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

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.

We will gather indoors each Sunday at 10am.

The health-safe, new ways that we will worship in-person indoors were shared in detail in  our September newsletter. Everyone will need to wear a mask. It will also include practices that maintain physical distance (6ft. distance for families in the pews – sharing the Peace with gestures , continuing to receive Holy Communion with the pre-sealed cups, giving our offering at tables near us, as well as improved air exchange with fans and open doors.

Our gathering for worship each Sunday at church, in our homes, or wherever we are able, is very essential to strengthen us to meet the world’s challenges. These days, especially, we cling to the hopeful messages of our faith that call us to new beginnings and living a new life with those around us. Previous Sunday worship services can be found at our website. “

Prayers: For healing for Dorothy Ronning as she has outpatient gall bladder surgery on Wed.

For God’s Peace and Loving Arms to surround Ron, Sheila, Scott, Mark and Arija Buswell and their families, as Ron enters comfort care in the hospital in Seattle where he was receiving experimental treatments that were unsuccessful. We pray that Ron’s abundant faith will lift him gently into eternal rest and everlasting peace. We give thanks to God for Ron’s dedication to God’s church and the many, many ways he has offered his gifts to so many in our church and our community for so long.

Church office hours have changed. They are now Mon-Fri. 12noon – 5pm. Please make a note of this change.  Thank you all for your amazing support and love and faithful prayers for Leslie and our family. Please refer to Leslie’s “” page for details about her story in case you may not have heard about her accident. Leslie has been officially discharged from any further medical treatment. This led to an additional part-time employment opportunity which she has accepted and begun as of Aug. 11 resulting in the office hour change.

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 (more or less) M-Th 8:30-2:30, depending on Leslie’s therapy schedules. 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.

Flowers for Worship: Please sign up to provide flowers in honor of someone or a special occasion as another way to offer yourself in worship to God. The Flower Chart will be available at worship, or you can call the church office – 476-4700.

Other notes:

  • Habitat for Humanity Lunches.  We will be providing Lunches (sandwiches, chips, fruit & cookies) for 10 volunteers.  Reply to this email or call the office if you would like to help out. Our next date is Tuesday, Sept. 28.
  • A few copies of “White Fragility” are available to borrow.  Call the office to inquire. This is a congregation-wide perspective that we are trying to adopt as we seek better understanding about the roots of racism, its consequences, and how our lives can better reflect an anti-racism perspective.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jim