We invite everyone into the fullness of God's love -- regardless of race, creed, color, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, immigration status or station in life.
SCAM ALERT! PLEASE READ!
It has come to our attention that someone impersonating Pastor Mandy has made requests over text message for gift cards. This is not Pastor Mandy. She will never make requests like this, and certainly never over text message or email.
Unfortunately this is very common within the wider church, and likely among non-profit organizations. These people are counting on you being generous and eager to help in any situation where need is present.
As a community, we know that Jesus is Lord, everybody is somebody, and faith is living in God's grace. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we strive to love and to be God's hands on earth.
We welcome everyone to come explore with us what it means to be God's hands on earth.
*EpiphanyEpiphany is a Christian holiday primarily commemorating the Magi's visit to the baby Jesus and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Eastern traditions, which usually call the holiday Theophany, focus on Jesus' baptism, seen as the manifestation of Christ as both fully human and fully divine. Western traditions focus on the Magi's visit, seen as the first manifestation of Christ as saviour of Gentiles as well as Jews. Epiphany is among the church's oldest and most important feasts.
*SEASON AFTER PENTECOST (ORDINARY TIME)The Season after Pentecost, also called Ordinary Time, begins the day after Pentecost and ends the day before the First Sunday of Advent. It may include twenty–three to twenty–eight Sundays, depending on the date of Easter, but the first Sunday is always Trinity Sunday, and the last Sunday is always the Sunday of the Reign of Christ or Christ the King. The season also includes All Saints and Thanksgiving
*All Saints DayFor Lutherans, All Saints resonates with the conviction that in Christ every saint is a sinner and every sinner a saint, simul justus et peccator. Lutherans especially remember on this feast that it is God’s grace, apart from our works, that makes us saints. We find lasting rest only in the mercy of God.
*REFORMATION SUNDAYFor Lutherans and many other Protestants in America, the last Sunday in October is celebrated as Reformation Sunday. ... On that date Luther posted his statement of faith, known as the 95 Theses, on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation.
IMPORTANT: ALL WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER IN-PERSON GATHERINGS ARE STILL SUSPENDED.
Special Services are being planned
Additional information regarding ELCA Rocky Mountain communities of faith and the return to our church buildings can be found HERE.
Activity and Worship Schedule
Regular Sunday ZOOM Worship
Pastor: Rev. Mandy Achterberg
Blood Pressure Checks - First Sunday of the Month (Note: BP checks are suspended until our faith community can once again meet in person)
Things to look forward to in September:
Outdoor worship Sept 20th
Thursday Evening Bible Study beginning Sept 17th at 7pm
Beginning September 27th
Faith Formation Forum: A Continually Renewing Church 5 weeks exploring the history of the church leading up to the Reformation and where God might be calling us today
What are services like?
If your technology is just a phone you may call in to one of these numbers with the Meeting ID and Password:
If you access ZOOM this way you will need the meeting ID number and password. If your calling plan charges you for long-distance call, you will be charged that rate during the call.
How should I dress?
How is Communion done virtually?
Sunday CommunionDuring the service, Pastor Mandy will invite you to lift elements as she says the words of institution. If you do not desire to take communion for whatever reason, that is just fine, Pastor Mandy will offer a blessing for you as well.
Click Here for two bread recipes, both hail from two of our seven ELCA seminaries. The one from Luther Seminary is wonderful and fairly easy to make, but not recommended for those with gluten sensitivity. The one from LTSS is also quite wonderful, a bit more involved, but perfect for anyone needing a gluten free bread.
What happens before and after services?
Thank you for joining our community for worship and fellowship!!!
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Community of Faith -- "Before pandemic and During pandemic"