Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 17

Dear Beloved Community of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church,

We hope you are doing well as we all adjust to new ways of being the church for each other and our community!  You are loved and prayed for often. We sure do miss seeing your faces and worshiping together in person.

Instead, we are relying much more on worshiping together in spirit.  This is also a theme for our Sunday readings this week – that the One Spirit draws us all together and is sustaining us with Love. (Gospel reading is John 14:15-21)

I hope you are able to experience God’s Spirit of Love through participating in our recorded worship services and Zoom bible studies Wed. 11am & 7pm.  Please let us know if there are other ways you see that our church can be supportive.

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!

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.

Let’s continue to join our spirits in worship online 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, the liturgy, and scripture readings & prayers in the Celebrate.

-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.  Call Leslie at 476-4700 to reserve your spot.

Pastor Jim and Leslie Lapp