Flea market Aug. 22

St. Stephen’s will hold a flea market Aug. 22 to support a local no-kill animal shelter — a portion of the proceeds also will benefit the church. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lots of items have been donated, including dozens of Boyd’s Bears, toys, books, tools, Christmas decorations, household items, and lots more.

There will be breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, haluski, and more. Come help both organizations and enjoy good food. Park and enter at rear of church.

St. Stephen’s hosts discussion on effects of violence on the McKeesport community

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 3.19.42 PMSt. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is hosting a presentation on the effects of violence on the McKeesport community.

The guest speaker will be Diane Dahm, director of prevention, education, and outreach at the Center for Victims.

The program is at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and will last an hour. Diane will discuss the lasting effects of violence in our community, and how we might help.

There is no charge for this event, but attendees are asked—as they are able—to bring food to share with everyone at the dinner. Utensils, cups, and plates will be provided.

The presentation will be followed by a potluck dinner, a time for reflection and connecting with other members of our community.

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Get your ego out of the way

“No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.” —Pope Francis

Pope Francis seemed to come out of nowhere and suddenly began speaking for the faith that so many hold onto in a time of religious struggle. His being elected is an act of God, for humility is the “road back” for Christianity and for all faiths.

If we seek to know God, we dare not play God, and too much religion has been so preoccupied. Dare we now, following Pope Francis’ example and leadership, defer to God?

Only in humility can we know the essence of all faith, of all relationship to God … love.

—Rev. Dave Else