Early Edition~ VOLUME 29 NUMBER 30 www.ststephen-pcusa.com March 22, 2013

2700 McPherson Ave • Fort Worth, Texas 76109 • 817-927-8411
March 22, 2013
Holy Week and Easter on the Hill. . .
Schedule of Worship Services and Events
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Good Friday
Fellowship Luncheon
Maundy Thursday
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Easter Day
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Preparation for Worship ~Page 4~
Following 12:15 p.m. service.
Adult & General Educational News ~Page 5~
PCHAS Easter Baskets
Children & Youth & Family News ~Page 6~
Sunday School and
Breakfast for All
SSPC Day School Auction
Paschal Jazz Band
Palm Sunday Donkey Processional
Spring Festival
Maundy Thursday:
The Pelican and Her Piety
Easter Day Youth Sunrise Celebration
March 22, 2013
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Holy Week and Easter on the Hill. . .
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
Daytime Services and Luncheons
Holy Week Lunch + Devotional: Monday (March 25); Tuesday (March 26); Wednesday (March 27); and
Thursday (March 28) will take place 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Education Building. Freewill donations
accepted. All are invited.
Maundy Thursday Services:
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday worship (March 28) will include four services: 7:00 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer Service
(Chapel of the Holy Trinity) followed by breakfast; lunch at 12:00-12:30 p.m. followed by Service with the
Lord’s Supper 12:30-1:00 p.m. (Chapel); 5:15 p.m. Intergenerational Service (Sanctuary Crossing) followed by a
6:00 p.m. Pizza Supper; and 7:00 p.m. Traditional Service (Sanctuary Nave). The 7:00 p.m. service ends in
silence with the removal of all adornments in the Chancel area in preparation for Good Friday.
Good Friday Service, 12:15 p.m.
The Good Friday Service begins at 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013. The organ prelude beginning at 12:10
p.m. is a tone poem composed by the French organist, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971). Entitled, Crucifixion, it comes
from Dupré’s Passion Symphony. The music evokes the drama of Jesus’ trial and Crucifixion , climaxing with
huge, discordant chords played with the full organ signifying the tearing of the veil of the temple followed by the
softest stops at Jesus’ death. The service lasts one hour, followed by a light lunch to which all are invited.
Easter Vigil – 6:00 p.m. Friday – Midnight Saturday
Worship through the night on Friday, March 29, all day Saturday ending with a Paschal Feast at midnight
Saturday night. A schedule of services are available by email upon your request and will also be inserted in each
worship bulletin. The Vigil services will be held at various locations on the church campus.
Easter Day, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
On Easter Day, March 31, 2013, we offer several events: 7:30-8:00 a.m. Sunrise Celebration on the Hill,
informal event followed by an 8:00 a.m. Breakfast; 8:30-9:40 a.m. Worship Service (West Transept in the
Sanctuary) with choir, brass quintet, organ and timpani followed by Breakfast 9:30-9:45 a.m. 9:45-10:30 Church
School classes for all ages; 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Worship Service (Sanctuary) with choir, brass quintet, organ
and timpani.
21st Annual Services of Easter Lessons and Carols
On Sunday, April 7, we celebrate the annual Services of Easter Lessons and Carols at both services. The 8:30
a.m. service will follow an abbreviated form of the Service of Easter Lessons and Carols and will include
celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
March 22, 2013
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Preparation for Worship
Preparation for Worship
Maundy Thursday
March 28, 2013
March 29, 2012
12:15 p.m.
(3 Worship Opportunities)
(The 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. services include the Lord’s Supper.)
7:00 a.m. – Thursday Morning Prayer Service (Chapel)
followed by breakfast (Parish Hall)
12:30 p.m. – Abbreviated Service of Holy Communion
(Chapel of the Holy Trinity) This service is preceded by a light
lunch (12:00 noon) in the Eastminster Room.
5:15 p.m. – Intergenerational Maundy Thursday Service,
7:00 p.m. – Traditional Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 p.m. Service–Preparation for Worship
The Prelude:
“Beneath the Cross of Jesus” (ST. CHRISTOPHER, pg. 92) –
setting, Dale Wood
The Lections:
Hebrew Testament Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Epistle Lesson: First Corinthians 11:17-34
Gospel Lesson: St. John 13:1-17, 31b-35
The Sermon – The Reverend Dr. Fritz Ritsch, pastor
The Hymns:
“Go to Dark Gethsemane” (97–REDHEAD 76)
“Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” (367–CHEREPONI)
“Were You There?” (printed in the bulletin)
The Gradual Psalm:
“Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19” – Plainsong Mode II, Ending 1
(Organ Prelude begins at 12:10 p.m.)
(This service will be followed by a light lunch served by the
Fellowship Committee in the Parish Hall. There is no charge
for the lunch and all worshipers are invited. No lunch
reservations are required.)
The Prelude:
“Crucifixion” (from Passion Symphony, Op. 23, No. 3) – Marcel
(The prelude will begin at 12:10 p.m. It is a dramatic
sound poem depicting the crucifixion of our Lord.)
The Lections:
Psalm 22:1-2, 7-8, 14-22 – refrain Hal H. Hopson
Isaiah 52:13 — 53:12
Hebrews 10:16-25
St. John 18:1 — 19:42
The Passion Story
The Congregational Hymns:
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (HAMBURG, pg. 101)
“What Wondrous Love Is This” (WONDROUS LOVE, pg. 85)
“Ah, Holy Jesus” (HERTZLIEBSTER JESU, pg. 93)
The Silent Recessional:
The people depart in silence to the tolling of the
bourdon bell.
The Fellowship Committee Invites You!!
The Choral Music:
“All in the April Evening” – Hugh Roberton
- The Sanctuary Choir -
The Communion Music:
“So Let Us Keep This Holy Feast” (movement VI, BWV 4) –
J. S. Bach
- Allison Stanford and Jim Hodges, duet -
The Stripping of the Chancel
The Silent Recessional
St. Columba Team: Volunteers
Immediately following the Good Friday Worship
service, we invite you to join us in the Parish Hall
for sandwiches and fellowship!.
Liturgist: 7:00 p.m. – Cathy Corder
Ushers: Team 4-a (Dick Haller; Craig and Peggy Bender;
Margaret and Henry Hash; Robby Fultz))
Flowers: Chancel Guild
Everyone is welcome!!
March 22, 2013
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Preparation for Worship
The Resurrection of the Lord
March 31, 2013
(Both worship services will celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
The music for the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service will
Include organ, brass quintet, timpani, choir and congregation.)
“Chorale-Fantasy on Christ the Lord Is Risen Again”
(CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN Tune, pg. 112) –
– German folk melody, setting Flor Peeters
The List is Growing...Make your
Reservations now!
Spring is in the air and so many are
excited to hear that “Dinners for 8” is
returning! Get to know other church members over dinner
(or lunch or happy hour) in a relaxed setting in a home or a
- Organ, Brass Quintet and Timpani -
Acts 10:34-43
First Corinthians 15:19-26
St. John 20:1-18
“Psalm 118:14-24” – (pg. 231 in ‘The Presbyterian
“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (EASTER HYMN, pg. 123)
“Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing” (GELOBT SEI
GOTT, pg. 111)
“Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks” (106) (Communion hymn)
“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” (LLANFAIR, pg. 113)
THE SERMON – The Reverend Dr. Fritz Ritsch, pastor
“Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!” – Ralph L. Grosvenor
“Hallelujah!” (from Messiah) – George Frederick Handel
“Resurrection Day” – Z. Randall Stroope
“Hallelujah, Jesus Lives!” – Ludwig Lindeman (Communion)
“Alleluias” – Robert Lau (Communion)
“Christus Vincit” (Christ Has Conquered Death) – Joseph Noyon
- Organ, Brass Quintet and Timpani -
“Toccata” (from Organ Symphony No. V, Op. 42)
– Charles-Marie Widor
8:30 Ushers: Dian McCall and John Sherwood
8:30 a.m. Liturgist: Bradford Davis
11:00 a.m. Liturgist: Helen Kellie
St. Columba Team: St. Luke: Noah Fergus; Liam Berg; Tom
Nyul; Mason Fergus
11:00 Ushers: Team 5-a
Marilyn and Donald Jones (subs), Walter and Myrtle
Adams; Charlotte Ice; Max Jackson; William Gould
Call the church office at 817-927-8411 or Anne Bourland
at 817-924-5959 and leave a message with your name,
address, and phone number. A list will be compiled of
names, and you will be gathered into groups of 8! Those
who offer to serve as host or hostesses will provide the
main course. The rest will bring sides to go with it. This is
such a fun and friendly way of getting to know your church
family better! We hope that you will join us. A sign-up
sheet is also available on the PW bulletin board outside
the church office.
A Note of Thanks
Dear Church Family,
I cannot express my gratitude enough for all of those who
supported me during my father’s hospitalization last week.
The cards, calls, and especially your continuing prayers
mean so much to my family. A special thanks to the
volunteers who stepped in to cover the office during my
absense...thanks to Kurt Anderson, Betty Arvin, Cathy
Corder, Peggy Harwood, Mark Scott, Dolores Morgan and
of course Eddie Shaw for “holding down the Fort!” My
comfort zone is at my desk, and being away from it during
troubled times is not easy for me. Thanks to Betty Arvin
and the rest of Personnel for their reassurance and
blessings. Dad, also known as Victor Anderson, is “holding
his own,” now in rehab, getting stronger every day, at the
tender age of 98. Glory be to God!
Judi Greathouse
SSPC Office Administrator
March 22, 2013
817-927-8411 office
Adult & General Educational News
[email protected]
Return the 30 Easter Baskets
for Underprivileged
Fort Worth PCHAS Kids
Monday, March 25!
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7th Annual
Wine & Dine Auction
Saturday, April 13,
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Benefiting the SSPC Day School
Thank you to those who sponsored an Easter Basket for the
special children under the Pres.byterian Children’s Homes
& Services oversight. We especially thank the Youth and
Bible Study Group for taking a large number of kids!
The Mission Committee & Becky Evans, PCHAS Spec.
Sunday School Breakfast,
9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Sunday School Classes
Offered for All Ages
Every Sunday, 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Thank you to the Fisher Sunday School Class
& Dan Fergus for Sharing the responsibilities
For Breakfasts during the month of March.
These Adult Sunday School
Classes Want YOU!
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sundays!
Fisher Class - Bible Study, “Reasoning about God”.
Eastminster Room, 1st floor, Ed. Building.
Teacher - Marvin Champlain
All Ages Welcomed.
Northminster Class - “Historical Perspective on Paul of
Tarsus”. Northminster Room, 2nd Floor, Ed.
Building. Above Chapel.
Teacher - Richard Parr.
All Ages Welcomed
Star Bucks Class - “Conversations on Hunger “
concluding. Room 215, 2nd Floor, Ed. Building.
Teacher - Martin Miller-Hessel.
All Ages Welcomed
Faith & Family Class - Raising Healthy Families. Bethlehem B&B Class, 2nd Floor, Ed. Building.
Group Discussion. All Parents Welcomed
Decorate a Table with Book Theme Idea [Huseman, Fultz, Klein, Hinckley,
Murphy (2), & the Friday Book Club...]
7of 15 Tables so Far
Reserve a Table for 8 - ($200);
Reserve a Ticket - ($30 for 1; $50 for 2)
Raffle - 32 “ Flat Screen TV from Southwest Bank!
($5 per ticket. 5 for $20)
Babysitting for Children - Free;
Paschal’s Jazz Band
Wine & Dine Sponsor List 2013
Champion Donor
Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation
Hero Donors
Betty Arvin & Mark Thielman
Partner Donors
Gretchen Denny & George Bristol
Tammy & Jim Hille
Tracy Holmes
Faith & Jim Mallory
Elizabeth & Mitch Murphy
Friend Donors
Nell & Bill Gould
Carole & Fred Kelly
Dirk Maney
Karen & Shawn Sanderson
Lynn & Bill Warren
Randi Thistlewaite
Raffle Sponsor
Southwest Bank (Samsung 32” LED TV)
Raffle Tickets for the TV can be purchased from Beth
Fultz, $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Next week, a list
of our many, many wonderful donations to date!
Contact Sharon LeMond, Chair; Sharla Trice, Day
School Director; or Beth Fultz, Staff Liason,
for MORE Information!
March 22, 2013
Children & Youth & Family News
817-927-8411 office
[email protected]
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817-875-9704 cell
Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013
Palm Sunday Processional With Donkey, 10:45 a.m. on Promenade!
Spring Festival, SAME DAY
12 noon - 1:30 p.m., For the Families, For Individuals, For Friends!
Lunch - Taco Salad, with dessert and tea and water!
Need Volunteers for:
Pre-K Bounce House - Need 1 or 2 Volunteers
Bounce House - Noah Fergus
Obstacle Course House - Jacob Fergus
Dying Easter Eggs - Need 1
Piñatas - Carolyn Kirkland - Pinata Duty
Ring Fling - Robin Owhonda
Katie Hinckley has graciously filled the Pinatas! Lasso Cow Bunny - Need 2
Fishing Pond for Pre-K - Charlotte & Marshall Ray
Butterfly Bingo - Catherine Team
Adult Craft Butterfly Wreath - Tammy Hille
Kitchen - Todd Overton.and two more!
2nd Easter Egg Hunt
Egg Hiders - Elizabeth Murphy, Julia Huseman, Teke Walters,
Easter Day,
& Laura Meyn
March 31,
Need These Items For Successful Event
Hard Boiled Eggs - 5 dozen - Charlotte Ray & Laura Meyn
Stuffed Plastic Eggs - 3 age level hunts on Palm Sunday
Intergenerational & Child-Friendly
Maundy Thursday Service
Holy Week,
March 28, 5:15 p.m.
Children will be invited to
Explore the meanings
of Holy Week
and the Resurrection.
Each child receives a
remembrance toy.
Our Story:
The Pelican and Her Piety
Maundy Thursday
Family Supper
6 p.m. Pizza for kids, parents
Anyone else wishing
to eat with us!
10:30 a.m.
After Sunday
Youth Easter Sunrise
Celebration & Breakfast
Easter Day, March 31,
7:30 a.m.
Craig Burton Cello
Mason Fergus - Singing
Ihoma Owhonda & Jacob Fergus - Singing
Lily Kate Clayton - Singing
Congregational Hymn
John Bollman - Liturgist
Tom Nyul - Sax
Bobby Nyul - Trumpet
Jack Thielman - Bagpipes
10 other youth are contemplating their gifts...
Cast of 1000’s - “Feed My Sheep”
Post-Resurrection Skit (with humor)
Breakfast -
Omelettes (3 kinds)
Fruit Salad
Chef - Jacob Fergus and helpers!
March 22, 2013
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | March 25-April 1, 2013
Monday, March 25
SSPC Day School
9:30 am
Visitation Committee
9:30 am
*Holy Week Devotional and Luncheon Noon-1:00 pm
Ed. Building
Tuesday, March 26
*Holy Week Devotional and Luncheon Noon-1:00 pm
Knitting Guild
1:30 pm
St. Swithun Handbell Rehearsal
6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27
SSPC Day School
9:30 am
*Holy Week Devotional and Luncheon Noon-1:00 pm
Sanctuary Choir Dress Rehearsal
6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Thursday, March 28
Ed. Building
Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer Service and Breakfast 7:00 am
*Maundy Thursday Worship Service Noon - 1:00 pm
*Luncheon provided by The Vogels after the service
*Intergenerational Worship Service 5:15 pm-6:00 pm
*Pizza Dinner following the Service 6:00 pm-6:45 pm
Parish Hall
Cherub/Bethlehem/Junior Choir Rehearsals 4:15 pm
Room 223
*Traditional Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm-8:10 pm Sanctuary
Friday, March 29
Good Friday
*Worship Service
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
*Sandwich Luncheon
1:15 pm
Parish Hall
Easter Prayer Vigil begins at 6:00 pm, ending at Midnight on Saturday
(Refer to Vigil Schedule on insert)
Saturday, March 30
Sunday, March 31
Prayer Vigil continues through Midnight
Easter Day
*Youth Celebration with Breakfast 7:30 am
*Festal Worship Service
8:30 am- 9:30 am West Transept
After Worship Fellowship
9:30 am
West Transept
Sunday School Breakfast
9:30 a.m.
Parish Hall
Sunday School Classes
9:45 am
Ed. Building
*Festal Worship Service
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
After Worship Fellowship
Youth Activities
5:00 pm
Meet at Church
*Additional information on page 2 of this publication.
Monday, April 1
Church Office Closed
Pray for our Military Friends and Family
Wade Farrar
Chris Hall
Rob Jakcsy
Scott Menking
Lewis Russell Wayt
Recent Requests
Carolyn Andrews (sister of David Andrews), Mimi Andrews
(member), Cameron Best (friend of David Andrews), Sarah
Bourland (mother of Bob Bourland), Jim and Betty Corbett
(members), Gay Haller (member), Fleta Harris (mother of Ann
Mills), Charlotte Ice (member), Rebecca James (friend of David
and Mimi Andrews), Martha Fultz Jeffrey (sister of Robert
Fultz), Troy Kennedy (member, father, grandfather and husband
of Peggy Kennedy), Warren Marrow (member), Jim Potter
(member), Rebecca Van Hooser (member and daughter of Bob
and Marietta Watson)
Members with Long-Term Needs:
Dan Bechtel, Art Clayton Jr. (son of Elizabeth and
Art Clayton), Catherine Durway, Kathy Flores,
Woody Graham, Dale Henderson, Walker Madison,
Marietta Watson
Family and Friends with Long-Term Needs:
Reice Altomare (friend of the Meyn family)
Adelaide Andrews (cousin of Bobbie Marrow)
Margretta Aviles (sister-in-law of Gay Haller)
Ann Louise Armstrong (cousin of Bobbie Marrow)
Peggy and Bryan Barnard (friends of Gay Haller)
Mark Beal (uncle of Gina Galloway Wood)
Richard Beckwith (father of Vicki Johnson)
Linden Blackmon (Friend of Bobbie Marrow)
Sharon Curry (PCUSA Missionary in So. Sudan)
Greg Garrett (son of Dorothy Garrett)
Earl Hamlin (husband of member Rosemary Hamlin)
Sherry Hill (Friend of Bobbie and Warren Marrow)
Bea House (wife of Jim House)
The Kazda Family (friends of Laura Meyn)
Madison and Tucker King (grandsons of Booty Jones)
Jim Kniese (friend of John & Teke Walters)
Anita and Royston Lanning (parents of Julia Mallin)
Jackie Mayes (brother-in-law of Peggy Bender)
Jeri Mayes (sister of Peggy Bender)
Kurt McClendon (nephew of friend of Ted Lovato)
Gerald McComb (friend of Donald Wade Jones)
Cindy McQueen (sister-in-law of Peggy Bender)
Denise Oliver (friend of William Marrow)
Pat Patterson (non-member friend of Bill Larmour)
Keith Raines (friend of John E. Davis)
Dewayne Reed (friend of Ted Lovato)
Allan Richard (friend of David and Mimi Andrews)
David Simmons (firefighter and friend of Larry Swartz)
Philip Thompson (brother of Bobbie Marrow)
Soren Townander (nephew of Brenda Townsend)
Ellen Kerr-Unger (friend of Marilyn Jones)
William Wood (son of Barbara Pierce’s Godson)
Andrew Wylepski (grandson of Stuart and Cindy Darby)
St. Stephen
Presbyterian Church
“A welcoming community of believers"
2700 McPherson Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76109-1405
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church Staff
Tele: 817-927-8411 Fax: 817-927-8221
Worship Services 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
[email protected] (email)
www.ststephen-pcusa.com (website)
The Rev. Dr. Frederick Field Ritsch, III, Pastor
[email protected]
Mark Scott, Minister of Music/Organist
[email protected]
Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education
[email protected]
The Rev. Dr. Warner M. Bailey, Parish Associate
[email protected]
Sharon Curry, PCUSA Missionary (Republic of So. Sudan)
[email protected]
Dolores Morgan, Business Manager
[email protected]
Sharla Trice, Day School Director
[email protected]
Judi Greathouse, Office Administrator
[email protected]
Eddie Shaw, Sexton/Building Supervisor