Welcome Ministires

Central to our mission is welcoming people into the love of Jesus Christ, whether they are brand new to the faith or have been a disciple of Jesus all their life, or whether they are new to this congregation or lifelong members.  Our mission is to help all people who walk through our doors to experience the unconditional love of Jesus in this community of faith.

Nourish Ministries

Nourishing and growing in faith is a lifelong process.  Because of this we have many opportunities to grow in faith and in our Christian relationships within the community of faith.  Below is a listing of the various opportunities to nourish your faith at St. Stephen.

Sunday School – Sunday School is at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings (September through May) and provides learning opportunities for children 3 years old through high school.  The new Spark curriculum from Augsburg Fortress is currently being used and the lessons coincide with the readings used in Sunday morning worship.

Confirmation – Confirmation class is for youth in the 7th and 8th grades with the youth affirming their Baptism in the spring of their 8th grade year.  The year is a combination of Learning Events, Fellowship Events, and Servant Events.  A winter retreat at Michi-Lu-Ca is also a part of the process as is a week-long confirmation camp at Stony Lake in the summer.

Youth Group - The high school age youth are involved in various activities including: Mission Trips, the Michigan Gathering Bass Lake Festival, and the ELCA National Youth Gathering which is held every three years.

Adult Sunday Class – The adult class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the library before worship (September through May).  This class covers several different topics each year which can range from the study of a specific book of the Bible; discussion of a book on some aspect of the Christian faith; to a study of a particular topic.  Since nourishing and growing in faith is a lifelong process, adult learning opportunities are especially important.

Serve Ministries

Serving is the heart of our ministry - it is what living out the faith is all about.  Central to our serving is how we serve in our daily lives – our jobs, our families, and our community.  But we also serve through the various specific ministries of the congregation that serve the community at large.  Following are some of the ministries the congregation is involved in which serve the Lansing community.

Habitat for Humanity – For several years the congregation has partnered with other congregations in the Lansing area to build Habitat for Humanity houses for low income families.  Building skills are helpful but not required to be involved.  Besides skilled labor, people are needed to pray for the build, pound nails, paint, clean the build site, and provide lunch for the workers.  It is a wonderful and fun way to serve.

Northwest Lansing Lutheran Food Bank – Every Monday from noon to 3 pm, a food bank operates at church.  Volunteers fill food orders sent that are received.  Over 100 people are fed each month with almost half of those being children.   Canned food drives are held during the year to help keep the food bank stocked. The first Sunday of every month is "Food Bank Sunday" where donations of food are accepted.

Advent House – On the fifth Sunday of the month (4 months a year) our congregation serves a lunch meal at Advent House to adults and families who are hungry and needy.  People are needed to help prepare and serve the meal.  This is a very important and needed ministry and an answer to God’s call to feed the hungry.

Kids Hope USA – St. Stephen has partnered with Kids Hope USA and our neighborhood elementary school, Cumberland, to provide a wonderful ministry of mentoring children.  Each mentor is paired with one student and spends on hour a week throughout the school year, mentoring, befriending, and tutoring them.  Each mentor/student pair also has a prayer partner who prays regularly for them.  This is a very rewarding and fulfilling way to serve.

Christian Services – For years St. Stephen has partnered with Christian Services to coordinate various ministries with other churches in the Lansing area.  Together we are a powerful example of the love of Jesus Christ at work in the world.

Thanksgiving Baskets - We partner with Christian Services in order to identify families in need in the neighborhood. We then provide about 25 Thanksgiving food baskets so that these families will not be without food on these holidays.

Recycling Program

St. Stephen is GREEN! 

The PaperGator® www.papergatorrecycling.com is a unique fundraiser where non-profit organizations are paid to collect paper products and place them in a bin for recycling (a service we had been paying for). Our mission is to fill "the Gator" every other week.

So bring all your newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, phone books, school/office paper, and even hard and soft cover books and get ready to fill the Gator! Bring paper from home, work, friends, and neighbors. Let's feed the Gator!

Pub Theology

Our Pub Theology Group will meet on Thursday, September 18. Below are the topics for discussion. If you would like to receive a Zoom invitation to join us, please call 517-321-2244 and leave a voicemail or email Office@StStephenOnline.org.

THIS WEEK: Work, satisfaction, truth and peace.

1.       What is the most unusual job you've ever had?

2.       "I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God." Ecclesiastes 3:12-13. Discuss this view of human purpose and existence. How often have you heard a sermon on this text? 

3.       Would you prefer a job that pays more but is much more stressful, or a job that has no stress but only half the pay?

4.       Psalm 86:11 says: "Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth." What is God's truth?

5.       “As a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.” ~ Thomas Aquinas. Have we lost this sense of honor? Why is "truth" so difficult to agree on these days? What is the remedy?

6.       Zechariah 8:16 says, "These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace." How can speaking the truth lead to peace?