Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry 12 Days of Christmas!

Welcome to the 12 days of Christmas! Yes, Christmas is a whole season in the Christian calendar, not just a single day. In this way, we get to tell the stories surrounding Jesus' birth many times in many ways.

And yes, we WILL greet the New Year with worship on Sunday, Jan. 1. Service begins at 10:50 a.m. with Dr. Leo Tipay presiding. Join us as we welcome 2017 with faith and hope!


Please click below for our Welcome. (Click on the small
box at bottom right for full screen).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

All-Church Christmas Party Coming Sunday

Come join in the fun as we gather as community to celebrate the season with food and friendship!

Council of Bishops Extends Christmas Greetings

Bishop Bruce C. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, offers a Christmas message to the church.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Elation Garage Sale Dec. 10

Saurday, Dec. 10 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We are asking for Garage Sale Goodies!
PLEASE start bringing your donations to the church on Sunday Dec. 4
or Thursday Dec. 8 from 6 - 9 pm

For Large Item Pickups Contact Alan Hobbs or Curt Benson

Friday, November 18, 2016

We're a 'Safe Place' for All!

If recent events weigh on your soul and you're looking for a safe place in an uneasy time, we invite you to experience life at St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Mesquite, TX,
where God's unconditional love reigns.

Left to right: Top row, Music Director Ryan Forkner, Heather Ducar, Jamie Guthrie, Musician Michael Carr, Mary Wilson, James Bowen; Middle row, Wini Council, Linda Curtis, Susan McArthur. Bottom row, Scarlett Guthrie, Tom Ellis, Lola Martindale, Amy Martindale, Church Administrator Paula Humphreys.

Our new St. Stephen T-shirts show our commitment to being a faith community that welcomes, sustains and protects ALL. In fact, so many of our members wore our new T-shirts that proclaim: "Love is love is love is love...is God" (1 John 4:7), that we had to edit the big picture into three sections, so you could see our smiles of welcome. And these are just the folks who remembered to wear their T-shirts! There's an even bigger community waiting to make friends with you.

Many of us feel the need today for a place that affirms the sacred worth of every individual and believes in the vision of a beloved community of love, peace and justice. St. Stephen strives to be such a place and to create such places in the world, created by God, following the example of Jesus Christ, and energized by the Holy Spirit.

We'd love to have you join us. 

Left to right: Top row, Music Director Emeritus Tom Council,  Pastor Rev. Nancy DeStefano, Christy Forkner, Cynthia Astle, John Astle, Bruce Hardie. Bottom row, Avery Forkner, Teddi Fulenwider, Shirley Feldhaus, Jeanette Benson, Nina Thompson, Gina Hedgecock.

Left to right: Top row, Lay Leader Keith Fulenwider, Dick Benson, Pete Dickson, Barbara Caton, David Caton, Carvel Lincoln. Middle Row: Fe Tipay, Rita Hardie, Liz Dickson. Bottom row: Stacy Schilling,  Carol Lincoln.

Monday, November 7, 2016

How Are We Transforming Lives?

What does it mean when we say that St. Stephen UMC "shares God's unconditional love" with the world around us? Or, put another way, how does sharing God's love make a difference in the lives of our members and the people in our communities?

That's the question we're being asked to consider as we prepare for St. Stephen UMC's annual Charge Conference, which will take place on Nov. 29. This year, our District Superintendent, Rev. Cammy Gaston, is asking all the churches in the Metro District to think about how our congregations and their ministries are bringing change to people's lives.

To help inspire your thinking, the pictures with this post show some of the ways St. Stephen has contributed to our communities. What we'd really like to know is what effects you think this ministries have on other people. Furthermore, what opportunities for service do you see that St. Stephen hasn't addressed yet?

No doubt you can think of many efforts for which we have no images. Whatever you find inspiring, transforming, life-giving about St. Stephen, we hope you'll share it with all of us so that we can be alert to more ways to love God and one another through service.

After you've had a chance to think about the questions, please answer our "transforming" survey on Survey Monkey. Please respond to the survey not later than Nov. 20 so we can collect and prepare the responses for presentation at Charge Conference. Thank you!

Click here to take the Transforming Lives survey!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What About This Word?

"Children of God" by Nadia Bolz-Weber from SALT Project on Vimeo.

Friends, here's a new video from popular author and Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, on how LGBTQIA* people don't need to be "welcomed," because they're already children of God.

What do you think?

*LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual.

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.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fire Up Your Chili Pots!

Click poster to enlarge for easy reading.

Learn Yoga and Get Healthy!

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The Pumpkins Are Coming This Saturday!

Come out this Saturday at 8 a.m. to help Elation! unload this year's truckful of pumpkins for the annual Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch will run daily from 3 to 8 p.m. from now until Oct. 31.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Addressing Mesquite Day

Work Date: October 8, 2016
Project: 809 John Peter Way, Mesquite, TX 75149

Job Description:
1. Scrape (as needed) and paint
all wood trim.
2. Scrape, replace wood as needed and
paint chimney.
3. Wash windows on front and
sides of house.

Contact Bruce Hardie for more information!