Sunday, May 22, 2016


Go to your app store on your phone
search St. Stephen United Methodist and download!
We Need Your Favorite Hymns
We United Methodists have a centuries-old tradition of "singing our faith." During the months of July and August we'll have Sunday worship filled with the hymns that lift our spirits and share God's love through Jesus Christ.
Write your favorite 3 hymns below and please note why this hymn is special to you. Give them to the church office. Our choir director, Ryan Forkner, and the Worship Committee will arrange for as many hymns as possible to be included in our worship services during the months of July & August. We will make a joyful noise to the Lord!  
Please submit your selections by May 29th.
   HYMN TITLE                                              Why you like this hymn?
1.____________________________       _______________________
2.____________________________       _______________________
3.____________________________       _______________________
Your Name
Summer Heat is on the Way!!
We are in need of a couple of people willing to come water the prayer garden and front flower beds once or twice a week.
If you are interested please contact David Caton or the church office at 972-279-3112
 This Week at St. Stephen United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 21
7:05 Frisco RoughRiders Outing
Sunday, May 22Newsletter Articles Due for June & July Issue
9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Nursery provided)
10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Nancy DeStefano
Liturgist: Wini Council
Children Church: Amy Martindale & Heather Ducar
Ushers and Greeters for May: Genesis Sunday School Class
12:30 p.m. Outreach Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m. Metro District Conference @ Lovers Lane UMC, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas TX
7:00 p.m. GODSPELL presented by Elation 1st United Methodist Church                                (503 West College Street – Terrell, Texas)
Monday, May 23
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. ESL Classes
Set up for Voice Show
Tuesday, May 24
** NEW TIME** 5:15 p.m. Ewing House Supper Club
Wednesday, May 25
Celebration Ringers Bell Choir will resume in the fall.
7:30 p.m. St. Stephen Adult Choir
Friday, May 26
7:00 p.m. Voice Show (Wini Council voice students) All are invited!
Sunday, May 29
9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Nursery provided)
5th Sunday: General Conference Results Discussed
2016 General Conference Results
We will process outcomes of General Conference
during 5th Sunday ~ Sunday School Hour
at 9:30 a.m. on May 29
Please plan to attend
10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Nancy DeStefano
Liturgist: Pete Dickson
Ushers and Greeters for May: Genesis Sunday School Class
7:00 p.m. GODSPELL presented by Elation @ Preston Meadow Lutheran Church                                                                                      (6801 Coit Rd. Plano, Texas)
 Life Line Screening
a leading provider of community-based
preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer
a preventive health event at
St Stephen United Methodist Church on 6/30/2016.
Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.
Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).
All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441

Friday, May 20, 2016

General Conference News

NTC Daily General Conference Update for May 18, 2016
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Special daily edition bringing you the latest news.

May 18, 2016

UMC General Conference 2016 News

The Global Church Gathers

General Conference Music
News and Highlights from the UMC General Conference 2016:
Did you miss these highlights from May 17, 2016?
Sheron C. Patterson
NTC Communications Officer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


For the next 3 Sundays sign up sheets will be available in the foyer for those that want to express their interest in participating on the Hiring of a Children’s Minister (SPRC), Technology Committee (screen/projectors, etc.) and/ or Communications/Marketing that will continue working on the details of the proposals that were approved at the All Church Conference on May 1st. 
If you have an interest in participating in the ongoing work of these Ministry Areas, or just have input you would like to share, please contact the respective chairs.
We will also be developing a brief survey monkey for you to express your interest in being involved with any of these Ministry Areas.
As Rev. Nancy shared, the work is not finished, it’s just beginning,
so please join in to make it work.
Please respond by May 22nd
 This Week at St. Stephen United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 8 Mother’s Day
9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Nursery provided)
10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Nancy DeStefano
Liturgist: Wini Council
Children Church: Donna Bailey & Heather Ducar
Ushers and Greeters for May: Genesis Sunday School Class
6 - 8 p.m. Elation Youth Choir (Ages 12 to 18 Youth)
Monday, May 9
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. ESL Classes
Tuesday, May 10
7:00 p.m. Reconciling Churches Prayer Gathering @ Northaven UMC as General Conference begins.
Wednesday, May 11
1:30 p.m. Praying the Scriptures
Celebration Ringers Bell Choir will resume in the fall.
7:30 p.m. St. Stephen Adult Choir
Thursday, May 12
Friday, May 13
Saturday, May 14
All-church garage sale
SIGN UP SHEETS TO WORK SALE on Table or go to Sign Up Genius
Saturday, May 14th
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Donations can be brought to the church
beginning Sunday May 8th
7—9 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings for picking up those things,
pricing and setting up. Sign up sheets in the foyer!
Need items picked up????
Contact Keith Fulenwider @ 214-635-9212 or the Church Office.
Sunday, May 15   Day of Pentecost
9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Nursery provided)
10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Nancy DeStefano
Liturgist: Keith Fulenwider
Children Church: Jessica Fulenwider & Jeni Munden
Ushers and Greeters for May: Genesis Sunday School Class
12:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m. Prayer Gathering @ Oak Lawn UMC ending with a Taize Service at 6:30
6 - 8 p.m. Elation Youth Choir (Ages 12 to 18 Youth)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

It's time!

Dear Cynthia,  
The call for justice in The United Methodist Church for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people is louder than ever. Thanks to your support of our "It's Time" campaign over the last several months, it’s clear that United Methodists are ready and eager for change.
Whatever the legislative outcome at General Conference, we should all take pride in our collective work. Your letters to delegates, story sharing, acts of Biblical Obedience, and screenings of An Act of Love have already made a big, big difference.
But don’t stop now -- your on-going participation is needed throughout General Conference whether you'll be on the ground in Portland, or engaged from home.
Please keep one another, all the delegates, and the church at large in your prayers.
Visit and bookmark the updated "It's Time" hub page

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Stay connected with events at General Conference

We won’t know exactly when LGBTQ legislation will face a vote until we get to Portland.  But we’ve made it easy to keep you up-to-date and in real time.  Monitor your social media, watch the livestream, and keep an eye out for emails from RMN.
Follow and contribute to the social media conversation on these hashtags:
Official hashtag of the General Conference - #UMCGC
The Love Your Neighbor Coalition - #JustLove
Reconciling Ministries Network - #ItsTime
Watch the livestream of all plenary events
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Letters sent to delegates

Our letter writing campaign to delegates around the world has been a phenomenal success, thanks to you. There have been letter-writing parties, online submissions, and open letters to delegates culminating in more than 5351 messages of support for LGBTQ inclusion. 
If you're in the Western, North Central, or Northeastern Jurisdictions, there's still time to sign on to the open letter in your region by clicking below.

Total letters sent by Jurisdiction:
North Central - 492
Northeastern  - 502
South Central - 1719
Southeastern - 1102
Western - 1485
Philippines - 51

Questions about the letters sent from your region? Contact your regional organizer.

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