We Gather for Worship and Study Several Times Each Week!
Sunday morning worship at 8:30 and 11:00.
Faith forming conversations during Monday night book studies, 7:00 PM. Our current conversation is about The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life, by Joan Chittister. (For more information on our book studies, call the church office, 757-229-6688)
Wednesday evening worship — During Advent we will be gathering for the chanting and the silence of Holden Evening Prayer, 7:00 PM.
Faith forming conversations during Thursday afternoon book studies, 2:00 PM. The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life, by Joan Chittister.
Advent Devotional Crafts — This Sunday!
Adults, youth and children – gather on the first afternoon of Advent, Sunday, November 29, 4:00 – 6:00 PM for devotional crafts to help with your observance of the season. These activities will be available:
- Making Advent wreaths, led by Keith and Nancy Egloff. (If you have wreath-making materials from years past, please bring them!)
- Decorating tags expressing your hopes to hang on the “Hope Tree” that will be in the Gathering Space during Advent. Sandy Peterkin, leader.
- Making a clothes pin Holy Family, with Joan Miller.
- Cookie decorating, led by Carol and Rachel Wiers.
- Paper craft tree decorations, led by Brian and Amy Bergh.
- “Praying in Color” for Advent, led by Sandy Peterkin.
- Young children creating drawings for our 5:00 PM Christmas Eve worship service bulletins, led by Carol Meyer.
A number of our youth will also be available to provide leadership for small children at these craft stations!
Christmas Fellowship and Worship
Christmas Caroling to those who are ill or homebound!
- We’ll gather at 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 20 to go out for our visits.
- We’ll return to the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 PM to share a supper of chili and corn bread. If you can contribute food to the dinner, please do! If you don’t have the time to do that, come anyway!
Christmas Eve Worship at St. Stephen (all services include Holy Communion and candlelight):
- 5:00 PM – Worship featuring the children of our congregation
- 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM – Worship with sermon
Christmas Day Worship at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (1333 Jamestown Road, 23185) at 10:00 AM
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 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.)
If You Would Like to Contribute Toward the Ministries of St. Stephen …
St. Stephen Facebook page
Check out a great web site: www.livinglutheran.com