Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Give to Help Flood Victims

During the week of Aug. 22, St. Stephen members are focused on giving to aid the victims of recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The most severe flooding occurred around Baton Rouge, La., where some 170,000 people were evacuated, including 20,000 that had to be rescued from the rising water, according to a United Methodist News Service report.

At left, recent flooding in Denham Springs, La., nearly covered a sign for the United Methodist Church there, which had served as a Red Cross shelter but had to be evacuated. The home in the rear belongs to a member of that church. (Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jackie King)

Members are invited to bring or send their checks to the church. Checks should be made out to St. Stephen UMC with "UMCOR Domestic Disaster" in the memo line. Users of The Fluid App also can make electronic donations via the Cause labeled "UMCOR-1" on the app. By channeling donations through the church, we support our United Methodist connection and provide funds for purchasing flood victims' most urgent needs, whether for cleaning buckets or health kits.

And the T-shirt Winner Is ...

St. Stephen voters chose to go with a love theme for our new T-shirts. Here are images of the front and back of the new shirt:

This is the T-shirt front
This is the T-shirt back.

St. Stephen member Cynthia Astle designed the winner, based on the verse from 1 John 4:7 that says "God is Love." The design also was inspired by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Love Is Love" acceptance speech at this year's Tony awards. The Tony awards ceremony for New York theater occurred the Sunday after the shooting massacre at gay-friendly nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. The theme also carries out St. Stephen's motto: "Sharing God's Unconditional Love."

We hope that the new T-shirts will be available for purchase in time for the Dallas PRIDE Parade on Sunday, Sept. 18. Details will be announced. Cynthia gets a free T-shirt as her prize for creating the winning design.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Take the Fall Study Survey

Growing together in faith sustains us individually and as a Christian community. We'd like your guidance on what adult studies you'd find most beneficial as we prepare for our Fall schedule. Please take this brief survey to guide our adult education plans. Thank you!