I heard a story the other day, an amusing story, about a boy who was
wandering around the narthex of a large downtown church one Sunday morning
and stopped and examined a large bronze plaque that was hung on the wall.
"What are all those names up there?" he asked one of the ushers.
"Those are the names of people who died in the service." the usher
Curious, the boy asked the usher
- "which service, the 9:30 service or the 11 o'clock service?"
I am happy to report today that we are about,
what we are celebrating,
is a birth - not a death -
the birth of the church - the birth of Christ
in you and me - and in all who call on his name.
It is a significant day -
the day on which the first believers came alive in their faith,
the day when the Rock upon which Christ planted his church began to
support and uphold an incredible new life -
a life that has existed since the world began,
but which was poured out in a special fashion
and took on flesh in you and me
much as it took life in Jesus, the Son of Mary, the Son of God
so long ago.
Pentecost is an event the world has long been promised
and which the people of God have long awaited.
Pentecost is the reversal of what occurred at the Tower of Babel when,
because of our sinfulness,
we became unable to understand one another.
Sunday School and Youth Group News
Last Sunday June 4th, after Sunday School, Father Gary hosted the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Finn MacCools.
Thanks so much Father Gary for this really nice time together and for the delicious lunch.
L to R: Sue Massingill - Chapel; Renee Peiser - Substitute; Rhonda Fay - Pre-K-1st grade; Tori G
- Substitute; Father Gary; Gareth John - 2nd-5th grade; Jennifer
Pines - 2nd -5th grade; Jessica Griffin - 6th and up; Not pictured: Kim Nauer - 2nd-5th grade; Marcie Passley - Music for Pre-K - 1st grade; Substitute- Robin Schroeder
MANY MANY THANKS TO ALL THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS
If you are interested in joining our teaching team, please contact Rhonda or Father Gary.
The Curriculum that will be used for the upcoming new Sunday School year will be from Spark House.
The younger grades will journey through the Bible with captivating stories from the Old and New testaments.
The older grades will connect
School and worship with the lessons that correspond to the Revised Common Lectionary. They will dive into the same Bible story that you will hear during the church service.
This curriculum is all about Bible discovery and exploration that is integrated into every program and lesson which is appropriate for any age group.
THERE IS SUNDAY SCHOOL, THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 11th 10AM
Sunday June 18th -- Happy Father's Day
The Last day of Sunday School will meet at
Parish Hall to practice the song that we will be singing at the beginning of the service.
Also at the beginning of the service, Father Gary will be blessing the "Toiletries for the Troops" before they are sent off to Afghanistan by "Boots on the Ground".
THANKS VERY MUCH in advance for your donations!!!
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS FOLLOWS AFTER THE SONG AND BLESSING
Please stay for the
School Celebration during Coffee Hour
See here for a list of items.
"TOILETRIES FOR THE TROOPS" ARE BEING COLLECTED UNTIL JUNE 18TH
buying an item from the attached list next time you are at the store. Let's help keep our troops clean and healthy.
PLEASE NOTE: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
(Some troops have allergies and need brand name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home and items they miss ... not free samples. Thank you so much in advance for your support.
Sunday School always looks forward :)
REGISTRATION FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL 2017-18 IS OPEN
Please buy an extra school supply or backpack this summer to donate to Long Island Cares.
Please submit your famous, delicious, family recipes anytime this summer to Rhonda at
FAMILY RECIPES ARE NEEDED
FOR A THANKSGIVING/CHRISTMAS SUNDAY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SUNDAY!
Children and Youth Minister
Congratulations To Our Graduating Crucifers & Acolytes
, son of John and Eva, has been an Acolyte since October 2009 and a Crucifer for the past few years. He is an Honor Roll student at Schreiber, and was a three-year member of Key Club, a school-based public service society. He is also Co-Captain of the Schreiber ice hockey team, and has been named to the Nassau County All-Star team (twice), as well as Countywide Goal tending MVP, Playoff MVP and All Star Game MVP.
William will be attending the Honors College at the University of Alabama, and studying business.
, son of John and Rachel, has been an acolyte since October 2010. Jack likes to get creative in the kitchen and play video games, and for three years he has also worked every Saturday at Shields' Hardware Store.
Jack will be attending Brooklyn College in the fall, and plans to study film and marketing.
, son of Greg and Robin, has been a member of St. Stephen's since birth. He has been active in the choir, youth group, as an altar server and youth member of the vestry. He has attended the Diocesan convention and the Episcopal Youth Event. Colin is graduating from Schreiber with honors. At school he was a four year varsity soccer goalie and involved in many music organizations.
This fall Colin will attend Bard College where he plans to major in environmental science, keep up his music and play soccer as a Bard Raptor. He has already met the college chaplain, who is the rector of the local Episcopal Church. Colin thanks his St. Stephen's family for all their support.
, son of Karen and the late Richard, is the Valedictorian of Great Neck North High School, where he is also President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and of the Junior Players theater club. He is a National Merit Finalist, an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Long Island Scholar Artist,
as well as an All-National Singer, All-State Flutist, and Piano showcase alternate.
Zach will attend Yale University where he is looking forward to studying subjects from humanities to sciences, while continuing to perform, write and compose.
|Sue Snyder joins the team!
Consignment Shop Closes June 24th and Re-opens August 15
Come help us close the year on a high note! We start our Spring clearance next week, and will run a dollar sale on June 20, 22 and 24th.
We would like to welcome Sue Snyder to our merry band! Sue started on Saturday, and is our new part-time Sales Associate. A St. Mary's graduate originally from Manhasset, she lived in PA for many years and now has moved back. We welcome her energy and enthusiasm for our mission! Stop by and say Hi.
PLEASE TAKE OUR COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY!: St. Stephen's Congregational Development Institute (CDI) Team wants to know how we like to communicate. The survey will only take a minute to complete, but will help the team help you keep in touch. For your convenience, we have included the survey electronically here:
St. Stephen's Capital Campaign 2017: We urgently need to replace our Rectory's roof! We need your help! There was a to-all communication sent via email and also by post, describing the projects and our need. To avoid depleting our modest endowment, we are embarking on a Capital Campaign 2017 and we ask all of our parishioners to prayerfully consider how much they can contribute to ensure that our Church and our physical plant have a solid foundation for our next era of growth. Please consider contributing during the month of June as the work begins! We have a goal of $60,000 which will cover the cost of the Rectory roof and related repairs; if we can exceed this goal there are many other necessary projects, so your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Checks can be sent/brought to the office (memo: Capital Campaign), and if you need any help or additional information please reach out to your Stewardship team at:
THANK YOU and BLESS YOU!!! See letter here.
We will also have available a printed copy on Sunday, June 18th during services for those without computer access.
CDI looks forward to hearing what you have to say!
Bible Study at St. Stephen's?: Would you like St. Stephen's to offer weekly Bible study sessions over two/three week periods throughout the year? If so, please contact Father Gary by June 11th. Please let him know the topic or book from the Bible you would like to see covered.
SAVE THE DATE! - Saturday, OCTOBER 21, 2017 for St. Stephen's Fall Fair: Due to conflicts of events, the Annual Fall Fair date had to be moved to Saturday October 21st, as elected by the Fair Committee under Fr. Gary's guidance. Please make a note of the new date. The Parish Hall will be open to accept donations starting on Tuesday, August 1st.
A Listening and Sharing Night: Opioids, Family Life & Navigating This Epidemic":
Medical Equipment Lending Closet: The Community Synagogue, 160 Middle Neck Rd in Port Washington, has a lending closet with medical equipment, free to members of the community. You do not need to be a member of the synagogue. If you have wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. that you no longer need but that others could use, or are in need of yourself, please call Annette Rosalia, the synagogue's office manager, at (516) 883-3144.
Read Sunday, June 11th, readings here.
Serving June 11th at 10 am:
Diana von Roeschlaub & Kurt von Roeschlaub, Jr.
Jennifer Wilson Pines & Abby Chromy
||Zachary Lee, Megan Day & Thomas Day
||Lori Murphy, Laura Richards, Robin Schroeder, Carol Wright & Karen Lee
||Sue & Jim Massingill
||Gail Grossman & Bob O'Brien
Until Father's Day, June 18th:
The Sunday School/Youth Group will be collecting toiletries for the Troops. Please leave donations of these items in the baskets at both church entrances.
Sunday, June 11th, 12:30pm:
Consignment Shop Volunteers' Appreciation Luncheon at Melissa Murphy's home.
Wednesday, June 14th:
Noon Healing Service.
Sunday, June 18th:
Happy Father's Day! - Last Day of Sunday School.
Sunday, June 18th:
CDI Team Survey.
Sunday, June 18th at Coffee Hour:
Sunday School Celebration.
Monday, June 19th, 8pm:
Vestry Meeting in St. Cecilia Room.
Tuesday, June 20th, 7pm-9pm:
Altar Guild Annual Meeting in St. Cecilia
Wednesday, June 21st:
Noon Healing Service.
Saturday, June 24th - Monday, August 14th:
Consignment Shop will be closed for the Summer and re-opens Tuesday, August 15th.
Wednesday, June 28th:
Noon Healing Service.
Sunday, July 2nd (after services) through Monday, July 17th:
Father Gary away on vacation. Father John Morrison will be the Supply Priest during this time.
Tuesday, July 4th:
Happy Independence Day! - Parish Office will be closed.
Wednesday, July 5th: NO Noon Healing Service.
Find out if you're on the schedule
Thanks to our Coffee Hour volunteers!
For Our Prayers
For the sick: Dick & Jean, Virginia, Peter, Bob, Carol, Jo, Tom, Gerry, Nancy, Sue, Hank, William, Jamie & Jennifer, Bob, Olivia, Stella & Kevin, Sister Mary Angela, Nina, Shirlee, Janet & Jack, Joy, and Ann.
To have someone entered onto our Prayer List please send an e-mail with the person's name & the requester's name to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your prayer request will be included for 4 weeks - please submit another request if you wish to have prayers continue after this time.
||Mark van Schenkhof
|Youth & Children
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