Learn & Practice

Working within our own community and extending our reach to help others in Contra Costa County and beyond through direct service, financial assistance and connections with partner organizations, St. Stephen’s strives to embody our mission to know, to love, and to serve Christ.

The St. Stephen’s Outreach Committee oversees and coordinates the many events and activities that make up our outreach ministry and serves others in our local and global community. For more information, please contact Lynne Noone: lynnenoone@gmail.com or Mindy Bush: minbush@comcast.net

Upcoming Outreach Opportunities

October – November 2017 – Thanksgiving Angel Project*
Providing food and other essentials for several local community service agencies (e.g. Monument Crisis Center, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing). For more information, contact Mindy Bush: minbush@comcast.net

Every 5th Wednesday – Loaves and Fishes (9:00am-12:00pm)
November 29, 2017, January 31, 2018, May 30, 2018, August 29, 2018, and October 31, 2018
A group of volunteers meet at church every 5th Wednesday at 8:30 to drive to Loaves and Fishes in Pittsburgh. There is a core group committed to this ministry, but more volunteers are welcome and needed! The job consists of preparing the meals, which means 3 hours of chopping, cutting and cleaning vegetables and fruit, or opening a lot of cans (LOTS!!) or cutting beef roasts into stew meat. There is no cooking and the recipients do not come to the catering facility.  The food is sent by truck to four places in the county where 600+ people a day get a hot main meal.  The most rewarding thing about it is that the team has built a community and friendships and are so appreciated by the staff!  Please contact Gaby Blake for more information or to sign up: (925) 376-1286; glapachet@gmail.com

December 2017 – Winter Nights at St. John Vianney
Monday December 11 – Sunday December 18
Winter Nights Homeless Family Rotating Shelter in Contra Costa County, CA provides homeless families with children a clean, safe, and warm shelter. Faith congregations provide space, meals and volunteers. We partner with St. John Vianney’s in Walnut Creek who hosts the families at their church. Each year, over 100 volunteers from St. Stephen’s serve during our assigned week. Sign ups will start in November. For more information contact Ann Lawrence: annlawrence617@gmail.com

December 2017, January 2018 and February 2018 – Fundraising parties for St. Dorothy’s Nature to Neighborhoods Camp
This February, St. Stephen’s will financially support St. Dorothy’s Rest as they host 40-50 youths from Nature to Neighborhoods for a winter retreat. For more information or if you are interested in hosting a fundraising party please contact Maria Hjelm: mhjelm@berkeley.edu

March 2018 – Easter Angel Project*
Providing food and other essentials for several local community services agencies. For more information, contact Mindy Bush: minbush@comcast.net

April 2018 – Plant sale for St. Dorothy’s Hospital Camps
An annual plant sale sponsored by Ann Lawrence, Dan Swander and the Garden Club to raise money for St. Dorothy’s Hospital Camps. For more information, contact Ann Lawrence: annlawrence617@gmail.com

May 2018 – Woods to Waves Fundraiser
Woods-to-Waves is a 14-mile hike that raises funds to help cover the cost of hospital camps at St. Dorothy’s Rest. It is beautiful and great exercise! For more information, contact Scott Rhodes: rhoades.family@comcast.net

July – August 2018 – 100 Backpacks for St. Cornelius in Richmond
100 backpacks and school supplies for grades K-5 are collected each year for St. Cornelius School in Richmond. For more information, please contact Roxy Klein: roxygklein@comcast.net or Maria Hjelm: mhjelm@berkeley.edu

Summer 2018 – Shelter Inc.**
Members of the congregation will provide and serve meals to Shelter Inc. residents in Martinez. For more information please contact Susie White: swhite1451@comcast.net

Summer 2018 – Senior High School Youth Group Mission Trip (destination TBD)

Summer 2018 – Middle High School Youth Group Community Organizing Immersion

For more information, please contact: Ethan Lowery: ethan@ststephensorinda.org

* Due to Winter Nights falling in mid-December this year, we will not be collecting gifts for Christmas Angel Project so we can focus our energy on Winter Nights. We will work with our agencies around Easter to provide support to these groups. 

** Pending confirmation of work dates