A Message from Rev. Paula+
Beloved Community,

For the past few weeks in Sunday School, we have been talking about promises and blessings. Using the story of Noah, we learned that the rainbow is a symbol of God's promise to be with and care for us always.  We learned that we, too, can make promises - to ourselves, to each other, and to God.

Using the story of Abram and Sarai's call to leave their home and go to Canaan, we learned about blessings, both as prayers of grace offered to us and as the gifts we are given in our lives.  We blessed each other using these words:

                                         You are blessed to be a blessing.

All of us share in God's promise and blessing.  All of us are invited to respond to God's call on us and our lives by making our own promises and sharing the blessings we have received with others and God's creation.  As you might remember from my message last week, we have been exceptionally busy these last few weeks.  All that we have been doing is part of how we live our gratitude to the God who has blessed us withe love beyond our wildest imaginings and continues to live into the promise to be with and care for us always.  In living our faith in the ways that we do, we embody the idea of being "blessed to be a blessing."

Sunday, November 10th  is "Commitment Sunday," the day we ask that all members of St. Stephen's pledge their financial support to our ministries.  We make this promise to give in faith out of gratitude for the promises God has made to each and all of us, and the ways we are blessed to be able to live our faith, in the times that are exceptionally busy and in the times when things seem a bit quieter.

Won't you join us in experiencing how it is to be blessed to be a blessing by making an intentional pledge of financial support to St. Stephen's?  Together we can do far more than any one of us can do on our own.
Peace & Blessings,
All Saints' Sunday
On Sunday we will observe All Saints' Day.  If you would like a loved one included in the special prayers, please call the office (973.376.0688, ext. 32 or email Doreen at church@ststephensmillburn.org.  Please submit names by Thursday, October 31st.  On Sunday, you will have the option of adding your loved ones' names to the list.  We will read those names aloud during the service.
Angelle Thompson's Funeral
Angelle's funeral will be Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 am.  Calling hours will be here at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  Following the service, we will lay Angelle to rest in the St. Stephen's Cemetery.  If you'd like to read her obituary, you may do so here.
Sunday School Update:  Meet Greg Chen!
Meet Greg Chen, our new lead teacher in the Sunday School!  Greg's first Sunday in the classroom was this week and it was a blast!  It went so well that we are moving Sunday School to its new time: 9:45, beginning t his week.  Sunday School will begin promptly at 9:45 so that the children have enough time to learn about the Bible and living their faith before joining us at 10:30 for the sharing of the Peace.  On the 4th Sunday of the month, the children will gather at 9:45 and then join us for the beginning of the Children's Service at 10:00.

Greg is a resident of Short Hills.  He graduated Oratory Prep and Cornell University and is in a biomedical science Master's program in Philadelphia.  He is an EMT in town and has wonderful experience as a tutor, skills he is easily able to adapt to the classroom.  He saw the posting in an online group after Lisa Landers thought to post it there and applied because he wanted to share his gifts in a setting in which he could connect them with his Christian faith.  Greg is new to the Episcopal Church, having spent time in other denominations, though, from the time I have spent with him, I have no doubt he will quickly become familiar with our way of being Church and living our faith.

Please take a moment to welcome Greg when you see him on Sunday.

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Sunday morning 11/3...and don't be late for church!

Please join us this Friday, November 1, 9-10 am at Splurge Bakery in Millburn for this monthly adult Bible Study group together with our friends from Christ Church in Short Hills and Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun. 

All are welcome!

November's book selection is Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion  by Greg Boyle.  Join us this Sunday, 11/3 at 11:30am for a discussion with Rev. Paula.

THANK YOU! The rain did not deter us from bringing St. Stephen's historic cemetery to life indoors at the church!  Thank you to all who participated and attended!

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)

Please save these Sunday dates at 4 PM for the upcoming 2019-2020 recital series:  

November 10 - Paul-Martin Maki
Organist & Director of Nusic, St. John's Episcopal Church, Larchmont, NJ

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
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Advent Retreat
Please RSVP 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.

Wednesday Prayer
Bakery Bible Hour
Reading with the Rector
Wednesday Prayer
Commitment Sunday
Beckerath Organ Recital
Wednesday Prayer
Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills
Wednesday Prayer
Third Thursday Theater
Wednesday Prayer
Advent Retreat
October 30, 12 Noon
November 1, 9-10am
November 3, 11:30am
November 6, 12 Noon
November 10
November 10, 4pm
November 13, 12 Noon
November 17, 7pm

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


Next Week:  November 3, 8:00 am

Reader & Chalicer:   Carole Francis
Altar Guild:  Carole Francis


Next Week:  November 3, 10:00 am

Readers:  Theresa Scharff, Kira Hanson
Chalicist:  Eric Maurer
Ushers:  Paul Boegershausen, Ladi Owolabi
Altar Guild:  Theresa and John Scharff 
Coffee Hour:  Happy Halloween!
Heloisa Rooney, Sue Macbeth, Jill Hanauer

   This Week:  November 10, 8 am

   Reader & Chalicer:  Nancy Sieffert
   Altar Guild:  Nancy Sieffert


This Week:  November 10, 10 am

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

Links to the Wider Church

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark

The Episcopal Church

The Presiding Bishop

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 it says "St. Stephen's Church, Millburn, NJ 07041."

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.
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.