St. Stephen’s Christmas newsletter

Rev. Chris’ Christmas letter can be accessed here.

Christmas service dates/times:

– Dec 21 Blue Christmas service (When Christmas Hurts)

  6:30pm (contemporary language, with music)

– Dec 24 Christmas eve

  6:30pm Family service aka “Angels in PJs” – (kid-friendly Christmas lessons and carols, with eucharist. Feel free to bring little ones in their PJs)

11:00pm BCP Midnight Mass (traditional language, Christmas carols)

– Dec 25 Christmas day

  9:30am (contemporary language)

Christmas offering/financial update – This year has been one of many transitions, and while transitions always bring the promise of new life, they also often result in reduced income. Our Year-to-date Income is approximately $125,833, and our projected total expenses for 2016 will total approximately $144,672. This leaves us with approximately $18,839 to raise before the end of the year without drawing from our reserve funds. Please consider making a special Christmas offering to help us offset this potential year-end deficit. Special Christmas offering envelopes have been placed in the pews for this purpose. Thank you so much for your support!

– Rev Chris will be on vacation from Dec 26-Jan 1, inclusive.

Sunday Jan 1st there will be only one worship service because Rev. Chris will be away. The service will be at 10:30am and will be a BCP Morning prayer service led by one of our devoted lay readers, Lloyd Begley.

Friday, Jan 6th at 7:00pm we will be hosting a joint Epiphany service with St Olaf’s Lutheran Church, our full communion (ELCIC) partners in Swift Current. The service will be followed by a reception in our hall, catered by our fantastic ACW group! Please plan on attending, celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany, and growing in relationship with our brothers and sisters from St Olaf’s.

“VISION is the fuel or energy that will drive the congregation forward throughout the growth side of the life cycle. Vision is the current understanding of God’s spiritual strategic direction for a congregation that is cast by leadership and owned by membership.” (Bullard)

Last Sunday during my sermon I introduced a resource we will use as a congregation to help guide us during this period of interim ministry. This is the Life Cycle and Stages of Congregational Growth model developed by Dr. George Bullard. As we look towards the new year and our Annual General Meeting, I encourage you to read and reflect on a document that describes Bullard’s work in more detail–especially the role of VISION in congregational regeneration. The document can be found here: As you read about the role of VISION in the growth of a congregation, consider what unique calling God might have for us as the Anglican church in Swift Current in 2017.

– This newsletter, along with Rev. Chris’ Christmas letter and the Bullard document above will also be available in hard copy at the church on Sunday, although the numbers will be limited to reduce environmental impact and expense.

Peace to you and yours this Christmas season!


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