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  • October 16, 2017

    Grace and peace to you in the Name of Jesus Christ!

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    Mark Sunday, October 29 on your calendar! John Fluker has invited Florence LaRue to share her talent and gift of music and testimony during our worship! Florence was one of the original members of the legendary 5th Dimension and is a six-time GRAMMY winning star. Her accomplishments and activities are legion and St. Stephen is honored to have her share her talents with us. Come and enjoy her ministry! And, as always, invite a friend!

    Also, on October 29, we will be having a potluck, beginning about 11:45. Sign up to bring your choice: main dish casserole, side dish, or salad. Dessert will be provided. Our potluck last month was a great success with a wonderful a variety of food and offered a great fellowship time. So, plan to join us again as we get to know one another and share a meal. There will also be a brief stewardship presentation following the meal. Do plan to stay for this special time!

    During the month of October we are preparing ourselves for October 31, 2017 -- not Halloween, but Reformation Day! That is the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed a paper to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany -- a paper listing 95 Theses which he wanted to debate about with the Catholic Church. That event 500 years ago is considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

    During October Pastor Doug will build his sermons around "Five Solas" -- five key truths that motivated the Reformation.

    • October 1 was Sola Scriptura -- "scripture alone." (1st week in October)
    • October 8 will be Sola Fide -- "faith alone." (2nd week in October)
    • October 15 will be Sola Gratia -- "grace alone." (Last Week)
    • October 22 will be Solus Christus -- "Christ alone."
    • October 29 will be Soli Deo Gloria -- "glory to God alone."

    Be sure to join us as we explore the Reformed faith.

    Our “Sermon Talk Back” time with Pastor Doug will be held once again right after worship! It’s a great time to share your comments or questions and thoughts about the sermon! So, plan to stay and join the conversation.

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    For October, our mission focus will be Operation Shoe Box aka Operation Christmas Child.

    We still have some shoe-boxes available, so if you haven't yet picked up one or two if you'd like to participate. Please remember to include a $9.00 check (for shipping) payable to Samaritan's Purse and return to the church office by Sunday, October 29!

    What can go into the boxes? Special toys (like stuffed animals); clothing items: sox, shorts, or shirts; playing cards, school supplies; paint sets (water colors) and glue sticks; tool kits (NO saws or pocketknives); scissors, glow sticks, wet wipes, lip balm or lipstick (NO lip gloss), personal care items (toothbrushes, combs, brushes, compact mirrors), plastic toys like spiders, bugs, and snakes. NONE of the following items are permitted: candy, toothpaste, war related items (toy guns, knives or military figures), food or chocolates, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.

    We hope you'll find joy in shopping and filling the shoe boxes, knowing that the recipients will receive these items with an open heart and an open door to knowing Jesus Christ.

    The Heart-to-Heart women's Bible study group began their new study. Twelve Women of the Bible, on Tuesday, Oct 3rd and will continue for eleven more weeks. This is a small group Bible study, led by Lysa Terkeurst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders and looks at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for our lives today. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in the parlor next to the church office. All women are welcome to attend! And it's NOT too late to join!

    Please continue to pray with and for the session as they seek God's guidance in all things. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church! - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

    Shannon Barry

  • October 11, 2017

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    Mark Sunday, October 29 on your calendar! John Fluker has invited Florence LaRue to share her talent and gift of music and testimony during our worship! Florence was one of the original members of the legendary 5th Dimension and is a six-time GRAMMY winning star. In addition she has been active in a number of volunteer organizations, served as author, creator, speaker, entertainer, and executive producer of a wide variety of philanthropic functions. Her accomplishments and activities are legion and St. Stephen is honored to have her share her talents with us. Come and enjoy her ministry!

    Also, on October 29, we will be having a potluck, beginning about 11:45. Rather than assign food contributions, you may sign up to bring your choice: main dish casserole, side dish, or salad. Dessert will be provided. Our potluck last month was a great success with a wonderful a variety of food and offered a great fellowship time. So, plan to join us again as we get to know one another and share a meal. There will also be a brief stewardship presentation following the meal. Do plan to stay for this special time!

    During the month of October we are preparing ourselves for October 31, 2017 -- not Halloween, but Reformation Day! That is the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed a paper to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany -- a paper listing 95 Theses which he wanted to debate about the Catholic Church. That event 500 years ago is considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

    During October Pastor Doug will build his sermons around "Five Solas" -- five key truths that motivated the Reformation.

    • October 1 was Sola Scriptura -- "scripture alone." (1st week in October)
    • October 8 will be Sola Fide -- "faith alone." (Last Sunday)
    • October 15 will be Sola Gratia -- "grace alone." (THIS WEEK)
    • October 22 will be Solus Christus -- "Christ alone."
    • October 29 will be Soli Deo Gloria -- "glory to God alone."

    Be sure to join us as we explore the Reformed faith.

    Our “Sermon Talk Back” time with Pastor Doug will be held once again right after worship! It's a great time to share your comments or questions and thoughts about the sermon! So, plan to stay and join the conversation.

    For October, our mission focus will be Operation Shoe Box aka Operation Christmas Child. The amazing gift of a simple shoe-box gift begins with you and results in evangelism and discipleship. After being collected, shoe-boxes are inspected and readied for shipment by volunteers and a Gospel booklet from Samaritan's Purse is included. Then, trained pastors and community leaders host events to distribute the shoe-boxes, which are used to bless children in need in more than 100 countries around the world. As a result of what they learn in the gospel booklet, boys and girls can grow in Christ and share with friends and family.

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    Often parents, siblings, and friends also accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed! If you'd like to participate, please pick up a box or two (you have to figure out how to fold it!), go shopping for appropriate items, include a $9.00 check (for shipping) payable to Samaritan's Purse and return to the church office by Sunday, October 29!

    What can go into the boxes? Special toys (like stuffed animals); clothing items: sox, shorts, or shirts; playing cards, school supplies; paint sets (water colors) and glue sticks; tool kits (NO saws or pocketknives); scissors, glow sticks, wet wipes, lip balm or lipstick (NO lip gloss), personal care items (toothbrushes, combs, brushes, compact mirrors), plastic toys like spiders, bugs, and snakes. NONE of the following items are permitted: candy, toothpaste, war related items (toy guns, knives or military figures), food or chocolates, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.

    We hope you'll find joy in shopping and filling the shoe boxes, knowing that the recipients will receive these items with an open heart and an open door to knowing Jesus Christ.

    The Heart-to-Heart women's Bible study group began their new study, Twelve Women of the Bible, on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd and will continue for eleven more weeks. This is a small group Bible study, led by Lysa Terkeurst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders and looks at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for our lives today. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the parlor next to the church office. All women are welcome to attend! And, it's NOT too late to join.

    Please continue to pray with and for the session as they seek God's guidance in all things. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church! - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

    Shannon Barry

  • October 4, 2017

    During the month of October we will be preparing ourselves for October 31, 2017 -- not Halloween, but Reformation Day! That is the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed a paper to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany -- a paper listing 95 Theses which he wanted to debate about the Catholic Church. That event 500 years ago is considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

    During October Pastor Doug will build his sermons around "Five Solas" -- five key truths that motivated the Reformation.

    • October 1 was Sola Scriptura -- "scripture alone." (last Sunday)
    • October 8 will be Sola Fide -- "faith alone." THIS WEEK!
    • October 15 will be Sola Gratia -- "grace alone."
    • October 22 will be Solus Christus -- "Christ alone."
    • October 29 will be Soli Deo Gloria -- "glory to God alone."

    Be sure to join us as we explore the Reformed faith.

    Our “Sermon Talk Back” time with Pastor Doug will be held once again right after worship! It's a great time to share your comments or questions and thoughts about the sermon! So, plan to stay and join the conversation.

    Thanks to those who brought coffee for the vets last Sunday (though I neglected to mention it in the newsletter!)

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    For October, our mission focus will be Operation Shoe Box aka Operation Christmas Child.

    The amazing gift of a simple shoebox gift begins with you and results in evangelism and discipleship. After being collected, shoe-boxes are inspected and readied for shipment by volunteers and a Gospel booklet from Samaritan's Purse is included.

    Then trained pastors and community leaders host events to distribute the shoe-boxes, which are used to bless children in need in more than 100 countries around the world. As a result of what they learn in the gospel booklet, boys and girls can grow in Christ and share with friends and family. Often parents, siblings, and friends also accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed! If you'd like to participate, please pick up a box or two (you have to figure out how to fold it!), go shopping for appropriate items, include a $9.00 check (for shipping) and return to the church office by Sunday, October 29!

    What can go into the boxes? Special toys (like stuffed animals); clothing items: sox, shorts, or shirts; playing cards, school supplies; paint sets (water colors) and glue sticks; tool kits (NO saws or pocketknives); scissors, glow sticks, wet wipes, lip balm or lipstick (NO lip gloss), personal care items (toothbrushes, combs, brushes, compact mirrors), plastic toys like spiders, bugs, and snakes. NONE of the following items are permitted: candy, toothpaste, war related items (toy guns, knives or military figures), food or chocolates, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.

    We hope you'll find joy in shopping and filling the shoe boxes, knowing that the recipients will receive these items with an open heart and an open door to knowing Jesus Christ.

    The Heart-to-Heart women's Bible study group began their new study, Twelve Women of the Bible, last Tuesday, Oct. 3rd and will continue for eleven more weeks. This is a small group Bible study, led by Lysa Terkeurst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders and looks at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for our lives today. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the parlor next to the church office. All women are welcome to attend! And, it's NOT too late to join. (PS, they will NOT be meeting this week [October 10], but will resume on Tuesday, October 17.

    Please continue to pray with and for the session especially as they meet on Sunday, October 8, as they seek God's guidance in all things. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church! - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

    Shannon Barry

  • September 27, 2017

    Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!

    If you missed the potluck last Sunday, (and celebration of Doug's birthday), you missed a great time! Great food! Marvelous fellowship! Super opportunity to get to know others in the congregation … and did I mention great food! Thanks to all who participated!

    This from Doug…Thank you all for the wonderful birthday luncheon last week! During the month of October we will be preparing ourselves for October 31, 2017 -- not Halloween, but Reformation Day! That is the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed a paper to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany -- a paper listing 95 Theses which he wanted to debate about the Catholic Church. That event 500 years ago is considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. During October the sermons will be built around "Five Solas" -- five key truths that motivated the Reformation.

    The 5 Solas

    • October 1 will be Sola Scriptura -- "scripture alone."
    • October 8 will be Sola Fide -- "faith alone."
    • October 15 will be Sola Gratia -- "grace alone."
    • October 22 will be Solus Christus -- "Christ alone."
    • October 29 will be Soli Deo Gloria -- "glory to God alone."

    Be sure to join us as we explore the Reformed faith.

    This Sunday we will celebrate World Communion. This is an annual occasion on the first Sunday in October where churches of all Christian faiths around the world join in celebrating the Lord's Supper. Come join us!

    Our “Sermon Talk Back” time with Pastor Doug will be held once again right after worship! It's a great time to share your comments and thoughts about the sermon! So, plan to stay and join the conversation.

    Many thanks to all who brought school supplies for Canoga Park Elementary School. The teachers, staff, and mostly the children really appreciate your generosity!

    For October, our focus will be Operation Shoe Box aka Operation Christmas Child. More on this next week!

    Starting Tuesday, October 3, the Heart to Heart weekly Bible Study will begin a new series “Twelve Women of the Bible: Life changing Stories for Women Today”. In this twelve session small group Bible study, Lysa Terkeurst, Eliza Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for your life today. The group meets in the in the church “ space” (in the office building). All ladies are welcome to join! The study goes from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

    Please continue to pray with and for the session as they seek God's guidance in all things. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church! - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

    Shannon Barry

    Several folks asked for a copy of the poem included in last Sunday's sermon. For years I've seen this poem published widely, but usually with the statement “Author Unknown.” I decided it was time for me to find out who really wrote it. A number of sources say that it was written in 1960 by a woman named Grace L. Naessens, but I discovered that the first printing of the poem was likely in May, 1952 in a journal called The Lutheran Messenger. The author is listed there as Ione Eitemiller.

    Doug

    "I Didn't Have Time"

    I got up early one morning
    And rushed right into the day;
    I had so much to accomplish
    That I didn't have time to pray.

    Problems just tumbled about me,
    And heavier came each task.
    "Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered,
    He answered, "You didn't ask."

    I wanted to see joy and beauty
    But the day toiled on, grey and bleak,
    I wondered why God didn't show me,
    He said, "But you didn't seek."

    I tried to come into God's presence;
    I used all my keys at the lock,
    God gently and lovingly chided
    "My child, you didn't knock."

    I woke up early this morning
    And paused before entering the day,
    I had so much to accomplish
    That I had to take time to pray.

    -- Ione Eitemiller (1921-2006)

  • September 20, 2017

    Greetings in the name of Christ! I hope you are having a blessed week!

    Potluck

    Just a reminder that we're having a POTLUCK on Sunday, September 24 right after worship! We will be celebrating Pastor Doug's birthday, as well as spending some time in fellowship with one another! What can you bring? Well, I'm glad you asked! If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a salad (green, Caesar, fruit, cole slaw, jello, whatever – your choice!). If your last name begins M-Z, please bring a side dish (roasted potatoes, green beans, baked beans, veggies, again-your choice). Each dish should serve approximately 10-12. We will be enjoying BBQ tri-tip, and dessert will be provided (birthday cake perhaps?). Do plan to come and enjoy great food and fellowship, and help Doug celebrate!

    Session would also like to work on building our Children's Church program. Currently, Eileen Elgin teaches Children's Church. However, she is not available every Sunday. Therefore, we are in need of additional volunteers to help teach on an alternating basis. All curriculum and supplies are provided, so preparation is minimal. Does this sound like something that the Lord is leading YOU to do? If so, please contact Bette Williams.

    Our “Sermon Talk Back” time with Pastor Doug will be held once again right after worship (and prior to the potluck!) Come join in this conversation with Doug and others about your thoughts on the sermon!

    Our mission focus this month is to help a local elementary school (Canoga Park Elementary School) with supplies that teachers and classrooms will need. There's a long list of items on the chart on the table in the narthex. Canoga Park Elementary is deemed to be a Title I school, which means that they do receive extra funding, but that doesn't begin to cover the costs of supplying the classrooms with needed items. So, check out the list, and see if you can help by purchasing and bringing a few of these items. The teachers, staff, and mostly the children really appreciate your generosity!

    The ladies of Heart-to-Heart will be holding a potluck next week on Tuesday, September 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. All ladies are invited to attend. Please contact Bette Williams for the location and/or more information. Starting Tuesday, October 3, they will begin a new series “Twelve Women of the Bible: Life changing Stories for Women Today”. In this twelve session small group Bible study, Lysa Terkeurst, Eliza Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and other leaders look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and what they mean for your life today. The group meets in the in the church parlor (in the office building). All ladies are welcome to join! The study goes from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

    Please continue to pray with and for the session as they seek God's guidance in all things. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    And, let's continue to pray for all those in the recovery and rebuild stages following the recent hurricanes and earthquakes!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church! - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

  • September 13, 2017

    Greetings in the name of Christ! I hope you are having a blessed week!

    The Session met last Sunday, and among other items brought forth the idea of having a potluck on Sunday, September 24 right after worship! We will be celebrating Pastor Doug's birthday, as well as spending some time in fellowship with one another! What can you bring? Well, I'm glad you asked! If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a salad (green, Caesar, fruit, Cole Slaw, jello, whatever – your choice!). If your last name begins M-Z, please bring a side dish (roasted potatoes, green beans, baked beans, veggies, again-your choice). Each dish should serve approximately 10-12. In a cost-cutting effort, if you could bring your own table service (plates and silverware) that would be helpful. We will of course have paper plates and plastic table ware on hand) We will be enjoying BBQ tri-tip and dessert will be provided (birthday cake perhaps?). Do plan to come and enjoy great food and fellowship, and help Doug celebrate! There will be sign-up sheets on the round tables following worship!

    Session would also like to work on building our Children's Church program. Currently, Eileen Elgin teaches Children's Church. However, she is not available every Sunday. Therefore, we are in need of additional volunteers to help teach on an alternating basis. All curriculum and supplies are provided, so preparation is minimal. Does this sound like something that the Lord is leading YOU to do? If so, please contact Bette Williams.

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    Last Sunday, Pastor Doug invited the congregation to have coffee and then join him in a round table discussion – sort of a talk-back to the sermon. Did it touch you in any way? How did it impact you? Did it make you wonder about how your relationship with God affects your daily life? Doug would like to have these round table discussions each week, so please plan to join in – right after worship for 20-30 minutes (or longer if necessary).

    Our mission focus this month is to help a local elementary school (Canoga Park Elementary School) with supplies that teachers and classrooms will need. There's a long list of items on the chart on the table in the narthex. Canoga Park Elementary is deemed to be a Title I school, which means that they do receive extra funding, but that doesn't begin to cover the costs of supplying the classrooms with needed items. So, check out the list, and see if you can help by purchasing and bringing a few of these items. The teachers, staff, and mostly the children really appreciate your generosity!

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    Our women's Heart to Heart Bible Study continues each Tuesday, with a study entitled “Discerning the Voice of God” using material written by Priscilla Shirer. The group meets in the in the church parlor (in the office building!) All ladies are welcome to join! The study begins at 7:00 pm.

    John Fluker has written an article for the UK magazine Voice Council on vocal styling. He encourages you to read the article and perhaps it may stir your interest in singing in church and/or on the worship team. Here is the link for the article: www.voicecouncil.com. If this interests you or you'd like more information, please talk to John Fluker.

    Please continue to pray with and for the session as they seek God's guidance in all things. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    And, let us continue to be in prayer for all those affected by the recent hurricanes as they dig out from the devastation left behind! And, also, for those in the possible path of oncoming “Jose”!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church! - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

    Shannon Barry

  • September 6, 2017

    Well, summer is behind us and we can get to the business of fall and the many activities that it brings and hopefully, some cooler weather!

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    Our mission focus this month is to help a local elementary school (Canoga Park Elementary School) with supplies that teachers and classrooms will need: White and colored copy paper (not construction paper), glue sticks, boxes of tissues, and Clorox Wipes. Teachers' lists include: spiral notebooks, composition books, 2 pocket folders, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, sheet protectors (heavy duty is best), thick and thin tipped marker sets (washable and permanent), Sharpies (black and colored sets), write on labels, dry erase markers, and reward stickers. Also board and card games, flash cards, bingo sets (with sight word and math facts), puzzles (new or in good condition – with no pieces missing please!) Yes, this is a long list of requests, but any assistance we can give will help!

    Our women's Heart to Heart Bible Study continues each Tuesday, with a study entitled “Discerning the Voice of God” using material written by Priscilla Shirer. The group meets in the in the church parlor (in the office building!) All ladies are welcome to join The study begins at 7:00 pm.

    Every Sunday morning after worship we have a coffee time, and usually there are some light refreshments available (thank you Jan Clifford!) Greg Myers makes the coffee every week (Thank you Greg!), but it would be greatly appreciated if there could be a team who would be willing to clean up each week (i.e., emptying the coffee pots and grounds, storing them in the pantry, putting away the cups, etc, and any foods that remain). This could be a team of several who would work on a rotating basis – like perhaps once each month. Does this sound like something YOU could volunteer for? Please talk to Greg Myers or Shannon Barry. Thanks for your help!

    Please continue to pray with and for the session as they seek God's guidance in all things. The session will be meeting this Sunday afternoon along with members from the Administrative Commission from the Presbytery. Pray for discernment of what God has in store for us … that we may become the church He has called us to be!

    And, let us continue to be in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey as the people in Texas dig out from the devastation left behind, and now for those affected by Hurricane Irma on that path of destruction!

    Blessings to each one of you and See you in church - That's at 10 am every Sunday!

    Shannon Barry

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