2017-10-01 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


October 1st, 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 AllThank 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 those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Jeffrey Borden on 10/05/17 in AL, and Michael Lambrix on 10/05/17 in FL. 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 ponder. We pray with all who ponder the challenge of authority and all who have had their authority challenged. We pray with all who ponder war in the name of peace. We pray with all who ponder the education of children and teach through stories. We pray with all who ponder the regrets in their life and all who set them aside to walk on the road of holiness. We pray with all who ponder the relationship between what they do and say. We pray with all who ponder the power of their riches. We pray with all who ponder faith, belief, wisdom and repentance. We pray with all who ponder justice and right through their actions against injustice and wrong. We pray with all who ponder life in Christ and life eternal. We pray with all who ponder love, tenderness and sympathy in the unity of the holy Spirit. We pray with all who ponder where they will sleep tonight or how the money will stretch to cover the bills. We pray with sisters and brothers who have begun a new year of forgiveness and reconciliation through the celebration of Yom Kippur. We pray with all who hold the power to ponder the life or death of another human being especially, prisoners on death row and their families. We pray with all who ponder the astounding energy of Mother Earth and the very real tragedies of climate change, including loss of human lives. We pray with sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, Mexico, Mount Agung—Bali, and all places where people are overwhelmed and without hope. We pray in gratitude for our animal companions who offer us comfort, delight, exercise and the opportunity to be compassionate. We pray in gratitude for the gracefulness of dolphins, the bright colors of parrots, the industry of ants and bees, the gentleness of giraffes and the unlimited awesome variety of the creatures of this good Earth. We pray in gratitude for veterinarians, horse-dog-cat whisperers and all who love and respect the non-human creatures in our Universe. We pray with all who ponder life eternal, especially dear Gini, and those who stand at the door. We pray with all who have no time to ponder and with all who have only time to ponder. We pray with all who ponder medical decisions and the outcome of tests or who suffer pain in any part of their body or soul, especially Mary K. We pray with Jeanne Hynes, as she finds comfort for her body and spirit with the help of her family and hospice care, along with John, her children, and their family. We pray with all who live with mental illness of every sort, addictions, or spiritual pain and all who love them. We pray in gratitude for all experiencing a slow turn toward better health, especially Bev recovering from surgery, and all who seek such. We pray with all who mourn. We pray for wisdom and guidance as we seek a new Spirit home. We pray with all who live in fear, especially those worried about their health care and the threat of nuclear war with North Korea. We pray in horror at the violence that disrespect can provoke. We pray with all who gather to speak out for peace and against all the wars; may their voices be heard. We pray with soldiers and worried family members in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…

Ministry Schedule – It takes many persons to create a meaningful worship service each Sunday. Liturgical ministries are listed on the front of the bulletin. If you would like to become a liturgical minister, change your ministry commitment, or notify me of dates you are not available for the next schedule, now is the time! The schedule of ministry volunteers for the months of November through February, will soon be prepared. Please contact me by October 6th for any of the above reasons at franocr@gmail.com


Spirit of St. Stephen’s Oral History Project - We're in need of volunteers who can transcribe fascinating stories from our community. Would you be able to listen to digital recordings and type up transcripts as you listen? We promise it will not be dull work. These are stories of faith in action, solidarity and civil disobedience, the people as the church, and the radical inclusion practiced by this beloved community for decades. Training will be provided. If you know high school or college students who need service hours, or people who would like a volunteer project they can do in their own time and at home, send them my way. Contact Margaret Miles at 612-990-7149 or milesminneapolis@gmail.com. Thank you!

St. Stephen’s Human Services Volunteer Opportunity: now through the end of Oct, the front lobby at St. Stephen's will be remodeled. We are in need of volunteers to assist our Welcome Center team. Volunteers will work alongside staff to  greet and escort office visitors & clients through the building. Shifts are Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 12:30-4:30 pm, Mon through Thurs, and 12:30-2:00 pm on Fri. To see which shifts are available, visit the website, https://ststephensmpls.org/join/welcome-center-volunteer-calendar. To sign up for a shift, complete our volunteer application and e-mail Tess Gehring at tgehring@ststephensmpls.org. Thank you.

JOB OPENING – The Church of St. Frances Cabrini in Minneapolis is looking for a new, part-time Office Coordinator, 16 - 20 hours per week, Contact Mary Lou Sweet, admin@cabrinimn.org


Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – My Neighbor is Muslim: You are welcome to attend Sunday education hour for any of the following presentations by two local Imams; Oct. 1 – Beliefs & Practices; Oct. 15 - Qur’an; Oct. 29 – Sharia, Jihad & Family structure; Nov. 5 - Islamic Economics; Nov. 19 – CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations). All sessions held at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St., Mpls. 55406. Sessions include small group discussion. Contact: faithmc@faithmennonite.org

Sunday, October 8th – Solidarity Sunday. This is the Sunday before October 11, National Coming Out Day, on which many communities pray for an end to the violence of hatred, bullying and violence for LGBTQ sisters and brothers. If you have a rainbow ribbon from past years, please wear it; if you can’t find it, there will be fresh ones available. This would be a grand Sunday to bring along anyone you know seeking the God who loves without exception.

Sunday, October 8th11 a.m. – Building Our Sanctuary Community Program, Fireside Room. Open your heart and deepen your understanding of our nation’s current immigration issues by meeting and hearing the compelling story of Rocio Cordova, originally from Mexico and living in Minnesota for 18 years.  All three of Rocio’s daughters were born here and Rocio has been working and paying taxes. For the last four years, she has been a leader with ISAIAH, fighting on the front lines for immigration reform and driver’s licenses. Opportunities for your further engagement in the Sanctuary Movement will be offered.

Tuesday, October 10th – 7-8:30 p.m. - CCCR and Council of the Baptized invite you to the October monthly Open Forum, which will address the question of "How do we help to evolve an integral Church?" Tom Smith-Myott will present reflections on what it means to be an "integral" Church. Does our Catholic culture in this Archdiocese demonstrate an integral worldview? What are some strategies to make cultural evolution happen? Please join us at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 700 So. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul for this discussion.


Saturday, October 14th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Carol Mc Brady founder and director of AFCZ will speak and show videos at 7500 York Av S. Coop in the Social Room, drinks and snacks served. Be prepared to be enlightened. Rides from Spirit available. Info call 952.217.4330, Barb Sadler.


Sunday, October 15th, after church – Family and Children program - We will be meeting to think about the Church School program and to imagine what we would like it to be and how we can get there! Anyone interested in supporting or being part of the program should plan to attend. We want to have the most people we can to help us understand what works / doesn’t work in our program and to help brainstorm ways we can improve it! Contact Gretchen Hovan with any questions or ideas!  ghovan@gmail.com or 612.412.6163

Sunday, October 29th, after church – Location Assembly – Check last week’s “Everyone” email (a few hard copies at the entrances) for a report from the Location Committee in preparation for this important meeting. All voices are needed!

Sunday, November 19th – SAVE the DATE – SOSSCC Fall Assembly


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