This newsletter contains the highlights of our full twice monthly newsletter.  If you need event details, please refer to the full newsletter from the previous week.  Newsletters are also posted on our website, here.  St. Stephen's event information can also be found on the St. Stephen's website calendar, here.
Office Note / Preschool
St. Stephen's Pre-School reopened on Tuesday, September 1st.  Due to COVID restrictions, only teachers and staff are allowed to be in the building during school hours. If you need to visit the parish office/building for any reason, please contact us for an appointment.  THANK YOU!

PLEASE NOTE:  We have some openings at the preschool.  
If you know of a family that may be interested, please have them contact our Director, Nancy Siracusa at sspsmillburn@gmail.com or call 973-376-3534 Ext. 20.  The preschool has learning programs for Infants, Toddlers, Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Upcoming
10/8 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/9 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/10 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/11 - Sunday Worship - Posted to Facebook and Youtube at 8:15 AM; broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33) at 6 AM and 1 PM; Bulletins can be found here.

10/11 - 11 AM - Zoom Coffee Hour 

10/12 - 
8:30 AM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/13 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/14 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/15 - 6 PM - Lay Conversation with the Bishop via Zoom

10/15 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/16 - 8:30 AM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/17 - 7:45 PM - Daily Prayer on Facebook

10/18 - Sunday Worship / Vote Faithfully - Posted to Facebook and Youtube at 8:15 AM; broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33) at 6 AM and 1 PM; Bulletins can be found here.

10/18 - Zoom Coffee Hour

10/18 - 3 PM - Youth Ministry "Spook-tacular" Pop-Up; Register here.

Connection and Common Worship
SUNDAY WORSHIP
- Posted to Facebook and YouTube at 8:15 AM 
- Broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33) at 6 AM and 1 PM. 
- Bulletins can be found here.

COFFEE HOUR
- 11AM Sunday Morning on Zoom
- To call in, dial by your location        
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
        Meeting ID: 895 5857 6382

DAILY PRAYER 
- Live-streamed on Facebook
- M-W-F at 8:30 AM
- T-TH-SAT at 7:45 PM

Most days, Rev. Paula will lead prayer live, though occasionally it will be a "Prayerful Interlude" or a recorded reflection. Videos of all the posts can easily be accessed from the Facebook video library here.

All of the information you need to remain actively connected to St. Stephen's can be found on the website under the "Living Our Faith in a Time of Pandemic" here.

Please be sure to spread the word to your friends and family who do not use the internet.

From Bishop Hughes

BISHOP HUGHES' VLOGS can be viewed here.  
The Voice Online may be found here.  

NEW: LAY CONVERSATION WITH THE BISHOP
Thursday, October 15, 6 PM

Bishop Carlye Hughes is eager to once again spend time in conversation with the members of the diocese, to reflect and consider what we, our churches, and our communities have learned and experienced as we have adjusted to the changes this time has demanded of us. Scheduled for 90 minutes, this monthly Lay Zoom Conversation with Bishop Hughes is open to all members of the diocese. Find out more here.

SHARE YOUR PRAYERS
Bishop Hughes invites all of us to write down our prayers during this pandemic and share them with the diocese, as a way to help each other. The prayers will be shared on the diocesan website in The VOICE and on social media. Prayers can be sent to Canon Wright at awright@dioceseofnewark.org for posting. Please include the name and town of your church. 

DIOCESAN MEMORIAL WALL
A holy place in virtual space for mourning and memory. This is a place to gather, grieve, reflect and honor the lives of those who have died during the time of the pandemic, whether or not it was due to the virus. To visit the wall and/or submit a name, click here.

NEW: HOW TO RECOGNIZE SCAM EMAILS
The Bishop and her staff only use emails under dioceseofnewark.org for diocesan business. If you receive an email with their name but a different email address, it is a scam. Always check the From email address carefully, not just the From name.

To learn how to identify scam emails, click here.
To learn how to report scam emails, click here.

Note: There's no need to report scam emails to the Bishop's staff. We're getting them too, and unfortunately there's nothing we can do to stop them. Just block the sender, and then pat yourself on the back for outsmarting a scammer.
 Faithful Outreach

APOSTLES' HOUSE & NORTH PORCH
Thank you to all who have dropped off donations already!  

PLEASE KEEP THE CONTRIBUTIONS COMING 
and remember to check the expiration dates before sending your items.  Donation bins are located outside of the St. Stephen's Narthex parking lot entry doors. 

Apostles' House - Items needed - Canned goods and non-perishable food items. 
North Porch Women & Infants' Centers is in URGENT need of Enfamil Infant Formula 12.5 oz containers (yellow label), baby wipes, and diapers size 4, 5, and 6.

Online Donations - If you are unable to drop off items at the church, and would like to contribute, you can make purchases and/or donations directly to these organizations. 
North Porch Donation link & information.  North Porch Amazon Smile direct link.
The Apostles' House Food Pantry link.

SOLES4SOULS
Shoes in wearable condition can be donated at the Soles4Soles drop-off site located at the Foot Health Center, 1500 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.  The center is open M & TH 8-5, T 8-4, W & FR 8-2, Closed Sat & Sun.  Please call first to confirm hours and that donations are still being accepted, (973) 731-1266.  For more information about Soles4Soles, please visit their website here.

Resources from the Diocese and Beyond
There are many, many resources available to parishes and individuals to help sustain our faith practices during this unprecedented time.  We have moved the list to our website, here. This is by no means a complete list, though it does cover many areas of need.

The Teen & Youth Groups can be found here:
Diocese of Newark PopUp Youth Ministry - Facebook & Instagram - Next POP UP event is 10/18 at 3 PM!
Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center - Facebook & Instagram

St. Stephen's Prayer List


Please keep the following St. Stephen's family members and friends in your prayers...
Jeff Loggins
Jimmy Hasenkamp
Ian Janeczko
The McManus Family
The Blanchard Family
Donna Riggi
Eleanor Robinson

Bernard & Nathan
The Fitzgerald Family
Jack Moreno
Stephanie Gubin
Sue Macbeth
Francis
Marcia Mein

Christine Conti
Xander
Evan
Felder Dorn
James Tranberg
Debbie and Geoff Robarge
Peggy Thompson
Alex Cole

Lectionary

This Week:  October 11
 
 

Next Week:  October 18


Links to the Wider Church

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The Episcopal Church









The Presiding Bishop








Giving with Tithe.ly
Giving with Tithe.ly is easy, with options for one-time or recurring donations.  We encourage you to consider it at all times, but especially when you are away for any reason, like all of us now with the restrictions due to coronavirus.

There are two ways to do it:  thru tithe.ly.com or the tithe.ly app on your smart phone.  You'll want to search for St. Stephen's Church Millburn.  Be sure to have the correct punctuation. You'll know you're there when you see: St. Stephen's Church Millburn and the address. Once you're at the church's page, follow the prompts.  
Office Hours and Contact Information

Office hours:
Until we are through this public health emergency, there are NO office hours.  Please call Rev. Paula to arrange for pastoral care or if you have any reason to come to the office. She'll work with you to figure out a safe way to manage this.

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.