Ministries

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.

September 2018 – Care for Creation

Caring for our own little piece of the earth: improving our gardens!!

What you can do:

  • Donate bulbs to plant
  • Donate a Home Depot gift card for mulch for the garden beds
  • Donate perennials that you are dividing in your own garden
  • Bring a trowel & gloves to Church & dig up a weed or two
  • Pick up trash around the Church buildings as you come and go
  • Attend the FREE Energy Star Pennsylvania Tour, hosted by Christian Associates & Pittsburgh Seminary at the Seminary on September 25, 7-9 pm, to help us improve our use of resources here at St. Stephen’s.

Save the Date to attend the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light Annual Conference: Facing the Climate Crisis, Called to Save Our Sacred Home, hosted by St Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 11:30-4:30.

“The whole earth is a Living Icon of the face of God.” St. John Damascene, 749 A.D.

Food of the Month

We collect non-perishable food items throughout the year for the food pantry of the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. Each month we distribute a list of what items are needed.

September 2018: The Food of the Month

100% Juice Boxes

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Kick-Off Sunday September 9, 2018: Family Church and Potluck Coffee Hour. Join us for worship and bring a dish to share!
  • Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6: Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, the dismantling racism training of the Episcopal Church. St. James Episcopal Church, Penn Hills.
  • Sunday, October 7: Annual Blessing of the Animals
  • Saturday October 13: Sacred Spaces Tour. Wilkinsburg’s First Tour. This includes a tour of historic churches, including St. Stephen’s, featuring music and arts programming at each stop. The tour is part of artist Jennifer Chenoweth’s project. Come Over. Come Eat. Come Play.
  • Sunday, October 14: Pastor Nano and Jon’s Farewell Sunday

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.

Youth outreach
See the Youth Outreach page for more about our after-school program.