St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
19th March 2017
St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Lenten Tidings

Contemplative Eucharist

Choral Eucharist
with Choir

Sunday School
8 January - Spring @ 9:45am


Regular Nursery Care Hours
9:30- 11:30am - Childcare
(for infants through age 3)
w/ Christine Trono
and Charlotte Hall

This Sunday -
19th March 2017
Team 4
Judith Wilson

Next Sunday -
26th March
Team 3
Barbara Berling



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Teach Your Children
St. Stephen's Church 
Sunday School
Sunday School Classes 
(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
The best spiritual formation 
St Stephen's can provide Middle and High School students at 10 o'clock on Sunday mornings is full engagement in the 10 o'clock Eucharist. Students will fully participate in, and may assist at leading, the most important thing Christians do: worship. During the reception which follows, students are encouraged to gather in the youth room to discuss the scriptures and the service in which they just participated. 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 the church office at or 
put a note in the hands of 
Father Ellsworth. 
(for infants through age 3)
Christine Trono
Charlotte Hall
8:30 - 12:30pm




St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Many hands make light work.  Your help is needed to improve the premises for Holy Week, and there is a lot to be done.  Last year only your Junior Warden and one other were present to participate.  Please plan on helping out if only for a half an hour.  Wear work clothes, bring gloves, clippers, trowels, and any power tools.  Donuts and coffee provided from 9am-Noon, and lunch provided for those staying on to rehearse for the Vigil and Easter Services.
11am - 1pm
Christus Rex
There will be sequential rehearsals, beginning at 11am, for all those involved in the Holy Week services.  The rehearsal for each service will take about 30 minutes, and will follow the sequence of services.  Lunch provided.
If anyone is interested in 
a Baptism at 
St. Stephen's, please contact Father Ellsworth directly at
The 2017 Flower Chart is in 
Kimball Hall.  

Only a few open dates remain: 
August 6th & 13th, Sept. 10th, 
Oct. 29th.

The donation for flowers is $150.  You will be contacted the week prior to your Sunday for your floral dedication.  You may send your check and dedication to the office any time prior to your chosen Sunday. If you have any questions, please see 
Ginny Preston or 

Teachers are needed for upcoming Sundays. If you are able to teach, please contact David Hirsch as soon as possible at this  click through link to David. 
food donations
Hunger doesn't take a vacation or go on ski week trips.  The food bank donation barrel is now located on classroom level and awaiting your non-perishable and canned goods.  Pick up extra pantry items when you shop to help feed those who are hungry.
On Their Year's Mind
Please help Father Ellsworth compile the names and dates of the death of  family members whom you would like to be remembered in prayers at the altar on, or close to, the anniversary of their death.  This is an old custom, even if new to St. Stephen's.   Email Elizabeth in the office with this click-through. 
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 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. 
Lenten Seminar Continues    Lent 
6:15 - 7:30pm
On Thursdays in Lent, Fr Ellsworth leads a seminar discussion of Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, a book by Rowan Williams, sometime Archbishop of Canterbury. The seminar meets over a simple supper on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:30pm. Being Christian is a short, beautifully written book of four chapters, with questions designed for group discussion. The book is available for $6 on Amazon through this link. Or, f or your convenience, Father Ellsworth has purchased 10 copies of the book.

Contact Elizabeth Gravely to let Fr Ellsworth know that you'll attend the seminar. The simple supper will be provided for a suggested donation $5 per person. Invite your friends.
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From now  through 18th May students in grades 6 - 12 are invited to spend Thursday evenings together. We will start with some pizza and games followed by a 30 minute discussion. This is a chance to grow together as a group and deepen our faith through food, fun study and prayer.
Morning Prayer- 8am
Evening - 5:30pm 
Morning Prayer is said in the church at 8am on weekdays, Monday through Friday.  Evening Prayer is said in the church at 5:30pm on weekdays, Monday through Friday.
All are welcome. 
Sunday School begins promptly - 9:45am
Canon Thomas Woodhouse from Salisbury Cathedral   Canon Thomas Woodhouse Preaches this Sunday
10am Service
The Rev'd. Canon Thomas Woodhouse has been a non-residentiary canon of Salisbury since 2009 and was elected a member of the Cathedral Chapter in May 2014. Thomas also serves on the Bishop's Council, where his brief is to support the work of the Learning for Discipleship and Ministry Team. Thomas was ordained in 1995 and has worked in the Dioceses of Gloucester and Salisbury, as well as spending short periods of time working with the Church of South India, the Church of North India and the Anglican Church of Canada. Thomas moved to his current appointment as Team Rector of Dorchester from Royal Wootton Bassett where he was the Vicar and Rural Dean of Calne from 2005. Prior to ordination Thomas completed City and Guilds qualifications and trained as a chef, moving into hotel management and becoming the Senior Assistant Manager of the King's Head Hotel in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Thomas and his wife Kate have four daughters.
Rector Forum Holy Week
This Sunday
11:30am in Kimball Hall

Father Ellsworth will lead a forum on Holy Week. Please pick up your coffee and treats and find a seat by the fireplace.

Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, and finds its fulfillment on Easter Day, 16th April, is the most significant and hallowed time of the Church's year. It is a spiritual journey in which we relive liturgically the events of the last week of Jesus's life - those events which culminated in his Resurrection and our Salvation. Therefore, like the Mass, it is an anamnesis - a re-presenting - of those events. They are made present to us in the liturgies of Holy Week so that we may enter into them mystically and may be given deeper insights into their meaning. Christians have found over the centuries that when they give themselves up to the disciplined and complete observance of Holy Week they are changed. Their faith is confirmed; their joy is grounded in God's sacrificial and saving love made real in Jesus.

I call all members and friends of this Parish to a diligent, disciplined, and prayerful observance of Holy Week in its entirety. Let there be no halftime Christians during these sacred days. Give yourself, devote yourself to this time and let God change you.
Only a few spaces remain Bishops Ranch
Parish Retreat
21rst - 23rd April 2017
David and the staff are scheming up some great teaching and activities...couches, costumes and competitions may be involved.  Registration has begun and more details are coming soon.  Fill out the Registration Form in the link below and and check made out to St. Stephen's Church with Parish Retreat 2017 in the memo line to reserve your spaces.  As always, scholarships are available for this event. You may hand these to David or turn them in to Elizabeth in the office. For more information, contact

Adults        $225
Students   $160 (13-18)
Children   $110 (3-12)
2 and under Free
Confirmation Classes continue
Questions: email David Hirsch, the Director of Family Ministry, at

Classes are held Sunday Evenings from 6-7:30pm in the Becker Conference room, with dinner provided, on the following evenings:

March 19th, 26th  -   April 2nd, 23rd, 30th*
    *Possible Retreat date of April 28th and 29th
Tickets going quickly
choristers Salisbury
Salisbury Choir Concert 24th March
The renown Salisbury Cathedral Choir (composed of men, girls, and boys) makes a rare stop in the Tiburon peninsula on 24th March.  Endowed in 1314, the Salisbury Cathedral Choir has been a mainstay of the musical tradition there for over 1000 years.  They will present a spectacular program of traditional English choral music, as well as favorites by Bach and Mozart.  Tickets are going quickly.   Order yours now through this link.  If there are any seats remaining, tickets will be available at the door.

If you are able to assist with cooking and serving a dinner for the choir at 6pm on the 24th, please contact John Hirten via this email click.
Anasazi Luncheon Anasazi
30th March

Lilian Murray and Chris Brent will share their tales of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) with their sons this past summer.  On separate trips (only weeks apart), Lilian and her son, Michael (22 yrs), and Chris and her son, Wyatt (18 yrs), journeyed to Tanzania and successfully summited the highest peak in Africa (and the highest height any of the care to climb!) Lunch is $5.  RSVP to Lois Cannady.
Explorer's Club Rodeo Beach
5th April
10am from Blackie's
The Outdoor Explorers Club is planning an outing on Wednesday, April 5th, meeting at Blackies Pasture at 10am. 

We are planning to go first to Rodeo Beach and walk across the bridge over the Lagoon,  walk on the beach, and then stop at the Headlands Museum at the top of the hill (Driving there of course)

Bring a bagged lunch and we will go to Fort Baker, and park near the Coast Guard Station, walk along the waterfront, and then return to a picnic table for our LUNCH!  

The waterfront at Baker Beach is exciting with the Golden Gate Bridge looming above us, and then the view across The Bay. Check the weather, as it can be windy in both places. Ginny will be Down Under (the equator, lucky girl) so I will need another driver to volunteer. Hope you all can come-these are two of our favorite Bay Area spots...We should be able to have you back at Blackies by 2 pm.  Homemade cookies provided!! - Contact Liz Hart with this link
Holy Week Child Care Jesus and the children
We are happy to announce that child care will be available for the Sacred Triduum Services, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil on Saturday of Holy Week.  Please let your friends and neighbors with small children know.

On Palm Sunday, the 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class will process and remain in church.  There will be one Sunday School class for the younger children.
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Do you need an excuse to purchase a fancy, new 4K television? Student Ministries is in need of a 50 inch (or bigger) HD flatscreen. Besides, everyone knows old televisions should be put out to pasture somewhere tax deductible.   Contact David Hirsch
Footwashing on Maundy Thursday Foot Washing
When Fr Ellsworth asks you to participate in the Maundy Thursday footwashing please say yes. Or even if he doesn't ask, but you would like to participate, please let the office know
Sign Up Now Mission Trip 2016
Mission Trip 
18th - 24th June 2017
Location: Taos, New Mexico

Signups for the Mission trip to Taos, NM are nearly filled. A prompt registration is encouraged.   Bring the following three completed forms and a deposit check of $400 (for airline tickets)  (payable to St. Stephen's Church with Mission Trip 2017 in the memo line) to the church office to reserve a space.  For more information, contact

If you require financial assistance, please fill out and return the three linked forms and contact David Hirsch.  


Critical details:
1. The check should be made out to St. Stephen's Church with Mission Trip 2017 in the memo line.
2. T he youth's Middle Name 
must be included 
to reserve their flight.
Adult Bible Education Apostle
This spring, Adult Ed will continue working its way through the history, legends, and significance of the twelve apostles to the early church, using Tom Bissell's book, "Apostle," as our guide (and any other resources participants want to bring to bear). March 26 will be chapters 4 and 5: Philip, James son of Alphaeus (Jesus' brother?), and Peter.  April 30 will be chapters 6-8: Andrew, John and (doubting) Thomas.   Come and learn their stories.  
Link for book on Amazon: click here. 
Easter 2017

Christopher Peters Christopher Peters
Bottom of the Hill
19th March 2017

Hey St. Stephen's Youth!
St. Stephen's own Christopher Peters will be performing on stage this coming Sunday March 19th from 2:30 - 2:50 pm (as part of a Teens "All Star Bands" Concert from 12:30 - 4 pm). At "Bottom of the Hill" 1233 17th Street, San Francisco. Info on the venue and concert links below:

Organ Recital Inside Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral
2nd April 2017

St Stephen's own John Karl Hirten will be playing an organ recital at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, on Sunday, 2nd April, at 4:00 PM.

This Lenten-themed program will feature his own composition, "Seven Meditations on the Last Words of Christ." The recital is open to all and there is a requested donation of $10."
St. Stephen's  Calendar:

  19, 26  Services at 8 & 10am
  Morning Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 8am
  Evening Prayer - Daily Weekdays at 5:30pm
  Lenten Simple Supper - Thursdays in Lent - 6:15pm
  Student Ministry - Thursdays in Lent - 6:15pm 

16  Lenten Simple Supper - 6:15pm
16  Student Ministry Discussion - 6:15pm
19  Parish Retreat registrations due
19  Canon Thomas Woodhouse from Salisbury Cathedral 
       preaches at 10am service
19  Rector Forum - 11:30am
24  Salibury Cathedral Choir Concert - 7:30pm
26  Adult Bible Ed - Apostles III - 11:30am
30  Anasazi Luncheon - 11am (RSVP to Lois)

2nd/4th Mondays: Knitting Group - 10:30am
1st Wednesday: The Outdoor Explorers Club
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
Saturday:  Sunday School help - 9:30 - 11:30am (not 11/26)
1st Sunday of the Month: Healing Prayers at 8am & 10am 
Sundays: Children's Music with John after the 10am service
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