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.
Upcoming Special Services
C - Service Held In Church
ASC -Service Held In All Saint's Chapel
Thursday, November 26 - 10:00 am Thanksgiving Day Eucharist ASC
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.
A weekday Eucharist will be offered on Wednesdays at 11:30 am. Come during your lunch hour and refresh yourself.
One Church One School & The Daughters of the King invite you to take part in the “Christmas Gifting Project” for needy students at Wakefield Elementary School. The Chrismon Tree, featuring symbols of Christ, will be placed in our Parish Hall beginning Sunday, November 29th. Choose your “gift tag” and return your gift before December 13th!
"Christian Conversations", a laity driven learning experience, will continue on Sunday,December 20th at 6:30 pm.
Chair Yoga With a Prayer Focus
December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30
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
Make plans early to remember loved ones and give thanks for lifes many blessings by making an offering to the Christmas Flower & Greenery fund. A $20.00 offering is suggested, but any amount will be gratefully accepted. Please deliver your offering, marked "Christmas Flowers" with the names to be remembered included, to the Parish Office. The more donations we receive the more flowers and greenery we will be able to display.
The Brotherhood will host a "Prime Rib Feast" on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30 pm. All gentlemen are invited to attend.
Ladies are invited to join the Sisters of St. Stephen's on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:30 pm at the church for a delightful evening of holiday hob-knobbing. Please bring a small gift (under $10) to exchange and an appetizer or dessert to share.
“A Time of Contemplation and Meditation”
The Church will be open the 3rd Thursday (December 17th) of each month from 6:30 - 8 pm and will be available to those seeking blessings, confession, and prayer.
Please tell your friends and neighbors.
"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 non-perishable items in your basket. Our big blue shopping basket (located in the Parish Hall) is there to collect your donations.