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


St. Stephen's News

Mark Your Calendars: Annual Meeting
10:15 on Sunday, January 28
The annual meeting of the congregation will be held at 10:15 am on Sunday, January 28, in the sanctuary. There will be two congregational forums held prior to that meeting. On January 14, we will hold a programmatic forum in the sanctuary at 10:15. Our goal in that meeting is to talk about the work of our programmatic ministry including ministry teams and leadership development. The second forum will be held on Sunday the 21st. This meeting will also be held at 10:15 in the sanctuary and will look at our budget proposals for the 2018 year. Grab a cup of coffee and join us in the sanctuary!
January 14, 10:15 am: Programmatic Forum
January 21, 10:15 am: Budget Proposal

2018 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!

Houston Bound
ELCA National Youth Gathering 2018

Help Us, Help Them
Four of our St. Stephen’s Youth are heading to Houston this summer for the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering. Instead of begging the congregation to buy lots of unneeded stuff, the group is doing the following fundraiser!

The 126 Envelope Project
In Koinonia, there is the envelope board. Fill an envelope with the dollar value corresponding with the number on it (checks payable to St. Stephen’s/memo “Houston”) and place it in the wrapped box. When all 126 envelopes are filled, they will reach the goal for this trip! Thank you for your help!

Movie and Soup Supper
Sunday, January 14, at 3:00 in Agape
Have you been wondering about St. Stephen’s Ministry to the Lutheran churches in Palestine and our Soup for Schools ministry that provides scholarships to the Lutheran schools in the occupied territory? Here’s your chance to learn more! The Social Ministry Team will be showing an award-winning documentary called Occupation 101, which documents the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will follow the DVD with a soup supper hosted by current Soup for Schools groups. There will also be an opportunity to form new Soup for Schools groups.

Food Pantry Needs Bags and Bottles
The food pantry needs paper Grocery Bags and clear 20 oz. soda bottles. The bottles are used for laundry soap. Please drop them off at the Pantry. Thank you!

Simply Giving
Sometimes we find ourselves away from St. Stephen’s on a Sunday morning, but ministry at St. Stephen’s continues, no matter the season. Automatic bank withdrawal gives you an easy way to help sustain St. Stephen’s, even when you don’t have the opportunity to worship with us on Sunday. It’s also a handy tool in managing a household budget. To learn more about auto pay, contact the church office at 222-1241. Click Here For Electronic Giving Form.

The Road to Worship
Could you help pick someone up to join us for worship? Take a turn sharing a ride with members of Chauhan family, who live just of the Beltline near Fish Hatchery Road. A sign-up to coordinate your willingness is on the bulletin board. If you don’t live in that direction, let us know if you would like to help someone else with a periodic rideshare.

TV Broadcasts
Currently, you can find television re-broadcasts of the previous Sunday’s worship service at 8:00am on Charter 990 or U-Verse 98. You can also search “St Stephens Monona” at, where videos are generally uploaded by Tuesday.

Don't Miss Worship
Cable Access: Monona Cable Access channel 990 runs St. Stephen's 10:00 a.m. service from the previous week on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. For those who have Charter expanded basic cable service, you can find us on channel 98.
Audio/Video Recordings: Audio tape recordings & Videos on DVD of Sunday worship are available by calling the church office.
Sermon Copies: Sermon copies are available in the wall rack by the Pheasant Hill door.

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Volunteer to Serve at Wil-Mar
Every 3rd Saturday of each month members of St. Stephen’s prepare and serve  a meal at Wil Mar to people in need. Interested in helping? Contact John Esser at 244-3088 ( or Steven Sullivan at 513-4501 (

For All the SaintsClick here for our monthly newsletter
"For All The Saints"

These DaysThese Days is a weekly publication containing up to date information about the ministries and events at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. Click here to read an issue of These Days.

Youth Ministry Newsletter:  Click here.

Simply Giving
Click Here For Electronic Giving Form.

Please download the Electronic Giving Form, complete and return to the church office.

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You'll find videos of recent St. Stephen's worship services on YouTube. Click the YouTube image to the left and choose the video you would like to watch.

Nursery Attendant Needed
St. Stephen’s is looking to hire a Nursery Attendant. Hours would be 8:45 to 12:15 every Sunday. Qualified candidates would be experienced in child care, certified in CPR, and able to pass a background check. If you’re interested, please contact the church office at 222-1241. If you know someone who would be a good fit for the position, please let the office know!

Needed: Men’s Clothing for the Homeless

The men need jackets, warm socks, pants, gloves, and long underwear. The new city center for the homeless will not be distributing clothing so the need continues at Bethel. All clean, warm, clothing will be welcome. If you have questions, call Barb Kepler at 608-318-1184. There is a gray donation box in the narthex.

Photo Directory
It’s been several years since we last put together a pictorial directory, and a lot has changed since then. We are looking for a person (or persons) to head up this project. If you want to get things started so we end up with a new directory with up-to-date-photos, please contact the office.

Website Changes
A new website is being introduced at St. Stephen’s. It has a new look, is
intuitive to use, and is easy to peruse on your computer or your smartphone. We are rolling it out to the congregation to check out. Go to Our current website is still up and running as our main website. Starting in the new year, people will be redirected to the new website. This is a work in progress, so please give your feedback! Many thanks to Jessica Sullivan for designing and building this new website. She has done an amazing job! And thank you to Roxanne who will be the main administrator moving forward.

Severe Weather Policy
In cases of adverse weather or dangerous temperatures, St. Stephen’s makes every attempt to adhere to its regularly scheduled Sunday activities and worship services, as well as any mid-week worship services during Advent and Lent, but those serving in or attending worship should please consider your own safety first and above all. If weather conditions prevent us from safely keeping our scheduled Sunday worship, notice of worship cancellation will be posted on our Facebook page, which you can access (even without a Facebook account) at
For other activities scheduled on weekdays or Saturdays, we follow the weather-related school closings and early dismissals for the Monona Grove Public School District, which are posted on local news services.

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