23rd April 2017
St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Easter Tidings

Inside St. Stephen's

Contemplative Eucharist

Holy Eucharist
with Music
(Choir is on break this week)

Sunday School
8 January - Spring @ 9:45am


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

This Sunday -
23rd April 2017
Team 9
Mimi Sardou

Next Sunday -
30 April
Team 10
Elizabeth Mitchell



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Teach Your Children
St. Stephen's Church 
Sunday School
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
The best spiritual formation 
St Stephen's can provide Middle and High School students at 10 o'clock on Sunday mornings is full engagement in the 10 o'clock Eucharist. Students will fully participate in, and may assist at leading, the most important thing Christians do: worship. During the reception which follows, students are encouraged to gather in the youth room to discuss the scriptures and the service in which they just participated. 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
30th April
will be held at 9:45am
instead of 11:30am




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. 
Wait List spaces only left
Mission Trip 
18th - 24th June 2017

Taos Group Shot at Work

Location: Taos, New Mexico
Only wait list spaces remain for the Mission trip to Taos, NM.
Bring the following three completed forms and a deposit check of $400
(for airline tickets)  (payable to St. Stephen's Church with Mission Trip 2017 in the memo line)
to the church office to reserve a space.  For more information, contact
If you require financial assistance, please fill out and return the three linked forms and contact David Hirsch.  

Critical details:
1. The check should be made out to St. Stephen's Church with Mission Trip 2017 in the memo line.
2. T he youth's Middle name must be included to reserve their flight.
Sunday School begins at 9:45 AM
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Father Schaper Celebrates
and Parish Retreat  
Father Schaper will preside over the services this Sunday.  The Choir will return on 30th April.

Several of St Stephen's parishioners will be at the Parish Retreat in Healdsburg.
Special Thanks Thank you
To Janice Dalzell-Piper who did a hero's work organizing both coffee hours last Sunday, and to her crew of angels.  Thanks also to the magnificent St Stephen's choir, to John Karl Hirten, to the Altar Guild, to David Hirsch and his father, to Bruce Auld, to Elizabeth Gravely and to all who helped in service and with the logistics and cleaning for Holy Week.
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From now  through 18th May students in grades 6 - 12 are invited to spend Thursday evenings together. We will start with some pizza and games followed by a 30 minute discussion. This is a chance to grow together as a group and deepen our faith through food, fun study and prayer.
Morning Prayer- 8am
Evening - 5:30pm 
Morning Prayer is said in the church at 8am on weekdays, Monday through Friday.  Evening Prayer is said in the church at 5:30pm on weekdays, Monday through Friday.
All are welcome. 
Confirmation Classes continue on the 23rd of April at 
St Stephen's
Questions: email David Hirsch, the Director of Family Ministry, at  david@ststephenschurch.org 

Regular classes are held Sunday Evenings from 6-7:30pm in the Becker Conference room, with dinner provided, on the following evenings:

  April  23rd, 30th*
    *Possible Retreat date of April 28th and 29th 
Youth Class youth room
30th April
9:45 AM instead of 11:30
On Sunday 30th April, the youth will meet in the classroom at 9:45 AM, the regular Sunday School time, instead of after church.
Adult Bible Education Apostle
30th April
This spring, Adult Ed continues working its way through the history, legends, and significance of the twelve apostles to the early church, using Tom Bissell's book, "Apostle," as our guide (and any other resources participants want to bring to bear). April 30 will be chapters 6-8: Andrew, John and (doubting) Thomas.   Come and learn their stories. 
Link for book on Amazon: click here. 
Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast pancakes
Mission Trip Fundraiser
14th May
9 AM to 10 AM
Beginning at 9 AM and continuing through to 10 AM, the youth will host a pancake breakfast to honor the St Stephen's mothers and raise money for the Taos Mission Trip, June 18th - 24th.  This trip is  wait-list only, and our lucky youth will build homes in Taos for Habitat for Humanity.  Plan to treat your Mom, and invite your friends.Tickets are $10.  For more information   contact Mike Peters.
American Bach Soloists ABS
5th May
8 PM
The American Bach Soloists, our resident artists, perform G.F. Handel's La Resurrezione at St Stephen's in concert on 5th May at 8 PM.  Tickets at americanbach.org
San Francisco Renaissance Voices SFRVoices
Late Renaissance music
14th May
Italian Renaissance and baroque music for women's voices.  Tickets at sfrv.org
Sung Candlelight Compline Contemplative Prayer
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.
Artist-in-Residence AIR Pablo Gaito
Pablo has a passion for inspiring and developing others to create systemic change and transformation, in both their business and personal lives. A native of Argentina, Pablo has been working to integrate the artist and the business person he has become. Pablo holds both an MBA and a M.A. in Human Development. He works in Human Resources and finds time to paint at his home studio.  To find out more and view his portfolio, go to his webpage here: pablogaitoart.com 
Addressing Marin's Housing Crisis
Congregation Kol Shofar
30th April
Join the Marin Organizing Committee for a workshop on realistic strategies for ordinary homeowners, renters, and landlords to work together on solutions for Marin's shelter needs.  Program is from 3 - 6pm.  215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon.  Register at bayareaiaf@gmail.com
St. Stephen's  Calendar:
23, 30  Services at 8 & 10am
  Morning Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 8am
  Evening Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 5:30pm
  Student Ministry - Thursdays in Lent - 6:15pm

Student Ministry - Thursdays in Lent - 6:15pm
21-23 Parish Retreat
30 Adult Bible Education - Apostles
30 Youth meet at 9:45am instead of after church

7, 14, 21, 28  Services at 8 & 10am
  Morning Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 8am
  Evening Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 5:30pm
  Student Ministry - Thursdays through 18th May - 6:15pm

  3 Explorer's Club to Filoli Gardens - TBD
  5 American Bach Soloists - 8pm - Tickets
14 Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - 9am-10am - $10
14 San Francisco Renaissance Voices Concert - 4pm - Tickets
21 Eco-Confirmation at the Presidio Golden Gate Overlook at 9am
      with Bishop Michael Curry
25 Sung Candlelight Compline for the Feast of the Ascension - 9pm

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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