ST STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
TRINITY TIDINGS
4th NOVEMBER 2018
FROM THE RECTOR
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Vatican politics has formal criteria for sainthood. We prefer that splendid definition articulated first in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, and later adapted for the Scottish book of 1637. It describes saints as “the choice vessels of [God’s] grace, and the lights of the world in their several generations.” Being a saint isn’t about moral perfection, or achieving the status of miracle worker. Being a vessel of God’s grace — a light to the world in which we live — is within our reach. A beloved hymn about the saints of God ends with the aspiration, “I mean to be one too,” an aspiration by grace possible to each of us.

When Paul wrote to his friends in Corinth, it wasn’t platitudes or stained glass schemes he conveyed but the same encouragement which he had received. By the grace of God, he could say, “I am what I am.” By that encouragement Paul became Saint Paul, a choice vessel of God’s consoling, strengthening, renewing, transforming power, and light to those who knew him. With that understanding, we mean to be saints, too. Welcome to St Stephen's.

See you in church!
Phil Ellsworth
ALTAR FLOWERS
4th November 2018
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The flowers at the altar are given by
Marsha Lasky
in loving memory of her parents
Carmen & Marshall Nickles

The flowers at the altar are also given by
Danielle Malott & Bryan Osler
in celebration of their wedding on Saturday, 3rd November

THIS SUNDAY
CLOCKS FALL BACK
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THIS SUNDAY

The choir will premiere a new piece by our music director, John Karl Hirten. It’s a new setting of the Beatitudes . Come and join us at the 10 AM service.
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THE RECTOR'S BIBLE STUDY
2nd & 4th MONDAYS,
NEXT ONE | 12th NOVEMBER, NOON

ONE THURSDAY PER MONTH,
1st NOVEMBER , 6:00p 7:00p

The Rector offers two Bible studies this month. Please contact Elizabeth Gravely [ elizabeth@ststephenschurch.org] to indicate studies you will attend, so that food can be planned in advance.

Lectionary Study
2nd & 4th Mondays | 12:00a – 1:00p

Continues on 12th November with simple lunch. Study of the upcoming lectionary lessons.

TONIGHT!
Growing Old and Growing Up
1 Thursday per month | 6:00 – 7:00p

This discussion and study will continue this evening, 1st November with simple supper and topical, relevant study.
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THIS WEEK
CHILDREN & YOUTH

Coming soon:
Thanksgiving food collection for Ritter House. St Stephen's will soon begin to accept donations of non-perishable Thanksgiving meal items: store gift cards for turkeys, sweet and regular potatoes, stuffing mixes, cranberry sauce, and canned gravy. Due to a wedding and the upcoming Holiday Faire, please wait to drop off these items until a place is announced for collection.

Family to Family Christmas gift collection for Ritter House. Watch your Tidings and bulletins for information on this collection coming soon. This program allows generous community members and groups to “adopt” a less fortunate family for the holidays. Donors shop for an adopted family with a provided gift wish list .

PreK First
Godly Play | Kathy Winkler
The Prophets

This Sunday we will learn about the Prophets. Prophets are people who come so close to God, and God comes so close to them, that they know what God wants them to say or do. They know the best way. Both men and women are prophets, so both boys and girls can be or grow up to be prophets .
Next Week: Jonah | Jonah 1 4


Second Fifth | Victoria Ellsworth
David C. Cook | Bible in Life
Getting Along with Others  |  
Genesis 13

God wants us to get along with others. Our lesson this Sunday will focus on helping children understand that God knows that life, even within a family, can involve conflicts. The lesson will be based on the story of the conflict between Abraham and Lot. Our Bible verse today: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” [Romans 12. 18]
Next Week: God Keeps His Promises | Genesis 18. 1 – 16; 21. 1 – 6


Sixth Twelfth | David Hirsch
Lord of the Rings
Heart Defense | Lots of Scripture

We will look at a few of the ways that scripture helps to defend our hearts; most importantly by filling us with the strength God provides through relationship with Jesus.
Next Week: Running Hard After God | Sam & Frodo
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CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT
9th DECEMBER, 4p

Ticket forms were mailed out this week to parishioners and all who attended last year. Tickets and seat requests are on a first come, first serve basis and are dated for assignment as they arrive in the office. This concert always sells out. Send your order and check in as soon as possible before sales open to the public.
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ADULT EDUCATION
11th NOVEMBER, 11:30a

A continuation of the discussion of Isaiah from Chapters 40 to the end.
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PLEDGE APPEAL 2019

Pledge appeal packages were mailed on 4th September. If you have not received yours, 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 $519,120 or 77% 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.

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CALENDAR
SEPTEMBER

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

SAVE THESE DATES
St Stephen's Holiday Faire
10th November from 10a - 3p
11th November from 11a - 1p

Parish Retreat
26th - 28th April 2019


NOVEMBER
1 The Rector's Bible Study, 6 - 7p
4 All Saints' Sunday, Dcn Alberta preaches
10 Holiday Faire, 10a - 3p
11 Holiday Faire, 11a - 1p
11 Fr Ellsworth Interview with
George Brown, 10a
11 Adult Education, Isaiah, 11:15a
12 Growing up & Growing Old, Noon - 1p
14 Explorer's to Novato Miwok Museum,
Blackie's Pasture at 10a
18 Paul's Letter to the Romans, Chapter 9

DECEMBER
3 Anasazi Christmas Carols, 11a
9 Christmas Choir Concert, 4p
23 Christmas Pageant, 10a
24 Christmas Eve Services, 4p & 9:30p
25 Christmas Day Service, 10a

Miwok Museum Novato
EXPLORER'S CLUB
NOVATO MIWOK MUSEUM
14th NOVEMBER | Leave Blackie's at 10

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

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

Confessions are heard by appointment
with the Rector


COFFEE CONNECTIONS

This Sunday
Twenty-third Sunday
after Trinity
The Solemnity of All Saints
4th November
Team 1

Next Sunday
Twenty-fourth Sunday
after Trinity
The Solemnity of All Saints
11th November
Team 15
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2018
Holiday Gift Faire

Saturday
10th November | 10a to 3p
Sunday
11th November | 11a to 1p

Bring your friends and manage all of your holiday shopping while the children create art.
Proceeds help to benefit
St Stephen's summer art camp,
Camp Create.
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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.

Please note that the collection of Christmas floral donations will begin on the First Sunday of Advent. This is a separate collection from the 2019 Altar Flower sign-ups.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE HELP ST STEPHEN'S COMPLY WITH NEW RECYCLING RULES

Due to recycling changes with our recycler, bottles and paper must now be separated, and tainted paper (even used paper coffee cups) must be thrown into the garbage. St Stephen’s will be charged extra for improper recycling. Please help us keep our garbage/recycling costs down.
THE DAILY OFFICE

Evening Prayer is said at 5:00p,
Tuesday & Thursday
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.
OLDER & ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Siempre Unidos
THANK YOU for your generous donations to Siempre Unidos.
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STANLEY CHAGALA'S
SENIOR SERMON
19th NOVEMBER at NOON

Stanley Chagala, will preach his senior sermon at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo, 94960) on 19th November, Monday at Noon.

Lunch will follow for $10 pp. If you plan to attend and stay for lunch, please RSVP to Deacon Alberta as soon as possible at deacon.alberta@ststephenschurch.org
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
SOURCES FOR GIVING

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
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HURRICANE RELIEF DONATION INFORMATION

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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ST STEPHEN'S ALTAR GUILD WINS THE DIOCESAN AWARD
BEST SACRISTY IN THE DIOCESE!
ST PAUL'S CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS IN MARIN
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
FIRST WEDNESDAYS
7p-8:30p

$40 for the series. Contact Christopher at c.h.mrtn@gmail.com

Fr. Ellsworth will attend the conversation, Who is My Neighbor?

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