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Tarrant Churches Together – A Day of Service

On Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Tarrant Churches Together sponsored a Day of Service to 47 different locations. St. Stephen’s Day School Supply Room (formerly the Adult Choir Loft) was on that list. Luckily, our church elder Ann Mills works at Tarrant Churches Together and she got our name on the list. Fortunately, three lovely ladies from Nu Birth Missionary Baptist Church signed up to come organize our disheveled Day School supplies that morning, just after the Youth Overnight Lock Out. The ladies: Dr. Bev Thornton, Barbara Grimes and Patricia Banks and our sleepy youth leader Beth…

Adult Sunday School Class Offering Starting Sunday, January 20

MIND THE GAP! Jewish Writings Between the Old and New Testaments Northminster Classroom Taught by Angela Springfield There are no synagogues, or rabbis, or Pharisees, or demons in the Old Testament. And the list goes on. By the time of Jesus, Judaism had evolved as a result of a changing political landscape, exposure to foreign influences, introduction of new ideas, formation of new movements and sects and religious institutions. New literary expressions arose and new books were written. The Jewish world of Jesus was the Judaism of first-century Israel. The aim of this study is to introduce some of the…

Officers of the Church Ordained, Commissioned, and Installed

January 13, 2019 marked the ordination, commissioning, and installation of newly selected Elders, Deacons, and Trustees to serve as officers of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church.  Officers are identified by an elected Church Wide Nominating Committee, then elected in a special congregational meeting held for that purpose.  At St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, any pledging member of the congregation who attends services regularly and participates in the work of the church is eligible to serve. Officers are governed and guided by the Book of Order and the policies set down by the Session. New officer training is held during the Sunday school…

Our Sanctuary Christmas Decorations — Do you know what they mean?

Since the late 1970s, the sanctuary of SSPC has been adorned with special ornamentation for the Christian season of Advent through Epiphany. Decorating the season’s symbols of wreaths and Christmas trees, our members have continued the tradition of making symbolic ornaments in the form of Chrismons (a blended word, or portmanteau, combining Christ and monogram.) Chrismons were created in 1957 by Frances Spencer as a way to decorate the Christmas tree in her sanctuary at Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia. Members of our church began making these about fifteen years later. These ornaments are particularly appropriate for the sanctuary:…