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!
4th November 2018
The flowers at the altar are given by
in loving memory of her parents
Carmen & Marshall Nickles
The flowers at the altar are also given by
in celebration of their wedding on Saturday, 3rd November
CLOCKS FALL BACK
The choir will premiere a new piece by our music director, John Karl Hirten. It’s a new setting of
. Come and join us at the 10 AM service.
THE RECTOR'S BIBLE STUDY
NEXT ONE | 12th NOVEMBER, NOON
ONE THURSDAY PER MONTH,
, 6:00p –
The Rector offers two Bible studies this month. Please contact Elizabeth Gravely [
] to indicate studies you will attend, so that food can be planned in advance.
4th Mondays | 12:00a – 1:00p
12th November with simple lunch. Study of the upcoming lectionary lessons.
Growing Old and Growing Up
1 Thursday per month | 6:00 – 7:00p
This discussion and study will continue this evening,
with simple supper and topical, relevant study.
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
gift wish list
Godly Play | Kathy Winkler
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
Jonah | Jonah 1 –
Fifth | Victoria Ellsworth
David C. Cook | Bible in Life
Getting Along with Others |
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]
God Keeps His Promises | Genesis 18. 1 – 16; 21. 1 – 6
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
CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT
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.
11th NOVEMBER, 11:30a
A continuation of the discussion of Isaiah from Chapters 40 to the end.
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
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%
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.
The Daily Office:
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
26th - 28th April 2019
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
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
St Stephen's Choir
PreK – 5th Grades
2nd – 5th
Drop off begins at 9:45a
9:45a – 11:30a
infants through age 3
Confessions are heard by appointment
with the Rector
The Solemnity of All Saints
The Solemnity of All Saints
Holiday Gift Faire
10th November | 10a to 3p
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,
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.
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.
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,
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.
THANK YOU for your generous donations to Siempre Unidos.
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.
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
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.
ST STEPHEN'S ALTAR GUILD WINS THE DIOCESAN AWARD
BEST SACRISTY IN THE DIOCESE!
ST PAUL'S CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS IN MARIN
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
Fr. Ellsworth will attend the conversation,
Who is My Neighbor?