Worship at St. Stephen

Sunday mornings: 8:30 and 11:00 AM


Lenten Wednesdays: Evening Prayer at 7:00 PM with teachings from Luther’s Catechisms


March 22: The Lord’s Prayer

March 29: Baptism

April 5: The Sacrament of the Altar

“Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days.  Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.”  (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship)


Holy Week and Easter Worship 


April 13, Maundy Thursday worship at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

  • 7:00 PM – During this Holy Communion service, those who are interested will be invited to give and receive foot washing. We will recall the story in John’s gospel – of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, remembering that we are also to serve each other as the Body of Christ. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday. 


April 14, Good Friday worship at St. Stephen

  • 7:00 PMTenebrae, the Service of Shadows. A contemplative service of readings and prayer.


April 15, the Easter Vigil

  • 8:00 PM – This most dramatic worship service begins in darkness. With hand-held candles, we enter into an ancient chant.  In half-light we hear Scripture readings of God’s salvation history, and we return to our baptisms.  We end in full light, with the first Holy Communion of Easter! 


April 16, Easter Sunday

  • 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM – Festival Easter worship
  • 8:30 – 11:00 AM – Easter breakfast. Bring a dish to share!


We’re Receiving Preschool Registrations for 2017-2018!



We offer classes for 3-year olds (two days a week and three days a week), 4-year olds (three days a week and four days a week), and 5-year olds (five days a week).  Our class sizes will be smaller than they have been.  Two classes are near capacity.


Our curriculum emphasizes seven areas: Language Development;, Physical Development; Social-Emotional Development; Cognition, Problem Solving, and Scientific Development; Mathematical Development; Creative Development; and Spiritual Development.

We are distinctive in having trained art and early childhood music teachers on our staff!

For more information, click “Preschool” above!

(About our logo: As a tree grows, branches out and bears fruit, so we love to help children prepare for kindergarten, nurturing children to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control!) 


 Women’s Retreat 2017


Come learn about Women of the Reformation at this one-day retreat on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM  


  • Ellen Hinlicky will present our main program on Women of the Reformation
  • Pastor Terrie Sternberg will lead us through a Zentangle exercise around the Luther Rose
  • In honor of Katie’s expertise in gardening, Carol Harman and Rita Kristiansen will lead a session on herb gardening
  • Books will be collected for children receiving services at CHKD in Norfolk

Contact the Church Office (229-6688) for additional information.


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.

To learn more about our national denomination, click this: www.elca.org


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 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.)

3/31, Family Inn – Team John
4/14, Motel 6 – Team John
4/14, Family Inn – Team Randy
5/12, Motel 6 – Team Randy
6/9, Motel 6 – Team John
7/14, Motel 6 – Team Randy
8/11, Motel 6 – Team John
8/11, Family Inn – Team Randy
9/8, Motel 6 – Team Randy
9/29, Family Inn – Team John
10/13, Motel 6 – Team John
10/13, Family Inn – Team Randy
11/10, Motel 6 – Team Randy
12/8, Motel 6 – Joint teams
12/8,  Family Inn – Joint teams
12/29, Family Inn – Team John

If You Would Like to Contribute Toward the Ministries of St. Stephen …

Click “Giving” above!


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