A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

A riddle for you:  What do these three photos have in common?

Answer: These are five of the happy, smiling, so-glad-to-see-you faces our 18 (Yes, 18!) campers see each day when they arrive at St. Stephen's for our 7th Drumming Camp.  

You know Fran and Kim, who once again are co-directing this fabulously fun ministry.  Some of you know Phoebe, who has long connections to St. Stephen's, and have met Yah'Ya.  Rebecca is a brand new member of the team.  She is a literal neighbor of ours and a member of Christ Church who wanted to do some good work in the remaining weeks of summer vacation.  The team is much bigger than this, of course, with Drew, Rammie, Jataria, Jeremiah, Gesine, Delouise, Gary, Sara Ruth, Majeira, Barbara, and yours truly rounding out the daily staff.  We offer our thanks to Harriet, Jean, Julia, Felder, Steve, Heloisa, Sue, Nancy, Judy, Peter, and Alex, all of whom have spent some time helping Sara Ruth with the huge task of providing snacks and dinner.  Thanks, too, to Doreen for her behind-the-scenes help with publicity and prep for the Friday performance.

This has been a truly magical week.  We've learned to drum and dance.  We've played and shared meals together.  And we've talked about what it means to be the kind of people and community that is as welcoming as the five faces in these photos, the kind of community that brings us closer to God's dream for all people and the world. I'm choosing to believe that the rain we've had this week is from God's happy tears.

Peace & Blessings,

In our journey around the Anglican Communion...
...we are in Canada, our neighbor to the north.  We are using a liturgy from the  Book of Alternative Services published in 1985.  "Alternative" may be a bit of a misnomer, as the book is quite widely used because it is written in contemporary language, updated from the previous 1962 prayer book.  It tends toward inclusive language, which is consistent with the movement in the Anglican Church of Canada, whose journey has been similar to that of The Episcopal Church in terms of gender and LGBTQ+ inclusivity.  

If you'd like to learn more about the Anglican Church of Canada, you may so do here.

Our itinerary...

August 25th
September 1st
September 8th
Anglican Church of Canada
Home again, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lima, with the World Council of Churches

Wednesday Morning Prayer is moving...
to noonday worship, beginning September 4th.  Please join us at noon for no more than an hour.  We will worship together using a variety of liturgies.  Some weeks we will have a prayer service, using the options in The Book of Common Prayer and other resources commonly used in The Episcopal Church.  Some weeks we share in the fellowship of the Table, using the same resources.

If you are on the roster to volunteer, many thanks in advance.  If you are not on that roster, you can still help by holding the drummers and the staff in your prayers.  You're also welcome to join the fun on Friday afternoon by coming to the performance and picnic, August 23 at 5:30pm.  Please RSVP to Doreen (church@ststephensmillburn.org) by Thursday morning so that we can be sure we have enough food for all to enjoy.

Our next book  discussion will take place on the  second Sunday of 
September 9/8 at 11:30am
(due to the Labor Day holiday weekend).   We will discuss 
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity  by Kate Braestrup.  

Hope to see you there!

We will be hosting lunch for Christine's Kitchen at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Orange on
Saturday, September 14 .

12-15 volunteers are needed to prepare meals, 1 volunteer to pick-up bread/cake donation from Essex Green ShopRite by 7:20am, 2-3 people to set-up at 9:45am and servers should arrive around 11/11:30am. Lunch is served from 12-1pm. 

College and high school students are also welcome to volunteer!

Protein dishes are greatly appreciated. Some meal suggestions include: mac & cheese, veggies, chicken, pork, pasta & meatballs, pizza, dessert, and fruits,

such as bananas, tangerines, grapes, or other soft fruits. Hard foods are not recommended.

Please contact  Deryck Rugbeer at
deryck.rugbeer@ubs.com  to volunteer or if you have any questions.


Saturday, September 7, 2-4pm
Millburn Millwheel Diversity Festival, Taylor Park

Saturday, September 14
Christine's Kitchen, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Orange

Thursday, September 19, 7pm
Third Thursday Theater: Not My Life, starring Glenn Close

Sunday, October 6, 3pm
Blessing of the Animals

Thursday, October 17, 7pm
Third Thursday Theater: Forbidden - Undocumented and Queer in Rural America; directed by Tiffany Rhynard

Sunday, October 20, 2-4pm
History Comes Alive at St. Stephen's Historic Cemetery Tour

Sunday, November 17, 4pm
Interfaith Coalition of Religious Leaders of Millburn & Short Hills Thanksgiving Service, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
Special Fundraiser - FINAL WEEKS!

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!

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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.
Wednesday Morning Prayer

Pizza with a Purpose

Drumming Camp Performance

Wednesday Midday Prayer

Millburn Millwheel Diversity Festival

Reading with the Rector

Christine's Kitchen

Third Thursday Theater
Every Wednesday, 8am, thru 8/28

Every Thursday in August

Friday, August 23, 5:30pm

Every Wednesday, 12pm

September 7, 2-4pm

September 8, 11:30am

September 14

September 19, 7pm


   This Week:  August 25, 8:00 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Nancy Sieffert
   Altar Guild:  Nancy Sieffert


       This Week:  August 25, 10:00 am

Readers:   Jean James, Kira Hanson
       Chalicist:  John Soughan
       Ushers:   James and Katie Wade
       Altar Guild:  Alex Cole
Coffee Hour:  Fran Taber and   
Maryalice Chech

Next Week:  September 1, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:   Carole Francis
Altar Guild:  Carole Francis


Next Week:  September 1, 10:00 am

Readers:  Felder Dorn, Theresa Scharff
Chalicist:  John Scharff
Ushers:  Open
Altar Guild:  John and Theresa Scharff
Coffee Hour:   Open

This Week:  August 25th

Next Week:  September 1st
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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

The Rev. Paula J. Toland, Rector can be reached at ext. 21 or 
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