Pastor’s Message

Pastor’s Message

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From the Interim Pastor….
November 2016
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
–Matthew 5:14-16
 Saint Stephen has had a busy fall!  From the last produce harvest from the garden beds, to God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, to Open Arms, Confirmation classes, Faith 5, two adult bible studies, and the Council is Dwelling in God’s Word.  There’s worship planning, St Stephen Singers & Bells, a successful fall clean up, the Faith Community Nurse Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction, the Homebound Communion Team, two baptisms, the Stitchers Knitters & Crocheters, Golden Gems, Wellness Walks, Prayer Sisters, grief & caregiver support groups, a new chair yoga program, and a Halloween party.  Coming up we’ll have the Craft Fair, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, the Angel Tree, the Kookie Walk, and Antioch Community Thanksgiving Service.This is by no means an exhaustive list.  If your ministry was left off it was not intentional-please don’t take it personally! (I’m still kinda new around here and a bit forgetful!) These are just some examples of the faith-filled work done in Jesus’ name at Saint Stephen.  I certainly don’t want to make anyone tired by reading the list, and I certainly don’t want to lift up simply a sense of busy-ness.I recently encountered a pithy saying on the Internet.  It stated, “We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church.”  I find this truly profound.  It has been said a variety of ways in a variety of places at a variety of times… “The Church is the people not the building” and “Church is who we are, not where we go.” I find this particular saying profound because Saint Stephen has indeed decided to BE the church in this community. Lives are being changed in Jesus’ name at Saint Stephen and beyond!

Our discernment for mission and ministry will continue to grow and evolve.  However, I rejoice that Saint Stephen has been a community of Light, a congregation of salt, a city on a hill as Jesus talks about in the 5th chapter of Matthew.  Saint Stephen has decided to SHINE with God’s light from 1155 Hillside in Antioch so that THIS community might see Jesus love and give glory to God in heaven.  For this I give thanks to God!

Pastor Rebecca Gordon

During Saint Stephen’s office hours please report pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations or a death to the church office.  If Pastor Rebecca is not in the office at that time our Office Administrator, Penny Bartels, or our Business Manager, Vicky Hill, can help you reach her.

When Pastor Rebecca is out of town for longer than a couple of days, arrangements will be made with local pastors to be on-call for pastoral emergencies.