St. Stephen’s – Ministries
To provide a lifelong program of Christian Education enabling members of all ages to learn the scriptures and Lutheran teachings and apply them in their daily lives
To provide for the care and keeping of the congregation’s property and equipment.
To assist congregation leaders provide inspiring, faith enhancing, and faith challenging worship opportunities.
to assist congregational leaders provide inspiring, faith enhancing, and faith challenging worship opportunities.
To develop and provide opportunities whereby congregational members can grow and strengthen the fellowship bond with other members.
To assess, monitor, and report on the congregations’s fiscal well-being; to provide for an annual audit of congregational fiscal records; and in conjunction with congregation’s leaders develop a proposed congregational budget in the fall of each year.
Funeral Dinner Committee
To extend the congregation’s ministry of caring to grieving families by providing a funeral meal for extended family members and friends.
Social Ministry (Outreach) Committee
To develop outreach programs that witness to the servant example of Christ, in our community, synod, country, and world.
On-going collection of personal hygiene products for military personnel, collection of winter coats, mittens, and hats for needy children, and other projects as needs appear.
The Transformational Ministry
1. ‘We believe in the Triune God who leads us.
We believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, together as one, who we trust will lead where He intends us to go, if we listen to His calling and allow Him to lead us, even where we may not want to go.
2. Through prayer we build a relationship with God.
Prayer and listening to what God is telling us, is most important and must be part of our Christian lives in order to know what God wants from us, and to build a lasting relationship with Him.
3. Spread God’s Word and grow disciples.
When we spread God’s Word, as the result of our work, we will grow disciples for God.
4. Everyone has gifts.
Each of us has gifts to offer. We don’t have to be ordained ministers or trained lay preachers to do God’s work. It is not all about donating money to support ministries. Our time and our talents are gifts that can be given to the world.
5. We are a welcoming and inviting church.
All who come to worshiip and receive God’s Word are welcomed unconditionally. We invite all to experience God’s Word.
“We are saved by grace through faith to share the Good News of the Gospel with all people, and live God’s love by our words and actions.”
Youth and Family Ministry
As servants of God and the community through mission, the Youth and Family Ministry is committed to teaching and mentoring our youth in being good stewards through fellowship with Christ and one another.
Faith Formation (formerly known as Sunday School) for the 2019-20 school year is going strong under the leadership of Miss Wendy, Miss Penny, and Ms. Patty. Each week, the children explore the Bible stories using the SPARK Bible, a colorful resource that brings the stories to life.
Confirmation Students, those typically in Grades 7 and 8 who wish to Affirm their Baptism, meet with Pr. Brenda on Wednesdays from 3:45-5pm at St. Stephen’s. Contact Pastor Brenda if you are interested in becoming Confirmed, youth or adult.
St Stephen Women of the ELCA
Projects have included: First Sat. in Nov. Fall festival Christmas Cookie Sale, Christmas Cheer Baskets to shut-ins, distribution of home made Prayer Shawls, Christmas toys for needy children, participation in nursing homes Bingo and Birthday Parties, Quilts and kits made up for Lutheran World Relief to be shipped out each Oct., and various other projects, in reaction to needs that arise.
Open on Saturdays 9AM to noon and operated by various area church volunteers, managed by the area’s Ministerium, and housed in St. Stephen Church.
Is a chain of phone calls for prayers for the ill or hospitalized, even beyond the church membership to friends, community members, loved ones. Prayer requests are also being made through email.