A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

On Wednesday, I was at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center for the blessing of the tree in the picture to the right.  The tree was planted in the spring and blessed in my honor to recognize my work as President and Chair of the Board during a time of intense and unexpected work. This tree is planted in a space that was previously forested but, because of red pine blight, clear cut in the spring. I'm told there was some concern that the tree would not thrive, which resulted in the staff doing more than they expected to help it along. You can't see it in this picture, but there is a small branch with maybe a dozen dead brown leaves on one side, surrounded by new growth. 

Being there on Wednesday, at this place and with people who have been such a significant part of my family's life, filled me with immense gratitude and a wonderful awareness of the gift of new life. T hings change, sometimes in ways we want and sometimes in ways we don't.  Things change, sometimes in planned or intentional ways, sometimes in unexpected or surprising ways.  Through it all, God is present.  God's Holy Spirit works in and through all of us and all of it.  

I've been here nine months tomorrow (July 20th) and in some ways it feels like we are both the young tree and the fertile ground in which it is planted. We are growing our relationship and our ministry in ways that are both familiar and new.  Just as when we look at this tree we have some sense of what it will look like but not necessarily the exact dimensions or growth, we are living our faith together.  We are firmly rooted in the rich and fertile history of this place and attentive to the need for care and nurturing, just as we remain open to the ways in which God's Holy Spirit will help us grow. 

Over the next couple of months, as we continue to discern the direction of our life together, we will be talking more about who and how we are God's people in this little corner of the world.  Though we don't know all that will mean, we do know whatever it is will be rooted in our long history and the gifts present in the parish and community today.  We will acknowledge the change in us, both that which is welcome and not so much, planned and unexpected.  We will live and give and grow faith in ways that we hope and pray will give rise to new life in all of us.

Peace & Blessings,
Paula+

In our journey around the Anglican Communion...
...we are in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  The Church is one of, if not the first, in the Anglican Communion to recognize the importance of honoring the specific cultures it represents.  The New Zealand Prayer Book  is written in English and Maori, the language of the indigenous people.  More than a translation, such as we have with the bi-lingual English/Spanish Book of Common Prayer/Libro de Oracion, the NZPB liturgies are a reflection of the more traditional Church of England language and imagery, woven together with the language and imagery of the other two major cultural groups represented in the Church. For many people, including scores who are not from that part of the world, this prayer book is an invitation to explore the image of God in different ways.

For more information about the church, you might check this Wikipedia link.  If you'd like to check out the prayer book, you can do that here.  Their equivalent of our Compline, Night Prayer (page 167) may be one of the most beautiful and popular liturgies ever written.

Blessings,
Paula+

Our itinerary...

July 21st
July 28th
August 4th
August 11th
August 18th
August 25th
September 1st
September 8th
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
We're back home, using
Enriching Our Worship
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

Wednesday Worship
If you are in need of a few minutes of sabbath or respite in the midst of your busy week, know that you are invited to join us for Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 8:00.  This summer we are using a lovely liturgy from Daily Prayer for All Seasons, spending no more than 20 minutes in prayer and reflection.
News
Prison Ministry Update

It's not to late to volunteer for:

Picnic in the Park

The Saturday Arts and Science Enrichment Program picnic for children and their families is tomorrow at the  Lewis Morris County Park, 270 Mendham Rd, Morristown from noon to 6:00 pm.  Help is needed to provide/grill food and to chaperone the kids in their activities and it will be fun!  Call or text Rev. Paula at 508.542.1327 to let her know you are coming and then show up at the Deer Run shelter at the park at noon tomorrow. If you'd like to carpool, Rev. Paula will be leaving at 11:00.

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. 







FAMILY THEATER NIGHT & PICNIC
Join us THIS  Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 pm for a picnic and screening of the film He Named Me Malala

St. Stephen's will supply refreshments & dessert...you bring a picnic blanket, dinner, and of course your friends & family! 

Weather permitting we will picnic on the lawn and move inside at approximately 6:45pm for the movie.  Hope to see you there!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FOR NORTH PORCH
Once again, St. Stephen's is invited to participate in the Christmas in July collection for North Porch. You may donate emergency items such as Enfamil powdered formula, diapers, jars of veggie baby food, and baby wipes. Boxes will be available in the Narthex and the collection will culminate on Sunday, July 28

More specifics will follow in regards to the emergency items. You can also donate online through the North Porch website.


IHN 
Mark your calendar 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 likely to be 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.


READING WITH THE RECTOR
Please note:  Reading with the Rector will not meet in August and the next book discussion will be held 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 11:30 am.

All selections are available from Cokesbury, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. The group will meet after coffee hour in the upstairs library/music room. Visit our website calendar for meeting dates and book selections. 

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
Drumming Camp Meeting

Christmas in July for North Porch


Pizza with a Purpose

IHN Week (Wyoming Presbyterian)

Drumming Camp!
Sunday, July 21, 11:30 am

Sunday, July 28, 10:30am (final day for donations)

Every Thursday in August

Week of August 11

Week of August 19

Schedule

   This Week: July 21, 8:00 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Allison Walker
   Altar Guild:  Maria Nazareth

  

       This Week: July 21, 10:00 am

Readers:   Barbara Riedel, Fran Taber
       Chalicist:  Eric Maurer
       Ushers:   Barbara Riedel, Kira
       Hanson
       Altar Guild:  Jean James
       Coffee Hour:  Heloisa Rooney

Next Week: July 28, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:   Nancy Sieffert
Altar Guild:  Nancy Sieffert




Next Week: July 28, 10:00 am

Readers:  Kira Hanson, Barbara Riedel
Chalicist:  Roger Riedel
Ushers:  Open
Altar Guild:  Alex Cole
Coffee Hour:  North Porch Christmas in July
Lectionary
Links to the Wider Church

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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.