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.
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.
Worship and gathering update:
Dear Siblings in Christ,
For nearly 15 months we have adapted our worship and gathering in ways that were simply unimaginable to us in February of 2020. We learned programs like Zoom and created virtual gathering spaces; phrases like, “you’re still muted” and “can you see my screen?” have become litanies and common place in our life together. We have done this all for the sake of health and safety of one another, and the overall care for our community.
It is with great joy that I share with you that at the meeting on May 16th, Council made the unanimous decision to begin in-person, indoor worship without capacity restrictions on Sunday, June 6th. Worship will still be available through Zoom, as this format has allowed for members of our community to gather when physical attendance would otherwise not be possible.
Additionally, we are making an adjustment to our mask policy. For folks who are fully vaccinated (2 doses+ 2 weeks for Pfizer and Moderna, 1 dose+ 2 weeks for J&J) masks are encouraged but not required. Masks are still required for folks who are unvaccinated. At this time, we are heavily encouraging masks for all during worship out of concern for unvaccinated as singing and gathering in larger groups are some of the least safe activities for anyone who is unvaccinated.
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 CommunionOur Lutheran Communion is OPEN to ALL who are baptized whether in the Lutheran or any other denomenation.During the ZOOM 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"