Advent              9 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 4:  
chaired by Judy Wilson Judy's email
Next Sunday - 
16 December - Team 5:
 chaired by Kim Koen

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 Children Youth



  Mary & Joseph      


Sunday School

9:45 am


In the Classrooms


Pre-K, K, 1st: 

 Godly Play & Holy Moly

Advent: The Prophets &

The Holy Family

(Koko Peters)



2nd & 3rd:


Angels Visit

(Elizabeth MacLean)



4th & 5th:

Live It!

Praying for Others

(Melissa Prentis)



Middle School & High School


(Sam Gerner)


Teen Text:

Jesus, the good teacher




Christmas Services

Choir at Pentecost 2012  

23 December

Choral Morning Prayer



24 December


Family Pageant with Communion



Carols and Communion



25 December

Choral Eucharist



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

Jane ShawThe Very Rev. Jane Shaw 

Preaches at St. Stephen's this Sunday

9 December - 10am


This 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 entitled The Contemporary Cathedral: Its history and how it arrived to the Twenty-First Century.  Plan to attend what should prove to be a very interesting morning!

This Friday!

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!  RSVP to Lois Cannady today at Lois Cannady's email link  Noon lunch is $5.
This Sunday

Poinsettia, Wreath, Garland Orders

 to benefit the 2013 Youth Programs

 Pick up your orders this Sunday, 9 December

The Giving Tree The Giving Tree 

Presents due this Sunday, 9 December

Late donations must be self-delivered


Thank you for your generosity St. Stephen's! 

 35 children are going to be very happy.


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 on December 10th.

Christmas Concert

The Joyful Sounds of Christmas  St. Stephen's Choir

9 December - 4pm 


This year's Joyful Sounds of Christmas concert is this 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 tickets turned in.  Go to for ticket information.

December Artist in Residence

Helen Sandeman Camp Create 


Our featured artist for December is Helen Sandeman.  After getting her certification at Randwick Technical School in Sydney, Australia, she worked successfully as a graphic artist for many years.  Her graphic work has appeared on everything from airline logos to peanut packages from England to Australia, but even after she has left that business, she continues to create intimate and accessible works for her own pleasure. The  St. Stephen's Camp Create Logo shown here was designed by Helen.

Upcoming at St. Stephen's

The Three Christmas Stories:  Matthew, Luke and Today 


16 December - 11:15am


On December 16th, following the 10am service, please join Rob Gieselmann and Joe Jennings in exploring the Gospels' two very different 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.

Tweet Treat Bird Feeder  pine cone bird feeder

16 December



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! 

The Letters of Paul    Bible Studies

Sunday, 16 December



PAUL!  Paul's "Letters-of-the-Month-Club" will hold its next meeting at St. Stephen's for a potluck spaghetti dinner and lively discussion of Galatians on Sunday, December 16th from 5:30-7:30pm.


St. Stephen's Christmas Party  Star cookies  


22 December - 5-7pm 


Save the date for the St. Stephen's Christmas Party from 5-7pm on Saturday, December 22nd.


5pm                Welcome All

5:15pm            Adult Mix and mingle with Festive Fare

                         Children's games in the Sanctuary

5:30-6:30pm   Adult Cookie Project

                         Please bring 2 doz. Christmas cookies if possible

                         Gingerbread House Decoration

6:30-7:00pm  Caroling around the piano

                         Followed by Neighborhood Gifting


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, or 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.


REST:food donations

Rotating Emergency Shelter


Help make and serve dinner to homeless men on Sunday, December 30th as part of the county-wide church ministry.  It may sound dull or intimidating, but is is the opposite: uplifting and life-filled.  A wonderful way to close out the year by being of service; a good role model for children and youth.  Come cook at 4 and serve at 6.  Evening ends about 7. 


Altar Flower Sign Up for 2013   


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!





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

30 - REST: Rotating Emergency Shelter Dinner -4pm



   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
     16 December~Three Christmas Stories - after 10am service
    16 December ~ 4th Sunday, 5:30pm: Study of Paul's Letter -
              Adult Bible Study & Spaghetti Potluck








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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920