God loves every single one of us more than it is humanly possible to comprehend. This is no religious platitude; it is God’s very nature. God is constantly breathing new life into us, drawing us into deeper relationship, and inviting us to participate in God’s work of love. We are each uniquely gifted for this work.
At St. Stephen’s we welcome all who seek God to explore their faith questions with us; to join us as we serve and pray and worship God.
When God calls us into deeper relationship, God calls the totality of ourselves; no facet of our lives is foreign to God. At St. Stephen’s, we are each members of Christ’s body, serving the world in his name.
We worship together on Sunday and Wednesday mornings, we pray for and with each other, and we deepen our awareness of God’s presence through classes and small groups. As our ROX teens proclaim on their t-shirts: “Following Christ is a team sport.” Jesus calls us friends, and we are called to befriend one another, to come together as a community for our mutual support.
Members of St. Stephen’s share their physical gifts with God, God’s people, and one another. We use the skills and talents God has blessed us with to build up the community and to serve those in need. We sing, we teach, we garden, we build, we cook, we serve. And we never underestimate the simple but powerful act of being present in the life of another.
We strive to be a community of trust, comfort, and safety, because we know that doing the hard work of discipleship often leads us down vulnerable, challenging paths. When we foster an environment of deep trust in God and one another, amazing growth can take place.
Members of St. Stephen’s offer their financial resources back to God for God’s work through the church by making a financial commitment each year. The yearly budget of St. Stephen’s tells the story of how generously God is using us to shine God’s light in the world, and our members’ pledges fund the work that we do. We encourage all members to make financial pledges each year; pledges help us to plan the work of the coming year in a responsible budget. By giving back to God from the blessings God has given us, we thank God for all our gifts , and we start on the path toward fully surrendering our lives back into God’s faithful and generous hand.
Members of St. Stephen’s connect with one another through the Internet. We receive the weekly email, share photos and items of interest on the church’s Facebook page, and stay up to date on what’s happening on the church website. We leverage the power of technology to stay connected even when distance and circumstance keep us physically apart.
Becoming a Member
Those are the ways we exercise our membership in the community of faith at St. Stephen’s. So how do you become a member? Start by attending church on Sunday, let us know your contact information on one of the sheets provided in the service bulletins, and pick up a welcome packet from a friendly usher. Ask us about Baptism, Confirmation and Reception, which are ways to join the church “officially.” We also encourage you to make a yearly financial commitment to God’s work at St. Stephen’s. You can learn more about pledging by reading this document. We rejoice that God will be blessing us with your presence at worship, fellowship, mission, and service activities in the months and years ahead!
We invite everyone to come and see how God is moving at St. Stephen’s. No matter who you are, you are God’s beloved child, and you are welcome to become a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
If you’d like to speak to the rector about membership, please fill out this form.