St Stephen's Episcopal Church
The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
8th October 2017
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Contemplative Eucharist

Holy Eucharist
with Festive Choral Music
St Stephen's Choir 
Sunday School
PreK - 12th grades
10:00 AM
Drop off begins at 9:45 AM

Childcare  is provided 
 from 9:45 to 11:30 AM for infants through age 3

This Sunday -
8th October
Team 3
Barbara Berling

Next Sunday -
15th October
Team 4
Judith Wilson



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Jesus and the children

Sunday School
10:00 AM
drop off begins at 9:45 AM

FALL 2017
Sunday School Classes 

(from 10:00 to the Passing of the Peace at the 10:00 AM Eucharist, 
or approximately10:35am)
Godly Play
 PreK -  1st Grade

Bible in Life by David C. Cook
for 2nd through 3rd Grade

Bible in Life by David C. Cook
for 4th through 5th Grade

Youth Fall Sunday Class
6th - 12th Grades 
Student Ministry
Group discussion with scripture based original curriculum

All students  and older children are encouraged to serve as acolytes, ushers, and scripture readers at the 10 o'clock service. To volunteer yourself or your child for duties in any of these roles, please contact David david@ststephenschurch.org.
(for infants through age 3)
9:30 - 11:30 PM



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
Yoga with Capucine
11:30 AM

Chair Yoga
On Wednesdays, fellow parishioner and certified yoga instructor, Capucine Hoybach, offers group yoga classes at St Stephen's. Suitable for those both familiar and new to yoga. Bring a mat or chairs will be available as needed (for those who choose to experience 'chair yoga'). 

Please share in the many benefits that yoga can offer for body, mind and spirit! 

Classes begin at 11:30am in Kimball Hall and continue on a weekly basis. Suitable for all levels and abilities! 

No class on 15th November.
From the Rector

Y ahweh gives the Law to Moses, authorizing him to write the word of God with divine authority. Up until then, God had been dealing with individuals one by one. But now, at Sinai, the rag tag lot of them are being made into a peculiar people.
     This is how the Law has always been received by Jews and Christians: as a kind of buddy system. By the word of God written, you can know what God expects of me and hold me accountable, and I can know what God expects of you and hold you accountable. After all, we have, you and I, just like everyone else in Marin or Las Vegas, a nearly infinite ability to imagine God approves of whatever we approve of. Welcome to St Stephen's.

     See you in church,

     Fr Ellsworth
The Rector reflects on the  2018 Stewardship 
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


I n the year 2017, we have had 170 pledging households at St Stephen's, giving a total of $599,266. That makes the average pledge -  the mean  - $3,525. The mean is skewed high by a short list of top givers, so perhaps a more accurate snapshot of the people in our pews would be the median. Very well, then: the
median pledge at St Stephen's is $1,520. That's enough dough, in a year's time, to buy a daily Chai Latté 'dirty', the shot of espresso cutting the sweetness. I had my first one, on the house, the other day, at  Peet's Coffee in our cathedral. Delicious, but I digress.
      If you're on the short list, thank you for being generous, and keep looking  up! If you've never pledged before, I ask you: Please make 2018 the year you begin. And if you're below a number and think you could be well beyond either the mean or the median, use them as a benchmark. If you're below the median, aim to surpass it. If you've achieved the median but not yet the mean,
get mean

Fr Ellsworth
Stewardship 2017

Icon2017 Thank you to all who have already responded with pledges for St Stephen's for 2018.  

Below is a link for the Stewardship Poster from last Sunday, 24th September. For those who have not yet had a chance to pledge, all pledges received by 9 AM today (Thursday) will be added to this Sunday's Poster in the Narthex as well as to the Sunday bulletin list.  Scan and email your pledge to office@ststephenschurch.org.  Use the second link below or the one in Fr Ellsworth's paragraph to download the pledge card and the first link to view the Poster. Whatever amount you pledge is sincerely appreciated and illustrates your thoughtful support of the St Stephen's church community.

Family Ministry
High School Small Group Gatherings
6 - 7:30 PM
Poncho Packages and Youth
Hang out time with David Hirsch in the 
St Stephen's Youth Room with pizza and scripture stories.  

8 October
Noon - 4 PM
Paintball logo  
A paintball skirmish for middle and high school youth, with 'capture the flag', followed by pizza and hang out time in the Youth Room. 
Fright Fest
13, 20, 27, 28 October
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
haunted_house.jpg Those who RSVP to David Hirsch to attend the Fright Fest, can meet up at Westminster Presbyterian by 3:30 PM on Fridays, and Noon on Saturdays.  The attendees will return late, as the park closes at midnight.  Cost is $50/ticket and $$ for food and snacks. St Stephen's will only be attending on those dates with parishioner RSVPs to david@ststephenschurch.org or on the sign up sheet available on Sundays during Sunday School. 

Link to Family Ministry Fall Calendar 2017
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Contact Family Ministry Director, David Hirsch at david@ststephenschurch.org
grief angelAdult Education
Dying and Death in California
Parish Hall
8th October
11:30 AM

Dying in California is a two-part series devoted to the End of Life Option Act and helping our community and its members understand the new Act and the role of religious reflection regarding dying and end of life situations. Part two of this series is offered this coming Sunday. 
October 8, 11:30-12:30
Parish Hall
Join the Rev'd. Richard Schaper and the Rev'd Phillip Ellsworth as they discuss the spectrum of religious (Episcopal and other), moral and ethical dogmas, beliefs and concerns associated with the End of Life Options Act. This forum will focus on how individuals should think through and understand the various concerns and beliefs associated with the End of Life Options Act.
The End of Life Option Act is a California law that permits terminally ill adult patients with capacity to make medical decisions to be prescribed an aid-in-dying medication if certain conditions are met. Signed into law by Governor Brown in October 2015, the law went into effect on June 9, 2016.
The Dying in California Steering Committee includes: The Venerable Dorothy Jones, Pam Martori, Michelle Mayfield-Baske, Chris Mudge, the Rev. Richard Schaper, Helen Sandeman and Joe Jennings. For further information contact Joe Jennings,   josephwjennings@sbcglobal.net or 415-279-3637.
All Saint's Services - Baptisms and Sign Ups 
For 5th November 
8 & 10 AM 
all saints day
Baptisms on 5th November:  All Saint's Day is a date offered for baptisms.  Please contact Elizabeth Gravely at office@ststephenschurch, if you are interested in a baptism on that date.
All Saint's Sign Up:  If you have a family member or friend who passed away in 2017, and would like them remembered in the bulletin on All Saint's Day, please print their name clearly on the sign up sheet in the Narthex, or email the name to Elizabeth Gravely at office@ststephenschurch.org by Sunday, 29th October. 
Art Angels Silent Auction
Call for Donations
Art Angels Fair - Thursday & Friday,
16th & 17th November 2017


Would you be willing to donate
      • event tickets? (symphony, theatre, sports)
      • a vacation home or other unique experience?
      • special wine?
      • or perhaps you would like to host (or co-host) a sign-up party?
      • or contribute your creation to our special St Stephens Homemade Table?
Art Angels is a bi-annual event that funds our church outreach programs and the Silent Auction features items that are generously donated by parishioners. 

Art Angels runs Thursday (16th) 
and Friday (17th)
this year:

16th November free shopping from 11 am to 4 pm  
17th November free shopping from 10 am - 3 pm,
 Bubbles and Bach from 5-6 pm, 
 Closing Gala from 6-10 pm

For ideas, any questions, or to email your completed and scanned form, downloaded from the link below, contact Sharon Hilpert at 297-1358 or sharonhilpert@gmail.com  Thank you!

Ministry of the Month
Homeward Bound Mill Street Center

food donations
The second Thursday of each month St Stephen's provides breakfast and lunch to residents of Homeward Bound's Mill Street Center.  Volunteers provide a salad, casserole, or chickens, or hams, or sausages, bread, fruit and dessert.  

If you would like to assist with this ministry, please contact Ann Green-McComish via this email link.
Wanted: Videographer/Photographer
The church office is looking for someone with videography and photography skills to volunteer to vlog special events and talks throughout the year. Basic video shooting and editing skills are all that is required. 

If you are available and interested, please contact david@ststephenschurch.org.
Charlotte "Charie" Biggart Morrison Memorial
9th October
10 AM
Christus Rex A memorial service for Charie Biggart Morrison will take place at St Stephen's this coming Monday, 9th October, at 10:00 AM ( Note time change .)
  A reception will follow in Kimball Hall. 
Anasazi Luncheon
27th October
11 AM
Ruth Stotter
Storyteller and Folklorist Ruth Stotter travels  the world performing and teaching. She is the author of numerous books, has written and produced two plays, hosted a radio program on KUSF-FM, and currently has a CEIS Fulbright grant to teach at foreign universities.  In 2010 she received the Oracle  Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network. 
Enthralled with the way folk and fairy tales spotlight family relationships,  Ruth will bring humorous and provocative stories collected from around the world that address our choices as adults and elders. There is good reason why many therapists use story therapy as we see things anew when we open our hearts and minds to enter the magical world of story.

The luncheon is $5.  Please RSVP to Lois Cannady at 415.435.1780 or to Lois' email via this link.
Last Sunday at St Stephen's Blessing of Animals

Blessing OA2017
photo by Anne Hammer
Morning and Evening Prayers
The Daily Office:

Morning Prayer is said in the church Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 AM (Please note, there is no Morning Prayer on Wednesdays.)

Evening Prayer is said in the church Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM.

Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your generous support will supply critical necessities for communities as we help them recover and rebuild.  Here is the link for donations:

A message from our Presiding Bishop, the Rt Rev'd Michael Curry
Here is a link to the Presiding Bishop's video:
Special Calendar Planning Dates

Art Angels Fair 2017 - THURSDAY, 16th November 
    FRIDAY, 17th November

Parish Retreat - 20 - 22nd April 2018
Youth Ski Trip -  12th - 15th January 2018
Mission Trip - 17th - 23rd June 2018

St Stephen's  Calendar:
8, 15, 22, 29 Services at 8 & 10 AM
5, 12, 19, 26 -  High School Small Group Gatherings
Thursdays for 7 Weeks  - 7:30 PM
  8  Paintball - 12 - 4 PM at St Stephen's
  9  Charlotte "Charie" Biggart Morrison Memorial - 10 AM
13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28  Youth to Six Flags Fright Fest - 3:30 PM on
Fridays, and Noon on Saturdays. $50 ticket and $ for snacks. Park closes at midnight.
23  Vestry Meeting - 7 PM
27  Anasazi Luncheon with Ruth Stotter, storyteller - 11:00 AM
5, 12, 19, 26 Services at 8 7 10 AM
  1  Explorer's Club to the Legion of Honor - details TBA
  5  All Saint's Sunday
  5  Healing Prayers - following the 8 & 10 AM services
  5  Movie Night for Middle and High School - 5-8 PM
16  Art Angels - Thursday free shopping - 11 AM - 4 PM
17  Art Angels - Friday free shopping - 10 AM - 3 PM
17  Art Angels Friday Bubbles and Bach - 5 - 6 PM
17  Art Angels Friday  Closing Gala - 6 - 10 PM 
($50 gala or $75 Bach & Gala)
27  Vestry Meeting - 7 PM
The Daily Office:
Morning & Evening Prayer, Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM & 5:30 PM
2nd/4th Mondays: Knitting Group - 10:30am 
1st Wednesday: The Explorers Club (next outing 1st November)
Wednesdays: Yoga with Capucine at 11:30 AM (except 11/15)
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
1st Sunday of the Month: Healing Prayers at 8am & 10am
Sundays: Children's Choir 11:15 - 11:45 am 
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920