Reconciled in Christ Welcome Statement

We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Christ.”

Approved at the January 2020 Congregational Meeting

First Sunday of Advent – November 28, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday, November 28th at 10 am, we will gather to celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.  This is a brief 4 Sunday season of the church year where we focus on the preparation for the birth of Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.  We will light a candle on our  Advent Wreath (lovingly prepared by Barbara Johnston) each Sunday. This will lead our hearts to remember the Good News that we will celebrate at Christmas.

Gathering in-person in our worship space is a joyous occasion for sure! But the risks of the pandemic are lingering as we head into the Fall and Winter, so we are taking precautions  described in further detail below.

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Christ the King Sunday – November 21, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday, November 21st at 10 am, we will gather to celebrate “Gratitude Sunday” when we bring our thanks to God in the form of our financial, time and abilities gifts for the coming year.  Please remember to bring the items that you received that help us to remember that all that we have belongs to God, and that these are some tangible ways we will give thanks to God in return.

Gathering in-person in our worship space is a joyous occasion for sure! But the risks of the pandemic are lingering as we head into the Fall and Winter, so we are taking precautions  described in further detail below.

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Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost – November 14, 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

This Sunday, Nov. 14h at 10 am, we will gather for worship in our sanctuary, as we remember once again that to follow Jesus means to care for the vulnerable and lowly among us, as opposed to seeking greatness and success in the eyes of our world.

Gathering in-person in our worship space is a joyous occasion for sure! But the risks of the pandemic are lingering as we head into the Fall and Winter, so we are taking precautions described below. This Sunday will include taping off spaces that we ask people not to occupy in the pews, in order to ensure adequate physical distancing. We will also not be offering the Coffee Fellowship for the time being. However, all are welcome to gather outside on the patio and greet one another as well as welcome those who are new to this church family.

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All Saints Sunday – November 7, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday, November 7th at 10 am (turn your clocks BACK 1 hr.), we will gather for All Saints Sunday worship in our sanctuary. The names of those from our church family who have died in the past year will lifted up and remembered in our prayers.

  • Lu Sluiter
  • Jean Calvert
  • Jean Petersen,
  • Ron Buswell
  • Rick Olfield
  • Edna Lindquist
  • Al Mitchell

Please bring either a picture or item that represents any loved ones that you would like to remember during worship. There will be a table up front at the baptismal font for you to place the photo or item on. Then please light a small votive candle for them. This will take place right before The Prayers of Intercession. During the prayers there will be a time when you can say the names of those you are remembering out loud.

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All Saints Memorial Service – November 6, 2021

We will gather this Saturday, Nov. 6th at 11 am. for an All Saints Memorial Service indoors. We will especially be remembering those that we were unable to gather for, due to the pandemic restrictions. This service will be livestreamed and recorded on our website.

  • Al Mitchell
  • Delores Price
  • Donald John Wickham
  • Jean Petersen,
  • Jean Calvert
  • Ron Buswell
  • Edna Lindquist

Although some held private services for these loved ones, we were not able to gather as a church family to remember them and give thanks to God for their life and witness. We will bless them with the ways, songs, prayers and scripture readings that our church has honored our dead for centuries and commend them to the Grace of God forever.

There will be a Time of Remembrance when I will ask for us to offer memories and stories about each one, so please come with some reflection on what you are grateful for about them.

Grace and Peace
Pastor Jim