June 19, 2019

Belonging with Purpose- A Caring Community*

A hallmark of a Christian community is the commitment to care for one another in times of distress, transition, or uncertainty. We are thrilled to introduce Marcy Kelly, our new Associate for Caring Ministries. Marcy will follow and expand upon the good work that Avril Sweeney began in this position two years ago, leading and fostering the care that we want to demonstrate. To learn more about the ministry that Marcy will oversee go to the Programs tab on our homepage and click on “In Time of Need.” After an interview process including members of the Decker and Parishioners’ Funds, Marcy was the clear and superior candidate. Whitney met with her and agreed that she would be a true asset to St. Stephens, assisting her in carrying out caring ministry to our entire congregation. Marcy has served for the last ten years as Parish Manager in a church with over 1200 members. Her responsibilities included not only administrative work, but pastoral duties as well. She was the on-call pastoral point person in her parish on weekends, visited homebound parishioners, worked in her parish’s food pantry, a soup kitchen, and several other outreach ministries. We were so impressed by her desire to serve, her skills, and her compassion. In her words, “I have always considered my position as my ministry and not my job. As such, I am constantly reminded that I am called to serve with kindness, compassion, and love my brothers and sisters, no matter who they are or where they come from.” Marcy resides in Trumbull with her husband, Tom, and their two rescue dogs. She enjoys Christian yoga, reading, and walking their dogs. She plans to be on campus Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Starting July 2, Marcy can be reached through calling the church office, extension 16 or by email, mkelly@ststephens-ridgefield.org. Please join us in welcoming Marcy to the St. Stephen’s community.

*Belonging with Purpose is a weekly news update of how our purpose is being reflected through the collective and individual lives of St. Stephen’s. If you have a story or experience that you believe illustrates our Vision and Mission, please send it to Ginny Fitzpatrick, gfitzpatrick@ststephens-ridgefield.org The staff works together to create a schedule for highlighting our ministry as St. Stephen’s Church.

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