Advent and Christmas services 2014

CHRISTMAS_0010We look forward to seeing you at St. Stephen’s this Christmas season! If you’re a Christian who’s looking for a church home, and you’re curious about the Episcopal/Anglican tradition, we hope you’ll visit with us.

If you’re not a Christian, but you’re drawn to the faith, this would be a wonderful time to experience one of the most joyful celebrations on the liturgical calendar.

And if you are a former parishioner of St. Stephen’s or any other Episcopal church, living inside or outside the Pittsburgh area, please drop by! You are always welcome!

Services will be held on the four Sundays of Advent at 8 a.m. (traditional, Holy Eucharist Rite II, no music) and 10 a.m. (Holy Eucharist Rite II, with choir and music).

Advent potluck suppers and Bible study will be held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft on Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

A Holy Eucharist service (Rite II) will be held on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., with music and choir.

There will be no Christmas Day service, and the office will be closed Friday, Dec. 26.

Merry Christmas to you from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in McKeesport!

What fools!

Not so idle thoughts…

I am amazed and disheartened at how utterly foolish and unfeeling we mortals can be! As I look back at the several cruel wars that have occurred in my lifetime, I want to scream out, “Why?” Yet I know no good or rational answer awaits.

And those wars too often reflect the daily combat waged by individuals and gangs, accomplishing nothing but unnecessary pain and suffering. And that, in turn, reflects the senseless conflict too often present in family life.

A folk song expressed my wonder: “When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?” I cannot deny my own foolishness at times.

—The Rev. Dave Else

Flea market Nov. 1

St. Stephen’s will host a flea market and estate sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Tables are available for $10. For more information, call (412) 664-9379.

If you would like to donate items to be sold to benefit St. Stephen’s, please call the church office at (412) 664-9379 to arrange a donation. We will be selling food for breakfast and lunch on the day of the sale.