Presiding bishop to visit McKeesport

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The leader of 3 million Anglicans in the United States and in other provinces around the world will visit McKeesport on Feb. 5 to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and encourage local churches to continue their missions to the Mon Valley.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, will preach and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 11 a.m.

The service is open to the public and will be broadcast online by McKeesport internet radio station WMCK.FM.

Curry, the 27th presiding bishop, is visiting Pittsburgh in the first of five planned revivals in Episcopal dioceses around the country, a spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh said. Curry will lead worship, preach, listen and speak at a series of events centered around two themes central to his ministry: evangelism and racial reconciliation.

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Christmas Eve service

St. Stephen’s will celebrate the birth of Christ at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 with Holy Eucharist, Rite II. The Rev. J. David Else will officiate.

There will be no Sunday Eucharist on Dec. 25.

The Christmas Eve celebration is one of the most joyous on the church calendar. Even if you are not a regular attendee at St. Stephen’s, you are more than welcome to attend!

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(Image courtesy Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Network)

Are we here to simply survive?

Sermon for Aug. 28, 2016, by the Rev. J. David Else:

I believe St. Stephen’s is at a critical time in its life. I believe McKeesport is at a critical time in its life. I believe our church, our nation, our world is at a critical time in its life.

Let’s get back to St. Stephen’s. By all rights, we should be closing up shop. Our resources, both financial and our membership, are not sustaining. We’re damned good survivors, don’t get me wrong, but are we here to simply “survive”? Continue reading