“God of Open Arms”
Lent began on March 1, Ash Wednesday, and continues through Saturday, April 15. (Easter on April 17) This Lent Dr. Ritsch is preaching a series of sermons called “God of Open Arms” Each Sunday sermon focus on one significant story from scripture.
March 5: Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:15 ; 3:1-7)
March 12: Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-17)
March 19: The Woman at the Well (John 4: 5-42)
March 26: Jesus heals a blind man (John 9: 1-41)
April 2: The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37: 1-14)
Author: Mitchell Crawford
By now, you’ve no doubt seen – and most assuredly heard- St. Stephen’s four cholar scholars, whom all are music students at TCUThe cholar program is new, having just launched in the Fall. Already, however, the music program has been richly blessed by these talented individuals, and there is no question that they have been lovingly embraced and ministered to by our choir and congregation. I have asked them to tell me about themselves in order to help you get to know them better.
Monica Saurez is our soprano choral scholar, and was born and raised nearby in North Richland Hills. She began singing at the age of 5 with her karaoke and hasn’t stopped since. She’s finishing her time at TCU in the Fall of 2017 with a bachelors degree in music education. She loves coffee, puppies, and anything purple!
Tomas Padron, our tenor choral scholar, is a freshman Vocal Music Education Major at TCU. He grew up in Miami, FL and moved to Dallas 5 years ago. Ever Since, he has been in love with choir, and sings not just with a number of TCU ensembles, but community groups as well.
Mark Dingler, our bass, grew up in Arlington and began singing through the Kindermusic program as a 4 year old. In addition, he’s been playing piano for 10 years. As a freshman vocal music education major at TCU, he sings in three of the university’s ensembles. Mark Collects Vinyl recorders, and enjoys listening to a wide range of music in his dorm room as he studies.
Jessica Harper, who sings in the alto section, is the daughter of two South African parents who immigrated to New York and then to Texas in the late 1990’s. She fell in love with music at an early age and has since been singing in school, show choirs, Dallas youth choirs, and Texas all state choirs. She led a middle school small group in her home for 3 years., and has a fondness for fuzzy socks.
I am so grateful to St. Stephen for undertaking the choral scholar initiative. This is a genuine mission of the congregation, one with very real benefits not just to us, but these four exceptional young people as well. So, next time you see one of our choral scholars on a Sunday morning, stop and introduce yourself, and help us continue to welcome them them home.
Due to low summer attendance, SSPC is going down to one service a week for the duration of the summer. This change will start June 11, Trinity Sunday. The service will start at 10:00 am each Sunday. The format of the service will be the same as the 8:30 am service. ( No processions, and communion every sunday)
We will return to two services a week on August 20
Adult Sunday School will continue its’ “Briten Up Your Summer” program at 9:00 am, featuring speakers from Brite Divinity School. Children’s Sunday School will take a summer break. Godly Play will continue to be available for children during the sermon time in worship.
The choir also has the summer off starting the week after the 4th of July and resuming mid August.
ASH WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2018 THREE SERVICES, ONE SUPPER
Ash Wednesday starts the season of lent, 46 days (including Sundays) before Easter it is a time of contemplation and reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and his ministry. During the worship services, in addition to communion, ashes are imposed upon participants, a sign of the cross, a sign that we are a part of Christ.
We offer three services for the congregation and the community. A special service design for children and families in the late afternoon.
5:15 service for children and families
Here and see the story of the peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11: 6-9) With puppets and other resources with Pastor Fritz, Beth Fults, and Mitchell Crawford
All Children will receive an animal mask and animal sack. Centers of experience: mask choosing, building block your peaceful kingdom; Drawing the peaceful people in your kingdom.