Check Out What's Going On In March!
Getting Our Bearings

Jesus spent forty days out in the desert, fasting. He's talked to the devil, face-to-face. And he comes back, and he knows his life is changing. Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter's son . . . the life he's lived for thirty years . . . that's done. That stage of life is over now. And he says, "Now is the time of fulfillment." He's going into this time of ministry. And keep in mind, he knows where that's going to end. And if he needed a reminder, he's got John, right? His friend, his cousin, John, who's just been arrested simply for saying Jesus was coming. And so, he's got this stark reminder of where his ministry is going to end up.

So what was he feeling at this time? Was he nervous? Was he excited? Was he afraid?

This March let's talk about getting our bearings: Where are we? Where are we now? Where have we come from? And where are we going?
You know, Jesus says, "This is the time of fulfillment." Not forty days ago; not the thirty years previous. Now is his time of fulfillment. I think he wants us to have that present-moment awareness.

So now is the time. Now is the time. Where did we come from? Where are we now?

And where are we going? Slow down and wait to find out.  As it gets lighter outside may we see better the Lord's will for us.  At the end of the month we take a journey during Holy Week. Let's do this together as a community of faith. See during March,  Father Gary 

Wednesday Lenten Program-The Second Bookend

With tradition we are offering our Lenten Soup and Salad followed by an hour of studying The SecondBookend: Completing a Life by Susan Jorgensen. Wednesdays- Fe. 21, 28, March 7,14,21 6pm meal and 7pm study in St. Cecelia Room.  Ellen Shields is coordinating the soup roster with one vegetarian soup. Thanks grandly Ellen and soup makers!!! "Jorgensen's experience of living while dying challenges us to respond more deeply to mysterious and beautiful questions.  Quietly overwhelmed by her raw spiritual honesty, one feels at once an intruder and a welcome quest.  Only later do we realize that we've met God in a new and yet unsurprising place." -Mark Mossa, SJ.  You may buy the book or not.  I will extrapolate each chapter on Wednesdays.  Hope you will be with us and bring a family member or friend. 
Sunday School and Youth Group News

Shrove  Tuesday  was very tasty and a lot of fun!!!   What a great way to bring in Lent
Thank you very much to all the friends and families that came  on Tuesday evening February 13th and enjoyed all you can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon. 

Very special thanks to Chris Fay for doing all the great cooking,  to Erica, and to everyone else who helped setup and cleanup.   The pancake batter, butter and syrup were very generously donated by IHOP on Northern Blvd in Manhasset.  They have donated for our Shrove  Tuesday  for the past 5 or 6 years and we greatly appreciate them and their delicious pancakes :)


SUNDAY MARCH 4TH -   10 AM Sunday School
The Passion of Christ REHEARSALS are Sunday March 4th,  March 11th and March 18th in the nursery during coffee hour. 
Younger grades are welcome!!!  I NEED READERS!!!
The Passion will be read during the Palm Sunday service on  Sunday March 25th

SUNDAY MARCH 11TH - GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY!!! - Everyone starts in church with their families for the blessing of the Girls Scouts.
Please come and show your support for these special girls that do so much for our community. There is Sunday School following the blessing.

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale is during coffee hour  Sunday March 11th and Sunday March 25th.  If you are a Girl Scout PLEASE come and participate. 
The girls who participate with the cookie sale will get credit for sales!!! 
Please contact Jennifer Pines at

 -  10 AM Sunday School
                       Passion rehearsal during coffee hour in the church

SUNDAY MARCH 25TH  - PALM SUNDAY- Everyone starts in church with their parents for the presentation of The Passion of Christ, then we will proceed to Sunday School to decorate Easter eggs and other fun activities.   Girl Scout cookie sale during coffee hour


St. Stephen's is collecting "CAPS FOR KIDS"
There is a huge need for these caps for children ages 2-17.  
Please donate hand knitted caps or new caps (baseball caps are welcome if they are in children's size)  

There will be a looming table set up every Sunday during coffee hour if you would like to lend a hand making a cap.  This outreach project was a huge success last year. Thanks to all of you, we collected 95 caps!!!     This year,  Do you think we could collect 125???

The donation baskets are located inside both entrances of the church and also in the parish hall.  

Here is sneak peak into APRIL AND 

       Easter Egg Hunt at  10 AM followed by a visit from the Easter Bunny-
                        NO SUNDAY SCHOOL

Please let Rhonda or Father Gary know if anyone is interested in receiving their 1st Holy Communion.  NO SUNDAY SCHOOL

Rhonda Fay
Children and Youth Minister 

A CHANGING OF THE ALTAR GUILD GUARD:  T wo dedicated and longtime members, Sue Dinn and Nancy Dean, retired from their Altar Guild duties on February 25th.  Sue joined the Guild in 1973, and Nancy in 1974 - combined, they have served an impressive 90+ years! As members of the Guild, Sue and Nancy were part of a well-organized team of dedicated volunteers who prepare the church for services, regular Sunday worship, Christmas and Easter special services, funerals and memorial services.

In addition to the Altar Guild, Sue, along with her husband Alan Dinn (Clerk of the Vestry and Parish Historian), runs the plant sale at the Fall Fair.

Aside from her duties on the Altar Guild, Nancy also co-chaired the Fall Fair in 1978, 1979, and 1980.  She started working on the Fair quilts around 1977, and has been in charge of the quilt designs since 1980.

Congratulations to Sue and Nancy!  St. Stephen's thanks you for your many years of faithful service.

Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11.   Please make sure that the time on your clocks is set 1-hour ahead  before you retire on Saturday night so that you don't miss Sunday services or Sunday School.

EASTER LILIES & MUSIC:  Envelopes were mailed to you containing materials relating to Holy Week and Easter at St. Stephen's, particularly the Easter Lilies & Music donation forms.  If you would like to donate lilies or music in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one or as a family memorial, please fill out the appropriate form(s) and return it/them to the church office with your payment by Monday, March 12th.  Additional, hard copies are available at each church entrance, or through the church office.  You may also access the Lilies & Music Order form here.


HOLY WEEK & EASTER 2018:  If you were not able to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2018, you may access a copy of the 2017 Annual Report presented at the meeting here

LAUNDRY LOVE:  Please see the attached flyer for details.   T he next Laundry Love event will be held Thursday, March 15th, 5:30 - 8:30pm at The Port Washington Super Laundromat, 4 Manorhaven Blvd.   If you are interested in coming as a volunteer or if you have questions, please let Donna Blankman know. or (516) 570-2033. English flyer & Spanish flyer

EPISCOPAL MINISTRIES OF LI 2018 ANNUAL APPEAL IS NOW UNDERWAY:  The Episcopal Ministries of LI's mission is to respond to Christ's call to care for our neighbors as if directly for Christ, through establishing, nurturing and funding parish-based services and community partnerships which affirm the dignity of all people.  Money raised through the Appeal enables EMLI to provide substantial operating support to Camp DeWolfe, in addition to scholarships.  It also funds $100,000 in parish mission grants, and enables EMLI to support legal services for new immigrants and a worker education center for farmworkers in Riverhead.  It has also helped fund the "Angelmobile" that is serving more than 1,000 every week.  EMLI believes that if every parish does their part, it can ensure that these initiatives continue to grow and new ministries can be developedThe goal set for St. Stephen's parish is $6,429.  If you would like to make a donation towards this goal, or want to learn more about EMLI, please visit , or pick up a brochure and donation envelope at either of the entrances to the church.  Commitment Sunday is March 11th-a special collection will be taken up on this day, as well as the following Sunday, March 18th.   

ST. STEPHEN'S "BABY SUPPLY EXCHANGE" COORDINATOR NEEDED:    We are still seeking a volunteer to head the church's Baby Supply Exchange.  After many years, Leslie Bradshaw, is stepping down from the post. If you are interested, please contact the church office at or (516) 767-0363.  The Baby Supply Exchange is a free service open to all, providing baby and pre-school items, equipment, clothing and more for those in need in the community. It gladly takes in donations of clean and serviceable items and distributes them to those in local need.  The items can then be returned after use to so that they may benefit others.  Many thanks to Leslie for her years of service - job well done!

THE ST. STEPHEN'S INVESTMENT CLUB WANTS YOU!:   See here for information

"MARCH FOR OUR LIVES" PORT WASHINGTON - Saturday, March 24th starting at 6:30pm:  

Plant a Row for the Hungry Workshop at the Port Washington Public Library: See here for information

Port Washington School District's Free Pre-K Program:   See here for the English flyer and the Spanish flyer 

  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, March 11th, readings here.
Serving March11th at 10 am:

Eucharistic Minister: 
Diana von Roeschlaub & Kurt von Roeschlaub, Jr.
Victoria von Roeschlaub & Lian Pines
Acolytes: Andrew Athanasian & John Athanasian
Altar Guild:
Mary Meade, Laura Richards, Robin Schroeder & Susan B. Miller
Coffee Hour: Robin Schroeder & Donna Blankman
Counters Schedule:  Maria Whisenand & Sue Mittelstaedt
Parish Calendar
March:   Sunday School will be knitting and collecting CAPS FOR KIDS for Cohen's Children's Hospital. Please donate a cap for kids ages 1-17.

Sunday, March 11th:  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS-Spring Forward 1-Hour!

Sunday, March 11th, 9am:    Adult Bible Study in Fr. Gary's office.

Sunday, March 11th, 10am Eucharist:   Girl Scouts Sunday, and Episcopal Ministries Commitment Sunday.

Sunday, March 11th, 10am:  Sunday School.

Sunday, March 11th at Coffee Hour:  Girl Scouts Cookie Sale.

Sunday, March 11th during Coffee Hour:  Sunday School Passion Rehearsal in the Nursery.

Sunday, March 11th, 5pm-7pm:  Special Vestry Meeting in St. Cecilia Room.

Wednesday, March 14th:  Noon Healing Service.

Wednesday, March 14th, 12:45pm:  Wardens' Meeting in Fr. Gary's office.

Wednesday, March 14th, 6pm-8pm:  Lenten Soup & Study in St. Cecilia Room (see details above).

Thursday, March 15th, 5:30pm-8:30pm:   Laundry Love at Port Washington Super Laundromat (4 Manorhaven Blvd).

Thursday, March 15th, 7:30pm:  Choir Rehearsal in the Church.

Sunday, March 18th, 9am:  Adult Bible Study in Fr. Gary's office.

Sunday, March 18th, 10am:  Sunday School.

Sunday, March 18th during Coffee Hour:  Sunday School Passion Rehearsal in the Nursery.

Tuesday, March 20th, 8pm:  Vestry Meeting in the St. Cecilia Room.

Wednesday, March 21st:  Noon Healing Service.

Wednesday, March 21st, 6pm-8pm:  Lenten Soup & Study in St. Cecilia Room (see details above).

Saturday, March 24th, 9am-3pm:  Vestry Retreat in the St. Cecilia Room.

Saturday, March 24th, 6:30pm:  "March for Our Lives" Port Washington.

Sunday, March 25th - Saturday, March 31st:  HOLY WEEK (please see the schedule above for services & activities at St. Stephen's during this week).

Sunday, March 25th, 9am:  Adult Bible Study in Fr. Gary's office.

Sunday, March 25th, after reading of the Passion at 10am Service:  Sunday School to bake Hot Cross Buns Bake in Parish Hall.

Sunday, March 25th at Coffee Hour:  Girl Scouts Cookie Sale.

Sunday, April 1st:  HAPPY EASTER!
(please see the schedule above for services & activities at St. Stephen's on this day).

Ministry Schedule

Find out if you're on the schedule here.

Coffee Hour

Thanks to our Coffee Hour volunteers!
See the schedule   here.

For Our Prayers

For the sick:  
Virginia, Hank, Peter, Bob, Carol, Jo, Tom, Gerry, Nancy, Sue, Nina, Shirlee, Sister Mary Angela, Rey, Chris, Virginia, Ross, Gil, Christine, Mark, Irene, Patti, and Gary & Claire.

To have someone entered onto our Prayer List please send an e-mail with the person's name & the requester's name to:  Your prayer request will be included for 4 weeks - please submit another request if you wish to have prayers continue after this time.
Rev. Gary Parker  
Priest- in- Charge
O: 516-767-0363         C: 917-817-4056
Warden John Longmire 516-695-3520
Warden Roopali Gupta 917-969-7962
Music Director Mark van Schenkhof 516-353-0738
Youth & Children Rhonda Fay 516-944-5635
Shop Supervisor
Caren Salkin 516-944-8829
Parish Administrator
Bernadette Reyes 516-767-0363