Nancy Korcek and Jeff Bradshaw saw this bear at Valles Caldera National Reserve, New Mexico.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
This Week
August 10-17, 2017 
In this Issue
Mexican Train night
S.A.G.E.S.
Community Dinner
School supply drive
Wednesday Book Group
Ignatian Spirituality
Diamondback game
Summer Pics
Your Vestry Hosts this week are:
Vic Grace & Kristin McCartor
If you have any questions about St. Stephen's or have any comments or questions in general, you can reach out to them or find them this weekend.
We pray for...
  • civil discourse grounded in respect;
  • refugees, immigrants and those without a home.
Service Schedule
Saturday
   5:00 PM - Holy Eucharist and Healing 

Sunday
  8:00am Rectors Bible Study & Coffee
9:30am Holy Eucharist
Following worship, Fellowship, Coffee and Refreshments 
11:00am Adult Formation & Education
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday
10:00AM-12:00PM & 1:30PM-4:30PM and other times by appointment .  
St. Stephen's Vestry
Christina Priddy
-Rector's Warden
Vic Grace
-People's Warden
Jack Colaric
-Treasurer
Mary Heldenbrand
-Clerk
Vestry
Lyle Skillen
Vicki Bradshaw
Ronnie Sunderman
Bruce Brannan
Kristin McCartor
Paul Basha
Ken Carleno
Helpful Links



Mexican Train game night-TOMORROW!
Mexican Train will be played on Friday evening, August 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the dining room.  Come, bring snacks if you wish and join in all of the fun and fellowship.  
Lunch with S.A.G.E.S.
S.A.G.E.S. will go out to lunch on Thursday, August 17 to Doughbird, 4385 E. Indian School.  Plan to arrive at 1:00 p.m.  Please notify me to let me know you will be attending, so I can notify the restaurant as to our number ahead of time for seating.  Contact Pat Davis, 480-368-9624 or pdavisaz@msn.com.  Hope all of you can join us on the 17th.
Community Dinner becomes Celebration!
It is time to celebrate Pastor Julie!! Join us for dinner and shenanigans Friday, August 25, 6 pm in Frederickson Hall. A signup board is ready for your reservation outside the sanctuary doors. Want to help? Call Janet Kaiser or Ronnie Sunderman.
School Supply Drive -LAST WEEKEND!
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St. Stephen's is sponsoring a school supply drive for children Griffith Elementary in the Balsz School District in which St. Stephen's is located.
Griffith serves a low income population that would benefit from receiving all sorts of supplies, including: backpacks, notebooks, notebook paper, book covers, boxes of pencils, pens, colored pencils, colored markers, or crayons; pencil boxes or 'pouches', rulers, scissors, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, erasers, dry erase markers, three-prong folders and pocket folders.
 
This will be the last weekend to bring donations as the The 'School Supply Drive' will run through August 13 and a "donation" box will be located outside the church.  
 
Thank you for sharing from your abundance to help meet the needs of our neighbors!
Wednesday Book Group
Ready, Set, Read, Discuss!! Wednesday Book Group will resume Wednesday, August 30 at 10:30 am. We will be reading and discussing Run with the Horses, The Quest for Life at its Best by Eugene H Peterson. Please read the Preface and Chapters 1 and 2. You can find the book on Amazon by clicking here or at a nearby bookstore. 

Life is difficult. Daily you must choose whether to live cautiously or courageously. God call you to live at your best, to pursue righteousness, to drive toward excellence. In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?" We all long to live life at its best - to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence - to run with the horses in the jungle of life? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.
Curious about Ignatian Spirituality? 
The Rev Dr Gil Stafford and the Rev Julie O';Brien will be offering the presentation, "Ignatian Spirituality and Imaginative Practice." Stafford is the Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Ari zona and also the priest-in-charge at St Peter's, Litchfield Park. O'Brien is the rector at St Stephen's, Phoenix. Both have studied and practiced Ignatian spirituality in their own ministry and life. The Rev O'Brien will be presenting "A Brief History and Background of the Practice of Ignatian Spirituality." Stafford's presentation will be on "Ignatian Spirituality, Spiritual Direction, and Discernment from a Jungian Perspective."
There will be two opportunities to hear this presentation that is open to the public without charge. Laity and clergy alike are invited to attend:  August 12, 10 AM-Noon at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix.  
Episcopal Night at Chase Field
The Arizona Diamondbacks invite all members of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona along with their family and friends to an exciting division rivalry as the D-backs take on the San Francisco Giants on Friday, August 25 at 6:40 p.m.!

Click here for more information.

The ticket order deadline is August 23, 2017.

Seating is Limited! Tickets can be purchased online at 
http://www.azdiocese.org/baseball.html, by phone (the number is on this form), or by mailing the order form.
Summer pictures
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Each summer we include pictures of your adventures in our weekly highlights!
 
Send in your pictures this summer so we can see what folks in our community are up to outside of Saturday nights or Sunday mornings! 
 
Happy Summer and safe travels to all!

We aspire to be an accepting community in which people will know Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, spiritual formation and fellowship. We hope our community will encourage all to use their God given gifts to serve others in the name of Christ.

Faithfully,

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church