Pastor B-tine’s “Coffee Shop Office Hours”
Pastor Ballentine will be holding “office hours” at Aromas (on Prince George Street) this afternoon, Tuesday, March 11, 1:40 – 3:30. Come and hang out!
Wednesday evenings during Lent: Nurishment through Food and Worship!
March 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9:
6:00 PM — Soup supper. (Soup and bread are provided by those who sign up for that evening.)
7:00 PM — Holden Evening Prayer. During the teaching time, Pastor Griffin or Pastor Ballentine will lead us into prayer practice, using one of more of the Psalms that we have been praying that week, according to the schedule.
Adult Faith Formation during Lent
Sunday Morning Study of the Lord’s Prayer
Pastor Griffin will lead this conversation in the College Room at 10:00 AM Sundays March 9 , 23, 30 (no session March 16), April 6, 13, 10:00 AM each morning.
Have you ever thought that Jesus’ prayer life was shocking? “It is a little shocking to realize that Christ, on occasion, actually neglected the needy populace for a while in order to pray,” writes Elton Trueblood. Jesus’ prayer life not only sustained him, but served as a model for his disciples as well. He instructs them how to pray. Today we call that The Lord’s Prayer.
Monday Evening Study of Psalms
Pastor Ballentine will lead a study of six Psalms on Monday nights during Lent: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 and 14, 7:00 PM each evening We will share with each other how the Psalms provide a model for our prayer life.
April 5: “Nurturing Our Church and Community Connections” — a Community Health Forum
A Community Health Forum, “Nurturing Our Church and Community Connections,” will happen Saturday, April 5, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 1333 Jamestown Road. This event has been planned by members of St. Stephen and St. Martin’s. Pastor Ballentine, Marcie Clark, Nelia Heide will join many other presenters and resource persons.
There will be two sessions, followed by small group discussion topics: “Mental Health Issues, Efforts and Gaps in our Community” and “Creating and Nurturing Connections with Vulnerable Seniors in Church and Community.” How can we promote efforts to prevent violence and strengthen our communities? How can we equip ourselves to be more welcoming to people with mental disabilities and their loved ones?
To register, pick up a brochure in the Gathering Space, or go to www.stmartinswmbg.org/health_forum.html
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.
St. Stephen Folks Are Staffing Hunger Ministry on Friday Evenings
We’re staffing the “From His Hands” ministry many Friday evenings during the year. Below is the schedule for 2014. 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.):
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