A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

This Sunday, we are honoring and celebrating God's creation in this little corner of God's kin-dom by designating the day "Garden Party Sunday."  For both services we will use "A Eucharistic Prayer for the Creation Season."  The 10:00 am service will be held on the lawn and our music and preaching will follow the theme.  Immediately following the service, we will have an "energizing" coffee hour, preparing us to spend some time together working in the gardens around the church.  Sure, this is a great way to get done the things that need doing on the campus, but it is much more than that.

From the environmental and financial stewardship perspectives, taking time together to care for our property is important. Nurturing the beauty of God's creation is a gift, reminding us of the promise of new life and of the splendor of God's imagination. From a fellowship perspective, gardening together is just plain fun, especially when the weather is predicted to be glorious.  From an evangelism perspective, could we ask for any better opportunity to show one more way what we, "the Church on Main Street" are about?

Worshiping, sharing food, and working together are signs of a healthy Christian community. Caring for our campus, including our gardens, shows the world that we love who and where we are, and it is a gift to those who walk or drive by to see some of the beauty of God's creation. Doing this outside, on a beautiful spring day, is one way we show people what it is we invite them to come to when we say "These doors are open to all...Welcome!"

Peace & Blessings,
Office Note
The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24, 2019.

Memorial Service for The Rev. Cornelius "Cork" Tarplee

Rev. Paula has spoken with The Rev. Judith Baldwin, Rev. Cork's wife. She is grateful for the lovely, heartfelt expressions of sympathy she has received from this parish.  She asked that we share this information about Rev. Cork's memorial service, which will be held at the church in the Westchester neighborhood of L.A., where she is now Interim Rector.

Saturday, May 25th at 10:00 am
Church of the Holy Nativity 
6700 W. 83rd Street, Los Angeles

Garden Party Sunday!
Join us this Sunday,  May 19, for a 10:00 am service on the lawn followed by an ENERGIZING "Coffee Hour" provided by the Garden Club. Dress in your best gardening attire...bring hats, gloves and gardening tools! We need busy bees to weed flower beds, plant bulbs, spread mulch, and do general clean up by raking the areas. You can also donate bags of mulch (we prefer cedar) or some annuals (marigolds, wave petunias, begonias, zinnia, and dahlias are all good choices) if you cannot do any of the above or in addition to any of the above. St. Stephen's gardens need some TLC and now is the perfect time of year to provide whatever help you can!


Christine's Kitchen
St. Stephen's will be hosting Christine's Kitchen at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 315 Main Street, West Orange on  Saturday, June 1.

We have enough volunteers, but anyone else is still welcome to participate.  We do need additional protein dishes.

Food should be dropped off between 10:30-11:30 am (or earlier
if your dish needs to be heated).   If you are unable to help serve, but would still like to send a dish, please let us know so we can make arrangements to pick it up if you can't drop it off.

Lunch is served from 12-1:00 pm.

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

Third Thursday Theater  
St. Stephen's will host its first movie screening and discussion (with popcorn, of course!) on Thursday,  May 16 at 7:00 pm  in the Common Room. This month's title is  A Place at the Table, 
a documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.  Please visit our website calendar for future dates and titles.

Reading with the Rector 
Join Rev. Paula on the first Sunday of each month for this new book club series. All selections are available from Cokesbury, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. The group will meet after coffee hour in the Common Room. Visit our website calendar for meeting dates and book selections. Next month's book is Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles and will meet on Sunday, June 2 at 11:30 am.

Third Thursday Theater

Garden Party Sunday

Vestry Meeting

Christine's Kitchen (at Holy Trinity)

Reading with the Rector
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 19, 10:00 am

Sunday, May 19, 11:30 am

Saturday, June 1, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday, June 2, 11:30 am


   This Week: May 19, 8:00 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Michelle
   Altar Guild: John and Theresa     


       This Week: May 19, 10:00 am

       Readers:  Fran Young, Jean James,
       Shaun Landers
       Chalicist: John Soughan
       Ushers:  Shaun and Lisa Landers
       Altar Guild: Alex Cole
       Coffee Hour: The Garden Club

Next Week: May 26, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:  Allison Walker
Altar Guild:  Maria Nazareth

Next Week: May 26, 10:00 am

Readers:  Peter Wick, Barbara Riedel, Kira Hanson 
Chalicist:  Sheelagh Clarke
Ushers:  Maryalice Chech and Heloisa Rooney
Altar Guild:  Nancy Sieffert
Coffee Hour:  Open

This Week: May 19th

Next Week: May 26th
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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 
She is an occasional blogger at fromthestillness.