Celebrating an ordination!

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The wardens and vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church are pleased to announce that on Dec. 15, God willing and the people consenting, the Right Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell, Bishop of Pittsburgh, will ordain the Rev. Brandon Mozingo to the priesthood.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s, 220 Eighth Ave. at Walnut Street, McKeesport. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Brandon currently serves as deacon-in-charge of St. Stephen’s and also ministers to other area Episcopal churches through the Mon Valley Mission. He previously served as parish administrator for Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and as a chaplain for the Seamen’s Church Institute, serving merchant mariners working on the Upper Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela and Kanawha rivers.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former hospital chaplain in the Atlanta VA Health Care System, Brandon is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he earned an M.A. in theology.

Brandon is shown, above right, during his ordination to the diaconate. Also shown is the Rev. Linda Tardy Wilson.

Free yoga classes for women Thursdays at St. Stephen’s

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is the host location for a free Yoga and Wellness Program for women in McKeesport and surrounding areas.

Classes are every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:45pm. The program is called Empower and is taught by Ali Popivchak, the founder of Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy. Ali is looking for help in the nursery providing child care, donations of gift cards and healthy snacks for the women and children.

If you would like to volunteer your time or make a donation, please email Ali at pghyogatherapy.com. You are also able to sign-up electronically at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa8a928aaf49-empower

Every Sunday is “Sunday with your family”

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Greetings from Saint Stephen’s!

I hope this letter finds you well, and that you’ve had an amazing summer.
Some of you might not know me that well, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself. My wife and I moved here from Atlanta a few years back, and we did so specifically because of St. Stephen’s. I was finishing a residency at the VA Hospital in Atlanta, and received a tip from a colleague of mine that this church in McKeesport was looking for someone.

Well, it didn’t take me long to absolutely fall in love with the church — both the people and the place. We spoke a few times, and then I came up to visit for a weekend. I immediately felt like it was home, and like the people were family. Of course, I’m certainly not the only one. I hear this again and again. Whenever they are at St. Stephen’s, it feels like coming back to the family home, and the people there feel like one big family.

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