St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Pentecost Tidings
16th July 2017
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Contemplative Eucharist

Holy Eucharist
with Festive Choral Music
Regular Choir on Summer Break
Volunteer Choir - 9 AM Sundays

Summer Stretch
PreK - 5th grades
9:45 AM

Youth in Church

Regular Nursery Care Hours
9:30- 11:30am - Childcare
(for infants through age 3)

Professional Caregiver,

This Sunday -
16th July
Team 6
Frances Barbour
Frances's email 

Next Sunday -
23rd July
Melissa Prentis



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Summer sun
St. Stephen's Church 
Summer Stretch
PreK - 5th Grade

Summer at St Stephen's offers Summer Stretch for the above ages, or their choice to attend church with their parents and "Soft Spot" bags from the red welcome table 
in the narthex.

Youth in Church.

FALL 2017
Sunday School Classes beginning 27th August

(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
Students fully participate in, and may assist at leading, the most important thing Christians do: worship. When not serving in service, students are encouraged to gather in the youth room to discuss the scriptures. 
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 Elizabeth Gravely in the church office at  office@ststephenschurch.org or 
put a note in the hands of 
Father Ellsworth. 
(for infants through age 3)
Anna Hirsch
9:30 - 12:30 PM

Youth Fall Sundays Class
9:45 AM



St Stephen's Summer Services
St. Stephen's Stained Glass window

Please note, the 10 o'clock summer service is reduced by omitting the second reading, and the regular choir is on summer break until 27th August.
Summer Volunteer Choir
9 AM

Come learn the songs at 9 AM this Sunday to sing in the volunteer Summer Choir for the 10 AM service. If you have questions, please call John at 415-435-4501 x17.
Summer Children's Program
9:45 AM
Summer sun

Summer Stretch for children in PK - 5th grade meets in the downstairs classrooms for lessons, music, yoga and games throughout the summer.

If you would prefer to bring your children with you to church services, "Soft Spot Bags" (coloring pages, mild distractions and the Sunday paper) are available, as always, on the red welcome table in the narthex.
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. 
Food Bank Barrel

Food Bank Barrel: St Stephen's keeps a Marin/SF Food Bank barrel on the classroom level all through the year. Please consider feeding those less fortunate by donating your non-perishable food items.
Tiburon Thrift Shop
Volunteers Needed

Tiburon Thrift Shop
Volunteer at the Tiburon Thrift Shop and help St Stephen's! Our Parish receives a monthly check from the shop thanks to those who volunteer on St Stephen's behalf. Volunteers are needed on Thursdays and 5th Saturdays. 10am to 1pm and/or 1pm to 4pm. It is not a huge commitment but it makes a huge difference. To learn more, please contact: June Campbell 415.797.6142 or Jennifer Henerlau 415.608.3239.
Gratitude Prayers

Are you thankful for a blessing or something special?  Let the office know and we can add it to the prayers.  Deadline is Tuesday afternoon as Sunday bulletins are printed early Thursday mornings. Let us know and we can add it to the Sunday prayers of thanksgiving.  
Email Elizabeth Gravely at office@ststephenschurch.org
Morning and Evening Prayers
Morning and Evening Prayer will take a summer break until August.

Parish Community "Summer of Love" (PCSL)
13th July Adult concert
14th July Youth to Six Flags
16th July Picnic 12 - 3 PM, Concert 3:45 PM
Summer Sundays  

On Thursday 13th July , St Stephen's adults will meet at the
Ross Marin Art & Garden center
to attend the Zydeco Flames Concert.

On Friday, 14th July, St Stephen's youth will meet in the Westminster Presbyterian Parking Lot (240 Tiburon Blvd) at 9:30 AM, to drive to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo where we will stay until 10 PM.  Tickets $50 online in advance, or $70 at the gate.  Bring $30 for lunch and dinner, a little extra for sweets and souvenirs. More information here.

This Sunday, 16th July, Everyone is invited to picnic together in Belvedere Park.  Bring lunch to church, or grab something from town and join the picnic at the Park at Noon.  Jonathan Poretz performs swing at 3:45 PM

Email David if you would like to meet up and attend together: david@stephenschurch.org

For the complete summer schedule, see below 'Coming Up'.
Summer Stretch for Pre-K through 5th Grade
begins at 9:45 AM

See left column for more information 
about St Stephen's 
Summer Sundays
Earth & Altar Garden - Avad and Shamar: 

bowl beans and tomatoes 17 Join us, (families and children welcome) after the 10 AM service to help in the Earth and Altar Garden. We will be tying tomato plants as needed, doing minimal weeding, checking for insects, and harvesting beans and  tomatoes. Produce harvested at St. Stephens is delivered to the Ritter Center, 16 Ritter Street, San Rafael. 

This Sunday's E&A Leads are Barbara Berling and Liz Hart.

Avad and Shamar: Work and Watch God's Creation. Genesis 2:15.
Camp Create 2017 - 17th July - 21st July
Camp Create 2017 Logo
An Invitation from Camp Create
This year Camp Create will engage 64 campers in creativity, curiosity and community and train 18 teen counselors to become leaders and more involved citizens using a platform of the arts and our theme of "Better Together."
The Camp Create Organizing Committee invites you to visit to see the camp - and your prayers and donations - in action. 
July 17 through July 21 
- Visit the camp between 8:40am and 3:00pm

We invite you to take a personal tour of the studio classes, meet our inspiring teachers, and see the church grounds turned into a place where magic happens. Please contact Pam Martori 
( pam@mccaskill.net   or 415/272-0867) to arrange a convenient time or stop in at the Camp Office in the Library.

July 21  - Friday Evening Celebration

We invite you to join the campers, counselors and their families for a potluck dinner, followed by performances by the campers. The food is fabulous; the performances will melt your heart.

Dinner 6pm  -  Program 7pm  -  Closing Camp Song 7:45pm
If you would like to help underwrite this very special ministry of St. Stephen's, donations are still welcomed to meet the gap between the cost of creating a high quality experience for our campers and teen counselors and the grants received.  Individual donations have totaled $4,215 to date. Last year congregational support reached $7,000.
Special Coffee Hour Forum
23rd July
Following the 10 AM Service

We welcome Iftekhar Hai to Coffee Connections as a guest speaker on the 23rd of July. An old friend of Richard Schaper and a new friend of Fr Ellsworth, Mr. Hai will be introduced at the 10 o'clock service of Holy Communion, and shortly afterward in Kimball Hall he will speak about his calling to encourage interfaith peace. He'll speak for about 10 minutes, then he and Fr Schaper and the Rector will take questions in panel conversation style. 

Hai, Iftekhar Iftekhar A. Hai, one of ten children in a Muslim family, was raised in the vicinity of Hindu 'untouchable' community in  Mumbai during the time of  British rule. He spent 11 years in a Catholic school, where he studied the Bible.  He graduated from Podar College, a center of Hindu revivalism, and was able to come to the United States for Master's program where his American mentoring came from a Jewish landlady.

She introduced Iftekhar to Judaic values and ethics. After 25 years in the business community, he dedicated himself to interfaith education and became a leader of leaders. For three decades he has given hundreds of lectures and workshops in school, congregations, and conferences around the world. He was one of the founding member of United Muslims of America in 1983 in charge of furthering  Interfaith Alliances.   He has been a trustee of United Religions Initiative, the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. A columnist for the San Mateo Times, Iftekhar is a nationally recognized Muslim leader championing interfaith peace.
Iftekhar A. Hai, President
UMA Interfaith Alliance

St Stephen's Parish Community "Summer of Love"
'PCSL' Complete Schedule

Summer Sundays St Stephen's Parish Community "Summer of Love" (PCSL): David Hirsch, Director of Family Ministries,has organized a list of summer activities where St Stephen's families, singles, and seniors may meet up and participate as a Parish: concerts, outdoor outings, picnics and special events. Dates are consecutive per group.

Here are the events by potential group interest:


Sunday, July 16th
Picnic 12 - 3
Belvedere Concert 3:45
Jonathan Poretz - Swing, Swagger and music of Sinatra and Bobby Darin
David may teach some swing dance moves.
S aturday, July 22 | 10 AM - 2 PM
Stinson Beach and Parkside Cafe lunch
Saturday, August 12th | 10 AM - 2 PM
Muir Beach and Pelican Inn lunch
Sunday, August 20th
Picnic 12 - 3 in Belvedere Park
Belvedere Concert 3:45
RuMoRs - Classic Rock and Pop
Thursday, July 13th | 5 - 7 PM
Ross MAGC Marin Art and Garden Center
Zydeco Flames concert
Saturday, August 26th | 8 PM
Washington Park Square 
La La Land movie

Friday,  July 28th | 6 - 9 PM
Friday Nights on Main
Jonathan Poretz concert
Friday, August 4th | 8:15 - 10 PM
Mill Valley Inside Out movie
Friday, August 25th | 6 - 9 PM
Friday Nights on Main
Neon Velvet band

Friday, July 14th | 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM | $50 advance, $70 day
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Anyone in Middle or High School is welcome to join the group.
Chaperones (one or two) needed. Bring $30 for lunch/dinner/plus.

If you are planning to attend, please email or call David so arrangements can be made to sit together.

David Hirsch
Director of Family Ministry
John Karl Hirten
29th & 30th July
Legion of Honor
Organ Recital
Skinner Organ
St Stephen's Director of Parish Music will perform two free concerts on the famous Skinner Organ at the Legion of Honor on 29th and 30th July at 4 PM.
Do you have an outdoor gas grill to donate?
St Stephen's propane grill has finally grilled its last burger.  If you are ready to upgrade yours and have a gently used grill to donate, please contact the office: Elizabeth Gravely, Office Manager, office@ststephenschurch.org

Camp Create is the first time of need 17 - 21 July.
Angel Island Explorer's Club

The group will visit Angel Island in either July or August, and then a regular schedule will resume in October.  Date of Angel Island hike will be announced here.
St. Stephen's  Calendar:

Please see the Parish Community "Summer of Love" (PCSL) schedule above for St Stephen's summer gatherings.

16, 23, 30  Services at 8 & 10 AM
Morning & Evening Prayer on break until August

15  Camp Create Counselor Training and set up
16  Camp Create Counselor Training
17 - 21 Camp Create
21 Camp Create Fiesta Friday pot luck & performance - 6 PM, performance 7 PM
23 - Iftekhar A. Hai, special coffee hour - 11:15 AM
29 & 30 John Karl Hirten at the Legion of Honor, Organ recital - 4pm

2nd/4th Mondays: Knitting Group - 10:30am - on summer break until 11th Sept.
1st Wednesday: The Outdoor Explorers Club (A local trip to Angel Island is being planned for July or August - stay tuned.)
5thThursdays:  Contemplative Prayer - 8:30am   
Thursdays: 9:50am-1pm or 12:50-4pm - Volunteers at the Thrift Shop
Thursday: Choir Practice - 7:30pm - on summer break until 24th Aug.
2nd Thursday of the Month: Homeward Bound Meals
4th Thursday of the Month: Westminster Hot Lunch
1st Sunday of the Month: Healing Prayers at 8am & 10am 
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