Expanded Giving Opportunities

St. Stephens now accepts credit and debit cards as well as PayPal and Venmo for alternative ways of giving. Just press the Donate Now button on any web page to be taken to the new Virtual Offering Plate with three choices:

  • Vanco — Our traditional electronic giving provider now accepts credit and debit cards in addition to bank accounts.
  • PayPal/Venmo — For single gifts using either of those payment options.
  • PayPal (only) — Includes recurring gifts.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 19, 2021

Please note: there will not be an edited version of this Sunday’s video.

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday, December 19th at 10 am, we will gather to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent by returning to the beginning story of Mary and Elizabeth in the Gospel of Luke.  Advent is a brief, four Sunday, season of the church year where we focus on the preparation for the birth of Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.  We will light four candles on our Advent Wreath (lovingly prepared by Barbara Johnston).

The scripture readings are highlighted by one of the most revered and well-known passages the world over: Mary’s Magnificat.  We have come to know and reflect on this passage over the years through the version we sing during Lent as part of the Holden Evening Vespers. It is a powerful message that sets the tone for Jesus’ upbringing toward his mission as Savior of the world, which will come in very unexpected and upturned ways.

[Read more…]