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Thoughts of Summer

by Drew Downs
Thoughts of Summer

Every year, summer comes quickly and just in time, it seems. After the hectic race of Holy Week and the exuberance of Easter, we celebrate Pentecost right about the time we think of beaches and sunshine. From the day we first set foot in school and reach our first summer break, we realize how important […]

Vacation Bible School this week!

by Drew Downs

Join us this week for our annual Vacation Bible School adventure! For both children and adults   The Jesus Way June 19 – 22, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church Ages 3 – 5th grade and adults For Children The Jesus Way challenges participants to live not in the way the world expects, […]

For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

by Drew Downs
For Such a Time as This

A few weeks ago, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) issued a joint statement: For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy You can read about it and watch both presiding bishops’ messages by […]

Lent 2017

by Drew Downs
Lent 2017

Lent is best known for fasting. The 40 days (without the Sundays) is a season of penitence and reflection. It is one of the oldest traditions in the church, dating as far back as the early 4th Century. It began with a pair of interesting customs: Preparing new members for baptism Preparing notorious individuals and […]

Annual Meeting Recap

by Drew Downs
wheat at sunset

This past Sunday we gathered for our annual meeting as a congregation. If you want to know more about what an annual meeting is, read last week’s post! This year’s meeting was well attended, positively received, and full of great news. The Presentation: We presented our reports in writing, voice, and visuals. We set up […]

What’s an Annual Meeting?

by Drew Downs
wheat at sunset

What’s an Annual Meeting? Aside from the obvious, of course. Most churches have parish-wide meetings. St. Stephen’s is no exception. We have one annually at the beginning of the calendar year to do the most basic business of the church. We give reports of the year that was. We preview the year to come. We […]

Daring Reads – a book group for exploring faith

by Drew Downs
Daring Reads

Many of us grew up in households which were culturally Christian. We celebrated Christmas and dressed in white for Easter. We attended church on a regular basis and went to Sunday School when our parents made us. We prayed over meals at the dinner table and gave to outreach ministries at church. It seems that […]