a Sanctuary for all

During the Covid 19 Pandemic, rental of our facility has been suspended. 

Facility Use & Rental

Our facility and park are available for rental to the public.  Click Here to see our Facility Use Fees.   Alcohol is only allowed with approval from our Council.  Please visit our Calendar tab above to check for available dates.


It is a special occasion when we celebrate the joining of two lives.  St. Stephen’s offers its intimate worship space, seating approximately 120 people, as well as garden areas.  The Community Hall is available for receptions—all coordinated by our Pastor for Administration and Outreach at 916-933-1441.

Weddings are usually for persons who have some connection with the congregation—members, or family members, or those who are regular with us in worship.  Your participation is encouraged and welcome, and you might start by visiting with us and spending time with the pastors.

Begin the preparations for weddings by contacting the pastors (916-933-1441).  In addition to some connection with the parish, other basics are:

  • The engaged couple should consider why they are to be married in a church.  What role does God play in the marriage?  What role will a church community play in the marriage?
  • Both partners are normally baptized, if it is to be a Christian ceremony.
  • Same gender weddings are welcome.
  • Persons preparing for marriage will meet several times with a pastor to talk in depth about their commitment to each other and the unique things that each of them bring to this relationship.
  • You may choose to have your own officiant. Contact the office for more details.
  • Some fees may apply.


The loss of a loved one is one of life’s significant passages.  It is also a time for family and friends to gather to celebrate the Christian perspective that death is not the end of life.  Our celebrations are memorials of unique lives lived among us, and they also focus on the good news of God for us at this kind of time.

As with weddings, in most circumstances the person being remembered, or family, will have some connection with the congregation.  The time to start thinking about the end of life is not only when someone has died, but right now.  Each of us, when we were born, came into life knowing that it is a terminal condition.  We will all die someday.  The uniquely Christian message is that this is not the end of the story.  The resurrection of Jesus is the hope and promise for us all.

The pastors are available to discuss your needs, your faith life, and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

Memorial Celebrations at St Stephen’s

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St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

1001 Olson Lane El Dorado Hills CA 95762 US