During the course of a recent review by the Archdiocesan Finance Office, the Project HOPE program was evaluated for continued viability.
With increasing labor costs, declining profit margins over the last several years, and the fact that selling gift cards is considered Unrelated Business Income for the church (and the income would be subject to a nearly 40% tax), the St. Stephen’s Finance Council made the decision that Project HOPE is no longer a viable program for the parish.
This past week there has been a run on the Project Hope cards and we are depleting the inventory quickly. If anyone has Project Hope Gift Certificates, please do not delay in turning them in. When the inventory is gone the program will be discontinued and there will be no more ordering of gift cards. Don’t miss the boat! Turn in those certificates today.
There are still some Project Hope items on the trees in the gathering space. If the particular card you are looking for is not in inventory, please select an alternative card from what is left.
Further updates will be included in the Pastor’s Connection and the parish bulletin.
Saturday, August 4th 8:30 am-10:30 am at Hawthorne Park (17510 Orchard Ave.) Please bring your whole family! Donuts and juice will be provided! Please RSVP for this summer event at martyrmoms.eventbrite.com (RSVP requested but not required). And be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list for future events.
Bakesale August 4/5
Proceeds from the sale will be sent to Bethlehem House to help provide support for homeless women who choose life for their unborn child.
This is the link for the sign up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094da9ab28a02-step1
Please drop off your baked goods: Saturday, August 4, in the dining room, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Bake Sale will be after all Masses on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, 2018.
Everything must be wrapped to sell. Please put your baked goods on a disposable plate or container covered with saran wrap or a lid.
LABEL ALL ITEMS – ESPECIALLY IF THEY CONTAIN NUTS OR IF THEY ARE GLUTEN FREE.
It’s coming! Are you ready?
PARISH FESTIVAL – August 24 & 25th
ONLINE AUCTION – NEW THIS YEAR!
Bid on this year’s silent auction beginning Monday, August 20 at 8 am!
Please submit all donation tree requests by next Monday, August 13!
Have you been wanting to get involved or feel more “connected” in our Parish, but not exactly sure how? Our annual Parish Festival is a wonderful opportunity for you to give it a try! We’ll even offer hands-on training in all areas! Volunteer today by visiting: bidpal.net/parishfestival or stephen.org
BAKE CAKES AND DESSERTS
Do you love to share your baking talent with others? Many cakes and desserts are needed for this year’s Cake Walk and Family Fun Night Dessert Bar! Visit: bidpal.net/parishfestival or stephen.org to sign up!
“FANCY UP” A FLIP FLOP – IT’S FLIP FLOP’N FUN!
Would you like to support the Parish Festival with a cash donation and have fun doing so? Donate the amount of your choice, receive a wooden “flip flop” (optional), decorate it, return* it and we’ll display it!
Kid Size: Small
- Donate $25, $50 or $75
Adult Size: Large
- Donate $100, $250, $500, $750 or $1,000+
Visit: bidpal.net/parishfestival or see a volunteer after each Mass.
*return decorated Flip Flop to the Parish Gathering Space or Parish Center on or before Sunday, August 19.
MARTYR MOONLIGHT – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Would you like to get to know fellow parishioners, school parents/staff, friends and neighbors (ages 21 and over)? Please join us Friday, August 24th from 6:30 – 11:30 pm under the moonlight! Enjoy mingling, heavy hors d’oeuvres, pop, water, cash bar, music, silent auction and raffle ticket sales! Rain or shine – indoor and outdoor seating available. Advanced $25 ticket purchase required, visit: bidpal.net/parishfestival or stephen.org.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT- WRISTBANDS AND PUNCH CARDS ON SALE NOW!
Would you like to enjoy a fun family night out? Please join us Saturday, August 25th for 5 pm Mass. Then, from 6 – 10 pm, it’s Festival Fun!
Unlimited “Activities” Wristbands
Wristband holders will enjoy unlimited climbing, sliding, running, and jumping! This year’s spectacular “Activities” lineup includes 8 oversized inflatables and 4 themed bounce houses! Wait, there’s more! Hop on board the train, run in human-sized hamster balls and take aim at the dunk tank – all night long! Skip the lines and save money today! Pre-Sale price: $15, at Event price: $20.
Visit: stephen.org. or see a volunteer after each Mass.
Card holders will redeem punches for (20) games, a cake walk, a safari walk, face painting, tattoos, festival food, pop, water, snacks & sweets. Punch Cards are available in $5 and $20 denominations. Individual “Activities” may also be
purchased with Punch Cards. Visit: stephen.org. or see a volunteer after each Mass.
WIN CASH! $5,000 Grand Prize, $1,000 2ND Prize, 3RD Prize: $500
Would you like to buy or sell Raffle Tickets? $10 tickets or 25 ticket booklet for $200 are available, please contact Deacon Ernie Abbott at (402)861-4515 today!
“We highly encourage everyone to purchase raffle tickets and yes, it can happen to you!” – Andrew & Kari Peacock, 2017 Parish Festival $5,000 Grand Prize Winners
CHOOSE A TAG OFF A TREE in the Gathering Space!
Would you like to support the Parish Festival Silent Auction, Snack Shack or food court? Please choose a tag off the trees in the Gathering Space. This year’s tags include HyVee, Walmart, Target and restaurant Project Hope gift cards, assorted Husker items, NE Lottery Scratch Tickets and Sam’s bulk boxed candy and chips. Please provide donations by Monday, August 13.
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