December 9, 2020
Highlights Newsletter
Connection & Common 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.

Adult Formation Advent Series
Sundays, December 6, 13, 20 at 1 PM
A 3-week series of conversation based on Church Anew's Christ/Christmas/Covid video conference. We'll view short (7-minute) videos and talk about how they impact the way we live our faith this Advent.

To keep things simple, we will use the coffee hour Zoom link.

St. Stephen's Virtual Christmas Party
Sunday, December 20, 6:30-8 PM
Save the date...more details to come!

From Bishop Hughes & The Episcopal Church

Noonday Prayer & Litany of Hope
Fridays, December 4, 11, 18, 12 PM
The Diocese of Newark is invited to join in Advent Noonday Prayer via Zoom. The service includes a "Litany of Hope." You can download the Order of Service here and join the Zoom service here.

To join by phone: 929.205.6099
Meeting ID: 854 6786 7747
Passcode: 170445

Lay Conversation with the Bishop (to be translated into Spanish)
Wednesday, December 16, 6 PM
The purpose of the meeting is to share news and perspectives on where we are as a diocese “in such a time as this.” Sign-in instructions for this Zoom meeting will be sent in the Diocesan What's Happening This Week email on Monday, December 14. To subscribe to diocesan e-news, click here.
12/10 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer
12/11 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer
12/11 - 12 PM - Advent Noonday Prayer & Litany of Hope
12/12 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer
12/13 - 10 AM - Sunday Worship
12/13 - 12 PM - Coffee Hour
12/13 - 1 PM - Advent Adult Formation
12/13 - 3 PM - Youth Ministry Pop Up
12/14 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer
12/15 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer
12/16 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer
12/16 - 6 PM - Lay Conversation with the Bishop (to be translated into Spanish)
12/17 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer
12/18 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer
12/18 - 12 PM - Advent Nooday Prayer & Litany of Hope
Faithful Outreach
St. Stephen's Angel Tree
As part of our Christmas celebration, we are delighted to be supporting our Drumming Camp children with our annual St. Stephen's Angel Tree. We are kindly requesting donations of TARGET gift cards this year for approximately 10-13 children.

Please forward your gift card donations to the St. Stephen's Church Office by Sunday, 12/13. If you have questions, please feel free to email Maryalice at

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, Chris Anderson, Alex Cole, Peggy Thompson, Sue Macbeth, Matthew Anderson, Felder Dorn, Julia Dorn, Joan Shuss, Corey Toland, Hailey Rose Fout, Kris Hunt, Chris C., Donna Riggi, Blanchard Family, McManus Family, Bernard & Nathan, Fitzgerald Family
Weekly Lectionary
December 13, 2020 - Advent 6
Morning Star Sunday

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
John 1:6-8, 19-28
Christmas Services
Longest Night Service via Zoom
Monday, December 21, 7 PM
with Christ Church Short Hills and The Church of the Atonement (ELCA) in Philadelphia

Christmas Eve Family Service with Pageant via Zoom
Thursday, December 24, 4 PM

Christmas Eve Festival Service
Thursday, December 24, 7 PM
Live-streamed to YouTube, Facebook and via Zoom

Christmas Day Message
December 25, 10 AM
Via YouTube and Facebook
Giving with
Giving with
Giving with 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 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.
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

Parish Administrator, Doreen Schindler
973.376.0688, Ext. 32

Rector, The Rev. Paula J. Toland
973.376.0688, Ext. 21

Fax: 973.376.4002


Director: Nancy Siracusa
Phone: 973.376.3534, Ext. 20