World Aids Day Service

Thursday, November 30 6:30 p.m.

St. Stephen's and Access Support Network partner to commemorate this global event. HIV/AIDS still plagues the globe today.  And even with simple testing with quick results and advanced treatments, the United States and California are still not immune to rising infection numbers.

 

The special service will bring some perspective and compassion to the situation, the people affected, and to those who have lost or are supporting someone with HIV/AIDS.

 


 

Adult Education - Potluck & Book Discussion

at St. Barnabas, Arroyo Grande

"The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Chritian" by Brian D. McLaren is the book that St. Barnabas' will be reading, and we are invited to join them in the discussion of the book on Thursdays

  • October 19
  • October 26 (Fr. Ian will lead this one)
  • November 2
  • November 9

Session are 6-8 p.m., starting with a potluck

 

at St. Stephen's

We'll be inviting St. Barnabas to join us in the study of "Stations of the Cosmic Christ" by Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus (California).  We will meet on Tuesdays.

  • November 14
  • November 21
  • November 28

This will be in advance of Matthew Fox coming to the SLO Deanery on December 1 & 2.  Sessions are 6-8 p.m., starting with a potluck.

 

If you would like assistance with purchasing the books, please let Fr. Ian know.  There is an Adult Education fund that can be used for this purpose.

 

 


 

"Blue" Christmas

December 20 @ 12:15.

December is supposed to be happy and joyous! How do we know this? Because advertising tells us, almost demanding that we be happy! And if we spend more, eat more, drink more, will be even happier. But December is difficult for some people, and the relentless imposition of a “happy holiday season” can make it worse. Instead of internalizing that which makes December challenging, the “Blue” Christmas Service offers an opportunity to acknowledge what is challenging, pray about it and offer it to God – for it is what we are celebrating at Christmas, that God came into the world to be with us! So, if you are “blue” this Christmas, or know someone who is, join us on December 20 at the 12:15 service for prayer, meditation and comfort. There will be no Christmas decorations, I promise!

 

“No one can fathom the depths of God’s understanding. God gives power to the faint and strength to the powerless. They that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength.” – Isaiah 40.28-29.

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