Community

St. Stephen’s Parish seeks to assist those with physical/material needs through several ministries:

 

Help Bring Christmas Cheer to Those in Need

 

Here at St. Stephen’s Church, we have done an amazing job of reaching out to over 125 of our hungry and homeless neighbors through our Christmas Basket program each year! Your generous donations have brought joy and hope to families struggling with unexpected hardships during the holiday season. You reach out to families in the entire Anoka County area through parish referrals, the social workers at neighborhood schools and CEAP (Community Emergency Action Program).


It is easy to be involved in this program; there is something that everyone can give!


1. You could consider sponsoring a family. All you have to do is make one phone call to Amy (763-712-7441) to get started.

 

2. You can give through the Santa’s Gift Box collection. Look for large gift wrapped boxes placed at the three main entrances to the Faith Community Center beginning November 23, and drop off toys for all ages. Please consider donations that teens will enjoy as well. Santa’s Gift Box will also accept your contributions of mittens, hats, scarves and socks.

 

3. Monetary contributions are welcome. Make checks payable to the Church of St. Stephen Christmas Basket Program. These donations are used to provide baskets of food and toys for families that are not sponsored by parishioners.

 

4. Volunteers are needed. The Christmas Basket program runs so well each year due to our dedicated volunteers. Help is needed from
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 5. Volunteers are especially needed in the afternoon hours to help with hospitality, distribution of baskets and clean up. If you are able to help, please call Amy at 763-712-7441.

 

Baskets will be distributed Friday, December 5. Thank you for considering how you might be involved with Christmas Baskets this year!

 

Food Drives

St. Stephen's conducts food drives for the local foodshelf each March, August and November.  The food is given to ACBC (Anoka County Brotherhood Council).

Family Table Meal

A hot delicious meal is served in St. Stephen's Faith Community Center the third Saturday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The meal is free of charge and open to anyone in need of a warm meal and companionship.  There will not be a meal in June 2015. 

Meals on Wheels

This ministry is a combination of friendly visitors and home delivered hot meals for individuals who cannot prepare their own food.  Volunteers pick up meals at Mercy Hospital and deliver them to several homes on a pre-determined route throughout the western Anoka/Champlin area.

Loaves and Fishes

This ministry allows parishioners to prepare food, serve supper and offer hospitality to those in need at River of Life Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis every third Tuesday of the month.

Christmas Basket Program

Each November the parish receives referrals from parishioners, social service organizations and schools to assist families in need of food and gifts for Christmas.  Parishioners can "adopt" families and provide a Christmas Basket by purchasing food, toys, clothing, etc.   There are also toy collection bins in various locations around the church and a tree in the Gathering Place on which gifts of warmth (hats, gloves, mittens, socks) can be placed. The Christmas Baskets are typically distributed in early December.

St. Stephen’s Parish also ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of the community:

 

Twin Rivers Care Center

Prayer service and Eucharist is provided the first Wednesday of every month.  Mass is celebrated the third Wednesday of every month.  Individual anointing offered twice a year and on an emergency basis.

Anoka Care Center

Prayer service and Eucharist is offered the third Friday of each month.  Mass is celebrated the first Friday of each month. Individual anointing offered twice a year and on an emergency basis.

Mill Pond Gables

Prayer service and Eucharist offered weekly.

River Oaks Senior Housing

Prayer service and Eucharist the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center

Mass is celebrated Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Weekly visits made by one of the priests.

 

Anoka County Correctional Facility

Mass celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at 8:00 a.m. Prayer service with Eucharist is offered on a rotating basis.  Individual requests can be made for a visit or Confession.

Mercy Hospital

Visits and Eucharist every Monday to parishioners who are hospitalized.  Visits and Eucharist every Thursday to all Catholic patients. Visits and Eucharist to all Catholic patients the fourth Sunday of every month.

Homebound

Visits and Eucharist to homebound parishioners on a weekly basis.

Walker Plaza

Visit and Eucharist to parishioners every Tuesday afternoon and occasional Sunday afternoon prayer service.

 

Opportunities to Serve in the Community

 

Alexandra House located in Blaine.  Teens must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.  Work includes sorting and shelving donations.  Contact their Volunteer Coordinator at 763-656-1368.

 

Goodwill in Coon Rapids.  Volunteers must be sixteen years of age and older.  Must attend a one-time ½ hour of orientation held every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Work includes sorting and folding clothing donations.  For more information, call 763-712-3468.

 

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) located in Coon Rapids.  People can volunteer alone at various times throughout the day or with WHO group the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m.  Work includes packing food.  Contact FMSC at 763-951-7310 or you can also register to volunteer online  http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Default.aspx.

 

ACBC Food Shelf located in Anoka.  Call 763-422-0046 to sign up for hours before volunteering.  Work includes stocking shelves and packing groceries.

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Related Topics

Contact Amy Chabot at 763-712-7441 or by email.

 

>Click here for the community family meals and food distributions calendar.

 

Let us be concerned with one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.
- Hebrews 10:24