Thursday, October 20, 2016

What a Great October We're Having!

Friends, we've been reaping a harvest of soul-stirring activities this month at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. And we're not done yet!

 This coming Sunday, Oct. 23, is Laity Sunday, when we will celebrate what we call "the ministry of the laity." In other words, as part of God's family, "all people, in all times and all places, are called to love and serve." Our Lay Leader, Keith Fulenwider, has organized this Sunday's service and will bring the message. Worship begins at 10:50 a.m.

Immediately after worship this Sunday, Chair Tom Zolnerwich will bring a report from the Finance Committee on the state of St. Stephen's income and expenses. Copies of the report and the committee's suggestions for the coming year were emailed to members previously. If possible, please print out your report and bring the copy with you to the meeting to save on church expenses. We'll be voting on our budget for next year, so please make every effort to attend.

We have two more important observances coming up. 

We'll remember our loved ones and those who guided us in faith for All Saints Sunday on Sunday, Oct. 30, in advance of All Saints' Day on Nov. 1. This worship service gives us an opportunity to give thanks for the many people who have loved and nurtured us throughout our lives.

Then we'll have our annual Music Appreciation Sunday on Nov. 6. Music forms a key part of St. Stephen's ministry through our Choir and Elation! Youth Drama Choir, plus the children's ensembles we have from time to time.

The Worship Committee, along with our staff team of Rev. Nancy DeStefano, choir director Ryan Forkner, and accompanist Michael Carr, have done lots of work preparing these observances, so let's honor their efforts and join in the celebrations!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Guns and Domestic Violence

During the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, United Methodist Women is raising consciousness of the role that guns play in violence against women. Click on the poster below for a larger version, or look for the poster on a bulletin board at church.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sign Up to Help at Pumpkin Patch!

Church family & friends we need your help. If you are available ANY of the time slots please consider volunteering your time to support our youth!!

Elation Pumpkin Patch runs the entire month of October. Please sign up for the times you know you can work. Time slots are broken down into various increments so please take note of your hours selected.  Each time slot has room for 2 adults and 3 youth. If you have questions please email Michael Carr or call his cell at 415-377-6074.