ST. STEPHEN LUTHERAN CHURCH WEEKLY NEWS
A prayer for every day, all year long
When it comes to prayer, there is no shortage of people and situation to include in our prayerful conversations with God. Sometime it helps to have a little prompting though – reminders of special concerns of the church and world, prompts related to the church calendar or ideas for ministries to remember in prayer that might otherwise slip by us. ELCA Prayer Ventures offers such prayer suggestion for everyday of the year.
Prayer Ventures can be used for personal prayer, adapted for use in worship, posted online or shared with members. They are posted for download a month in advance at ELCA.org/en/Resources/Prayer-Ventures. It’s free and fresh each month!
CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS
We are collecting food for Christmas food baskets for S.W.E.S. The last day of collection will be December 17. Here is a list of foods to keep in mind when shopping for a holiday meal: Vegetables, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, dry potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes and stuffing. Baking: flour, sugar, chocolate chips, pie crust mix, Jello, canned pumpkin , pudding, cake mix, frosting and peanut butter. Other foods and items to add to your list: Jelly, cereal, mac & cheese, rice, dry or canned soup, Spaghetti & sauce, pancake mix, oatmeal, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate; used towels, diapers (packages can be opened).
GREENING OF THE CHURCH
Help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas after brunch on December 17th. If we all pitch in the decorating can be done in under 1 hour.
WORSHIP ON DECEMBER 24TH
Sunday morning at 10:00 AM
Christmas Eve at 7:30 PM
There will be no brunch on the morning of December 24. Please invite family and friends to worship with you at St. Stephen this Christmas.
2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES
Offering envelopes for 2018 are available in the fellowship hall. The envelopes are arranged in alphabetical order. If you cannot find your box of envelopes, please let the church office know or speak to Teresa Sparhawk or Pastor Sabatelli.