow Religion Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
18 October, 1 November | Slow Religion | Early Church
Slow Religion Foundations of Faith: Resurrection the Parable/Metaphor View
- Slow Religion Foundations of Faith:
Sunday, October 18, 9:00 AM | Zoom Link | Dial by your location : +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 873 4847 1543
Resurrection is the starting point of the Christian faith. Controversial from the start, it beckons us across 2,000 years as both mystery and history. This week’s class will look at the Resurrection through the Parable/Metaphor View. From this view’s perspective the issue in the Resurrection stories is not “Did they happen or not?, but rather “What do they mean?”
The Parable/Metaphor View Class Overview is on pp 7-10, Readings pp 13-17, Prayers pp 18-20 and Summary pp 21-24.
The Resurrection class is led by Joe Jennings and the Rev'd Zoila Schoenbrun.
Prior PDFs for previous Slow Religion classes:
Sunday Forums, Led by Karl Belgum
- Was William Blake a Christian and, if so, what kind? And is religion fundamentally a romantic, as opposed to rational, endeavor? We will discuss his wonderful poem, Jerusalem, which is also a song/hymn. Maybe we will try a Zoom singalong. I hope one of our literature or art majors will step forward to help with this as I am (as usual) completely unqualified.
St Stephen's Online Film Society, Led by Donald Sung | Wednesdays, 4:30 pm
- 21st October, Wednesday at 4:30 pm | Zoom Link
- Our movie will be "A Serious Man" (2009) by Coen brothers (available with Netflix subscription; $3.99 on Youtube). This was a recommendation by Chris Brent, who will help lead the discussion for us. This is (for Coen brothers), a serious and very personal movie, funny in parts but pitch black in others, a kind of modern-day Book of Job story. and in some respects more unsettling than their "No Country for Old Men." Plus, it has references to both Schrödinger's Cat and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, so I could not resist.
- Meeting ID: 870 9888 0916
- Passcode: 846385
Sunday,18th October 2020 Virtual Coffee Hour, 11:00a | Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 822 8734 2504
- Hosted by Father Schaper and Donald Sung
- Participants will be muted on the Zoom call upon entry. Zoom directions and etiquette below:
- Pdf of Zoom Etiquette
St Stephen's Saturday Men's Breakfast with Father Schaper, 8:00 am
Children and Youth News and Survey for all Families with Children
- St Stephen’s Kids | Godly Play Stories at Home | Normally during the school year we teach Godly Play classes to students, but since we are separated by County Health and Bishop Marc’s directives, we will be sending you videos you can watch on demand. We understand that many children are dealing with more screen time than usual, but we’re not willing to cede that space entirely to schools. It is important to find spiritual help for your children from your church.
- Each week in Tidings we will send a link to a Stories of God at Home / Godly Play story in video format.
- Here is link for the introduction for parents: https://youtu.be/wJAYfWzmHPg
- I recommend that you watch each Godly Play story as a family, at a set time convenient each week if possible. You are raising a child in the knowledge and love of the Lord, to love God and neighbor. That is a huge responsibility. And it is at the same time a great privilege, a gift.
- Please feel free to contact directly Victoria Ellsworth if you have any questions or need any advice on how to share your faith lovingly with children. — VE
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS VIDEO Prerecorded |26th September
TREASURE MEMORIAL | 18 September 2020, 11:00 am
The Rector's Bible Study:
- New Bible Study Coming Soon
The Associate Rector's Series: