Mark your calendars NOW! The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, February 4th at 10:00am in the gym.
Don’t forget….Our 2018 Flower Calendar is available for sign up and there are lots of open dates including Jan. 28th, Feb. 18th & 25th, March 4th, 11th, & 18th. Please find the calendar on the bulletin board outside the Men’s Sunday School Classroom.
WNL! RESUMES JANUARY 10
5:00-5:30: Children’s Choir (ages 2- 5K and 1st - 6th grade)
5:15-6:00: Dinner in the Social Hall
5:30-6:00: Intermediate Tone Chimes
6:00-6:45: Hand Bells, Tone Chimes, Adult Class
6:00-7:00: 7th-8th Grade Confirmation Class
6:45-7:30: Wings of Worship
7:00-8:00: Adult Choir
ORGANIST ANNOUNCEMENT - Sunday January 28, 2018 our organist, Ruthie Brannen, will depart from the organ bench here at St. Stephen’s Church. We are deeply grateful for the gift of music Ruthie has shared with our St. Stephen’s Church family and we will always keep her close in our hearts and prayers. J.S. Bach once said “Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence”. We know that God will be with Ruthie as she leaves us, and we thank her for her ministry here among us.
Beginning Sunday February 4th, we welcome our new organist, Matthew (Matt) McCall, to our bench. Matt is a gifted organist who has worked at Mount Hermon Lutheran Church in West Columbia and Grace Lutheran Church in Rock Hill. He assisted with accompanying the Lexington County Choral Society, and he recently founded and co-directs the Magnolia Chamber Singers with Bailey Slice Parker.
Matt is a graduate of Presbyterian College and is currently working on his Masters of Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina. He will be leaving his current position as organist at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian to join us. We welcome Matt to our St. Stephen’s family and look forward to making music with him here soon.
WE DID IT!! 164 INVESTMENT CARDS HAVE BEEN RETURNED! $10,000 has been given to our “Continuing the Journey” campaign! WOOHOO!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! If you didn’t get a chance to return you card, please still do so! It is a huge help as we plan for 2018.
Our Living Faith group will be collecting HUGS for the Homeless in January Everyone in the congregation is invited to donate some HUGS. HUGS are hats, underwear, gloves, and socks or scarves. HUGS can be put in the box outside the Men’s Classroom. These items will be taken to the homeless in Finlay Park on February 5th. Thank you for your generosity and love in clothing the needy in our area during this cold winter season.
SECURITY DURING SERVICES
Council has heard your concerns and has acquired security for Sunday mornings. We will have an officer at the church from 8 AM- 12:30 PM each Sunday to assist with street crossing, traffic control, and security.
Please be aware … After consulting with the officers that will be present on Sunday mornings, we have made the decision to limit entry points of the church and keep certain doors locked. Although the following doors have generally been unlocked on Sunday mornings, they will now be locked. Please use another entrance to come in.
• The back door between the gym and kitchen
• The doors that directly enter the Social Hall
• The single door by the circular drive (near the handicapped bathroom)
JANUARY LOVE OFFERING - ELCA WORLD HUNGER
More than 800 million people that’s 1 in 8 people in our world today are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
The Givelify App Giving Simplified
Don't keep cash or checks on you regularly? Looking for an easier way to make contributions for Wednesday Night Live meals, Debt Retirement lunches, general offering, building fund, monthly love projects, etc.? After some hard work by the Stewardship and Finance committees and approval by our Church Council, we can now advertise that St. Stephen’s can be found on the Givelify app! You might be asking “what is Givelify?”, or maybe you are totally sold and want to start using the app.
Below are two very helpful links!
Here’s an introductory video for the Givelify App:
Here’s a video on how to make your first donation with the Givelify App:
Download Givelify now in the Apple or Android app stores, find St. Stephen's, and check out the convenience. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Jason.