Coronavirus Updates

March, 23

Beloved People of God,

May God's peace and healing be with you all. I pray that at this time you are finding comfort in God's care. In order to continue to share God's Good News we are going to adhere to Governor Mike DeWine's Stay at Home order for all Ohio residents who are not engaged in essential work or activity. 


The good Lutheran question is, "What does this mean for church workers?"

Here is what the order states on page 5:
12. Essential Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this order, Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, and the following:
e.   Religious Entities. Religious facilities, entities and groups and religious gatherings, including weddings and funerals.


The NEOS Synod is working on definitive clarification on what this means for live-streaming services. We will continue to limit the number of people involved in producing our services. Following CDC guidelines, St. Stephen is closed for worship and all other activities. We will continue to stream our worship services online. Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm through lent, and on Sunday's at 9:15 am and 10:30 am, we will live stream our service using Facebook live. We encourage you to log on and join us. 

Please log on to St. Stephen's Facebook page to participate. Go to  If you can't log in at the appointed time, please know that all services will remain on our Facebook page and our blog for viewing.

I have made the move to restrict office hours. They will be reduced in order to adhere and enforce the call to physical distance so that we can continue to provide as safe an environment as possible. The office will be open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Monday thru Thursday.

  • Pastor Roth will be in the office, generally, Monday – Thursday.

  • Pastor Andrew will have office hours on Tuesday and Wednesdays 10-1 p.m.

Much of the work will be completed from their homes but both pastors are available for conversation and counseling as arranged and agreed upon by all parties. They can always be reached by phone. (see below)

  • Rachel will be in the office Monday -Thursday 9-2.

  • Rhonda will be in on Mondays and Wednesdays,

  • Allie will be in on Tuesdays and Thursdays 

  • Lydia will be in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • All other staff will vary as needed. Obviously, this is all subject to change.   

We do want to invite you to continue to provide care to our caregivers. One way to do that listed below. 

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Bruce

Pastor Bruce
Pastor Andrew

DIY Facemask
Summa Health's Corporate Office is accepting DIY Facemasks. Masks may be mailed or delivered to: 

Volunteer Services Office at Akron Campus

525 E. Market Street

Akron, OH 44304.


All masks will be cleaned and inspected prior to usage.

Here is what you will need to make a DIY facemask: 

  • 100% cotton fabric – prints are acceptable 

  • 100% cotton flannel for lining – softer fabric goes next to the face for comfort

  • Two 7” pieces of 1/8” flat elastic

  • Sewing machine, thread, and scissors


  1. Cut 9” x 6” rectangles of fabric from both types of fabric

  2. Place two rectangles together, right sides facing

  3. Place ends of elastic in the corners between layers

  4. Sew around the rectangle with ¼” seam allowance leaving a 2-inch gap along one of the long sides for turning. Reinforce corners and ensure elastic is secure by sewing forward and backward at the corners. 

  5. Turn mask inside out and press flat, keep ¼” seam allowance pressed toward the inside of the mask at the opening.

  6. Pin three 1” tucks on each side of the mask.  Make sure the tucks are all going in the same direction.

  7. Sew around the edge of the mask twice to secure the tucks and close the opening. 

St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church

4600 Fulton Drive NW   Canton, OH 44718   330.492.4591

Summer Service Times

Outdoors Sunday at 9:00 & 10:30 am

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