The Messenger
A weekly e-newsletter of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
June 2, 2022
Message from the Rector
By The Rev. Dr. Vincent Joseph Kopp

Dear Good People of St. Stephen’s,

Last Saturday I had the privilege of being the celebrant at Holy Eucharist at St. Cyprian’s. The occasion was a Quinceanera for a parishioner, a young woman of Mexican descent who had turned fifteen.

The tradition of marking the transition to womanhood gets a variety of expressions in Hispanic cultures. Saturday’s event in Oxford was remarkable and unique because it brought together folks from different races, cultures, and walks of life as Children of God renewing their Baptismal promises on this special occasion.

What moved me most was hearing the cacophony of voices present as all prayed the same prayers with different languages, accents, but not intentions.

It was as if Pentecost was happening right then and there. United in the Holy Spirit, voices rose up strong and loud to profess our common faith, pray the Lord’s Prayer, and give thanks for the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. It was confirmation—literally—that the Gospel is for all and differences should never be permitted to stand in its way.

Let Us Pray:

3. For the Human Family (BCP, p. 815)

“O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” 

In Christ,
Weekly Happenings

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Sanctuary)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour (Parish Hall)

5:00 p.m. Centering Prayer / Lectio Divina (Parlor)
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rite I (Sanctuary)
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rite I (Sanctuary)
10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rite I (Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour (Parish Hall)

Prayer List
Mary Branch
Cissie Bryan
Kelly Holden
Pam Martin
Dick Taylor
Jim Branch
Rives Hicks
Ruth Hicks
Liz Malinowski
Lucy Landis Moore
Gladys Tyson
Jimmy Winston
Sandra Catherwood
Carolyn Hardy
Dale Hughes Jr.
Stephen Joslin
Jamie McGee
Dorothy McLaughlin
Janelle Ramsey
Gene Simons
Betty Jo White
Betty Yancey

Peggy Fay McGee
Gene Simons
Please obtain consent for public prayer. Names are alphabetical.
June Birthdays & Anniversaries

03 Ginny Hicks
04 Mack Harris
06 Caroline Folger
08 Harvey Spurr
10 Jim Branch
10 Mary Elizabeth Hicks
10 Beckett Swanner
12 Frances Mathews
22 Laurel Sciortino
24 Mary Ruth Edmundson
02 William & Ginger Claiborne
03 Adam & Lee Brewer
04 Clayton & Claire Ramsey
04 Joe & Jennifer Tartamella
10 Harvey & Marlene Spurr
14 Mack & Eve Harris
16 Tom & Grey Currin
20 Scott & Madeline Basnight
21 Jim & Mary J. Branch

Want to serve at St. Stephen’s in new and creative ways? Going forward we need volunteers to serve in the following ways:
  • Altar Guild
  • Readers of Lessons and Prayers of the People
  • Lay Ministers, Crucifers, and Acolytes
  • Greeters
  • Bell Ringers
  • Photographer
  • Bicentennial Planning Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Creation Care Committee
Please give prayerful consideration of where your highest and greatest gifts meet St. Stephen’s greatest needs.
Parish Strategic Plan
Michael Currin, Chair of the Strategic Planning Process for 2022-2023, will soon convene a committee and develop a timeline for the work to be done. If you are interested in being a part of this process, please reach out to Michael. The Strategic Planning Process will provide groundwork and recommendations needed for St. Stephen’s to accommodate future growth as Oxford and Granville County grow. Please discern your part in the process and stay tuned to learn more as it starts to unfold.
Thrift Shop Day
Saturday, June 9th

Saturday, July 9th is Volunteer Day at the Community Church Ministry Thrift Shop. Parishioners are encouraged to stop by the shop and purchase items; all proceeds will go to St. Stephen’s.

The shop receives a variety of donations, including antiques and collectibles. They have jewelry, children’s items/games, a large book section, and many other items. The shop is located at: 1200 SE Industry Drive, Oxford.
Rector's Weekly Video
Day of Pentecost - June 5, 2022
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