The Advent and Christmas season can be difficult for so many because of grieving the loss of a loved one, recently or long ago. As a community in Christ, we invite those of you who find yourself in this place to come to the Table for Eucharist and allow us to walk with you in this season. We cannot fix you. But we would be honored to walk with you and to love and support. The longest night is that night in December that is darkest, and has the least amount of day light. We await the light of day so that we may arise and shine, much the way we away the long expected Jesus. We hope you will join us as we seek Christ in our midst during this time of grief.
Please join us to green the church for Christmas, an event hosted by the Middlers.
We will have a light brunch followed by directions from the Flower Guild to help put bows on wreaths, hang garland, and hang the big wreaths! All are welcome.
RSVP to Kathryn Dorlon at email@example.com.
Childcare will be provided with reservations to Amy Passey at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Registration for this Event is full. Please email Louise Meredith if you want to be added to the waiting list.)
An Afternoon of Quiet in the Season of Advent:
Mindfulness: Breath by Breath Workshop with Marie Hurley Blair
Sunday, December 9, 2 - 4 pm, Chapel
Discuss and experience the core practices of mindfulness: breathing, meditation and subtle movement; talk about stress reduction, emotional/mental fitness, and the spiritual practice of Advent.
First hour includes:
Discussion about yogic tradition, emerging insights in neuroscience, faith journey
How Advent invites cultivating deep down goodness and wholeness
Name some dimension of you that needs healing or calming.
Breath practice –breath physiology followed by experiencing different techniques such as:
Awareness – noticing what is present without changing the breath
3 – part breathing technique
Breath and simple being
Second hour: a mat-based yoga practice:
Integrating breath with embodied experience – attention to noticing sensation, thoughts, emotional currents
Fee: Donation to St. Stephen’s, suggested $10.
Please bring your own mat.
To register, click HERE.
For more about Marie, go to http://www.marieblairyoga.com/
Join us for lunch out and a trip to Arlington for a tour. Each room is decorated for Christmas in a different period. This Historical Home was built between 1845-1850.
Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
We will carpool from the church so please RSVP to Kathryn Dorlon at email@example.com or 967-8786.
The commission on Spirituality invites you to a day of reflection and prayer in anticipation of the Advent Season. Presiding Bishop Curry’s “Way of Love” will frame a series of reflections led by guest speaker Lucy Strandlund.
Lucy is a seminarian from the Diocese of Alabama and is currently studying at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is married to the Rev. Daniel Strandlund, who served as Youth Minister here at Saint Stephen’s before he went through seminary.
Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Register online HERE.
Come celebrate Christmas Mingles
@ Lin & Jim Musgrove’s home
5111 Greystone Way (Call St. Stephens the week of Dec 1 for the gate code)
Saturday, December 8th @ 6:00
Pork Tenderloin will be provided
Please let Lin know what you can bring: appetizer, side or dessert
Jimandlin5111@gmail.com ; Lin & Jim home phone – 991-3009
Join us at 11:15am as we welcome Bishop Kee Sloan to Saint Stephen's for a service of Baptisms and Confirmation. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
During the 9am and 11:15am services, a list of those we have lost this year will be read and crosses bearing their names and photos will be processed in at the beginning of the services.
Beverly and Dan Marson will discuss their recent interfaith trip, with other Birmingham Jewish and Christian families and travelers, to Israel and Jordan. Topics include Jerusalem and the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem and the West Bank, Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee, Jordan, and perceptions of the Middle East. There will be many pictures and even a little music.
Please join us for a night of fun under the big screen in the Parish Hall.
We will have dinner and a movie in the parish hall. Please bring $10 for dinner and your favorite beverage.
RSVP to Kathryn Dorlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boomers are those typically age 55+ but all are welcome!
Middlers Beach Trip to Perdido Bay: September 21-23
We have room for 36 people (some of this is shared space)
.*No childcare available
As we plan this event and we get closer to the date,we will keep you updated on the Middlers Facebook page. You can sign up and get more information HERE.
Join us for a fun-filled evening with Fran McKendree as we kick off our Wednesday Night Live program. Dinner starts at 5:45 and the music begins at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome! Fran Mckendree is an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an Episcopalian, and well-known writer of spiritual and religious music.
A SAINT from ALABAMA - JONATHAN DANIELS
Jonathan Myrick Daniels (March 20, 1939 – August 20, 1965) was an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist. In 1965, he was murdered by a shotgun-wielding construction worker who was a special county deputy in Hayneville, Alabama, while shielding 17-year-old activist Ruby Sales, saving her life. They both were working in the Civil Rights Movement to integrate public places and register voters of color after passage of the Voting Rights Act that summer. Daniels' death generated further support for the Civil Rights Movement. In 1991, Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually in our calendar.
Please join us Saturday, August 11, for this annual pilgrimage in Hayneville as we retrace Jonathan's steps from the jail where he and others had been held days before to the store where he was killed. We will end at the courthouse where his murderer was found not guilty. It is here that you will hear about other martyrs from Alabama, meet their families, hear inspiring stories, and share in a Eucharist.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Deacon CJ at email@example.com.