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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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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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 19, 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

This Sunday, September 19th at 10 am, we will gather for worship back in our sanctuary, as we remember once again that to follow Jesus means to care for the vulnerable and lowly among us, as opposed to seeking greatness and success in the eyes of our world.

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 below. This Sunday will include taping off spaces that we ask people not to occupy in the pews, in order to ensure adequate physical distancing. We will also not be offering the Coffee Fellowship for the time being. However, all are welcome to gather outside on the patio and greet one another as well as welcome those who are new to this church family.

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 12, 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

This Sunday, September 12th at 10am, we will gather for worship back in our sanctuary for the first time since March of 2020…almost a year and half. It 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 below. Also, please see the Prayer Requests below.

You can also worship at home through the livestream found at our website. After 5pm.   a recording of our worship service can be also found on our website at www.ststephenslutheran.org.

The bulletin and Celebrate scripture readings and prayers are attached, so that you can participate in worship even if you are not able to attend church in-person. Holy Communion will be celebrated, so please have some bread and fruit of the vine ready.

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