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.
Missions of the Month – February 2024
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.
Our mission is simple: Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children when their families are experiencing a critical need for childcare. “Since our opening in 2014, Jeremiah’s Place remains the only crisis nursery in our community providing emergency childcare for families in need throughout the Pittsburgh area.
All services provided by Jeremiah’s Place are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and most importantly , judgement free. We offer emergency childcare for children ages 0 to 6. Children can stay with us for a few hours or a few days based on the needs of each individual family.
You can write a check to Jeremiah’s Place and place it in the offering plate or Donate on the Jeremiah’s Place website at
THE BLESSING BOX PANTRY IS RUNNING DRY! ANY NON-PERISHABLES YOU CAN DONATE WOULD BE GREATLY APRECIATED! AND THANKS TO YOU ALL WHO GIVE SO FREELY! GOD IS GOOD. We will always gladly accept your donations. The need is great.
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.
February 2024: Food of the Month – Hot Cereal & Boxed Dinners
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 bags.
Please put in boxes 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.
Thursday Bible Study Group
Our weekly Bible Study is held each Thursday, 12 Noon to 2pm, in the Library of the Parish Hall. For Lent We will be reading a Lenten Discipline, “Were You There?”
If you can’t join us, but would like to have the Lenten devotional, please let the office know, and we will order one for you. This is a Lenten study using the Negro Spirituals.
Please tell Melanie Sprenkel (412) 725-1174 or Father Chuck (412) 243-6100, if you’d like to join us for Lent. Lunch is provided by the generosity of Louise Broujos.
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:
Weekly contribution envelopes for 2023 are now available. Those who don’t pledge may request envelopes for their use. Please see Gerry Dalton. An annual giving statement can be received by using these envelopes for your contribution.
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 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:
- 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 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 –
February’s Morning Prayer in Sanctuary, on Wednesday, February 7th at 10:30am.
1st Wednesday of each month
February 12 – Gregory Sprenkel
February 20 – Michael Hogan
February 28 – Father Chuck Esposito
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.