A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

What a glorious day!  It is warm and sunny, with signs of spring all around.  The trees are fully green, unless they are flowering, and then they are in magnificent bloom.  The gardens have splashes of beautiful color, with promises of color yet to be.  The garden beds in the side yard of the rectory are calling to me to get them planted, and I have visions of a couple of new perennial gardens around the house. It's the time of year that makes me both impatient to see what is going to happen next and oh-so-grateful to be able to stop and relish the beauty of God's creation as it is now, in this moment.

For the past several weeks, the preschool children have been thrilled with all the time they are able to be outside in the playground, on the lawn, and riding bikes in the driveway.  This morning, the children in Miss Mary's class (the four year olds) surprised me with eight sunflower seedlings.  I'll be planting them in one or two of the gardens so that we are able to enjoy them as they grow. I'm told they will grow to 12 feet, so that is some plentiful enjoyment.

A little while ago, I talked to Judy Baldwin, Cork's wife.  We shared how much we love this parish.  When I told her that one of my favorite things -and, yes, I have lots of "favorite" things- is sharing space with the preschool, listening to the excitement and wonder in the little voices I hear all day and looking up from my desk to see some delightful piece of art in the "art gallery" in the hall, she said, "All signs of life.  The place is alive."  She is right.  From the beautiful grounds to the presence of so many children in our midst, were are surrounded by life.  And for that I am deeply grateful to God.

Peace & Blessings,
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 on 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 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!

Please fill out the form provided in your bulletin and return your Offering in the collection plate between May 5 - May 19.  THANK YOU!

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 need 12-15 volunteers to provide & serve food (protein dishes are a premium, if possible). Some suggestions include: Chicken (baked or BBQ), Mac and Cheese, Veggies, Pork (ham or pork chops), Pasta & Meatballs, Pizza, Dessert, Fruit (bananas, tangerines, grapes or other soft fruits), or use your imagination.  Guests look forward to a wide variety of 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.

We also need 1 volunteer to pick up bread/cakes donation from Essex Green Shoprite by 7:20am on 6/1 and 2-3 people to come by at 9:45 am to help with set up. The rest can trickle in between 11 -11:30ish. 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.

Drumming Workshop

Finance Committee Meeting

Third Thursday Theater

Garden Party Sunday

Vestry Meeting

Christine's Kitchen (at Holy Trinity)

Reading with the Rector
Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 pm

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 12, 8:00 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Nancy Sieffert
   Altar Guild: Nancy Sieffert

    Altar Flowers this week were
   donated by Maria Nazareth in
   loving memory of Aileen and Nick

       This Week: May 12, 10:00 am

       Readers:  Theresa Scharff, Kira               Hanson, Barbara Churchill
       Chalicist: John Scharff
       Ushers:  Ladi Owolabi, Steve                   Moran
       Altar Guild: Jean James
       Coffee Hour: Maria Nazareth, 

Next Week: May 19, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:  Michelle Ellingham
Altar Guild:  Michelle Ellingham

Next Week: May 19, 10:00 am

Readers:  Fran Young, Jean James, Shaun Landers 
Chalicist:  John Soughan
Ushers:  Shaun and Lisa Landers
Altar Guild:  John and Theresa Scharff
Coffee Hour:  Open

This Week: May 12th

Next Week: May 19th
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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.