ST STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
TRINITY TIDINGS
2nd DECEMBER 2018
FROM THE RECTOR
Advent
During this four weeks before Christmas, Advent is what Christians are reflecting on, Jesus’s coming to us. When Jesus comes into the life of the world, it’s something unplanned, overwhelming, something that makes a colossal difference. We long for it, and yet we don’t quite know what it’s going to involve. But this is a bit odd, you might say. Surely, Jesus has come into the world and by now we ought to know what sort of a difference he’s made. But the truth is that we don’t yet know the difference Jesus might make. We know some of the difference he’s made to our lives as individuals, to the life of the Church, to the whole world. 

And yet there’s more. We’re still waiting to see what might happen if Jesus is allowed into our lives that bit more fully, that bit more radically. So Advent is a time when we do a bit of self-examination. Have I allowed Jesus in yet? Has the Good News really made the full impact it might make, or is my life still locked into old patterns, into darkness, into not being at home with myself, or with God? Welcome to the right place for asking such questions. Welcome to St Stephen's.

See you in church!
Phil Ellsworth
Isaiah
ADULT EDUCATION
THIS SUNDAY, 11:15a

The discussion of Isaiah will conclude this Sunday in the Becker Conference Room at 11:15a.
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CHRISTMAS PAGEANT FOR ALL
SUNDAY, 23rd DECEMBER, 10:00a

The Christmas Pageant is for everyone, adults, children, entire families, empty nesters, and singles of all ages. No memorization is necessary. We will have wild animals in the Pageant and a petting zoo before and after the Pageant in the
courtyard.

We will have one rehearsal, Saturday December 22 at 9a for speaking
roles, from 10:30a – 11:30a for everyone else. Costumes will be provided on December 22 at rehearsal, or Sunday December 23 at 8:30 – 9a. If you cannot make the rehearsal you can still be in the

Pageant in a non-speaking role. Please send an email or call Joe Jennings josephwjennings@ sbcglobal.net, 415-279-3637 if you and your family would like to be in the cast or crew of this year’s pageant.
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THIS WEEK
CHILDREN & YOUTH NEWS

ADVENT WREATH MAKING
NOT JUST FOR KIDS | FOR ALL AGES
THIS SUNDAY
2nd DECEMBER , 5 - 7:00p

Potluck supper, wreath making , followed by a short Advent devotional, and lighting of the first Candle of Advent. Donation: $10 to offset the cost of supplies
 
Please RSVP to office@ststephenschurch.org if you will be attending so that we have plenty of greenery and candles for each wreath made. All ages are welcome to participate. One wreath per family.
 
Potluck Details:
Last name beginning with A- M please bring a main dish, N-Z please bring a salad, vegetable to share, or dessert.

It will be truly potluck. We will eat what shows up! Questions?


Sunday School classes
2nd, 9th, 16th December. 
Sunday School is not in session 23rd December (Christmas Pageant day), and 30th December. Childcare is provided on the 23rd at the 10 o’clock for children under 3.

PK — 1st Grade & 2nd — 5th Grade Combined  | Victoria Ellsworth

Advent  |  Gospel of Matthew & Luke
Victoria Ellsworth will be teaching a combined elementary and Godly Play Sunday School class this Sunday, and Mike Peters, and Kathy Winkler on the following weeks.

The topic: 
Advent, preparing children for the Mystery of Christmas. We will move toward Bethlehem, guided by the pointing prophets, and focusing on the Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi.

6th — 12th Grade  

The Youth will be in church today to hear David Hirsch preach.

HOLIDAY GIVING:

Gift Barrel Christmas gift collection for Ritter House. This will be in lieu of the Family-to-Family Gifts. Beginning on 25th November a "Giving Tree" will be available in the Parish Hall decorated with name tags and ages. You may take as many tags as desired, but please purchase a quality gift appropriate for the age on the tag. The wrapped gift complete with securely fastened tab must be returned by 13th December and deposited in a barrel that will be picked up early the next day. Gifts after that date must be taken directly to Ritter House in San Rafael.
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CHRISTMAS CONCERT TICKETS |
REMAINING FEW ON SALE THIS SUNDAY FOLLOWING THE 10a SERVICE

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT WITH STRING ORCHESTRA
9th DECEMBER, 4p

There are still a few unsold seats for this year's Christmas Concert on Sunday, 9th December at 4p. This is a concert that sells out every year. The few remaining tickets will be on sale in the Narthex this Sunday following the 10a service. Purchased tickets were mailed 20th November.
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EXPLORER'S CLUB TO CORNERSTONE
5th DECEMBER
LEAVE BLACKIE's AT 10a

We head to this wine country marketplace that features a collection of world-class shopping, boutique wineries and tasting rooms, artisanal foods, art-inspired gardens, and home to Sunset's Gardens + Outdoor Test Kitchen. We will return around 2:30p.

Located at the gateway of Sonoma and Napa County in California's beautiful Wine Country, Cornerstone is a place to shop, sip, eat , play and explore.


Contact Ginny Preston to RSVP and with questions.
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ANASAZI LUNCHEON
18th DECEMBER, 11:00a

A Music Recital featuring original arrangements by Linda Rice, Carol Sing-A-Long to follow.

Linda Rice grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she began piano lessons at age 9, harp at age 15 and received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Linda has been married to Willis for 51 years. After his retirement from the US Air Force, the two traveled for 22 years visiting a thousand prisons in the United States, bringing beautiful music on the harp 
and sharing their story of faith.

Currently Linda teaches piano, composition, and music theory at San Quentin Prison. Willis teaches Bible classes to men at San Quentin several days each week.

All ages are welcome. The luncheon is $5. Please RSVP as soon as possible to LoisCannady3241@ comcast.net
CALENDAR

The Daily Office:
Evening Praye r is said at
5:00p Tuesday and Thursday


SAVE THESE DATES

5th December, Explorer's to Cornerstone , leave from Blackie's at 10a
18th December Anasazi Luncheon, 11a
Parish Retreat 26th - 28th April 2019

DECEMBER

2 Outside booking: Music Recital 2 - 5p
2 Advent Wreath Making, 5p - 7:00p
2 Adult Education - Isaiah, 11:15a
5 Explorer's Club to Cornerstone, 10a
9 Christmas Choir Concert, 4p
13 Gift Barrel gifts deadline
14 Anasazi Christmas Carols, 11a
16 Adult Education, Paul's Letter, 11:15a
17 Last chance to donate Christmas flowers
22 Pageant Rehearsal, speaking roles 9a-11:30a, non-speaking roles 10:30 - 11:30a
23 Christmas Pageant, 10a
(pick up costumes 8:45a)
24 Christmas Eve Services, 4p & 9:30p
25 Christmas Day Service, 10a
30 Services at 8a & 10a

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Taposky painting of St. Stephens
SUNDAY SERVICES

8:00a
Contemplative Eucharist

10:00a
Holy Eucharist
St Stephen's Choir

Sunday School
10:00a
PreK – 5th Grades
PreK 1st
2nd – 5th
Drop off begins at 9:45a

Youth Group
10:00a
Middle & High School
(This Sunday 12.2 in church)

Childcare Provided
9:45a – 11:30a
infants through age 3

Confessions are heard by appointment
with the Rector


COFFEE CONNECTIONS

This Sunday
The First Sunday of Advent
2nd December
Team 4

Next Sunday
The Second Sunday of Advent
9th December
Team 11
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CHRISTMAS FLORAL DONATIONS

Envelopes are now available in the Narthex for contributions to the Christmas Florals. Please send your name and/or dedication to the office no later than Monday 17th December. These will be printed in the Christmas bulletins. These donations are separate from the Altar Flower sign-ups.


ALTAR FLOWERS 2019
The 2019 Flower Chart is now in the Narthex. Please sign up for your special Sunday. The donation for flowers is $150. You will
be contacted the week prior to your Sunday week for your floral dedication.

You may send your check with Altar Flowers in the memo line and dedication to the office in advance or place it in the plate. If you have any questions, please email Barbara Garcia-Romero at barbara.c.garciaromero@gmail.com or Ginny Preston at ginny_preston@yahoo.com.
HEALING PRAYERS
Every Sunday

Intercessors at the Mary Corner will await those who desire anointing. After receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion, if you desire healing prayers for yourself or for a loved one, make your request know to a healing minister in the Mary Corner (near the entrance to the church.) Your request is kept confidential unless you indicate that it needn't be.
OTHER, OLDER & ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS
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RAIN PONCHOS &
WOOL SOCKS
FOR THE HOMELESS DRIVE
FINAL SUNDAY
2nd DECEMBER 2018

63% of the county’s homeless population is unsheltered. At St Stephens, we collect funds every fall to purchase rain ponchos and wool socks for these homeless, unsheltered children of God. Ponchos cost approximately $20 each and Merino wool camping socks cost about $3. The ponchos and wool socks will be distributed by Ritter Center in San Rafael.

Please make cash and check donations only . Please do not bring coats and socks. Checks should be made out to St Stephens Church with Rain Gear in the memo line. For more information, or to help, contact Joe Jennings at 415-279-3637, josephwjennings@ sbcglobal.net.

Update: In the last three weeks we have raised $1,883, from 27 donors, and purchased and delivered 104 pairs of wool socks and 99 rain ponchos to Ritter Center. Thank you for your generosity.
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PLEDGE APPEAL 2019

St Stephen's thanks all those who have sent in their 2019 pledges.

The Pledge Appeal for 2019 is coming to a close and the final 20% of goal is much needed to continue all of the programs St Stephen's has kept in place over the years.

Please consider sending in your pledge so that the 2019 budget can be planned this month. Pledge cards can be downloaded by clicking this link , or contact the office.You can fill out, scan and email to office@ststephenschurch.org or send by mail to St Stephen's Church, PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA 94920.

We need your help to plan St Stephen’s future by submitting your pledge card as soon as possible.

Currently pledges total $555,037 or 82% of the goal. Please know that whatever amount you pledge is sincerely appreciated. By simply making a pledge of any amount, you cast your heart and thoughtful support for St Stephen’s and the church community you want it to be.
SPECIAL DELIVERY
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Kim Portner delivers St Stephen’s donations to Sherry Wallmark, Parish Administrator, St John the Evangelist, Chico. Thank you, Kim! 
ST STEPHEN'S ONLINE DIRECTORY

The St Stephen's Directory is now ONLINE!

To protect parishioner information, access to the private information needed to logon is granted by calling or emailing the office.


This Directory is for the use of parishioners only and is not to be shared with the general public.

PRIVACY POLICY

If you wish to opt out, please send an email with DIRECTORY SS OPT OUT in your subject line. Let us know in the email if you want to opt out of the entire directory, just pictures, and/or snail mailings. office@ststephenschurch.org
OTHER SOURCES FOR GIVING

Ritter House
Hams/Turkeys/Gift Cards directly self-delivered
&
Barrel Gift Collection
25th November through
13th December
age/name specific quality gifts

Food Bank Barrel
Classroom level and Hall

Tiburon Thrift Shop
Volunteers Needed - 2 hour shifts
Thursdays and Saturdays
10a – 1p and 1p – 4p
June Campbell 415.797.6142
Jennifer Henerlau
415.608.3239

Knitting Group
Knit or crochet hats and scarves for the needy. Second and Fourth Mondays at 10:30a.
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RECYCLING MESSAGE | NEW RECYCLING RULES

Please separate bottles and only clean paper to meet the new recycling rules.
YEAR'S MIND

Please assist Father Ellsworth to compile the names and dates of the death of family members whom you would like to be remembered in prayers at the altar on, or close to, the anniversary of their death.
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