2017-11-05 bulletin

 

SPIRIT OF ST. STEPHEN'S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY


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

31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, ALL SAINTS AND SOULS
November 5, 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 those scheduled to be executed in the coming week, including Patrick Hannon on 11/08/17 in FL, Ruben Cardenas Ramirez on 11/08/17 in TX, and Jack Greene on 11/09/17 in AR. Please also pray for all those who have lost loved ones to violence, for the prison staff, 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)
This week we pray with saints and souls all. We pray with the great cloud of witnesses who surround and encourage us, cheering us on when we grow weary or lose heart. We pray with all the souls who have lived and died with a faith known only to God. We pray in gratitude for the One who makes all things new, especially us. We pray with all who know that new heavens and a new earth shall be of our making. We pray in gratitude for the presence of angels. We pray with all the saints who have known the blazing fire of temptation, addiction, judgment, pain, or apathy. We pray in gratitude for the irritating challenge of the saints. We pray in gratitude for all who have loved us and all with whom we have an everlasting relationship. We pray with all who find this celebration of heavenly life to be bittersweet. We pray in gratitude for the love of God which binds us and calls us by name. We pray in gratitude for the opportunity to be refreshed at the same table as the communion of saints. We pray with all who celebrate this feast for the first time without a loved one. We pray with all who mourn and all who comfort us in our sorrow. We pray with all who hunger and thirst in any part of their being. We pray with all who offer mercy especially when it is our need to receive it. We pray with all who are single-hearted, true-hearted and whole-hearted; may they see God face to face. We pray in gratitude for all saints and souls living as peacemakers out of love for the children of God. We pray in courage with all who are persecuted in the name of justice. We pray with all who are able to rejoice in the truth in spite of false accusations or evil reviling. We pray with all saints and souls who seek their great reward of heaven here on earth through acts of truth and justice. We pray in gratitude for teachers, preachers, dreamers, mourners and all who echo Jesus’ words of blessing. We pray in gratitude for saints and souls all, including ourselves. We pray with all who must release a loved one to the glory of heaven in this time when the veil is thin, especially the Hynes family. We pray in gratitude for the God who is looking forward to the day of our arrival home. We pray with all who are in need of prayers of healing for the many large and small pains in our lives. We pray for Pepper wolf’s dad. We pray in gratitude with all caregivers in the name of the One who is the Caregiver of all. We pray for all those who are in recovery, learning hour by hour how to show up for their lives. We pray with all who are still suffering from fires, hurricanes, and tropical storms with little relief in sight. We pray with all seeking employment. We pray with all voters and the freedom of democracy that allows us to do so on Tuesday. We pray with Donald Trump and all elected officials. We pray with all who suffer the cold, day and night. We pray with for an end to all, any, each violence, remembering the victims on the bike path in Manhatten. We pray with soldiers and their families in every land. We pray for peace. With the sick, the suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…

“The moment we rose dripping from the holy water (of baptism) we joined the communion of saints, and we cannot go back…” Barbara Brown Taylor

All Saints and Souls Celebration Welcome to all especially the families and loved ones of those who have died in the past year as we celebrate the lives of those who share now in the glorious fullness of God. You are invited to bring forward pictures or other signs and memories of those you love who have died, setting them on the window sills or around the altar. You are invited to call out their names during the Litany of the opening prayer and inscribe their names in the Book of Life in the narthex. We will pray the both/and of death and resurrection. Please take your pictures with you after liturgy.

Men’s hats, gloves, underwear, socks (wool) needed for the Shelter. Because the need is now, we will begin our annual Advent collection of items for the St. Stephen’s Shelter a month early. Please bring your items to church any Sunday during November and December and, with Mike and Jim’s help, will get them over to Human Services for distribution. Check the St. Stephen’s Human Services website for a more extensive list, such as toiletries, long underwear and pajama bottoms. A second shelter will be opening in November and will need 150 sets of twin linens, blankets, and towels to accommodate the corresponding increase in capacity. Thank you for your consistent and sustaining support of St. Stephen’s Human Services.

The Communication Committee has been collecting your input over the past few months to consider revising of our community statement. This statement is used in the bulletin, the website, and in other communication with the outside world. Based on your input, a first attempt was made, and the Council asked that it be shared for comment: Spirit of St. Stephen’s is an independent Catholic community, rooted in social justice. We believe in the priesthood of all people and center our worship on the Eucharist. Justice, peace, inclusion, gratitude, and the wisdom of the Spirit ignite our prayer and work to follow the non-violent Jesus. All are welcome. Please talk to the committee chairperson Bob Murphy, or another committee member (Kevin Anderson, Henry Bromelkamp, Marilaurice Hemlock, Hugh Smeltekop), with your thoughts and comments.

Spirit Hands – A Service Opportunity. This project enlists volunteers from our community and uses funds donated to SOSSCC as memorials to “spruce up” and purchase needed items for organizations in the Twin Cities that work with children, women who are victims of domestic abuse, women who are in recovery, and women who are struggling with finding their way in society. In the past three years SOSSCC has helped eight different organizations including the Kateri Residence. We are currently looking for organizations that serve women and children that are in need of some help. If you have connections, or know of a center that could use help, please let us know. We plan to schedule a work day in late January and would like site suggestions by Nov. 21. In January we will be looking for volunteers to help us with the physical labor – stay tuned! If you have suggestions please contact Larry Luck (larryluck@aol.com) or Marie Murphy (murmurp@gmail.com) before Nov. 19. Thanks for your support.

The new schedule for liturgy volunteers has been completed and posted to the website. It goes from Nov 5th through Feb 25th. If you are unable to serve when assigned, it is greatly appreciated if you find a substitute and notify the coordinators for that day. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each of our liturgical ministers... Without you our Sunday liturgy could not happen!!!

“As we have in the past, Spirit will participate in Hennepin County’s ‘Giving Partners Holiday Program’, in which we are matched with 3 or more families who are experiencing hardships that could make the holidays difficult. Participants buy gifts (including toys, gift cards and household necessities) and we get them to county staff working with the families between Dec. 11th and Dec. 19th for delivery to the families. Gift cards are especially welcome! I’ll soon begin gathering names of people/families who would like to help, so watch for more news and call or email me if you have any questions. Thanks for your help! Anne Quincy (612-209-2524,johnmquincy@yahoo.com)”

Today's Second Collection In recognition of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, November’s First Sunday Second Collection will benefit the Minnesota Host Home Network, founded by SOSSCC member Jacqueline White. The Network champions the transformational power of lasting relationships with caring adults for youth facing homelessness. For more information, visit Mnhosthome.net. Checks can be made out to “SOSSCC" with “MN Host Home Network” in the subject line. Online donations also accepted in November through the SOSSCC website. Thank you for your generosity!

Sundays, 11am – My Neighbor is Muslim: You are welcome to attend Sunday education hour for the following presentations by two local Imams; 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

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.

Friday, November 10th – Next serving date at Loaves and Fishes. New Volunteers Welcome and Needed. Every 2nd Friday of odd numbered months, the SOSS Community serves a hot meal to about 200 guests at the old St. Stephen’s School. We have two shifts needing volunteers: 20 people from 2:00 – 4:30pm to prepare the meal and 36 people from 4:50 – 7:30pm to serve the meal, have dinner and do the clean-up. There are jobs for people of all ages. If you would like to be put on the volunteer list, please send your email address to Susan O’Leary (flav854@gmail.com) or call her at 651-292-0326. You will receive a notice 3 weeks before each serving date.

Tuesday, November 14th, 6-8:30pm - The Japanese film drama DEPARTURES, Twhich won Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009, will be shown in G-1 at Carondelet Center. Free admission. The film is offered as a follow up of the Green Death and Dying series of 2015-16. An unemployed cellist takes a job unknowingly at a mortuary, thinking ‘Departures” means work in a travel agency. As he learns to act as a gatekeeper between life and death preparing the dead for the next life, he comes to understand the importance of interpersonal connections and the joy of living. 2hrs10min

Tuesday, November 14th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Catholic Coalition for Church Reform/Council of the Baptized invite you to the November Open Forum - "The Biology of Gender and Faith-Based Opposition to Inclusive Practices in Public Schools: Is It Possible to Disagree and Still Keep Transgender Students Safe?" Dave Edwards, father of a transgender child and a member of the Minnesota Department of Education committee to drat the "safe schools" recommendations will present his reflections on transgender experience. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling, St. Paul.

Sunday, November 19th – SAVE the DATE – SOSSCC Fall Assembly
Tuesday, November 21st, 1:00 AND 7:00 PM - Annual Thanksgiving Eve Eve Services

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