Monday, September 18, 2017

PRIDE Weekend Was a Blast!

St. Stephen folks had a wonderful time welcoming people to the Alan Ross Freedom PRIDE Festival and Parade over the weekend of Sept. 16-17. This year the festival and the parade were on different days, so there was plenty of opportunities to meet and greet new folks with the message of God's unconditional love for all.

This was the first year that all SEVEN Reconciling United Methodist congregations marched together in the PRIDE Parade. St. Stephen has the second-largest turnout of participants, as well as staffing both a church booth and a kids' zone booth at the festival.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words here are photos from various Facebook friends posted over the weekend. See how many of our St. Stephen community you can identify by name as you enjoy them!

Stepping off with our church banner

From far left, John Astle, Michael Carr and Thomas Ellis,
Brian Moeschler and Cisco Varela, and in front Wini Council.

Peek-a-boo, we see you! Miss Lola Martindale couldn't
resist the swinging doors on the float.

A car full of brothers: Patrick, Bishop and Michael.

Our message always is God's unconditional love.

Pucker up!

Jessica Fulenwider

Message bracelets at the festival: Faith, Hope and Love.

A passel of youngsters on the float!

Pastor Roy Atwood and Amy Martindale.

Miss Lola delighted onlookers by passing out goodies.

Those fancy Fulenwiders, Blake and Jessica.

At the end of Festival Day, everybody was tired out!

Friday, September 15, 2017

PRIDE Weekend Is Upon Us!

The FESTIVAL is SATURDAY and PARADE is SUNDAY!   So EXCITED.  Our float is beautiful!   I can feel it in my bones that we will win and truly share that St. Stephen's unconditional love is for everyone!  I hope with the change this year of having the festival on one day and the parade on another, we will be able to really visit with those who stop by the booth. 
Here are a few things:
Both booths
As you can see there are still times people can come, hang out in the booth or play games.  
Family Zone:
This is very laid back.  If kids come up they can choose from either  bean bag games or the lollipop game.   Everyone wins a prize!  There're really no rules.    Along with the prize (lollipop, deck of cards, or bracelet with inspirational words) we can give them a St. Stephen pen.
The main thing it to have fun!  It's not evangelizing, just saying hi.  A lot of people stop on their own to visit and ask questions.
There is a parking lot after you turn into Revechon Park.  If you keep driving it will be behind the baseball fields.   Last year they would not let us park by the community center.
set up and work 10-12
Tom & WIni
Glen and Vaughn
4:00-6:00 including tear- down
Family Zone
10:00-12:00 includig set -up
Jennifer Keltner
Tina SImpson
Gina Hedgecock
4:00-6:00 including tear-down
For more info PLEASE contact Teddi

Monday, August 28, 2017

Events Kick into High Gear in September

Get ready to kick into high gear with church events starting in September!

All the UMC Reconciling Congregations will be marching together in the PRIDE Parade on Sept. 17, led by the St. Stephen UMC float! This year the celebration will be spread over two days, with the Festival (with information booths and a family zone) happening on Saturday, Sept. 16 and the Parade itself on Sunday, Sept. 17. Volunteers are needed to man our booth on Saturday, to help build the float, and to walk in the parade.

In order to facilitate as many folks getting to the parade as possible, the Worship Committee and Pastor Roy Atwood are planning a shorter service (without our usual third Sunday Communion) that day. We will also celebrate St. Stephen’s 58th birthday that Sunday and invite you to bring your Pennies from Heaven donation to that service. A Taize' service is being planned for Sept. 24; more details coming from Worship.

The fall is the time for many special observances including Laity Sunday on Oct. 15, and Music Heritage Sunday on Oct. 22. Charge Conference will be Oct. 22 at 6 pm at White Rock UMC. Our Love Feast will be Nov. 19. Also, in the evening of Nov. 19 will be a combined Thanksgiving service of the four Mesquite area UMC’s at First UMC.

Mark your calendars NOW so you don't miss any of these exciting opportunities for witness, fellowship, and service!