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See below for In Case of Emergency, All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, Ash Wednesday Worship, Lenten Soup Supper & Vespers, Building Committee News,  ELCA News, Easter Plants & Memorial Gift Form.


In Case of Emergency:

Vice Pastor Wayne Brady

Pastor H. Wayne Brady of Grace Lutheran Church in Perth Amboy is serving as the Vice Pastor for St. Stephen.

In that role, he will attend council meetings, make hospital visits, and help visit homebound members.

Pastor Brady will also be available in case of emergency.  Call him at 732-826-3391 (office) and 732-826-3411 (home).

For non-emergencies, you may also email him at


All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Free-Will Offering will be taken.

Suggested Donation:  Adults $5.00,

Children $2.00

Includes beverage & dessert

Sunday, March6, 2011

5:00 – 7:00 PM

No Reservations Needed

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

3145 Park Ave

So. Plainfield, NJ 07080

(908) 757-4474


Wednesday, March 9, 2011  –  Ash Wednesday

Worship at 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers:

Observe Lent this year by attending our Wednesday Soup Suppers followed by Vespers.

Five Wednesdays, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13, 6:00 PM followed by a short Vesper service at 7:15 PM.

If you can provide soup, salad, bread, beverage or dessert for any of the suppers, please sign up in the lobby at church.




The Building Committee has been meeting regularly while we are without a Pastor. Committee members are Bonnie Lombardo, Pat Klatt, Eric Conrad, Nichalas Conrad and myself. Anyone wishing to contact us can call us, leave a note or letter in our mail box (Building Committee) in the church office, or email me at We will get back to you as soon as possible.


According to Mr. Jeff Spann there are 3 Architectural firms that have done work with congregations in this area that should be considered:


Mr. Gary Wagner

Donnelly & Wagner Architects

Cinnaminson, NJ



Mr. George Sincox

Sincox Architects

Westfield, NJ



Mr. Dennis Kowal

Kowal Architects

Somerville, NJ



We will be contacting each firm and asking them to make a presentation to the committee. We need to know what church and religious work they have done, references, how they charge, etc so that we can get an idea.  Once we have met with them we will be contacting their references and visiting some of the churches they built.


Also Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Somerville did a building project a few years ago but we do not know what Architect Firm they used so we will be calling the Pastor for a reference. If possible, Pat and Eric will visit them to see what was done, why it was done, how the entire project went, and in general to get some ideas.


I know it is much too early to begin talking about specific funding amounts, but you should be considering how we are going to finance this building project.  Are we going to have a funding campaign in house, hire an outside firm or something else? Is anyone willing to work on a building finance committee; to chair it? If so, please contact me at (908-561-0374) or Council President Bill Cochrane at (908-753-0709).


Randy Gerling


(H) 908-561-0374 or (C) 908-209-3541



March, 2011

Record-Level Giving to ELCA World Hunger in December 2010

CHICAGO (ELCA) -The generous response by members and congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to a World Hunger appeal resulted in gifts of $3.3 million in December 2010, the highest ever recorded for that month.
“Thanks be to God for the outpouring of financial support for ELCA World Hunger,” said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop. “In the month of December, ELCA members expressed our faith and gratitude to God for the birth of Christ. We gave generously so that there might be daily bread for all and together we might work to end hunger in our communities and throughout the world.”
Christina Jackson-Skelton, ELCA treasurer, said strong member giving raised the ELCA World Hunger total to 90 percent of the 11-month goal, with projections to hold or improve the percentage by the close of the fiscal year. Totals for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended Jan. 31, 2011, have not been fully compiled, she said. The 2010 income budget for ELCA World Hunger is $18.7 million.
As a result, the ELCA churchwide organization fulfilled many grant commitments that had been on hold. According to the Rev. Daniel Rift, director of ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal, these included more than a dozen grants for hunger-related projects in the United States, extended work in Liberia and Southern Africa, and several projects of international partners, such as The Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, and Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore.
In November 2010, Hanson announced that gifts to ELCA World Hunger would be matched up to $250,000, thanks to a challenge grant provided by six ELCA members. At the time, giving to ELCA World Hunger was down about 20 percent for 2010. Hanson challenged ELCA members to make up the difference by the end of the year.
Rift said the ELCA’s dedication to transforming the lives of people living in hunger is inspiring. “To see the response to this need, from congregations and individuals around the nation is amazing. Congregations have been hard pressed to make their own budgets while still encouraging special gifts for those who hunger,” he said. Thousands of ELCA members responded to the challenge to increase giving to ELCA World Hunger, he said, an example of what the church can accomplish when members work together in “faithful common action.”
“I am hoping that for many this is an opportunity for renewed dedication to the work of hunger ministries through the ELCA and an opportunity for those who were not able to respond in the last few months to be inspired to take action themselves,” he added.  “Even as we close the chapter on the past year, we face a whole new set of opportunities and challenges to work together as a church in the face of a hungry world.”
ELCA members “have given witness that in Christ we are called to be as generous to our neighbors who hunger for food and justice as God is generous and gracious toward all of God’s people,” Hanson said.
Gifts for ELCA World Hunger can be contributed online at or by calling 800-638-3522. Contributions may be sent by mail to ELCA World Hunger, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764.

Information about ELCA World Hunger is at on the ELCA website.

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with approximately 4.5 million members in more than 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.

Yours in Christ,

Cathy Newman, Editor


Easter Plants and Memorial Gifts  +  2011

Please use this form to order Easter plants and/or give a special gift.  The deadline for ordering a plant is Sunday, April 10, 2011. For flowers, please indicate the number of plants you wish to order.


_____Easter flowers @ $6.00 each – total for flowers              $__________

_____Azaleas @ $7.50 each – total for Azaleas                        $__________


For gifts, indicate the amount you wish to give towards:

_____building renovations                                              $__________

_____World Hunger                                                       $__________


Total amount for purchase of flowers and/or memorial gifts    $__________


Your name_________________________________________

make check payable to St. Stephen Lutheran Church


Given in memory of____________________________________________




Given in thanksgiving for________________________________________




Given in honor of_____________________________________________




Given to the Glory of the Risen Savior_____________________________




After the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist on Easter Sunday, those who donated plants may take them home or donate them to our shut-ins.

_____I will take my plant home.

_____I will donate my plant to our shut-ins.