A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

I'm sitting here in my office, window open, gentle breeze blowing, sun streaming in, wind chime tinkling softly.    We've gone from hot and humid, and even more hot and humid, to soft comfy weather with nighttime temperatures simply perfect for sleeping.  It is glorious, even as it seems a clear transition of the seasons.

We are transitioning here, too, from the different pace of summer to the start of the program year.  And we've entered the final quarter of our first year together. (Time sure does fly when you're having fun!).  As I sit and think about where we've been and look with hopeful anticipation to where we're going, I find myself smiling.  St. Stephen's is full of God's Spirit.  We truly are "Living Our Faith."

In addition to being welcoming, we've become more inviting.  You continue to surprise me in only the best ways with your willingness to move and grow, and to take some risks for the sake of living the gospel faithfully.  At the same time, you have a healthy commitment to honoring the past with its customs and traditions, without expecting the church to be exactly as it was before.  I'm not sure if you're aware, but these are the charisms and ways of being that make a clergy person's heart sing.

On September 8th, we complete our "Journey 'Round the Anglican Communion" and on September 15th we have our "Kick Off" Sunday.  On that day we will have a baptism and a special blessing to remind us that we are members of the ministry of the baptized.  We'll begin to talk about the next stages of our ongoing commitment to "Living Our Faith." To top it all off, we' ll enjoy a meal together with a cookout to welcome everyone back from summer.  We hope to see all of you here.

Peace & Blessings,

In our journey around the Anglican Communion...
...we are in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, not to be confused with the more conservative Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.  The Episcopal Church and the ELCA are in full communion, which means, among other things, that clergy from either denomination can serve in the other.  Though I've not come across it in the Diocese of Newark, it is not uncommon in other places, including New England, to see that happen, just as it is not rare that Episcopal and ELCA congregations collaborate closely or join together as one congregation.

If you'd like to learn more about the ELCA, you may do so here.

Our itinerary...

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

Office & Church Notes
September 3 - The Parish Office will close at 12:30pm 
September 4 - Beginning 9/4, Wednesday Prayer is moving to 12:00pm.  The                                   first Wednesday of the month we will celebrate the Eucharist.                                 Other weeks we will use The Book of Common Prayer and other                               resources to pray noonday prayer.
September 8 - No babysitting will be available

Join us in Taylor Park on Saturday, September 7, 2-4pm for the unveiling of the millwheels. This cultural fair and food festival will feature a community art project featuring millwheels designed by over 20 Millburn organizations, including St. Stephen's.

Come celebrate the town's incredible history and rich cultural diversity!  Enjoy entertainment from Millburn's cultural groups and food from local vendors and businesses.  Hope to see you there!

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

All are welcome!

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.

We will host a BBQ/extended coffee hour on the church lawn on Sunday, September 15th following the 10am service.  

Please see Maryalice or email her at Maryalice_chech@yahoo.com if you can help and/or bring something to eat!  Thank you!


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

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

Sunday, September 15
Kick-Off Sunday BBQ

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 THURSDAY!

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
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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

Wednesday Midday Prayer

Millburn Millwheel Diversity Festival

Reading with the Rector

Christine's Kitchen

Kick-Off Sunday BBQ

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

Every Thursday in August

Every Wednesday, 12pm

September 7, 2-4pm

September 8, 11:30am

September 14

September 15

September 19, 7pm


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:  Barbara and Roger Riedel
Altar Guild:  John and Theresa Scharff
Coffee Hour:   The Dorn Family

   This Week:  Sept. 8, 8:00 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Allison Walker
   Altar Guild:  Carole Francis


       This Week:  Sept. 8, 10:00 am

Readers:   Jean James, Fran Young
       Chalicist:  Eric Maurer
       Ushers:   Fangjie-Liu and Michael
       Altar Guild:  Jean James
Coffee Hour:  Heloisa Rooney

This Week:  September 1st

Next Week:  September 8th
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

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