Mission Trip: Day 5

Today, “Tonight Dough” returned to Smokey House Farm. We spent the morning cleaning out a building that will be used to house youth for a summer camp at the center that starts in two weeks. We also worked in the greenhouse, watering and moving plants that were getting...
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Mission Trip: Day 4

So, today the “Chunky Monkey” crew went to the Open Door Mission, which is a shelter/thrift shop for the homeless. They met a set of remarkable people who volunteer there, including Dee, who has been working there for 28 years and had been a special education teacher,...
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Mission Trip: Day 3

Today was a hard day for our “Tonight Dough” work crew. We were back in Pine Hill Park, pulling out big rocks, digging ditches, and finishing of the section of the trail we have worked on for the last two days. As we worked, we got to know the trail staff and...
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Mission Trip: Day 2

Today we went to work at our service sites. Our church group has been split across two crews, along with members from St. Mark’s, New Canaan. The first crew, “Tonight Dough” [editor’s note: all the work crews are named after Ben & Jerry’s...
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Mission Trip: Day 1

Transcribed from the youth group journal. Today we drove from East Haddam to Rutland, VT. It was a five hour drive. Along the way, we kept each other company by playing games and listening to an excellent tour guide [editor’s note: the quality of the tour guide cannot be...
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Kindling a New Flame

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In the church today, when getting church supplies is as simple and transactional as visiting a website and entering your credit card information, it is easy to lose the connection to the objects we use in our worship, from candles and chalices to kneeling pads and vestments. It...
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Happy #ValenAshtineWednesDay

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Few of us would consider the contemplation of our mortality as a part of a romantic evening with our significant other. Indeed, talk of dustiness, ashes, and the silent contemplation of our own brokenness is the antithesis of the language of love and desire. Yet, for the first...
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Conversations of Faith: Liz Salie

St. Stephen’s is blessed with many wonderful members whose many and varied journey’s of faith have led them to this place in this time. Our Conversations of Faith series continues with a video documentary about Liz Salie, a long-time member of our church. Watch the...
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It’s that time of year when the bright yellow school buses reappear.

It’s that time of year when the bright yellow school buses suddenly reappear after their summer hibernation. Those of us who drive the backroads of Connecticut once again find ourselves waiting patiently as these buses dutifully load and discharge their occupants. By now, all the...
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