St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
               
19 FEBRUARY 2017
   
ST STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
EPIPHANY TIDINGS
 

SERVICES
  
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SUNDAY SERVICES
 
8:00am
Contemplative Eucharist

10:00am
Festive
Choral Eucharist
with Choir

9:45am
Sunday School
8 January - Spring @ 9:45am

Nursery

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

This Sunday -
19 February 2017
Team 15
Lois Cannady

Next Sunday -
26 February
Team 11
Lilian Murray

 

 

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CHILDREN & YOUTH
NEWS
 
St. Stephen's Church 
Sunday School
9:45am
2017
 
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. 
 
Childcare
(for infants through age 3)
Christine Trono
Charlotte Hall
8:30 - 12:30pm
BAPTISM'S AT ST STEPHEN'S 
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If anyone is interested in 
a Baptism at 
St. Stephen's, please contact Father Ellsworth directly at
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STEWARDSHIP 2017

It is not too late to pledge. 

You may download one by clicking this  pledge card link  and mail (or scan & email), or send a confirming email to office@ststephenschurch.org 

We need your support. Thanks to all who have pledged.

Joe Jennings and Bob McCaskill
Stewardship Co-Chairs

"God looks at the heart; not the hand...the giver; not the gift. "
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR 2017 Cut Altar flowers
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 
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SUNDAY SCHOOL  
TEACHERS NEEDED

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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
FEBRUARY AIR 
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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:
 
Melody Scott:
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
 
Alexander Foley:
An 11-year-old at Bel Aire School
" Still Life" in watercolor and pastel
(created several years ago in a Master Art Class)
 
William Foley:
A 10-year-old at Bel Aire School
"Airplane," painted in oil.
LIVING ST STEPHEN'S 
THIS WEEK 
MORNING PRAYER - 8am
EVENING PRAYER - 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. 
EARTH & ALTAR WINTER VEGETABLE HARVEST Broccoli St Ste Garden 2017
THIS SATURDAY
18 FEBRUARY
9:30AM - 10:15AM 
 
Everyone. Families. 
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' 
THIS SATURDAY North Star Vocal Artists
18 FEBRUARY
8pm
 
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. 
THIS SUNDAY 
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS PROMPTLY - 9:45AM
WELCOME TO THE RECTOR'S FORUM Love your Bible
11:30am 
 
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 Palm
 
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 Mission Trip 2016
MISSION TRIP  
JUNE 18-24, 2017
 
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 david@ststephenschurch.org

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.
Coming Up
ADULT BIBLE EDUCATION Contemplative Prayer
26 FEBRUARY
11:30am  
 
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
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28 FEBRUARY
6:15pm 
 
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 david@ststephenschurch.org


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? SS Logo
 
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  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. 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES Ashes
1 MARCH
NOON & 7pm 
 
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at both services.  Music at the 7pm service. 
LENTEN SEMINAR   Lent
BEGINNING 2 MARCH
THURSDAYS
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. Being Christian 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.
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BEGINNING 2 MARCH
THURSDAYS
6:15-7:30
 
From 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 Foot Washing
 
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 elizabeth@ststephenschurch.org
REGISTER NOW Bishops Ranch
PARISH RETREAT 
APRIL 21-23, 2017
 
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 david@ststephenschurch.org.

 
Adults        $225
Students   $160 (13-18)
Children   $110 (3-12)
2 and under Free
SF RENAISSANCE VOICES CONCERT SFRVoices
26 FEBRUARY
4PM 
 
"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 www.SFRVoices.org
SAVE THE DATE The Rev. Phillip C. Ellsworth, Jr.
CELEBRATION OF A NEW MINISTRY  
SATURDAY
4 MARCH 2017
6pm
 
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. 
EXPLORER'S CLUB Legion of Honor SF
WEDNESDAY
1 MARCH
10am
 
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 
ADULT EDUCATION Apostle
ONGOING
 
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.   

Link for book on Amazon: click here. 
SAVE THE DATE Salisbury Choir
SALISBURY CATHEDRAL CHOIR CONCERT
24 MARCH
7:30PM
 
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.  

If you would like to help cook and serve a dinner for the choir at 6pm on the 24th, please contact John Hirten via this email click.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES HAVE BEGUN Confirmation Rainbos
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. 
 
To make an appointment with Fr Ellsworth, and to enroll in the Confirmation class, email him and David Hirsch, the Director of Family Ministry, at  fr.ellsworth@ststephenschurch.org and at  david@ststephenschurch.org

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.
 
CANDLEMAS VIDEO St. Stephen's Stained Glass window
 
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. 

Save These Dates!

St. Stephen's  Calendar:

February
  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  northstarvocal.org  
19  Adult Education - Father Ellsworth - 11:30am
26  Adult Education - Book Discussion Revelation - 11:30am
26  San Francisco Renaissance Voices Concert - 4pm
28  Shrove Tuesday Potluck Dinner - 6:15pm


March
  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
  9  Candlelight Compline - 7:40pm (note the time change)
11  Inquirer's Day -  Church Divinity School - 8:30am-Noon  
19  Parish Retreat registrations due
19  Canon Thomas Woodhead from Salisbury Cathedral 
       preaches at 10am service
19  Rector Forum - 11:30am
24  Salibury Cathedral Choir Concert - 7:30pm
26  Adult Bible Ed - Apostles III - 11:30am

 
Ongoing:
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 (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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