September 1, 2016
Dear Friends and Family of St. Stephen’s,
Welcome back! It is hard to believe that that the summer which seemed just ahead of us has nearly passed and we find ourselves coming quickly into the fall season. We hope that you all have had a good and restful summer. With fall comes a return to our regular routines, and so we are writing to you to invite you all to consider making St. Stephen’s part of your regular routine.
As you know, St. Stephen’s is currently operating on Sunday supply clergy following the retirement of the Rev. Gary Hamblin. We had hoped to have a temporary priest appointed to fill in the interim between Gary’s+ departure and the appointment of our new Vicar, however, this has not yet happened for various reasons; as such, we will continue with Sunday supply clergy for at least the month of September.
September is shaping up to be a busy month at St. Stephen’s. Our kick-off to September will be with “Back to Church” Sunday on September 11th at 10am. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come to church and consider making St. Stephen’s part of your regular routine. Please consider inviting friends and family to come join us on that Sunday and beyond. Following our worship Service on Sunday, Sept 11, please join us for a light brunch in the hall (minimum donation $2/person).
The Canonical Committee, as part of its preparation for creating a Parish Profile to advertise for the position of a new Vicar, has been working to gather information through various means such as the two survey/questionnaires (“Mystery Worshipper” and “How Do You Relate to St. Stephen’s”). If you have not seen these surveys, please look for them – they are available at the church, or online through the parish website. For the last three Sundays in September, being the 11th, the 18th and the 25th, we will be asking all of you to help tell your story at St. Stephen’s as we examine the past, present and future of the parish. On Sunday September 25th we will have a wrap-up and summary of the information collected, with a potluck lunch following our Sunday worship. We would personally like to invite all of you to make yourselves available during these times as this is YOUR opportunity to contribute to the Canonical process of finding a new Vicar for St. Stephen’s.
You’ll also notice that we’ve been busy over the summer completing various maintenance projects, please have a look around. Our thanks to all those who helped with those projects.
In looking further ahead at dates for planning purposes, please note that we will celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 9th and that still further ahead, Commitment/Pledge Sunday will be on Sunday, November 20th.
If you haven’t recently had the chance, please have a look at the Parish Website for the latest parish information: http://www.ststbby.ca. Also, if you have not already, please “like” us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/StStephenTheMartyr.
We look forward to seeing you around the parish.
Yours in Christ;
David Nash Sharon Mack
Bishop’s Warden People’s Warden