Celebrate the Lutheran Reformation this Sunday!


On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses for debate among the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.  The storm that resulted became the Lutheran Reformation

Luther Rose

In addition to worship at 8:30 and 11:00 AM, adults, youth, and children of all ages are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 AM with Rosemary Stimson and Pastor Ballentine to learn about the “Luther Rose,” and to make one for your own devotions!


Sunday Morning Faith Formation for Children and Youth

Faith Formation

Sunday Morning Faith Formation begins at 9:50 AM

  • Pre-School through 6th graders begin in the Undercroft (under the worship space). Our theme for these weeks is “God Loves Us and Takes Care of Us.”  (Chad and Cathy Bingman, Lori Harms and Kristy Prescott are sharingthe teaching of pre-school through 2nd graders. Pastor Andy Ballentine and Emma Philipoom are sharing the teaching of 3rd through 6th graders.)
  • 7th through 9th graders meet in the Library/Conference Room with Heidi Flatin and Stan York for Affirmation of Baptism instruction.
  • Older youth and young adults meet in Pastor Griffin’s office. (Conveners are Dave and Roberta Sulouff and Hannah Wiers.)


Faith Formation for Adults: Monday Evenings and Wednesday Afternoons

Bible Study

Do you know what’s in the Bible?  Do you read the Bible every day?  Or does the Bible scare you off because it seems too complicated and confusing?

To see what Pastors Ballentine and Griffin are offering, click “Adults” above or paste this link into your browser: http://www.saintstephenlutheran.net/?page_id=289



Shoes for School — For the Children Served by the Grove Christian Outreach Center!

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Members of St. Stephen gave more than 160 pairs of shoes, so children served by the Grove Christian Outreach Center would have new shoes for school.


 How great to see the kids’ smiling faces!

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There are lots more pictures on the St. Stephen facebook page!


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

Click “Giving” above!


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 St. Stephen Facebook page



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.


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 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.):

November 14 - Motel 6 – Team R (Randy)
December 12 - Motel 6 – Team M (Michael); Supper 8 – Team R (Randy)


“Living Lutheran”

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