“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday, September 11

Service Project at Mt. Cross 12:00 — Bring your own lunch

Celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. This year’s dedicated day of service will mark the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. As you continue to share God’s love with your neighbors, consider thanking and holding in prayer the emergency responders in your area as part of your service.

“The world can be a dangerous place. But there are some who, when disaster strikes, run toward the danger. These are the first responders, firefighters, police and EMTs, who live out their baptismal vocation in service to their communities in times of intense need. They do God’s work with their hands.” – ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton

 

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2016!

St. Stephens has been honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal

Exciting news:   St. Stephens has been honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a winner in their 2016 Structures Awards – these awards recognize “best in class” developments throughout our region.  The September 23rd edition of the Journal will feature articles on all Structures winners and St. Stephen’s vision for this community and its history.

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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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