St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Easter Tidings
21st May 2017
Inside St. Stephen's

Contemplative Eucharist

Holy Eucharist
with Festive Choral Music

Sunday School
8 January - Spring @ 9:45 AM
Youth Program - 9:45 AM


Regular Nursery Care Hours
9:30- 11:30am - Childcare
(for infants through age 3)
w/  Charlotte Hall and Asia Trono

This Sunday -
21st May
Sharon Hilpert

Next Sunday -
28th May
Team 14
Katie McGee



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Teach Your Children
St. Stephen's Church 
Sunday School
Children & Youth
Sunday School Classes 
(from 9:45 to the Passing of the Peace at the 10:00 Eucharist, 
or approximately 10:35am)
PreK-1st grade
2nd-3rd grade
4th - 5th grade
Phillip C. Cook Curriculum
Student Ministry
Students fully participate in, and may assist at leading, the most important thing Christians do: worship. When not serving in service, students are encouraged to gather in the youth room to discuss the scriptures. 
Middle and High School students at
 St Stephen's are encouraged to serve the Lord as acolytes, ushers, and scripture readers at the 10 o'clock Eucharist. To volunteer yourself or your child for duties in any of these roles, please contact the church office at  office@ststephenschurch.org or 
put a note in the hands of 
Father Ellsworth. 
(for infants through age 3)

Asia Trono
Charlotte Hall
9:30 - 12:30pm

Sunday Youth Class
9:45 am




How do I become a member of St Stephen's?

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Three things are required to be considered a  member of the church:
1. Declaring a desire to be a member.
3. Receiving communion at least three times in a year. 

If you are not a member of a church, and you have worshiped with us three times or more in the past year, Fr Ellsworth invites you to become a member of St Stephen's. Please inform him of your desire to do so by contacting the Office Manager, Elizabeth Gravely at  elizabeth@ststephenschurch.org.
The rector will welcome new members to the parish informally, with a dinner reception at the rectory, and liturgically, during the 10 o'clock Eucharist on the 5th of March. 
If you have been a member of another Episcopal Church, or a church of another denomination, and wish to have your membership transferred to St Stephen's, email Elizabeth Gravely. She will help you request a letter of transfer.
You may wish to participate in our annual service of Confirmation. This is a way to be identified with the Episcopal Church as the Bishop presides at Confirmation. Confirmation will take place at St Stephen's on the 21st of May. Please email Elizabeth to notify Fr Ellsworth of your desire to be confirmed. 
REST rests

food donations For the REST season just ended April 30, St. Stephen's volunteers were hosts for 6 dinners, serving 300 meals. St. Stephen's volunteers also offered soup, bread and pizza for all 26 Sundays, providing 1300 portions of as a first course warm-up and an assist to all Sunday hosts. Beyond serving a nutritious warm meal, our volunteers worked to connect with the guests, creating a space of hospitality and grace where, for at least a few hours, they felt welcomed, indulged just a little and acknowledged.
A heartfelt thank you to all the very special people who participated in our dinners - to  hosts Millie Froeb and family (twice), Shari Young and Victoria Ellsworth, Marisa Jennings and Pam Martori who planned and organized dinners, to the approximately 40 others who cooked and served, and to the dozen youth who served and/or entertained with their gifts of music. The men so appreciate having young people at the dinners. 
REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) is a program formed over 9 years ago to create an emergency short-term solution to housing the homeless in Marin. As its name suggests, the program for 40 men involves a rotating calendar of 7 churches that offer their facilities weekly so that shelter and a meal is available every night during  the "winter" season.  Each of the 7 churches then creates pyramids of host volunteers who plan, cook and serve dinners for their 26 nights. St. Stephen's participates in the dinners hosted at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sundays for 6 months.
The soup, bread etc. from Cheesecake Factory and Arizmendi Bakery is received at no charge through ExtraFood, an organization that connects companies with excess food with the vulnerable who need it. St. Stephen's partners with them to receive the food, resort and repackage, freeze and distribute it when needed.
If you would like to become involved in the REST dinners for 2017/2018 (November through April), please contact Frances Barbour (dinners) at febarbour@gmail.com and/or Pam Martori (soup service and ExtraFood sorting) at pam@mccaskill.net.

Morning and Evening Prayers - Time/Day Changes
Morning Prayer is said on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM.
Evening Prayer is said on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 PM.

Eco Confirmation is this Saturday the
20th of May at 9 AM at the Golden Gate Overlook at the Presidio Map with Bishop Michael Curry.  Congratulations to St Stephen's ConfirmandsTaliver Woodlief, Skylar Thompson, Isabel Prentis, Brooke Hector, Luke Froeb and Madeline Thiara, who will be participating.

The service will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Golden Gate Overlook.
Above is a link to a map of the location with the event site, parking and bathrooms marked. It is a flat walk from most of the parking to the event location.
Sunday School for Youth and Children
begins at 9:45 AM
Save the Date
Camp Create Sunday
21st May
11:30 AM
Camp Create 2017 Logo Come to the coffee hour following the 10 AM service to learn about this extraordinary day camp (July 17-21) which has been a labor of love sponsored by St. Stephen's for over 20 years. Register, apply or sign up as a volunteer.
  • FOR CAMPERS entering the 1ST - 5TH grades who are curious, like to try new things, enjoy singing, drumming, storytelling and making art, and having fun.
  • FOR COUNSELORS,  9TH grade through age 20,  who wish to learn and use leadership skills, be part of a team doing something significant with children, and have fun.
  • FOR VOLUNTEERS of any age who wish to participate in the magic of this week.
Taos Mission Trip Meeting
21st May
7 PM

TaosGroup16 Parents and students are invited to a brief meeting to pray for the trip and go over details. It should last no more than 45 minutes to an hour. We will cover the topics of travel, packing, schedule and the remaining fundraising.
Sung Candlelight Compline
for the Feast of the Ascension
25th May
9 PM

If you have not yet participated in the magic of the St Stephen's Sung Candlelight Compline, you are missing a lovely experience. Plan on attending this special Feast of the Ascension service.
Family Ministry Forum
4th June
11:30 AM

Holy Family
If you are a parent at St Stephen's or interested in supporting our families, please join us as we begin a new chapter in Family Ministry! This work includes children, youth, college, young adults and parents. St Stephen's needs volunteers to teach, chaperone and mentor the spiritual formation of our children and youth. For a child to successfully grow into adulthood, they generally need seven adults involved in their life through adolescence. Plans for Summer and Fall will be discussed, along with an overview of a ministry structure. If you have questions, please contact David Hirsch, david@ststephenschurch.org. Pick up your coffee and treats and find a seat near the fireplace in Kimball Hall.
Summer Children's Program
Begins 11th June
9:45 AM

Summer sun
Summer Stretch begins 11th June. Children in PK - 5th grade are invited to Summer Stretch in the downstairs classrooms. We will meet together for lessons, music and games throught the summer. "Soft Soft Bags" (coloring pages, mild distractions and the Sunday paper) are available, as always, in the narthex if you would like to bring your children to service with you.
Pentecost Sunday Celebration
4th June
11:30 AM

Pentecost Sunday
Pentecost Sunday, 4th June. Plans are in the works for Abel's delicious  tacos and speaking in tongues! Plan to wear red and celebrate! Please watch this newsletter for details on the taco donation amount to be collected in the taco line. You should also receive an email invitation from Punchbowl.  Please RSVP to let us know how many you plan to feed.  There will be a reduced price for the younger ones.  If you do not receive an email invitation, just RSVP to office@ststephenschurch.org
Pentecost Sunday
Speaking in tongues?
4th June

the red balloons
Please let the office know if you are willing to join a group of folks that will "speak in tongues" on Pentecost Sunday.  If you speak a foreign language, the translation for the Acts reading can be sent to you to read simultaneously with a group of others speaking in other languages.
The result is one of "speaking in tongues".  Contact John Hirten at Johnkhirten@ststephenschurch.org to join the group.  
Save the Date
7th June

Tennessee Valley The Explorer's Club will hike Tennessee Valley to the beach on 7th June.  The total distance is four miles.  A little bit of rough terrain, but mostly flat.  Bring water and a snack.  Lunch will be at the Shoreline Cafe.  Meet at Blackie's at 9:45am and wear good shoes.
On the Rector's Summer Reading List

RankinBook A Life of Service: Jones Laviwa, Refugees, Relief, and AIDS in rural Malawi. The book describes Mr. Laviwa, a Malawian social worker, growing up in Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), helping some of the one million refugees from a vicious Mozambican civil war, rehabilitating land for impoverished Malawian subsistence farmers, and finally being the Malawi Country Director for GAIA (Global Aids Interfaith Alliance) during the peak of a staggering AIDS epidemic in rural Malawian villages. The author of the book is our own Bill Rankin, sometime Rector of St Stephen's, and a member of the parish.   The book is available through this link at Lulu.

A Special Thank You!
Mission Trip Fundraiser

Many thanks to St. Stephen's parishioners, families, and friends for attending the Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast last Sunday in support of the Taos Mission Trip.  The proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast and your donations will keep the teens well fed during their work on two homes for families in Taos, NM this coming June.
Thank you to our teen servers: Christopher Peters, Nicole Peters, Matthew Fisher, Nik Fisher, Sophia Margulies, Skylar Lyrek, Ava Shaw, Aidan Hall, Charlotte Hall.  And thanks to great teamwork in the kitchen by the pancake cooking Dads: Jeff Fisher, Rod Hall, Johnny Prentis, Darryl DeVinney and Mike Peters, plus Sam Gerner and Duncan Alexander. Thank you one and all!
St Stephen's Youth will be working June  19-23 on houses #31 and #32 that Habitat for Humanity has built for families in Taos, NM.
Taos Partner Families 2017:
The Padilla Family
The Padillas will be in House #31.Angela and Augustin Padilla are parents to 3 adorable children: Laelah (2) and twins Paul & Benjamin (1). Angela is a stay at home mom; her little ones keep her very busy! Augustin works at Wolfgang Spa Works, repairing and installing hot tubs.They are both originally from Taos and have lived here most all their lives. They did live in Denver for a few years, but decided to return to Taos because this is the place of their hearts and home.They're happy to be back with family and are currently living with Angela's mom because they can't afford a decent place of their own at Taos prices. 
The Jeffs Family
The Jeffs family will be in House #32.Tamar is the single mother of 6 amazing children! Yes, 6 children ranging from 17 months to 17 years old! Tamar is a full time mom, full time student and runs her own housekeeping business.We honestly don't know how she does it! She moved to Taos to be closer to her sister and feels like she is finally home! Her hope for her family is that having a house of their own will mean security for her children who have had a rocky time in their short life.  
10th June
8:00 PM

Chanticleer will perform
Psalm at St Stephen's in June:
Transcendent prayers of thanksgiving and consolation, psalms of happiness and paeans of praise, music has comforted and confounded saints and sinners alike for as long as spirituality and music have gone together. Dufay, Poulenc, Weelkes Victoria and Palestrina will accompany the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner John Harbison's first composition for Chanticleer.

St. Stephen's  Calendar:
21, 28  Services at 8 & 10 AM
  Morning Prayer - Tue, Wed, Thurs at 9:30 AM
  Evening Prayer -Tue, Thur at 5:30 PM

20 Eco-Confirmation at the Presidio Golden Gate Overlook at 9 AM
      with Bishop Michael Curry
21 Baptism at the 10 AM service
25 Sung Candlelight Compline for the Feast of the Ascension - 9 PM
29 Memorial Day - Church Office Closed

4, 11, 18, 25  Services at 8 & 10 AM
  Morning Prayer - Tue, Wed, Thurs at 9:30 AM
  Evening Prayer -Tue, Thur at 5:30 PM

  4  Pentecost - and Baptism
  4  Family Ministry Forum - Kimball Hall - 11:30 AM
10  Chanticleer Concert - 8 PM
18  Father's Day
18 - 24 Mission Trip
2nd/4th Mondays: Knitting Group - 10:30am
1st Wednesday: The Outdoor Explorers Club
5thThursdays:  Contemplative Prayer - 8:30am   
Thursdays: 9:50am-1pm or 12:50-4pm - Volunteers at the Thrift Shop
Thursday: Choir Practice - 7:30pm
2nd Thursday of the Month: Homeward Bound Meals
4th Thursday of the Month: Westminster Hot Lunch
Saturday:  Sunday School help - 9:30 - 11:30am (not 11/26)
1st Sunday of the Month: Healing Prayers at 8am & 10am 
Sundays: Children's Music with John after the 10am service
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