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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cheerfully Blooming

On arrival at the church Sunday morning, Fr. Curtis admires the town-maintained planter on the sidewalk.

Morning glory on the railing beside the front walkway.

The hydrangea at the corner of the church building.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On the Way to the Wedding

Our Director of Music Ministry, Katie Ortega, and our Organist Keith Belanger were married at St. Stephen's on Saturday, August 16. The bride, her bridesmaids, and her family used the Welch home (across the street from the church) to dress for the wedding.

Katie in her wedding dress.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thank you from Sabra

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

We have met our gourmet fundraising goal with a check for $1000.00 dollars being dropped off in the next day or so from Scott Brown of the Rotary Club. In less than two months, we have worked together to raise all the funds($2400) we need to have the walkway to the undercroft rebuilt...including the drain. I will call Mr. Clairmont tomorrow morning to get us on the schedule and to give you all enough notice about the disruption to the undercroft access.

So to the angels who donated money to offset expenses, the kitchen drudges who prepped the "Passing the Gavel" dinner, the cooks who roasted and sliced turkeys without sampling too much....and the salad makers, potato pasta and bean, the bakers of cakes, brownies and cookies, the crews who were available to serve and clean up the meals, to the coffee guys, to each of you who donated an item for the raffle baskets, to the raffle ticket salesmen, to the ticket taker who was the corporate memory of how to do the turkey in a kitchen so small, to the man with the garden cart who hauled stuff for weeks, to all who said a prayer for us, to anyone who looked out of their window on Saturday night as the thunder crashed, the lightening flashed and it rained buckets and thought about the group trying to serve dinner at St. Stephen's, my heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone of you.

Some special notice to Fayth Noyes who roasted 4 turkeys, sliced and ready, and resisted the temptation to eat them....to people who had planned to be with us to help but special circumstances prevented them from being with us and to Fr. Curtis who gave up part of his last day of vacation to be with us.

It has been an emotional and exhausting time for us at the little church with a big heart. I hope that in some small way that the surprise of receiving all the donated bread to be share by our community and the distribution of all the left overs from the Balloonist dinner among the congregation present yesterday helped to make the work of a meal lighter and maybe helped a neighbor, friend or family member. I've never see turkey fly so fast as it did into containers yesterday.

Looking forward to sharing a meal with you all when we gather to join Fr. Curtis in a Celebration of New Ministry... anyone know a group that can cook?