Summer Worship Schedule starts May 29

One worship at 9:30 am all summer

From Memorial Day week-end through Labor Day week-end, we switch to one worship at 9:30 am. This will be a blended service with a variety of music. Coffee hour will follow service.

Never stepped in a church? Nor raised Lutheran? All are welcome here!

Ground broken for St. Stephens Senior Housing

This Thursday saw the St. Stephen’s Senior housing ground-breaking. This project provides an affordable rental complex for low-income seniors, a population where more are becoming homeless.  About 150 people, a third from the congregation, attended the ceremony.

The $18 million project, six years in the making, represents the first time a church in Santa Cruz County has donated land for affordable housing.  The land, formerly an orchard, was donated to the church by member Ella Bostwick, who died in 1982.

Click here to see the Santa Cruz Sentinel article! (including a video of Pastor Jim.)

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St. Stephen’s Senior Housing: Ground-Breaking Ceremony & Potluck!!!

Sunday, May 1st at 10:30am
Guest Preacher: Bishop Mark Holmerud

Hurray! It is finally here! After much prayer and planning the building of 40 units of affordable housing will begin. We will gather together to give thanks to God for this opportunity to be good stewards of the land and serve others.

Our regular worship service will conclude as we process to the field for a special dedication ceremony and blessing, followed by a good old-fashioned Lutheran Potluck!

Please sign-up to bring something to share.

 

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Holy Week & Easter Worship

Palm Sunday   (March 20)

  • 8:15 & 10:30 am Dramatic Worship

Maundy Thursday  (March 24)

  • 11:30 am & 7:30 pm Worship  “The Last Supper”

Good Friday  (March 25)

  • 7:30 pm Worship “The Seven Last Words”

Easter Sunday  (March 27)

  • 8:15 am Worship
  • 10:30 am Worship with Children’s Egg Hunt
  • Easter Breakfast to benefit our many ministries.  Celebrate the resurrection with food & friends!    Served  from  9:30 to 12.

 

Lenten Worship: Feb. 10 until Ash Wednesday – 11:30am & 7:15pm

Every Wednesday during Lent Feb. 17—March 16, we have TWO opportunities to gather:

 

Worship—11:30 am, Soup lunch—12:30

Soup Supper—6:30 pm, Worship @ 7:15pm (No Soup Ash Wed)

These worship gatherings are designed to help us reflect more deeply on our walk of faith with God.  The Season of Lent calls all Christians into a time of fasting, prayer and helping those in need in order to help us prepare for the miracle of the Resurrection at Easter.  Please sign up on Sunday to help host a soup lunch or supper.  We need at least two families to sign up for each soup supper.

 

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE – Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 am

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE – Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 am

 followed by Annual Congregational Meeting

 (Please Request Child Care if needed)

We gather together to elect leadership to council, elect voting members for Synod Assembly, and approve a budget for 2016 that reflects our mission. Please plan on attending to support your church as we continue to seek God’s will for our ministry together. Contact the office if you can assist with the coffee hour (set up, clean up, provide finger foods).

 

Blue Christmas Worship Service

 Sunday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m.

St. Stephen’s will be offering a Blue Christmas Service — a time when the “blue” feelings many people experience during the holidays can be acknowledged.

This is not a joyous season for everyone.  Greetings of Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, non-stop shopping, parties, and other traditional ways of celebrating the holidays often contrast sharply with the feelings of people for whom it’s not “the most wonderful time of the year.”  For families suffering from the recent or impending death of loved ones or in crisis due to illness or any other kind of loss, or for those who suffer from Christmas depression or other mental illness, it can be a very isolated and lonely time.

In this Blue Christmas Service, all those who are not having a very Merry Christmas for whatever reason, and the friends who support them, are invited to come and be with one another in a liturgy that speaks of the compassionate love of God for His hurting people.  Together we will offer up our pain, sorrow, anxiety, and loneliness to the One whose birth we commemorate — our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is our prayer that those who attend will be blessed with peace, hope, and especially the comfort of knowing they are deeply loved by God and not alone.