St. Stephen’s is a welcoming and affirming parish which openly accepts all of God’s children to worship with us and become part of our faith family.

Through visiting our virtual St. Stephen’s, we hope you will discover the work of the Holy Spirit in our parish and in our lives.

Stewardship

Christian stewardship is grateful and responsible use of God’s gifts in the light of God’s purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian stewards, empowered by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves to conscious, purposeful decisions.

Stewardship is lived out in:

  • Living and telling the Good News;

  • Sharing God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe;

  • Wisely employing God-given human resources, abilities, and relationships;

  • Sharing the material resources we hold and giving them in service, justice, and compassion;

  • Providing for future generations, sharing in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the Church and of its mission; and

  • Both for the individual and for the community, stewardship is a joyful act for the sake of God’s world.

Pledging at St. Stephens

Stewardship has also been defined as:

What I do, with all that I have, after I say, “I believe.”

and

Using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do.

Stewardship teaches that all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God. We are, therefore, stewards of God’s gifts during our lifetime. When we accept our lives as sheer gifts, and all that we have as gifts, the Holy Spirit leads us into a faithful response of how we use our gifts (our money, time, passions, and abilities) to grow God’s reign.