Pastor's Office

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, Colorado

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! This coming Sunday, May 31, is a triple-header! It is the Feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the Holy Spirit's presence and work among us; you are invited to wear something red to ZOOM worship if you like. It will also be the day when Romeo Casias-Martinez will be confirmed. And it will be my last Sunday with you as your Bridge Interim Pastor. Starting June 1, Pastor Mandy Achterberg will begin her ministry at St. Stephen's. For all the hassles and challenges covid-19 has placed before us, it has also made it possible for someone to serve you as easily from North Carolina as from Denver, Colorado! ZOOM, emails, and cell phones have definitely made significant changes in what it means to be the Body of Christ in the world! This will be a new chapter in the life of St. Stephen's in so many, many ways.

CONFIRMATION OF ROMEO CASIAS-MARTINEZ - MAY 31

Romeo Christopher Casias-Martinez will affirm his baptism this coming Sunday, May 31, the Feast of Pentecost, at our 9 am ZOOM worship. It will be a wonderful experience for us to surround Romeo with our joy and prayers, and celebrate the amazing gifts he brings as a confirmed member of this community!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SOME PROPERTY PROJECTS

Phil Strain is looking for some volunteers to paint the cross on the north side of the building and the shed at church. If you would be willing to help with that, please give Phil a call at 303.280.9794 or 303.868.4104. Thanks!

REPORT ON CONGREGATION MEETING, MAY 24

The Congregation approved the Payment Protection Program loan approved for St. Stephen's. This forgivable loan will provide support for salaries and mortgage during the time of the pandemic. Thank-you to all members who participated in the unanimous vote.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Plant now for fresh summer and fall vegetables! Save trips to the grocery store or to the Farmer’s Market and grow your own vegetables. With the “Safer at Home” phase of the Corona virus response beginning, you can do your part in making Northglenn and Colorado safer places to live.

For just $25 you can have your own 64 sq. ft. plot of ground for the season, which will be prepared for you and water will be available. You may purchase your plot by contacting Russ Skillings (303.882.4375) or Arlene Mathiesen (303.886.1143). Congregation Council is asking everyone to please observe these provisions as we use the garden:

The Community Garden will be placed into operation in mid-May. No more than ten people may be in the garden at the same time. If more than one household is in the garden, it is highly recommended that all gardeners wear masks; this is especially important for persons age 60 years or over and those with health issues. Gardeners are encouraged to wear gloves. When persons leave the garden, they are asked to please spray disinfectant on the hoses they have used and where they have touched the garden gate. Changes in state and county health orders may require future changes in this policy concerning the garden.

You are welcome to keep your produce, trade or share with friends, or donate to the local food bank.

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings: To join any of the following please contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org for Meeting ID and Password. Thank you!!!

  • May 27, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am,
  • May 31, Sunday ZOOM Worship with Confirmation at 9:00 am,

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Friday, May 22, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! It has been another busy week. There are a number of items to share with you.

CONGREGATION MEETING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 24

There will be a congregation meeting after worship this coming Sunday in order to seek congregation approval to receive a federal Payment Protection Program loan. You can learn more if you click here to see the letter that was sent to all congregation voting members.

TRANSITIONING OUT OF TRANSITION

Last January when I worked with the Congregation Council to set up this Bridge Interim ministry, we agreed that I would serve St. Stephen's through May. We added a provision that by mutual agreement we might extend this Bridge into June if needed. However, with your call to Pastor Mandy at last Sunday's meeting, the stage is now set for you to begin a new chapter of your life. I think it works the best if I honor the May 31 date to end my work with St. Stephen's, in order to make room for you to begin this next chapter as soon as possible. If there is a gap between June 1 and when your new chapter begins, the Synod stands ready to assist you in finding pastoral support during that time. I do want you to know that I have been honored to walk with you during this important work for your congregation. I also want to acknowledge the appreciation and words of encouragement and the thank-yous I have received from many of you. I think it is really fitting for our last Sunday together to be Pentecost, and the next item I report immediately below is another reason why May 31 will be such a special day.

CONFIRMATION OF ROMEO CASIAS-MARTINEZ - MAY 31

I have been working with Romeo to complete his confirmation studies, and we will finish that work next week. We have set May 31, the Feast of Pentecost, as the day when we will celebrate Romeo's Affirmation of Baptism / Confirmation. We've decided that doing this on ZOOM sets this event in the real space where we find ourselves right now. I'd like to invite you to wear red - the color for Pentecost - on that day, if that feels comfortable to you. It will be a wonderful experience for us to surround Romeo with our joy and prayers, and celebrate the amazing gifts he brings as a confirmed member of this community!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SOME PROPERTY PROJECTS

Phil Strain is looking for some volunteers to paint the cross on the north side of the building and the shed at church. If you would be willing to help with that, please give Phil a call at 303.280.9794 or 303.868.4104. Thanks!

NOTES FOR A GRADUATION PARADE FOR RAYMOND CASIAS-MARTINEZ

Here's a note from Christy Casias-Martinez....

Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to you to help with doing something special for our son, Raymond Casias-Martinez, on Saturday the 23rd approximately at 6:30, there will be a parade in his honor and other high school seniors for the graduating class of 2020. We are slated last in the parade route and I would absolutely LOVE to see you come out to support and celebrate all of Raymond’s hard work. I want this to be HUGE for him. He has worked so hard (he has had straight A’s for the last five quarters) volunteered, part of the National Honor society, was suppose to be in track and field this spring, but as you know these kids have missed out on the last months of their senior year.

So decorate your vehicle and help us make this day extra special for Raymond.

We don’t know if we are able to have a party for him anytime soon (you know, social distancing and this dang pandemic) so I would really love all of your love and support.

Raymond will have a decorated box if you would like to drop off cards or letters, candy etc.

Our designated meeting place will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Malley Drive and Grant. The parade will proceed from there ️🥰️

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Plant now for fresh summer and fall vegetables! Save trips to the grocery store or to the Farmer’s Market and grow your own vegetables. With the “Safer at Home” phase of the Corona virus response beginning, you can do your part in making Northglenn and Colorado safer places to live.

For just $25 you can have your own 64 sq. ft. plot of ground for the season, which will be prepared for you and water will be available. You may purchase your plot by contacting Russ Skillings (303.882.4375) or Arlene Mathiesen (303.886.1143). Congregation Council is asking everyone to please observe these provisions as we use the garden:

The Community Garden will be placed into operation in mid-May. No more than ten people may be in the garden at the same time. If more than one household is in the garden, it is highly recommended that all gardeners wear masks; this is especially important for persons age 60 years or over and those with health issues. Gardeners are encouraged to wear gloves. When persons leave the garden, they are asked to please spray disinfectant on the hoses they have used and where they have touched the garden gate. Changes in state and county health orders may require future changes in this policy concerning the garden.

You are welcome to keep your produce, trade or share with friends, or donate to the local food bank.

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 24, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am,
  • May 27, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am,

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Monday, May 18, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! We are starting our tenth week in digital community. Our difficulties with ZOOM worship yesterday were experienced by many, many congregations all around the church. It was not a "good ZOOM day." We hope that next Sunday works better, and we will continue to monitor the platform in case there are things we can do to improve our worship experience.

RESULTS OF CONGREGATION VOTING FOR A NEW PASTOR

Thank you to all of you who participated in the vote regarding Pastoral Candidate Amanda Achterberg. The Holy Spirit has worked through your collective wisdom to call Pastor Mandy to St. Steven's. The final vote was 42 in favor, 12 opposed, and 5 abstaining. This achieves the two-thirds majority required for electing a new pastor. The Congregation Council will be working out the compensation package and other details with Pastor Mandy, and we will report further details and decisions as they are made. Our thanks, once again, go to the Transition Team, the Call Committee, the Congregation Council, and the Office of the Bishop for so carefully shepherding the congregation through this process.

CONGREGATION MEETING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 24

There will be a congregation meeting after worship this coming Sunday in order to seek congregation approval to receive a federal Payment Protection Program loan. You can learn more if you click here to see the letter that was sent last week to all congregation voting members.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY - NEXT BOOK SELECTION

You can click here to learn more about the new book the Tuesday Bible study Group will be reading. It's Missing Pieces by Jennifer Rothschild. Discussion will begin May 26.

NOTES FOR A GRADUATION PARADE FOR RAYMOND CASIAS-MARTINEZ

Here's a note from Christy Casias-Martinez....

Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to you to help with doing something special for our son, Raymond Casias-Martinez, on Saturday the 23rd approximately at 6:30, there will be a parade in his honor and other high school seniors for the graduating class of 2020. We are slated last in the parade route and I would absolutely LOVE to see you come out to support and celebrate all of Raymond’s hard work. I want this to be HUGE for him. He has worked so hard (he has had straight A’s for the last five quarters) volunteered, part of the National Honor society, was suppose to be in track and field this spring, but as you know these kids have missed out on the last months of their senior year.

So decorate your vehicle and help us make this day extra special for Raymond.

We don’t know if we are able to have a party for him anytime soon (you know, social distancing and this dang pandemic) so I would really love all of your love and support.

Raymond will have a decorated box if you would like to drop off cards or letters, candy etc.

Our designated meeting place will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Malley Drive and Grant. The parade will proceed from there ️🥰️

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Plant now for fresh summer and fall vegetables! Save trips to the grocery store or to the Farmer’s Market and grow your own vegetables. With the “Safer at Home” phase of the Corona virus response beginning, you can do your part in making Northglenn and Colorado safer places to live.

For just $25 you can have your own 64 sq. ft. plot of ground for the season, which will be prepared for you and water will be available. You may purchase your plot by contacting Russ Skillings (303.882.4375) or Arlene Mathiesen (303.886.1143). Congregation Council is asking everyone to please observe these provisions as we use the garden:

The Community Garden will be placed into operation in mid-May. No more than ten people may be in the garden at the same time. If more than one household is in the garden, it is highly recommended that all gardeners wear masks; this is especially important for persons age 60 years or over and those with health issues. Gardeners are encouraged to wear gloves. When persons leave the garden, they are asked to please spray disinfectant on the hoses they have used and where they have touched the garden gate. Changes in state and county health orders may require future changes in this policy concerning the garden.

You are welcome to keep your produce, trade or share with friends, or donate to the local food bank.

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 19, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm,
  • May 20, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am,
  • May 24, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, Congregation meeting immediately follows on ZOOM; use this ZOOM link to attend.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Sunday, May 16, 2020


VOTING FOR A PASTORAL CANDIDATE

The congregation will be voting this coming Sunday at 7 pm on a motion brought by the Congregation Council to call Pastoral Candidate Amanda Achterberg as Pastor of St. Stephen's. Here is the link for that meeting:

  • May 17, ZOOM Congregation Call Meeting, 7:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

Ballots for the vote will be received at the church between 4-6pm today. Ballots will not be received after 6:00 pm. Voting will also take place in the ZOOM meeting. The specific arrangements on how this vote will take place were covered in the letter sent to members on May 7; you can see a copy of the letter if you click here.

There are two other resources you can use to help orient yourself to this coming Sunday's vote: You can click here to see a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation that introduced Pastor Mandy last Sunday. And we now have a video recording of the PowerPoint that includes the soundtrack of that presentation; you can access that if you click here. (The audio of that presentation doesn't begin until about twelve seconds into the video.)

Please be sure to contact a Congregation Council member if you have any questions about the process. And please continue to pray for and trust the Holy Spirit's guidance as you approach this important decision. Calling a pastor requires communal wisdom, and that wisdom comes to us as the Spirit works through each member to make this important decision not only for St. Stephen's but for the wider community and the whole church. Many thanks go to the Call Committee, the Congregation Council, and the Synod for so carefully shepherding our congregation through this process. And thank you to every St. Stephen's member for accepting these responsibilities and for exercising your decision so carefully!

If you are partnered as a "buddy" with someone, please make sure they are aware of this information. You can also contact any of those members who do not have "buddies" if you think they may be unaware.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Pastor Ron Roschke

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! This is a very important week in the life of St. Stephen's, and there's lots of news to share, so please read this Check-in carefully!

LEARNING OUR WAY INTO THE PANDEMIC

In many ways, the past two months have been like building the airplane as we fly it. Bit by bit, we are adjusting our skill sets to be able to have our congregation function during the pandemic. Last night, the Congregation Council met to adopt two Continuing Resolutions to our governance documents. These Resolutions permit the congregation to conduct congregational business when we are unable to meet face-to-face. The first Resolution allows congregation meetings to be conducted by electronic media, such as ZOOM. This is permitted under Colorado law. The second Resolution makes provisions for absentee ballots to be cast for specific motions the congregation needs to consider. You can see the specific wording if you click here. We have received counsel from our Synod parliamentarian to help us get this done correctly, for which we are grateful!

UPDATES ON VOTING FOR A PASTORAL CANDIDATE

The congregation will be voting this coming Sunday at 7 pm on a motion brought by the Congregation Council to call Pastoral Candidate Amanda Achterberg as Pastor of St. Stephen's. You will find the link to this meeting at the end of this Check-in. The specific arrangements on how this vote will take place were covered in the letter sent to members on May 7; you can see a copy of the letter if you click here.

Congregation members will have an opportunity to meet Pastor Mandy this coming Sunday. She will be joining us for ZOOM worship at 9 am. Then immediately after worship there will be a Meet and Greet ZOOM with her, to give you a chance to ask questions and get to know her better. The worship ZOOM link also gives you access to the Meet and Greet; you'll find it at the end of today's Check-in.

There are two other resources you can use to help orient yourself to this coming Sunday's vote: You can click here to see a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation that introduced Pastor Mandy last Sunday. And we now have a video recording of the PowerPoint that includes the soundtrack of that presentation; you can access that if you click here. (The audio of that presentation doesn't begin until about twelve seconds into the video.)

Please be sure to contact a Congregation Council member if you have any questions about the process. And please continue to pray for and trust the Holy Spirit's guidance as you approach this important decision. Calling a pastor requires communal wisdom, and that wisdom comes to us as the Spirit works through each member to make this important decision not only for St. Stephen's but for the wider community and the whole church. Many thanks go to the Call Committee, the Congregation Council, and the Synod for so carefully shepherding our congregation through this process. And thank you to every St. Stephen's member for accepting these responsibilities and for exercising your decision so carefully!

A GRADUATION PARADE FOR RAYMOND CASIAS-MARTINEZ

Here's a note from Christy Casias-Martinez....

Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to you to help with doing something special for our son, Raymond Casias-Martinez, on Saturday the 23rd approximately at 6:30, there will be a parade in his honor and other high school seniors for the graduating class of 2020. We are slated last in the parade route and I would absolutely LOVE to see you come out to support and celebrate all of Raymond’s hard work. I want this to be HUGE for him. He has worked so hard (he has had straight A’s for the last five quarters) volunteered, part of the National Honor society, was suppose to be in track and field this spring, but as you know these kids have missed out on the last months of their senior year.

So decorate your vehicle and help us make this day extra special for Raymond.

We don’t know if we are able to have a party for him anytime soon (you know, social distancing and this dang pandemic) so I would really love all of your love and support.

Raymond will have a decorated box if you would like to drop off cards or letters, candy etc.

Our designated meeting place will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Malley Drive and Grant. The parade will proceed from there ️🥰️

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Plant now for fresh summer and fall vegetables! Save trips to the grocery store or to the Farmer’s Market and grow your own vegetables. With the “Safer at Home” phase of the Corona virus response beginning, you can do your part in making Northglenn and Colorado safer places to live.

For just $25 you can have your own 64 sq. ft. plot of ground for the season, which will be prepared for you and water will be available. You may purchase your plot by contacting Russ Skillings (303.882.4375) or Arlene Mathiesen (303.886.1143). Congregation Council is asking everyone to please observe these provisions as we use the garden:

The Community Garden will be placed into operation in mid-May. No more than ten people may be in the garden at the same time. If more than one household is in the garden, it is highly recommended that all gardeners wear masks; this is especially important for persons age 60 years or over and those with health issues. Gardeners are encouraged to wear gloves. When persons leave the garden, they are asked to please spray disinfectant on the hoses they have used and where they have touched the garden gate. Changes in state and county health orders may require future changes in this policy concerning the garden.

You are welcome to keep your produce, trade or share with friends, or donate to the local food bank.

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 17, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.. ZOOM Meet and Greet with pastoral candidate follows worship.
  • May 17, ZOOM Congregation Call Meeting, 7:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 19, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 20, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well. And please pray for our congregation's discernment in calling a new pastor.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Monday, May 11, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! We have a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation that was made at yesterday's gathering after worship. You can see it if you click here. This should be especially helpful to those of you who were not present for the presentation, or if you did not have computer access to the ZOOM presentation.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Plant now for fresh summer and fall vegetables! Save trips to the grocery store or to the Farmer’s Market and grow your own vegetables. With the “Safer at Home” phase of the Corona virus response beginning, you can do your part in making Northglenn and Colorado safer places to live.

For just $25 you can have your own 64 sq. ft. plot of ground for the season, which will be prepared for you and water will be available. You may purchase your plot by contacting Russ Skillings (303.882.4375) or Arlene Mathiesen (303.886.1143). Congregation Council is asking everyone to please observe these provisions as we use the garden:

The Community Garden will be placed into operation in mid-May. No more than ten people may be in the garden at the same time. If more than one household is in the garden, it is highly recommended that all gardeners wear masks; this is especially important for persons age 60 years or over and those with health issues. Gardeners are encouraged to wear gloves. When persons leave the garden, they are asked to please spray disinfectant on the hoses they have used and where they have touched the garden gate. Changes in state and county health orders may require future changes in this policy concerning the garden.

You are welcome to keep your produce, trade or share with friends, or donate to the local food bank.

RECOMMENDATION OF A PASTORAL CANDIDATE

The Call Committee has completed its search and has identified the Reverend Amanda (Mandy) Achterberg as its candidate for a call as Pastor of St. Stephen's. During the past week, the Congregation Council received the recommendation and met with the candidate on ZOOM. The Congregation Council has endorsed the recommendation and is now recommending Pastor Mandy for congregational approval. Here are some important events that will be happening during the coming week:

  • Sunday, May 17 - congregation members will have an opportunity to meet Pastor Mandy in a ZOOM Meet and Greet during the coffee hour after 9:00 am worship.
  • Sunday, May 17, 7:00 pm - a Special Congregation Meeting will allow congregation members to vote on the recommendation. Provisions for submitting a paper ballot at the church between 4-6 pm that day are outlined in the official notice - see immediately below.

You can learn more details about the call process by reading the official notice for the Congregation Call Meeting that was sent out Thursday - click here to see it.

THE MAY RAMBLER

You can click here to download our latest edition of the newsletter. One additional shout-out I would like to add since my article was written - thanks to Ed Sears for working to reboot the WiFi at church after the system went down recently!

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 12, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 13, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 17, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.. ZOOM Meet and Greet with pastoral candidate follows worship.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well. And please pray for our congregation's discernment in calling a new pastor.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! I'm looking forward to being with you in ZOOM worship tomorrow. If you want to prepare yourself, here are the readings for the day:

  • Acts 7:55-60
  • 1 Peter 2:2-10
  • John 14:1-14

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Plant now for fresh summer and fall vegetables! Save trips to the grocery store or to the Farmer’s Market and grow your own vegetables. With the “Safer at Home” phase of the Corona virus response beginning, you can do your part in making Northglenn and Colorado safer places to live.

For just $25 you can have your own 64 sq. ft. plot of ground for the season, which will be prepared for you and water will be available. You may purchase your plot by contacting Russ Skillings (303.882.4375) or Arlene Mathiesen (303.886.1143). Congregation Council is asking everyone to please observe these provisions as we use the garden:

The Community Garden will be placed into operation in mid-May. No more than ten people may be in the garden at the same time. If more than one household is in the garden, it is highly recommended that all gardeners wear masks; this is especially important for persons age 60 years or over and those with health issues. Gardeners are encouraged to wear gloves. When persons leave the garden, they are asked to please spray disinfectant on the hoses they have used and where they have touched the garden gate. Changes in state and county health orders may require future changes in this policy concerning the garden.

You are welcome to keep your produce, trade or share with friends, or donate to the local food bank.

RECOMMENDATION OF A PASTORAL CANDIDATE

The Call Committee has completed its search and has identified the Reverend Amanda (Mandy) Achterberg as its candidate for a call as Pastor of St. Stephen's. During the past week, the Congregation Council received the recommendation and met with the candidate on ZOOM. The Congregation Council has endorsed the recommendation and is now recommending Pastor Mandy for congregational approval. Here are some important events that will be happening during the coming weeks:

  • Sunday, May 10 - the Call Committee and Congregation Council will present their recommendation to the congregation during the coffee hour after 9:00 am worship.
  • Sunday, May 17 - congregation members will have an opportunity to meet Pastor Mandy in a ZOOM Meet and Greet during the coffee hour after 9:00 am worship.
  • Sunday, May 17, 7:00 pm - a Special Congregation Meeting will allow congregation members to vote on the recommendation. Provisions for submitting a paper ballot at the church between 4-6 pm that day are outlined in the official notice - see immediately below.

You can learn more details about the call process by reading the official notice for the Congregation Call Meeting that was sent out Thursday - click here to see it.

THE MAY RAMBLER

You can click here to download our latest edition of the newsletter. One additional shout-out I would like to add since my article was written - thanks to Ed Sears for working to reboot the WiFi at church after the system went down recently!

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!


And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 10, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, . ZOOM presentation by Call Committee and Congregation Council follows worship..To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 12, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 13, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well. See you tomorrow at Worship ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Friday, May 8, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! Lots of important and exciting news today. Please be sure to look at everything.

THE MAY RAMBLER

You can click here to download our latest edition of the newsletter. One additional shout-out I would like to add since my article was written - thanks to Ed Sears for working to reboot the WiFi at church after the system went down recently!

RECOMMENDATION OF A PASTORAL CANDIDATE

The Call Committee has completed its search and has identified the Reverend Amanda (Mandy) Achterberg as its candidate for a call as Pastor of St. Stephen's. During the past week, the Congregation Council received the recommendation and met with the candidate on ZOOM. The Congregation Council has endorsed the recommendation and is now recommending Pastor Mandy for congregational approval. Here are some important events that will be happening during the coming weeks:

  • Sunday, May 10 - the Call Committee and Congregation Council will present their recommendation to the congregation during the coffee hour after 9:00 am worship.
  • Sunday, May 17 - congregation members will have an opportunity to meet Pastor Mandy in a ZOOM Meet and Greet during the coffee hour after 9:00 am worship.
  • Sunday, May 17, 7:00 pm - a Special Congregation Meeting will allow congregation members to vote on the recommendation. Provisions for submitting a paper ballot at the church between 4-6 pm that day are outlined in the official notice - see immediately below.

You can learn more details about the call process by reading the official notice for the Congregation Call Meeting that was sent out yesterday - click here to see it.

FACE MASKS FOR SALE

Kim Gustad has found a neighbor who is making face masks available for around $3 apiece. You can order one by calling her neighbor at 720-628-2252.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here are the "buddies" that are checking in on each other:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 10, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, ZOOM presentation by Call Committee and Congregation Council follows worship..To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 12, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 13, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God, care for your neighbor, and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! It was good to see so many of you at worship last Sunday. We continue to make our way through the Fifty Days. You may notice in worship in the coming weeks that the focus of the Gospels begins to shift from appearances of the Risen Christ to anticipating the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Easter not only celebrates God's victory over the death but the new way Jesus will present in the world after his resurrection and ascension. The good news is that you and I are a part of that project! I think it's important to remember that as we make our way through this pandemic. Jesus is alive and well and living in Northglenn, Colorado - and other places, too - because we are his body for the world. When we wash our hands, or put on our masks as we go outside, or when we practice social distancing, we do these things not only for ourselves; we do them especially for our neighbors. This is one way God can care for those around us, and God needs us to be his body in the world. This, too, is how Jesus is raised from the dead and is present in the world.

Please remember Bible classes tonight and tomorrow morning - links are below....

And here is a list of those of you who have not yet committed to being a buddy. It's not too late to commit yourself to making a call or two a week on a regular basis to see that someone else is OK:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 5, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 6, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 10, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! I was hoping to get a Check-in written the past three days but it has been, quite literally, one thing after another. Part of the busy-ness was preparing for the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly taking place today on ZOOM from 8:30 am to noon. We are the only synod in the ELCA that will be meeting this year due to COVID cancellations. That is possible only because we were planning on doing the Assembly in five different locations linked digitally, so we were half-way there to preparation. Please pray for your sisters and brothers as we work on Christ's mission in the larger church! Roberta Boitano will be joining me as we serve St. Stephen's as voting members of the Assembly. Terry Johnson came down form the cabin on Thursday and tried to get ZOOM working on his computer. He realized yesterday that it couldn't happen, so he will not be able to join us. Unfortunately, since certifying voting members is more complicated electronically, our alternate, Russ Skillings, could not be registered with such short notice, so Roberta and I will serve you.

Business is scheduled to be finished at noon, and then there will be Assembly ZOOM worship at 1:00 pm today. You may join that if you like. Here is the link to ZOOM and the worship bulletin:

I have also been busy preparing for tomorrow's worship at St. Stephen's. It's Good Shepherd Sunday, and if you want to prepare for worship, here are the texts for the day:

  • Acts 2:42-47
  • 1 Peter 2:19-25
  • John 10:1-10

Finally, here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 3, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 5, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 6, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Off to a busy day! Stay well in God's love and care.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! It's another beautiful spring day with a hint of summer in Colorado as we make our way through the balance of the week. I hope you are finding an opportunity to take advantage of this great weather while you keep yourself and your neighbors safe!

As we make our way further into the routines of this "new normal," there's not quite as much "emergency news," so I'm not getting out quite as many Check-ins as I did the first week. I hope this isn't creating hardship for you. Please let me know if you need to hear from me more often.

We had some questions on ZOOM links the past couple of days. Here is a helpful hint: the links for our Sunday morning worship, and Tuesday and Wednesday Bible Classes are each "repeating meetings." That means, for example, that you can use last week's worship link for next week's worship ZOOM. The same is true for our classes. So if you cannot find the latest email, you can use a link from one earlier in the week or even last week.

SHELTERING IN PLACE

On May 8, Adams County will go from Stay-at-Home orders to Safer-at- Home orders. When that happens, some businesses will begin to open again for modified services, and some people will be going back to work. However, the Safer-at-Home order will not signal a change for our congregation life. In Safer-at-Home, we are still limited to face-to-face gatherings of no more than 10 than persons. That means we will continue to use ZOOM as our we of being community. Also, please remember that state health officials and the governor are urging those of us 60 years old and above to continue to practice Safe-At-Home practices since we are at higher risk for the virus. That means that most of us need to continue to shelter in place. I know this "gets old" and challenging, but we need to keep reminding ourselves that we do this not only for ourselves but for protecting the lives of our neighbors. Please wear your mask when you leave the house and may be in contact with other people, and always practice social distancing! Simple lapses in our judgment mean, literally, that we can be putting others' lives at risk. It's that serious! The Congregation Council is currently considering if and how we can open the Community Garden for this summer. We hope to come to some decisions in this Sunday's meeting, and as soon as we've come to some decisions we'll pass them on to you.

A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM OUR COMMUNITY

In case you haven't driven by the church recently, you should be aware that a neighbor gave us a beautiful greeting with a "virtual hug." What a wonderful gift, and how good to know we are appreciated in the community!

FOODBANK NEWS

Theresa Lubben shares some news about the FoodBank, which continues to function through the pandemic. "It operates out of our neighboring congregation Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (10785 Melody Dr). The FoodBank is located in the lower level. It is currently open Tuesday and Wednesdays, 10:00 -11:45 am. We hope to re-open on Thursday also starting in May depending on volunteer availability. We are part of the federal and state FoodBank program so have certain regulations we need to adhere to. We provide services to anyone living in 80234 or 80260 zip code. We also service anyone that walks in (homeless). If someone comes that lives in a different zip code, we can provide location of FoodBank for their area. A form needs to be completed so information can be entered into the system. Some people will only come once or twice to get over the 'hump,' which is fine. An ID and bill or other mail that indicates their zip code is necessary for each visit. Clients can come once each month for commodities supplied by Federal government (TFAP), donations from Costco (bread and sweets) and Walmart (bread and perishable veggies), food drives from Northglenn Rotary and other churches/organizations,along with purchases from FoodBank of the Rockies. Clients can return anytime during the month for more bread products. All volunteers wear masks and gloves now, don't allow clients inside the building, and push the shopping cart to their vehicle to avoid having too many hands on the carts. St. Stephen's volunteers have made deliveries to St. Stephen's members unable to get out to the FoodBank due to health/transportation issues; they can also send a representative. Let me know if you need more information. Anyone can email or call/text me with questions: tpottlubben@gmail.com 720-261-5884." Since last week, we have learned that the FoodBank has been authorized to expand services. Theresa shared this: "Per new instructions from Food Bank of the Rockies, we can serve ANYONE that comes to the FoodBank in need of food! It doesn't matter where they live. They can receive services once a month. We will keep the same days and hours through the end of May and then re-evaluate again if we can expand hours. If they have never been to the FoodBank, they just need to fill out a short information form." Thanks to Theresa and everyone who is keeping this wonderful resource going!

ITEMS FOR THE MAY RAMBLER

We plan to publish The Rambler early next week. You can still get an item into this month's edition if you get it to Sara by Monday, May 4.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here's a note from our "buddies" coordinator, Karen Shifty: "If you don't have a buddy you can select another name on the the unmatched list [below] to become a buddy. And if you don't know anyone on the list, this would be a good opportunity to make a new friend. Everyone would benefit from a call once or twice a week just to make contact. Thanks, Karen." And thank you, Karen for shepherding this project with Lois Ekern!

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • May 3, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 5, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • May 6, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful springtime weather we are having. Cheesman Park, across from where we live, is getting more and more green by the day.

Lot's more news - and lots of it is GOOD!

SHELTERING IN PLACE

This past Tuesday I attended a teleconference Governor Polis had with state religious leaders. He described the process that will be used to cautiously move toward restarting sectors of Colorado's economy over the next weeks. We have been operating under Phase I, known as "Stay at Home." In the coming weeks the state will be moving into Phase II, "Safer at Home." The Governor emphasized that for persons with ages 70+, Safer at Home principles really need to remain at Stay at Home behaviors due to greater health risks we seniors have with COVID. This means avoiding as many social contacts as possible. The St. Stephen's Congregation Council and I continue to monitor these developments as we think about the best ways to keep our faith community healthy. What this probably means for us is that we can anticipate that our current way of being community will be extending through the next month, and quite likely beyond that as well. We continue to explore all the ways we can support each other during this unusual time. The life of the church goes on! Whenever the Council sees a possibility to move from our current patterns, we will try to let you know with as much advance notice as possible. In the meantime, please continue to do the excellent job you have been doing in caring for each other and nurturing your faith!

A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM OUR COMMUNITY

In case you haven't driven by the church recently, you should be aware that a neighbor gave us a beautiful greeting with a "virtual hug." What a wonderful gift, and how good to know we are appreciated in the community!

FOODBANK NEWS

Theresa Lubben shares some news about the FoodBank, which continues to function through the pandemic. "It operates out of our neighboring congregation Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (10785 Melody Dr). The FoodBank is located in the lower level. It is currently open Tuesday and Wednesdays, 10:00 -11:45 am. We hope to re-open on Thursday also starting in May depending on volunteer availability. We are part of the federal and state FoodBank program so have certain regulations we need to adhere to. We provide services to anyone living in 80234 or 80260 zip code. We also service anyone that walks in (homeless). If someone comes that lives in a different zip code, we can provide location of FoodBank for their area. A form needs to be completed so information can be entered into the system. Some people will only come once or twice to get over the 'hump,' which is fine. An ID and bill or other mail that indicates their zip code is necessary for each visit. Clients can come once each month for commodities supplied by Federal government (TFAP), donations from Costco (bread and sweets) and Walmart (bread and perishable veggies), food drives from Northglenn Rotary and other churches/organizations,along with purchases from FoodBank of the Rockies. Clients can return anytime during the month for more bread products. All volunteers wear masks and gloves now, don't allow clients inside the building, and push the shopping cart to their vehicle to avoid having too many hands on the carts. St. Stephen's volunteers have made deliveries to St. Stephen's members unable to get out to the FoodBank due to health/transportation issues; they can also send a representative. Let me know if you need more information. Anyone can email or call/text me with questions: tpottlubben@gmail.com 720-261-5884." Thanks to Theresa and everyone who is keeping this wonderful resource going!

FINANCES AT ST. STEPHEN'S

At Sunday's Congregation Council meeting we received the March finance report. Our finances are staying strong, with giving nearly at 100% and expenses at 80% of budget. At the end of the first quarter we are experiencing a positive cash flow. This is due, in part, to some members pre-paying part of their pledge for the year. Thank you! This also means we will need to maintain strong giving from the rest of us in the weeks ahead. Be sure to use Vanco or send your contribution to the church! Thank you for your faithful stewardship.

ITEMS FOR THE MAY RAMBLER

Sara wants to prepare a Rambler for May. Please submit materials by Monday, April 27. Thanks!

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here's a note from our "buddies" coordinator, Karen Shifty: "If you don't have a buddy you can select another name on the the unmatched list [below] to become a buddy. And if you don't know anyone on the list, this would be a good opportunity to make a new friend. Everyone would benefit from a call once or twice a week just to make contact. Thanks, Karen." And thank you, Karen for shepherding this project with Lois Ekern!

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 26, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org. Coffee hour follows worship.
  • April 28, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • April 29, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's all for now. Trust God and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Blessed Eastertide! I hope you are staying well and sheltering in place to protect yourself and your neighbors. Sometimes, doing nothing is the most loving thing a Christian can do. And even when we "do nothing" we can still be spiritually active. I remember how my grandfather spoke about the changes in his life as he got older. He had spent his adult lifetime as an active, busy parochial schoolteacher and church organist. After retirement, as his pace slowed, he said he spent more and more time in prayer on behalf of others. That's not a bad way to shelter-in-place!

Don't forget Bible studies tonight and tomorrow morning - ZOOM link info is at the end of this email.

There's lots of news and updates in today's Check-in. I hope you'll take the time to read it all!

THANK YOU

Gertrude Cabana wants to thank all the wonderful St. Stephen's people who sent cards for her birthday. It really made it a special day!

UPDATE ON MEMBERS

Several St. Stephen's members have been facing some health challenges. In case you are not a member of the Prayer Chain, here is the latest information we have:

Please keep all our members in your prayers!

FINANCES AT ST. STEPHEN'S

At Sunday's Congregation Council meeting we received the March finance report. Our finances are staying strong, with giving nearly at 100% and expenses at 80% of budget. At the end of the first quarter we are experiencing a positive cash flow. This is due, in part, to some members pre-paying part of their pledge for the year. Thank you! This also means we will need to maintain strong giving from the rest of us in the weeks ahead. Be sure to use Vanco or send your contribution to the church! Thank you for your faithful stewardship.

ITEMS FOR THE MAY RAMBLER

Sara wants to prepare a Rambler for May. Please submit materials by Monday, April 27. Thanks!

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here's a note from our "buddies" coordinator, Karen Shifty: "If you don't have a buddy you can select another name on the the unmatched list [below] to become a buddy. And if you don't know anyone on the list, this would be a good opportunity to make a new friend. Everyone would benefit from a call once or twice a week just to make contact. Thanks, Karen." And thank you, Karen for shepherding this project with Lois Ekern!

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 21, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • April 22, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.
  • April 26, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

I started writing a "shout out" to give thanks for all the people doing so much to keep us going, but the list got way too long for a Check-in. I'll include it in our May Rambler in a week or so. But please keep yourself aware of how many people are working hard to assist us during this crisis - we are very blessed! Trust God and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Easter Friday

April 17, 2020

Blessed Easter! Six down - fifty-four to go!

It's been a good week for me - catching up on ministry, housework, and rest. I hope the week is being kind to you. I'm looking forward to worship this Sunday at 9 am. The ZOOM link information is below, at the end of this email. If you'd like to prepare for worship, here are the Scripture readings that will be at the heart of this service:

  • Acts 2:14a, 22-32
  • 1 Peter 1:3-9
  • John 20:19-31

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you! Finance Committee is meeting tonight and Council will meet on Sunday. We'll share any important news in next week's Check-ins.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here's a note from our "buddies" coordinator, Karen Shifty: "If you don't have a buddy you can select another name on the the unmatched list [below] to become a buddy. And if you don't know anyone on the list, this would be a good opportunity to make a new friend. Everyone would benefit from a call once or twice a week just to make contact. Thanks, Karen." And thank you, Karen for shepherding this project with Lois Ekern!

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 19, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. Coffee hour follows worship.
  • April 21, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 192 715 804 Password: 496597
  • April 22, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Easter Tuesday

April 14, 2020

Blessed Easter! Yes, it's still Easter. Easter isn't one day - it's fifty days!

I'm still catching my breath after Holy Week and Sunday, but I just wanted to take a break from the break to tell you how wonderful it was to be together with you last week. And I wanted to make sure you had links for our Bible studies this week: tonight, Tuesday evening, at 6 pm, and tomorrow morning, Wednesday, at 9:30. You'll find the links for both below.

I've started work on our worship Sunday, and I think it will be an especially meaningful service for where we find ourselves right now. I hope I'll see you there at 9 am!

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you! Finance Committee is meeting this week and Council will meet on Sunday. We'll share any important news in next week's Check-ins.


CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 14, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 192 715 804 Password: 496597
  • April 15, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597
  • April 19, Sunday ZOOM Worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. See you on ZOOM!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Holy Saturday

April 11, 2020

Blessed Holy Saturday! Tonight we complete the Liturgy of the Three Days. The Easter Vigil is perhaps the most dramatic liturgy in the Christian tradition. It goes back to the early centuries of the Christian era. It includes the lighting of the paschal ("passover/Eastertide") fire which, in turn, lights the paschal candle we use throughout the fifty days of this season of resurrection. You can set bring a candle near your worship space for this liturgy. We will invite you to light your candle as the paschal fire is struck in our worship. Be sure to join us at 7 pm tonight!

Then tomorrow morning at 9 am we celebrate The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord. This Easter celebration will include hymns and special music, as we affirm that God's life is stronger than death. We will celebrate the promises of baptism through which we share in Jesus' death and resurrection.

After today, I plan to take a short break in producing Check-ins. Unless there is an emergency, I will probably skip production through Tuesday. I'll plan to see you at Bible class on Wednesday morning.

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER PREVIEW

Here are all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins. The service should last less than an hour. We will have opportunity to share Easter greetings with each other at the end.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to future Tuesday Evening and Wednesday Morning Bible Classes, at the end of this email.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 14, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 192 715 804 Password: 496597
  • April 15, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. We'll conclude the Liturgy of the Three Days tonight at 7 pm on ZOOM with the dramatic Easter Vigil. I hope I'll see you there.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Good Friday

April 10, 2020

Blessed Good Friday! It was good to be with so many of you last night as we began the Liturgy of the Three Days. I hope our worship then has helped to shape your day today in the "time out." Please remember that if you were not able to attend, you can find an email that includes the two readings and homilies. John Wollbrinck is kindly posting them on our website as well.

We take up the second part of this liturgy again this evening at 7 pm. It's Good Friday, and for this service, I invite you to find a cross and set it near your place of worship. Maybe it's a cross that hangs on your wall, or a piece of jewelry you wear. Could it be a cross embossed on a Bible? Or would someone in your household like to draw a cross for this service? Whatever you choose, have it near the place where you worship and it will help us in our meditation.

The Liturgy of the Three Days will conclude on Saturday evening at 7 pm as we share The Easter Vigil. This is perhaps the most dramatic liturgy in the Christian tradition. It goes back to the early centuries of the Christian era. It includes the lighting of the paschal ("passover/Eastertide") fire which, in turn, lights the paschal candle we use throughout the fifty days of this season of resurrection. You can set bring a candle near your worship space for this liturgy. We will invite you to light your candle as the paschal fire is struck in our worship.

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER PREVIEW

Here are all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to future Tuesday Evening and Wednesday Morning Bible Classes, at the end of this email.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 14, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 192 715 804 Password: 496597
  • April 15, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. We'll take up the Liturgy of the Three Days tonight at 7 pm on ZOOM. I hope I'll see you there.

Pastor Ron Roschke

Maundy Thursday

April 9, 2020

Blessed Holy Week! It is Maundy Thursday and that means that tonight we begin the Triduum - The Three Days. There are three times we worship together each evening in The Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. These are really not three separate services but one liturgy. There's no benediction at the end of the first two - we simply pause the liturgy for a while and come back to it again. This is the longest liturgy of the church year.

I am looking forward to our worship tonight at 7 pm. We will observe Maundy Thursday - the night in which Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples. This will be the first time in my life the Sacrament of the Altar will not be offered on this day. That is significant in a number of ways, and I'll talk about it this evening. To deepen your experience of the liturgy, I invite you to bring a bowl of water and a kitchen towel and set it somewhere close to where you will be worshiping. I'll also talk about those items when we reflect on the other action of Jesus on this night - how he washed the feet of his disciples.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Good Friday, we'll also meet at 7 pm. For this service, I invite you to find a cross and place it near your place of worship. Maybe it's a cross that hangs on your wall, or a piece of jewelry you wear. Could it be a cross embossed on a Bible? Or would someone in your household like to draw a cross for this service? Whatever you choose, place it near the place where you worship and it will help us in our meditation.

Sara Burchard is still not well enough to work, so I am asking if there are any volunteers who can help me through Easter. All you need is a copy of the ELW, a computer with a word processor, and email. You also need time, and if you can turn-around a task in an hour or two (it's mainly typing the words of a hymn) that would be a great help. Thanks!

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK PREVIEW

Here are all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 9, Maundy Thursday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We recall the supper Jesus shared "on the night when he was betrayed" and the act of love he encouraged by washing the disciples' feet. You are invited to bring a bowl of water and a kitchen towel to the place where you worship.
  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to future Tuesday Evening and Wednesday Morning Bible Classes, at the end of this email.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 14, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 192 715 804 Password: 496597
  • April 15, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. I hope to see you at worship tonight!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Blessed Holy Week! We are making our way deeper and deeper into this journey that leads to Jesus' cross and open tomb. I am so grateful that we are able to do this together, even as we are distanced from each other. Special thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to those among us who do not have access to computers and email! Your ministry was never needed more than it is now.

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK PREVIEW

There will be a full week of special devotional opportunities for you to make your way through Holy Week during this time of pandemic. Here is a preview, including all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 8, Wednesday of Holy Week: ZOOM Devotion at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. A short break in your day (20-30 mins) to focus on one event that leads to Jesus' cross and open tomb.
  • April 9, Maundy Thursday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We recall the supper Jesus shared "on the night when he was betrayed" and the act of love he encouraged by washing the disciples' feet. You are invited to bring a bowl of water and a kitchen towel to the place where you worship.
  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to future Tuesday Evening and Wednesday Morning Bible Classes, at the end of this email.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 14, Tuesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study at 6:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 192 715 804 Password: 496597
  • April 15, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. I hope to see you at one of our special events during Holy Week!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Blessed Holy Week! It was good to see a number of you at Holy Week Devotions last night. They will continue each evening at 7 pm until Easter. You can find all the ZOOM links for these listed below. Please remember that the Tuesday Evening Bible Study on ZOOM will not meet this week; it will pick up again April 14.

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK PREVIEW

There will be a full week of special devotional opportunities for you to make your way through Holy Week during this time of pandemic. Here is a preview, including all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 7-8, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week: ZOOM Devotion at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. A short break in your day (20-30 mins) to focus on one event that leads to Jesus' cross and open tomb.
  • April 9, Maundy Thursday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We recall the supper Jesus shared "on the night when he was betrayed" and the act of love he encouraged by washing the disciples' feet. You are invited to bring a bowl of water to the place where you worship.
  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to our Wednesday Morning Bible Class, at the end of this email. Because of our Holy Week Devotions, Tuesday Evening Bible Class will not meet this week.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

If you do get a "buddy," please be sure to let Karen Shifty know. Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected!

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 8, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. I hope to see you at one of our special events during Holy Week!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Monday, April 6, 2020

Blessed Holy Week! We are making our way to Jesus' cross and open tomb. As difficult and challenging as this year's Holy Week will be, I suspect it will be one that we never forget. We will be offering daily devotion and worship each evening at 7:00 pm through Saturday. Our Easter worship will be at 9 am. All the ZOOM links for these are listed below. Please remember that the Tuesday Evening Bible Study on ZOOM will not meet this week; it will pick up again April 14.

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK PREVIEW

There will be a full week of special devotional opportunities for you to make your way through Holy Week during this time of pandemic. Here is a preview, including all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 6-8, Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week: ZOOM Devotion at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. A short break in your day (20-30 mins) to focus on one event that leads to Jesus' cross and open tomb.
  • April 9, Maundy Thursday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We recall the supper Jesus shared "on the night when he was betrayed" and the act of love he encouraged by washing the disciples' feet. You are invited to bring a bowl of water to the place where you worship.
  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, click here to join / Meeting ID: 498 381 134 Password: 369289. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 303 968 753 Password: 369289. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to our Wednesday Morning Bible Class, at the end of this email. Because of our Holy Week Devotions, Tuesday Evening Bible Class will not meet this week.

GERTRUDE CABANA'S BIRTHDAY - APRIL 7

Lois Ekern was checking in with Gertrude by phone and found out it's Gertrude's birthday next week, Tuesday, April 7. Since Gertrude doesn't have internet she has not been able to stay connected with us as well. Lois is suggesting that as many of us as possible send a birthday greeting to Gertrude at her home. If you cannot find your church directory, please let me know and I'll forward the address to you. Great idea, Lois - thanks! And if you are aware of someone who might need a "card shower," please send on the information to Lois or me and we'll share it in a future Check-in.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

  • Sandra Vinnedge /Ed Sears
  • Karen Shift and Sharon Thomas / Alfred LaFrance, Elaine Dunbar and Corrine Anders
  • Kim Gustad / Felicia Zachary, Alley Hawthorne, Polly Radar,
  • Roberta Boitano / Nancy Jessee
  • Marie Stettenbens / Karen Harmon
  • Dot and Ron Fox / Wilma Adams
  • Cyndi Skillings / Debbie and Mario Medina
  • Arlene Mathiesen / Nancy Jessee
  • Lois Ekern / Joyce and George Harris
  • Joell Swanson Dee / John Nikunen, and Jan Speer
  • Tammy and John Wollbrinck / Bruce and Bertie Lentz
  • Marje and Fred Hoppe / Craig Harper
  • Erica Nelson / Shirley Doering

Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected! If you see someone who should have a "buddy," please reach out and also let Karen Shifty know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 8, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, click here to join / Meeting ID: 517 672 439 Password: 496597

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. See you this Sunday - worship at 9 am!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Blessed Lent! A number of us are busy today preparing for Holy Week. It begins tomorrow with Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion worship at 9 am. There will be daily opportunities for you to focus with me on the events of this week that changed the world. I hope you will take advantage of all these opportunities. Be sure to look at the whole list immediately below.

Please also remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK PREVIEW.

There will be a full week of special devotional opportunities for you to make your way through Holy Week during this time of pandemic. Here is a preview, including all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 5, Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. Coffee hour follows worship.
  • April 6-8, Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week: ZOOM Devotion at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . A short break in your day (20-30 mins) to focus on one event that leads to Jesus' cross and open tomb.
  • April 9, Maundy Thursday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. We recall the supper Jesus shared "on the night when he was betrayed" and the act of love he encouraged by washing the disciples' feet. You are invited to bring a bowl of water to the place where you worship.
  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle that you can light safely during the devotion. Set it close by your place of worship; we will light our candles together after the devotion begins.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to our Wednesday Morning Bible Class, at the end of this email. Because of our Holy Week Devotions, Tuesday Evening Bible Class will not meet this week.

GERTRUDE CABANA'S BIRTHDAY - APRIL 7

Lois Ekern was checking in with Gertrude by phone and found out it's Gertrude's birthday next week, Tuesday, April 7. Since Gertrude doesn't have internet she has not been able to stay connected with us as well. Lois is suggesting that as many of us as possible send a birthday greeting to Gertrude at her home. If you cannot find your church directory, please let me know and I'll forward the address to you. Great idea, Lois - thanks! And if you are aware of someone who might need a "card shower," please send on the information to Lois or me and we'll share it in a future Check-in.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

  • Sandra Vinnedge /Ed Sears
  • Karen Shift and Sharon Thomas / Alfred LaFrance, Elaine Dunbar and Corrine Anders
  • Kim Gustad / Felicia Zachary, Alley Hawthorne, Polly Radar,
  • Roberta Boitano / Nancy Jessee
  • Marie Stettenbens / Karen Harmon
  • Dot and Ron Fox / Wilma Adams
  • Cyndi Skillings / Debbie and Mario Medina
  • Arlene Mathiesen / Nancy Jessee
  • Lois Ekern / Joyce and George Harris
  • Joell Swanson Dee / John Nikunen, and Jan Speer
  • Tammy and John Wollbrinck / Bruce and Bertie Lentz
  • Marje and Fred Hoppe / Craig Harper
  • Erica Nelson / Shirley Doering

Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected! If you see someone who should have a "buddy," please reach out and also let Karen Shifty know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 8, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. See you this Sunday - worship at 9 am!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Friday, April 3, 2020

Blessed Lent! If you missed the Check-in yesterday, apologies! There were house and personal projects on my end that simply could not wait another day. While I try to do daily Check-ins, they may not happen on a daily basis.

Look below for a Holy Week Preview. It all begins this Sunday - Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion. I hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities we are offering to help you make your way through Jesus cross to the resurrection and new life!

Please remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK PREVIEW

There will be a full week of special devotional opportunities for you to make your way through Holy Week during this time of pandemic. Here is a preview, including all the links you will need to stay connected as we make our way to the center of our Christian faith:

  • April 5, Palm Sunday/ Sunday of the Passion: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . Coffee hour follows worship.
  • April 6-8, Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week: ZOOM Devotion at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . A short break in your day (20-30 mins) to focus on one event that leads to Jesus' cross and open tomb.
  • April 9, Maundy Thursday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . We recall the supper Jesus shared "on the night when he was betrayed" and the act of love he encouraged by washing the disciples' feet. You are invited to bring a bowl of water to the place where you worship.
  • April 10, Good Friday: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . We focus on Jesus' cross and its meaning in the midst of suffering. If you have a cross at home, please bring it with you and set it beside you as you worship.
  • April 11, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil: ZOOM Worship at 7:00 pm, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . In this night before resurrection, we light the paschal fire that will accompany us through the fifty days of Eastertide. You may feel more deeply connected to this time together if you have a candle near your worship space that you can light safely during the devotion.
  • April 12, Easter Day: ZOOM worship at 9:00 am, To join our service please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org. . It will be a different kind of festival, but we still celebrate the life that is stronger than death. Coffee hour follows worship.

There is more information about ZOOM, plus the link to our Wednesday Morning Bible Class, at the end of this email. Because of our Holy Week Devotions, Tuesday Evening Bible Class will not meet this week.

GERTRUDE CABANA'S BIRTHDAY - APRIL 7

Lois Ekern was checking in with Gertrude by phone and found out it's Gertrude's birthday next week, Tuesday, April 7. Since Gertrude doesn't have internet she has not been able to stay connected with us as well. Lois is suggesting that as many of us as possible send a birthday greeting to Gertrude at her home. If you cannot find your church directory, please let me know and I'll forward the address to you. Great idea, Lois - thanks! And if you are aware of someone who might need a "card shower," please send on the information to Lois or me and we'll share it in a future Check-in.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

  • Sandra Vinnedge /Ed Sears
  • Karen Shift and Sharon Thomas / Alfred LaFrance, Elaine Dunbar and Corrine Anders
  • Kim Gustad / Felicia Zachary, Alley Hawthorne, Polly Radar,
  • Roberta Boitano / Nancy Jessee
  • Marie Stettenbens / Karen Harmon
  • Dot and Ron Fox / Wilma Adams
  • Cyndi Skillings / Debbie and Mario Medina
  • Arlene Mathiesen / Nancy Jessee
  • Lois Ekern / Joyce and George Harris
  • Joell Swanson Dee / John Nikunen, and Jan Speer
  • Tammy and John Wollbrinck / Bruce and Bertie Lentz
  • Marje and Fred Hoppe / Craig Harper
  • Erica Nelson / Shirley Doering

Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected! If you see someone who should have a "buddy," please reach out and also let Karen Shifty know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our additional ZOOM gatherings:

  • April 8, Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study at 9:30 am, - To join please email your request to Pastor Ron pastor@sslu.org

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. See you this Sunday - worship at 9 am!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Blessed Lent! I am looking forward to tonight's Midweek Lenten Devotion at 7:00 pm. We are happy to tell you that we plan to do Holden Evening Prayer on ZOOM with MariAnne Lounsbury and Curt Williams. This will be our last service before Holy Week begins on Sunday. You can find the link information below.

Please remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

Also remember we will be gathering every evening of Holy Week for a devotion beginning at 7:00 pm, beginning Monday, April 6.

GERTRUDE CABANA'S BIRTHDAY - APRIL 7

Lois Ekern was checking in with Gertrude by phone and found out it's Gertrude's birthday next week, Tuesday, April 7. Since Gertrude doesn't have internet she has not been able to stay connected with us as well. Lois is suggesting that as many of us as possible send a birthday greeting to Gertrude at her home. If you cannot find your church directory, please let me know and I'll forward the address to you. Great idea, Lois - thanks! And if you are aware of someone who might need a "card shower," please send on the information to Lois or me and we'll share it in a future Check-in.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. Karen Shifty has reported in on the "buddies" that have been created so far:

  • Sandra Vinnedge /Ed Sears
  • Karen Shift and Sharon Thomas / Alfred LaFrance, Elaine Dunbar and Corrine Anders
  • Kim Gustad / Felicia Zachary, Alley Hawthorne, Polly Radar,
  • Roberta Boitano / Nancy Jessee
  • Marie Stettenbens / Karen Harmon
  • Dot and Ron Fox / Wilma Adams
  • Cyndi Skillings / Debbie and Mario Medina
  • Arlene Mathiesen / Nancy Jessee
  • Lois Ekern / Joyce and George Harris
  • Joell Swanson Dee / John Nikunen, and Jan Speer
  • Tammy and John Wollbrinck /Bruce and Bertie Lentz
  • Marje and Fred Hoppe / Craig Harper

Thanks to all of you who are putting in the extra effort to keep us connected! If you see someone who should have a "buddy," please reach out and also let Karen Shifty know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our next ZOOM gatherings:

  • Wednesday evening ZOOM Holden Evening Prayer, April 1, 7:00 pm: To join, contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org.

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well. See you at Holden Evening Prayer at 7 pm tonight!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blessed Lent! We are continuing to make plans for Holy Week and Easter. Tomorrow will be our last Midweek Lenten Devotion at 7:00 pm. We are happy to tell you that we plan to do Holden Evening Prayer on ZOOM with Marianne Lounsbury and Curt Williams. You can find the link information below. You will also find information about tonight's and tomorrow morning's Bible classes there.

Please remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

Please remember we will be gathering every evening of Holy Week for a devotion beginning at 7:00 pm.

We had a message today from our office administrator, Sara Burchard. She says she is improving little-by-little and hopes to be out of self-isolation on Saturday. Let's continue to keep her in our prayers!

NO FLOWERS

Please be aware that flowers for the sanctuary are being suspended until the congregation is meeting again face-to-face. You can contact Karen Shifty if you want to reserve a date, but it would be wise to wait until we are "open" again before you do that. Thanks!

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. If you have a St. Stephen's "buddy" you're checking with regularly and haven't shared that with Karen Shifty, please let her know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our next ZOOM gatherings:

  • ZOOM Tuesday Evening Bible Study, March 31, 6:00 pm: To join, Contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org
  • ZOOM Wednesday Morning Bible Study, April 1, 9:30 am: To join, Contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org
  • Wednesday evening ZOOM Lenten Devotion, April 1, 7:00 pm: To join, Contact Pastor at pastor@sslu.org

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Monday, March 30, 2020

Blessed Lent! It was good to see so many of you at worship yesterday. Thanks for your continuing faithfulness as St. Stephen's members and friends. Please remember that we continue to have expenses even though we are not meeting face to face. Please use Vanco or send your contributions to the church. Thank you!

We have several ZOOM gatherings in the next few days. Please "zoom" down to the end of this email to find the links!

On Thursday I will begin to share with you our plans for Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, April 5. Please be aware that we will have devotions or worship each evening, Monday through Saturday, at 7:00 pm. You may want to clear your very busy social calendars now so you'll be able to attend!

NO FLOWERS

NEW: Please be aware that flowers for the sanctuary are being suspended until the congregation is meeting again face-to-face. You can contact Karen Shifty if you want to reserve a date, but it would be wise to wait until we are "open" again before you do that. Thanks!

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. If you have a St. Stephen's "buddy" you're checking with regularly and haven't shared that with Karen Shifty, please let her know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need for this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are links to our next ZOOM gatherings:

  • ZOOM Tuesday Evening Bible Study, March 31, 6:00 pm: To join,
  • ZOOM Wednesday Morning Bible Study, April 1, 9:30 am: To join,
  • Wednesday evening ZOOM Lenten Devotion, April 1, 7:00 pm: To join,

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Trust God and stay well!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Blessed Lent! It has been a very busy week for me, and today I finally will be getting around to writing a sermon and preparing for tomorrow's Service of the Word on ZOOM. Plan to join us at 9:00 am for worship. Here's the ZOOM link; there are more ZOOM helps at the end of this email.

  • Sunday morning ZOOM Service of the Word, March 29, 9:00 am: To join please send an email to Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org for the ZOOM link, Meeting ID, and Password. After worship we'll have a "coffee hour" where people can check-in with each other. Join us!

READINGS FOR TOMORROW'S WORSHIP

NEW - You may want to prepare yourself for tomorrow's worship. Here is a preview of what we will be hearing. (Previews are from Sundays and Seasons, (c) 2019 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. They are made available through license #SAS022650)

  • Introduction - In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life.
  • First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14 - Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones is a promise that Israel as a nation, though dead in exile, will live again in their land through God’s life-giving spirit. Three times Israel is assured that through this vision they will know that “I am the Lord.”
  • Second Reading: Romans 8:6-11 - For Paul, Christian spirituality entails living in the reality of the Holy Spirit. The driving force behind our actions and values is not our sinful desire for self-satisfaction but the very Spirit by which God raised Jesus from the dead and will also raise us from the dead.
  • Gospel: John 11:1-45 - Jesus is moved to sorrow when his friend Lazarus falls ill and dies. Then, in a dramatic scene, he calls his friend out of the tomb and restores him to life.

A EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION FOR MEALTIME

I have prepared a devotional resource you can use in your home. I'm sure many of us feel sadness that we are not able to be together to celebrate Holy Communion. However, every time we sit down for a meal in our homes, we can be reminded that Jesus is present with us here, too. Each of these meals in our homes is an echo of the Eucharist. I suspect that many of us grew up with the table prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed." But has it ever occurred to you that this is the same response we often use in the Great Thanksgiving in Holy Communion? "Come, Lord Jesus!" This devotional booklet aims to link our communion meal with our daily meals. You can download the devotion by clicking here. If your printer does double-sided printing, set it up for that. Otherwise, print two sheets and attach them to each other back-to-back and fold to make the booklet. I hope you find this resource as a help in your Lenten journey and beyond, until we are able to be together again to celebrate Holy Communion.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. If you have a St. Stephen's "buddy" you're checking with regularly and haven't shared that with Karen Shifty, please let her know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need fopr this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

I hope we'll see you Sunday for worship!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Friday, March 27, 2020

Blessed Lent! We've almost made our way through another week. Thank you for staying connected as community in these strange times!

I am running our articles for two consecutive days in Check-in, so that if a person missed it one day they'd see it the next. The one exception is the call for us to be partnered, since I consider that so essential for our community's well-being. Once Karen Shifty lets me know that we have almost every household partnered, I'll pull that plea. Also, if an article is appearing for the first time, I'll mark it with NEW. Our ZOOM links continue to be listed at the end of the Check-in. Here's the latest....

A EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION FOR MEALTIME

NEW - I have prepared a devotional resource you can use in your home. I'm sure many of us feel sadness that we are not able to be together to celebrate Holy Communion. However, every time we sit down for a meal in our homes, we can be reminded that Jesus is present with us here, too. Each of these meals in our homes is an echo of the Eucharist. I suspect that many of us grew up with the table prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed." But has it ever occurred to you that this is the same response we often use in the Great Thanksgiving in Holy Communion? "Come, Lord Jesus!" This devotional booklet aims to link our communion meal with our daily meals. You can download the devotion by clicking here. If your printer does double-sided, set it up for that. Otherwise, print two sheets and attach them to each other back-to-back and fold to make the booklet. I hope you find this resource as a help in your Lenten journey and beyond, until we are able to be together again to celebrate Holy Communion.

PRAYERS FOR SARA BURCHARD

Our office administrator Sara Burchard started having a low fever with mild respiratory symptoms Wednesday. She has consulted with her doctor Thursday and has learned that she is most likely experiencing flu rather than COVID-19. She reported that she was feeling a little better Thursday. However, the doctor has asked her to self-quarantine for at least ten days. Please keep her and her family in your prayers! We will pass on updates as they become available.

A HEALTH AND WELLNESS UPDATE FROM TAMMY WOLLBRINCK

Tammy has prepared her health article for the April Rambler. Tammy's article is filled with such great timely advice we've decided to make it available to you here and now. You can click here to read it. Thanks, Tammy!

THE APRIL RAMBLER

Given that Sara needs time to rest, I would recommend that we not plan on publishing an April edition of The Rambler. If you have materials you would normally share through the newsletter, please send them to me and I can get them distributed through our daily Check-in.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. If you have a St. Stephen's "buddy" you're checking with regularly and haven't shared that with Karen Shifty, please let her know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need fopr this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

ZOOM INFORMATION

Here are our up-coming ZOOM gatherings:

  • Sunday morning ZOOM Service of the Word, March 29, 9:00 am: To join contact Pastor Ron at pastor@sslu.org to get the ZOOM link, Meeting ID and Password. After worship we'll have a "coffee hour" where people can check-in with each other. Join us!

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

Enjoy your evening. I hope we'll see you Sunday for worship!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Blessed Lent! Today is the first day for the Colorado state-wide stay-at-home order. The Denver stay-at-home started early this week, so I have already been staying in place for some time. I hope all of you are following these directives since physical separation is one of the only ways we can slow the virus and not overwhelm our doctors, nurses, and hospitals and put them all at risk. This is a way to love our neighbor and care for ourselves. Please follow the required actions, and let your St. Stephen's buddy know if you have special needs.

It was good to be with many of you last night for Midweek Lenten devotions. For those of you who were not able to join us, we did God Sightings and shared Responsive Prayer for Evening. It's really difficult for us to do Holden Evening Prayer on ZOOM effectively, but we are thankful to John Wollbrinck for posting a Holden sound file on the SSLU website. If Holden Evening Prayer can lift your spirits in these challenging days, you can click here and scroll down to find that resource. Thanks, John!

We will have only one more Lenten Midweek Devotion next Wednesday, April 1, and then Holy Week begins. Plans are being made for how we will observe that important week. You should start seeing some previews in the coming days here in the Check-in.

PRAYERS FOR SARA BURCHARD

As I shared at Evening Devotions last night, our office administrator Sara Burchard started having a low fever with mild respiratory symptoms yesterday. She has consulted with her doctor today and has learned that she is most likely experiencing flu rather than COVID-19. She says she's feeling a little better today. However, the doctor has asked her to self-quarantine for at least ten days. Please keep her and her family in your prayers! We will pass on updates as they become available.

A HEALTH AND WELLNESS UPDATE FROM TAMMY WOLLBRINCK

Tammy has prepared her health article for the April Rambler. Tammy's article is filled with such great timely advice we've decided to make it available to you here and now. You can click here to read it. Thanks, Tammy!

THE APRIL RAMBLER

Given that Sara needs time to rest, I would recommend that we not plan on publishing an April edition of The Rambler. If you have materials you would normally share through the newsletter, please send them to me and I can get them distributed through our daily Check-in.

THINKING AND DOING STEWARDSHIP

If you didn't read it yesterday, please review this great letter from Marje and Fred Hoppe I want to pass on to you. Many thanks for their continuing help!

Dear Friends at St. Stephen’s,

Just wanted to let you know some items that are available and what the cost is for contributions. Even if you are not a member of Vanco you can call the 800 number (1-800-675-7430) and they will take your contribution over the phone. You will need to verify you are with St. Stephen’s either by knowing the address or zip code. The cost for this is 1% of the contribution plus a 45 cent transaction fee.

Another way to do it is by credit or debit card on line and then the cost is 2.95% of the contribution plus a 45 cent transaction fee. You can also mail your checks to the church and they are being deposited once a week.

On another note, if you have any need for a grocery card for King Soopers or Safeway, we will be glad to meet you at the church and get them for you. Just call us at 303-457-0894. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Thanks and stay healthy and remember that the church still needs your contributions to stay afloat during this time.

Your friends,

Marje & Fred Hoppe

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. If you have a St. Stephen's "buddy" you're checking with regularly and haven't shared that with Karen Shifty, please let her know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need fopr this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

That's it for now. Tomorrow I hope to have the ZOOM link information for Sunday's Service of the Word. Stay in place, stay well, trust God - and care for each other!

Pastor Ron Roschke

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Blessed Lent! We had a good Bible Study this morning, and I hear Tuesday's Bible Study went well. We still have "bugs" to work out here and there but I appreciate everyone's willingness to work together to become comfortable with this new way of being community. I'll pass on a great email I got yesterday from Phil Strain: "Even Phil Strain figured out Zoom! If I can you should all be able to🤤."

I'm looking forward to this evening's Lenten Devotion at 7:00 pm. Since these ZOOM gatherings are becoming more routine, I will gather all the scheduled ZOOMs in one place toward the end of our daily email blasts.

THINKING AND DOING STEWARDSHIP

I've received a great letter from Marje and Fred Hoppe I want to pass on to you. Many thanks for their continuing help!

Dear Friends at St. Stephen’s,

Just wanted to let you know some items that are available and what the cost is for contributions. Even if you are not a member of Vanco you can call the 800 number (1-800-675-7430) and they will take your contribution over the phone. You will need to verify you are with St. Stephen’s either by knowing the address or zip code. The cost for this is 1% of the contribution plus a 45 cent transaction fee.

Another way to do it is by credit or debit card on line and then the cost is 2.95% of the contribution plus a 45 cent transaction fee. You can also mail your checks to the church and they are being deposited once a week.

On another note, if you have any need for a grocery card for King Soopers or Safeway, we will be glad to meet you at the church and get them for you. Just call us at 303-457-0894. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Thanks and stay healthy and remember that the church still needs your contributions to stay afloat during this time.

Your friends,

Marje & Fred Hoppe

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Please keep reaching out to each other and staying in community. If you have a St. Stephen's "buddy" you're checking with regularly and haven't shared that with Karen Shifty, please let her know.

And remember, please, that Kim Gustad is coordinating people to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's. If you are willing to volunteer or you have a need fopr this service, please call Kim (303-246-2492).

That's it for now. I hope to see many of you tonight at Lenten Midweek Devotions at 7:00 pm. Stay well, trust in God, and care for those around you!



Pastor Ron Roschke

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Blessed Lent! We are getting more of our activities scheduled to ZOOM: tonight's Bible study, tomorrow morning's Bible Study, and Wednesday Evening Lent Devotions. Below you'll find the links to each of these activities. I am putting general ZOOM information that applies to all of these at the end of this email.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES

We now have a ZOOM meeting set for Tuesday Evening Bible Study. It starts at 6:00 pm. Here's the information you need. If you are going to call in with your phone, see below for the numbers to use.

  • ZOOM Tuesday Evening Bible Study, March 24, 6:00 pm: To join, Email pastor@sslu.org for ZOOM web link

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on ZOOM starting this Wednesday at 9:30 am. We will be looking at next Sunday's Gospel and thinking about how this story helps us live in our world today. Whether you have been a "regular" or want to join us to see what's going on, you are welcome to attend. (Sorry I had the wrong date in yesterday's Check-in. I hope you didn't try logging in this morning!)

  • ZOOM Wednesday Bible Study, March 25, 9:30 am: To join, Email pastor@sslu.org for ZOOM web link

WEDNESDAY LENTEN DEVOTION

We'll gather by ZOOM on Wednesday evening for a Lenten devotion. We'll meet at 7:00 pm. If you practice Centering Prayer, why not plan to practice that before or after our gathering. Here's the link:

  • Wednesday evening ZOOM Lenten Devotion, March 25, 7:00 pm: To join, Email pastor@sslu.org for ZOOM web link

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

Here's a note from Karen Shifty: "Last night Alley called us for a chat. It perked us up in addition to knowing that somebody was checking up on us old fogies. Alley doesn't even have an email. We have connected with two families who we call every other day. It only takes a few minutes but adds a bright spot to the day. So all of you e-mailers pick an other e-mailer until every one has a buddy. Let me know who you connect with so we can make sure that everyone has a connection. Karen"

Please report your pairings to Karen Shifty so we can know whether anyone is missing a partner.

If you can volunteer to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's - or if you are in need for such a service - please be sure to let Kim Gustad know. Thanks, Kim, for coordinating this!

ZOOM INFORMATION

If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before your session is supposed to begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download.You can use any of these numbers to call into a ZOOM meeting. 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.

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

That's it for now. I hope to see many of you tomorrow on one of the ZOOMs. Stay strong and healthy in God's love and promises.

Pastor Ron Roschke

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, Colorado

Monday, March 23, 2020

Blessed Lent! It was a joy to be with so many of you yesterday in our Service of the Word. I counted 28 households that were connected by ZOOM. I was especially pleased with the ease we were able to navigate the software. If you haven't "jumped into the water" with ZOOM, I encourage you to try it.

Luther's Morning and Evening Prayers are wonderful devotional tools. I've created a sheet you can print and leave by your bedside table so that they're available when you wake up in the morning and before you turn off the light each night. Click here to download a copy.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday Morning Bible Study will be meeting on ZOOM starting this Wednesday at 9:30 am. We will be looking at next Sunday's Gospel and thinking about how this story helps us live in our world today. Whether you have been a "regular" or want to join us to see what's going on, you are welcome to attend. Please click on the link below. If you haven't done ZOOM before you should probably log on ten minutes before we begin so that you can download the software on to your computer. There's an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download - click here.

  • ZOOM Wednesday Bible Study, March 24, 9:30 am: To join, Email pastor@sslu.org for ZOOM web link.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES

We are also working to get a ZOOM set up for Tuesday Night Bible Studies. We don't have the link for that group yet, but I will work to get it into tomorrow's Check-in.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

In this time of medical crisis, we need to care for each other. We have made provisions for pairing up non-internet households with internet "buddies." (Thanks to all who have participated in that project!) Now it's time for the rest of us to pair up with each other. Please reach out to another household and agree to check in with each other at least every-other-day. Please report your pairings to Karen Shifty so we can know whether anyone is missing a partner.

If you can volunteer to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's - or if you are in need for such a service - please be sure to let Kim Gustad know. Thanks, Kim, for coordinating this!

Let the twenty seconds you spend washing hands be a time of respite and prayer. Breathe out the tension, ask God to bless you and those you love, and recall that you are in God's care whether you're thinking about that or not. Stay well and secure in God's love!

Pastor Ron Roschke

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, Colorado

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Blessed Lent to you all! As I'm writing this the sun is glistening off the snow in Cheeseman Park. I am thankful for the moisture and the promise of new life. I hope you are, too.

In my news feed today I found an excellent video of epidemiologist Emily Landon. It really helps me to understand why staying in place and social distancing - which we are doing - are so critical right now. I thought you might like to see it - just click here to view. (I'm hoping that the Washington Post is providing this for free. If you can't see it there, click here to see a longer version on YouTube.) I am proud of the way St. Stephen's has embraced these very strange "Lenten disciplines" this year so that you can care for each other and your neighbors. Thank you!

TOMORROW'S WORSHIP

I am looking forward to our worship service tomorrow at 9:00 am. It's happening on ZOOM. Here is the link you will need if you want to participate: Email pastor@sslu.org for ZOOM web link or phone number to join our Sunday Service.

If all this sounds new to you, please know that I reported this in more detail in yesterday's Check-in; please read that. I have also prepared an introductory user's guide to ZOOM you can download and print if you click here. If you're having trouble after the practice session, please contact Curt Williams; he will try to help as many of you as possible.

Please anticipate that it may take a few weeks before ZOOM worship feels comfortable. Patience will help you a lot! And remember that I will be sending out sermons by email as well. You can expect to see a copy in your inbox sometime tomorrow afternoon, I hope.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

In this time of medical crisis, we need to care for each other. We have made provisions for pairing up non-internet hopuseholds with internet "buddies." (Thanks to all who have participated in that project!) Now it's time for the rest of us to pair up with each other. Please reach out to another household and agree to check in with each other at least every-other-day. Please report your pairings to Karen Shifty so we can know whether anyone is missing a partner.

If you can volunteer to deliver groceries, prescriptions, or essential needs to someone from St. Stephen's - or if you are in need for such a service - please be sure to let Kim Gustad know. Thanks, Kim, for coordinating this!

That's all the time I have for today. I need to get busy and prepare a sermon for tomorrow. Stay well, take care, and live by faith.

Pastor Ron Roschke

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, Colorado

Friday, March 20, 2020

Happy Friday, St. Stephen's. I hope your day is going well. We're getting more and more things set up to live in this new space where we find ourselves. I hope you'll read everything here so that you can take advantage of all the ways St. Stephen's is working to feed your spirit in these troubling times.

Virtual electronic worship this Sunday!

This coming Sunday we are going to try out our first worship service using the internet. We will be using a software package called ZOOM. It will allow all of us to be together on our computers, smart phones, and telephones so that we can worship together at the same time. If you use your computer to join ZOOM, it will need to have a speaker so that you can hear what is happening.

The Service of the Word will take place at our regular time, 9:00 am. Since many of us are unfamiliar with using ZOOM, we are offering a practice ZOOM session on this Saturday, March 21, at 4:00 pm. If you plan to worship on Sunday, I really encourage you to do the practice session on Saturday - it means that Sunday's worship will happen much more smoothly.

If you click here, you can see a Beginner's Guide to Zoom I've prepared to show you the basics of how to use the software. I encourage you to print it and look it over before you log into the practice session.

Each time we use ZOOM for worship or Bible study, you will need an invitation to join the session. I am listing the invitation links here. Please wait until the time of the gathering before you click on them, since they won't be "live" until that time. I'd suggest you click on the link five minutes before the worship or class begins. The first time you use ZOOM, the software will need to load onto your computer, so it might be good to check in ten minutes before the start. Be sure to use the correct link on the correct day!

If you want to join by telephone please contact. Long-distance charges will apply. Unfortunately, there is currently no local number for ZOOM meetings.

It may take a couple of "tries" before we feel totally comfortable using this platform, so please practice patience. And for those of us who don't like ZOOM, please know that I will continue to send out sermons as well!

Stewardship

Please remember that you can make an electronic offering through Vanco online. Simply click here and a browser page will open where you can make a donation. You can call also contribute through Vanco by phoning 800-675-7430. Vanco is waiving all fees during the time of the coronavirus. And you can make a donation by text message by sending a message to 720-586-4002; simply send a text message with an amount you want to give (no dollar sign needed), and then follow the prompts to complete your donation. Message and data rates may apply when you use this method. Finally, you can mail a check to the church. Thank-you for your faithful stewardship!

A report from the Call Committee...

The Call Committee would like to let you know that, thanks to technology, we have been able to continue our work and still follow CDC health and safety guidelines. We held a ZOOM videoconferencing interview with a candidate this week, and we are in the process of following up. However, because of the current restrictions on gatherings, we will not be able to schedule any in-person meetings or visits in the near future. While our timetable is uncertain, we will keep working. At the current time, we have released two candidates from further consideration, and we have two candidates whom we are currently considering. We ask that you keep our work in your thoughts and prayers as we continue our search for the best possible match for St Stephen's. Thank you!

Stay well, all! And I hope to see you on ZOOM tomorrow!

Pastor Ron Roschke

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, Colorado

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A snowy Thursday greeting to you! Yes, snow is a hassle. Yes, it makes life much more complicated. But isn't it pretty? (Maybe I'm stretching it here.) I'm serious. I am finding that I need to practice a much-neglected spiritual discipline lately. I need to "tune my soul" to find the good and true and beautiful things around me. In many ways, this reminds me of Centering Prayer and learning how to rest in God. It's also like a God Sighting. Where is God trying to reach out to me this day? Is there some gift hidden and buried in all the difficulties around you right now? Can you enjoy the beauty of the snow for a little while? (If it were Christmastide, I'd remind you that God lays hidden as an infant amidst a lot of scratchy straw!)

SPEAKING OF CENTERING PRAYER...

I hope you were able to use the Lenten Devotion I sent out yesterday. If you haven't, you can look at it today or tomorrow. One resource I developed yesterday is an introduction to Centering Prayer. You can look at it if you click here. I find Centering Prayer to be a great spiritual tool. We all are very aware that we need to do things right now to stay healthy. As a congregation, we are practicing "social distancing." Centering Prayer is good spiritual hygiene. Really, it is "spiritual un-distancing." It is a conscious decision to take a time-out for resting in God. The person who taught me Centering Prayer said it was like what happened when I was with my grandson when he was two years old and he'd climb onto my lap and just sit there quietly for a while. No one needed to say a thing - we just were TOGETHER. We need some time each day to sit in the lap of God and know we are OK, no matter how we may feel or what is going on around us. If you haven't ever tried Centering Prayer, I suggest you try it for several days. It's very different from our normal experience, so it may feel awkward at first. But give yourself several days to experience it, and see if you don't discover that spending quality time with God each day is a good practice.

PASTORAL CARE

This past week I have been working from my apartment in Denver. Saving the several hours I would spend in the car commuting to Northglenn and devoting that time for ministry tasks has been a good stewardship of my time and energy. If you have any needs or if you are aware of someone who has needs, be sure to let me know. You can call me on cell phone (303-946-3123) or send me an email (BPrRon@comcast.net). If you call and I do not pick up, I am probably helping someone else, but be sure to leave a message and I'll get back to you ASAP.

CARING FOR EACH OTHER

We are getting people with email paired up with people who do not have it to "keep them in the loop." Some of our volunteers have as many as three people they are "buddying," We could still use some more volunteers. If you are available to help with this, please call Lois Ekern (720-545-4246) or email her (ek45er@msn.com) . And many thanks to Lois for taking on this important ministry!

It would also be a good idea for everyone (whether they have internet or not) to be paired with someone else in the congregation so that we are sure to be aware that everyone's OK. If you do pair up with another household, could you please let Karen Shifty know (klshifty@gmail.com). That way, we'll know if anyone is "falling between the cracks." Please check in on your "buddy" every couple of days, and be sure to let Pastor or the office know if someone is ill or has special needs. And thanks, Karen, for shepherding this project!

VOLUNTEER DELIVERIES AND RIDES

Kim Gustad has kindly volunteered to coordinate St. Stephen's members and friends who may need a delivery (groceries, supplies, or meds) or who need a ride. If you are able and willing to assist her in this ministry, please let her know (303-246-2492). And if you have special needs, please give Kim a call and she will line up someone who can help you.

SUPPORT FROM OUR PARISH NURSE

Tammy Wollbrinck invites you to call her on her cell phone (303-550-8299) or use her personal email (tfwollbr@gmail.com) if you have any health questions or concerns or you just want to talk. She wants everyone to know she is thinking of them and is there for them. Thanks for your ministry and offer, Tammy!

PARKING LOT REPAIRED

Phil Strain reports that the asphalt in our church parking lot has been repaired, with special work being done on the driveway entrance off Kennedy Drive. Thanks to our anonymous angel who has given this to the community as a gift!

That's all the news I have for now. Stay well and trust God! And keep a blessed Lent....

Pastor Ron Roschke

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, CO.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Lord be with you! (And God really IS!)

I hope you're doing well on this beautiful day. I plan to get out and take a walk this afternoon. If you are healthy and can spend a little time in sunshine and fresh air in a way that keeps you safe, think about finding some time for that.

I have three pieces of news I want to share with you today....

KEEPING CONNECTED WITH EACH OTHER

I am very thankful for the technology of email and internet that allows me to stay connected with you during the time of this medical crisis. It is a great gift for which we should thank God daily! However, not all our members and friends have email and internet, so I have been working to make a plan for how we keep them "in the loop." When we found it necessary to cancel worship last Sunday, Sara Burchard was able to identity sixteen households for whom we have no email addresses. Cyndi Skillings and Lois Ferguson were able to call them to let them know about our cancellation. Since that time we have received an email address from one of those households. We need to find a way to sustain this contact over the long-haul while we are unable to meet face-to-face.

That's where YOU come in! We are asking fifteen St. Stephen's members with email to volunteer to be "buddies" with one of the fifteen households without it. This would involve telephoning your buddy every couple of days, sharing St. Stephen's news with them, and finding out if they have needs or news. Lois Ekern has volunteered to coordinate this project. If you would be willing to be a buddy, please call her (720-545-4246) or email her (ek45er@msn.com) and we'll see you get an assignment. Once you're signed up, Lois will email you a set of suggestions on how you can be a good buddy. Thanks for considering this shared ministry!

KEEPING OUR STEWARDSHIP STRONG

I want to remind you of the notice that appears every week in our bulletin to offer you a way to make your offering electronically.

You can make an electronic offering through Vanco online. Simply click here and a browser page will open where you can make a donation.

You can also make a donation by text message by sending a message to 720-586-4002; simply send a text message with an amount you want to give (no dollar sign needed), and then follow the prompts to complete your donation. Message and data rates may apply when you use this method.

LENTEN MIDWEEK EVENING PRAYER

It's Wednesday, and even though we cannot be together, I would like to invite you to take some time at 7:00 pm this evening for a Lenten Devotion. I will be sending out another email blast later this afternoon. It will contain suggestions for sharing in this discipline. It will be nice to know, at 7:00 o'clock, that while I do devotions in my apartment, there will be other St. Stephen's siblings sharing in the exercise at the same time. Look for the email later, and plan to share in prayer!

Keep the faith and stay strong! Wash your hands and hope in God. We are the Body of Christ together. You are loved and cared for - remember that, and share it with others!

Pastor Ron

Pastor Ron's St. Patrick's Day message:

(Good) News from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Northglenn, Colorado

St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Good morning! I wanted to share something that tradition says was written by St. Patrick. I find it especially powerful in our current situation. It has some very ancient ideas in it, but the images are powerful for us to have as we make our way through this uncharted territory. I've made a couple changes in the text to help us understand it. If you want to see a hymn version of it, you can look at ELW 450. I hope you find it helpful.


Pastor Ron


I arise todayThrough a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,Through a belief in the Threeness,Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation.
I arise today Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial, Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
I arise todayThrough the strength of the love of cherubim,In obedience of angels,In service of archangels,In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,In the prayers of patriarchs, In preachings of the apostles,In faiths of confessors,In deeds of righteous men and women.
I arise todayThrough the strength of heaven; Light of the sun,Splendor of fire,Speed of lightning,Swiftness of the wind,Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,Firmness of the rock.
I arise todayThrough God's strength to pilot me;God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me From snares of the devil, From temptations of vices, From every one who desires me ill, Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude. I summon today all these powers between me and evil,Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul, Against incantations of false prophets,Against false laws of heretics,Against craft of idolatry, Against every knowledge that corrupts body and soul. Christ shield me today Against poison, against burning, Against drowning, against wounding,So that reward may come to me in abundance.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise todayThrough a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,Through a belief in the Threeness,Through a confession of the OnenessOf the Creator of creation.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Good afternoon! I hope your day is going well. We tried out our MailChimp system yesterday to distribute the sermon. I got a number of emails and posts back from some of you, so I think the sermon was distributed as we hoped. John Wollbrink and Kim Gustad are also seeing that news goes up on our website (SSLU.org) and Facebook page. Thanks to both of you! If you're having any difficulty staying connected please let Sara Burchard or me know. We're also working on plans to stay connected with members of our community who do not have internet access. We don't want anyone to feel they are "out of the loop."

The Covid-19 situation seems to be changing by the hour, and the Congregation Council and I will be working in the days ahead to make sure our congregational life can continue in this new way of "being church together." I'm continuing to do a crash self-study on how to use our electronic platforms most effectively, and I hope I can learn fast enough to give you some previews of future projects in tomorrow's (Good) News.

I want to also remind you that even though we do not meet face-to-face, we still rely on your generous stewardship to keep our community healthy and active. I'm exploring to see if there are easy ways for you to shift your giving to our electronic automatic deposit (through Vanco), and I hope to explore other ways our finances can be kept strong. If you are not contributing through Vanco, please be sure to send your offering by check to the church.

Continue to pray, to hope, and to wash your hands. These are not mutually exclusive! Let us especially care and pray for those who are most vulnerable. Thank you for your care of each other. Remember that God walks with you and calls you into that future where He is already waiting for you. Have faith. Be strong and filled with the assurance of your baptismal promises.

Blessed Lent!

Pastor Ron

Pastor Ron's letter to the St. Stephen's Community

Sisters and brothers in Christ,

This has been a week of rapid change, as all of us try to gauge the best way to respond to the coronavirus and the threat it poses to us. Our strategies for keeping the community healthy and safe at St. Stephen’s have been evolving as more information comes available. Yesterday afternoon, Bishop Jim Gonia had a conference call with Governor Polis, and on the basis of the latest information, he sent out a letter strongly advising all synod congregations to cancel face-to-face meeting, including worship, at least to the end of this month. I have been working with congregation leaders to evaluate our situation at St. Stephen’s and we have decided to follow the Bishop’s recommendation. As a result, there will be no worship at St. Stephen’s beginning tomorrow, March 15, and continuing through March 31**. This includes both Sunday worship and Midweek services, and also includes Bible classes and Centering Prayer. The JOY St. Patrick’s lunch has been cancelled, and the Spaghetti Dinner is postponed to a later date.

Bishop Gonia makes an excellent statement in his letter:

This time of social distancing – or better said, physical distancing – does NOT mean we are suspending being the church! On the contrary, this means that we become church in new ways.

I am already working on plans for us to be church in this time of physical distancing. Here are some of the plans being developed:

  • I will continue the Ministry of Word and prepare a sermon for you for each Sunday. Sermons will be available on the website and may be distributed through emails and US postal mail to those without internet.
  • I plan to continue our Lenten study, “Looking Through the Cross.” I am converting it to an online course, beginning with the first session, so that you can do Bible study at home.
  • I will be preparing Midweek devotions, including God Sighting exercises.
  • Pastoral care will take place by telephone. I will check in with our homebound members regularly, and you can reach me on my cell phone (303.946.3123) if you need support. If I do not answer, please be sure to leave a message with your call-back number, and I will return the call as soon as I am able. The Prayer Chain will also continue.
  • I am preparing a “Eucharistic Devotion for Mealtimes” that you will be able to use in your home. Although we will not be receiving Holy Communion in the next weeks, we can use devotion at mealtimes to remind ourselves of Jesus’ promise to be present with us every time we break bread. Look for this in the coming week!
  • I will be working with Sara Burchard and other members of the congregation to streamline our communication during this emergency, as well as exploring other ways we may be able to be together electronically. There will be regular - perhaps daily - emails, so please check your inbox frequently. If you are aware of members of our community who do not have access to email or internet, please be sure to let Sara or me know as soon as possible.
  • We deeply encourage you to continue your offerings during this time of emergency. The work of the church continues, and your stewardship is needed! If you are not giving electronically, please send your checks to the church. We will be working to plan for regular posting and deposit so that the congregation can support staff and administration.
  • We will be encouraging you to care for each other. Be sure to check in regularly with those who are most vulnerable in our community!

We will re-evaluate the situation as it develops. Relying on the best information from those who know the most about the pandemic, we will assess when it will be safe for us to return to face-to-face gathering. Until then, let us keep each other in prayer, pray for the sick and for all who care for them; let us be a sign of hope, comfort, and God’s presence to those with whom we interact.

Blessing and peace, health and hope, in the name of Jesus, who gives us life!

Pastor Ron Roschke

**NOTE: Due to further discussions with state, church, and healthcare leadership the date for in-person gatherings to resume will be closer to the middle of May, 2020.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hello! I am introducing you to a new way we will reach out to members of St. Stephen's. The rapidly changing situations created by the coronavirus are encouraging us to find new ways to be together in community. We are exploring the possibility of moving our communications and emails over to MailChimp - which has sent you this email. MailChimp allows both Sara and me to have access to communication. It also allows us to work away from the office. I plan to use this platform tomorrow to distribute my sermon to you. And you may find in the weeks ahead we use it to send communications almost every day. If you're having any problems seeing your email, please let me know (BPrRon@comcast.net) and I'll try to help you get it working. Watch for the sermon tomorrow, and future emails in the days ahead! We'll want to stay in touch, so please get into the habit of checking your email daily.

Peace and health!

Pastor Ron Roschke