Sunday Worship
9:00 and 11:00 am


5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona, WI 53716
608-222-1241; Office@ststlc.net


Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-2:00 pm

           
     

St. Stephen's News

First We Give Of OurselvesFirst We Give of Ourselves
When Enough is Enough (Luke 12:13-21)
What captures your attention more, possessions or God? When is “enough” enough? These are pertinent questions that Jesus raises for us in this parable. This text is one of a number of Jesus’ teachings concerning what it means to be disciples and people in mission. One important aspect of discipleship is how we view the question of possessions and their influence on our relationship with God. A posture of gratitude helps us to mediate the question of how we deal with possessions. Gratitude fosters an understanding that what we have is given to us by God, there is enough, and we use what we have for ministry in family, church, work, community, and the world. Gratitude initiates a response of joy rather than want, of thanksgiving rather than a continued desire for more.

“Giving in Gratitude" Bible Study
November 12-26
This is our all-congregational Bible Study on Giving in Gratitude. This is a three-week study and a key spiritual growth opportunity in our "First, We Give of Ourselves" emphasis. Please join us at 10:15 in Fireside.

Wanted: Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys!
A Wil-Mar “Thanksgiving” dinner will be prepared by St. Stephanites on Saturday, November 18th at the Wil-mar Center. We are asking for 10 people to donate and prepare turkeys that weigh approximately 12 lbs. Preparation includes taking the meat off the bone and including the gravy packet or drippings.
Turkeys are to be taken to the church kitchen by Nov. 16th or the Wil-Mar Center before 10 AM on the 18th. There is a sign up sheet in the narthex. Questions, call Barb Kepler at 318-1184. Thank you!

Jazz Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m., in our Sanctuary
Join the congregations of St. Stephen’s and Lake Edge Lutheran on Sunday evening, November 19th, at 6:00 pm for a service of Thanksgiving celebration! There will be ample opportunities to offer thanksgiving for all that God has provided, as well as lively music provided by the combined choirs and accompanied by the Janesville-based jazz band, the JJs. Offerings in support of the Food Pantry will be collected, including donations of non-perishable items. Want to join the festival choir for this service and sing with the big band? Attend rehearsals on Wed., Nov. 8 and 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 to lift every voice and sing!


Christmas Poinsettias
You are invited to honor or memorialize family, friends, or events by ordering a poinsettia to decorate our sanctuary for Christmas or by supporting a ministry. Poinsettias are available for $12 per plant. Plants may be taken home after Christmas ser-vices. OR you can make a donation supporting ministry, but please make that a separate check. Your order form (click here) and payment (cash or checks payable to St. Stephen’s) can be placed in the offering plate or returned to the church office.


2018 National Youth Gathering!
Every 3 years, the ELCA has a National Youth Gathering and there is one coming in 2018 in Houston, TX! All students who are currently finishing 7th grade through those currently finishing 11th grade are eligible to go. There aren’t quite words to describe this event: at the very least inspirational and potentially life-changing. You just have to experience it for yourself. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Elisa by email: pastor-elisa@ststlc.net or Jill Ruffridge at jruffridge@charter.net. Houston bound!

Food Pantry Needs Paper Grocery Bags
Drop off at church.

Simply Giving
Sometimes we find ourselves away from St. Stephen’s on a Sunday morning, but ministry at St. Stephen’s continues, no matter the season. Automatic bank withdrawal gives you an easy way to help sustain St. Stephen’s, even when you don’t have the opportunity to worship with us on Sunday. It’s also a handy tool in managing a household budget. To learn more about auto pay, contact the church office at 222-1241. Click Here For Electronic Giving Form.

The Road to Worship
Could you help pick someone up to join us for worship? Take a turn sharing a ride with members of Chauhan family, who live just of the Beltline near Fish Hatchery Road. A sign-up to coordinate your willingness is on the bulletin board. If you don’t live in that direction, let us know if you would like to help someone else with a periodic rideshare.

TV Broadcasts
Currently, you can find television re-broadcasts of the previous Sunday’s worship service at 8:00am on Charter 990 or U-Verse 98. You can also search “St Stephens Monona” at YouTube.com, where videos are generally uploaded by Tuesday.

Don't Miss Worship
Cable Access: Monona Cable Access channel 990 runs St. Stephen's 10:00 a.m. service from the previous week on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. For those who have Charter expanded basic cable service, you can find us on channel 98.
Audio/Video Recordings: Audio tape recordings & Videos on DVD of Sunday worship are available by calling the church office.
Sermon Copies: Sermon copies are available in the wall rack by the Pheasant Hill door.

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Volunteer to Serve at Wil-Mar
Every 3rd Saturday of each month members of St. Stephen’s prepare and serve  a meal at Wil Mar to people in need. Interested in helping? Contact John Esser at 244-3088 (jresser@charter.net) or Steven Sullivan at 513-4501 (stevesullysullivan@gmail.com).

Newsletter
For All the SaintsClick here for our monthly newsletter
"For All The Saints"


These DaysThese Days is a weekly publication containing up to date information about the ministries and events at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. Click here to read an issue of These Days.

Youth Ministry Newsletter:  Click here.

Simply Giving
Click Here For Electronic Giving Form.

Please download the Electronic Giving Form, complete and return to the church office.

Sign Up to Receive St. Stephen's E-Letters
Add your email address to receive occasional special informational e-letters. Click here.

YouTubeSt. Stephen's Worship on YouTube.com
You'll find videos of recent St. Stephen's worship services on YouTube. Click the YouTube image to the left and choose the video you would like to watch.

Photo Directory
It’s been several years since we last put together a pictorial directory, and a lot has changed since then. We are looking for a person (or persons) to head up this project. If you want to get things started so we end up with a new directory with up-to-date-photos, please contact the office.

Website Changes
A new website is being introduced at St. Stephen’s. It has a new look, is
intuitive to use, and is easy to peruse on your computer or your smartphone. We are rolling it out to the congregation to check out. Go to https://www.ststephensmonona.org. Our current website is still up and running as our main website. Starting in the new year, people will be redirected to the new website. This is a work in progress, so please give your feedback! Many thanks to Jessica Sullivan for designing and building this new website. She has done an amazing job! And thank you to Roxanne who will be the main administrator moving forward.

Noisy Offerings in December
This Advent Season, the Sunday School Children will be collecting donations to purchase animals for families in need through the ELCA Good Gift's "God's Global Barnyard" program. The children will be encouraged to collect change and bring their donations to Sunday School during the month of December. In addition, some little Barnyard animals will be collecting donations from the Congregation on December 17th after the 9 AM service. "An animal can make a world of difference for a family in need. Animals provide food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops, an offspring to sell at the market. With one gift, you can help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty for good. "  We will be learning about all of the blessings these animals can provide and how the gift continues to give for years to come. We appreciate any and all contributions to help the children experience the gift of giving this Christmas season! Visit Good Gifts at: community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts

Advent Dinner Church
We will again be doing Wednesday night Dinner Church for Advent this year. On
December 6, 13, and 20, we will gather at 5:45 in Agape to prepare and share a meal and celebrate Advent. More details will be shared next week, but mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Church Decorating: December 9
We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 9, starting at 9:00. If you’re interested in helping, please come. This is a great way for families to get involved, because even the younger kids can hang a couple of ornaments on a tree.

Needed: Men’s Clothing for the Homeless
Thank you for your ongoing donations to this ministry. With the upcoming change of seasons, the men need jackets, warm socks, pants, gloves, and long underwear. When you get out your winter clothes and realize you haven’t worn something for a couple of years, think about how a homeless person would be happy to receive it! The new city center for the homeless will not be distributing clothing so the need continues at Bethel. All clean, warm, clothing will be welcome. If you have questions, call Barb Kepler at 608-318-1184. There is a gray donation box in the narthex.

Severe Weather Policy
In cases of adverse weather or dangerous temperatures, St. Stephen’s makes every attempt to adhere to its regularly scheduled Sunday activities and worship services, as well as any mid-week worship services during Advent and Lent, but those serving in or attending worship should please consider your own safety first and above all. If weather conditions prevent us from safely keeping our scheduled Sunday worship, notice of worship cancellation will be posted on our Facebook page, which you can access (even without a Facebook account) at www.facebook.com/ststlcmonona/.
For other activities scheduled on weekdays or Saturdays, we follow the weather-related school closings and early dismissals for the Monona Grove Public School District, which are posted on local news services.



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