A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

One of my heroes, President Jimmy Carter said, "I have one life and one chance to make it count for something...My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have to try to make a difference."  I happened to glance at this saying, which is on my bulletin board, as I was thinking about this Sunday, our "Commitment Sunday."  It occurred to me that the only thing I would change is the "one chance to make it count for something."  As one who believes with the deepest sense of gratitude that God makes all things new and does this over and over and over again,  I know and trust that we get more chances than we might think we deserve to make our lives count for something.  What we do with those chances is about how we live our faith and give in faith.  It reminds us of who and whose we are.

Bishop Hughes said it so well in her video message, "A different way of looking at generosity" in The Voice, the diocesan newsletter.  I invite you to spend a few minutes to listen to what she said.  (Just click on "A different...") I encourage you to consider her words as you prayerfully consider your financial support of this remarkable parish.

Peace & Blessings,
Advent Activities
In some ways it is hard to believe but we are fast approaching Advent, the start of the liturgical year and the season of preparation for the Incarnation.  In the Church writ large and in St. Stephen's in particular, it's a busy time.  What follows is the preliminary list of the special activities we have planned.  (Beginning next week you will find these listed in the "News" and "Events" sections of the weekly newsletter.)

Winter Walk Parade and Lighting at Taylor Park - November 30th
We will be hosting a caroling party to add some cheerful music to this annual event.  We are finalizing the details but do plan to join us in the late afternoon (probably 4:00 pm) to celebrate with song, hot cocoa, and cookies.  Invite your friends.  Invite their friends.  The more the merrier!

Advent Festival of Lessons and Music - December 1st at the 10:00 am service
To mark the transition from the Season after the Pentecost, a.k.a. Ordinary Time, to Advent, we will gather for readings and music that remind us of the story of God at work in creation and the grace that is ours because God is God and so chose to live among us.

Adult Formation Advent Series - December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
Join us after church (11:30 am to 12:45 pm) as we explore the nativity stories in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.  As we did for our Lenten Series, we will read her book, The Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent and view a short video as the basis for our discussion.  Don't let the book title fool you - there is much wisdom to be gleaned even for those of us familiar with the stories.  (Note: we may adjust the time of the gathering on the 22nd to avoid a conflict with another Advent activity.)

Advent Quiet Day at the Community of St. John the Baptist - December 7th
Learn more about this day by scrolling down to the flyer below. Let us know ASAP if you are planning to join us because we must give the final numbers to Sister Monica Clare next week.  You can call Doreen in the parish office.  If you need financial assistance, please let Rev. Paula know.

Blue Christmas - date to be finalized
We will be acknowledging the reality that, for many people, the coming of the holidays brings with it the reminder of grief and sadness.  As we have in years past, we will gather for prayer, music, and the lighting of candles.

The Greening of the Church - December 22nd
We will be "greening the church" after the service on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  Preparing our beautiful space for Christmas is fun and exciting.  Though traditionally the work of the Altar Guild, we invite all to join us.

The Beckerath Organ will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this recital season!

Dr. Paul-Martin Maki will be kicking off the rectial season this Sunday, November 10 at 4pm!  He is the Organist & Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church, Larchmont, NJ and will be performing Bach, Bruhns, Dupre, Widor and more.

Tickets:  $10 suggested cash donation at the door; Children accompanied by an adult are welcome as guests.

An artist's reception will follow the performance.

Please join us and invite your friends & family for this special concert.

Designed and built for the interior of St. Stephen's Church by the celebrated German organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath, the 1970 tracker organ has become a major cultural resource.  The 2019-2020 season of organ recitals at St. Stephen's marks the 50th year of sharing this exceptionally fine instrument with the greater community!

This recital series relies heavily on the financial support of its Friends of Music to maintain the series.  As you are able, please consider making a tax deductible donation, entitling you to admission to each concert and acknowledgement in the programs.

Please make checks payable to:
St. Stephen's Church - Friends of Music

Philanthropists - $300+
Benefactors - $200-$299
Patrons - $100-$199
Sponsors - (as able)

Save these Sunday dates at 4 PM for the other upcoming 2019-2020 50th Anniversary recitals:  

February 23 - John Charles Schucker
Organist, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Millburn, NJ

April 19 - Johann Vexo
Organiste de Choeur, The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris

Hospitality is at the core of who we are at St. Stephen's!  If you would like to host coffee hour in the coming weeks, please sign up on the narthex bulletin board.  The remaining weeks in November are open.

Not sure what you need to do - click this link for all the details.  And thank you!

Our next film screening and discussion will be on November 21 at 7pm featuring Inequality for All.

Starring Robert Reich, Lily Tomlin, and Candice Bergen and directed by Jason Kornbluth, this documentary film  examines the grave economic and social consequences that may result if the gap between rich and poor continues to widen in the United States.

Advent Retreat
RSVP this Week by November 10th!

Registration forms are available in church or from the parish office. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Paula at rector@ststephensmillburn.org.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Commitment Sunday
Beckerath Organ Recital
Wednesday Prayer
Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills
Wednesday Prayer
Third Thursday Theater
Wednesday Prayer
Taylor Park Winter Walk (& Caroling)
Advent Retreat
November 10
November 10, 4pm
November 13, 12 Noon
November 17, 7pm

November 20, 12 Noon
November 21, 7pm
November 27, 12 Noon
November 30
December 7, 10am-5pm

Liturgical Stewardship Schedule

   November 10, 8 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Allison Walker
   Altar Guild:  Nancy Sieffert


November 10, 10 am

Readers:  Fran Young, Fran Taber
Chalicist:   Eric Maurer
Ushers:   Maryalice Chech, Dan Mitchell
Altar Guild:  Jean James
Coffee Hour:  Open

November 17, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:   Nancy Sieffert
Altar Guild:  Nancy Sieffert


November 17, 10:00 am

Readers:  Shaun Landers, Barbara Churchill
Chalicist:  John Soughan
Ushers:  Shaun and Lisa Landers
Altar Guild:  Alex Cole
Coffee Hour:  Open

Links to the Wider Church

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark

The Episcopal Church

The Presiding Bishop

Giving with Tithe.ly
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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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