St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tidings for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity
12th November 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 -
12th November
Team 8
Janice Dalzell-Piper
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Next Sunday -
19th November
Team 9
Mimi Sardou



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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



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
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.
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.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
Donations through 
Episcopal Charities
Help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Your generous support will supply critical necessities for communities as we help them recover and rebuild.  Here is the link for donations:
Monetary Donations for Northern California Fire Victims

The fires in Napa and Sonoma have devastated communities and displaced many.

Most of the shelters are no longer accepting material donations but will need them again once folks are relocated in about two weeks. If you have beds and clothing or other soon to be needed items for setting up a household, please stockpile them or email David Hirsch at david@ststephenschurch.org
If you would like to make a financial donation please consider giving to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California Bishop's discretionary fund: http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/online-giving

Please keep our neighbors to the north in your prayers, as well as the first responders. 
From the Rector
Jane Austen died 200 years ago at the age of 41. I think of my daughter when I think of her. Gillian's a great admirer, she's cut to the measure of an Austen heroine, and, like Jane, she's the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. It'll be in Jane's honor that we'll start a St Stephen's Books group soon enough.
     Her father was the Rev'd George Austen ('the Handsome Proctor' of St John's College, Oxford), so Jane grew up critiquing clergy. If you look at the scenes in which you see her clergymen, they're always in social settings; you never see them in church, never at their prayers. It's not their faith she's critiquing, it's their role in society, the ones who don't take their responsibilities there seriously.  Art Angels is this Thursday and Friday. It's the kind of thing one could see in an Austen novel. So be social: buy tickets to the Gala, invite friends, and say,  Welcome to St Stephen's
     See you in church,
     Fr Ellsworth
The Rev'd McSpadden The Rev'd Christine McSpadden
This Sunday
10:00 AM 

This Sunday, please welcome, the Rev'd Christine McSpadden as Celebrant at the 10 o'clock service. The Rev'd McSpadden, a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale/Berkeley Divinity School, has served in churches from St Bartholomew's Church in New York City (with your Rector) to St Paul's Cathedral in London. Currently resident in the Diocese of California, she has served at St Luke's, St Mary the Virgin, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and was formerly Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara. 
wisdom literature Adult Education
Becker Conference Room
12th November
11:30 AM

Karl Belgum will lead the second discussion on the "Wisdom Books", specifically Job. Grab something to drink and eat at Coffee Connections in Kimball Hall after the 10 o'clock service and then come upstairs in the Parish House to the Becker Conference Room at 11:30 am
Ministry of the Month
Healing Prayers
Jesus Heals
Every Sunday St Stephen's now offers healing prayers during the 8 and 10 AM services for those who desire a blessing or laying on of hands. We thank the healing team who makes this ministry possible: The Venerable Dorothy Jones, The Rev. Zoila Schoenbrun, The Rev. Shari Young, Missy Leathers, Chris Mudge, David Kirchhoff, Sue Kwentus, George Brown, Koko Peters, and Fr. Ellsworth.
Art Angels 2017
Art Angels Coming Right Up

This Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th November, Art Angels returns to St Stephens. 

Don't miss the fun of Belvedere's favorite evening on Friday the 16th, beginning with Bubbles & Bach at 5 PM, followed by the closing party from 6 - 10 PM. It is the place to see and be seen this Friday. 

Tickets are $50 for the party, or $75 for both the Bubbles & Bach Concert plus the party.  Proceeds benefit Parish outreach.

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
Family Ministry
Youth Serving Art Angels Volunteers
17th November
We need 10 students to help serve food for Art Angels on Friday November 17th. We will work on and off from 5 - 9 PM. When you aren't upstairs there will be a party downstairs, with games, food and a movie at the end of the night. If you have been there in years past, you know what a great event this is, please sign up by contacting David Hirsch,  david@ststephenschurch.org

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 on Thursdays through to 21st November.   

Link to Family Ministry Fall Calendar 2017
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Contact Family Ministry Director, David Hirsch at david@ststephenschurch.org
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 Sunday, 15th October. 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 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.
AA2017Front Art Angels Invitations
16th & 17th November
Art Angels Invitations were sent out and you should be receiving yours very soon.  If you don't receive it or you just want to make sure you get tickets before this popular Gala sells out, you can order tickets directly through the  Art Angels website using this link.

Art Angels 2017
StringsChoirConcert15 Christmas Concert
10th December

Tickets are on now sale for the 8th Annual Christmas Concert to be held at 4pm on Sunday, December 10.  

Based on prior years' experience, tickets are likely to be sold out within the next week.  This year's concert again features the St. Stephen's Choir accompanied by string orchestra under the direction of John Karl Hirten.  This is a concert not to be missed. 

Ticket seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All members of St. Stephen's should have received an early order ticket form in the mail. Use this link to download a form, and send with your check to St Stephen's Church, PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA 94920. 

Tickets can also be ordered in the Narthex following the 10 AM service this Sunday.

For more information: click here for the flyer
Altar Flowers for 2018
Florals The 2018 Flower Chart is now in the Narthex.  Please sign up for your special Sunday.  The donation for flowers is $150. You will be contacted the week prior to your Sunday week 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 email Barbara Garcia-Romero at barbara.c.garciaromero@gmail.com or Ginny Preston at ginny_preston@yahoo.com. Please note that the collection of Christmas floral donations will begin on the First Sunday of Advent.  This is a separate collection from the 2018 Altar Flower sign ups.
Explorer's Club to the Museum: lunch after Klimt! 
The first Wednesday of each month
Knitting & Crochet Group Donation for the Seaman's Institute
All are invited invited to join the group (men included) to knit or crochet  on the 2nd & 4th Mondays - 10:30 AM
Food Bank Barrel
Urgent Need for Fire Victims & Thanksgiving

It is time to restock the Food Bank for Thanksgiving meals and for victims left homeless by the recent wildfires.

 St Stephen's keeps a Marin/SF Food Bank barrel on the classroom level all through the year and another in the Hall entry prior to Thanksgiving. Please consider feeding those less fortunate by donating your non-perishable food items.
Sonoma ReStore in need of Donations
Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity is a longtime partner of St Stephen's and their ReStore in Sonoma is in need of donations to help those affected by the fires rebuild. They are offering the items from the ReStore at no charge to those affected by the fires. 

You can donate to them by calling the ReStore at 707-568-3228, ext 2 or go to www.hatibatsoco.org/. They are not currently picking up.  The items they need are quality:

AIR for October - 15th November

Art Palette
Virginia Doyle is honoring all those with fire losses in Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties with her two pieces entitled,  Current Abstract Expressions, now showing in the AIR gallery space of St Stephen's Kimball Hall.
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.

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:
12, 19, 26 Services at 8 &10 AM
9, 16, 30 Youth Small Group Gathering - 6 PM
12  Adult Education - Wisdom Books - Becker Conf- 11:30 AM
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)
19  Rector Forum w/The Rev. Pascual Torres -  11:30 AM
27  Vestry Meeting - 7 PM

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Services at 8 & 10 AM
7, 14, 21 Youth Small Group Gathering - 6 PM

  3  Adult Education on Martin Luther - 11:30 AM
10 St Stephen's Christmas Concert - 4 PM
23 Christmas Pageant Rehearsal -  9 AM - Noon
24 Christmas Eve Day Services - 8 AM Quiet Eucharist
24 Christmas Eve Day Service - 10 AM Christmas Pageant
24 Christmas Eve Service - 9:30 PM - One only
25 Christmas Day One Service - 10 AM
31 New Year's Eve Day One Service - 10 AM
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
Wednesdays: Yoga with Capucine -   New day & time TBD, watch this space
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
Every Sunday: 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