St Stephens Church Tidings
The Feast of All Saints
1st November 2020
This Sunday, 1st November at 2:00 am, time "Falls Back" one hour.
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Christ with Saints, and Martyrs
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This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, one of the major feasts of the Church year. When we celebrate the saints, we celebrate those who have given evidence, who have made God believable by how they have lived and how they have died. Today we peer into our family album and take courage from the saints who by God’s grace handed down the Faith to us. And in doing so we receive a measure of God’s very glory and mighty power.

In the Middle Ages they used to say, “The greater the king the greater his court.” God doesn’t hoard his glory; the Most High doesn’t keep a paltry court. The God whose story is told in, “The Lord is my shepherd” or, “this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” is the Blessed One attended by creatures of such burning splendor that we can scarcely imagine them: cherubim and seraphim, angels and archangels, and mortal men and women. Welcome to St Stephen’s.

Thank you! Add your name to this growing list.
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Altar Flowers
The flowers at the altar this
Sunday, 1st November 2020,
are given in memory of 
Carmen and Marshall Nickles, 
parents of Marsha Lasky.
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Sunday, 1st November, 9:00 - 10:00am
Slow Religion: The Foundations of Christian Faith in the 21st Century 
Alternative Theories to Explain the Resurrection
See St Stephens Central for the dates of the next set of classes

Resurrection is the central starting point of the Christian faith. Controversial from the start it beckons us across 2,000 years as both mystery and history. This week’s class will look at the Alternative theories to explain how Resurrection did not actually happen and the Church’s responses. The series is led by Joe Jennings and the Rev’d Zoila Schoenbrun.
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Grab a cup of coffee after the livestream worship service this Sunday and join in for a social hour! Join in when you can following the service. The gathering will run from about 11:00 am until 11:45 am. Id: 876 6421 9006, pc: 485962

Participants will be muted on the Zoom call upon entry. [Zoom directions and etiquette PDF here.]
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St Stephen’s Kids | Godly Play Stories at Home


Each week, St Stephen’s provides a link to a Godly Play lesson for children and families to view at home together. Please contact the Rev’d Christine Trainor if you have any questions or would like support around ways to deepen your spiritual journey and formation as a family. 

Prior Links:
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Talking Turkey About Race

The Rector and the Associate Rector
of St Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
in Conversation with Pastor Dave Hall of
Big God Ministries, Mill Valley

Saturday 14 November, 10:00am
In the St Stephens Memorial Garden Courtyard

Link virtually to the conversation at:

Please submit questions as soon as possible that you would like Christine and Phil to ask Big Dave following the interview. Christine [at] ststephenschurch.org.

Watch this space for more information, and how to donate money for turkeys.
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St Stephen’s Church Addresses Food Insecurity
“I was hungry and you fed me…”  (Matthew 25. 35)

Nearly one in eight American households does not have enough to eat today. Numbers of households facing food insecurity in Marin County continue to grow. The economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic has more of our neighbors turning to food banks and outreach locations for help feeding their families.

St Stephen’s Lunch Wagon
St Stephen’s Church volunteers work with other volunteers in the surrounding community to make 85-135 meal bags per week for distribution at St Vincent’s and Open Door Ministries. Meal bags typically include a hearty sandwich, fruit, a sweet (donated by Sweet Things), chips, a napkin — and lots of love.
\How you can help
Kind notes, prayers, and drawings to insert in meal bags. All ages are invited to make kind notes, prayers, and drawings at home to be inserted into the meal bags. A box/ basket will be located outside the door into the lobby from the courtyard for you to deposit your kind messages. The best size is 6.5” x 8.5” (half of an 8.5” x 11” paper). The office staff will collect notes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Underwriting expenses to buy food and supplies. Because of food donations, we are able to assemble our bag meals for under $1.22 each. Additional funding has allowed the production of more than 100 meals a week. Your donations help to alleviate food insecurity in our local community. Click this Link to Donate and indicate that your gift is for Feeding Ministry. Donations are tax-deductible as per IRS guidelines.

While we cannot accommodate more food prep volunteers at this time, we may be adding more food prep teams and transport teams in the future. Assembly of food bags can usually be done in people’s homes. Please let the Rev’d Christine Trainor know that you are interested in volunteering for this ministry in the future. We especially need team coordinators.

Thank you to all the current team members who make this ministry possible:
Pam Martori, Richard Schaper, Anita Ostrom, Judy Berg, Dianne Maxon,
Marisa Jennings, Diane Green, Rayna Bernard, Ginny Doyle, Mike Knepper, Sunny Lyrek, Elizabeth Gravely.
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Regathering for In-Person Indoor Worship Starting Advent One
[28th November]

St Stephen’s plan for in-person Sunday worship was approved by the diocese, and we hope to start worshipping in our sanctuary again on Advent One, Sunday November 28 at 10 am. Registration for about 36 spaces will begin through the EVENTBRITE system the week leading up to the service. The service will continue to be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Please watch Tidings for updates as we get closer to Advent One.
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Altar Flower Donation Chart for 2021
Please sign up today with this blue link below for the year & Christmas florals:
Please scroll to see all dates for 2021

The 2021 Flower Chart is virtual this year. Please sign up for your special Sunday and for the Christmas Florals [note the multiple lines for multiple donors prior to Christmas.] Scroll down on the above -listed doc for Christmas and for your special day.

The regular donation for flowers is $150. You will be contacted the week prior to your Sunday week for your floral dedication which appears in the online pdf of the leaflet, in Tidings, and on Facebook. You may send your check with Altar Flowers written in the memo line, and your dedication to the office in advance, or the week of your dedication, or email the office with permission to charge your credit card. If you have any questions, please email Barbara Garcia-Romero or Barbara Berling. Your donation supports the livestream, and additionally, the Altar Guild, once services begin again in the sanctuary.

Please note that until services safely begin again, the arrangement will be an orchid plant, your donation will also go to the Livestream.
Online Studies

Slow Religion
Joe Jennings & the Revd Zoila Schoenbrun
1st November, 9:00 - 10:00 am Zoom
Slow Religion: The Foundations of Christian Faith in the 21st Century
Alternative Theories to Explain the Resurrection

Slow Religion: The Foundations of Christian Faith in the 21st Century
Next Session, 8th November
Introduction to Incarnation

Online Film Society
Donald Sung
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm

Talking Turkey
14th November at 10:00 am
Rector & Associate Rector
interview Big Dave of
Big God Ministries

St Stephens Mens Breakfast
Zoom link on St Stephens Central
19th September 2020
Each Saturday until 31st October 2020
Led by The Revd Richard Schaper
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An online play worth your time: C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
15th November 2020 | 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Available for streaming through 18th November

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The Dream Stream Team hard at work, safely keeping us connected.
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Welcome baby Mina!
Parents: Christina Spence & Vilmar Silveria, & siblings, Caroline & Nate.
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