With God's help, the congregation of St. Stephen met our goals for Outreach and Missions in 2017. We are a small church, but our congregation is filled with big hearts! We reached out in the name of our Lord to minister to the needs of those in both local and international communities and touched the lives of many.
With the Lord's guidance and help in 2018, we continue to work together to love others and serve others in ways that help to meet their spiritual and physical needs. Some of the projects will remain the same as last year, but some new ones have been added as well. At this time, the following projects have been proposed:
- Chatsworth Veterans Center Center offers a wide range of psycho social services and referrals to eligible Veterans, Service members, and their families in the effort to help them make a successful transition from military to civilian life. St. Stephen supports them with a monthly supply of coffee and pastries/cookies and individually packaged snacks.
- FISH of Chatsworth is a local food pantry located in the Congregational Church of Chatsworth. This pantry supplies food to needy families on a weekly basis, as well as for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. St. Stephen periodically holds food drives to help stock their shelves.
- Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni and Friends, is located in Agoura Hills. This ministry provides the gift of mobility and hope of the gospel to those affected by disability worldwide. Receiving mobility allows them to attend school and church, therefore becoming part of their communities and villages, changing their lives forever. Our support of this organization is through financial contributions.
- Operation Christmas Child, also known as the Shoe box Ministry, is an international ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan's Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the shoe boxes packed with small gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ with boys and girls around the world.
- For His Children (FHC) is an evangelical Christian, residential ministry to homeless children with normal needs and specials needs in Ecuador. Currently, 25 children are cared for in two residential homes which provide physical and emotional support, spiritual nurturing, and lots of tender loving care. The residents of FHC range from newborn to 21 years of age.
- Angels Way in Canoga Park is a program home for single, pregnant women eighteen years of age or older who have chosen to give their babies the ultimate gift... life. Each woman experiencing a crisis pregnancy is provided a program of services to meet her spiritual, psychological, educational and physical needs in a supportive, Christian environment.
Each weekday, St. Stephen hosts a Senior Lunch in our sanctuary. This program is open to everyone in the community. Hot lunches are provided daily by the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and sponsored by the Valley Interfaith Council. The nominal charge for the meal is $1.75 for seniors over age 60.
The lunches are brought in and lunch is served at noon each day. Many of the participants arrive early and appreciate the fellowship offered.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, an exercise program is available and on Wednesdays there are Bingo games. From time to time other programs of interest to seniors are offered.
This is a great way to meet others in the community and experience the fellowship offered.
There are currently two Bible Studies occurring weekly.
On Monday afternoons, there is a group of women meeting at 2:00 pm in the Conference room in the Office Building. They have studied “The Prodigal God” written by Timothy Keller. The next study will be a series on the “Miracles of Jesus” written by Matt Williams.
Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm, a small group meets in the Parlor in the Office Building. This group is open to men and women and their current study is “Wrestling with Angels” looking at the tough questions of life.
There are other groups and Bible Studies in the planning stages. The goal of these groups is to deepen and strengthen the faith of the participants, as well as build stronger relationship within our congregation.