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.

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Pr. Mandy Achterberg

10828 N. Huron Street

Northglenn, CO 80234

303-452-5469 (office)

720-334-9943 (mobile)

Office hours -

Pastor Mandy is typically in the Northglenn area Mondays through Wednesdays 9:30am - 4:30pm. Pastor Mandy has limited availability on Thursdays and Saturdays as needed but is typically working remotely. Fridays are typically her day off. Prior communication is encouraged as virtual meetings are a regular occurrence and drop-in visits can not always be accommodated. The best way to communicate a desire to visit is to send an email to PASTOR@sslu.org.

Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA is a Reconciling in Christ Synod

Our Mission

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.

*Epiphany

Epiphany 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 Day

For 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 SUNDAY

For 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.

Worship and gathering update:

December 16, 2021

Dear Siblings in Christ,

First, I am so very grateful for the ways in which you have adapted and continue to adapt to changes in policies regarding Covid-19 precautions and our life together. It has not been easy, yet you all have taken it in great stride. Even when these policies and changes haven’t been pleasant you have observed them willingly.

Second, I also wish to extend a word of gratitude to our Congregational Council members. I am grateful for the ways in which you have asked thoughtful questions and challenges to suggested policies and urged for practices that have provided the greatest level of care and attention to providing space for community to happen safely. Times like these are challenging to leadership and are not easy, and you all continue to show up and lead alongside me all for the sake of this community we love.

We are deep into the season of Advent. A season of waiting and anticipating. This season begins four Sundays before Christmas, but if we are honest, it feels like we have been waiting and anticipating for much longer; since March of 2020. It has been exhausting, and we are tired of waiting. Tired of anticipating changes in the world and the disappointment of canceled plans and ever-changing precautions and mandates. We are tired of wearing masks, trying to remember where we must and where we should wear them, keeping our distance and growing cynical towards others. We are weary from fear; fear that we may carry illness to a loved one or become ill doing the very things that give us hope.

Scientists, doctors, and medical and public health professionals have told us and shown study after study that vaccines are key to our communal health. Masks go a long way to help reduce the spread and keep individuals safer, but nothing will help protect against illness, specifically severe illness, like vaccines. This can be seen in the manner our own county health department issued a mandate with two options: 1) require masks OR 2) require proof of full vaccination (for entry to a building or event. Full vaccination means either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose for Jansen/J&J vaccine. Because Tri-County Health Department included these two options, Council was left to decide how we would proceed as a community who gathers in-person for worship.

At the regularly called meeting on Sunday, December 12, 2021, Council looked at both options put forward by Tri-County to determine the best path forward for our community. Council made the decision to require proof of vaccination for in-person worship beginning January 9, 2022. Until then masks will be required for all activities in the building. If you are not fully vaccinated at that point, you are invited to join worship via Zoom.

This decision reflects a commitment to providing in-person worship experiences that are safe for our community, and an acknowledgement that mask wearing is challenging for those within our community. Additionally, it acknowledges that the best way to protect yourself and others around you, and not require major medical is by getting vaccinated.

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

9:00 a.m.

Pastor: Rev. Mandy Achterberg

Blood Pressure Checks - First Sunday of the Month (Note: BP checks are suspended until further notice)

Note: Service times for feast days and celebrations will be posted as they arise.

What are services like?

Check out our service bulletins on this Page. This will show the order of worship.
Council made the decision to require proof of vaccination for in-person worship beginning January 9, 2022. If you are not fully vaccinated with required proof, you are invited to join worship via Zoom.
You will find a "Click Here" button at the top of all our webpages for our Sunday Worship ZOOM link

How should I dress?

For our ZOOM calls the dress code is not different from an In-Person worship. A lot of people, women and men, will be wearing jeans. You will see people in shorts when the weather is warm. A few men wear a suit or blazer and a button-down shirt with dockers. Some women will wear skirts or capris and dresses while a couple of others will be wearing their Sunday finest sometimes topped off by an amazing hat. You are an individual your choice of church wear can be just as individually defining.

How is Communion done virtually?

Sunday Communion

Our Lutheran Communion is OPEN to ALL who are baptized whether in the Lutheran or any other denomenation.
For in-person worship we will gather at the altar rail to recieve the sacraments.
For ZOOM participants, 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.

The children?

We welcome children in worship as vital members of the body of Christ. All children are invited to attend worship with their parents or guardians and sit near the front so they can see something other than the backs of adults! A cry room/nursery is located just outside the sanctuary. Parents/guardians are welcome to walk with their children or to utilize the cry room/nursery as needed. Children's activity bags are available at the entrance to the sanctuary. For safety's sake, we must insist that parents/caregivers accompany younger children if they leave the sanctuary for any reason during worship.

What happens before and after services?

Sunday morning ZOOM gatherings are a time for both community building and worship. After Sunday morning service we offer ZOOM coffee and conversation as an opportunity for members and visitors to see and talk with each other about themselves and their involvement in the community.
Sunday morning in-person fellowship is encouraged with coffee and a pastry from our kitchen nook.
Thank you for joining our community for worship and fellowship!!!

Let us know you are visiting.

We have Homemade Chocolate Chip cookies for you. Follow this link to fill out a Visitor card. The alternate method is to fill out the visitor form in the pew pocket or ask an Usher or Pastor Mandy if you cannot find the visitor form.

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Community of Faith -- "Before pandemic and During pandemic"