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Hypothermia Shelter

Your help is needed: meals, visiting, driving!

St. Stephen’s will be serving as a shelter for 40 to 55 homeless men and women again this year!

Whether you have an hour or several hours to donate, your help is needed and greatly appreciated:

  • Late afternoons and evenings: opening up, hosting, cooking dinner, preparing bag lunches, talking with guests
  • Overnight: serving as a host, fixing coffee, talking
  • Mornings: setting out breakfast, hosting, fixing coffee, cleaning

Breakfast volunteers will be expected to put out breakfast and lunch items, and to clean as necessary.

Evening Volunteers will be expected to assist with putting out snacks, and visiting with our guests.

FACETS staff will be present for all shifts. Email Pastor Drew or Cathy Liverman with any questions.

Your donations are also needed: travel size toiletries; adult socks, underwear, gloves, and hats; $5 McDonalds gift cards.

Click HERE to view and sign up for available times.

December 17, 2017

Pastor Mark – Keep At It

December 17th 2017 Upload – Keep At It from St. Stephens UMC on Vimeo.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (NRSV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil.

23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

December 10, 2017

Pastor Mark – Judge Ye Not

Mark 1:1-8 (NRSV)

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you withwater; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

December 3, 2017

Pastor Abi – The Redemption of Scrooge

December 3, 2017 from St. Stephens UMC on Vimeo.

Mark 13:24-37 (NIV)

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

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