A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

I am away, playing and praying as I explore what it means to live the "Way of Love," the theme of the week at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center.  If you'd like to know more about this theme, which is based on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's, "The Way of Love," you can read about it here.  To hear this amazing preacher speak about it, check it out on Facebook.

Peace & Blessings,
Paula+

In our journey around the Anglican Communion...
...we are in the Anglican Church of Australia, formerly called the Church of England in Australia.  Similar in structure and polity to The Episcopal Church, the Church of Australia finds itself struggling with issues of women's ordination and same sex marriage in ways that are reminiscent of where we were in the past couple of decades.  Women have been ordained since 1992, though in some places there continues to be debate about the legitimacy of these ordinations, which parallels the path of women's ordination here.  Although the government legalized same sex marriage in 2018, the Church remains committed to its stance that marriage is reserved for a man and a woman. This is slightly different than our recent history because The Episcopal Church recognized same sex marriage before it became the law of the land.  

Blessings,
Paula+
Our itinerary...

August 4th
August 11th
August 18th
August 25th
September 1st
September 8th
Anglican Church of Australia
Africa (liturgy from North, East, and South African churches)
Church of Nigeria (West Africa)
Anglican Church of Canada
Home again, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lima, with the World Council of Churches

Office Note
The office will be open "by appointment" the week of August 4th while Doreen is away.  Please contact Rev. Paula if you need an appointment.
News
 
Prison Ministry Update...
It's not to late to volunteer for DRUMMING CAMP!
 
Camp is the week of August 18th.  We set up on the 18th and then greet the campers at 3:00 pm on the 19th and bid them goodbye at 7:30 pm, which we will do the 20th-23rd, as well.  There are lots of ways to help, no special skills needed, just a loving heart and a desire to welcome these children again this year.  There are opportunities for an evening or two, or the full-week.  Please talk to Fran Taber, Kim Williams, or Rev. Paula if you know you want to help or if you need encouragement to join the team. 






IHN 
Volunteers are needed for the week of August 11! While we were unable to host this year, we have a second chance to continue our long-standing commitment to the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless.  

Our neighbor, Wyoming Presbyterian, has offered to take up one of the (many) open weeks, but it's prime vacation time and they're challenged for volunteers.  

If you are free to make a meal, help with the kids or host overnight,   please sign-up on the volunteer sheets located on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

If you have any questions, please contact  Margo Greenfield at greenfieldmargo@gmail.com 
or 973-868-9085. THANK YOU!

READING WITH THE RECTOR
Please note: 
Reading with the Rector will 
 


NOT meet in August.  Our next book discussion will take place on the second Sunday of September due to the Labor Day holiday weekend.

We will discuss the book Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup and will meet Sunday, September 8 at 11:30am. Please join us!


THANK YOU to all who donated baby formula, diapers, wipes and baby food for North Porch during the month of July.  Your generosity has helped many mothers and their babies.
Special Fundraiser

California Pizza Kitchen will be hosting a fundraiser for St. Stephen's Church!
Please see the flyer below for details.  Print the flyer from here, our website or Facebook page and bring it to California Pizza Kitchen on the dates stated and 20% of your bill will be donated to St. Stephen's.  ENJOY and THANK YOU!


 
Giving with Tithe.ly
Tithe.ly is a mobile-friendly app designed by a clergy person and used by thousands of congregations across the country.  With Tithe.ly, you can do one-time or recurring payments, as well as help with the nominal fee of using the service.  You can download the app from the App Store or Play Store, or you can do it online at tithe.ly/give. Enter St. Stephen's Church in the search menu and we should pop up.  You'll know it's  us if you see:



It's also possible to access Tithe.ly through our website - click on the "Give" button in the menu and you will be given the option to use Tithe.ly. 

Don't worry.  If you prefer to use a check or cash, that's fine.  If you are a Vanco user and want to keep it that way, that is good, too.
Events
Wednesday Morning Prayer

Pizza with a Purpose

Office Open By Appointment

IHN Week (Wyoming Presbyterian)

Drumming Camp!

Millburn Millwheel Diversity Festival
(More info coming soon!)
Every Wednesday, 8:00am

Every Thursday in August

Week of August 4

Week of August 11

Week of August 19

September 7, 2-4pm

Schedule

   This Week:  August 4, 8:00 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Carole Francis
   Altar Guild:  Carole Francis

  

       This Week:  August 4, 10:00 am

Readers:   Peter Wick, Barbara Churchill
       Chalicist:  John Scharff
       Ushers:   Shawn and Lisa Landers
       Altar Guild:  John and Theresa
       Scharff
       Coffee Hour:  Kira Hanson and
       Barbara Riedel

Next Week: August 11, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:   Michelle Ellingham
Altar Guild:  Carole Francis




Next Week: August 11, 10:00 am

Readers:  Jean James, Fran Young
Chalicist:  Nancy Sieffert
Ushers:  Steve Moran, Dan Mitchell
Altar Guild:  Julia Dorn
Coffee Hour:   Eugene Foley
Lectionary
Links to the Wider Church

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark







The Episcopal Church









The Presiding Bishop








Office Hours and Contact Information

Office hours are Tuesday thru Friday, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm or by appointment.
Phone: 973.376.0668  
Fax: 973.376.4002
Website: ststephensmillburn.org
Main email: church@ststephensmillburn.org
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Doreen Schindler, Parish Administrator can be reached at ext. 32 or
church@ststephensmillburn.org.

The Rev. Paula J. Toland, Rector can be reached at ext. 21 or 
rector@ststephensmillburn.org.
She is an occasional blogger at fromthestillness.