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Solar Under the Sun

A message from Sharon Curry

Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

I know we all have missions that are close to our hearts

Summer Session of Room in the Inn begins July 3

On July 3, we’ll begin the summer session of Room in the Inn (RITI). This marks a full 11 years that St. Stephen has been hosting homeless guests since RITI was initiated in Fort Worth by St. Stephen and Broadway Baptist in November 2007.

During the months of July and August, traditionally our hottest months of the year, up to 15 men who are currently homeless will join us each Tuesday night/Wednesday morning for an overnight stay, two warm meals, a sack lunch for the next day—and most important—our hospitality.

To properly execute RITI each week requires approximately 30 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include:

• Setup (beds/ dinner tables) (3:00 – 4:30pm Tues)
• Drivers (from/ to East Lancaster) (4:15– 5:15pm Tues; 7:00 – 8:00am Wed)
• Pre-preparation of dinner & delivery to the church kitchen (by 4pm Tues)
• Final preparation/ serving of dinner & cleanup at church (4:00 – 7:00pm Tues)
• Hosts—visiting with guests before/during/after dinner, or breakfast (5:00 – 9:00pm Tues; 6:30 – 7:00am Wed)
• Supervision of sack lunch preparation at church (6:30 – 7:30pm Tues)
• Innkeepers—sleeping overnight at church with our guests (9:00pm Tues – 6:00am Wed)
• Pre-preparation of breakfast & delivery to the church kitchen (by 9:00pm Tues)
• Final preparation/ serving of breakfast & cleanup at church (5:45 – 8:00am Wed)
• Laundry—washing bed linens/ towels/ wash cloths & delivering back to church (Wed pm – Tues am)

We welcome participation by everyone—St. Stephen members, visitors & friends—and know it will be a meaningful experience for you.

You can sign up for any of these jobs for a specific date in July or August online via Sign Up Genius:  OR contact Wendy Larmour or Mike Tyson.

Thanks to Dan Fergus, who saw a problem and was determined to promptly fix it— and thanks to the generosity of members and friends of St. Stephen, who funded and helped to construct—we now have collapsible bed frames that enable our guests (and innkeepers!) to sleep elevated from the floor at a normal bed height!  We know this will provide a more comfortable experience for our guests, and hope it will encourage more to volunteer as innkeepers, as it is now easier to get in and out of bed!  Thank you, Dan and all who helped make this happen!

MANY THANKS to all who continue to make Room in the Inn a priority mission for St. Stephen!

Youth Garage Sale, June 29-30

We will accept Garage Sale Stuff the week of June 24, 10:00 am – 5:00pm on Monday-Thursday. Thanks for your patience. Otherwise, we pay movers to bring it from Sanctu-
ary to Parish Hall. We need un-packers, movers, organizers, pricers. Come on over when you are available!

The actual sale is June 29 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and June 30 from 9 pm – 12:00 pm.

Buy a Bed for our Room in the Inn Guests!

by Dan Fergus

Remember when we were college-age kids?  It was fun and cool to have your mattress on the floor.  Well, most of us aren’t in college anymore and sleeping on the floor really isn’t any fun at all.  So, after 10 years of Room in the Inn (RITI), we decided it was time to get ‘real’ beds.

Some of the RITI churches have spaces where they can keep beds up all of the time, but we don’t.  So the first challenge was to have something that was easy to setup and easy to take down.  They also need to be sturdy. After all, many of our guests (and a few of the innkeepers) are not small people and we want the bed to come apart only when it is supposed to.

After several design attempts, we have a winner.  It is one piece with slats that are connected with nylon.  It is easy to setup and take down and is very sturdy and stable.

The sample bed was used by a blind guest the last night of the winter session.  When he was helped to the bed and sat down he rejoiced, “Oh praise Jesus.  This is wonderful!”

Now, we need to build 16 more beds, or a total of 17 (15 for guests and 2 for innkeepers).  The cost for each bed is estimated to be $125.00. So we need to raise a total of $2,125.  All funds will be used to buy wood, slats, hinges and screws.  Labor will be provided by church friends and members.  We’ll be starting the work around the first week of June and hope to have all beds funded before then.

If we are fortunate enough to raise more than the total cost of the beds, we plan to designate these contributions for future projects, such as possibly adding a shower and/or washer and dryer for our RITI guests to use.

Would you buy a bed for a RITI guest?

Members generously give to Lenten Mission Opportunities

The Mission Committee can’t begin to thank you enough!  Our congregation has responded with such generosity to both the Lent clothes collection and the One Great Hour of Sharing, we are overwhelmed with joy.  To date, we have collected over $1,500 for the Disaster Relief Fund, the recipient of the One Great Hour funds, and we have delivered close to 40 bags of clothes to South Side Alliance of Churches (SCAC) for their clients.
But wait, we’re not through yet!!  May is our month to deliver toiletries to SCAC and they have expressed a specific need for personal paper hygiene products.  This includes toilet paper, tissues, and feminine hygiene items.  Please deliver your donations to the boxes located in Parish Hall and the Narthex.