Although we are a medium-sized church, you will find us bursting with ministry activity! Enjoy ice cream? Help our Big Scoop ministry plan this annual fundraiser and festival. Looking for a group to share stories with? Join Story Writers. Maybe you're just looking for food and fellowship? The Dinner Buddies are your answer, sure to make a relaxing evening. With more than 30 ministries, we have something for everyone.
"Since coming to St. Stephens’s, meeting new friends and serving this beautiful church through the Altar Guild has been a joy.” - Donna Bosholm
The Altar Guild is a volunteer group of women and men in the parish whose ministry is most sacred and vital. Their duty is to assist the Rector in creating worship services for all that are both spiritual and beautiful. The Altar Guild members care for the altar, vestments, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for the services, including preparing the altar for the Eucharist, clean up afterwards, and also prepare the sanctuary for special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, funerals, and weddings.
These are the folks who not only know the names of the parts of the church, they know the church seasons, colors, names of vestments, linens, and holy hardware, and the most widely used church symbols. Interested? As a team member on the rotating schedule, your shift would usually take two hours a month—one hour to setup and one hour to cleanup. On-the-job training and a mentor are provided. Come and volunteer to “take care of The Lord’s table.”
AMIGOS DE JESUS
Amigos de Jesús es un ministerio sin fines de lucro 501(c)3 con las asistencia de varias Iglesias cristianas cercanas. El ministerio se ofrece a la comunidad hispana de Wimberley, basado en la enseñanza encontrada en Mateo 25:40 – “Todo lo que hicieron a mis hermanos a mí me lo hicieron.”
Amigos de Jesús enfoca en cinco asuntos:
El proveer alimentación y necesidades diarias incluso abanicos eléctricos durante el verano y calentadores elétricos durante el invierno
El proveer ayuda con emergencias medicas
El proveer bicicletas
El proveer oportunidades educativas y oportunidades de enriquecimiento
El proveer ropa tales como abrigos invernales y guantas
En general Amigos de Jesús trata de mejorar la cualidad de la vida de los servidos. Además Amigos de Jesús apoya y coordina con grupos tales como el Barnabas Connection y el ministerio de la Iglesia Cypress Creek de Actos Buenos y Semillas Buenas.
Para más información, contacta con: Connie Maverick.
Amigos de Jesus is a St. Stephen's outreach ministry and a 501(c)(3) non-profit with assistance from a number of different Christian area churches. The ministry reaches out to the Hispanic community in Wimberley. Its mission is based upon Matthew 25:40: "Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me."
Amigos de Jesus efforts are focused in 5 areas:
Providing food and daily essentials including electric fans in the summer and electric heaters in the winter
Helping with emergency medical issues
Providing educational and enrichment opportunities
Providing clothing such as winter coats, gloves, etc.
In general Amigos de Jesus attempts to improve the quality of life of those we serve. In addition, Amigos de Jesus supports and coordinates with such groups as the Barnabas Connection and the Cypress Creek Church ministry of Good Deeds and Good Seeds.
For information, please contact Connie Maverick.
Join Todd Schmidt and Mike Marcionetti in helping St. Stephen's livestream. You will learn how to use the new cameras and software. All experience levels with technology are encouraged to attend the training. After your training, you and your preferred A/V partner will choose which single Sunday a month to run the A/V during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. There will be an opportunity to shadow Todd and Mike before your scheduled volunteer Sunday and a detailed cheat sheet of instructions is kept at the A/V station. If you are a parent or grandparent with a teen in your family, and
you are looking for a regular activity to do together, this might be the one!
For more information, contact: Todd Schmidt
Continue your spiritual high from Sunday by joining the beautiful Bible Babes on either
Mondays or Thursdays at high noon. Bring your lunch and after we eat, we’ll have our weekly bible study. This season we are using a church-wide curriculum, The Story, as our guide. No matter where you are in your journey, you will find our time together to be thought-provoking, spiritually satisfying, and full of smiling! We rotate our meetings in the homes of Bible Babes members. What a loving and open heart we share.
For Thursday Bible Babes, contact Nancy Jenkins.
Join this fun group today!
Big Scoop is a ministry at St. Stephen’s and an annual Ice Cream Festival fundraiser and community event that St. Stephen’s organizes, staffs with volunteers, lines up entertainment, secures donors, and every other aspect. St. Stephen’s actively partners with other churches and many community members to put on the festival.
Big Scoop is held as close to the July 4th weekend as possible offsite at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12. This half-day event includes performances, contests, bean bag toss, art exhibit, hair tinseling, balloon
animals, face painting, and more. We sell tickets both beforehand and at the event. Children ages 12 and under get in free. Due to COVID-19, Big Scoop is delayed until July 4 weekend, 2021.
Proceeds from this old fashion summer fun benefit Camp Good Sam. This camp is a six-week summer program that combats summer learning loss in at-risk area youth. Each year Big Scoop has grown in popularity and money raised. This annual event raises awareness of the needs of our local at-risk students and provides the Wimberley Valley with an opportunity to eat ice cream while supporting Camp Good Sam Wimberley.
The Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival Committee meet most months out of the year to plan this one-day event open to the public. In 2019 the Big Scoop Festival raised more than $21K.
BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW
Prayer, Study, and Service; the three pillars of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. St. Stephen's has a chapter for men of the parish aged 18 to 20 to 30 to seriously seasoned. The focus of our chapter is outreach to young men and boys within and outside the parish that might benefit from a strong, Christian, male influence. Your talents and commitment will make a difference.
We meet approximately once a month to plan our outreach effort and schedule activities.
Learn more about the national organization:
If you have any questions, contact Joe Blanford: email@example.com.
The Wimberley Area Cancer Support Group is sponsored by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, year-round, at 11:30 a.m. in the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce’s Members Room. The address is: 14100 RR 12, Wimberley, Texas. Each participant brings a brown bag lunch. All who have been diagnosed with cancer now or in the past are invited to attend and share a time of relaxation and conversation with others who share their experiences.
For 15 years now, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church has been providing funds for medical, psychological, and dental care for children in the Wimberley Valley whose families have no health insurance or are underinsured. The Cares for Kids ministry is made up of a team of St. Stephen’s volunteers that also coordinate our church’s donations for the Barnabas Connection’s Back to School Fiesta, which provides school supplies and backpacks to students within the Wimberley ISD boundaries.
“We want to do what’s right for the children any way we can,” sums up Linda Reed, Cares for Kids ministry contact, “whether it is helping them pay for an initial doctor’s appointment, prescription, or be able to get school supplies before the start of school.”
The seed that created this ministry came from an interim rector who tasked a committee of church volunteers to go out into the community and determine what are the greatest needs. It didn’t take long for the committee to report back about the need for “last resort money” to help families provide medical, psychological, and dental care for their children. Shortly after, the Cares for Kids outreach ministry was formed and subsequently held its first and only fundraiser, a golf tournament called “Play for the Punkins.” Proceeds from that 2005 event provided the $16,352 “last resort money.” On the ground WISD school nurses like our own Darelle Jordan and Katy Shugart (now retired) were set up to present confidential referrals of need to the Cares for Kids team.
The Cares for Kids funds are intended for immediate single time needs rather than long-term assistance. Examples might include: paying for a doctor’s visit for a child that has had chronic ear infections or paying the fee for an initial counseling appointment for a child thinking of suicide.
To date the Cares for Kids outreach ministry has been funded completely by that initial golf tournament back in 2005. If you would like to support St. Stephen’s Cares for Kids or wish more information, contact Linda Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARES FOR KIDS
The cemetery ministry is overseen by a board of trustees, which oversees the plot and niche sales and general maintenance of the cemetery grounds of St. Stephen's.
For more information, contact: Todd Schmidt
CHRIST CENTERED PRAYER
Christ Centered Prayer is a simple inner prayer of awareness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. Christ Centered Prayer may directly facilitate entrance into the Spiritual Heart Center and the awareness of God, the still small voice, who is known by faith and dwells within you always. "Be still, and know that I am God . . ."(Psalm 46: 10).
The Christ Centered Prayer practice is for you, who have an interest in responding to God "without words" in solitude, simplicity, and silence. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5: 8). You are not unlike the prodigal child returning home to your Father's house. Christ Centered Prayer may open your heart to God's healing presence and power. The implicit petition is, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew right spirit within me" (Psalm 51: 10). Access to the Divine Indwelling is not only possible, but practical. It is to this Divine Indwelling awareness that the Christ Centered Prayer intends.
Each session, we will review the prayer method, share a contemplative reading, and enjoy 20 minutes of silent prayer. All are welcome!
Christ-Centered Prayer class: Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
For more information, contact: email@example.com
CO-ED BIBLE STUDY
This Bible study is for anyone who would like to learn the Bible, to deepen one's faith through study and sharing individual perspectives of our foundational document, the Bible. Bob Reed leads the class.
For more information please contact Bob Reed.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
Coffee Hour Hosts help welcome visitors and newcomers to St. Stephen's church after the 10:30am Sunday morning service. Many of our St. Stephen's congregation share their gift of giving through this Coffee Hour ministry. Individuals serve as often as they wish by signing up to host on a certain day. Volunteer hosts are always appreciated.
For information on how to participate contact:
COMMUNITY OF HOPE
The mission of Community of Hope is to create Christian communities of lay chaplains united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and trained to serve pastoral needs within and beyond our parish. Lay chaplains bring Christ's love to those in need through compassionate listening "with the ear of our heart."
Community of Hope ministries include but are not limited to outreach in
homes, hospitals, retirement facilities, outpatient clinics, nursing centers, prisons, women's ministries, youth ministries, the homeless and under-served, and mission trips.
If you are interested in being part of the Community of Hope, or if you should have a need for a lay chaplain, please contact Nancy Jenkins, Kristen Schmidt, Dot Green, Becky Denton, Connie Maverick, or Sharon East.
For more information about COH, read this feature article.
Cursillo is a Spanish word which means a short course. In this case it is a short course in Christian, Apostolic Living. Participants in the Cursillo weekend gain tools and "rules of life" for living their Christian faith in order to enthusiastically share the joy of knowing Christ with others in their everyday environments. Cursillo is a laity led weekend and is patterned on Jesus' example of searching out and calling groups of potential leaders, training them and then sending them out to bring the world to Him.
The Cursillo weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. Participants listen to talks presented by the team members and engage in study, reflection, fellowship and worship (and enjoy most excellent culinary treats prepared by our diocesan chefs). The weekend begins with introspection and is filled with music, fun and fellowship with folks from across the diocese.
Cursillo weekends are held four times a year at Mustang Island Conference Center and at Camp Capers.
Ultreya is another Spanish word used in Cursillo which means Persevere. Ultreya is a gathering of Cursillistas (people who have attended Cursillo and their guests) with the purpose of reinforcing their daily walk with Christ and efforts to keep their commitment to their Rule of Life.
Ultreyas can be held within a single parish or within a convocation or group of active parishes who desire to participate. The time offers the opportunity for people to catch up with others who may have attended their Cursillo weekend and talk about how their activities are going. It is a good opportunity for fellowship and can be held monthly or quarterly as desired by the Cursillo community.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
The Daughters of the King (DOK) are a group of women who participate in various ministries of the church who meet and pray for the mission of the church. There is an emphasis on the seven fold gifts of the spirit.
The Daughters of the King is a sisterhood where members have trained for three months and vow to observe the Order's Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service, the Benedictine Rule of Life. The emphasis is on prayer and ministry.
For information on how to participate contact: Sue Wright.
On select Sundays at 3:30 p.m. CT, the Community of Hope ministry is sponsoring COVID-safe Popup Gospel Sing-Alongs for the Deer Creek residents at: 555 FM 3237, Wimberley, Texas. All are invited to join us to share this wonderful gift with others.
For more information, contact, Sharon East, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want a tasty way to meet more of your fellow members at St. Stephen’s Church? Then consider joining Dinner Buddies, led by Clark and Corlea Burnett. The Dinner Buddies season of monthly meals and fellowship runs October through April (with no meeting in December). Small groups are pre-arranged and meet at either a member’s home or at a local restaurant. The same small group will meet two months and then new groups will be arranged for the next two months, etc.
Registration for the season is during September. We will post the new season’s registration form. If you prefer a hard copy, you can pick one up in McArthur Hall.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN
St. Steve is proud to have its own chapter of National Episcopal Church Women, its mission "to develop relationships throughout the Community, to create events to raise funds to address the needs of St. Stephen's Church and School and the community at large."
Board Members include: Carroll Dolezal, Sharon Lucier, Joann Seeberger, Esther Purcell, Kristen Schmidt, and Sherri Schmitt.
If interested, please contact Sherri Schmitt.
The flowers of St. Stephen's Altar have heard the hymns, prayers and sermon. Arrangements are sent out to extend God's love and healing power into the world. St. Stephen's wish is that the recipients are blessed with faith, hope, health, and happiness.
For information on how to participate contact Martha Knies.
Great Generations Gathering provides a venue where retired, or not-retired people can come together to exchange the richness of their lives and to express thanks to God for their blessings in a variety of ways. EVERYONE is invited and there are no obligations or requirements for participation in the program.
We may have short informative and/or entertaining programs each month in addition to singing and enjoying the music of others. Bring your sack lunch and a drink to the Courtyard. We will visit and enjoy life together!
Great Generations gathers every 3rd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Great Generations is a fellowship-based gathering, which has occurred monthly for more than 10 years, with the premise that getting to know others better in an unstructured setting helps to create an atmosphere of loving relationship among participants, which is essential to the foundational well-being of our parish family and beyond.
For information on how to participate contact Carroll Dolezal.
We all enjoy the snacks provided in McArthur Hall during coffee hour and the church special events. Back in the kitchen there is another group of volunteers, the Kitchen Angels, that keep the pantries, counters, sinks, appliances, and linens neat, tidy, and organized. This sparkling ministry even takes home a full laundry basket of soiled dish towels to wash, dry, fold, and then return to McArthur Hall for the next round of snacking.
If you are interested in signing up solo or with a buddy, you, too, can gain the sweet title of “Kitchen Angel.” Training and instructions are readily available. Simply contact Evie Martin, email@example.com, and Mary McIntosh, firstname.lastname@example.org to show you the ropes.
The Meditations Team writes daily meditations for the church congregation based on the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer and are published weekly and uploaded onto the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church website. The goal is to write pieces that will speak to the reader's heart, illuminate the meaning and applicability of The Word, and spur interest in further study or discussion within the family.
If you have background experience in writing, either personally or professionally please consider joining this ministry. Members are assigned a week of scripture on a rotating basis.
Prayer shawls are made and given to let those who are having a hard time either medically or in other challenges in life know that they are being prayed for and loved.
Shawls are also helpful for warmth in cold hospital rooms. We meet most Thursdays 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2. Regardless of your needlecraft skills, we’d love to have you join us in this worthwhile ministry. Beginner or Pro…we don’t care. If you are just learning to knit or crochet, we’ll help you through the rough patches. And if you are a pro, we’d appreciate your expertise and welcome your help in teaching those of us with less experience.
For information on how to participate contact Lynne Huston.
Through intercessory prayer, the Prayer Warriors fulfill all requests for parishioners, their families, and former parishioners who are in need of prayer. More than 150 Prayer Warriors pray for each person on our prayer list.
For more information about the Prayer Warriors, please contact one of the
names shown below.
To request prayers, please send your request to both of the names below.
Sending to both will ensure the most expedient handling of your request.
Wear the vest!
Like outdoor ministries? We clean two sections of highway (about five miles) four times a year as part of the Texas Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway Program. Meet and make new friends, "bond" with your teens, and reconnect with old friends! What better way to serve God, our wonderful church and community, and get gentle exercise and fresh air all at the same time? After no more than 2 hours our roadside is transformed. This will put a smile on your face. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Teens 15 years and older may participate with an accompanying adult at a 1:1 ratio of adult-to-teen.
Children younger than 15, at this time, are not allowed participate, due to safety concerns
2021 Cleanup Dates:
St. Stephen’s Santa ministry was created to help provide needy families in the Wimberley community with gifts and food for Christmas. The children of these families are “adopted” by our church members, who then donate money or purchase gifts for them. All gifts, along with a full Christmas meal, will be delivered to the families before Christmas Day. The Santa Ministry is an opportunity for EVERYONE to take part in the spirit of giving during the Christmas season.
Ways to participate in the Santa Ministry:
“Adoption" of a child
Monetary donations: any amount
Donate gift wrapping supplies: boxes, wrapping paper, tape, etc.
Deliver meals and gifts
Story Writers share their current writings with each other without offering critiques. It's a sharing and loving group and we take turns reading at each meeting. The group started meeting as an outgrowth of a workshop on writing your life story. Some attendees wanted to keep going and we have evolved from life-story-writing to open subjects. When we did this, members gleefully took off in all sorts of directions. The one thing that doesn't change is their enjoyment of expressing their creativity. Creativity is a gift from God; we should appreciate and share it.
The only qualifications are an interest in writing. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Meeting Room 2.
TED Talkers is a ministry open to the public for all adults. You are invited to join us with your brown bag lunch in McArthur Hall at 12 noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. (Schedule may change in November and December.) We will watch a select TED Talk followed by a facilitated discussion. TED Talks cover many scientific, cultural, and academic topics.
Hear what our participants have to say:
"I like TED talks because it gives me a break in the middle of the day. The talks are always interesting. And by the way, no pressure to be there every week and you only share if you feel like it."
- Lu Russo Ellis
"These short talks cover technology, entertainment and design in less than 18 minutes. After viewing the video a discussion is held which is diverse and informal. You don’t have to say a thing and can just listen. It is always informative and interesting."
- Al Sander
For more information, contact: Jo Bourke, email@example.com
The Trailblazers is the ministry behind St. Steve's wonderful nature trail and labyrinth.
The Nature Trail was built in 2002-2003 by the Trailblazers and is maintained by this ministry led by Phil Edgington, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Trail is open to the general public dawn to dusk year-round. It is about two miles long. Along the way you will notice bas-relief ceramic icons, representing the 14 Stations of the Cross on the way up the hill and the 14 Stations of the Cross on the way down. The icons were designed by a group of St. Stephen’s artists under the direction of Carroll Dolezal, email@example.com. The niches protecting the icons were constructed by the Trailblazers, as was the outdoor chapel. There is an area on the trail, past the fountain, that is dedicated to all Episcopal priests who have served St. Stephen’s.
The Labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. It was created and maintained by the Trailblazers ministry, led by Phil Edgington, firstname.lastname@example.org. It is open the public from dawn to dusk year round. By walking our replica of the Chartres Labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral around 1220, you are rediscovering a long forgotten mystical tradition that is insisting to be reborn.
Guidelines for the walk: Clear your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives; it touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart. You may “pass” people or let others step around you, whichever is easiest, at the turns. The path is two-way; those going in will meet those coming out. Do what feels natural when this happens.
You may think of walking the labyrinth in three stages:
Purgation: a releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is an act of shedding thoughts and emotions. It quiets and empties the mind as you walk into the labyrinth.
Illumination: may occur when you reach the center. Stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
Union: which is joining God, the divine healing force at work in the world. Each time you walk out of the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching for.
WIDOWS' GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (COMPANIONS)
The Companions meet in the courtyard, Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.
As unthinkable as it is, life sometimes deals us blows that leave holes in our hearts and the inability to function. Leaders of the Widows' Grief Support Ministry, Evie Martin and Mary Goodwin will provide help in learning to cope with these feelings. They will provide a space to understand the loss, emerge from isolation, and form new friendships.
Contact Evie, email@example.com for more information.
The Yoga Ministry is on hiatus until spring
All are welcome to "Gentle Yoga Under the Trees." Our Yoga Ministry will resume its classes outside on the grassy area between the Chapel and FM 3237. While COVID-19 guidelines are in place, participants may wear face coverings and yoga mats will be distanced six or more feet apart.
These classes are open to the public and available for all abilities. No experience is needed. Participants should bring a yoga mat, or feel free to use a chair for this class. Participants are responsible for sanitizing their own mat. We use yoga to sharpen our focus, improve our posture, and to help us heal the aches and pains of body and heart.
For those that would like additional yoga routines to do outside of Tuesday 4:00 p.m. "Gentle Yoga Under the Trees" classes, please see the Gentle and Chair Yoga YouTube playlists below. These recorded videos may be viewed in any order.
For more information, contact: Carla Daws, firstname.lastname@example.org.