St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tidings for  the Fourth Sunday in Lent

11th March 2018
Christus Rex

Contemplative Eucharist

Festive Choral Eucharist

Sunday School
PreK - 12th grades
Drop off begins at 9:45a

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

Confessions are heard by appointment with the Rector


This Sunday -
11th March
The Fourth Sunday 
in Lent
Team 8

Next Sunday -
18th March
The Fifth Sunday 
in Lent
Team 7



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Jesus and the children

Sunday School
drop off begins at 9:45 AM

Sunday School Classes 

(from 10:00 to the Passing of the Peace at the 10:00a Eucharist, 
or approximately10:35a)
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 - 11:30a



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 .
St Stephen's Online Directory

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Tiburon Thrift Shop
Tiburon Thrift Shop
Volunteers Needed

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.
Food Bank Barrel
for the Homeless

Hunger never takes a break!

 St Stephen's keeps a Marin/SF Food Bank barrel in the Kimball Hall lobby and on the classroom level all through the year. Please consider feeding those less fortunate by donating your non-perishable food items.
Year's Mind
Celtic Cross
P lease 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.
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
From the Rector
A s flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport." [Shakespeare, 
King Lear ] A boy we know lived in White Sands, New Mexico on the north side of the Organ Mountains below Rattlesnake Ridge. He got very acquainted with snakes - bull, rat, king, hognose, several kinds of rattlesnakes. He caught and kept tarantulas, horned toads, scorpions, and, yes, flies, for sport.
    In Milton's  Paradise Lost  Satan is a shape-shifter who takes the form of a cherub in one place, a toad in another, a serpent in another. The Bible is an intricate web of allusion about snakes; the first part of that web was spun in the court of Pharoah when Moses threw down his staff which shape shifted into a serpent. God's peaceable kingdom, as the prophets picture it, imagines snakes learning to play with a child. And Jesus says, "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." 
     See you in church ,
     Fr Ellsworth

YOUTH SMALL GROUP  | 6p  |  Thursday Evenings
Time to hang out, eat pizza and dig into some stories from scripture.

FAMILY EVENSONG  |  5:30p  |  Sunday Evenings 
in Kimball Hall, The whole family is welcome to this time of prayer, song and contemporary worship based around traditional liturgy.

CONFIRMATION CLASS | Sunday Evenings  |  6:30p
The group begins with dinner together and works through great material that prompts discussion about what we believe and why we believe it.

|   23rd/24th March
St Stephen's has reserved 3 group campsites on Angel Island for an overnight camp. Space is limited so sign up soon! Bring your camping equipment, war cloths, food, and $12 for the return Ferry trip. The group will depart on Friday on a private Tiburon ferry at 4p, make camp, have dinner, wan watch the sunset (hopefully.) Saturday, after a hiuke to the top of Mt Livermore, we will ferry back to Tiburon. Return ferry times are 10:20a, 11:20a, 1:20p, 3:30p. Cost is $50pp, which covers the ride to Angel Island and the campsite.

PARISH RETREAT DEADLINE   |   18th March, applications and checks are due   |    This relaxing opportunity to bring yourself and your family into a gorgeous natural setting, with healthy, delicious meals provided, a reasonable price, good beds, and some of your favorite company, is coming up on 20th through 22nd April (retreat dates.) David and the staff are bringing some wonderful teaching on the Holy Spirit, worship plans and some games to play together. Cost: Adults $300   |   Youth $150   |   Children $100. Space is limited, so sign up right away. Make your check out to St Stephen's with Parish Retreat in the memo line before 18th March, and turn it in with applications that are available in the Narthex and the Hall or downloaded through this link.

MISSION TAOS   |   June 17th - 24th   |   Applications are available at church, on the St Stephen's website (follow the link on the right bottom side of the home page), or by downloading the links below for the 2018 Taos Mission Trip. Students need to bring the application, release form and $500 deposit to the church office to apply. This trip is expected to fill quickly so get your forms in soon! This year we are adding an extra day to debrief and spend more time in Santa Fe and Albuquerque!  Make checks out to St Stephen's Church with Mission Trip 2018 in the memo line.

Easter Floral Donations | Due Palm Sunday
Easter Services w.o. Palm Sunday
If you would like to donate to the fund for Easter Flowers, please send your dedication to dee@ststephenschurch.org
by Palm Sunday. Checks are made out to St Stephen's with Easter Flowers in the memo line and can be placed in the plate or mailed to PO Box 97, Belvedere. Easter Floral envelopes for the Sunday plate are available in the basket in the Narthex.
Palm Sunday Services   |   8a & 10a  
StStPalmSun2016.L.D.-P.Weather permitting, both services will begin in the Memorial Garden. The children and youth will then proceed to Sunday School.
Explorer's Club  |  7th March, 10a  | 
Tea Garden, SF 

Meet at Blackie's for a drive into Golden Gate Park and a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden. The garden is a 5-acre Japanese-style village that was designed by Makoto Hagiware for the 1894 Exposition. Cherry blossoms should be in bloom alongside azaleas and more. The group will walk to the DeYoung Museum cafe for lunch. Cost of admission to the Tea Garden is $6 for seniors and $9 for all others. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. If you are a member of the DeYoung, please let Ginny Preston, ginny_@yahoo.com, or Liz Hart, lizlhart@icloud.com know.

Special thanks to our personal magnificent docent Mary Ann Milford for a great tour of the Asian Museum.
Camp Create Sunday | 11th March

Camp Create

Camp Create Sunday is a time for our members to learn about the camp as a possibility for our children or others we know to attend. The camp is for any child in Southern Marin and beyond and it is our goal to have at least 10 campers from neighborhoods such as Belvedere, Tiburon, Mill Valley, etc. 

One family's story (2017)
     A member of St Stephen's with small children recommended Camp Create to a friend, a mother of twins. Recommend is not exactly how it happened. Our member told her friend that she simply  must send her children.              This mother had never heard of Camp Create; there was no fancy advertising or fully loaded website like the many camps her children had attended in the past. She registered her sons, taking a huge leap of faith.
     The boys loved the camp. The favorite of one was the music, dance and stories of West Africa. The other said his favorite was the visual arts class where he learned printmaking among other things. At the end of the week, the mother said that this was THE best camp her children had ever attended. She planned to enroll them again and volunteer. She said she was going to tell her friends about it.

This is the magic of the week. Come to Camp Create Sunday to hear more.

2018 Camp Create: July 16 - 20 

For campers entering 1 st through 5 th  grades  
who are curious, like to try new things, 
enjoy singing, music, storytelling, making art 
and having fun.

Adult Education
Sunday  |  11th March 2018   |   11:30a

...Also on 15th April and 13th May. A series of discussions about key concepts in this introduction to Paul's Letter to the Romans (1. 1 - 17) at 11:30a in the Becker Conference Room.  This Sunday, we'll focus on Romans 1. 17. [Please pick up a copy at Amazon via this link]  https://www.amazon.com/Romans
18 March, both services   |   Russell White will be our preacher.

Brother to Victoria (White) Ellsworth, Dr. Russ White was born in the Belgian Congo to medical missionary parents. He attended Roberts Wesleyan College, the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He completed a general surgical residency at Brown University and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England. He has served as the Chief of Surgery at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya since 1997, where he spends the majority of his time. He is a clinical Professor of Surgery at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He has also been the Program Director of the Tenwek Hospital General Surgery Residency program since 2007. In this capacity, he works with other consultant surgeons at Tenwek Hospital to train ten surgical residents in a fully approved 5-year general surgical residency. He is also the chairman of the Education and Scientific Research Committee for the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA), responsible for training, examination and certification of surgeons in eleven different countries in the region. In 2018, he has begun directing the first cardiothoracic surgical fellowship training center in the COSECSA region. He received the American College of Surgeons Humanitarian Surgeon of the Year award in 2012, and was awarded the L'Chaim Prize for medical missions in 2017. His passion is for teaching and mentoring young surgeons. He has special interests in cancer of the esophagus and rheumatic heart disease, and has published extensively in these areas.
Book Club at the Rectory, NEW DATE to be determined 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Victoria and Fr Ellsworth are hosting monthly book clubs ( you don't have to come every month ) gathered around dinner and a book at  the Rectory  627 pages long, you'll want to start reading Owen Meany by John Irving (Amazon link) asap. Two copies of the book are available at the Belvedere Tiburon library and it should be available at other public libraries.The novel begins,  " I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice-not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany." 
     On the date of the book club, arrive  at 6.30p . Dinner and book-specific discussion will start at 7:00p. Please RSVP by 19th February via Elizabeth Gravely at elizabeth@ststephenschurch.org  and let her know what you'd like to contribute to the meal. Space is limited. 
Parish Cleaning for Holy Week   |   24th March
9a - Noon
St. Stephen's Robe   
Come join the fun and help your Parish shine for Holy Week at the same time. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Please bring gloves and hand tools.
Calling all Artists

WreathHoliday2016 On 10th and 11th November 2018, St Stephen's Church will feature its biannual Holiday Gift Faire.

Included in this two day event will be crafts, paintings and photographs, as well as home baked goods for the holidays. Artists will include members of St Stephen's Church and others in our community, space permitting.

If you would like to participate in this event, contact Ginny Doyle for more details regarding the show. Email Ginny at  vdoyleandjdoyle@gmail.com, or phone her at
(415) 435-6540.

This is an early notice so that interested artists have time to plan and create their entries.
Earth and Altar Garden Spring Planting
Saturday  |  8th April   |   11:30a
Garden Beans
On Sunday, April 8 at 11:30, we will be planting tomatoes and pole beans in the Earth and Altar Garden. Please come join in this annual event to start our garden for feeding the needy. Learn how to plant tomatoes and beans, install irrigation, use compost, and put up staking.  This event is appropriate for elementary school children to adults. Please bring garden gloves and trowels if you can.
     For further information contact Joe Jennings 415-279-3637, josephwjennings@sbcglobal.net.
WANTED: Book donations for REST
desk_tidy_colored_pencils.jpg A cart of books is made available to the men who attend REST dinners on Sunday evenings at Westminster. Paperbacks are easier for them to carry, but smaller hardbacks also work. The men have varied interests but especially enjoy mysteries, spy stories, westerns (Grisham, Follet, Ludlum, Brown, Baldacci.)

If you have books you can donate, please contact Pam Martori at pam@mccaskill.net or 415.435.3695
Morning and Evening Prayers |  No Evening Prayer this Week
The Daily Office.

Morning Prayer is said in the church Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30a

Evening Prayer is said in the church Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30p. (None this week)
25th March - 1st April
Holy Week Services

Special Calendar Planning Dates

Parish Retreat - 20 - 22nd April 2018
Mission Trip - 17th - 24th June 2018
MARCH  2018
Sunday Services at 8am & 10a
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

The Daily Office: 
Morning Prayer - Tuesday, Thursday - 9:30a
Evening Prayer - Tuesday, Thursday - 5:30p
 (Evening Prayer on Break This Week 3.6.18)

Healing Prayers Every Sunday - 8 & 10a  
    (During the service, after Communion)
Youth Small Group on Thursday Nights | 6p
Evensong (Hall) |  5:30p
Confirmation Class (Classroom) |  6:30p
Call for artists for November Holiday Faire,                          contact 
Ginny Doyle

  7 Explorer's Club - 10a from Blackie's to TBD
11 Camp Create Sunday 
&  Deacon Alberta B. Buller
11 Adult Ed - Paul's Letter to the Romans - 11:30a
Russell White  preaches at both services
18 Parish Retreat Sign up DEADLINE
23-24 - Camp Angel Island - 4p Friday - Group Camp          $50 includes one way Ferry
24 Parish Clean Up for Holy Week - 9a - noon
25 Palm Sunday - services at 8 & 10a
29 Maundy Thursday - 7p
30 Good Friday - Noon
31 Saturday Office - 9:15a
31 Vigil - 8p

NEW DATE to be determined for Book Club at the Rectory, 6:30p, 

APRIL  2018
1st (9a & 11a),  and 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (8a & 11a)

Morning Prayer - Tuesday, Thursday - 9:30a
Evening Prayer - Tuesday, Thursday - 5:30p

Healing Prayers Every Sunday - 8 & 10a  
    (During the service, after Communion)
Youth Small Group on Thursday Nights | 6p
Evensong (Hall) |  5:30p
Confirmation Class (Classroom) |  6:30p
Call for artists for November Holiday Faire,                          contact 
Ginny Doyle


  1 EASTER - services at 9a & 11a
  6 American Bach Soloists Concert - 8p, 
      Monteverdi tickets
  8 Earth & Altar Spring Planting - 11:30a - 1:30p
Amanda North  & Fr. Ellsworth - Co-Preach at 10a
15 Adult Education - Paul's Letter to the Roman's - 11:25a
17 Wedding at St Stephen's
20 - 22 Parish Retreat at Bishop's Ranch
29 Choral Evensong (sherry reception) 
- 5p

The Daily Office:
Morning & Evening Prayer, Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30a & 5:30p

2nd/4th Mondays: Knitting Group - 10:30a 
1st Wednesday: The Explorers Club
Thursdays:  Contemplative Prayer - 8:30am   
Thursdays: 9:50am-1pm or 12:50-4p 
 - Volunteers at the Thrift Shop
Thursday: Choir Practice - 7:30p
2nd Thursday of the Month: Homeward Bound Meals
4th Thursday of the Month: Westminster Hot Lunch
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920