Come Grow with us           2 December 2012
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
At St. Stephen's, we are  committed to God's love expressed through our lives and common worship.


8:00am Quiet Eucharist


10:00am Festive 
Choral Eucharist


 Sunday School 9:45am
Children's Choir Practice:
9:30-11:30am Childcare
Coffee Connections:
This Sunday - Team 3:  
chaired by Andra Nirenberski
Next Sunday - 
9 December - Team 4:
chaired by Judy Wilson Judy's email

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Sunday School

9:45 am


In the Classrooms


Pre-K, K, 1st: 

 Godly Play & Holy Moly

The Holy Family

(George Brown)



2nd & 3rd:


A Ruler from Bethlehem

(Shari Young)



4th & 5th:

Live It!

Advent: Beginning of the Church Year

(Megan Heller)



Middle School & High School


(Sam Gerner assisted by David McGee &

Tim Curtain)


Teen Text:

"How to Pray" 




Tweet Treat Bird Feeder

16 December


 pine cone bird feeder

After church, kids and the young-at-heart are invited to make a "Tweet Treat:"  A pinecone covered with peanut butter and bird seed to hang from your tree or have for your enjoyment.  Have the kids do this while you attend the "Christmas Stories" class.


Pine Cone donations needed:  We need donations of pine cones, 6" or larger for our Tweet Treats!  Bring to church anytime.  Many thanks! 

St. Stephen's

Children's Choir


Every Sunday


Ages 6-10

Youth Room Classroom


 Voices needed

Parents are encouraged to sit in on the rehearsal (quietly!).  See John for more information.



Stewardship 2013



Come Grow with us

Your participation in this year's Stewardship Campaign is crucial.  Please remember to send in your pledges today.


Thank you to all those who have already pledged. Click here for a pledge card to print

Mail to PO Box 97, Tiburon, 94920 or scan and email to














 Adult Programs
This Friday Evening!

Indoor Bocce Ball with St. Stephen's  San Rafael Bocce Ball courts

This Friday, 30 November



Come enjoy the camaraderie, fun, and nibbles and wine.  St. Stephen's will play Bocce Ball in San Rafael on the Indoor courts at 550B Street.  Please RSVP as soon as possible by clicking now on the link below for this Friday evening's fun.


Contact Bill Post to RSVP : Bill's email 

This Sunday

Poinsettia, Wreath, Garland SalesPoinsettias

to benefit the 2013 Youth Programs

All orders due by this Sunday, 2 December


Christmas Faire

2 December



Come one, come all to the first ever Christmas Faire at St. Stephen's Church!  From 9am to 1:30pm in Kimball Hall, St. Stephen's craftspersons, cooks, and writers will be showing and selling their beautiful, original pieces for the holidays.  These will include jewelry, ceramics, decorated Christmas trees, painted scarves, cards, baked goods and newly published books.  If you would like to help in any way call Ginny Doyle at 435-6540.

Introduction to Luke part 2St. Luke the Physician   

Sunday, 2 December

after the 10am service


During the coming church year, which begins on December 2, the church will use Gospel readings from Luke.  Rob Gieselmann is offering a primer on Luke to those interested, following the 10am service this Sunday,  December 2nd.  Come learn about this man (called the "Physician") and his story.

St. Stephen's Gives Back share the love Meeting

 This Sunday




All those interested in participating in the numerous ways St. Stephen's Gives Back to our community, please join the conversation this Sunday following the 10am service. 


The Giving Tree The Giving Tree 

Presents due Sunday, 9 December

Late donations must be self-delivered


Take an ornament (name and age are on the back) from the Christmas Tree in Kimball Hall and buy a present for a low income child or youth through the Ritter House.  Attach your ornament to your present and please return by December 9th.


If due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to bring your present donation to the Church by Sunday, December 9th, you will need to take it to Ritter House.

Christmas PageantThe flock  Costumes:

Pick Up This Sunday


All children are invited to pick up costumes for the December 24th Christmas Pageant.  (Founders' Room off Parish Hall entry hall.)  If they have a role, great; if they don't, come pick up an animal, shepherd, or angel costume.  All are welcome to participate!



Youth Confirmation Meeting

2 December



Rob Gieselmann and Shari Young will be offering a youth confirmation class (held most Sunday afternoons) beginning in January through Easter.  If you have confirmation-age youth (eighth grade or older) who is interested in confirmation, please let Rob or shari know, and plan to attend the upcoming informational meeting this Sunday, at 4:15pm in the upstairs conference room.  Confirmands and their families are asked to stay for Sunday Second, at 5:30pm during which a prayer of dedication will be offered.


Sunday Second

2 December



This Sunday, December 2nd the alternative evening service will be held at 5:30pm.  The fun and succinct Eucharist is an easy alternative for those unable to attend on Sunday mornings.  Please bring cheese and crackers, or wine or soda to share.


Upcoming at St. Stephen's

Anasazi LuncheonParish Music Director 


7 December



Join Anasazi on December 7th at 11am in the Parish Hall to hear our own John Karl Hirten as he gives a presentation entitled, "Image is Everything: The Pipe Organ on Film."  He has had a lifelong interest in the movies and how Hollywood both represents and misrepresents the King of Instruments.  The talk includes a fifty minute video with scenes from various movies over the years.  Don't miss it!

Jane ShawThe Very Rev. Jane Shaw 

Preaches at St. Stephen's 

9 December - 10am


Next Sunday, December 9th, The Very Rev. Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral, will preach at the 10am service, and offer an education piece following in the Parish Hall.  Plan to attend what should prove to be a very interesting morning.!

Christmas Concert

The Joyful Sounds of Christmas  St. Stephen's Choir

9 December - 4pm 


This year's Joyful Sounds of Christmas concert is on Sunday, December 9th at 4pm. Orchestra members from American Bach Soloists will be joining the St. Stephen's choir for this year's concert.  Tickets are sold out.  But, there may be a few returned tickets available during the coming week.  Go to for ticket information.

The Three Christmas Stories:  Matthew, Luke and Now   


16 December - 11:15am


On December 16th, following the 10am service, please join Rob Gieselmann and Joe Jennings in exploring the Gospels' two birth narratives, plus how we today know the story today.  The class is for adults and parents who want to find meaning in the Advent-Christmas season for their personal and family spiritual life today.  Please read the Matthew and Luke Christmas stories before class, if possible.

St. Stephen's Christmas Party   


22 December - 5-7pm 


Save the date for the St. Stephen's Christmas Party from 5-7pm on Saturday, December 22nd.  You will not want to miss:  Gingerbread house decorating, cookie baking & decorating, caroling, crafts, fun with your St. Stephen's friends and festive food and drink. 


Please contact Janice Dalzell-Piper if you are interested in helping: Janice's email

Christmas Flower Donations     

Envelopes in Narthex


In a basket in the narthex you will find envelopes for making special Christmas flower offerings.  All offerings will be noted in the Christmas bulletins; please write on the envelope if you would like a special dedication and and your preferred verbiage.


If you prefer, you may mail a check to St. Stephen's (PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA 94920) with Christmas Flowers marked in the memo line and please include your dedication.


Altar Flower Sign Up for 2013    altar flowers


The 2013 Flower Chart is in now in the Narthex.  Please sign up for your special Sunday.  The donation for flowers is $125.  You will be contacted on Monday of your donation week for the wording of your dedication.  You may send your check and dedication into the office at any time prior to your chosen week.  If you have any questions, please email Barbara Garcia-Romero at Barbara's email


Save These Dates!





 30 - Bocce Ball with St. Stephen's in San Rafael - 7-9pm



2 - First Sunday of Advent

2 - Introduction to Luke, Session II - after the 10am service

2 - Pick up Pageant Costumes - 11:15am

7 -  Anasazi Luncheon - John K. Hirten - presentation - 11am

9 -  Advent 2 with Jane Shaw (Dean/ Grace Cathedral) 10am

9 - Christmas Concert - 4pm

16 - Build a Tweet Treet - 11:15am

16  - Paul's Letters - 5:30pm

22 - Christmas Party -  5-7pm

23 - Sung Morning Prayer - 10am

24 - Family Pageant & Eucharist- 4pm

24 - Christmas Eve Service-9:30pm

25 - Christmas Eucharist - 10am



   Wednesdays: 11am - Women's Group
    Thursdays: 7:30pm - Choir Practice
   Thursdays: 10am-1 or 1-4pm - Volunteers at the Thrift Shop
   Thursdays 8:15am:  Contemplative Prayer
December Adult Bible Studies
     2 December~ Introduction to Luke 2 - after 10am service
    16 December ~ 4th Sunday, 5:30pm: Study of Paul's Letter -
              Adult Bible Study & Potluck







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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920