St. Stephen's News

March 20, 2020

All Church Services Canceled
Bishop Sean announced that in person worship services will be canceled at least through Holy Week and Easter due to COVID-19.  If you would like to read the letter, you can do so here.  Some of the churches in the diocese are holding live services online.  If you would like to watch one of these, you can do so here.   For St Stephen's, Father Shawn has recorded his message and Kate has recorded music which is all available below.  While we can't be together for Sunday Services, we do hope these opportunities help to keep you connected.  

 

Communication with the Diocese and St. Stephen's Staff
Father Shawn is in contact with the Diocese and he has been communicating virtually with the Bishop and staff.  Also, Father Shawn, Claire, Susan and Heather have been meeting virtually discussing on how best to serve our St. Stephen's family and working remotely since the Church Office is closed.   If you need to reach someone or have a need, please contact Claire at (717) 448-0506 and if there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Father Shawn at (814) 602-8743. 

 

Need Help?
If you are needing help, please contact us.  Whether is it picking up groceries, prescriptions, or other supplies we have volunteers willing to help.   Please contact please contact Claire at (717) 448-0506 and let her know what you need.  Also,  if there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Father Shawn at (814) 602-8743

 

Adult and Women's Bible Studies
We have created opportunities online for our Lenten Bible Studies.  If you have not received communication from your leaders of the group, please contact them. 

 

Giving
Although our church building is closed at this time, we are still working and supporting our community and those in need at St. Stephen's. In the meantime, as you are able, you can mail your weekly pledge to the Church Office.  Donations will still be deposited on a weekly basis.  The Bishop's Office is also working on providing centralized online giving so that pledges for any congregation can be paid online. We will pass along this information when we receive it.  Thank you for your continued support. 

 

Sunday Service Documents
Please go to the Worship Section of our Web page to find the Bulletin, Readings, Prayers, Music, Gospel and other important information.


March 17, 2020

Good afternoon St. Stephen's Family and Friends.  

In light of all the school and business closures and the changes to our lives these next few weeks because of the coronavirus, we wanted to keep our St. Stephen's family connected and focused on God during this time. While we are unable to meet in person to worship, we have come up with some opportunities to stay engaged and in community with one another.   

Father Shawn recorded his message this weekend and posted it on Facebook.  For those that don't have access to Facebook or are not a member, don't worry, you don't have to have an account to listen to his message.  You can access his message here. When you go to the site, make sure you click on Not Now under Create New Account and it will allow you to listen to the message.  (Make sure the sound is on and not muted). 

We are working on a way to keep the the Adult and Women's Bible Study groups connected during this time since we won't be meeting in person.  The leaders will be in contact with the group members sometime this week.  

Please, please, please know that we do want to stay in touch with our St. Stephen's friends and families!  If you do have a need (supplies, groceries, etc.), please contact Claire at (717) 448-0506.  As Father Shawn said in his message, you can also be in contact with one another.