Seventh Sunday After Pentecost – July 19

Dear St. Stephen’s Family,

It is so hard to not be together in person, but we are doing Christ’s work of caring for each other – especially the most vulnerable among us – by not gathering in person.

So, let’s continue to join our spirits in worship at anytime on Sunday. It is so important to offer ourselves to God in this way these days. I know you will find it a comfort and blessing.  Previous weeks are recorded as well.  Please find attached, the bulletin cover artwork, scripture readings & prayers in the Celebrate.

I hope you are able to experience God’s Spirit of Fellowship, Love, Grace and Peace through our Zoom bible studies led by Pastor Jim. Due to council meetings, Bible studies are Thursdays at 11am and 7pm.  Same Zoom link.  

Please let us know if there are other ways you see that our church can be supportive.

Thank you for your continued faithfulness in your financial giving back to God through our church. Please remember to either give your offering through the mail, through our website donation option, signing up for monthly electronic giving, OR if you just want to get out of the house, then come by the church and drop it off in the mailbox in a secure slot called “Incoming mail”!  Office hours are M-Th 8:30-2:30. If you come during those times, you may also want to step into the sanctuary for some prayer and quiet time with God. We would love to see you.  Our library is also open to you with quite a variety to choose from.

Thank you to those of you who have been sending us notes and messages of encouragement and support. They help keep us hopeful and joyful! We always love to hear how things are going.

Other notes:

  • If any of you would like to participate, we are open to a few people Reading Scripture and offering the Prayers of Intercession from the Celebrate page.  Or if you would just like to come to worship – Saturdays 11:00 am.  Call Leslie at 476-4700 to schedule your spot.
  • Habitat for Humanity Lunches will be needed for Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30 am.   sandwiches,  fruit, chips, cookies.  Reply to this email or call the office.
  •  Jesse McMilin (23 yrs old)  is looking for a  room to rent in Santa Cruz County for $800 / month.

    Most of you know Jesse from his music.  He’s a paid composer, a church organist/pianist, and he teaches piano, saxophone, and theory. Before Covid-19 he was also regularly hired for parties, musical theatre, and similar events. In addition, he’s written pieces for pay (e.g. opera; symphony).  If you know or hear of anything, please call Tara 234-9909.

Leslie Lapp