St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Easter Tidings
15th April 2018

Contemplative Eucharist

Festive Choral Eucharist
Choir returns this Sunday

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

Final Evensong
Confessions are heard by appointment with the Rector

This Sunday -
15th April
Team 2  

Next Sunday -
22nd April
Team 1


Healing Prayers
The Healing 
Every Sunday, intercessors at the Mary Corner await those who desire anointing. After receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion, if you desire healing prayers for yourself or for a loved one, make your request known to a healing minister in the Mary Corner (near the entrance to the sanctuary.)Your request is kept confidential unless you indicate that it needn't be.


Morning and Evening Prayers  
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.



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Jesus Shepherd

Sunday School
on regular Sundays
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

Youth Small Group
Thursdays (resumes 4/19)
6:15p - 7p
Hang out, eat pizza,
 and scripture stories

Final class this season

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

Does the office have your current information?
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
St Stephen's Directory is now available online and is for the exclusive use of St Stephen's parishioners.

Email the office at office@ststephenschurch.org to learn how to access the directory and check your information.

All pictures taken Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday 2018 by Miles Woodlief, Philip Norris and Bob McCaskill are now in the Directory.
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
After his death, Jesus' disciples didn't scatter. They kept in touch with each other, but they no longer went about openly. It wasn't safe. Yet they had to meet, so on Sunday evening behind a locked door and after dark they came together. If they could have rolled a great stone in front of their door they would have done that if they could have done it secretly. They were not sure they could even trust a locked door to stay locked. Nothing was the way it seemed to be.
     They couldn't trust a teacher who'd let himself be killed. They couldn't trust their friends not to betray them because they'd seen betrayal amongst them. There was little left to trust in, but one of those things was the locked door. What little trust that survived had lighted upon the wrong thing. For a man came through that door as if it was not there and stood among them. He said, 'Peace be with you.' And all their hopes about defending themselves disappeared.  
     See you in church ,
     Father Ellsworth
Amanda North as Personal Witness
This Sunday   |   10:00a
Amanda North
Amanda North, daughter of parishioner Mike North, will be interviewed by Father Ellsworth at the 10 o'clock service this Sunday. 
      Amanda holds a BA in politics and economics cum laude from Princeton, and an MBA from Stanford. She led go-to-market strategies for Apple in their early years and has led highly successful marketing and business development for several other companies.
     She will speak about injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing and  her work that was conceived and developed during recovery.  
     Currently she supports young entrepreneurs in growing their early stage businesses. She is a private pilot, travels extensively, and has two children.
Adult Education
This Sunday   |   11:30a
...Also on 13th May. Please join us for a discussion led by Mike Peters and Joe Jennings on St Paul's Letter to the Romans. This Sunday we are discussing Romans 1:18-3:31 in the Becker Conference Room. For further information contact Joe Jennings [This book is available at Amazon via this link]

Only  five spaces remain and registration closes this Sunday. You don't want to miss this excellent fellowship adventure.
     St Stephen's retreat at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch is next weekend,  20th through 22nd April. 
Cost: Adults $300   |   Youth $150   |   Children $100. 
Make your check out to St Stephen's with Parish Retreat in the memo line as soon as possible, and turn it in to David this Sunday. Applications re available in the Narthex and the Hall or 

YOUTH SMALL GROUP  | 6p  |  Thursday Evenings
Time to hang out, eat pizza and dig into some stories from scripture. (On break until 19th April.)
Book Club   |   25th April, 6:30p
Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany (627 pages.) 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. On the 25th of April, arrive at 6:30p. Dinner and book-specific discussion will start at 7.00p. Please RSVP via Elizabeth Gravely at elizabeth@ststephenschurch.org and let her know what you'd like to contribute to the meal. Space is limited.
Ride with the Rector
Saturday  |  28th April 2018   |   9:30a
bike to Blackie's
This ride is now open to anyone. No charge. Bring your bikes (or bike over) to meet at Blackie's Pasture at 9:30a. We will be riding into 'the parish' - Tiburon and part of Belvedere - and return to Blackie's for snacks and drinks. If there's enough clamor for it, the ride may stop at Belvedere Park for a civilized game of kid-friendly croquet.
Choral Evensong
Sunday  |  29th April 2018   |   4:30p
Blessing OA2017 Join the Choir of St Stephen's as they sing Choral Evensong. This distinctly Anglican form of prayer was instituted in 16 th Century England and is practiced in Anglican and Episcopal churches around the globe. Music will include new settings of the  Preces and Responses and  Magnificat and  Nunc Dimittis by our own John Karl Hirten! 

Come and join us for the service and stay afterwards for a sherry and cheese reception.
Adult Education Outreach
Sunday  |  6th May 2018   |   11:30a
Mary Kay Sweeney
Mary Kay Sweeney, Executive Director of Homeward Bound, will be speaking in the Becker Conference Room about the new low-income housing project called King Street Senior Housing in Larkspur. Interested in more information, please contact Joe Jennings, josephwjennings@sbcglobal.net 415-279-3637.

April Artist in Kimball Hall   |   Tomas Sennett
Tomas Sennett photo
A photographer all his life, Sennett began his photojournalism career while working in the Peace Corps in India. He has been published in National Geographic, Geo, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Paris Match, Connoisseur, and Time Life Books. He also has produced the photography for many international organizations' annual reports. He is a print maker now. Into the third act, he is very thankful for the joy this new art form of digital photography brings.
Special Calendar Planning Dates

Parish Retreat - 20 - 22nd April 2018
Mission Trip - 17th - 24th June 2018

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 (last one this season)
Confirmation Class (Classroom) |  6:30p  (final class)
Call for artists for November Holiday Faire,                             contact Ginny Doyle  (her name is an active email link.)
APRIL  2018

1st, and 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

15 Amanda North & Fr. Ellsworth Co-Preach - 10a
15 Adult Education
17 Wedding at St Stephen's
20-22 Parish Retreat at Bishop's Ranch
23 Vestry Meeting - 7p
25 Owen Meany Rector Book Discussion - 6:30p, RSVP
28  Ride with the Rector - 9:30a
29 Choral Evensong (w/sherry reception) - 4:30p
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920