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

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost – October 24, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday, October 24th at 10 am, we will gather for worship in our sanctuary for the foreseeable future.

We will dedicate our new signs and banners as we proclaim our more public witness that we are a “Reconciling In Christ” congregation. Please refer to the statement on the back of every bulletin and in each newsletter for more understanding about what this means. We are making our statement more visible to our community so that folks who have been excluded and persecuted by the Christian Church over the centuries, will know that this is a church that welcomes them as God has created them.

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-first Sunday after Pentecost – October 17, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday, October 17th at 10 am, we will gather for worship in our sanctuary for the foreseeable future. It has been so wonderful to be back together again and share God’s Spirit and worship in-person!

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.

We will focus on the intriguing “hard sayings of Jesus” in the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus employs hyperbole and exaggeration to help people see that God’s ways of lifting up the “little ones” (those most vulnerable) are of ultimate importance for human community.

This time we are challenged to understand “Greatness” in God’s terms as lived out in Jesus Christ, as opposed to any human ruler or way of empire. We will be challenged to ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ?”

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – October 10, 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

This Sunday, October 10th at 10 am, we will gather for worship back in our sanctuary for the foreseeable future. It has been so wonderful to be back together again and share God’s Spirit and worship in-person.  We will focus on the intriguing “hard sayings of Jesus” in the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus employs hyperbole and exaggeration to help people see that God’s ways of lifting up the “little ones” (those most vulnerable) are of ultimate importance for human community. This time we are challenged to use wealth solely for the purpose of sharing it.

There is always a Children’s Church / Sunday School program planned during worship. It is held in the Family Room adjacent to the sanctuary beginning right before the scripture readings and ending after the offering. We LOVE having children and all that brings as part of worship! Thanks to Polly Cappelloni and Leslie Lapp for leading this ministry.

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 3, 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

This Sunday, October 3rd at 10 am, we will gather for worship back in our sanctuary for the fourth time! It has been so wonderful to be back together again and share God’s Spirit and worship in-person.  We will focus on the intriguing “hard sayings of Jesus” in the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus employs hyperbole and exaggeration to help people see that God’s ways of lifting up the “little ones” (those most vulnerable) are of ultimate importance for human community.

There is always a Children’s Church / Sunday School program planned during worship. It is held in the Family Room adjacent to the sanctuary beginning right before the scripture readings and ending after the offering. We LOVE having children and all that brings as part of worship! Thanks to Polly Cappelloni and Leslie Lapp for leading this ministry.

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 26, 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

This Sunday, September 26th at 10 am, we will gather for worship back in our sanctuary for the third time.  We will focus on the intriguing “hard sayings of Jesus” in the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus employs hyperbole and exaggeration to help people see that God’s ways of lifting up the “little ones” (those most vulnerable) are of ultimate importance for human community.

There is always a Children’s Church / Sunday School program planned during worship. It is held in the Family Room adjacent to the sanctuary beginning right before the scripture readings and ending after the offering. We LOVE having children and all that brings as part of worship! Thanks to Polly Cappelloni and Leslie Lapp for leading this ministry.

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