Summer Sunday Worship
9:00 and 11:00 am

5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona, WI 53716

Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-2:00 pm

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Adult Education Opportunities
Adult Forum: Sundays at 9:10 a.m.

God's Word Alive! Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
30 Minute Bible Study Focusing on the Scripture
of the Day September-May

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Women’s Spiritual Formation
2nd Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

Great Dane Guys
Every 2nd Thursday, East Side Great Dane, 8:00pm

Summer Weekday Evening Service
August 17 at 6:00 pm
This will be a campfire style service, followed by s’mores! Please mark your calendar!

Pastor Elisa on Vacation
Pastor Elisa will be on vacation July 18-30. While she is off, Pastor Edward and Pastor Larry are available for emergencies and hospital visits. We hope she has a wonderful, relaxing vacation!

God’s Work, Our Hands
Sunday, September 10
The summer is flying past and it will soon be time to start the new program year with God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday. We need someone to coordinate/spearhead this event. We would love to have one or two community activities (not here at St. Stephen’s) for people to choose from, in addition to stuffing LWR Kits, and other projects. Sound interesting? Contact
Pastor Elisa or the office if you’d like more information.

Bold Fit and Bold Cafe For Women!
Guys Night Out for Men!
Click here for details about upcoming events.

National Youth Gathering!
Every 3 years, the ELCA has a National Youth Gathering and there is one coming in 2018 in Houston, TX! All students who are currently finishing 7th grade through those currently finishing 11th grade are eligible to go. There aren’t quite words to describe this event: at the very least inspirational and potentially life-changing. You just have to experience it for yourself. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Elisa by email: or Jill Ruffridge at Houston bound!

Martin Luther Film Series!
Fridays June 30, July 7, July 28 & August 18 at 6:30 pm
At St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, in "Agape Theater"

We are excited to announce the Martin Luther Film Series, a new event to celebrate this Reformation 500 year. Join us on four Friday evenings this summer for showings of films about the life and work of Martin Luther. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated. Popcorn and drinks, and a state-of-the-art theatrical quality sound system, are included! There will be some time after the film for refreshments and discussion. Here is the schedule:
June 30: "Martin Luther" (1953) — the first full-length feature film about Martin Luther
July 7: "Martin Luther" (1974) — a film adaptation of the play by John Osborne; its Broadway production in New York earned the 1964 Tony Award for Best Play.
July 28: A Luther documentary, to be determined. We'll announce it as soon as it's finalized!
August 18: "Luther" (2003) — a more recent film treatment, starring Joseph Fiennes and Alfred Molina.
Please sign up so we know how much popcorn to pop!

Concert on the Square
Wednesday, July 19
The Worship and Arts team invites you to join them downtown at the July 19th “Concert on the Square.”  One or more of our team will arrive early in the afternoon and mark off an area—all you need to do is show up with your chair!  Bring a picnic dinner and some beverages, or enjoy the wide variety of food carts available. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm; join us earlier for some time to talk, relax, and enjoy the summer evening.
Want us to text you with updates about our exact location or weather-related adjustments to our plans?  Make sure you sign up at

Faith, Sexism, and Justice
Wednesdays July 28, August 2, 9 & 16
Our ELCA Synod and the ELCA national office need your help! We want to include your views and perspectives in some important conversations that will lead to the creation of an official ELCA Social Statement* on Faith, Sexism and Justice. The sessions will take place at St. Stephen's on four Wednesday evenings: July 28, August 2, August 9, and August 16. Pastor Elisa and Connie Kilmark will moderate the discussions. To attend, please sign up at this link:
*To learn more about ELCA Social Statements and their role in St. Stephen's ministry and outreach, go to this link:
Thank you!

Church Basement Ladies at Fireside Theatre
Thursday, August 17 - Sign Up by May 30
Monona Methodist Church is sponsoring a trip to the Fireside to see the musical “Church Basement Ladies” on Thursday, August 17, and we’re invited to join them! “Church Basement Ladies follows the three cooks and one daughter who run the church kitchen and care for the congregation. We see them handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter fundraiser, and, of course, a wedding. They stave off potential disasters, have loads of fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on a steady course. The cost is $64.95 which includes dinner and tip. We will take a motor-coach which will cost an additional $15-$20 depending on how many people attend. Please sign up in the Narthex or with Pastor Edward before May 30.

Church Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-2:00 pm

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our office at 608-222-1241.

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These Days, is a weekly publication inserted in the Sunday worship bulletin. Click here to download.

Worship Time Survey
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This survey is intended to allow us to gather your opinions regarding the Worship Schedule used at St. Stephen's during the 2016-2017 program year. As you may recall, we embarked on a new worship schedule in the fall of 2016, at which time we offered two communion worship opportunities (one at 9:00 am, and another at 11:00 am) with an education time available between the two services (roughly from 10:15 to 10:55). When these changes were proposed, your Ministry Board and staff promised to review them after a year to better assess how this schedule affected the congregation and its participation. We encourage you to provide your feedback as we seek to learn how this schedule has worked (or fallen short) so we can better serve the needs of our congregation and our community.

Vacation Bible School 2017
Monday, July 31-Thursday, August 3; 9:00am to Noon
Please join us for Vacation Bible School this summer!  Our theme this year is Maker Fun Factory. Come learn about OUR Maker while we imagine, tinker, build, and create! Children ages 4 through 5th grade are welcome! (Younger children are welcome with an adult care-giver.) We’ll have all the usual things that make VBS fun—music, snacks, games, Bible stories, and more. Plus—get ready to INVENT! Bring your imagination and creativity as we glue, duct tape, wire, build, and “make” our way through the week. Sign up by calling the church office or emailing Paige at

Volunteers Needed! We need YOUR help to make this week a success! (Older Adults, Parents of elementary-age kids, HS students, and MS students—we’re looking at you!) Whether you can help one day or every day; whether you can help during VBS with a small group/station or outside VBS time in the late afternoon/evening with prep, set-up, clean-up, decorating, or more…We’ll take all the help we can get! Connect with Paige and tell her what you’d like to do to help with VBS this year!

Seasoned Saints
Saturday, July 15
Come join our Seasoned Saints for their regular get-together on Saturday, July 15. This month we are going to visit the Mt. Horeb Sons of Norway annual Kaffe Stue at the Sons of Norway Lodge. There will be a typical Norwegian luncheon served from 9 to 11 a.m. All sorts of Norwegian goodies plus the open-faced sandwiches offered. You can pick and choose your delights as the cost is a la carte. We plan to leave from the church at 8:00 a.m. if you wish to carpool.

Summer Music Classes for Youth!
Joyful Noise Community Youth Music Program (an outreach of St. Stephen’s to the community) has music classes available for children ages 2-grade three during the summer months. In
June, join us for activities that revolve around American folk and patriotic songs; in July, we will explore music from a more global perspective, with music games and songs from around the world; and in August, we’re going to be singing on the wild side as we learn some songs about animals. Come for one month or try them all! Three week sessions: June 12-28, July 10-26, August 7-23. Visit for class times and registration information.

Monona Munchies
Once again, we are looking for help to fix and serve lunches for hungry children in Monona this summer. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Monona Com-munity Center kitchen at 11:00 am to gather the food and serving supplies. Volunteers then carry them (or transport them in their vehicle) down to the shelter area in Schaefer Park (between the baseball diamonds next to Winnequah School) for preparation. We serve the meal to children and families from 11:45 am-12:30 pm. Please bring the supplies back up to the Monona Community Center kitchen and clean-up all areas and materials before leaving at about 12:45 pm. Thank you!
To sign up, click here. Still have questions? Please contact Margaret Clark at 334-4308 or

Yoga: Monday and Wednesday!

Join us for Yoga Mondays at 7:00 pm and Wednesdays at 10:15 am. Suggested donation is $10. Join in stretching, flexing, relaxing, and feeling good.

Family Enrichment
Ministry for Children and Families
Our Ministry for Children and Families is vibrant! Click here for details on our Family Enrichment page.

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