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STRETCHING YOUR FAITH

STRETCHING YOUR FAITH Mark 5.21-43 Rev. Dr. Warner M. Bailey, Parish Associate As he hurried toward the home of Jarius, the ruler of the synagogue whose daughter was dying, there were many who pushed and brushed against Jesus in the crowd, but only one who touched Jesus and was made whole. Why was that? We do not even know her name or whether she was a Jew or Gentile—this hunched over and shriveled woman who darted out bird-like and touched the hem of his backside. She was a wallflower, a marginalized non-entity, in the jostling crowd who were going to…

Unexpected Growth, Unexpected Summer Enthusiasm

Unexpected Growth, Unexpected Summer Enthusiasm By Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education St. Stephen Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School has been a fixture in the community for a long time as one of the early camps to attend in this area. Our reputation for providing good children’s programming in the summer is widely known. We always receive comments like: “This is the best VBS in town,” and “My children insist that they come to this VBS”. Our enrollment the past two years have sky rocketed past our usual 60-70 kids. Last year we reached 80 and in 2019, our enrollment…

Church Music Institute at St. Stephen

and other Music Ministry News On Saturday, June 15, approximately 150 church musicians, clergy, and laypeople will attend the CMI summer workshop at St. Stephen. In addition to sessions specifically for church musicians, there will also be sessions such as Engaging the Wisdom of Children in Worship, How Music Forms Faith from Childhood to Adulthood, and A Dialogue on Texts and Interpretation. All of these sessions will be led by top local professionals with the two main presenters being Rev. Dr. Paul Westermeyer and Dr. David Cherwien. Westermeyer is an ordained Lutheran pastor and Emeritus Professor of Church Music at…

What Presbyterians Believe

Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch, Pastor It’s always good for us to review the particular beliefs that are the marks of being Presbyterian. Here’s a brief overview. We Presbyterians believe in the grace, love, and rule of God that are demonstrated through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that the main purpose of human life is to “magnify God and to enjoy God forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 1). We believe that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection have made God’s grace available to anyone. We believe that we are called to lives that demonstrate that God’s love,…

Youth Garage Sale Starting Soon!

Youth Garage Sale Starting Soon! Set Up – June 23–27; Sale Days – June 28–29 You may start bringing your collection of garage sale items to the Undercroft for safe keeping until the Set Up at the end of June. However, keep it mind that it costs us $1000’s to move it from the undercroft to the Parish Hall. If you need to rid yourself of items, bring it on. Customers love tools, appliances, furniture, pots and pans, dinnerware and unique items. Donate for the Youth Mission Trip!