Monthly Tidings

Dates to remember:

December 2018:

As Fr. Bob is on medical leave, we will have a supply priest the first Sunday of each month (through February and most likely March.) Dec. 23rd, no service at St. Stephen’s. Dec. 23rd, There will be a Christmas service hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal Church at The Bridge in Alamosa, 11:00 a.m. Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve: 3:00 p.m. Dec. 30th, 10:00 a.m. Lessons and Carols.

November 2018:

11th–Local Thank Offering Sunday. This will benefit needs of the local community.
18th–Our SAMS missionary, Kathy Donahoe, will be visiting and sharing her ministry in the Dominican Republic with us. There will also be a potluck. Bring a friend!


Update: The Bishop will not be visiting after all. The Bishop’s Committee meeting has been moved from the 9th to the 16th with a possible potluck to follow.

9th– Bishop’s Committee Meeting following the service.
16th–Bishop Rob’s final visit before he retires. Come and visit with him and join us for a potluck meal after the service!

June & July:

23rd. Bane and Blessing Yard Sale in the Parish Hall, 8:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.

July 15th-Annual River Breakfast and Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. in South Fork at the Masonic Park. This will be our regular service on the 15th. July 29th-Annual combined service and potluck at Little Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, Crestone, CO at 11:00 a.m. There will be no service at St. Stephens on the 29th. All are welcome to attend!


Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia!


Good Friday: Ecumenical Tennebrae service 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday:  10:00 a.m. Eucharist.


Happy New Year and on toward Lent!


13th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by Sundown Ash Wednesday service. Fr. Bob will be with us this year! Also look for Lenten reflections on our Reflections page.

18th Annual Meeting following the 10:00 a.m. service and followed by a potluck.

25th, March 4th, 11th, & 18th, Lenten study using material from the Good Book Club:
March 16th Lenten Luncheon at St. Stephen’s
March 25th Palm Sunday
30th Good Friday community service at St. Stephen’s
April 1st Easter Sunday

December: 3rd Advent 1 service led by Fr. Bob, 10th Advent 2 service led by our Lay Pastoral Leader, Diane, 17th Advent 3 service led by Fr. Bob, 24th Advent 4/Christmas Eve service at 3:00 p.m. (no morning service,) led by Fr. Bob, 31st Christmas 1 led by our Lay Pastoral Leader, Diane.

Our Advent study takes place following the service each Sunday. This year’s topic is the Advent Wreath. Come and join us! All are welcome!

November 5th: Our Thank Offering in-gathering for Episcopal Relief
and Development Flood Relief. Following the service will be a potluck and open Bishops Committee meeting. All are welcome to attend. We will also be taking orders for the Advent book study, “The Christmas Carol.”

Make a Difference in your community on October 28, 2017. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Clean up your yard and community, Bring trash to the S.LV. Regional Landfill

Cost non-perishable food items (Please no outdated items)
Pick-up load or car load- Cost 12 items
Single axle trailer: Cost 12 items
loaded Pick-up & small trailer (Single Axle): Cost 24 items
Double axle trailer: Cost 24 items
Loaded pick-up & double axle trailer: Cost 36 items
Dump truck: Cost 48 items

Food donation or monetary donation + additional fee
Passenger Size $1.00 each
Semi Truck Size $5.25 each
Tractor Size $10.50 each

No commercial haulers admitted for donation price
All loads must be covered/tarped
Tires must be off rims
All landfill regulations will be enforced

All contributions collected are donated to The Monte Vista Food Bank
For More Information Call (719) 852 – 3810



  1. Katerina Whitley · November 25, 2011

    Dear Elizabeth and God’s people of St Stephen’s. I am deeply touched that you have chosen my book Light to the Darkness for your Lessons and Carols celebration. May this be an occasion when you hear the biblical stories as for the first time and may you be blessed with the epiphany, the recognition of the Incarnation. I wish I could be with you. Katerina

    • ststephchurch · November 25, 2011

      Thanks, Katerina! We are having a great time organizing this event. The Ecumenical Community has responded overwhelmingly to this Advent service. ~Missi Stone, Lay Pastoral Leader.

    • Elizabeth Shank · November 27, 2011

      Dear Katerina,
      Today I handed out parts for the dramatic monologues so that folk could read through them and then next week we will have our first “read-through”, we also had our first advent study group using words of promise from Part 1. We had a very good and lively discussion about Sarah and Hagar. I will be sending you a copy of the service outline as soon as I have completed it. I keep reading different parts of the book and discovering something new every time.
      Elizabeth Shank

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