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