2017-07-30 bulletin


JULY 30, 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. 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 dream, by day or by night. We pray with all who dream of seeing God face-to-face. We pray with all who dream of a clear response from God to their prayers. We pray with all who dream of governing with justice and mercy. We pray with all who dream of an understanding heart. We pray with all who dream of pleasing God. We pray in gratitude for the dreams of Solomon, our parents, our community, our own hearts. We pray with all who dream the face of God and tell us the stories. We pray with all who make their dreams come true. We pray with all who mourn the loss of a dream. We pray with all who have had treasure and have lost it. We pray with all who seek a distant youth or treasured time while missing the fine pearl of the present. We pray with all who love wisdom, seek wisdom and are wisdom for us. We pray with the many families of the world who know the tragedy of violent death and who seek the mercy of an understanding heart. We pray in gratitude to the God of the Cosmos for the pleasure of a garden, the beauty of (some) weeds and for all gardeners who use their talents to feed the soil and us. We pray in gratitude for commitments of love shared between people and celebrated these summer months, especially Virgil and Joan married last Thursday and Chet and Miriam celebrating 50 years of marriage last Thursday! We pray with all who live with mental illness and all who strive to love them. We pray with all who live with chronic pain, specific pain, or suffer in any way, all who have surgery in their future or recent past and all who seek the fullness of health; John and Loretta, Florence, Jane, and many loved ones. We pray with all who live with cancer and the treatment of cancer especially those newly diagnosed, out of remission and all who love them. We pray with Diane Loeffler as she stands near the threshold of eternal life and for Rita who stand with her. We pray in gratitude for caregivers. We pray with sisters and brothers all over the world who live with cholera, dirty drinking water, drought and famine. We pray with all who mourn loss of every sort. We pray with all who seek a fragile peace wherever there is violence in our world. We pray with all who suffer the ravages of summer heat and humidity, especially the homeless and the homebound. We pray in gratitude for all who work on road construction projects and more gratitude when they are finished. We pray with all who struggle to make the right decision especially about employment. We pray with all who work hour by hour to remain sober. We pray in gratitude for the wonder of collaboration and community. We pray with all who strive to care for aging parents in a safe and respectful fashion. We pray with leaders and legislators who make decisions affecting the lives of many for years to come, especially Donald Trump and Congress. We pray with all children who need our prayers, especially children crossing our boarder seeking refuge. We pray in gratitude for the safe return of our teens and adults from Tennessee and for the families they met during their stay. We pray in sorrow for victims and perpetrators of human trafficking. 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…


…The fate of the poor, the disadvantaged, the future, depends on the priorities really expressed in our public and private lives.
Today's Gospel reading points to the conditions for that, which never change because they are so basic to the human situation. The treasure in the field and the pearl of great price are bought by selling everything. God's rule among us is not attained by compromises or by double standards with regard to private and public life. We cannot be the people described in the rhetoric of covenant and biblical faith, nor can we expect to see peace and justice, if we do not act justly and compassionately at all costs in all aspects of life. A public policy for peace requires Solomon's renunciation from all of us. Monika Hellwig: Gladness Their Escort

Last Sunday to place your dots! 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. This is the last Sunday we will be collecting them this way. 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

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.

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
For more details, go to www.spiritofststephens.org, click on Council/Committees, click on financial reports

Tuesday, August 1, 5 - 9 pm: We Care Celebration at the park near 1200 Sheridan Ave N, Mpls. Enjoy a production by the children, celebrate with local legend, Debbie Duncan (who has been teaching the children) and food. Bring your own chair. Invitation from Jennie Downey 612.529.3551

Tuesday, August 8, 7-8:30 p.m.:  Council of the Baptized Open Forum:  Women's Ordination:   The Time is Now!    What stands in the way of ordaining Catholic women?    Are there things we can do? At Gloria Dei Church, 700 Snelling Avenue So., in St. Paul.
Council of the Baptized is joining with St. Francis Cabrini Tegeder Talks to explore women's ordination in light of a lecture given by Sandra Schneiders, IHM earlier this year..    Bring your thoughts and join

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