Ministries & Events

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. 

August 2022

Wilkinsburg Community Council

The Wilkinsburg Community Council needs our help. The food needs of the community are great, and WCM also provides supplies for school students in Wilkinsburg.

On August 9 we have a special opportunity to feed our needy neighbors in Wilkinsburg and surrounding areas. The Pittsburgh Foundation is holding a Critical Needs Alert day, and one of the groups benefiting is the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry (WCM). The Foundation will partially match donations to the WCM. So please consider making a donation to WCM on the 9th by going to pittsburghgives.org and finding the page for the Ministry. All donations must be made online and by credit card for this campaign. (P.S. Did you know that WCM gives out 15,000 pounds of food each month?)

Don Block, WCM board member and longtime St. Stephen’s member

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

Mac-n-cheese

Coffee and tea

Boxed pasta & pasta sauce

Shampoo

Dish and hand soap

Cookies & Crackers

Herbs & Spices

Cans of food or milk with pop-tops

Condensed or evaporated milk

Instant Oatmeal

Brownie Mix

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. If you’d like to donate, please write a check to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry (WCM). You can put your donation in the offering plate or mail it to WCM at 702-704 Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221.

Did you know that 25% of Wilkinsburg residents are food insecure? Let’s help our neighbors by contributing to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry.

August 2022: Food of the Month – Pancakes & Syrup

Please put in the box in the Church Sanctuary by our main entrance

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.

Need COVID Test Kits? 

The federal government is giving out four free covid test kits to each house- hold. Click here to order! 

Thursday Bible Study Group

There is no weekly Bible Study during the summer months. We will resume in the fall. Please tell Melanie Sprenkel (412) 725-1174 or Father Chuck (412) 243-6100, if you’d like to join us Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. in the Library at our church. Lunch is provided. 

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:

Donor Box

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

Sanctuary Project
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 Episcopalians 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:

  1. What do you love?
  2. What have you lost?
  3. Where does it hurt?
  4. 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 union. 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. Click the link below to see the detailed Starter’s Guide (it will take you to a new page, so click on the back button at the top of your browser to come back to St. Stephen’s website)https://www.episcopalpgh.org/getting-to-know-your-neighbors-starters-guide/

Upcoming Events – August is National Wellness Month

August is also Black Business Day  – Check Out Black Businesses in Pgh

August 3 – 10:30am Morning Prayer in Sanctuary – 1st Wed. of month

Birthday’s 

August 5 – Pat Woodley

August 11 – Elise Morris

Anniversaries

August 13 – Don & Mary Block

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.