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Sunday, July 20, 2008

In This Time of Remembrance

Thanks to all who helped and worked so hard on the set-up, sales, raffle, cooking, and money-counting for Old Home Day. It was a highly successful fundraiser.

Thanks for all the busy hands this morning clearing up and preparing for the events in the days ahead as we reach out to the Hetu family and Elvia's many friends.

And thanks to Rev. Karen Maleri for her sensitive care of us and her perfectly-pitched preaching in this time of grief for our parish family.

For those wishing to pay their respects to Elvia Hetu and her family, calling hours will take place at the Perkins and Pollard Funeral Home on Main Street in Pittsfield, from 2-4 and 7-9 on Monday, 21 July. The St. Stephen's community will provide a dinner for the family--with ice cream, because Elvia loved it so much.

The funeral will be 10 AM, Tuesday, 22 July at St. Stephen's, with Fr. John Allen and Fr. Kevin Nichols officiating.

The family asks that memorial donations to St. Stephen's go to our Outreach Fund, so Elvia's legacy of helping and serving will continue.

In a message to parishioners, Sabra said, "We dedicated our efforts yesterday at the OHD fair to Elvia's spirit.....and placed a memorial to her on our bake table where her pies, cookies and lemon squares were for sale. She had them ready and her son, Bob, and her daughter, Jan brought them Friday evening."

The front-page Concord Monitor story about Elvia can be found here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Church Bulletin Humor

As shared by Fr. Curtis on Sunday. Taken from actual church bulletins:

Actual Announcements from Church Bulletins

1. This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

2. Tuesday, at 4 p.m, there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk, come early.

3. Wednesday, the Ladies Liturgy Society will meet. Mrs. Johnson will singe, “Put Me in My Little Bed”, accompanied by the Pastor.

4. Thursday, at 5 p.m., there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All those wishing to become little mothers, please meet the pastor in his study.

5. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Johnson to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

6. The service will close with “Little Drops of Water”. One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

7. On Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the expense of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet, come forward and get a piece of paper.

8. The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

9. A bean supper will be held Saturday evening in the church basement. Music will follow.

10. The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belser, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belser.