St Stephen's Episcopal Church
Trinity Tidings
9 September 2018
St. Stephen's Welcomes You!

Contemplative Eucharist

Holy Eucharist
St Stephen's Choir

Sunday School
PreK - 5th grades
PreK - 1st
2nd - 3rd
4th - 5th
Drop off begins at 9:45a

Youth Group
Middle & High School

Childcare  is provided 
 from 9:45 to 11:30a for infants 
through age 3

Confessions are heard by appointment with the Rector. 
Holy Trinity

This Sunday -
9 September
Team 7

Next Sunday -
16 September
Team 8


Children & Youth Education
Sunday School Begins

  • All students are welcome to attend church or take part in the education downstairs.
  • We are looking for volunteers to help greet, set up, and teach. If you are interested please contact David Hirsch david@ststephenschurch.org.
  • Please RSVP for the Sunday School Teacher BBQ, 22nd September, 5p.

PK - 1st Grade | 
Godly Play
    Creation | Genesis 1

This week we will explore the wonder of creation. From light and dark to water and land to the creation living things, children will interact with the wonder inherent in the creation narrative.

2nd - 5th Grade
David C. CookBible In Life
     Appreciating Creation | Genesis 1 

When, in Genesis 1:31 it says that all God made was very good, it confirms the perfection of God as well as the perfection of His original creation. We will discuss how the world is beautiful, how to show appreciation for God's creation and how we can care for this wonderful creation in their daily lives

6th - 12th Grade
The Lord of the Rings:  
You Will Not Surely Die | Genesis 3

We are continuing our The Lord of the Rings discussions around how we attempt to diminish the impact of sin in the world and our lives. We will compare this with the story of the serpent in the garden.


Healing Prayers
The Healing 
Every Sunday, intercessors at the Mary Corner 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 known 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.


The Daily Office
Morning and Evening Prayers
Morning & Evening Prayer will resume on 11th & 13th September



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Wanted: Videographer/Photographer
Volunteer your special videography and photography skills to vlog special events and talks throughout the year. Basic video shooting and editing skills are all that is required. 

Interested, please contact  david@ststephenschurch.org.
St Stephen's Online Directory
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Year's Mind
Celtic Cross
P lease help Father Ellsworth 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.This is an old custom, even if new to St. Stephen's.  Email Elizabeth in the office with this click-through.
Food Bank Barrel
for the Homeless

Hunger never takes a break!

 St Stephen's keeps a Marin/SF Food Bank barrel in the Kimball Hall lobby and on the classroom level all through the year. Please consider feeding those less fortunate by donating your non-perishable food items any time during the year.
Tiburon Thrift Shop
Tiburon Thrift Shop
Volunteers Always Needed

Volunteer at the Tiburon Thrift Shop and help St Stephen's! Our Parish receives a monthly check from the shop thanks to those who volunteer on St Stephen's behalf.  

Volunteers are needed on Thursdays and 5th Saturdays. 10am to 1pm and/or 1pm to 4pm. 

It is not a huge commitment but it makes a huge difference. To learn more, please contact: June Campbell 415.797.6142 or Jennifer Henerlau 415.608.3239.
Contributions for 
Mr Stanley Chagala

On 5th August, Father Ellsworth interviewed Mr Stanley Chagala at both services. Thank you to all who have made donations to ease his path to his ministry in Indiana.

  All those who would like to help Stanley with his expenses may place a check in the offering plate with the memo line "Stanley Chagala" or may speak to Fr Ellsworth, or Deacon Alberta, or may send gifts to the church office.
From the Rector

You don't go to prayer saying, 'Come on, tell me something. Show me something.' You go and you say, 'Alright, this time is yours. I'm going to try and clear my mind and let you be you for a bit.' And I hope that when I get up from that, some balance will have shifted, the tectonic plates will have moved slightly. My judgment, my perception will be that little bit less selfish, that little bit less stupid, than when I started.
     That's part of what one hopes for in terms of guidance in prayer. Just calm down. Sit. Look. Listen. Try to get your own preoccupations and your own anxieties silenced for a bit. And then, perhaps, when you get up, the plates will have shifted. Welcome to St Stephen's.
                     See you in church!
                     Father Ellsworth

The flowers at the altar are given by
Ginny Preston
to the glory of God and
in loving memory of 
James B Preston, Jr.,
born on this day in 1961.
The Rector's Bible Study

Bible The Rector will begin one or two Bible studies this September, and he's considering the following time slots. 

Please contact Elizabeth Gravely [ elizabeth@ststephenschurch.org] to let us know when you'd be able to attend, and we'll make plans according to availability.
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month, noon to 1:00pm (includes a simple lunch)
  • Every Thursday 9:00 - 10:00am
  • Weekly on Thursdays, 6:15 to 7:15p (includes a simple supper)
Earth and Altar Garden Weekly Harvest
Every Sunday after the 10:00 AM Service

EAHarvest2018 Can you take 10 minutes to help with the weekly harvesting of the Earth and Altar Garden's beans and tomatoes? Meet in the garden following the 10a service to assist with hand-picking provisions of fresh food for the needy in Marin, then cool off upstairs with the Coffee Connection. All parishioners welcome, children to adults.
The Adam & Eve Dinner Dance
Saturday, 15th September, is cancelled
Become a licensed Eucharistic Minister (EM)
or Eucharistic Visitor (EV)
Self-studies begin now for the final training at
St Stephen's on 27th October, 10a - 2p

chalice All those who are interested in training to become an EM or EV, or those wishing to renew their license, have the opportunity to do so by downloading and beginning self-study on the 6-8 week preparation course for one or both trainings directly available through this link:   http://diocal.org/discipleship/adults/eucharistic-ministers-and-visitors
      Please note that the Diocese requests that all licenses be renewed every three years.
      Individual preparation should begin as soon as possible, as the final Diocesan-led licensing training will be held at St Stephen's on 27th October from 10a-2p
      The official registration link for the final licensing training and certification will soon be available through the Diocesan website with this link. The St Stephen's 27th October EM licensing training will take place prior to a brown bag lunch, and the EV licensing training following lunch. 
       Please contact Deacon Alberta if you have any questions after downloading and beginning self-study on the 6-8 week preparation requirement: deacon.alberta@ststephenschurch.org
21 - 23 September
musica marin festival at St Stephen's

MusicaMarinEnsem Music, celebrity chef cuisine, and wine come together in a festival atmosphere. Varied days and times. Go to the event page here for times and tickets.

21st Sept, Fri - 7:30p Opening
22nd Sept, Sat - 1p Symposium & String Concert
22nd Sept, Sat - 5p Barbershop Quartet & Reception
23rd Sept, Sun - 2p Festival Concert & Party
A Taste of Guided Imagery & Music as a spiritual pathway
29th September
9a - 12p

GuidedImagery Our church community is welcoming Sr Joan King, OP, on Saturday, September 29, 9 am-12 pm and her training, a "Taste of Guided Imagery & Music." Sr Joan is a Dominican nun and has been an important person in Molly Arthur's life for more than 15 years of spiritual support and growth. She has developed a practice for participants and will offer this training, a Taste of Guided Imagery & Music to St Stephen's parishioners and the community.
     Guided Imagery & Music is a process of listening to classical music in a relaxed state, a state like a waking dream experience that allows images, symbols and deep feelings to rise up from the unconscious. In this process, the music becomes a catalyst that invites one to take a long, loving, look within, and to walk inner pathways, deepening our experience of God.  Please reserve your spot with Molly Arthur:  molly6@pacbell.net , 415 699-8031
Knitting Ministry
10th September, 10:30a
2nd & 4th Mondays

KnittingDonation2017 The Knitting Ministry will hold their first gathering for Fall on Monday, 10th September from 10:30a - Noon. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month and welcomes all skill levels, including those who would like to learn.
Explorer's Club 
Moving to second Wednesdays

ExplorersSmart18 The Explorer's Club, at the request of participants, is switching to the second Wednesday of every month beginning 10th October, the first of their Fall outings. Stay tuned for what is being planned.
Christian Conversations in Marin
St Paul's San Rafael 
First Wednesdays September - December
7p to 8:30p

StPaul Join Christians from Marin in monthly conversations this Fall. $40 for the series. Contact Christopher at c.h.mrtn@gmail.com

Fr. Ellsworth will be attending the conversation Who Is My Neighbor? Prayerful reflection on demographic information of the North Bay focusing on income, education, and health, including a focus on youth. Led by the Rev'd Christopher Martin, Rector of St Paul's and the Rev'd Rod Miles, Chief Pastor of Grace.

Here is a link to the flyer  that provides additional details, and  explains how important and interesting these conversations will be.
Sausalito Song Society Concert Series
Christ Church Sausalito Campbell Hall

Christ ChurchSausalito The Sausalito Song Society Concert Series will hold the Fall inaugural concert on 16th September at 3p at Christ Church.

For the full series listing and for more information,  click this Song Society link.
Women in Climate Action Leadership
Christ Church Sausalito, Campbell hall
10th September,  7 - 9p
Christ ChurchSausalito An evening in conversation with women leading the response to global climate change, in advance of the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco, 12th - 14th September. Free with finger food and drinks.  Questions:
Women's Day of Rejuvenation
Grace Cathedral
Saturday, 15th September
10a - 2p

labyrinthGrace Led by the Rev'd Shari Young, this is a time to refresh our connection to God and serenity, using the beauty and Labyrinth of Grace Cathedral.Teaching, meditation instruction, and spiritual conversation. 

Bring your own lunch and snacks. $5 to $10 donation to Grace Cathedral.  Questions:
ExtraFood.org non-profit volunters

The ExtraFood.org non-profit that provides food for St Stephen's Camp Create, and for our homeless meal donations is in need of volunteers. 

Visit https://extrafood.org/join-us/volunteer/, email volunteerrelations@extrafood.org or call 415-720-2427 for details
Gilead House Bocce Ball Fundraiser
550B Street, San Rafael 94901
29th September
1p - 4p

Bocce Ball Tournament, Music, photo booth, Mediterranean Food, Prizes. Individuals, partners, and teams welcome.

Call 415.895.5575 or email beth@gileadhouse.org



Healing Prayers Every Sunday - 8 & 10a  
    (During the service, after Communion) 
Call for artists for November Holiday Faire,
      contact Ginny Doyle  (her name is an active email link.)
Earth & Altar Harvesting after the 10a service for 10 minutes

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

10 Deadline for St Stephen's artists to register for a                booth. Contact Ginny Doyle 
10 Knitting Ministry begins - 10:30a
11 Morning Prayer begins - 9:30a (Tues & Thurs)
13 Evening Prayer begins - 5:30p (Tues & Thurs)
15 Women's Retreat at Grace Cathedral - 10a - 2p
21 - 23 Musica Marin Festival - varied times
23 Adult Education - 11:30a
24 Vestry Meeting - 7p
28 Taste of Guided Imagery - 9a - noon
30  Please send in your pledge cards

7, 14, 21, 28

 7  Blessing of the Animals - 10a

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