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Lutheran hip-hop artist


At a FREE concert!

2:30 pm, Saturday, October 3

Elizabeth, NJ

Contact Pastor Clark for details


God In Me!

Discover Christ’s Spirit in you.

Second Sundays at 10am

starting October 11

This new part of St. Stephen’s Sunday School curriculum aims to cultivate in young and old alike an awareness of God with and within us.

At 10am every second Sunday, we will gather in the sanctuary, tell stories and sing.  Then, in silence, we will listen for God with and within us by practicing Centering Prayer together.

All are invited to prepare their hearts for worship.  Parents please stay with your children.  Adults please join in the fun.


MOMS Club of South Plainfield

(Serving South Plainfield and Piscataway)


October 8th – 10:00 am

For more information visit our website at

or contact Nancy at 732-236-3229


St. Stephen’s twelfth annual


Saturday, October 17th, 2009, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Authentic German Food

Menu:  Pork Roast & Gravy (hot dogs available for kids),

Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Green Beans, Apple Sauce,

Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Beverages, Desserts

All You Can Eat.

Advance Ticket Prices

Adults:  $11.00  –  Seniors:  $8.00

Children 5-12:  $5.00 – Under 5 – free

For reservations, sign up in the lobby or call the Church Office 908-757-4474

Reservations are recommended

But walk-ins accepted

Takeout Dinners will be available

All Proceeds to go to charity

St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 3145 Park Ave.,

South Plainfield, NJ 07080


Notes to St. Stephen

Dear, dear friends at St. Stephen’s

Thank you all for your prayers, cards and messages of concern.

God is so good!!!!

Love you, Ed and Kathy Insel



October, 2009

Living the Difference in Palestine

A normal day for Chelsea Mathis — helping to promote travel through the Peace Not Walls campaign of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) followed by a bit of bassoon playing in the afternoon — sounds fairly typical.

Chelsea picks olives on the Lutheran World Federation Mount of Olives campus. Photo by Allison Schmitt

Ordinary accompanies the extraordinary in Palestine. “Palestinians are adept at celebrating life’s joys and making do with what they have. I feel as at home here as I do in my home state of Michigan,” Chelsea says.

A trip as a teenager to Palestine with her ELCA Southeast Michigan Synod inspired Chelsea to participate in ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. An area plagued by troubles has left its mark, good and bad. “The worst part has been realizing how helpless I am in regards to changing the future of the political situation for Palestinians,” she says. “The best part is that I have changed the future through my presence, support and simple acts of kindness.”

Chelsea admits her faith has been challenged. “What does it mean that a land called holy is torn with violence, hatred and fear?”

The solution lies in seeing each other’s humanness, Chelsea believes. “Our commonality as people trumps all differences — religion, race, gender, political party. Israelis and Palestinians must see the human in each other’s eyes to begin to erase the hatred and fear.”

Chelsea understands how intimidating a year-long stint in a foreign country can seem. Pack your faith, leave your fear behind and “go for it,” she advises. “Getting up the nerve to leave everything you know behind can be extremely hard. But you will grow and be fulfilled in ways you’d never imagine.”

With her Palestinian journey nearing its end, Chelsea looks to her future. “Whatever I do,” she says, “I know I’ll make time for advocating for peace and justice in the Holy Land. I learned from my first trip to Palestine that once you’ve been there, it’s always on your heart and mind.”

Yours in Christ,

Cathy Newman, Editor