Worship at St. Stephen
8:30 and 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings
Parking is available across Jamestown Road from the church building, in the College parking lot!
Our Pastors’ Sermons Are Being Posted on the
St. Stephen You Tube Channel
The Fall Book Study: On the Brink of Everything,
by Parker Palmer
What do you think is important at this stage of life? What did you used to think was important? What have you learned about yourself along the journey? How have you mentored those younger than you? What have you learned from those younger than you? Have you experienced aging as a passage of discovery and engagement?
Parker Palmer is one of the true wise men of our time. As he approaches his 80th birthday, he shares explores what he’s learning about himself and the world, and what’s most valuable is how his writing invited us to explore our own experiences. “In prose and poetry – and three downloadable songs written for the book by the gifted Carrie Newcomer – Palmer meditates on the meanings of life, past, present and future.” “Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life, finding meaning in suffering and joy, and forming friendships across the generations that bring new life to young and old alike.”
You can participate on seven Monday evenings, beginning September 17 (7:00 PM) and/or seven Thursday afternoons, beginning September 20 (3:00 PM).
The cost of the book will be $15. Ordering deadline is Sunday, August 26. E-mail Pastor Ballentine firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be included in the book order!
St. Stephen Lutheran Preschool now
Enrolling for 2018-2019
Registration is open to children ages three to five. We provide a kind and friendly environment in which each child is able to expend his or her cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development, focusing on a positive preschool experience. We introduce preschool families to the St. Stephen congregation and ministry, and invite them to become participants in the study of God’s word.
Two- and three-day classes are offered for three-year-olds; three- and four-day classes are offered for four-year-olds; and five-day classes are offered for five-year-olds. See the Preschool tab at the top of the page and click on the Registration form. Print the form and send it to St. Stephen Preschool. For additional information, contact the Church/Preschool Office at 757-229-6688. Classes are filling up ~ register today!
On Sunday, August 26 We Will Celebrate
the Vocations of Teaching and Learning
Students (of any age!) and teachers — bring your school backpacks and book bags to worship – either service. We will bless school bags and pray God’s blessings on the new academic year.
We will install our St. Stephen Preschool teachers!
You’ll have the chance to meet our teachers and enjoy refreshments between the services.
Bring breakfast foods to share!
Pub Theology the First Tuesday of Each Month, 7:00 PM
Our next gathering will be Tuesday, September 4, at the Billsburg Brewery!
Here’s the monthly topic: What have been your experiences following the way of Jesus? What have been challenges this month? We’ll be able to share our journeys with each other, as resources for each other.
What does it look like when we’re following the way of Jesus? God the Holy Spirit forms you in these counter-cultural Christian practices and virtues, as: Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Generosity. Gentleness. Hospitality to strangers. Inclusion. Perseverance in prayer. Self-control. Compassion. Humility. Meekness (which means courageous resistance against the impulse to respond to violence with violence). Forgiveness. Thankfulness. Offering blessings rather than curses. Sharing in others’ joys and sufferings. Associating with the lowly. Loving and feeding your enemies. Responding to evil with goodness. (See Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 12:2, 9-21; Colossians 3:12-17)
Are You or a Loved One Facing Later-Life Challenges?
Please join us on Saturday, September 22 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall as we explore choices and options, for ourselves and/or those for whom we care. We’ll investigate options for long term care, plan for the future, and discuss final life choices. For more information, call 757-229-6688 and ask for either of our Parish Nurses: Marcie Clark or Diana Tiller-Dichtel.
Caring for Last Things
It is so much easier on your loved ones when you have made plans for these last things. Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Karen Jones, author of Death for Beginners: Your No-nonsense, Money-saving Guide to Planning for the Inevitable will give you practical suggestions. Pastor Judy Cobb will talk about expressing your values through your funeral service, and how to plan a service. St. Stephen’s 1956 Society will have a representative to talk about how your generosity can continue to benefit our ministries. See the display in the Gathering Space and the August Quill for the complete information. For more information, call 757-229-6688, and ask for Pastor Griffin.
Learn More about St. Stephen Lutheran Church
Join Pastor Griffin on October 14 and October 21. Our Inquirer’s Class will meet downstairs in the College Room from 10:00 to 10:45 both Sundays. For those interested in joining our congregation, we will receive new members on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 4.
Did You Know that the ELCA is
the Most Ecumenical Church Body In the United States?
Since 1997, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been in Full Communion (with interchangeable sacraments and clergy) with the Episcopal Church USA, the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Reformed Church in America and the Moravian Church. (None of them are in Full Communion with each other, only with the ELCA.)
That is why, each Sunday, prayers are offered for congregations of these churches in Full Communion with the ELCA: to highlight our unique openness to other traditions.
To learn more about our national denomination, click this: www.elca.org
St. Stephen Folks Are Staffing Hunger Ministry
on Friday Evenings
We’re preparing and delivering dinners to those who are homeless many Friday evenings during the year, as part of the “From His Hands” ministry . Below is the schedule for December 2017 and 2018. Call Randy Punchard or John Moravitz if you would like to give of your time to this ministry. (If you don’t have a congregational directory, call the church office or pick one up the next time you’re by.)
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the Ministries of St. Stephen …
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