Rejoicing in a Risen Savior – Serving a Living Lord – Awaiting a Coming King
The members of St. Stephen’s are involved in many ministries to the surrounding community. We brighten the lives of our neighbors through these ministries.
Mission of the Month
A group of members selects a mission of the month and shares that project with the congregation. This gives members a concrete and easy way to help needy neighbors. Examples: At the start of the school year we collected school supplies for disadvantaged students. In the winter we prepared and served a meal to homeless adults and participated in a worship service with them.
Hello Neighbor is a Pittsburgh based non-profit founded in 2017 commit- ted to supporting recently resettled refugees and immigrant families. They build partnerships with community groups and these families. They help them to get on their feet in a land that is foreign to them. They follow God’s command to welcome the stranger in our midst. You can visit on-line if you wish to donate or you can write a check with “Hello Neighbor” in the memo line, put it in the donation plate on Sunday, and we will get it to them.
Needed Supplies for our Blessing Box
The blessing box has been a great success. We always need more donations for the people of Wilkinsburg. If you’d like to donate supplies, the ones listed below have been the most popular.
Pancake mix and syrup
Small boxes of cereal
Coffee and tea
Boxed pasta & pasta sauce
Dish and hand soap
Cookies & Crackers
Herbs & Spices
Cans of food or milk with pop-tops
Condensed or evaporated milk
Toiletries & Paper Products
Peanut Butter & Jam
We collect non-perishable food items throughout the year for the food pantry of the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry (WCM). Each month we distribute a list of what items are needed. This month WCM needs Backpacks for the beginning of school.
The Wilkinsburg Community Ministry provides stocked backpacks to the children of Wilkinsburg every year. If you’d like to donate, please write a check to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry (WCM) with “Operation Backpack “ in the memo line. You can put your donation in the offering plate or mail it to WCM at 702-704 Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221.
Every year WCM shares at least 100 turkeys plus the trimmings to our neighbors at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas. Trimmings includes and either fresh or frozen green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, peas, beans, corn bread mix, and a dessert mix. We try to include a dozen eggs per family, plus a variety of dessert items. The volume of trimmings is commensurate with the size of the family.
Families sign up in advance for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Sign up for the Thanksgiving Distribution of Turkey cards plus the Trimmings will start October 24 (United Nations Day) and continue until we have 100 families for November 1 (All Saints Day), which ever happens soonest. Sign up for Christmas will start after Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving distribution will occur at 704 Wood Street on Monday- Wednesday, November 23, 24, and 25, but will end promptly at 11:30 on the 25th so WCM staff can leave at noon to prep for their own holidays.
Did you know that 25% of Wilkinsburg residents are food insecure? Let’s help our neighbors by contributing to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry holiday meal bag
October 2021: Food of the Month
Each Year Wilkinsburg Community Ministries provides hundreds of local families with food. It is such a joy to know that we can help be a part of the happiness of so many others. For the next month we will be contributing to this effort!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
All items donated will be given to the food pantry run by Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. Please give generously. Items can be brought to the Church and placed at the back of the Sanctuary or brought into the Church office located in the Parish House, Monday through Thursday, 9am – Noon.
Thursday Bible Study Group
The Thursday Bible study group has resumed. Please tell Melanie Sprenkel (412) 725-1174 or Father Chuck if you’d like to join us Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. in the Library at our church. We are studying the Gospel According to Mark.
Offerings to Fulfill Your Pledge
Remember to stay current with your “estimate of giving.” You can mail in your contribution to the Church office or you can pay on-line by clicking the link below:
ARE YOU 55 OR OLDER? WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND WORK, DEVELOP NEW SKILLS, AND BUILD YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY?
Through SCSEP you can receive up to 20 hours/week of paid training and work experience, gain valuable skills and talents to improve the community by training in a wide variety of locations, including offices, hospitals, daycare centers, senior centers and other community organizations.
You may qualify if: you are 55 or older, unemployed, earning a low income or no income, wish to work in your community, want to be paid to learn new skills through on-the-job training.
CALL AARP Foundation at 412-271-1580
Or apply now at: SCSEP Online Application
St. Stephen’s supports the Sanctuary Project, which provides positive experiences for youth in an effort to reduce conflicts in the community. Our members volunteer at various events of the Sanctuary Project throughout the year.
The Sanctuary Project held a Gun Buyback Program, coordinated with our police department, and they collected 94 guns this past November 16th.
“From Many, One”
Starting January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), The Episcopal Church launches “From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference,” a campaign urging Episcopa- lians and our neighbors to engage in the spiritual practice of listening and honest conversation across the many differences that separate us, starting with four simple questions:
- What do you love?
- What have you lost?
- Where does it hurt?
- What do you dream?
Inspired by the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal – E Pluribus (“from many”) Unum (“one”) – the campaign is designed to offer a faithful perspective and time-tested practice for knitting deeply divided communities into a diverse, more perfect un- ion. In a cultural moment shadowed by pandemic, fractious politics, and deep division within families, communities, and nations, Episcopalians can partner in simple ways to celebrate difference, listen with deep curiosity, and promote healing.
October 3 – Blessing of the Animals – St Francis of Assisi Day
November 1 – All Saints Day
November 13 – Installation of IX Bishop of Pittsburgh, Rev. Ketlen Solak, @Calvary Church, East Liberty
November 14 – Seating of IX Bishop of Pittsburgh @Trinity Cathedral, Downtown
Birthday’s & Anniversaries
October 4 – Gabe Sunderman
October 5 – Ruth Moore
October 7 – Cathy Wilkie
October 10 – Jay Vaidya
October 14 – Douglas Chaffey
October 14 – Nancy “Nano” Chalfant-Walker
October 16 – Don Block
October 18 – Pam & Chris Sovich Wedding Anniversary
Ministry to shut-ins
We provide support to our senior citizens, even when poor health prevents them from attending services or leaving their homes. Members of St. Stephen’s visit the shut-ins on a regular basis and take communion to them if requested. We also communicate with them throughout the year.