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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday

Still a lot of snow on the ground, but inside the church, we found springtime!

The baptismal font, decorated with the children's plants.

Flowers, given in memory and in honor of parishioners' family members and friends.

The altar.

The Processional, "Welcome, Happy Morning!" led with the Paschal Candle.

Katie on oboe and the choir, which sang several beautiful and well-rehearsed anthems.

During announcements, Fr. Curtis presented Dan and Sabra, our devoted church caretakers, with gifts. Including this memorial "snow shovel"!

After church in the Undercroft, there was a children's Easter Egg Hunt. Here's one of the decorated Easter Egg bags.

We all enjoyed the food and fellowship.

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Maundy Thursday

Our Maundy Thursday service began with the Penitential Order.

After the Sermon, there was Foot Washing.

At the conclusion of the service, the altar was stripped in preparation for Good Friday.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Snowy Palm Sunday

Lots of snow on the ground this Palm Sunday. St. Stephen's Parishioners are prepared for anything!

The altar was decorated with this beautiful spreading palm frond.

The start of our Palm Sunday Snowshoe Procession.

Our intrepid showshoe brigade scales the hillside.

What goes up can definitely get down!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Children's Pre-Easter Workshop

The St. Stephen's Undercroft was a busy place when the children gathered there for Easter preparations!

They created a Garden Tomb. Caitlin and Ricky are proud of their efforts.

The Tomb is populated with people and animals (some not native to the Holy Land but that's okay!)

The Easter Bunny hides in the tall grass!

Another task was making Hot Cross Buns. Caitlin rolls out the dough.

Katie and Kaela shape the buns.

Marking the buns with a cross.

Ice cream making was an important part of the day. Noah, Ricky, Mason, Caitlin and Katie roll the ice cream maker around the floor.

Dave and Noah decorate a bag to hold Easter Eggs.

The Easter Egg Hunt takes place after the service on Easter Day.

Photo credits: Daniel Welch, who was there the entire time, and Parish Blogger, who stopped in for a little while