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Exciting Things Happening at St. Stephen!

by Rev. Fritz Ritsch The last few months have been amazing for St. Stephen. There seems to be new energy and excitement. There are a lot of new faces in many places—visitors and new members in our pews, children and adults in choirs, participants in our various programs. I want to share a few numbers that demonstrate how well things are going. The year 2018 saw St. Stephen’s membership increase by 18 members. To understand this number, one needs to understand that church membership is a constant battle against attrition—balancing those we lose by death or transfer against those we…

Mission Challenge: 40 Items in 40 Days

The Mission Committee once again challenges you to collect 40 Items in 40 Days! Clean out your closets, your drawers, your laundry room! During this season of Lent, your donation of clean clothing will help replenish the clothes closet at the South Central Alliance of Churches. Plastic bags are available in the Narthex and Parish Hall to help you collect your donation. Drop your bags in the designated area in Parish Hall by Palm Sunday, April 14. Your donations are greatly appreciated by SCAC and go a long way in helping our neighbors. Questions: Emily Endres or Cynthia Walker (call…

Legacy Series: Putting Things in Order

Back by popular demand,  the trustees and deacons are offering a program for 2019 in three parts, The Legacy Series.  Our first program, “Putting Things in Order”, is March 31, 12:00-2:00 in the Parish Hall after church,  lunch will be provided.  This program is a reprise of an earlier program regarding important steps in putting one’s affairs in order and communicating those wishes with family and physicians.  Please join us for this important conversation.  We will be looking at legal, financial and medical basics of preparation such as power of attorney,  aspects of elder law, advance directives, end of life care…

God Bless Eddie Shaw

A bolt of lightning, blazing fast, Slick moves that leave the crowd aghast, A wisp the defense cannot grasp, It’s Eddie Shaw, gone streaking past. Cause it’s Eddie who will score, It’s Eddie the girls adore, It’s Eddie the crowds cheer for, He’s their hero evermore! Eddie answered St. Stephen’s call, To carry, lift, and walk the hall, To set our service, lights and all, To put a roll in every stall, Cause it’s Eddie at the door, Eddie’s always doing more, He’s got a spirit we adore, It’s Eddie Shaw we’re rooting for. When St. Stephen had been attacked,…

Eddie Shaw Reflects on 34 Years at St. Stephen

by Fritz Ritsch Eddie Shaw, St. Stephen’s sexton and facilities supervisor, has thirty-four years of memories of people and events at the Church on the Hill. As he prepares to retire he says, “For me, everything’s been good.” Eddie’s last day of work is February 28. The church will hold a “Good-bye” Party on Sunday, March 3, after worship. Eddie came to St. Stephen in 1983. He had been a star athlete at Trimble Tech in the early ‘70s, excelling in football, basketball, and track and field. After a year at Tarleton State, he returned to Fort Worth and went…

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