Holy Week Worship

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, April 2, at St. Stephen, 7:00 PM.

The people of St. Stephen and St. Martin Episcopal Church will join together for this worship featuring foot washing (for those who desire it), individual words of forgiveness and Holy Communion.


Good Friday, April 3, 7:00 PM, at St. Martin Episcopal Church (1333 Jamestown Road 23185)

The Service of Shadows.


The Easter Vigil, April 4, 8:00 PM, at St. Stephen.

Easter Vigil

This most dramatic worship service begins outside with a fire pit.  We process into the dark church with hand-held candles.  In half-light we hear Scripture readings of God’s salvation history, and we return to our baptisms.  We end in full light and loud singing, with the first Holy Communion of Easter!  Our ending celebration on this night will involve champagne and strawberries!


Easter Morning Worship at St. Stephen 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM


Bring breakfast food to share for an Easter breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 8:30 – 11:00 AM


A New Monday Evening Book Study Beginning April 13!


What is a blessing?  Do we find that God is blessing us even when we are enduring periods of suffering?  How do we receive blessing?  How does God use us to work transformation in the lives of others, by calling on God to bless them, even in situations of family estrangement, depression and chronic illness; and in times of hopelessness and helplessness?

Pastor Ballentine will lead a Monday evening book study, beginning April 13, of Russ Parker’s book, Rediscovering the Ministry of Blessing.  If you’d like us to order a copy for you, the cost will be under $12.  Please contact the church office!



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Did You Know that the ELCA is the Most Ecumenical Church Body in the United States?

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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.


St. Stephen Folks Are Staffing Hunger Ministry on Friday Evenings

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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 2015.  Call Randy Punchard or Michael Javier 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.):

March 13 – Motel 6 – Team Michael
April 10 – Motel 6 – Team Michael; Super 8 – Team Randy
May 8 – Motel 6 – Team Randy
May 29 – Super 8 – Team Michael
June 12 – Motel 6 – Team Michael; Super 8 – Team Randy
July 10 – Motel 6 – Team Randy
July 31 – Super 8 – Team Michael
August 14 – Motel 6 – Team Michael; Super 8 – Team Randy
September 11 – Motel 6 – Team Randy
October 9 – Motel 6 – Team Michael; Super 8 – Team Randy
October 30 – Super 8 – Both Teams
November 13 – Motel 6 – Team Randy
December 11 – Motel 6 – Team Michael; Super 8 – Team Randy


“Living Lutheran”

Check out a great web site: www.livinglutheran.com