St Stephen s Church
Seventh Sunday after Trinity
26th July 2020
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH IS GATHERING VIRTUALLY

Your one-click location to find the latest news and updates about worship,
programs, study groups, and pastoral care during the COVID-19 crisis .




FROM THE ASSOCIATE RECTOR
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In the Gospel reading, Jesus continues to describe God’s kingdom with a variety of images. Consistently, he does not describe a kingdom that is far off in the future, in some exalted place up there, or somewhere at a great distance out there. Rather, he describes the reign of God by using analogies that are literally very down to earth — a mustard seed that grows into a spacious, welcoming tree; leavening yeast; buried treasure; a pearl of great worth; a fishing net. He describes invaluable qualities that are not readily seen. Using such everyday imagery — things that lie close at hand — Jesus emphasizes the message that, even when all appearances point to the contrary, the reign of God is near. We need only eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to reach toward it.

Welcome to St Stephen’s, a community seeking to perceive, promote, and proclaim the reign of God among us.
Keeping the Conversation Going, Week 2
 
Thank you to those who responded to last week’s article about incorporating the Sacred Ground program of the Episcopal Church into our educational and discipleship offerings at St Stephen’s Church. Sacred Ground is a film-based dialogue series on race and faith which raises awareness and informs our stories, leading to transformation and to equipping us to be more impactful agents for change. The series is part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. If you missed the information, please read the article in the link below:

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ALTAR FLOWERS

The flowers at the altar this Sunday,
are given by
Randi & Bill Brinkman
to the glory of God 
and in celebration of the love and joy of family,
and especially for grandkids Esme, Arthur, and Julian.
Floral donations support the livestream service.
AN IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
Complete the survey
REGATHERING SURVEY LINK

Although the Bishop s latest directive has church regathering on hold , the clergy would still appreciate your input for future reference and for any pastoral care needs. Please help us with your feedback by completing the linked survey available HERE.
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PRAYING FOR THOSE IN THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS

We pray for those members of our parish who are in the healthcare professions. We offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for their work and dedication. We pray also that God will give them the grace of strength to protect those who are well, care for those who are sick, and remain strong in mind, body, and Spirit. Please call or email the parish office with the names of healthcare workers you would like added to the list.

O merciful God, giver of life and health, whose will is made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord: Send Thy blessing, we beseech Thee, upon all who have devoted their lives to the ministry of healing: Tom Cromwell, John Engstrom, Ted Lynch, David McGee, Chris Mudge, Philip Norris, Sue Kwentus, and Jenni Taylor . Grant that they may be compassionate in their care for the sick and afflicted, fearless in their efforts to promote the health and well-being of the people in this and other lands; and be strengthened by Thy grace; for the sake of Him whose Cross is the pledge of victory over all powers of evil, even Thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
ONLINE STUDIES


Online Film Society
Donald Sung
Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
Next one: 5th August 2020


ONLINE PRAYER BREAKFAST

Saturdays, 8:00am
Now through 27th July
Join Father Schaper
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DEACON ALBERTA

The Rev’d Alberta Brown Buller has been serving in a shared ministry at both Christ Church in Sausalito and here at St Stephen’s Church as a Deacon. With changes that have arisen due to the COVID crisis, she will direct her parish energies to Christ Church exclusively and will be leaving the clergy team at St Stephen’s Church.

Serving as a front-line pastoral presence in the greater Marin community, Alberta works full time in hospital Chaplaincy at Marin General Hospital during the week. We have been so grateful to have her warm spirit, insightful preaching, and compassionate leadership here, and will miss her important ministry.


If you are interested in an update regarding Stanley Chagala, please contact Deacon Alberta by clicking this blue link, for his latest news.

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VISIT Together Apart ,
THE ALMOST DAILY CLERGY BLOG, AT
The church is looking for a donation of a large gently-used wooden table or desk [6 ft?] to use as the permanent home for St Stephen’s livestream recording equipment.

Please contact Elizabeth[at]ststephenschurch.org if you have one you have been intending to donate.
ABOUT LIVESTREAMING
& TWO TIPS
& AND SOME GOOD NEWS

Live Stream | We seek your feedback on your experience with the quality of the livestream. Are you having technical difficulties with livestream sound? Video? Glitches? Please email Elizabeth Gravely to let us know.

  • A tip from Rod Hall: If you are having audio problems, try not watching the stream live but clicking on the url later — perhaps at 11:15 — and downloading the video. All service livestreams are archived and available on the livestreams page at ststephenschurch.org.

  • Trouble connecting? If you log on to the Livestream prior to 10:00 am, and then have trouble with viewing at the 10:00 hour, refresh your browser and the livestream should reset to stream.

SUBSCRIBE TO TIDINGS:
THE WEEKLY, DIGITAL NEWSLETTER
OF ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH

Please stay connected. The Tidings [St Stephen s Church News] digital newsletter currently serves as our primary, weekly communication. If you would like to receive this enews or are having problems receiving it, please email the office . It helps to put dee@ststephenschurch.org into your contacts, and to check your junk mail if you think you did not receive it. The news delivers at 6:00 am on Saturday mornings [i.e. Tidings ] and provides the latest news on worship livestreams, bible studies, classes, groups, and programs at St Stephen’s Central.
VIRTUAL PRAYER CORNER

Light a candle in the virtual prayer corner with this PDF link of instructions or in the Pastoral Care section of St Stephen’s Central.
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ST STEPHENS DIRECTORY
IS ONLINE

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