Adult Enrichment Series/Events

Catholicism and Protestantism: Which One Is More Biblical?

A series presented by Fr. Joe Kuharski

I recently had a conversation with a man here in Anoka, who after introducing himself, mentioned that he “grew up” Catholic, at which point my heart sank.  I told him that I was sorry to hear that, as I usually do, but I could tell that he believed that this was not by any means a sad thing, but that now he has encountered something newer and supposedly more biblical.  He started to reveal, though, that his family had not really been too close to their Catholic faith, and we launched into a long debate (yet nevertheless cordial in tone) about whether or not the Catholic faith is the true faith given to us by Jesus Christ Himself.  I have heard from other Catholics about their difficulty in talking to others and trying to explain why the Catholic Church is, indeed, the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself, whether this be to colleagues, friends, or their own children or grandchildren.  In this three-part series, I would like to look at some of the questions we might have about how the Catholic Church is the same Church as the early Christian Church, and, more importantly to the Protestant mindset, is also the most biblical. Join us Sunday evenings, April 22, 29, and May 6 from 7:15-8:30 p.m. in FCC 10.


Alpha Series

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This past fall, a group of 45 people tried Alpha in the first course offered here at St. Stephen’s. Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith over snacks, an engaging video, and a small group discussion. Alpha is open to all—parishioners and guests! Millions of people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and the course has been translated into 112 different languages.

Another “Alpha at St. Stephen’s Church” course launched Wednesday, January 31.  There will be eleven Wednesday night sessions (6:15-7:30 p.m.) through May 2 (no sessions February 14, March 14 and 21).  Consider attending the next Alpha course with family members and friends. We are compiling an e-mail list for those interested in learning more about attending Alpha. To get on the e-mail list, contact Deacon Matt via email or call him at 763-712-7490.

Sessions build on topics from previous session(s), but you are welcome to join any sessions you would like.

Session Topics

1:  Is There More to Life than This?  (January 31)

2:  Who is Jesus?  (February 7)

3:  Why did Jesus Die?  (February 21)

4:  How can I have Faith?  (February 28)

5:  Why and How Should I Pray?  (March 7)

6:  Why and How Should I Read the Bible?  (March 28)

7:  How Does God Guide Us?  (April 4)

W: Weekend Session  (April 7)

W1:  Who is the Holy Spirit?

W2:  What does the Holy Spirit Do?

W3:  How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

W4:  How Can I make the Most of the Rest of My Life?

8:  How can I Resist Evil?  (April 11)

9:  Why and How Should I Tell Others?  (April 18)

10:  Does God Heal Today?  (April 25)

11:  What About the Church?  (May 2)

Alpha Testimony with Deacon Matt Shireman from Proclaim on Vimeo.