Worship at St. Stephen

 

Sunday morning schedule: worship at 8:30 and 11:00 AM

 

Plenty of parking is available across the street in the College of William and Mary lot all weekend (and weekday evenings after 5:00).

 

 

“In the Footsteps of Martin Luther and the Reformation” – June 13-21, 2018

 

This will be the final event in our commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!  Here’s your chance to explore Germany and the sites associated with Luther and other reformers.  

The first payment deadline is August 17

If you pay by cash or check, there’s a 4% discount.  Pick up a brochure in the Gathering Space!  For more information or to use a credit card, here’s a link:  http://www.jcbs.org/find_trip/detail.aspx?tour=JX18/L&d=06-13-2018&group=10939

On Sunday, August 27, we will bless those pursuing the vocation of teaching and learning.

 

Students (of any age!) and teachers — bring your school backpacks and book bags to worship — either service!  We will bless school bags and pray God’s blessings on the new academic year.

We will install our St. Stephen Preschool teachers!  You’ll have the chance to meet our teachers and enjoy refreshments between the services!

 

When someone asks you, “What’s a Lutheran?” what do you say? 

 

Is there anything that makes Lutherans distinctive from, say, United Methodists, or Presbyterians, or Episcopalians?  Let’s get into this, during this 500th anniversary year of the beginning of the Reformation! 

Pastor Ballentine will lead conversations, using Martin Marty’s book, Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers. Among the questions: What is the purpose of the Bible?  What is the meaning of the cross?  What is the purpose of human life?  What does it mean to be saved?  What do Lutherans believe about saints? (These are only a few of the 88 questions that we’ll get into!)

We’ll meet for six sessions.

  • On these Monday evenings (7:00 PM each evening): September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23.
  • On these Thursday afternoons (2:15 each afternoon): September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 26.

The cost of the book will be $14.  Deadline for ordering is Sunday, August 27.  

Questions?  Want to order a book?  E-mail office@saintstephenlutheran.net

 

Only Three More Openings in our Preschool 

for 2017-2018!

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All of our classes are full, except for the two-day class for 3-year olds.  If you know of any parents with 3-years olds, tell them to act quickly!

 

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!) 

 

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.)

September
9/8, Motel 6 – Team Randy
9/29, Family Inn – Team John
October
10/13, Motel 6 – Team John
10/13, Family Inn – Team Randy
November
11/10, Motel 6 – Team Randy
December 
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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“Living Lutheran”

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