Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Welcome, Pastor Roy Atwood!

Our new pastor, the Rev. Roy Atwood, joins us for our first worship service together on Sunday, July 2. Please join us at 10:50 a.m. to give Pastor Roy a rousing St. Stephen welcome!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Elation! Send-Off

The 2017 "Love Without Limits" tour of our youth drama choir Elation! is about to take off for the Great White North!

Loading begins at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, with the send-off at 6:30. Come out to St. Stephen UMC and give our young people a rousing send-off as they bring "Godspell" internationally over the next 10 days.

March Against Police Brutality

Faith Forward Dallas -- the interfaith group honored by the North Texas Conference this year – will co-sponsor a march on Saturday, June 17, in response to the police shooting death of 15-year-old Mesquite athlete Jordan Edwards. Here is the group's announcement:

Join the March to End Police Brutality Saturday, June 17th
Assemble 10 AM • St. Paul UMC Church • 1816 Routh • Downtown near Ross.
March to Pike Park • Rally

March with your friends and:

Mothers Against Police Brutality
Family of Jordan Edwards
Faith Forward Dallas
Friendship West Baptist Church
Dallas NAACP
Texas Organizing Project
North Texas Dream Team
Texas Equal Access Fund
Faith in Texas
I Will Lead

This is the March to win justice for Jordan Edwards and other people killed by police in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area – and across America. This is the March to honor their memories, to support their families, and to lift every voice to end the national disgrace of unaccountable police violence against the public, particularly African American and Latino youth. This is the March to honor the memory of Santos Rodriguez, a 12-year-old child killed by Dallas police in 1973, in Pike Park near where Santos lived. This is the March to resist SB4 in Texas and to protect immigrant rights. This is the March to lift up the rights of women, refugees, and the LGBTQ community. This is your march! Join us!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

With Hearts Afire!

Pentecost – traditionally considered the "birthday" of the Christian Church – occurs this coming Sunday, June 4. There will be a special focus on this holy day of the Christian year during Sunday's worship. One easy way to join in the festivities: Wear something red, the traditional color of Pentecost to signify the mystical "flames" seen above the believers' heads.

To understand the meaning of this day more deeply, read Acts 2: 1-21 in the Holy Bible. Imagine the scene: A rush of wind, a babble of voices, and then the Apostle Peter quoting from the Old Testament Book of Joel: sons and daughters will give witness, the young will see visions, and the old will dream. How could St. Stephen give witness to the love of God we profess in these troubled times? What visions do our young people have, and are we listening to them? What dreams do our longtime members have for our beloved community, and how can they be accomplished?

Pentecost is time of looking backward to the traditions we've inherited, and forward to the future we hope to have. Let's come together at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, June 4, to remember, and to receive energy to move into the future.