Pentecost – May 23, 2021

Dear People of God’s Spirit!

We worship together on this Pentecost Sunday at 10 am outdoors in our parking lot and livestreamed on our website here.

You can also participate through the recording after 5pm on Sunday by going to our website.

Wear something RED as we adorn ourselves with the color of the coming of the Holy Spirit!

6 yr. old Ila Mendoza, who attended our Child Development Center and is the Great-Granddaughter of one of our members from St. Stephen’s Senior Housing – Tony (deceased) & Rose Guerrero, and the Granddaughter of another church member Gina Mendoza, will be baptized at the worship service!  Come and share in her excitement and welcome to God’s family forever.

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Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 16, 2021

Dear People of God,

Have your worship bulletin, Celebrate and Holy Communion elements ready, so we can join our spirits as we offer ourselves to God.

Pastor Jim will offer a song on guitar that has been a part of his life since he was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran in San Diego, by Pastor Theodore O. Danitschek in 1980. It is a song that continues to express the prayer of Jesus we hear in the Gospel Reading today: “That they may be one as we are one.”  By devoting our lives to seeking to ever becoming more like the One sent to us from God we do our part in fulfilling Jesus’ prayer.  What does that look like in your life? How well do you know the ways and message of Jesus Christ so that you can be one with God’s Word for the world? 

The hymns are from Easter Sunday, so sing out loud with Pastor Jim as we celebrate the Risen Christ – the God of new and eternal life!

The following Sunday, May 23rd (Pentecost), we will gather in-person outdoors in our parking lot at 10am for a livestreamed worship service. I encourage everyone to wear something red to celebrate the color of the day – a sign of the Holy Spirit among us.

It is also a significant day for our church as little 5 yr. old Ila, who attended our preschool and whose Great-grandmother & Great-grandfather were some of the first residents of St. Stephen’s Senior Housing, will be baptized. This is the first baptism of someone from our preschool since it opened eight years ago, and the first from a family from St. Stephen’s Senior Housing. Thanks be to God!

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Edited Version

This 6th Sunday of Easter, May 9th, we will gather in-person outdoors in our parking lot for worship. Holy Communion will be provided. Please wear a mask and bring your own chair. We will gather for a physically distanced fellowship time immediately following outdoors  for those who would like to. I encourage us to stay a little while and greet one another as we begin to slowly return to some of our regular practices. Coffee and goodies will not be provided just yet.

We will also be announcing the election of a new Bishop for the 190 congregations of our Sierra Pacific Synod, who will serve for the next 6 years. Please keep this election in your prayers as Barbara Rice, Kent Madsen and myself will be attending the first-ever virtual online Synod Assembly that began Thursday May 6 and ended Saturday May 8.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 2, 2021

Here is the recorded service in our sanctuary for worship this 5th Sunday of Easter. We will be singing a new Easter song as the Hymn of the Day.

Print off the attached bulletin and be ready to sing and pray with Pastor Jim and Gary. Please have some bread and fruit of the vine ready for Holy Communion this Sunday.

Next Sunday May 9 (Mother’s Day) at 10 am, we will offer an outdoor/livestream worship service with Holy Communion. You can participate in the livestream by going to our website at 10 am.

Beginning in May and continuing through August, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 10 am, there will be an outdoor, live-streamed worship service. The recording of that service will be available after 5pm on our website. Sundays: May 9, 23 / June 13, 27 / July 11, 25 / August 8,22. All other Sundays will be recorded on Fridays at 11am. and posted to our website by Sunday morning.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 25, 2021

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, April 25th, we gather virtually for a very special worship service led by Lutherans Restoring Creation – an advocacy group of our larger church, the ELCA. The service is posted here on our web site. The bulletin for worship is posted here as well.

I hope you will look forward to participating with Lutheran Christians all over the country as we are fortunate to have this very creative opportunity to worship God as the Creator of all life.  It will also connect us to the whole world as this Sunday coincides with the observance of Earth Day where we are lifting up our calling to be caretakers of God’s good creation.

Here is the link to the website for LRC:  I encourage you to visit their website so that you can find more resources to help fulfill our work of being good stewards of all that God has made.

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