2017-07-23 bulletin




Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404
Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534
info@spiritofststephens.org www.spiritofststephens.org

JULY 23, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.

Community Council council@spiritofststephens.org: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock info@spiritofststephens.org

Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community is an independent Catholic community rooted in Vatican II and Catholic Social Teaching. We believe in the priesthood of all people of faith, and we center our worship on the Eucharist. We support each other in trying to follow the nonviolent Jesus who was radically inclusive. Justice and inclusion in our worship and in our community support our work for justice and peace in our world. We are living the questions, and listening for the Spirit's guidance. All are welcome.

Welcome to All– Thank you for joining your prayer with ours this morning. We remain at many different places along our paths and your questions or comments are invited by any of the ministers. Visitors: We have child care available and also a program for older children during the school year. The first row of chairs on each side of the altar (nearest the musicians) are for those using wheelchairs, walkers, or canes or needing easy access to seating; please do not block the view of those who remain seated in these rows. The section near the front door is a scent free area to better accommodate the needs of individuals with chemical sensitivities/allergies; please refrain from sitting there if you have applied any scented personal care products or have used scented laundry detergent or dryer sheets on your clothing.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED FUND – We've collected funds to help meet the urgent needs of our registered SOSSCC members in the areas of housing, food, clothing, medical, and/or transportation. If you have such a (monetary) need which would be alleviated by a (generally) one-time infusion of a modest amount of cash, or if you know of a member who has such a need, please apply (or encourage that person to apply). Call or email Ed and Sally Ehlinger, edehlinger@gmail.com (612) 827-8087; Michael Donahue, med717@aol.com (651) 264-9590; Kathy Murphy, kcmurphytaylor@aol.com (612) 871-8712; or Lynn Hallett, mlhallett@yahoo.com (651) 697-9534. We respect your privacy.

SOSS community members place high value on responding to the pastoral needs of one another. Please let us know when you (or someone you love) are experiencing a health crisis, death of a loved one or other difficult times. Call 612-767-4530 and follow the menu instructions to relate your pastoral care need. You will be forwarded to the home phone of the Pastoral Care person on call. The Pastoral Care person will answer or call you back to link you with community members who have volunteered to be of assistance. PC members rotate being ‘on-call’.

Gluten-free Eucharist is available to all who would like it. The communion station will be near the windows behind the East pillar.



Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country, especially for those scheduled to be executed in the coming week including Ronald Phillips on 7/26/17 in OH and Taichin Preyor on 7/27/17 in TX. Both men have challenged the method the state will use to kill them, pray for wisdom as the courts and Governors Kasich and Abbott make these life and death decisions. Please also pray for the victims of violent crime, all the families involved, the prison staff, and those who hold vigil to end the death penalty. For more information about efforts to abolish the death penalty, go to www.deathpenaltyinfo.org.

Prayer Network (Prayers @spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com)
This week we pray with all who seek wisdom. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to let the power of love be the source of justice. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to judge with mercy. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to repent from their sins and pray as they ought. We pray in gratitude for the gift of this community where our prayers can rest. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to intercede for others as the Spirit intercedes for us. We pray in gratitude for the tender, powerful, sweet, bold face of her Holy Spirit. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to let the weeds grow up with the wheat for a time. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to sow good seeds in spite of the presence of enemies. We pray wisdom and rapid growth for the seeds of peace in Israel, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, and so many places in the world. We pray with all who seek the wisdom and courage to plant the tiniest of seeds in the sure conviction of bountiful growth. We pray with all who seek the wisdom to continue to add the leaven of justice to the measures of everyday flour that we all might rise. We pray in gratitude for mustard seeds, children, kindness and all small things that grow into life for others. We pray in gratitude for parables and stories, especially for all of us who can learn in no other way. We pray with all who know only the hidden, un-sprouted seed of God’s plan for them. We pray in gratitude for all shapes and forms of life, especially those who struggle to hold on to life or to let go to the next life. We pray with all who mourn in this season of family gatherings, vacations, and memories. We pray in deep sympathy with the Damond family, Justine’s family and friends, and with all who suffer a sudden, violent, incomprehensible loss. We pray with police officers and all public servants who make quick decisions; may peace prevail on earth. We pray wisdom for Donald Trump, elected officials and all world leaders. We pray with all who wrestle with disease, illness or any difficulty of body, mind or spirit especially, Florence and her slow healing heel, Stephanie P., Kathleen C., John and Jeanne H., all our dear ones and those patiently waiting the results of tests. We pray with all who worry about their health care. We pray in gratitude for apologies and all gestures of reconciliation both near and far. We pray with all who travel, especially those who rely on the kindness of strangers along the way. We pray with all who suffer the mercurial weather of Minnesota and the violent weather in all the world. We pray with tomatoes and all who like nothing better than a hot summer day. We pray with sisters and brothers who know the violence that floods, typhoons, fires, or drought can bring. We pray with teens Sean, Danny, and Maggie, and adults Peg, Joe, and Katie from our community as they travel to Tennessee this week to serve and learn. We pray with all who hunger, especially in the midst of a famine that shows no sign of ending. We pray in gratitude for the wisdom shared in the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community. We pray in gratitude for the beauty of the Earth, -sky, wind, water, and all the places that give our souls rest. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…


Input welcome! If you missed the July 9 gathering to look at the public statement we use to describe ourselves, there is still time to comment. The long sheets used have been consolidated into a small sheet on the wall by the North entrance. Dots, and an explanation sheet are available there. You are welcome to add your thoughts do any time this month. Then the statement will go out once electronically to ‘everyone’ before the Communications Committee begins drafting another statement given all the input. Thanks to all who have shared their thoughts.

Good news! On July 7, at the United Nations over 120 countries adopted a landmark agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. To call upon MN elected members to support this treaty, Brigid and Pepperwolf representing WAMM's campaign to abolish these indiscriminate weapons will have a petition to sign and postcards available this month.

Sundays, July 30, August 20: Pollinators and Creation - What are Pollinators and Why do we need Butterflies anyway? For any kids who are around – sessions held in the Fireside Room. July 30: Pollinators live in Community too; Ladybugs, Bees, Ants and more. August 20: The Great Migration; How can we help? (Tag and Release Event) Each session will include: meet the Pollinator, First People's stories from oral history, Storybooks and discussion, crafts. All are welcome. Please contact Kathleen or Marilaurice with questions.

Can you help? We are still recruiting additional help to count the collection after Mass on Sundays. Counters count the cash and checks before passing the collection onto the Finance Committee representative. This does not require a background in book keeping or accounting. We are looking for community members who can be on regular rotation schedule and for members who can fill in as needed. Contact Donna C. (djcerkvenik@gmail.com) or John R. (richardj512@gmail.com) if you are interested. Thanks!

The Adult Education Committee has planned another book discussion! We will be reading "Strength of Her Witness" compiled by Elizabeth Johnson and featuring dozens of women theologians from around the world. Books will be on sale next weekend and the following weekend for a pay what you can donation, suggested amount $35. You will also be able to sign up for whichever discussion group is convenient for you as there will be several to choose from. This book is great for summer as the chapters are short and do not compound on one another, each group can pick which ones to read and if you have to miss some sessions, you won't fall behind! Come and build community, invite others from your individual networks, and challenge your faith with some of the most powerful female theologians of our time.

Thank you from St. Stephen’s Human Services! St. Stephen’s Human Services is grateful for the support shown by Spirit members in the monthly emergency fund collection. In recent months, this fund allowed us to assist one person obtain prescription glasses, as her pending asylum case does not allow her to receive MA benefits. Three people were also assisted in obtaining furniture through Bridging. Another program participant who is facing a lapse in employment faced utility shutoffs, and the fund was able to help him avoid disconnection. On behalf of these people, we say thank you! If you have any questions about our work, please contact Jodi Trost, director of development and communications at 612-879-7639 or jtrost@ststephensmpls.org.

Spirit of St Stephen’s Catholic Community Bulletin Report, July 2017
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