2018-01-28 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

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 28th, 2018 ~ 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 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 our work to follow the non-violent Jesus. 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 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 William Rayford on 1/30/18 and John Battaglia on 2/1/18 in TX.  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 (Prayers@spiritofststephens.org OR Marilaurice@hotmail.com)
This week we pray with authority. We pray in gratitude for prophets raised up from the people, speaking the words of God with authority. We pray with all who heal through the power of their authority. We pray with preachers who serve the gospel by preaching the good news, even unwillingly. We pray with all who take up the authority of their baptism. We pray with all who serve God by healing the sick. We pray in gratitude with all who use their gift of healing to cast out demons. We pray with all who cannot serve God or neighbor because of the demons that live within them. We pray in gratitude for the example of Jesus in not allowing demons to speak. We pray with all who serve God by raising up the questions. We pray with all who claim a false authority. We pray in gratitude for the many opportunities we have to serve others and to allow others to serve us. We pray with all who are bound and all who have been set free. We pray in gratitude for the authority of the gospel and in hope that we will renew our good intentions to take it up whole-heartedly. We pray with all who are rebuked as if they were evil spirits. We pray in gratitude for the certain authority and devotion of teachers. We pray in gratitude for the gift of amazement; may our children continue to share with us this gift. We pray with all who seek to say and live, “I do all I do for the sake of the gospel.” We pray with all who live with mental illness, especially those who struggle, and all who love them. We pray in gratitude for the work of NAMI and all who advocate for those living with mental illnesses. We pray with all who suffer the uncertain life of being an immigrant, migrant or refugee. We pray in gratitude for the work of the Sanctuary communities and ISAIAH. We pray with all who lose loved ones through violence, especially in Marshall County, KY and Italy, TX where young people are killing or injuring young people. We pray with all who mourn every sort of loss. We pray with all community members and dear ones in need of healing, all who have no one to lift them in prayer, and all who live with cancer and its treatments. We pray that our community will find an affordable spiritual home and for all who seek a home. We pray with all who know the force of Mother Nature in every way, especially blizzards, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunami warnings. We pray with military personnel in every land and their worrying families. We pray with all who live in the fear of chemical or nuclear attacks. We pray and act and pray for peace. We pray in gratitude for the healing found in the Gospel’s Good News. We pray with all who act from their authority to change the systems that perpetuate illness. We pray in the hope of healing. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…


The Adult Ed and Justice Education and Action Committees are co-sponsoring a book study on the book, "A Good Time for the Truth" a collection of essays written by Minnesotans of color. Books will be available for purchase for $15 before and after liturgy (last day is today). There is also an opportunity to sign up for a group at the book table; groups will run throughout Lent. If you have questions please contact Monica Shaffer (monica.shaffer@hotmail.com) or Cathy Heying (cathyheying@hotmail.com).


Part-Time Dishwasher position available – The Church of St. Frances Cabrini is looking for a dishwasher and kitchen worker to work as needed, generally on Sunday mornings and the evening of the second Saturday of each month during our regular hospitality time after each Mass. Other occasional opportunities may arise, such as funerals lunches and special events. For a complete job description, please contact Administrator Mary Lou Sweet (admin@cabrinimn.org or 612-339-3023). Cabrini is located two blocks west of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis at 1500 Franklin Ave SE.


Liturgical Ministries - 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 March through June, will soon be prepared. Please contact me by February 7th for any of the above reasons at franocr@gmail.com


The Spirit Hands project will be delivering donated items to the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery next week. Items can be placed in the basket near the altar through Feb. 4 See the green donation sheets near the entrances for items to donate to help this organization that assists families in crisis.


TODAY AFTER LITURGY - A DISCUSSION OF THE KATERI Program. Gail Dorfman, Executive Director of St. Stephen's Human Services, will be in the Fireside Room to discuss the reasons for the closing of the Kateri program as well as possibilities for continuing to serve the Native American community and the use of the building. We will begin right after liturgy and will be finished before 12:00. the SSHS staff is gathering input and suggestions and since we are part of the group that founded the program, our input is valued. Now's your chance!


Tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 29th, 6:00 pm - SOMETHING SPECIAL - DON’T MISS THIS! The Adult Ed Committee enthusiastically invites all community members to a program, Being the Church Together; The Breakthroughs of Vatican II and Beyond. Patricia Vanni, M.Div., Ph.D., speaks locally and nationally on theological, spiritual and church issues and will be the presenter and discussion leader. Join us at 6 pm for a Chili Cook-Off (5 AEC members compete for your vote for Best Homemade Chili) while our speaker will circulate through the diners to converse with you. Dr. Vanni’s presentation begins at 7 pm. For Child Care or Transportation needs, call or email Kathy Murphy, (612) 871-8712, or kcmurphytaylor@aol.com


Thursday, Feb. 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm - Join us for “A Journey for Justice”, an evening with MN Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig, Minnesota’s first Native American Supreme Court Justice. Carondelet Center dining room. No cost but must RSVP. For more information and RSVP: WisdomWaysCenter.org. Or contact Karen Zeleznak for more information, 651-888-0917.


Sunday, Feb. 11th - Our annual Liturgy of Healing will be celebrated. We will pray prayers of healing for ourselves, our community and our world in the spirit of St. Blaise. Music will be led by Mark and Marcy and they are welcoming additional voices that day! More details soon.


Sunday, Feb. 11th, 11:00 am - Community Hour will be co-sponsored by JEAC, AEC, and Worship. Each group will offer invitations for how to grow in hope during the season of Lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14!). It will last ONE hour and all are welcome.
Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 7-8:30 pm - SAVE THCCCR and Council of the Baptized invite you to join us at the February Open Forum at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling, St. Paul. This Open Forum will feature a panel of three local people discussing Vatican II, who were vitally aware of and engaged in it when it was happening. We will be discussing how Vatican II opened up the Church in irreversible ways and refreshing our understanding of what happened as we enter into this Lenten Season.                                                   


February 14 is Ash Wednesday and you would LOVE to spend part of that day at church, right??!! We will pray at NOON followed by soup and bread lunch and again at 6:30 with soup and bread at 5:30. It is a short prayer, 35-40 minutes, and a fine way to start off the season of Lent—hopeful prayer and hopeful soup in hopeful community. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Thank you.


SAVE THE DATE! The SOSS Spring Retreat will be held on Saturday, February 24th, from noon until early evening. More details to follow, but please save this date for an afternoon of peace- and hope-filled time of reflection and action.

Copies of the weekly readings and text of the homily are available at the North entrance for those with hearing difficulties.


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