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Traveling Down Freedom Road – part one

by Max Courtney

Someone (or several someones) suggested that I write a blog detailing the St. Stephen Freedom Road field trip. Yes, I thought; that needs to be done so that others might share this adventure.

I was privileged to lead a class at St. Stephen during January and February entitled “Freedom Road: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Black America in the 1950s and 1960s.” After teaching many years in diverse venues (university, police academy, church) I can say without equivocation that this was the most fulfilling class I ever taught. Much of the credit for that goes to the participants whose enthusiasm for the subject was an arterial elixir for me. Much of it also goes to having taken the capstone field trip—Beth Fultz’s suggestion.

Music Day Camp at St. Stephen, August 1 – 5, 2011

Elementary Children from Kindergarten – post Sixth Grade are invited to our week long Music Day Camp.   Camp costs $80 per person with a multi-family discount available.  Children will learn many songs, simple choreography, be cast as Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Jesus or some other important role.   This is a great opportunity for your musically or dramatically inclined child, relative or young friend. The Musical, “The Life of the Party, the story of Mary and Martha”, by Allen Pote and Tom S. Long, will be performed on Friday evening, August 5, starting with dinner at 6, and the musical at 7…

Summertime, and the Livin’ is Easy–Not!

Remember when you were a kid, and you looked forward to summer as the time when things slowed down and you got to play and relax and watch TV and sleep late and go to the beach? That early training sticks with me as an adult. I still imagine summer is going to be slow and relaxed.

Of course, the truth was I spent a whole lot of the summer pretty bored, wishing there was something to do.

Beth Fultz and friend demonstrating her "tie-dyed" hands at VBS!

And there’s plenty to do here at SSPC!  Summer is prime time for ministry. Whether it’s celebrations, summer camps, reaching out to the needy struggling through this hot Texas summer, or preparing for the upcoming year, one thing I can say with authority is that summers are NOT slow at St. Stephen.

Room in the Inn, Our Ministry with the Homeless

The Room in the Inn program, in support of the homeless,continues its fourth summer session at St.Stephen! Beginning Tuesday, July 5, and continuing each Tuesday through July and August in the St. Stephen Parish Hall, SSPCers will host between 10 and 15 homeless men. We’ll serve them dinner and breakfast, play board games, talk, pray, and enjoy each other’s company. Each Tuesday,during the hottest months and coldest months of the year, a dedicated group of volunteers sets up bedding in our Parish Hall for up to 15 homeless men. They are served a nice home-style dinner, along with breakfast on…

A Poppin’ Fourth on July 3rd!

Please join us for an annual tradition at St. Stephen–“A Poppin’ Fourth on the Hill”! Our beautiful lawn is the perfect setting for a Fourth of July picnic–even if we’re celebrating the Fourth on July 3rd. Join us following 11:00  Sunday worship for a Hot Dog Luncheon (noonish)in the Parish Hall. That will be followed by a Patriotic Concert at 2:00 p.m. in our beautiful Sanctuary. Organist Michael Britt will be performing as part of the St. Stephen “Special Music Series, ” as he has for every July 4 for ten years.  Michael is equally “at home” playing theater, broadway…