Did Adam and Eve really exist? I don’t think the Bible’s meant to tell us exactly what happened thousands of years ago. It’s meant to tell us how we got, generally speaking, to where we are now. So, if you think ‘What are the problems we as human beings face?’ Well, one of them is ‘How do we cope with temptations to do the wrong thing? What are the effects of our choices? Do our choices make life difficult for ourselves and others?’
So here’s a story about a man and a woman, at the beginning of everything, faced with difficult choices, and they make the wrong ones, and it has a terrible effect on everybody for ever afterwards. That’s what the story is meant to get home to us. And the question then is not so much, ‘Would we find a little grave in the Middle East marked
Adam & Eve’? I don’t think we would. But we
can say, right from the beginning of human beings being human, we’ve had the same problems, the same temptations, and we make the same sort of mistakes.
Welcome to St Stephen's.
See you in church!
30th September 2018
The flowers at the altar are donated in loving memory of
by her friends.
NEW MEMBER ENQUIRER CLASS, pt I
7th October, 11:30a
An opportunity to understand the Episcopal church, and specifically those traditions and rituals honored at St Stephen's. Led by Father Ellsworth.
Part II offered on 21st October, 11:30a.
THE RECTOR'S LECTIONARY STUDY
BEGINS 8TH OCTOBER, NOON
ONE THURSDAY PER MONTH
BEGINS 11TH OCTOBER, 6:00p - 7:00p
The Rector will begin Bible studies on the 2nd
4th Mondays, beginning 8th
22nd October from 12:00 noon – 1:00p. These studies will include a simple lunch.
Thursday evening Bible studies will begin on 11th October at 6:00p - 7:00p, and will include a simple supper. Topics that concern everyone will be addressed. Please contact Elizabeth Gravely [
] if you plan to attend and which one or both, so that food can be planned in advance.
EARTH AND ALTAR GARDEN WEEKLY HARVEST EVERY SUNDAY
AFTER THE 10a SERVICE
Following the 10a service, please meet in the garden for ten minutes to help harvest living food for the homeless.
We are looking for volunteers to help greet, set up, and teach. If you are interested please contact David Hirsch:
Godly Play | Mike Peters
Exodus | Exodus 11 – 15
God was with the People as they "went out" from slavery into freedom through the water. The People of God have looked back to this time to sustain them when God is hidden and they feel lost.
Next week: The Ten Best Ways | Exodus 20
Fifth | Victoria Ellsworth
David C. Cook | Bible in Life
Sin Has Consequences | Genesis 2
There is certainly forgiveness, but the damage is real. We will look at consequences in Genesis as well as those in our own lives. Then we will discuss how those consequences affect our decisions.
Next Week: God Knows and Forgives When We Sin | Genesis:1 – 16
Twelfth | David Hirsch
Lord of the Rings
Take Thoughts Captive
Heart Defense Part 1 | Genesis 3
& Matthew 4
The attack and defense of our hearts is the same as ever. It was the same in the Garden, it is the same for Frodo, it was the same for Jesus, and it is the same for us. We will look at the ways we can protect ourselves from internal damage and broken relationship.
Next Week: Heart Defense Part 11 |
PLEDGE APPEAL 2019
Pledge appeal packages were mailed on 4th September. If you have not received yours, pledge cards can be
downloaded by clicking this link
or contact the office.You can fill out, scan and email to
or send by mail to St Stephen's Church, PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA 94920.
We need your help to plan St Stephen’s future by submitting your pledge card by
Please know that whatever amount you pledge is sincerely appreciated. By simply making a pledge of any amount, you cast your heart and thoughtful support for St Stephen’s and the church community you want it to be.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
7th October, 10a
Bring your neighbors, friends, and your and their furry, scaled, and feathered friends for a blessing in the Memorial Garden prior to the 10a service. This will begin promptly, if not a wee bit early. Early birds will be blessed.
THE BLUE ANGELS
7th OCTOBER, 1p - 4p
St Michael and the Blue Angels is a family potluck event to watch the "Fleet Week" airshow with the Canadian Snowbirds, and the Blue Angels. Bring a lunch dish to share. Drinks provided. 117 Sugarloaf, Tiburon.
CHARLES SCHULTZ MUSEUM
The Explorer's Club will have their first outing this year at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. A museum tour is arranged for 12:30p that will last an hour. We will eat lunch first at the Warm Puppy Café! Admission to the museum is $8 for seniors. There will be additional time to wander around, smiling! We will meet at Blackie's at 10:00 on Wednesday, 10th October.
NEW MEMBERS MIXER
FOLLOWING THE 10a SERVICE
Mimosas and quiche will be served and you will learn about all that St Stephen’s has to offer. All visitors and potential members welcome! If you’d like a reminder email, please fill out our visitor’s form located in your pew and make a note for the office to contact you.
CAN YOU HELP THE THRIFT SHOP IN OCTOBER?
Volunteers are needed at the Thrift Shop on Saturday, 6th October for one morning shift, and on Thursday 25th October for a morning and for an afternoon shift. Five of the usual volunteers are away due to travel and family emergencies. If you can help, please contact June Campbell at 415.272.5314 or
The Daily Office:
r is said at
5:00p Tuesday and Thursday
on: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
29 Taste of Guided Imagery, 9a – 12
30 Pledge Appeal Cards, please
7 Blessing of the Animals
7 Rector's St Stephen's 101, pt I, 11:30a
7 St Michael & the Blue Angels, Sung
Residence, 1p – 4p.
10 Explorers to Charles Schultz Museum
21 Fr. Torres, interviewed by Janet Brown, 10:00 o'clock service
21 New Members Mixer, 11:15a
21 Rector's St Stephen's 101, pt II, 11:30a
26 Anasazi Luncheon, 11a
27 Diocesan License Training, 9a
St Stephen's Choir
PreK – 5th Grades
2nd – 5th
Drop off begins at 9:45a
9:45a – 11:30a
infants through age 3
Confessions are heard by appointment
with the Rector
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
The Blessing of the Animals
Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
THE DAILY OFFICE
Evening Prayer is said at 5:00p,
Intercessors at the Mary Corner will 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 know to a healing minister in the Mary Corner (near the entrance to the church.) Your request is kept confidential unless you indicate that it needn't be.
A TASTE OF GUIDED IMAGERY
MUSIC AS A SPIRITUAL PATHWAY
St Stephen's welcomes Dominican nun, Sr Joan King, OP, on Saturday, September 29, 9 am-12 pm and her training, a "Taste of Guided Imagery
Music." She has developed a practice for participants and offers this training to St Stephen's parishioners and the community.
The training is a process of listening to classical music in a relaxed state that allows images, symbols, and deep feelings to rise up from the unconscious, and becomes a catalyst that invites one to take a long look within, deepening the experience of God. To reserve, contact Molly Arthur:
, 415 699-8031
ST PAUL'S CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS IN MARIN
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
Fr. Ellsworth will attend the conversation,
Who is My Neighbor?
The pencil drawings on display in the Gallery through September are of the statues that adorn the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge in Rome. They depict Angels holding Instruments of the Passion which symbolize the sufferings of Christ during his Passion: Angel with Crown of Thorns, Angel with Sudarium (Veronica’s Veil), Angel with Whips, and Angel with Superscription "I.N.R.I" (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum).
The artist, Sally Harris is a member of our church. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and has worked as an architect for 20 years in the U.S., Tokyo, Tijuana and Beijing.
FINAL LICENSING TRAINING at ST STEPHEN'S, 27TH OCTOBER,
10a – 2p
Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor Self-Training now underway.
All those who are interested in training to become an EM or EV, or those wishing to renew their license, may download the 6-8 week course for one or both trainings available with this link:
The Diocese requests that all licenses be renewed every three years. The final Diocesan-led
will be held at St Stephen's on
27th October from 10a-2p.
The official registration link for the final licensing training and certification is available through the
Diocesan website with this link
. The St Stephen's 27th October EM licensing training will take place prior to a brown bag lunch, and the EV licensing training following lunch for those who have completed the 6-8 week course in advance. Questions?
SOURCES FOR GIVING
Donations for Mr Stanley Chagala's ministry in Indiana
Place a check in the offering with
in the memo line, or speak with Deacon Alberta or Father Ellsworth,
or send gifts to the office.
Food Bank Barrel
Classroom level and Hall
Tiburon Thrift Shop
Volunteers Needed - 2 hour shifts
Thursdays and Saturdays
10a – 1p and 1p – 4p
June Campbell 415.797.6142
Please assist Father Ellsworth to 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.
Rest in Peace
Nancy "Reenie" Gieselmann Ernest
13th September 2018