Greetings from St. Stephen's!
We are glad God has led you here and would like to tell you a little more about our parish.
Our goal is, like St. Stephen, to be "full of faith and the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6:5) which means we keep focused on God and trust in his Spirit to direct and bless us.
At St. Stephen's this is expressed in our desire to be a healthy church of worship, discipleship, outreach, and fellowship. In worship we are within the Anglo-Catholic tradition of sung services, reverence, and even a little incense. In addition, we have a strong sense of discipleship with Christ centered preaching and teaching. In outreach as a parish we have a strong desire to reach out with the love of Christ to the community, and are eagerly working towards making this a vital part of who we are. Finally, fellowship is also important to us, and we have several opportunities to grow in faith together throughout the month.
We hope that you drop by a few times and pray about becoming a part of what God is doing in our church.
ASC-All Saint's Chapel
Thursday, August 6, 11:30 am ASC: The Transfiguration
Saturday, August 15th, 9:30 am ASC: St. Mary the Virgin
Monday, August 24, 6:30 pm ASC: St. Bartholomew
Meet St. Stephen the Martyr. Stephen was chosen by the Apostles as the first of seven deacons, and he became the first Christian martyr. He was a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, who worked miracles among the people, bringing many to join the followers of Jesus (Acts 6-7). Those who debated him were no match for Stephen’s grace and wisdom. Then, like his Lord Jesus, Stephen was falsely accused of blasphemy and brought before the Sanhedrin. Before his accusers, Stephen spoke eloquently, recalling that God had guided Israel’s history, even despite its disobedience and idolatry. He ended with a stinging indictment: “You stiff-necked people…you are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your fathers did before you.” The entire assembly raged against Stephen, who “filled with the Holy Spirit, looked at the sky and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘Look!’ he exclaimed, ‘I see an opening in the sky, and the Son of Man standing at God’s right hand.’ They dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. As he was being killed, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit…Lord, do not hold this sin against them.'” He died at the hands of the mob, his eyes courageously fixed on God and a prayer of happy forgiveness on his lips. His death (34-36 A.D.) marked a new foundation for the early Church. The Church has set aside December 26th to celebrate the holy life of St. Stephen the Martyr.
First Wednesday Presents
“The Salad Days of Summer”
Cool Down with Crisp and Delectable Salads
Icy Cold Drinks
and an Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30 pm
Join us for fun, food and fellowship
A weekday Eucharist will be offered on Wednesdays at 11:30 am. Come during your lunch hour and refresh yourself.
Chair Yoga With a Prayer Focus
10-11 am July 27, 29 & August 12,17,19, 24, 26
Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
Wear loose fitting & comfortable clothes - no props required
For more information call Carla Self
Suggested Donation $3 - $5 per session
"Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (Isaiah 58:10-11)
In our continuing outreach program to share in our abundance, we will be sending our donated food and other much needed items to the local soup kitchen, “The Dining Car.” When doing your regular shopping please remember those in need and put a few of the following items in your basket. Our big blue shopping basket (located in the Parish Hall) is there to collect your donations.
Canned chicken, Tall Can
Canned tuna fish, 4#2.5oz
Canned baked beans, black beans, Ro-tel, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom soup
Potato Chips 50 bags per Box
Sliced Jalapeno Peppers
Nacho Cheese #10 Cans
PAPER PRODUCTS AND STAPLES
Folgers Coffee 3#, Gal size tea bags
Plastic Forks, Spoons, Knives
Styrofoam soup bowls
10 oz & 8 oz Styrofoam hot cups
Tall Fold Dispenser Napkins
Pam Cooking Spray
Trash Can Liners, 13 gal & 33 gal
Sandwich & 1 gal Zip Lock Bags
Brown Paper Bags 12#
THINGS FOR TOILETRY BAGS
Hotel samples of shampoo, lotion, body wash