Live At Steve’s

“LIVE, AT STEVE’S PLACE”

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Doors Open at 7 pm

Featuring:
Singer/songwriter Justine Vandergrift
www.justinevandergrift.com
www.kenstead.net
And More…

This Week: Midtown Mosaic [Oct 20th, 2018]

When we planned our renovations for St. Stephen’s, we were caught by a vision of becoming a home for the arts. This felt natural for us because so many of our church members are involved with the arts, either as patrons or as artists. But it was also a way of increasing our interaction with the wider community—a way of removing the street-side barrier created by our cinderblock walls, by playing host to our neighbours.

Five years later, it is gratifying to see the extent to which that vision is being fulfilled. Last weekend our church was transformed into an art gallery for our annual Midtown Mosaic art show, the sanctuary filled with art, and a constant stream of patrons flowing through the building. The place was alive with conversation, music, good food and drink. And our raffle and silent auction raised over $10,000, which, after expenses, will be divided between Kids’ Cancer Care, the Calgary Distress Centre, and the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

On Saturday, November 3, the sanctuary will be transformed once again, this time as a coffee house, complete with both a barista and a bartender, providing a friendly venue for live music. “Live at Steve’s”, our second home-grown “house concert”, will feature country soul singer/songwriter Justine Vandergrift, Edmonton’s Ken Stead, and our own Brian Pearson hosting and playing a few tunes himself. (Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.) God gave us the vision, we built it, and now they’re coming! Sweet.   

“LOOK WHAT WE’VE DONE NOW! – October 21st 2018”

Back in June a beloved member of our congregation received the devastating news that her mother had died back home in South Africa. Her mother had not been well, so she had already saved up and bought a ticket to return to South Africa later in the season. But the airline would not change the date of that ticket, even on compassionate grounds. With help from a generous parishioner we bought her a new ticket home. She was able to be reunited with the members of her family, and to attend the funeral, and say her farewells to her mother.

ISC: MALLARMÉ AND FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM

join us for this exciting season opener featuring one of Canada’s most outstanding singers, Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano. Norine joins conductor and pianist, Rolf Bertsch, and an all-star ensemble of ISC musicians in works by Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré inspired by the French décadents, Verlaine and Mallarmé.

Midtown Mosaic

ORIGINAL ARTWORK. 20 ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE
Paintings  •  Giclées  •  Photography •  Pottery  •  Quilting  • Jewelry and much more
Deli Lunch & Children’s Activities (Face Painting)

This Week: Jeff and Maureen Jones [Oct 13th, 2018]

It would seem that God is preparing us for a new chapter in the life of our parish, one that we cannot yet fully imagine. It begins with Brian’s retirement in March, 2019, but it is anticipated now by the announcement that Jeff and Maureen Jones will be leaving us in mid-November to take up new work and a new life in Ontario.

Jeff and Maureen have contributed more to the life and character of St. Stephen’s these last thirteen years than we could easily measure! Jeff’s musical leadership has provided a dynamic rallying point for our congregation in his work with the choir, whose sense of fun rivals its devotion to the music itself. The music program—with its rich blend of the modern and traditional—has become a hallmark of our lively Sunday worship.

2016 Carol Service

Maureen has gifted us with her dramatic flare and masterful storytelling sensibilities. We first witnessed this in the Radio Nights series, dramatic readings of plays performed live in our sanctuary. And every year we were transported by her readings in church, most memorably at the Carol Service and the Good Friday Reading of the Passion.

But their sons, Simon and Hugh, are both setting courses that lead them east, and it seemed to Jeff and Maureen that this was a sign that the family was itself relocating. So Jeff is taking a new assignment in Hamilton with RBC and Maureen is finding her place in Toronto, the hub of our country’s professional voicing work.