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

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost – October 18, 2020

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

“Give to God the things that are God’s”. In an election year like this, where there is much at stake as to the direction of our nation, we are reminded through our scripture readings about where our ultimate allegiance is to be given, despite the common human temptation throughout history to serve the nation and it’s economy first. All of our decisions about “politics” (the way we decide to live together on the planet), are to be grounded in what we know about God’s intention and hope for humanity, and the realization that God’s call supersedes whatever call a nation might try to have on us.

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Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – October 11, 2020

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

Welcome to worship this Sunday Oct. 11! We gather our hearts and offer our lives to God through this recorded worship service that is trying to honor our church family practices of a familiar and comforting liturgy in our sacred space at 2500 Soquel Avenue. Please set aside some time on the Lord’s day and Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy, as the Third Commandment says. Find some bread and “fruit of the vine” so you can receive a means and reminder of God’s grace to strengthen and sustain you in these weary days.

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 4, 2020

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells a parable to the religious leaders who are plotting his death, revealing that their plans will, ironically, bring about the fulfillment of scripture. As this is also the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi, Pastor Jim leads the video participants in a blessing of their animals. (Matthew 21:33-46)

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 27, 2020

Important Update:

Hello everyone, Jim and Leslie are out of town this week and our videographer is recovering from an illness. 

So this Sunday we will be holding our service live on Zoom

(a recording will be made available later in the week). 

You can join us live to hear a faith message from our guest pastor Rev. Carol Been, inspiring music, and share Holy Communion.

Make sure that you have some kind of bread and wine/juice ready with you so you can participate.

Here’s your invitation to St Stephen’s Online Service of the Word 

Sunday, September 27th, at 10 AM (Pacific Time).

The service will use the online video application Zoom. (Instructions below.) 

If you haven’t used zoom before, make sure you begin the following process about 10 minutes before the service begins:

First click this invitation link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81657300786?pwd=Vy85SlQ0UVQ5V1RDREFtWEo0L2o2UT09

1. You’ll see the words: “A download should start automatically in a few seconds.”

2. Then launch the Zoom program by clicking where it says “Click Here” or “Click Zoom,” depending on your browser.

3. You’ll see a window asking: “Do you want to run this file?” Click “Run. You may also see “Do you want the following program to make changes to this computer?” Click Yes

4. A progress bar will show as it installs.

5. Enter Your Name when requested, and click “Join Meeting.”

6. Click “Join with Computer Audio”

7. Very important: Make certain that the microphone in the lower left corner of the video windows has a red line through it to mute your microphone.

Feel free to invite others this Sunday.

If you’re having trouble connecting to our services through video on your computer, you can connect with us by using any telephone.

Zoom Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 816 5730 0786

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Dial by your location

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

You can also find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kEFPiZkKY

The Service will also be available on St Stephen’s website later in the week.

Pastor Carol Been
Cell: 831-239-1254Email: cbeen181@gmail.com