Lent 2021 at St. Stephen's Church

Message from our lead pastor

Lent is the Christian season of spiritual preparation before Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday. Ash Wednesday marks the start of the season of Lent, which is a 40-day season that does not include Sundays. Christian preparation for Easter during Lent may take several forms, including a period of fasting, repentance, moderation (giving sometime up that keeps us from growing closer to God) and spiritual discipline (taking on practices that assists us in growing closer to God).

The purpose of any of these practices is to reflect on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection – that our reflection might draw us closer to the living God would gave his life for the whole world. The Bible does not specifically mention the custom of Lent; however, the practice of repentance and mourning including with ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21

At St. Stephen’s Church, we will begin the season of preparation with an Ash Wednesday service, on Wednesday, February 17th that will live stream at 7:00p.m. On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be used as a sign of our mortality and penitence, so we may remember that only by God’s gracious gift are we given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Also in this newsletter you will find other ways that you may remember and dive deeper into God’s gracious gifts through a Lenten study of “Seven Words” by Susan Robb and a Lenten worship series, “Last Words from the Cross” and much more! My hope for all of us at St. Stephen’s Church is we might grow in the grace of God and know God’s love in an even more profound way as we observe a holy Lent this year.

In God’s Love and Service, Pastor Rob Robertson, Lead Pastor, St. Stephen’s Church, Burke, Va.

Who doesn’t love lasagna? The Youth Ministry Council is trying something new this year, converting its annual pancake dinner into a socially distant healthy lasagna drive-through. After exhaustive taste testing, our expert cooks determined that homemade Lasagna tastes much better reheated than pancakes do.

Everyone is invited to order your Lasagna, with options to add a salad and bread, online by Monday, Feb. 15th, by visiting our youth web page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/opportunities-for-youth/

All orders can be picked up in the church parking lot on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 16, between 5:30 p.m. and 7 30 p.m.

To place your Lasagna order now, please click here!
Free-will donations will be accepted to benefit the Youth Summer Missions. You can donate on pick up night or donate online now thru Feb. 18 at Shrove Tuesday Youth. Thank you!
We hope to see you and your family during this fun and tasty event to kick off the Lent season. This event has been safely planned and meets Healthy Church Team guidelines.

Who doesn’t love lasagna? The Youth Ministry Council is trying something new this year, converting its annual pancake dinner into a socially distant healthy lasagna drive-through. After exhaustive taste testing, our expert cooks determined that homemade Lasagna tastes much better reheated than pancakes do.

Everyone is invited to order your Lasagna, with options to add a salad and bread, online by Monday, Feb. 15th, by visiting our youth web page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/opportunities-for-youth/

All orders can be picked up in the church parking lot on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 16, between 5:30 p.m. and 7 30 p.m.

To place your Lasagna order now, please click here!
Free-will donations will be accepted to benefit the Youth Summer Missions. You can donate on pick up night or donate online now thru Feb. 18 at Shrove Tuesday Youth. Thank you!
We hope to see you and your family during this fun and tasty event to kick off the Lent season. This event has been safely planned and meets Healthy Church Team guidelines.