Friday, April 22, 2016

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ALL Church Conference 
immediately following worship on both dates
 
Informational Discussion on
Sunday April 24th
and
Decision / Vote
Sunday, May 1, 2016
 
 
 The Agape-Searchers Sunday school class
will spend the next few weeks discussing our visions of SSIMC's past, present, and future as reflected in the SCI Self-Study Report and the development plan just submitted to the Conference.  Please join us in the chapel.
 
 This Week at St. Stephen United Methodist Church
 
 This Week at St. Stephen United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 17
9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Nursery provided)
10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Nancy DeStefano
Liturgist: Helene Pulley
Children Church: Jessica Fulenwider & Jeni Munden
Communion Bread: Liz Dickson
Ushers and Greeters for April: Agape Searchers Sunday School Class (P. Dickson)
12:30 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting
6 - 8 p.m. Elation Youth Choir (Ages 12 to 18 Youth)
Monday, April 18
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. ESL Classes
Wednesday, April 20
6:30 p.m. Celebration Ringers Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. St. Stephen Adult Choir
Thursday, April 21
12 - 6:30 p.m. Crossroads Food Distribution
Saturday, April 23
AMIGOS DAYS 2016
April 23, 2016
Project House:
1119 Oak Hill Cir, Dallas, TX
Scope of Work:  Mostly painting, painting, painting.  
Very little scraping needed.  Dig one ditch and install french drain.  
Minor carpentry work.
 
Needed: VOLUNTEERS! Sign Up Sheets on table in foyer
Contact: Bruce Hardie 
 
Saturday, April 23
4:00 Elation Rehearsal
Sunday, April 24 Newsletter Articles Due Today
9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Nursery provided)
10:50 a.m. Worship with Rev. Nancy DeStefano
Liturgist: Tina Simpson
Children Church: Amy Martindale & Heather Ducar
Ushers and Greeters for April: Agape Searchers Sunday School Class (P. Dickson)
12:30 p.m. ALL Church Conference Informational Discussion
2:00 Elation meet to carpool to Grace UMC
7:00 p.m. GODSPELL presented by Elation @ Grace UMC 4105 Junius, Dallas TX
 
 ELATION!
IN CONCERT WITH  
GODSPELL
A MUSICAL BASED UPON THE GOSPEL
ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW
Sunday – April 24, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Grace United Methodist Church
4105 Junius — Dallas, Texas
Admission is free
 
 
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Support Elation on April 26th!
 

Who?   You, Your Friends & Your Family!What? Dine at Chiloso Mexican Bistro
Where?   2455 Ridge Road in Rockwall
When?   5pm – 8pm on Tuesday, April 26th
Why?   To Help the Youth Share the Gospel Nationwide
How? Turn in Your Receipt at the Bucket at the Register
 
The youth of Elation are dependent upon the success of fundraisers like this to pay for the 10 day road trip this summer. They will travel and perform Godspell in different cities, sharing the love of Christ and His gospel. All performances are free to those who attend. Elation appreciates your support and donations can also be made directly to the church.
 
 
The youth of Elation are dependent upon the success of fundraisers like this to pay for the 10 day road trip this summer. They will travel to Key West and perform Godspell in different cities, sharing the love of Christ and His gospel. All performances are free to those who attend. Elation appreciates your support and donations can also be made directly to the church.
 
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Mesquite Social Services
Cordially invites you to join us in honoring Women in Service and Enterprise
WISE Award Luncheon and Fashion Show
April 27, 2016
 
Mesquite Convention Center 1700 Rodeo Center Blvd. Mesquite TX 75149
11:00 a.m. Registration & Silent Auction Opens
11:30 a.m. Program and Fashion Show
 
If you would like to be part of sponsoring a table of 10 please contact church office by
April 11th and we will arrange to reserve table(s). Tickets $30
 
Individual Tickets $30 Please RSVP by April 15th by contacting Social Services directly at
WISE@MesquiteSocialServices.org or call Terry Tosch at 214-803-9927
 
 
 
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All-church
garage sale
 
Saturday, May 14
 
Opportunities for all!!!
 
Start collecting your things to
become someone else’s treasures.
 
Can’t work Saturday?   Don’t fret. There will be opportunities to help Thursday and Friday evenings for picking up those things, pricing and setting up.
 
Let’s pay off our apportionment's
with proceeds from this Garage Sale.
 
Let’s pay the summer utility bill with the proceeds
just from this Garage Sale!
 
Let’s just see how much we can make!
 
Need items picked up????
Contact Keith Fulenwider @ 214-635-9212 or the Church Office.
 
St. Stephen UMC Game Night
Frisco Rough Riders vs. San Antonio
7300 Rough Riders Trail, Frisco TX.
Saturday May 22 at 7:05 PM
ALL- YOU-CAN-EAT tickets just $20 and includes the following:
              Unlimited hot dogs, brats, chips*
              Unlimited Dr. Pepper products*
              Limited Edition RoughRiders Souvenir
              Military Appreciation Night
              Camo jersey giveaway for first 1500 fans
*food served until 90 minutes after scheduled start time
 
TICKETS SOLD ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS
Also available pre-paid parking $5
 
To reserve your tickets please contact:
Tina Simpson 214-284-7180 or atssw@aol.com
or contact the church office at
 
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Would YOU like to be a PRAYER PARTNER
to an Elation Youth Member????
 
If you would like to participate please contact the church at st_stephen1@juno.com
and let Paula know!
Once we receive your request you will receive a youth member name and their e-mail address.
If you participated last year and would like to have the same youth this year
please indicate the youth’s name in your e-mail.
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Meeting Coming

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR
ALL Church Conference 
immediately following worship on both dates
 
Informational Discussion on
Sunday April 24th
and
Decision / Vote
Sunday, May 1, 2016
 
 
 The Agape-Searchers Sunday school class
will spend the next few weeks discussing our visions of SSIMC's past, present, and future as reflected in the SCI Self-Study Report and the development plan just submitted to the Conference.  Please join us in the chapel.
 

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Email Addresses!


Thanks to our Technology Task Force headed by Tom Ellis, we now have DEDICATED email boxes linked to our St. Stephen website. Please IMMEDIATELY change your email address books to note the following:

office@ststephenumctx.org - Paula Humphreys (general emails; replaces Juno address)
pastor@ststephenumctx.org - Rev. Nancy DeStefano
info@ststephenumctx.org - Cynthia Astle (Communications)
tech@ststephenumctx.org - Tom Ellis (Technology)
elation@ststephenumctx.org - Alan Hobbs for Elation
music@ststephenumctx.org - Ryan Forkner (Choir)

Our Fluid App continues to be a work in progress. Shortly we will have the capacity to create Messaging Groups so that you can send information meant for a specific group of people within the congregation via your smart phones.

Stay tuned, because there are more improvements on the horizon!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Get the New St. Stephen Mobile App!

Smartphone users, rejoice! You can now download the new St. Stephen United Methodist App for your Android or iPhone FREE!

Install this new app and help us realize its full potential. Inaugural features include regular updates on the Activity Feed, audio and video uploads on Media and Messaging. Members can get messages from the church. Get your entire Sunday school class or special unit to install the app and you can create a Messaging Group for reminders, alerts, etc.

St. Stephen smartphone users also will be able SOON to DONATE by electronic transfer through the Causes section of the app. This feature involves a third-party financial vendor and we expect our application to be approved shortly.

Whether you use an iPhone or an Android phone, all you have to do is go to your app store and search for St. Stephen United Methodist. (Be sure to include "United Methodist" because there's also a St. Stephen Catholic Church with an app). You'll know you're in the right place when you see our beloved cross-and-flame logo.

Join in the fun and benefit of this new community tool. Get your St. Stephen Mobile App today!





Monday, April 11, 2016

Help Shape St. Stephen's Future

Mark Your Calendars for two All-Church Conferences on Sundays, April 24 and May 1 to learn more about three exciting ways to help St. Stephen UMC grow into its future.

At the Church Council meeting of April 10, our pastor, the Rev. Nancy DeStefano, shared the good news that the Bishop and Cabinet of the North Texas Conference have approved our proposal to use some of the proceeds from the parsonage sale for new development. Three projects, based on the "prescriptions" from last year's Small Church Initiative study, are being considered.

Here's how Pastor Nancy described the process and the projects in an email to the congregation:

"As you are aware our church entered into a three phase process of church renewal and revival called the Small Church Initiative (SCI) in early 2014. 

"The first phase was a six-month training experience for seven of our members.  This was followed by an in-depth self study of our church and an evaluation by Conference representatives in phase two which resulted in three prescriptions being offered to us.  We voted in an all church meeting to accept these three prescriptions and to implement them.

"Phase three is the process of working through these prescriptions and the new ideas that they generate.  We have made great progress in all three areas and we continue to pursue the implementation of the results they are yielding. We are still in phase 3 as it is ongoing and unfolding every day.

The excitement of the SCI goes beyond the prescriptions themselves to the new ideas and creative energies that have been generated.  One example of this is the moving of Sunday school classrooms to enhance our children's ministry.  While not prescribed by SCI this decision grew from the self study and our workshops together.

"One of the steps given by the SCI prescriptions was for me as your pastor to develop a vision and goals for St Stephen for 2016. I did so and this vision was received  at our 2015 church conference in November of last year. [These three growth areas are]:
  1. Our children's ministry is important to us and our numbers of children are growing.  Just as we cherish our music and worship and so employ qualified gifted people to bring excellence to this area of our life together, SCI made us aware that we need to do the same for our children.
  2. Building on our strength in the area of worship and listening to our young adult members, we recognize that we are called to bring the best of technology to our worship experience.  This led to the request for projection capabilities that are up-to-date and blended with our existing worship.
  3. SCI instructed us to revisit our vision and mission, which we have done. SCI also challenges us to find new and creative ways to get our unique message out to the world and to identify people and places that are aligned with that message.  We are working on this in several ways - enhancing our website, seeking to expand our presence on social media, developing an app for smart phones, and looking for events and projects in our area with which we can become involved."
Because inclusion is a high priority value for the Church Council, we decided to hold two meetings to give members the opportunity to learn about these proposals and have time to think about them before approving the expenditures.

An information session will be held after worship on Sunday, April 24. At this time, church leaders will explain more about each project.

An All-Church Conference will be held after worship on Sunday, May 1 to vote formally on the proposed budgets for these projects. A vote to approve spending money in this way is required by the Book of Discipline, our United Methodist collection of laws.

These are exciting times for St. Stephen Church. We invite everyone to be part of our new growth!





Be an Amigo!




AMIGOS DAYS 2016 April 23, 2016 Project House: 1119 Oak Hill Circle, Dallas, TX. Lots of painting, some scraping, and digging one French drain. Contact Bruce Hardie to sign up.

Prayer Vigil for General Conference May 6



CORRECTION!
St. Stephen UMC will join thousands of United Methodists around the world in prayer for the 2016 General Conference happening May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. A prayer vigil will be held on May 5. Sign-ups will be available soon.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring Cleaning Saturday, April 9



It's that time of year again for St. Stephen SPRING CLEANING!! Saturday April 9, 8:30 a.m. until Noonish

There will be wood cleaning, window washing, table cleaning, mulching and other fun jobs. Supplies will be provided.

The congregation has done a great job in the past and with your help will do so again.

What's in St. Stephen's Future?

The Agape-Searchers Sunday school class will spend the next few weeks discussing our visions of St. Stephen UMC's past, present, and future as reflected in the Small Church Initiative Self-Study Report and the development plan just submitted to the Annual Conference with a funding request.  Please join us in the chapel 9:30 a.m. Sundays.