Sunday, October 25, 2015

Music and More!

This is part of the group from WTW A Cappella Choirs during 1971-77 who helped us get our new Worship and Song hymnals in memory of Geoff. We dedicated them this morning and sang a wonderful John Thornburg hymn. From left are  Marla C Muns, Becky Borders, Linda Vouras Olsen, Billy Ferrell, Tom Council, Wini Council, Pete Puckett, Diane Panasci and Sharon Leftwich Miller in Mesquite, Texas.
What a TERRIFIC worship service we had on Oct. 25 for Music Heritage Sunday! Our St. Stephen Choir and Bell Choir filled our sanctuary and our souls with beautiful vocal and instrumental music. Our music director Ryan Forkner brought an inspirational message of how through music, we know and are known by God. And a major highlight of the morning was the dedication of new "Worship and Music" song books, made possible through proceeds to a memorial fund for Geoffrey Council, late son of our music director emeritus Tom Council and wife Wini Council.

AFTER worship we had fun with a baby shower for Ryan and Christy Forkner in honor of the impending birth of their third daughter, Robyn. The highlight of this event -- aside from the baby loot! -- was a funny, silly game in which we drew pictures of Robyn's nursery on paper plates held on top of our heads. Donna Bailey won the prize -- a coveted St. Stephen UMC Cookbook! Thanks to Amy Martindale and Jessica Fulenwider for organizing this event on our behalf.

Here we are playing our baby shower game ...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Music Heritage Sunday Coming

Music has been an integral ministry of St. Stephen UMC since its founding in 1959. In keeping with our history, we'll celebrate Music Heritage Sunday on Oct. 25. Our Music Director, Ryan Forkner, will bring the message, and there will be lots of glorious music to set our souls singing. Even if you think you can't carry a tune in a dump truck, God loves the sound of YOU! Join us at 10:50 AM on Sunday, Oct. 25 for this special observance!

Three-peat a Chili Cook-Off Feat!

Three-peat! Lynn Lloyd won first place for the third year with his chili, followed by Bruce Hardie and Jeanette Benson in the annual Chili Cook-off at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, Mesquite, Texas. There were only 5 chilis this year, a possible casualty of the busy Fall travel season for many St. Stephen UMC families.

HOWEVER, there were 9 desserts in competition. Newlywed Jessica Fulenwider took the prize for her cake balls. We also enjoyed several cakes, chocolate chip cookies, cobbler, pie and a sumptuous strawberry trifle.

There were also several participants in the craft bazaar, with quilted items, plants, crocheted items, and handmade prayer beads and earrings. Fe and Leo Tipay made the most sales with their luscious banana bread.

Most of all, we raised more than $1,200 to help fund St. Stephen's "fair-share" contributions to ministries beyond the local church. It was a wonderful community effort with everyone pitching in to help. If you missed out, then you really missed a fun time!