December 23, 2020
Highlights Newsletter
Christmas Services
Christmas Eve Family Service with Pageant via Zoom
Thursday, December 24, 4 PM
A fun and creative re-telling of the Christmas story, with some of our children and adults sharing their acting talents from the comfort of their own homes. Because our children are involved, the Zoom link is available only to parishioners and their loved ones. This service will not be live-streamed. You can join the Zoom service here. The passcode is 577342.

Christmas Eve Festival Service
Thursday, December 24, 7 PM
Pre-service music begins at 6:45 PM
A beautiful service of prayer and music to celebrate the Incarnation. As is our custom, the music will be extra special with violin, organ, trumpet, and song. All are welcome to join us as we stream live to YouTube and Facebook. Parishioners are also welcome to join via Zoom here. There is no passcode needed.

To call in, dial by your location:
 +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 861 1279 3736

Christmas Day Message
December 25, 10 AM
Rev. Paula shares a pre-recorded Christmas messge via YouTube and Facebook, with music by Peter Wick, Kira Hanson and Sean Toland.
St. Stephen's News
Angel Tree
Thanks to our generous parishioners we have now collected $1465 in Target gift cards for our Drumming Camp chidlren and families. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry that is so special to us and for bringing Christmas joy to these families during this challenging year of COVID.




Giving in Faith Update
As of Decenber 21st, we have 16 pledges totaling $71,780. Thank you to all who have made this commitment to give in faith. It is not too late for you to make your pledge, which will help us achieve our goal of $137,000. Achieving this goal will enable us to continue the life-giving, Spirit-filled ministries that are so important to us and to the greater community.
Connection & Common Worship
Worship
Sundays, 10 AM
Live-streamed to YouTube, Facebook, and via Zoom. Bulletins are available on the St. Stephen's website. All links can be found at the bottom of the newsletter. Zoom passcode is 225839.

To call in, dial by your location:
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 864 1664 1640
Passcode: 225839

The Sunday service will also be broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33) on Tuesday at 6 AM and 3 PM.

Coffee Hour
Sundays at 12 PM via Zoom
To call in, dial by your location:
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 895 5857 6382

Daily Prayer
M-W-F 8:30 AM
T-TH-SAT 7:45 PM
Most days Rev. Paula will lead prayer live on Facebook, though occasionally it will be a "Prayerful Interlude" or a recorded reflection. Videos of all posts can be easily accessed from the Facebook video library.


Reading with the Rector
Sunday, January 3, 1 PM
For our first gathering of 2021, we will read and discuss a few essays and poems. The link to this material will be posted on the Events Calendar on the website or you can email Rev. Paula. She's on vacation next week but will check her email on Friday (only) to see who would like the readings emailed. We will use the Coffee Hour link, which is also in the "Important Links" section of this newsletter.

Interfaith Bible Hour
Friday, January 8, 9 AM
Please join us as we continue our study of Genesis, along with our friends from Christ Church in Short Hills and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun. We will be reading Chapters 27 and 28. Rev. Paula will email the Robert Alter translation, though you are free to read the translation of your choice. If you are not on the group email list, please let Rev. Paula know to add you.
From Bishop Hughes & The Episcopal Church
Would you be willing to be a witness to God's love this Christmas?


For the next two weeks through
January 3.
Upcoming
12/24 - 4 PM - Christmas Eve Family Service with Pageant
12/24 - 7 PM - Christmas Eve Festival Service with Special Music (Pre-service music begins at 6:45 PM - tune in early!)
12/25 - 10 AM - Christmas Day Message from Rev. Paula
12/27 - 10 AM - Sunday Worship
12/27 - 12 PM - Coffee Hour
1/3 - 10 AM - Lessons and Music: Christmas to Epiphany
1/3 - 12 PM - Coffee Hour
1/3 - 1 PM - Reading with the Rector
1/6 - 10 AM - Cross Roads Wednesdays Away
1/8 - 9 AM - Interfaith Bible Hour
Faithful Outreach
Holy Trinity
Our friends at Christine's Kitchen are reaching out for help. Please view Fr. Miguel's video message at the link here. Your kind donation will be matched up to $10,000. Thank you!

The Apostles' House & North Porch
Collection bins are located outside the Narthex doors in the parking lot. Donations can be dropped off at any time.

Apostles' House needs: canned goods and non-perishable food items. 

North Porch is in URGENT need of Enfamil Infant Formula 12.5 oz containers (yellow label), baby wipes, and diapers size 4, 5, and 6.

Online Donations - If you are unable to drop off items at the church, and would like to contribute, you can make purchases and/or donations directly to these organizations at the following links:

North Porch Donation Link
The Apostles' House Donation Link
Resources During Covid
There are many, many resources available to parishes and individuals to help sustain our faith practices during this unprecedented time. We have moved the list to our website here. This is by no means a complete list, though it does cover many areas of need.
St. Stephen's Prayer List
Please keep the following St. Stephen's family members and friends in your prayers...

Jeff Loggins, Jimmy Hasenkamp, Ian Janeczko, Peggy Thompson, Matthew Anderson, Felder Dorn, Joan Shuss, Corey Toland, Hailey Rose Fout, Kris Hunt, Donna Riggi, Blanchard Family, McManus Family, Bernard & Nathan, Fitzgerald Family, Lucille B.
Weekly Lectionary
First Sunday after Christmas
December 27, 2020

Isaiah 61:10-62:30
Psalm 147:13-21
John 1:1-18

Lessons and Music: Christmas to Epiphany

January 3, 2021
Zephaniah 3:14-18
Isaiah 7:10-17
Matthew 2:1-12
2 Peter 1:16-21

Giving with Tithe.ly
Giving with Tithe.ly
Giving with Tithe.ly is easy with options for recurring donations or one-time use for when you are away or not able to be in church (like all of us now due to COVID restrictions).

You can access Tithe.ly via their website or their app on your smart phone. Be sure to search for the correct account - "St. Stephen's Church Millburn." Once you have accessed the account page with our address, you will be instructed to follow the prompts.

Stock Donations & Year-End Notes
If any patishioner would like to make a year-end stock donation, please contact our bookkeeper David VanHouten at 973-376-0688, Ext. 33

All 2020 donations should be post marked no later than 12/21/2020.
Office Notes
Office Hours
Until we are through this public health emergency, there are NO office hours. Please call Rev. Paula to arrange for pastoral care.

Due to COVID restrictions, only teachers and staff are allowed to be in the building during school hours. If you need to visit the parish office/building for any reason, please contact us for an appointment. Thank you.
Important Links
Zoom Links
Links for Sunday Worship Live-Stream & Social Media
Website Links
Other Social Media Links
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041
Church

Parish Administrator, Doreen Schindler
973.376.0688, Ext. 32
church@ststephensmillburn.org

Rector, The Rev. Paula J. Toland
973.376.0688, Ext. 21
rector@ststephensmillburn.org

Fax: 973.376.4002
Website: ststephensmillburn.org

Preschool

Director: Nancy Siracusa
Phone: 973.376.3534, Ext. 20
Email: sspsmillburn@gmail.com