8 January - Spring @ 9:45am
Regular Nursery Care Hours
9:30- 11:30am - Childcare
(for infants through age 3)
and Charlotte Hall
19 February 2017
Next Sunday -
CHILDREN & YOUTH
St. Stephen's Church
Sunday School Classes
(from 9:45 to the Passing of the Peace at the 10:00 Eucharist,
or approximately 10:35am)
4th - 5th grade
Phillip C. Cook Curriculum
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
put a note in the hands of
(for infants through age 3)
8:30 - 12:30pm
BAPTISM'S AT ST STEPHEN'S
If anyone is interested in
a Baptism at
St. Stephen's, please contact Father Ellsworth directly at
It is not too late to pledge.
We need your support. Thanks to all who have pledged.
Joe Jennings and Bob McCaskill
"God looks at the heart; not the hand...the giver; not the gift.
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR 2017
The 2017 Flower Chart is now in the Narthex of the church. Please sign up for your special Sunday. The donation for flowers is $150. You will be contacted the week prior to your Sunday for your floral dedication. You may send your check and dedication to the office any time prior to your chosen Sunday. If you have any questions, please see Ginny Preston or
Teachers are needed for upcoming Sundays. If you are able to teach, please contact David Hirsch as soon as possible at this
click through link to David.
ARTISTS - IN - RESIDENCE
For the month of February, the St. Stephen's Artist in Residence :Gallery Space will feature the art work of the following young members of St Stephen's Church:
A 6-year-old at Reed Elementary School.
Her works are entitled
Precious Things With No Boundaries," a collage
"Person Kissing a Big Pink Star" and
"Big Arch With Birds" watercolor
An 11-year-old at Bel Aire School
" Still Life" in watercolor and pastel
(created several years ago in a Master Art Class)
A 10-year-old at Bel Aire School
"Airplane," painted in oil.
MORNING PRAYER - 8am
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.
EARTH & ALTAR WINTER VEGETABLE HARVEST
9:30AM - 10:15AM
Youth and Children Welcome.
We have broccoli, cauliflower and collard greens to harvest from our winter vegetable crops. Apologies for the short notice, but they have all come in at the same time.
Please join Joe Jennings and David Hirsch to learn about winter vegetable gardening and to help harvest from our garden for the Marin food bank. If you have gardening gloves and hand clippers please bring them. We will gather in the back parking lot at the vegetable garden.
Father Ellsworth will provide a spiritual reflection for all of us from this reading for our harvest from this week's first lesson.
Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18
"The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God."
NORTH STAR VOCAL ARTISTS CONCERT 'ASCENDIT'
North Star will perform sacred motets in the new millennium at St. Stephen's. They continue their mission to sing beautiful accessible, recent works by the world's most acclaimed composers of choral music, including John Muehleisen, Abbie Betinis, Ivo Antognini, Ola Gjeilo, Frank Ferko, Sanford Dole, Karl Jenkin, Mark Templeton, and Arvo Part.
More info on the web.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS PROMPTLY - 9:45AM
WELCOME TO THE RECTOR'S FORUM
This Sunday, the 19th of February,
Fr Ellsworth will teach the second installment in a two-part series: The Liturgy, Ash Wednesday, and Lent. Please bring your food and drink from Coffee Connections and join him in front of the fireplace in Kimball Hall at 11:30.
DRIED PALM FRONDS NEEDED
If you have palm fronds from last year's Palm Sunday, or dried palm cuttings that you can donate, Father Ellsworth would like to use them for the Burning of the Palms on Shrove Tuesday for Ash Wednesday. Please bring them to the office.
SIGN UP NOW
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Signups for the Mission trip to Taos, NM began last Sunday. The trip will fill up quickly, so a prompt registration is encouraged.
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.
1. The check should be made out to
St. Stephen's Church with Mission Trip 2017 in the memo line.
he youth's Middle Name
must be included
to reserve their flight.
ADULT BIBLE EDUCATION
Discussion of Revelation by Elaine Pagels. The author is an expert on philosophy and ideas of the early Christian era. And prior to writing this book she also became a practicing Christian. discussion led by Karl Belgum. Link to book on Amazon
SHROVE TUESDAY POTLUCK DINNER
Join St. Stephen's for a Breakfast themed potluck dinner on Shrove Tuesday. We will eat, play and learn from Father Ellsworth about "Shroves." We will also discuss how we plan to observe Lent this year. For more information contact email@example.com
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the
observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and
meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning
of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now
kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
- Ash Wednesday Service BCP p. 265
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF ST STEPHEN'S?
Three things are required to be considered a member of the church:
1. Declaring a desire to be a member.
2. Contributing financially in a way known to the Financial Office.
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
. 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.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
NOON & 7pm
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at both services. Music at the 7pm service.
BEGINNING 2 MARCH
6:15 - 7:30pm
On Thursdays in Lent, Fr Ellsworth will lead a seminar discussion of
Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer,
a book by Rowan Williams, sometime Archbishop of Canterbury. The seminar will meet over a simple supper on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:30pm.
is a short, beautifully written book of four chapters, with questions designed for group discussion. The book is available for
$6 on Amazon through this link.
Contact Elizabeth Gravely
to let Fr Ellsworth know that you'll attend the seminar. Please read the book, or at least the first chapter, before we meet for our initial session on the 2nd of March. The simple supper will be provided for a suggested donation $5 per person. Invite your friends.
STUDENT MINISTRY SMALL GROUP
BEGINNING 2 MARCH
March 2nd through May 18th 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.
FOOTWASHING ON MAUNDY THURSDAY
When Fr Ellsworth asks you to participate in the Maundy Thursday footwashing please say yes. Or even if he doesn't ask, but you would like to participate, please let the office know firstname.lastname@example.org
David and the staff are scheming up some great teaching and activities...couches, costumes and competitions may be involved. Registration has begun and more details are coming soon. Fill out the Registration Form in the link below and and
check made out to St. Stephen's Church with Parish Retreat 2017 in the memo line
to reserve your spaces. As always, scholarships are available for this event. You may hand these to David or turn them in to Elizabeth in the office. For more information, contact
Students $160 (13-18)
Children $110 (3-12)
2 and under Free
SF RENAISSANCE VOICES CONCERT
"Lady, My Lady" Music & Poetry of the Renaissance presented by the San Francisco Renaissance Voices, on Sunday, 26 February at 4pm. $30 General, $25, Student/Senior, $20 Child under 12. At the door 30 minutes before each show or online at
SAVE THE DATE
CELEBRATION OF A NEW MINISTRY
The Bishop will be at St. Stephen's for the Celebration of a New (well, close to new) Ministry for Father Ellsworth, on March 4th at 6pm. The Reverend William McD. Tully, sometime Rector of St. Bartholomew's in the City of New York, and Father Ellsworth's mentor, will be the preacher. Invite your friends for this great Parish party. Clergy should wear red stoles.
RECEPTION: Following this Celebration of New Ministry installation, there will be a reception in Kimball Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend what will be a fun party. Wine and appetizers will be served for the adults Our youth will be serving and we will be entertained by Father Ellsworth's son Gabriel on the piano. Childcare will be provided downstairs in the classroom.
As a group, we decided to visit the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the "Monet:theEarly Years" exhibit opening soon. Meet at Blackie's at 10am on Wednesday, March 1. The group will stay for lunch and plan to return by 2:30pm.
Contact is Ginny Preston
This spring, Adult Ed will continue 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). On March 12 we well cover chapters 1 and 2: Judas Iscariot and Bartholomew. March 26 will be chapters 4 and 5: Philip, James son of Alphaeus (Jesus' brother?), and Peter. April 30 will be chapters 6-8: Andrew, John and (doubting) Thomas. Come and learn their stories.
SAVE THE DATE
SALISBURY CATHEDRAL CHOIR CONCERT
All the way from England, the Salisbury Cathedral Choir will present an evening of music, hosted by St. Stephen's. Tickets are expected to go quickly and will be available starting next week. Watch your
Tidings for the link.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES HAVE BEGUN
NEXT CLASS 5th MARCH
Persons desiring to be confirmed should speak with Father Ellsworth and attend Confirmation classes. Classes resume Sunday, March 5th at 6pm.
Class will be held Sunday Evenings from 6-7:30pm in the Becker Conference room, with dinner provided, on the following evenings:
March 5th, 12th,19th, 26th
April 2nd, 23rd, 30th*
*Possible Retreat date of April 28th and 29th
Bishop Carol Gallagher will visit St Stephen's on 21st May 2017, acting on behalf of Bishop Marc Andrus. At the 10 o'clock Mass that Sunday, she will confirm those persons prepared for Confirmation.
Go to St. Stephen's Facebook page to view a short video taken at the Candlemas Candlelight service. While you are there, be sure to like our page.
ON THEIR YEAR'S MIND
Please help Father Ellsworth compile the names and dates of the death of family members whom you would like to be remembered in prayers at the altar on, or close to, the anniversary of their death. This is an old custom, even if new to St. Stephen's.
Email Elizabeth in the office with this click-through.
19, 26 Services at 8 & 10am
Morning Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 8am
Evening Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 5:30pm
18 Earth & Altar Garden Harvest - 9:30 - 10:15am
18 North Star Vocal Concert - 8pm
19 Adult Education - Father Ellsworth - 11:30am
26 Adult Education - Book Discussion Revelation - 11:30am
26 San Francisco
Renaissance Voices Concert
28 Shrove Tuesday Potluck Dinner - 6:15pm
5, 12, 19, 26 Services at 8 & 10am
Morning Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 8am
Evening Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 5:30pm
1 ASH WEDNESDAY services - Noon & 7pm
1 Explorer's Club - to the Legion of Honor - Blackie's - 10am
2 Lenten Seminar & Supper - Being Christian - 6:15pm
2 Student Ministry Small Group - 6:15pm
4 Celebration of the New Ministry of Fr. Ellsworth - 6pm
5 Welcoming of New Members 10am service
5 Forum with the Rev. Bill Tully - 11:30am
5 Healing Prayers - 8 & 10am
19 Parish Retreat registrations due
19 Canon Thomas Woodhead from Salisbury Cathedral
19 Rector Forum - 11:30am
24 Salibury Cathedral Choir Concert - 7:30pm
26 Adult Bible Ed - Apostles III - 11:30am
2nd/4th Mondays: Knitting Group - 10:30am - (on break in February)
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
1st Sunday of the Month: Healing Prayers at 8am & 10am
Sundays: Children's Music with John after the 10am service
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
3 Bay View Avenue
PO Box 97
Belvedere, CA 94920