Check Out What's Going On In September!
In the life of St. Stephen's, it is now obvious the fall is officially here and we are now going back in full swing.  It is wonderful to see Sunday School, Choir, Beach Bake and to be able to launch a Sunday weekly adult Bible study. St. Stephen's is truly a church with all sorts of activities and ministries for all areas of interest.

However, in the midst of all this hustle and bustle it can be easy for us to focus too much on the task at hand and forget about the reason for our activity.  Churches, especially clergy and church leaders, all too often focus on numbers, statistics and models for ministry and neglect to focus on our calling to follow Jesus. Unfortunately, this is not true only of churches but of people as well.  How many of us allow our family, our jobs and other commitments to distract us from our life of prayer?  

This season, I hope when we find ourselves becoming too busy we will remember to stop and pray. Perhaps busyness can even become a trigger to pull us back into the life of Christ.  If we allow this, I have no doubt we will see the benefit and become healthier, more Christ-centered people.

-- Fr. Gary+

Sunday School and Youth Group News

Sunday September 3rd was the "Blessing of the Backpacks" Family Service
The kids sat with Father Gary for a wonderful children's sermon and then they wore their school backpacks to receive a very special blessing. 

THANKS SO MUCH for your backpack and school supply donations. Everything will be donated to the Eastern Farmers Workers Association (EFWA), in memory of Christine Cutting, who was a huge supporter of this great organization.

There is still time to donate a backpack or school supplies.
Baskets are located inside both entrances of the church until  Sunday Sept 24th.

               Thanks to everyone that came out for registration!!!

The 1st day was a great success. There were 29 of us in all.
The kids had a fun first Sunday with chapel and class. 

The kids will be growing their faith with a different curriculum from Spark House.

Grades Pre-k - 3rd will journey through the Bible with captivating stories from the Old and New testaments and make sense of the Bible with engaging resources from the Spark Story Bible.
Grades 4th and up will experience Echo the Story which invites youth to participate in creative storytelling, imaginative listening, careful observation, and lively dialogue about the Bible and their lives.
Both Curriculums engage children in God's big story through videos, Bible exploration, hands-on projects, humor, imaginative biblical experiences, and honest answers to faith questions. Please feel free to visit their website.


For a Sunday School Thanksgiving/Christmas Sunday School Fundraiser.
Please submit your famous,  delicious,  family recipes (not necessarily holiday) anytime to Rhonda for  St. Stephens Special Recipes. 

Please HELP to make this fundraiser a success!!!

Please mark your calendar for these important dates:                                                 SEPTEMBER
For the months of Sept and Oct -  Sunday School will be collecting knitted or new blankets for our local Animal Shelter.  Please help to keep these special dogs nice and warm for the winter months. There will be a "tie- a-knot quilt" that needs to be put together during coffee hour in the parish hall.  Please join us if interested in tying a knot :):)  It's for a great cause.

Saturday, September 16th - Family Bible Bingo Night Fundraiser:
Please come and have some FUN!!! and maybe win a prize :}. Bring your family and friends---6:30-8PM in the Parish Hall-refreshments will be available, please RSVP to Rhonda

Calendar for September
Sunday Sept 17th 10AM  Sunday School
Sunday Sept 24th- 10AM Sunday School
During coffee hour- The Sunday School Halloween Costume Swap will start. Please bring any costumes that you would like to swap or donate. There will be a table set up every Sunday until Oct 29th.

A HUGE welcome back to the very dedicated teachers of St. Stephens  Sunday School
Susan Massingill, Jennifer Pines, Kim Nauer, Jessica Griffin, Gareth John, Marcie Passley, Robin Schroeder, Renee Peiser and Tori Gebbie

See you Sunday:):)

Rhonda Fay
Children and Youth Minister 

The Fall Fair Needs YOU!

Do you remember what fun you had last year??? Well this year is going to be even better--with your help. The Fair is by far the biggest fundraiser and community "friendraiser" of the year, and it needs our support to succeed. 


Here's your "to-do" list:
  1. Dust off those recipes for candy and baked goods and get ready to make them!
  2. Jam makers--start your engines! Fruit is best now!
  3. Bring your donations to the stage for Trash & Treasure and Boutique booths. A good rule of thumb: don't bring anything that you wouldn't buy. If it should be thrown out, do it for us, please!
  4. Raise your hand to volunteer at the Carnival or any other booth. Email Matt Bendix NOW! Email Matt Bendix Fall Fair Chair
  5. Send a donation to help sponsor the hot lunch or petting zoo, the two major costs and cash outlays for our Fair.


Here are a few pix from last year to remind you what a great time the Fair is!



Weekly Adult Bible Study, Sundays 9am-9:45am::  Adult Bible study will take place, starting this Sunday, September 17th,  in Father Gary's office. Revelations, that book of mystery, will be studied.  Bring your Bibles and Fr. Gary will provide the study guide. Bible study will continue every week, and each week stands alone. So, make as many as you can, and ask others to come.

F ALL FAIR 2017 MEETING - Sunday, September 17th  at Coffee Hour :  
If you would like to be involved in any way with this year's Fair, please attend.  This is by far the biggest fundraiser of the year, and it needs our support to succeed.   MARK YOUR CALENDARS! - The Fair is earlier this year - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st!

ACOLYTE TRAINING -   The Acolyte training class scheduled for September 23 is being postponed due to school holidays, and will be held sometime in October. Training will be open to young people in Grades 5 and above who are regular in attendance at church or Sunday School. Contact Mr. Dinn at 516-603-5424 or for further information. 

St. Stephen's BEACH BAKE 2017 - Saturday, September 30th, 12 Noon-3pm:  Taking place again at Manhasset Bay Estates Beach.  An order form 
is available here, and also located at both church entrances.
Please fill one out and drop it off to the Parish Office with your check by this Sunday, September 17th .

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF DONATION SITE IN VILLAGE OF SANDS POINT:   In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey  they are collecting donations at the Village Office (26 Tibbits Lane).  The collection will run from Friday, September 1st through Friday, September 15th.  
Of particular need are non-perishable, ready-to-eat food items, cleaning supplies and toiletries such as personal hygiene items like deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. No clothing items will be accepted.  
For more info, contact Liz Gaynor, Village Clerk -

Elder Companion/Housekeeper Available:  If you, or anyone you know, needs a companion and/or housekeeper for an elderly loved one or neighbor in the Port Washington area, please contact Gennis Maxwell at (718) 712-4926 or (718) 810-2948 .


Broadway on Parade-A Tribute to Jerry Herman & Cy Coleman, Sunday October 1st at 3pm:   See attached for more information

Save the Date - Praise and Worship Night, Saturday, November 4, 2017:  

Cultural and Spiritual Happenings at St. John's Church in Huntington : See attached for more information

Free Health Screening by Licensed Doctors - Saturday, September 16th, 12pm-6pm at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington :   More information here in English and Spanish. Pass it on.

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.

YOUTH AND FAMILY SUMMIT:  On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Episcopal Church of St. Alban the Martyr at 116-42 Farmers Blvd. in St. Albans, NY will host a Youth and Family Summit focusing on topics and services relating to youth and families in Southeast Queens (but still open to all).   On-site registration begins at 8:15am and the program will last until 3:30pm.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  There is no charge for this event.  Topics will include:  Technology [cyber bullying]; Youth Resolving Disputes; After School Programs; Internships/Job Training Opportunities; Healthy Choices/Healthy Lifestyles; Recreation & Sports [Youth & Adults]; Summer Youth Employment Programs; Quality Early Childhood Programs; 113th Police Pct. Community Council.  Questions can be directed to the church at (718) 528-1891.  You may register early by emailing the following information: name, e-mail address and telephone number to by September 27, 2017.
Read Sunday, September 17th, readings here.
Serving September 17th at 10 am:

Eucharistic Minister: 
Donna Blankman & Jim Neville
Elsie Wikstrom & Barry Meade
Acolytes: Andrew Athanasian, John Athanasian & Lian Pines
Altar Guild: Mary Meade, Laura Richards & Susan B. Miller
Coffee Hour: Liz Engelman & Melissa Murphy
Counters Schedule: Maria Whisenand & Deirdre Heapps
Parish Calendar
NOW until October 20th: Parish Hall open to accept Fall Fair donations.  See "Announcements" for drop off times & location.

Throughout September and October: The Sunday School will be collecting knitted or new blankets to donate to the local Animal Shelter.

Sunday, September 17th, 9am-9:45am:   Adult Bible Study in Fr. Gary's office.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th:  DEADLINE to submit Beach Bake 2017 Order Forms to Parish Office.

Sunday, September 17th at Coffee Hour:   Fall Fair Meeting.

Tuesday, September 19th, 8pm:   Vestry Meeting in St. Cecilia Room.

Wednesday, September 20th:   Noon Healing Service.

ACOLYTE TRAINING:  The Acolyte training class scheduled for September 23 is being postponed due to school holidays, and will be held sometime in October. Training will be open to young people in Grades 5 and above who are regular in attendance at church or Sunday School. Contact Mr. Dinn at 603-5424 or for further information.

Sunday, September 24th, 9am-9:45am:   Adult Bible Study in Fr. Gary's office.

Sunday, September 24th at Coffee Hour:   Sunday School Halloween Costume Swap.

Tuesday, September 26th, 7pm:   Altar Guild Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, September 27th:   Noon Healing Service.

Friday, September 29th-Saturday, September 30th:   DCDI Conference in Huntington.

Saturday, September 30th, 12pm-3pm:   St. Stephen's Annual Beach Bake at Manhasset Bay Estates Beach

Sunday, October 1st, 9am-9:45am:   Adult Bible Study in Fr. Gary's office.

Sunday, October 1st, 10am Eucharist:   "Blessing of the Animals", outside in the courtyard (inside Parish Hall in the event of inclement weather).

Sunday October 1st:   NO Sunday School.

Sunday, October 1st at Coffee Hour:   Sunday School Halloween Costume Swap.

Wednesday, October 4th:   Noon Healing Service.

Saturday, October 7th, 1:30pm:  
Memorial Service for Wilda Whittemore
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, Ann, Linda M., Chelsie & Family, and Bishop Provenzano.

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