May 14, 2019

Belonging with Purpose – Caring for Creation by caring for beagles*

One person’s passion can make a world of difference.  At St. Stephen’s, we look to make opportunities for a person’s passion to change the world as we practice Embracing and Living God’s Commandment to Love our Neighbors—through worship, stewardship, and service to others.

Attending to creation is part of our mandate to love one another.  From the creation stories of Genesis to the words of our Eucharistic Prayers, we remember again and again that we have been charged with the care of creation.  Eucharistic Prayer D says, “You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures.  When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death.”  (BCP, 373)  Because we are a resurrected people, we have even more incentive to care for God’s creation.

St. Stephen’s has supported the passion of parishioner Bill Murrell, a “Beagle Dad.”  With the support of the Outreach Committee we will host a free community pancake breakfast on May 19th from 9-12 in Rectors Hall. Proceeds benefit the “BeFreegle Foundation”, which is a non-profit rescue organization focused on the rescue, rehabilitation & placement of beagles used in laboratory testing.  Last year we had over 100 people attend, raised more than $2000 for the organization and 3 dogs were adopted.  That’s good stewardship!  

If you’re not a dog person (although what’s not to love about beagles), no worries … Just come join us for great fellowship and enjoy some hot blueberry pancakes, w/real maple syrup!

Come by yourself or bring a friend!  Everyone’s invited!!

*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,  The staff works together to create a schedule for highlighting our ministry as St. Stephen’s Church.


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