I would like to tell you a story about a boy named Brian. One night, after
everyone had gone to bed, Brian opened the door to his parents' bedroom and  quietly walked over to his mother's side of the bed and said, "Mommy, there  is a monster under my bed."

"What?" said his mother.

"There is a monster under my bed. Can I sleep with you?", he said.

"Let's go see that monster," said Brian's daddy.

"No, I don't want to see it," said Brian.

What do you think they should do?

Well, first they turned on the lights. They turned on the lights in the
parents' bedroom. They turned on the lights in the hall.  Then they turned
on the lights in Brian's bedroom.  Brian's daddy went around the bed
pulling up the covers so they could all see under the bed.  Brian's daddy
stood on one side of the bed.  Brian and his mother stood on the other side
of the bed.

"Now," said Brian's daddy, "When I count to three, we are all going to get
down on the floor and look under the bed."

"I don't want to," said Brian.

"We can do it," said Mommy, "I'll hold your hand."

So Brian's daddy counted, "One, two, three...", and they all got down on
the floor to look under the bed.

"What do you see?" asked Brian's daddy.

"Nothing," said Brian.

"I see you." said Brian's daddy to Brian.

"I see God," said Brian's mommy.

"Nuh uh," said Brian.

"Well, I think about seeing God," said his mommy.  "You were thinking about
seeing monsters under your bed.  I'm thinking about seeing God under your
bed.  We know God watches over us when we sleep. Maybe God watches under us  too."

Brian had never thought about that.  "God watches under us" that seemed
like a good idea to Brian.

Brian's daddy said, "As long as we are here on our knees by the bed, why
don't we say another prayer so we can all go back to bed."

And they did just like this:  "Dear God we thank you for watching over us
and watching under us, and the next time we think about seeing monsters
under the bed help us think about seeing you under the bed because we know  that you are bigger than any monster.  Amen."

God watches over us like a shepherd watches over his sheep.  He watches
under us too - and to left and to right - to the front and to back.   Keep
God in mind, look for him like Brian's mother did and listen for his voice
whenever you feel in danger - and the monsters will go away.
--Father Gary+
Sunday School and Youth Group News

This Past Sunday, May 7th,was a VERY special day.
Besides it being a Family Service, (thanks to all the readers - You sounded GREAT!) 
We celebrated the 1st Holy Communion of Kynan John and Barnaby Griffin.

This  Sunday, May 14th will be  ANOTHER VERY special celebration.

Please join us for this very  BUSY  SundayHappy Mother's Day,  the 1st Holy Communion of Caitlin Ahmuty and Zach Birbliglia  and the baptism of Barnaby Griffin. 
ALL Sunday School children will meet  IN SUNDAY SCHOOL at 10 AM  for chapel downstairs. We will then proceed to the church for the rest of the service. 


Please come for dinner, dessert and a show - American Idol Style
Perform your talent or just sit back and enjoy    

Some suggested ideas are singing, instrument, reading, acting, dance,                                                   juggling, karaoke
In the Parish Hall, 
Saturday Evening  May 20th 
$25.00 per adult
$10.00 per child

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, please come and have some  GREAT FOOD and some  GOOD FUN!
This event is open to the public
All proceeds will go to  Sunday School's Build an Ark project.

Thanks to those that did already.


Girl Scouts will be hosting an Amazing Race event for our Sunday School as part of their Silver Award Project.  Please come and show your support for these great young ladies that do so much for our community. 

Participate in fun challenges and race to the finish line.  All participants will receive a prize Sunday May 21st, during Coffee Hour, in the courtyard, if weather permits.
Some of the games include a puzzle scramble, marble race, ping pong, stacking cups and a Girl Scout cookie matching game.


Through June 18th, The Sunday School will be collecting "Toiletries For the Troops."
Let's help make sure we keep our troops feeling clean and healthy :).
Please place your toiletries in the baskets located at both entrances of the church. 
See   here for a list of items. 

(Some troops have allergies and need brand name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home and items they miss ... not free samples. Thank you.)

Rhonda Fay
Children and Youth Minister 


4th Annual Mass on the Grass Baccalaureate Service 2017-Saturday May 20th, 11 am-2pm:  Please join Bishop Lawrence Provenzano and the entire diocese in recognizing and blessing the Class of 2017 High School Graduates.  Location: Campus of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 65 Fourth Street, Garden City. Service on the lawn (weather permitting) followed by food. For more info, contact Canon Myra Garnes, Canon for Youth & Young Adult Ministries at mgarnes@dioceseli.org, or 516-248-4800, ext. 118.  Register online here 

Memorial Day Picnic Help Wanted!:  Our annual Memorial Day Picnic is coming up on Monday May 29th.  Please come early to watch the parade pass by and then the picnic starts.  Please let Art Mittelstaedt (516-883-6399) and Bob O'Brien (516-647-9517) know what you would like to do for the picnic:
  • If you can work on the grills (Shields Hardware is providing the grills again) for an hour or so.
  • If you can help get the inflatable jumping castle from the church basement.
  • If you can help bring over some tables.
  • If you have an appetite, please bring that!
  • We need hamburgers, veggie-burgers, franks, rolls and salads.  Desserts go well also.
  • We will also need some paper plates, plastic ware.
Bob will make the coffee.
We are looking forward to sharing the day with us all (including visitors).

SAVE THE DATE! - Saturday, OCTOBER 21, 2017 for Saint Stephen's Fall Fair:  Due to conflicts of events, the Annual Fall Fair date had to be moved.  After much deliberation t he new date for this year's Fall Fair is Saturday October 21st, as elected by the Fair Committee under Fr. Gary's guidance.  Please make a note of the new date. We have 3 less weeks to prepare but on the bright side we will not be competing with Halloween or Veteran's Day as we have in past years.   The next Fall Fair Meeting is scheduled for Sunday May 21st at the Coffee hour. Please come to share your thoughts. This is the largest fundraiser and community outreach for the Parish all year.  Let's have a great Fair!

Prospective Tenant Seeking a Rental in Port:   
If you or someone you know has a small apartment or a house share available to lease in the Port Washington area or one of the surrounding towns,  please 
call Chris Waldenberger (friend of parishioner, Elisa Delaney) at 732-277-7121.

Heidelberg University Choir Concert-Wednesday, May 17th at 7 PM: The Heidelberg University Choir & Chamber Singers present "UP", taking place at The Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238.  This is a stop on the Choir's annual spring tour along the East Coast.  See more information here

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.

Help Save the Life of a Loved One!:  Nassau County is sponsoring an Overdose Prevention And Naloxone Training workshop on Tuesday, May 16th, 7pm-9pm in Manorhaven Village Hall (33 Manorhaven Blvd, Port Washington).  Learn the signs of an opiate overdose; how to reverse an opiate overdose, and about new treatment approaches.  Register online  here.

What's New this Spring/Summer at Sands Point Preserve?

Hospice Volunteers Needed! :  Parker Jewish Institute's Comprehensive Community Hospice has been providing highly specialized care to terminally ill patients since 1997 that welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. To be a volunteer, there is no special requirement other than a sincere desire to help people and the ability to listen. Hospice volunteers can commit to as little or as much time as they wish. All hospice volunteers receive extensive training. Depending the type of volunteering, training is can range from 8-18 hours. All volunteers must complete our new volunteer orientation. Those volunteers who choose to work directly with hospice patients or their loved ones must complete additional hospice specialized training.

Volunteer Opportunities include: Hospice Doulas; Bereavement/Grief; Patient Friendly Visits; Legacy Projects; Administrative Support; Community Education; and Help Recruiting Other Volunteers.  For more information, contact Jill Klein, Volunteer Coordinator at (718) 289-2100 ext 4549 or jklein@parkerinstitute.org.  Visit: www.parkerinstitute.org.


Serving this Sunday 10am:
Eucharistic Ministers: 
Gy. Dioguardi & Elizabeth Engelman
Catherine Fish & Tori Gebbie
William Longmire, Thomas Day & Avery von Roeschlaub
Altar Guild:    
 Maureen Benfield, Laura Richards, Robin Schroeder, Susan B. Miller
Coffee Hour:       
Eva Turel and John Longmire
Counters Schedule:
May 14th:   Maria Whisenand & Paul Seidel
Parish Calendar

Throughout May:  The Sunday School/Youth Group will be collecting toiletries for the Troops.  Please leave donations of these items in the baskets at both church entrances.     See list here .

Sunday, May 14th:  Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 16th, 8pm:  
Vestry Meeting in St. Cecilia Room

Wednesday, May 17th:   Noon Healing Service.

Saturday, May 20th, 5:30pm-7:30pm:   " Who's Got Talent" Pasta Night, American Idol-style show with dinner & dessert, hosted by the Sunday School in Parish Hall.  Perform your talent or sit back & enjoy.   RSVP to Rhonda Fay, rhonda@ststephenspw.org .  All proceeds benefit the School's "Build an Ark" Project.

Sunday, May 21st at Coffee Hour:   Fall Fair Meeting.

Sunday, May 21st at Coffee Hour:   Girl Scouts Amazing Race event for the Sunday School, in the courtyard, weather permitting.

Sunday, May 21st (after services) - Saturday, May 27th:  Father Gary away on 

Tuesday, May 23rd:   Parish Office CLOSED, but will be OPEN, FRIDAY, May 26th.

Wednesday, May 24th:  NO Noon Healing Service.

Sunday, May 28th:  No Sunday School due to Memorial Day Weekend.

Monday, May 29th:  Memorial Day - Parish Office Closed.

Monday May 29th: St. Stephen's Annual Memorial Day Picnic on the Rectory  lawn & in the courtyard.

Wednesday, May 31st:  Noon Healing Service.

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:   Dick & Jean, Virginia, Peter, Bob, Carol, Jo, Tom, Gerry, Nancy, Sue, Hank, William, Jamie & Jennifer, Bob, Olivia, Dorothy, Stella & Kevin, Sister Mary Angela, Anna & Elizabeth, and Ian. 

For the recently departed:  Kaci Ahmuty.

T o have someone entered onto our Prayer List please send an e-mail with the person's name & the requester's name to: office@ststephenspw.org.  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     frgary@ststephenspw.org
Warden John Longmire
Warden Roopali Gupta
Music Director Mark van Schenkhof
Youth & Children Rhonda Fay
Shop Supervisor
Caren Salkin
Parish Administrator
Bernadette Reyes
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