Come, celebrate with carols and the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem!
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.
Together we will offer up our pain, sorrow, anxiety, and loneliness to the One whose birth we commemorate — our Lord Jesus Christ.
Aebleskiver Breakfast – Child Development Center Fundraiser
Sunday, October 16
9:30 and 11:30 seatings
Tickets available now and at the door. $10 payable to “St. Stephens Child Development Center”
In case you didn’t know: Æbleskiver (Danish -meaning apple slices) are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes crossed with a popover, æbleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover.
Bring your pet or a photograph of your pet to receive a special blessing during worship. All Creatures great and small are welcome.
This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s celebration of all of God’s creation including all the animals.
8:15 & 10:30 am.
Dear Members –
We have received two awards related to our work with Mid-Pen Housing and the development of 40 units of low income housing on church land. May these awards speak loud and clear that the church cares deeply about its community, and proves it by offering its resources as it “walks the talk”.
First, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has awarded us the “Best Structure” award in recognition of the high quality, low-income nature of the new housing being built on our field. The ceremony was held Sept. 22 in San Jose.
Second, we have received the “Community Assessment Project Community Heroes Award” from the United Way of SC County. We received it because we are creating tangible change towards their Goal: That by the year 2020 the housing stock in Santa Cruz County will increase by 1,000 units. The award will be presented at a Celebration on Nov. 21.