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St. Steven’s starts busy Operation Christmas Child
holiday season seeks donations
A number of upcoming events keeps St. Steven’s Church full of activity, Donations are still being accepted for Operation Christmas Child, the
beginning Nov. 22, the last Sunday in the current liturgical year, when Roman world’s largest Christmas project run by international Christian relief and
Catholics celebrates the Feast of Christ the King. The following week, Advent evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse. The program delivers gift-fi lled
begins. shoe boxes to children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural
Other upcoming events include a Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 10:30 disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.
a.m. Sat., Dec. 5, hosted by the local Knights of Columbus chapter; and a This year, shoe box gifts can be dropped off at First Baptist Church of
special mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe at 7:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 12. Chandler between 2 and 4 p.m. now through 22 and between 10 a.m. and noon
Father Jim Alling was assigned to St. Steven’s Parish Nov. 23. Organizers hope to collect 1,000 gift-fi lled shoeboxes from families,
as new associate priest. He previously served at St. kids, churches, schools and civic organizations all across the Chandler area.
Andrew’s in Chandler and St. Mary’s in Kingman. Tracking technology can then be used to allow donors to follow their box
Alling, who has lived in Arizona since 1968, attended to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.
St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA, and was To fi nd step-by-step shoe box packing instructions, register shoe box gifts
ordained in 1992. and fi nd out what country they are delivered to, participants should use the EZ
Parishioner Jim Gall was recently commissioned as Give donation form found at
an acolyte, the next step in becoming a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Chandler is located at 3405 S. Arizona Ave. in
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Diocese of Phoenix. He will be accepted as deacon in Chandler. For more info on participating in Operation Christmas Child, call
Father Jim Alling, new
associate priest at St.
November 2010. Gall currently works part-time for St. 303-745-9179 or visit
Steven’s Parish in Sun
Steven’s Church in the Liturgy Offi ce.
In addition, confi rmation of about 50 candidates
occurs May 2, 2010, with the visit of Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese
Chandler author publishes
of Phoenix.
Christian tale
The church’s new roof will soon be complete. The parish rectory, home for
the priests, is also being enlarged to better accommodate the church’s two
“Imagine That!,” an inspirational book for children, was written and recently
priests with offi ces and storage space. Other building plans are currently in
published by Chandler resident and Desert Palms Church member Kathy Kaye.
process to enlarge the current administrative facilities to provide space for
The book tells the story of a young baseball player who turns to Jesus for
conferences, classrooms and offi ce space. The church’s current Religious
help in the middle of a nail-biting inning.
Education program, with nearly 200 children, needs more class space, and the
The book is an eLIVE title, with each copy containing a code redeemable for
parish in general needs more meeting facilities.
a free audio download of the book from the publisher’s website.
The parish recently conducted a contest to come up with a new logo for the
“Imagine That!,” published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, is available
church. More than 30 contestants entered, with the winner to be announced.
at any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered at
St. Steven’s Church is located at 24827 S. Dobson Rd. in Sun Lakes. Visit
bookstore,, or
Symphony gives UMC
charity performance
Sun Lakes United Methodist Church in Chandler is the site of concerts given
by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6 to
benefi t Neighbors Who Care.
The orchestra performs under the direction of Jack Herriman and under
the sponsorship of the Sun Lakes Interfaith Council. The program features
orchestral and choral selections, as well as “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
Alan Wilkie, in his Santa hat, leads the audience in carols.
Admission is a $10 donation for Neighbors Who Care. Tickets may be
purchased from Interfaith Council church or temple members, from the Sun
Lakes United Methodist Church offi ce or at the door.
Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is located at 9248 E. Riggs Rd. in Chandler.
For details, visit or email
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