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Saints Alive Excursion

Wylie, Texas
Thurs., Feb. 23
10 am – 4 pm
 
Roland Vogel and Beth Fultz are hoping to preserve the camaraderie of the Saints Alive group by offering a day’s excursion
each month on the usual 4th Thursday of the month, until we are back into the Education Building. So on Thursday, February
23, 10 a.m., we are meeting in the church parking lot until we head to Wylie, Texas. Former member, Mindy Corder Manson
(Cathy Corder’s sister) is City Manager. We’ll visit the new Town Hall, the quaint downtown area including Shoemaker
and Hardt and eat locally. Should have a great time. RSVP to Beth or Roland.

The Youth of SSPC Thank You

The youth of St.Stephen thanks you for your
donations to Souper Bowl of Caring. We raised over $650 for Tarrant Area Food Bank  favoring
the Atlanta Falcons over the New England Patriots! What a surprise ending!

Calling Volunteers to Actions Odd Jobs Abound!

Are you a mover and a shaker? Can
you lift boxes and need the exercise?
Are you an organizer and a sorter? Do
you like to ponder this book or that pile of papers?
Then we need you. Why? We need to create space
where previously we’ve never gone before. Dishes
need washing in the Kitchen before it can be used
again. Papers need shuffling, boxes need moving.
Odd jobs abound.
 
Movers and Shakers, give Eduardo a communiqué:
817.909.1334 or ecalderon@ssr-inc.com.
 
Organizers and Sorters, dishwashers and odd jobs,
give Beth Fultz a missive: 817.875.9704 or
beth.fultz@ststephenpresbyterian.com.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday starts the season of Lent, 46 days
(including Sundays) before Easter. It is a time of con-
templation and reflection on the live of Jesus Christ and
his ministry. During the worship services, in addition to
communion, ashes are imposed upon participants’ fore-
heads, a sign of the cross, a sign that we are part of
Christ. We offer three services for the congregation and
the community. A special service designed for children
and families in the late afternoon.
 
Date: March 1, 2017

Approved! Youth Mission Trip

Approved!
Youth Mission Trip to:
Central Presbyterian Church
St. Paul, Minnesota, July 22-30, 2017
 
Help with a VBS that is Refugee
& homeless focused
& spurring church back into
VBS programming
Working on possible construction Projects
 
Sneak peak Trip to Minnesota
Spring Break, March 13-16
Cost meals & Souvenirs
We’ll sleep in churches front & back
RSVP to Beth

Creating Solutions For Our Unusual Circumstances

 
Return of Sunday School Within the Walls
of the Sanctuary
 
     Help us think creatively, and join us as our classes gather
in the Sanctuary building amid noise and movement, visual
stimuli and music permeating our senses. We are no
longer static, but alive with new solutions!
 
Temporary Configuration of Classes
 
Nursery — Temporary Nursery in
Bride’s Room (Women’s Outer Room)
Pre-K Class— Share Nursery Space
Godly Play— Back of Sanctuary Left
(Kindergarten & 1st grade)
Stepping Stones—Middle Basement Hall
(2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grades)
Youth Class—Archives Room
Trinity Adult Class—East Transept
Searchers Adult Class—Session Room

Organist Competition

 
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church is pleased to host the Fort Worth chapter-level competition of the
American Guild of Organists Regional Competitions for Young Organists (RCYO). This event, held in
odd-numbered years, showcases emerging young organ talent. Competitors that advance from the
chapter-level competition will then move to the regional competition, and then to the national
competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.
 
The competition will be held in the sanctuary of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson
Ave, Fort Worth, TX at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017. St. Stephen is home to a Dan
Garland 4-manual, 77 rank pipe organ built in 1993.
The competition is open to the public and free of charge.
In addition to their own program selections, each competitor will play the Frank Ferko (b.
1950) ‘Mass for Dedication’ (2004). Audience members will also play an important role in singing
selected hymns that are part of the competition requirements.
 
 
Gregory Santa Croce
Program:
Bach: Prelude and fugue in C major, BWV 547
Vierne: Final from the Symphony no. 3 in f-sharp minor, Op. 28
 
 
Gregory Santa Croce is an undergraduate student in jazz studies and organ performance at the
University of North Texas in Denton, where he studies with
Dr. Jesse Eschbach and professors Pat Coil
and Richard DeRosa. He is currently organist at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Denton. His recent
awards include first prize in the 2016 William Hall Pipe Organ
Competition in San Antonio, Texas and the 2016 University of North
Texas College of Music Presser Scholarship. His piano playing and
compositions are featured on several recordings by University of
North Texas jazz ensembles.
 
 
 
Issac Foreman
Program:
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in a minor BWV 543
Widor:Allegro from Organ Symphony No.6, Op.42 No.2
 
 
 
Organist and pianist, Isaac Foreman, began studies at age six in the TCU
Music Preparatory, and performs frequently as soloist on piano and organ.
Foreman serves as Organist at the First United Methodist Church in Hurst,
Texas. Additionally, he attended the 2016 Cincinnati POE and has
participated in organ master classes led by artists such as Christopher
Young, Michael Unger, and Isabelle Demers. As a winner of the prestigious
Nordan Music Scholarship, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in
piano and organ performance under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár and
Dr. H. Joseph Butler.

The Prayer Following the Vandalism of the Church

On January 8th, we discovered that St. Stephen had been vandalized. Virtually all the windows of the Education building were broken out, much was destroyed or defaced, and the vandal or vandals had attempted to start three fires. The police and fire investigations forced us to cancel worship that morning, but at 4:00 pm that afternoon we held a service in the main sanctuary, that was attended by over 300 people, many of whom were members of other congregations expressing their support. This prayer, derived from Psalm 74, was said responsively in the service:

Prayer for Vandal Vigil

 

As the congregation prays, you will hear me say, “Hear our cries, O God!” Please respond, “Attend unto our prayers.”

 

Hear our cries, O God!

Attend unto our prayers.

 

O God, someone has destroyed everything in the sanctuary. They have roared within your holy place; they have set up their emblems there. Hear our cries O God.

Attend unto our prayers.

 

They set your sanctuary afire; they desecrated the dwelling place of your Holy Name. Hear our cries, O God!

Attend unto our prayers.

 

They set their emblems in our sanctuary; they said in their hearts, “We will utterly subdue them.”

Hear our cries, O God!

 

Attend unto our prayers.

 

But now, as we hear the word “Amen,” please respond, “How we thank you, Lord!”

 

But you, Lord, are our sovereign from of old, working salvation on all the earth. You divided the sea with your might: you made Chaos itself food for the beasts of the field. Amen.

 

How we thank you, Lord!

 

Yours is the day, yours also the night; you are Sovereign in the light and in the darkness, and always by our side. Amen!

 

How we thank you, Lord!

 

Though the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence, we know you always regard for your[e] covenant; you remember your promises forever. Amen.

 

How we thank you, Lord!

 

You do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals; you do not neglect the cries of the needy. Amen.

How we thank you, Lord!

 

You will remember your congregation in their time of need. Amen.

How we thank you Lord!

 

Our prayers go up to you, O Lord, not only for ourselves, but also for those in need throughout the world; any who are victims of such violations.

 

For those who perpetrated these acts, we pray that their hearts may be changed and for the course of justice.

 

And for ourselves, we pray that anger and fear do not dim Christ’s love in our hearts, or our courage to profess your grace and love for the sake of your Son’s dear name. Teach us how to balance justice and forgiveness.

 

Make this terrible deed a testimony to the redemptive grace we know in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Lord.

 

And now, as Jesus taught….