2017-10-08 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 8th, 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 who live on death row across the country, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Robert Pruett on 10/12/17 in TX. Pray in gratitude for the time granted to reconsider the executions of Kevin Tharpe in Georgia and Jeff Borden in Alabama. Pray that we will seek to end the violence that kills so many across the United States. Pray for the families of those who have killed and those who have been killed, for those who work in our prisons, and for 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 (Marilaurice@hotmail.com)

We pray in solidarity with all who produce the fruit of the kindom. We pray with all who tend the fruit of the vine and we pray justice, dignity and safety for all farm workers who harvest this and many other crops. We pray with all who transform grapes into wine. We pray with all who are addicted to alcohol, especially those for whom wine does not bring joy but only sorrow. We pray with all who tend to the needs of the land that Mother Earth may thrive in abundance. We pray with all who are disappointed in their harvest and are tempted to abandon the crop. We pray with sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico, Florida, Mexico, and other lands who were forced to abandon their crops. We pray with all who expect justice and righteousness but find instead bloodshed and violence. We pray with all who prepare the soil and never see the harvest and for the harvests we reap though we did not sow. We pray with landowners, tenants, slaves, heirs, wretches, cornerstones and all who can still be amazed. We pray with all who are beloved, true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, praise-worthy and all who long to be so. We pray with all who know anxiety and pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding. We pray in gratitude this Solidarity Sunday with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers whose faith graces our lives. We pray in solidarity with all whose lives have been threatened or ended by the ignorance and violence of hate. We pray in solidarity with all who resist ignoring, condemning or dismissing any nameless, faceless group known as “them”, especially gay brothers, lesbian sisters and all bisexual, gender-fluid, non-binary, and transgender children of God. We pray in solidarity with all who have been excluded from their family of birth for the unspeakable sin of being different. We pray in gratitude for the founders and members of PFLAG (Parents/Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and in solidarity with GLBT youth who do not have the same resources or choices as adults. We pray in gratitude for the abundance of gifts freely offered and warmly welcomed in this community of believers by gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender people of faith. We pray in solidarity with all who raise voices of outrage against bigotry, bullying, and hate. We pray with the families and survivors of the shooting in Las Vegas, the stabbing in Minneapolis, and all acts of violence that lead to injury; their lives are changed forever. We pray in gratitude for Richard Rohr’s wisdom: “I am convinced that “the sin of the world” (John 1:29) is ignorant killing, and as we see today, we are destroying the world through our ignorance. We need to recognize our own personal and structural violence.”  We pray to be enlightened and courageous as we turn ignorance into wisdom and actions of justice; may we “go and sin no more.” We pray for Donald Trump and all elected officials. We pray with all who stand at the threshold of eternal life waiting to embrace God without hesitation, especially our dear ones in hospice care, Gini and Jeanne. We pray with all who seek the peace of God’s healing presence, especially Kathleen C., Mary K., Colleen L., MM’s friend, Pat, and so many dear ones. We pray with sisters and brothers in every land who know violence and who suffer, especially immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant families. We pray for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…

Today we celebrate Solidarity Sunday, the Sunday before national Coming Out Day on October 11.  Solidarity Sunday is a faith-based anti-violence initiative. Understanding that, contrary to popular belief, most Catholics are appalled by anti-gay attacks, Dignity USA initiated Solidarity Sunday in 1995 as a way of making opposition to anti-gay violence visible. The invitation to wear the rainbow ribbon is to publicly stand in solidarity with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender sisters and brothers everywhere, as well as non-binary, gender nonconforming, and gender fluid humans, particularly in solidarity against all manner and sort of violence, hate crimes, and disrespectful speech.


To more effectively communicate our grace and grit, the communication committee proposes that we use an "opt-out" policy for photos taken at the church and at SoSSCC events. This would mean you would advise the communication committee if you would NOT like your likeness to appear on the website, on our Facebook page, or in other media. Please talk to the communication committee member if you have a concern about this.

As the calendar flips and temperatures drop, donations of hats and gloves pour in to St. Stephen’s Human Services. These items are greatly needed, but so are the other items that shelter guests use every day of the year: in particular, soap, travel-sized shampoo, deodorant, shaving products, socks, pajama bottoms, and M-2XL men’s underwear. Bring items with you to Spirit, or purchase “wish list” items directly from http://bit.ly/sshsneeds. SSHS is also planning to open a second shelter in November and will need 150 sets of twin linens, blankets, and towels to accommodate the corresponding increase in capacity. Thank you.

Spirit of St. Stephen’s Oral History Project We are 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!


All Saints and Souls Celebration 11/05/17 We will celebrate the great company of saints in this community on Sunday, November 5. Please plan ahead to bring a picture or memory to place around the altar of your beloved “saint” on this special feast day. All Saints Choir: All are welcome to sing on the feast of All Saints and Souls. One rehearsal on Oct. 22 right after liturgy (2 weeks before because of the Assembly on the 29th) and a short rehearsal before prayer on Nov. 5. This is a great opportunity to make a joyful noise without a long-term commitment! Email Marilaurice (Marilaurice@hotmail.com) for more details or to reserve a packet.

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.

TODAY – 11 am - 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.

TODAY – Noon-3pm - Attend a Performathon of students and professional musicians at the Church of St. Frances Cabrini, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis, to raise money for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. $10 suggested donation. Light reception food available throughout the event. Casual, come-and-go environment.

Tuesday, October 10th, 7-8:30pm - 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, St. Paul, for this discussion.

Thursday, October 12th, 6:45pm - Worship Committee meeting. All are welcome to the October meeting of the Worship Committee on the second Thursday. All Saints and Advent and Christmas, oh my!

Saturday, October 14th, 1-3pm – 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 meet to think about our hopes and dreams for the Family and Children program. Anyone interested in supporting or being part of the program should attend. We want to have as many people as we can to help us understand what works/doesn’t work in our program and to imagine what we would like it to be and how we can get there! Contact Gretchen Hovan with any questions or ideas.  ghovan@gmail.com or 612.412.6163

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

Tuesday, October 17th, 5:30–8:30pm – Carmen Pampa Fund, an organization that we support dedicated to providing college education for Bolivian rural youth in need, has their annual wine tasting and silent auction event at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis. Please visit carmenpampafund.org to RSVP for an evening of fun and friendship.


Sunday, October 22nd, 2–4pm - Memorial Tegeder Talk-"Catholics and Racial Injustice: Overcoming Our Fears & Using Our Values."  Dr. Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown Univ). Church of St. Francis of Cabrini, Free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED @www.cabrinimn.org/tegeder-talks


Sunday, October 29th, 10:45-Noon (at the latest) - Location Assembly - Watch your in-box for numbers from Tony A. that we will bring into this conversation. Childcare will hopefully be provided.

November 10th, 7pm - Sanctuary Concert presented by City Singers – Please join us for original music by Director/Composer Michelle Porter (long-time member of St Stephens), as well as other beautiful choral works, all related to the question, "Where do we find Sanctuary?" Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Free will donation accepted.


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

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