Where All Are Welcome

St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is a progressive Christian church that is open and affirming of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic brackets and walks of life. We celebrate the diversity within our congregation, and see ours as a safe church for open thought. We also hold fast to the beauty and tradition of the United Methodist Church, and embrace the richness of its history and the depth of its theology and intellectual focus. We invite you to join us!

Come discover for yourself what makes St. Stephen's a special place!

Sunday worship services are held at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m in the sanctuary. Sunday School for all ages is held at 9:40 a.m.

1801 W. Brooks St. (N.W. corner of Brooks and McGee), Norman, OK 73069

Phone: 405-321-4988; Fax: 405-321-4731

Email: ststephensumc@coxinet.net

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Easter Sunday, April 20

Join us at our 8:30 or 10:50 services. Rev. Amy Venable's sermon is titled "Finally Time to Say, 'Alleluia'" and is based on John 20:1-18.

Other Holy Week Events

MAUNDY THURSDAY DINNER, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 17th, is a reenactment of the Last Supper celebrated by Jesus and the Disciples in the Upper Room. We will gather in Community Hall around long tables, eat a Mediterranean meal, listen to the retelling of the story, and serve Communion to each other. As the meal ends, we move to the Sanctuary and "strip the altar", covering all symbols of Christ in preparation for Good Friday and see a drama from the children. The Maundy Thursday Service is especially child-friendly and contains moments that engage all of the senses. Please sign-up in the loggia to bring some food to share.

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE - Our adult choir will lead a "Service of Darkness" on Good Friday, April 18, at 7:30 pm. A series of Scriptures and readings describing the events surrounding Jesus' last day will be interspersed with Lenten anthems. Following each reading, a candle is extinguished, leaving the worshippers in total darkness at the close of the service. The choir has spent many hours in preparation for this service, please come and share it with us!

EASTER SERVICES
at 8:30 am and 10:50 am on Sunday, April 
20th. Celebration Time will be offered at BOTH services for children in grades 2 and younger. The children's choir will sing at the 8:30 service. The Benediction response at both services will be the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah. Members of the congregation who do not usually sing with the choir but who would like to sing on Easter Sunday are invited to do so! There will be a single rehearsal at 7 p.m. on the Wednesday before. Contact Venita at venitamacgorman@cox.net if you would like to participate. Easter breakfast will be served by the youth during the Sunday School hour and there will be crafts and Easter egg hunts for children..


Here's what else is happening this week at St. Stephen's. For more information about upcoming events, contact the church office at 321-4988.
 


Rev. Amy Venable, head pastor of St. Stephen's, writes this weekly column for the Shield Newsletter. For more info about Amy, visit her staff bio.


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