Where Love Begets Love


January 17, 2019

A Word from Rev. Paula+

Beloved Community,

In one of his first addresses to The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wrote the following:
Now is our time to go. To go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ. To go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God's reconciliation.  To go into the world, let the the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that love can set us all free.

I've been thinking about this quite a bit this week, as well as Bishop Curry's words about the Gospel helping us to "change the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream that God intends."  There is both challenge and invitation in his words, isn't there?  We are invited to move closer to God as we move out from our comfort zones and into what former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams would call the "chaos" of the world.  All of this is good food for thought and apt fuel for prayer.

As we move forward in our shared ministry, beginning with opening our doors to the community on January 21st to honor the faith and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my hope is that we all hold this wisdom in our prayer and our living, one-by-each and as the beautifully faithful community we are.  It seems to me that holding this as wisdom as we prepare for Annual Meeting on February 3rd and the Celebration of Our New Ministry on March 30th would be a good thing, too.  

Peace & Blessings,
Paula+
 

Upcoming Events


Luminary Making                              January 20, at Coffee Hour
MLK, Jr. Day Open House                 January 21, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Diocesan Convention                        February 1   & 2
Annual Meeting                                 February 3 , 10:00 am
Beckerath Organ Recital                   February 10, 4:00 pm
Celebration of Ministry                    March 30, 2:00 pm

 
Announcements

Save-the-Dates:  We will be having an Adult Formation series in Lent.  More information will be coming soon.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars to save the following dates: March 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st; April 7th and 14th.  All sessions will be held after church.

Food Barrell:  Sunday, February 3, is the day of the Super Bowl and hence is      
S O U P E R  Sunday, which means that you are encouraged to bring cans of soup that Sunday to put in our FOOD BARREL. Other non-perishable items are welcome as well, but please include some soup!

Prayers & Condolences:  We send our prayers and condolences to Ellen Puta and family with the passing of her mother, Barbara Pluta. Barbara supported many of our outreach activities over the years and was a delight to all who knew her.

Cards may be sent to the family at: 132 Parkway, Mountainside, NJ 07092
Information regarding visitation and funeral can be found at: Holy Trinity Church website: www.htrcc.org/announcements.


 
Serving at the Altar  1/20/19 & 1/27/19

January 20 January 27

8:00 am
10:00 am
8:00 am
10:00 am
Altar Guild:
N. Sieffert
Altar Guild:
A. Cole
Altar Guild:
N. Sieffert
Altar Guild:
T. Scharff
J. Scharff
Readers:
N. Sieffert
Readers:
J. James
K. Conway
F. Young
Readers:
N. Seiffert
Readers:
F. Taber
L. Owolabi
F. Dorn

Chalicist:
J. Sougham
Chalicist:
S. Clarke

Ushers:
T. Conway
K. Conway

Ushers:
M. Chech
H. Rooney

Coffee Hour:
Open

Coffee Hour:
Open
Altar Flowers:
K. Hanson
B. Riedel
Altar Flowers:
K. Hanson
B. Riedel
Altar Flowers:
A. Thompson
P. Nodes
Altar Flowers:
A. Thompson
P. Nodes


A Reminder

The phone extensions have changed now that the parish office and rector's study are in the Education Building.  You can reach Doreen Schindler, Parish Administrator at x32.  Rev. Paula can be reached at x21.

Parish Office Hours

Rev. Paula's regular schedule is Sunday thru Thursday, though that may change depending upon what's happening in the parish or diocese in any given week. 
She isn't always working in the office, so please call or email to schedule to see her.  She can be reached at 973-376-0688, ext. 21,  though for pastoral emergencies you may try her on her cell: 508-542-1327.  Her email is rector@ststephensmillburn.org.

The office is open Tuesday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Doreen may be reached by phone at 973-376-0688, ext. 32 or by email at church@ststephensmillburn.org.