Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone

I love Lent. As Hannah Boettcher said at choir rehearsal, I love all the music in minor keys. The Bible readings are full of wonderful images and strong language. And many significant things in my life have happened during Lent. Lent, particularly February is a month of ups and downs. Three parents and a family cat died during February. My youngest son was born in February. I fell in love with Ash Wednesday looking at my eight-day-old son with a smudge of ashes on his forehead. A year later I hated Ash Wednesday when the doctors said that that same child was seriously ill and they had no idea what the problem was. (We never figured out what ailment he had, but he recovered just fine on his o

Feeding the Body and Spirit

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's great hunger meet." Frederick Buechner This was the writing prompt recently for a Lenten reflection. (Spirit to Spirit: A Writing Community on Facebook.) What identifies St. Stephen's to our community better than food? One of the things that attracted me to St. Stephen's was its involvement in the community through the food pantry. This wasn't church with a food closet to feed the few who might dare to knock on the door and ask the pastor for food. This was a church that actively invited people through our doors to serve a community need. Eighteen years ago when I started working on statistics for the food pant

Looking forward, not back

I'm a really bad backer-upper. Which is why at 10:40 last Wednesday morning my car was sitting on top of a snow pile in Ruth Joe's front yard, rather than on the nicely shoveled driveway five feet to the left. (I thought about taking a picture, but decided I didn't want a permanent record of this particular embarrassment.) Being a bad backer-upper fits with me. I'm really not good at things in the past. My husband can remember what date we visited a city 25 years ago. I couldn't remember my old phone number six months after we had moved. I don't know if it's nature or nurture, but for me, when something has passed, it's over and done with and doesn't normally require additional attention fro

Facing Death Through Faith

This is a hard week. People are having to tell their children, and their children's children, that long-time member Fran McKewen died. As I listen to people talk, it sometimes sounds like she took care of half the children in New Castle County. She cared for a lot of children over the decades. She cared for multiple generations of children. She remembered "her children" even decades after they had left her care. I know she had a tremendous impact on the children and their parents. Some have referred to Fran as their baby sitter. More often they have said that Fran helped raise their children. And without fail, people have said that their children/grandchildren adored Fran. I didn't know Fran

St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve


1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806


As a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, we believe that the gospel is God's gift to all people, shared unconditionally and without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or family status, age, physical or mental abilities, outward appearance, or religious affiliation. We seek to live the truth written in Ephesians that Christ breaks down the dividing walls between us and makes us one.


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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

1301 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806



We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Delaware-Maryland Synod.



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