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Spiritual Summer Sessions

In consultation with Pastor, I would like to start a casual summer discussion group on matters of the heart and spirit.  This would not be a Bible study group as we might know it, but rather an open forum for people who don’t have all the answers, who sometimes have doubts and concerns about their faith, and who are open to people who embrace different philosophies and spirituality.

We will meet on Monday nights in July: 8:00 PM at “Brewed Awakening” cafe on Main Street in Metuchen.  The time is meant as a summer refuge for the curious, not an overwhelming commitment.  Pastor and I will be there every week.  Maybe you will find yourself drawn to come and have your very own ‘brewed awakening’ too.

If you are curious, feel free to speak with me or Pastor!
—Bonnie Lombardo


WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) made all the red ribbon crosses which were given to those attending the service on Pentecost Sunday.

We congratulate our young people who were confirmed on May 23.  In their honor the Ruthanne Circle provided a special cake and cookies and punch during the coffee hour.


Property Committee needs help mowing and trimming the church lawn.  This work is best done in pairs—one to use the tractor to cut the lawn, the other to do the trimming.  A sign-up sheet is hanging in the entryway.  Please note your name and phone number if you’re willing to help.  All equipment and training will be provided.  Days and times are up to each pair and what’s best for them.  Thanks very much.


“Baobab Blast” Vacation Bible School is coming this summer.  It will be held August 16 to 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each night.  All ages are invited.  Pre-registration is required.  Children currently enrolled in our Sunday School will receive an online “Evite” with details.  Anyone else may register by calling Michele at 908-756-2537 or by email


VBS Helpers Wanted. Come teach a class or help behind the scenes.  We can use also volunteers to provide refreshments.  We will post soon a list of requests for donations of supplies too.  Thanks for all your help to make this VBS year a success!



St. Stephen’s Annual Family Picnic

Sunday, June 13

Begins after the service

(come to church in picnic clothes)

Burgers / Dogs / Sausage & Peppers

Drinks / Fun & Games

$2.00/person (no more than $10/family)

Bring your favorite salad or dessert to share


New Jersey Synod Report

May 7/8, 2010

This past week Pastor, Orvie Hoffman, and I attended the NJ Synod meeting in East Brunswick respresenting St. Stephen’s.  For the most part it was an interesting two days.  The music was great.  We ate together and worshipped together and listened to MANY reports together.  A budget (spending plan) for 2011 was adopted.  I met quite a few old friends there.

We sent a resolution on to the churchwide assembly regarding how the pension fund is, and could better be, handling the financial losses to the fund and how it is impacting current pensioners.

Another resolution voted on was regarding childhood hunger programs being threatened with cutbacks and elimination – Federal Nutrition Programs and NJ State School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.

Another resolution regarding immigration status of church workers was tabled.

We heard about some wonderful work which is being done by our synod in Bosnia and Namibia.  The Bishop of the church in Namibia was the keynote speaker.

We heard from the youth of our synod about many things they are doing and many concerns they have.  One of their concerns is that we need to take seriously “going green” or there won’t be a planet left for them in the future.  One of the ways they emphasized was that we should each get a reusable water bottle and stop buying plastic bottles of water.  They fill up our landfills, use petroleum to make and the manufacturing process uses much energy.

One impression I took away from the meeting is that St. Stephen’s is a “spectator” congregation.  Other than Pastor, our members are not involved on the synod level or on any of the committees.

Respectfully submitted,

Marylou Johnson