Advent             23 December 2012
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 The Blast
At St. Stephen's, we are  committed to God's love expressed through our lives and common worship.
Choir at Pentecost 2012
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 6:  
chaired by Gina Hector
Next Sunday - 
30 December - Team 7:
 chaired by Melissa Prentis



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 Children Youth



  Christmas Pageant       


Sunday School

9:45 am


In the Classrooms


Pre-K - 5th: 


Christmas Crafts with Annelies Atchley,

parishioner and noted Tiburon Artist


(Alex Norris & Gina Hector, assisting) 


Middle School & High School


(Sam Gerner)



How much of the Christmas Story do you know?




 Adult Programs
 St. Stephen's Christmas Party this Saturday at 5pm!

St. Stephen's Christmas Party  Gingerbread House    


22 December - 5-7pm 


Plan to join your St. Stephen's friends at a Christmas party designed for everyone.  There will be adult time  while the kids have fun in the church. A little later, the younger children will decorate gingerbread houses (we will ask for a donation to defray costs), while the adults decorate Christmas cookies for our neighbors.  After a little caroling, those who want to will deliver the cookies to neighbors while caroling.  If you have not responded to the evite you received, please do so (either way).  If you did not receive an evite, please let Janice Dalzell-Piper know you plan to attend: Janice's email click here

This Sunday

Christmas Pageant:    Christmas Pageant 

Sat.  22 December - Dress Rehearsal - 10am-noon

Sun. 23 December - Final Rehearsal - after church

Mon. 24 December - Pageant - 4pm

Youth Hosted Ice Skating Ice Skaters

This Sunday

23 December
Meet at 12:30pm at Church


The youth, their parents and siblings, and anyone who would like to go with the group, will meet at the church at 12:30pm this Sunday for ice-skating and sightseeing at the Embarcadero in San Francisco.  The group will return to the Church by 5pm.  Bring a brown bag lunch or money for a sandwich, plus $15 for skating & skate rental.  Please let Sam Gerner (Youth Minister know if you are able to drive and how many extras your car can hold. Sam's email click

Upcoming at St. Stephen's

Christmas Services

Choir at Pentecost 2012  

23 December

Morning Prayer Service

8am (Said) & 10am (Choral)


24 December


Family Pageant with Communion



Carols and Communion



25 December

Choral Eucharist



Youth Group Upcoming Sunday Activities

30 December - after church movie

6 January 2013 - after church House of Air



The Hobbit Movie: On December 30th, the Youth will be in church and siit together in the front left side pews.  After church they will go to the Tiburon Playhouse to see the Hobbit.  Pick up time will be around 3:30pm.  Bring $5.50 for the movie ticket.


House of Air: On January 6th, after church, the Youth will go to the House of Air in San Francisco.  Waiver forms must be completed in advance: House of Air waiver click hereEach participant must turn in a completed form to Sam prior to the 6th. Bring $16.  Anyone who can help drive, please email Sam Gerner (Youth Minister) at Sam's email click

Rotating Emergency Shelter Dinner  food donations

30 December



We are making dinner for 30 homeless men at St. Stephen's at 4pm and serving them at Westminster Presbyterian.  Do something easy and heart-warming to help others who need your generosity and kindness.



Tweet Treat Thanks 


Many, many thanks to parishioners Ann Green, Elizabeth Kilgore, Tom Rusert, and Darren Peterie for facilitating the creation of Tweet Treat bird feeders last Sunday.  Check out Tom and Darren at  We have world class birders among us!


The Last Blast for 2012


The St. Stephen's Blast will return after the New Year with a new name. There will be no eNews next week.

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.  Thanks to all who have already signed up. If you have any questions, please email Barbara Garcia-Romero at Barbara's email


December Artist in Residence

Helen Sandeman Camp Create 


Our featured artist for December is professional graphic artist, Helen Sandeman who designed St. Stephen's Camp Create Logo shown here .

Save These Dates!





22 - Christmas Party -  5-7pm

23 - Sung Morning Prayer - 8 & 10am

23 - Youth Ice Skating - after church

24 - Family Pageant & Eucharist- 4pm

24 - Christmas Eve Service-9:30pm

25 - Christmas Eucharist - 10am

30Youth Movie - The Hobbit - after church

30 - Bring your written New Year's Resolutions to Church



6 January - Youth to House of Air - after church



3 - Annual Meeting



   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