2018-02-11 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

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Healing Sunday
February 11th, 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 Ray Tibbetts on 2/13/18 in OH. Pray also for wisdom for Gov. Kasich as he decides whether to grant Mr. Tibbetts clemency. 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 all who beg, especially all who beg for healing and inclusion. We pray with all who beg for their very lives from the depths of their souls. We pray with all who beg in the hope of encountering compassionate pity and in gratitude for such compassion given. We pray with all who beg from their faith or seeking proof of the miraculous presence of God and find it in a simple touch. We pray with all who beg to be heard. We pray with all who beg for wholeness, for dignity. We pray with all who are attentive to the cry of those who beg. We pray with all who live with leprosy, scabs, swellings, skin blotches or any sort of infection. We pray with all who are subtly declared “unclean” by appearance, age, poverty, beliefs, or actions related to their mental health, and shunned by their family or community. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of skilled healers in our midst: chiropractors, homeopaths, acupuncture and accupressurists, nurses and physicians, PA’s, CNA’s, LPN’s and PCA’s, massage therapists, healing touch practitioners, therapists, psychologists, chaplains, spiritual mentors and so many more. We pray in gratitude for the gifts of those whose healing skill is communal: advocates, organizers, social workers, street outreach workers, shelter staff, poets, teachers, faith leaders working together and so many more. We pray with all who participate in their own healing. We pray in gratitude for the ways Hope can heal. We pray in remorse for all the ways we have made the soil, air, and water of our Universe unclean. We pray with all who “dwell apart, living outside the camp” of the great tent of community and all who desperately want to be included. We pray in deep sadness when it is our own Church, our own family, our own community that sets anyone outside the tent. We pray in gratitude for the compassionate heart of our God as shown in Jesus. We pray in gratitude for the zeal of the sister or brother cured of their leprosy and telling the truth of the Good News to all who would listen. We pray with all who make the rules, set the boundaries and enforce them, dividing the circle into them or us. We pray in gratitude for places of inclusion: Peace House, Special Needs Community, St. Stephen’s Human Services, the Lift Garage, and many more. We pray in gratitude for the feast of big-hearted people and people who live to love celebrated on Valentine’s Day. We pray in gratitude for the reset/focus offered to us by the season of Lent. We pray in gratitude for sweet newborn life in every form, especially Malcolm and Henry, who have come to live with Louisa, Danielle, and J.P. (and us!), and with all expectant parents. We pray with the many members of the Stephen’s community who seek healing for their own bodies and their loved ones, especially Chet and Miriam, Ken, Nancy, Kathleen R, Kathleen C, all who live with cancer, our many family members and all whom we hold close to our hearts. We pray with the many too many who know fear, confusion, and horror in life or death. We pray with all who seek healing in their grief, confusion or loss. We pray with all who cannot find fresh water to drink or food enough to sustain their lives. We pray for the healing of wisdom. We pray and act for peace. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…

Healing Liturgy: Today we celebrate our 21st annual prayer of healing for ourselves, our community and our world. We use this time of the church year near the feast of St. Blaise (2/3), the fourth century bishop of Sebaste in Armenia to call upon and share God’s healing love. According to various accounts: “[Blaise] was a physician before becoming a bishop. His cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone stuck in his throat. Since the eighth century, he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illness of the throat”. Today you may choose your healing blessing by being signed with oil on the hands or forehead. You may receive this blessing and return to your seat or turn and offer the blessing of healing to the person behind you. While you are up OR following communion, you are invited to offer a healing blessing to our Universe home, the Earth.

Rise up, from the valley of suffering, O God,
With healing in Your wings.
Heal the hurt within us.
Heal the wounds inflicted upon us.
Heal the memories that haunt us.
Heal the feelings that drag us down.
Place within us the potential
To facilitate our own wellness.
Be wholly in us
Who hunger for wholeness
Every day of our lives.
Amen.         Miriam Therese Winter

Two items from the Communications Committee:
a) We are looking for input on what features could be incorporated into a logo for our 
    community.  If you have some key words/phrases/graphics you would like to have us 
    consider please share this information with Bob Murphy (rdmurp@hotmail.com)
b) On that note, if you know of anyone with graphics design experience who we could 
    consult with, could you send that name to Bob Murphy?  Many thanks!


Thank you for your generous gift of $827.00 to St. Mary’s Health Clinics. We will use the money to buy medications which our patients receive free of charge. The staff of St. Mary’s Health clinics join me in thanking you for your support for the dear neighbor.
Melissa Gatten, Executive Director


Thank you from St. Stephen’s Human Services We are grateful for the support of the Spirit community for the monthly emergency fund collection. These funds allow us to assist people coming to our doors with needs that do not fall into our program budgets. In recent months, your contributions have allowed us to help: a Kateri resident pay a damage deposit after completing a yearlong treatment program and reuniting with her two boys; pay a month’s rent for a single adult client who had been shot during a hate crime and was unable to work; and helped a client with severe depression and anxiety catch up on some bills that were past due. In all of these cases your generosity has made a difference! Please contact Jodi Trost with any questions at jtrost@ststephensmpls.org or 612-879-7639.


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, -A Good Time for The Truth: Panel of three authors (Shannon Gibney, Taiyon Coleman and David Lawrence Grant) from the book many of us are currently reading, will be at the Minnesota History Center on Kellogg Ave. Doors open at 6, panel at 7. Free. Tickets are first come, first serve. 

Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 7-8:30 pm -CCCR and Council of the Baptized invite you to join us at the Open Forum at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 So. Snelling, St. Paul. This 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 as well as what happened as we enter into this Lenten Season.                                                   
February 14 is Ash Wednesday and there will be two services. We will pray at NOON in Spirit Hall followed by a soup lunch. We will pray again at 6:45 PM preceded by a soup supper at 5:30. All are invited to welcome the prayer, fasting and almsgiving of Lent in this way. Please sign-up to help on the sign-up genius! Thank you.

Saturday February 24, NOON through the evening campfire sing-a-long - LOVINGKINDNESS Lenten SOSS Retreat. An afternoon of peace and hope filled time for reflection, conversations and action. The Retreat Committee is planning this for YOU! Includes: Catered lunch; Thought provoking sessions; Prayer service; Pizza dinner and Social time. Plan some "God time" with yourself.  Sign-ups this weekend.

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