St Stephen’s: Celebrates 100 Years

The 1913 pictures show that there were no trees to be seen and we were known as ‘the little church on the prairie’. As the huge trees that now fill our green space have put down their roots deep into the soil, so have the faithful members put their faith, love and commitment into this community whose roots are deep.

Our centennial celebrations began on January 26, 2013 with a beautiful Gala Dinner with a full house and great entertainment by a multitude of ‘in-house’ talent. Worship Sunday morning was a continuation of the celebration and thanksgiving to God for the first service that happened exactly 100 years ago. We are grateful for all the people of faith who lived out their discipleship through the teaching and inspiration of the Holy Spirit in St Stephen’s. In 1913 pictures show that there were no trees to be seen and we were known as ‘the little church on the prairie’. As the huge trees that now fill our green space have put down their roots deep into the soil, so have the faithful members put their faith, love and commitment into this community whose roots are deep.

Every other month this year (excluding summer) a different group from the church hosted an event: Spaghetti Supper, Elvis Night, Family Fun Day, Golf Tournament, Applebee’s Breakfast plus a huge celebration around the confirmation of eight of our young people. There were many people who made this anniversary year a success, but we are especially grateful to Tracy Peacock who grew up at St Stephen’s and was the inspiration and leader of us all throughout the year.

Our big centennial weekend was October 18-20 with people coming from out of town to celebrate with us. Friday evening was an open house with a short welcome, then lots of time for people to visit and walk around to the displays and view the many tables of archives with articles and picture albums. The Archive Committee worked for several years providing St Stephen’s with an incredible gift of history organized in a manner that provides easy access for people in the future. Saturday included a Fun Day for families and in the evening an awesome dinner and dance. Sunday the church was full and when the voices filled the temple with “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of Glory, Lord of Love”, the Holy Spirit was clearly strong and powerful in the hearts of God’s people, one hundred years later.

The Silver Tea with fancy sandwiches and dainties from 100-year old recipes was a great conclusion to a wonderful weekend and a fantastic centennial year! Thanks be to God!

St Stephen's Church, 1913

St Stephen’s Church, 1913

St Stephen's Church, 2013

St Stephen’s Church, 2013

by Allan Pfeil