Good Friday March 30 Way of the Cross 6pm The way of the cross is a Spiritual Journey though a parish church tracing the steps that Jesus took through Jerusalem during his Holy Week Passion. Each of the fourteen steps or stations, from Jesus’ arrest, to his cross and on to his burial in the tomb, is marked by a carving. The Way of the Cross is ancient way to help the faithful who are unable to go to the Holy Land make a spiritual pilgrimage to honor and renew our devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ’s divine gift of suffering and forgiveness which restores us to his new life at Easter. Everyone is invited.
The Bishop's Spring Forum for the Burlington Convocation of Episcopal Churches will be on Wednesday May 9th. The Bishop will meet separately with the Clergy and the Laity The Clergy Forum runs from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for the lay meeting. All lay persons, not just Convocation delegates are invited to the evening event.
Episcopal Men’s Fellowship Breakfast the first Sunday of each month 9:30 am. All men of our St. Stephen’s Parishes and also from Christ Church Riverton are invited to join Deacon Fred Pray and The Rev. Richard Wrede for our Episcopal Men’s Fellowship Breakfast . Fellowship and food are the only things on the agenda ! We will meet at the Nook, 1808 Bannard St, Riverton, NJ 08077 (856) 303-1800 (1/2 block from the Cinnaminson train Sta-tion. Bannard Street runs parallel with River Road, County Route 543 ) Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church or phone or email your church office to RSVP.
Usual Church Office Hours will be Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Please phone the office before you come to be sure that someone will be there. We will pick up phone messages on a regular basis. If you have an urgent need or request please phone the church office or your Church Wardens. Our parish secretary will usually be in the offices on the following schedule: Monday afternoons and Wednesdays mornings in Beverly and on Tuesdays mornings and Thursday afternoons in Riverside.
Our prayer list is updated every Suunday morning. Please write your concerns in the book by the church doors or phone the church office to add a special prayer concern. Please remember those gave their all for our country, our veterans and those serving in our military and in our community police, security, ambulance, hospital and first responder services.
A Summary From our Joint Administrative Council of St. Stephen’s Churches in Beverly and Riverside for 2017 The J.A.C. is running like a well-oiled machine. The cooperation and fellowship between the two churches is such a blessing! And we celebrated Pentecost together along with several other Sunday services. The JAC approved the motion to utilize unused monies in the JAC account to pay supply priests as they are needed for both churches. After attending Convocation meetings, a joint Potluck Dessert and Discussion was held in Beverly on September 24 to discuss our understanding of vital questions and to share core values of our parish and diocese. We shared our annual stewardship program with each other during an Octoberfest and Renewal Sunday on October 29th at St. Stephen’s in Beverly as we renewed our Baptism Covenant and prepared to walk in faith together in thanksgiving through the 6th year of our partnership together. A grand Pot Luck-Covered Dish Octoberfest Parish Luncheon followed in the parish hall. Summarized from Salli Gordon’s report
Our Riverbank Churches Wednesday Night Lenten Soup Supper Program After a warming Lenten supper of soup and bread we will take a look at the Episcopal Migration Ministry in partnership with the United States government program to resettle refugees fleeing the unimaginable horror of religious persecution or from disasters. These families seeking a new home are often Christians. All are cleared by the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. The program will illustrate the history of this Episcopal ministry dating from before World War II. We will also hear about the changed lives of many loyal new Americans who began new lives in America through the Episcopal Church. Our program begins on Wednesday 21 at 6pm in the parish hall of St Stephen’s Church in Riverside. We will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the parish hall at St. Stephen’s in Beverly. The location for the programs on March 7 and March 14 will be announced soon.
Summary from the Note from the Sr. Warden: 2018 Annual Report I would like to thank all the vestry members who served the past year(s) for their hard work and dedication: Salli Gordon (Jr. Warden), Grace and David Gardellin, Jeff Steinbach, Charleen Baker, George Barszcz (Clerk) and Kathy Dae (Treasurer). We had a very strong vestry with open, honest and trusting conversation, which all were very helpful as we can cover many sides of the issues that come up. This came with many agreements and disagreements but always a great resolution. Thank you, thank you, Thank you! With the elections held at the annual meeting last year and the change in the bylaws that reduced the size of the vestry we have no changes to our vestry it will remain the same. Everyone who was on vestry and was at the end of their terms has elected to stay on for another round. I have also elected to serve as senior Warden for 1 more term. (if re-elected) Again, I feel we have a very strong Vestry. We had some difficult hurdles to overcome this year… •The fire marshal came in and needed to bring us up to date for our safety. It included a new fire alarm system, and new doors that have the breakaway bars for a quick and safe exit. We did move some of the emergency exit sign so that we would not have to replace as many doors. •We need to repair the heating system in the Parish Hall. •Then on Christmas morning, roof shingles flew off the roof. These are all material things that can be replaced and repaired. St. Stephens in my mind is like “The little Engine that Could”. We think we can, we think we can, and we do. None of this is cheap, but we have insurance that will cover some of the costs. The other money will have to come from raising funds, pledges and gifts to the church. We also have had some great things this past year! •We had the honor of sending a letter to Bishop Stokes in support of the ordination of Deacon Sharon to priesthood. At last the news came that we, St. Stephen’s Riverside, would have the honor of holding the ordination here! What a grand reception celebration and honor for Sharon and all of us. Thank you for allowing me to be your Sr. Warden. Brenda Kasperowicz
Vestry Meetings are 6:30pm every third Thursday of the month in the Library.
The flowers at our altar on Sundays are reminders that the beauty of God’s creation continues to nurture and bless all of life.
St Stephen's Episcopal Memorial Church Sunday Worship 10:30am, Wednesday Night 6pm Lenten Soup and Program On Episcopal Migration Ministries February 28 Wednesday 6pm − St. Stephen’s Beverly March 7 Wednesday 6pm − Christ Church Riverton March 14 Wednesday 6pm − TBA 324 Bridgeboro St. Riverside NJ 08075 Our entrance is aroiund the corner on Webster St.