We Gather for Worship and Study Several Times Each Week!

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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 — Gather for “Wednesday Word and Sacrament,” an informal time of Bible study, prayer, and Holy Communion, 6:30 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.

 

We’re Walking (and Gardening and Swimming and Cycling and Yoga-ing…) to Jerusalem!

“Walk to Jerusalem” is designed to encourage participants to increase physical and spiritual well-being by engaging in regular physical activity coupled with devotional attention to Bible verses and prayer concerns.  We’re be collecting congregation members’ steps, and using a conversion chart for minutes spent in yoga and gardening and swimming, miles cycled, and any other forms of exercise.  Our goal is to make it the 8,000 miles to Jerusalem by Easter Sunday, March 27!

Our route will include stopping in Salem, VA, at the Virginia Synod office, to “pick up” Bishop Mauney.  We’ll then continue to Chicago to “pick up” ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton, so they might share this experience with us.

For more information and to receive your travel packet, e-mail Parish Nurse Marcie Clark: parishnurse@saintstephenlutheran.net

 

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 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.)

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

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

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Click “Giving” above!

 

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