On Sunday, July 16th, St. Stephen’s Church had ” Christmas in July” at the church service. It featured Christmas Scripture readings and singing Christmas carols. It was well attended by 63 people, and Pr. Cori Johnson’s last day with us. Click here to view photo gallery
On Saturday, July 15th, at 5:00 PM, a Going-Away Party/Potluck Dinner was held at St. Stephen’s Church in honor of Pr. Cori Johnson and her husband Todd. Her last day at St. Stephen’s and Gethsemane Churches is July 16th. It was well attended with 89 people. We will miss them, and ask God’s Blessings on them. Click here to view photo gallery
On June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday, Isabella Mack made her Affirmation of Baptism, Confirmation, at St. Stephen’s Church. A special cake was served at coffee time before the service, and she received gifts. Click here to view photo gallery
Sunday, April 30th was Youth Sunday for the Parish Service at St. Stephen Church. The Confirmation kids wrote and gave the children’s and regular sermons, and served at the service ushering, acolyting, assisting with Communion, and lectoring. A representative from the Gideons also gave a Temple Talk. Click here to view photo gallery
On Saturday, April 15th, there was an Easter event for the kids at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by a lunch. Click here to view photo gallery
Jean Voellker was honored at coffee time on March 26th for her 80th birthday on March 30. Happy Birthday, Jean, and God Bless You! Click here to view photo gallery
On March 19th, Bishop Tom Skrenes preached the sermons at Gethsemane and St. Stephen Churches. A pot luck meal was served at St. Stephen’s following their service. Click here to view photo gallery
2016 Adopt A Family Project
This year’s project was a variation on our traditional angel tree. The change was small, but significant. We adopted one family rather than many children from multiple families. The families’ needs were simple but basic. They needed winter clothes because they just moved from California.
Members from Gethsemane and St. Stephens eagerly signed up for and purchased gifts for the 2 teen age girls. Gifts for their Dad appeared also even though he asked for nothing for himself.
In addition to gifts, we also provided the “fixins” (and a few recipes) for their holiday dinner. The food provided ranged from potatoes, butter, salt, seasonings, homemade pumpkin pie, cranberries, butter, jello, canned vegetables, dinner rolls, eggs, home canned pickles and beets, sweet potatoes just to name some of the items provided.
Social Ministry purchased the turkey and a few extra items to fill out the menu.
Transformational Ministry prepared a gift of pocket prayer shawls, devotional materials and a new bible for the family as well as an invitation to join us for worship.
In preparation for delivery of the gifts and food, Pastor Cori blessed everyting during regular worship.
Christian generosity clothed and fed our family and we showered them with God’s love!!!!
I met and visited with the Dad for a little while before Christmas. I shared our worship schedule and invited them to join us for worship. Before we parted, we held hands, prayed and hugged each other. He was moved by the generosity and love shown to them.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.