Taposky painting of St. Stephens 
               10 February 2012
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
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At St. Stephen's, we are  committed to God's love expressed through our lives and common worship.
 Celtic Cross Alabaster
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 14:  
chaired by
Alexandra Norris
Alexandra's email click
Next Sunday - 
17 February - Team 1:
chaired by
Molly Arthur
Molly's email click 



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 Children Youth

Sunday School



 Jesus and the children 

Sunday School

9:45 am

In the Classrooms


Pre-K, K, 1st:

Holy Moly

Jesus and the Children

(Kathy Winkler) 


2nd & 3rd:


Four Friends

(Gina Hector)


4th & 5th:

Live It!

Get it Together

(Melissa Prentix)



Middle School &

 High School


(Sam Gerner)



What is most important? Luke 10










Coffee Connections  coffee with heart  


Coffee Connections has become such a vital part of St. Stephen's!  As you know, each member of the church is assigned to a team and asked to participate once every quarter, or so.  Our great team leaders deserve special appreciation - thank you!  You can tell how great St. Stephen's team leaders are by how long our coffee hours are lasting! 


There is always a need for new team leaders.  If you are interested becoming a team leader, please let Rob Gieselmann or Andra Martens Nirenberski andra.martens@comcast.net know.


Children's Choir (Ages 6-10)  Voices needed  

This Sunday



The Children's Choir will practice this Sunday,  in the downstairs large classroom.  Parents are encouraged to quietly sit-in.  For more information email John K. Hirten at johnkhirten@ststephenschurch.org

 Adult Programs
This Sunday
The Rev. Canon Charles GibbsRev. Canon Charles Gibbs

This Sunday

8am & 10am


The Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs will preach at St. Stephen's this Sunday, February 10, during both services. Charles is the Executive Director of United Religions Initiative, the international organization the purpose of which is to bring religions into dialogue for peace. Charles served at St. Stephen's while he was in seminary and was ordained here.
The Anglican Traditiongratefully Episcopalian
This Sunday
10 February
following the 10am service 


This series concludes this Sunday with Shari Young teaching about Anglican Spirituality: What is distinctive about our "brand" of Christianity in prayer and worship?  What are our origins, and what is our understanding of the Holy?  What makes us unique?


Next Sunday, Adult Bible Studies will resume.

Even SparkEvenSpark! 
This Sunday & Next Sunday
10 & 17 February


Join this growing service that gives families who are busy on Sunday morning the opportunity to enjoy church on Sundays.  This brief (30-40 min) service includes songs and hymns that are fun to sing, and has a peaceful, casual feel.


Bring your friends and crackers/cheese and/or wine/drinks to share.

Voices of Music Baroque Dance presents

San Francisco Baroque Dance

8 February 2013




The premiere of the San Francisco Baroque Dance Company with an enchanted evening of music and dance from the court of Louis XIV: music of Jean-Baptiste Lully-dancemaster and composer to the king-Marais, and Couperin.



St. Stephen's and its FutureLogo  

Dessert Coffees

Have you RSVP'd 


You should have received an invitation to a wine and dessert gathering to be held during the first two weeks of February.  These gatherings will be an opportunity to obtain feedback from the entire congregation with respect to the future challenges facing St. Stephen's for the maintenance of our church buildings and the strengthening of our church and its mission.


These small gatherings present a great opportunity for socializing and sharing our hopes for the future of St. Stephen's.  Please make every effort to attend one of these gatherings.  These are not fundraising meetings.


We hope you can attend the gathering for which you received an invitation.  Please be sure to RSVP to the invitation you received (or advise your host if you have a conflict and would prefer to attend a gathering on a different date).  If you did not receive an invitation, please contace Janice Dalzell-Piper at jan.piper@comcast.net or 415.755.7615


Upcoming at St. Stephen's

Ash Wednesday Services  Ashes

Wednesday 13 February

Noon & 7pm
Solemn Ash Wednesday services will be held at noon and 7pm, February 13.  The noon meditative service will include imposition of ashes and a quiet Eucharist.  The 7pm choral service is being offered differently this year, with three readings and responses, imposition of ashes, and a choir-led version of Psalm 51.  The 7pm service will not include Eucharist.


Upcoming Lenten Programsfilm 



Movies That Matter: Family Film Series ~ Bring the whole family to Friday night movies at St. Stephen's.  On each Friday night, we will show a different, meaningful movie in Kimball Hall, beginning at 7pm.  Each movie night will be hosted by a different St. Stephen's family.  Bring your sleeping bag, beanbag, blankets, camp chairs, and lounge chairs - or use a good old church chair! - for night of family and movies.  The list of movies and hosts will be available soon. 


Adult Bible Studies ~ will take place at 9am between services beginning February 17 and will continue at this time through Lent.


A Reader's Theatre Lenten Series will take place following the 10am service beginning on February 17th and will continue through Lent.


Youth Upcoming EventsSam Gerner   


This Sunday, 10 February ~ Hot Dogs and Homerun Derby, meet in the Youth Room at 11:30am.


Sunday, 17 February ~  After Church Tiburon Adventure Day/treasure hunt. Wear active clothes and meet in the Youth Room at Noon ~ Noon-2pm


Monday, 11 February ~ All Youth are encouraged to attend the Marin Interfaith Christianity Series in San Anselmo at 7pm.  See information at the bottom of this newsletter.


Friday-Sunday:22-24 February ~ Happening High School Youth Retreat ~ Happening is a youth retreat designed and led by high school students.  There will be music, large and small-group activities, spiritual healing, and time for personal reflection:  Click here for registration information or sam@ststephenschurch.org for more details.


Women's Retreat Day: Space for GraceWomen's Retreat image

Retreat - Saturday, March 16


Community Congregational Church



Registration is in full gear for a Women's Space for Grace Retreat Day.  Join with women from three other Tiburon churches to make space to listen for God's call during Lent.  Labryinth, singing, art, worship, conversation and a speaker.
The retreat will be held from 9am-3pm at the Community Congregational Church at 145 Rock Hill Drive in Tiburon.  Registration is $30, lunch is provided, space is limited and scholarship is available.  Deadline for registration is March 11.  You can pick up a form in the lobby of Kimball Hall or download one and send it to St. Stephen's, PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA 94920


February St. Stephen's Artist-In-Residence Leela Pratt 


Leela Pratt will exhibit new work in her photography exhibit at St. Stephen's during the month of February.  Leela began taking pictures in 1956 with her Brownie Hawkeye and never looked back.  Her work includes evocative local scenes and closeups of iconic everyday objects. 


Visit Leela's website: www.leelapratt.com

St. Stephen's Gives Back!food donations

Homeward Bound


Become a Member of St. Stephen's Homeward Bound Outreach Team! ~ St. Stephen's welcomes your support with Homeward Bound!  Each month, St. Stephen's provides dinner for 50 at Homeward Bound's Mill Street location.  If you would like to become amember of our team, or learn more about our efforts, please contact Capucine Hoybach at choybach@gmail.com.


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A Walk through the ChurchyardWalk 

by Rob Gieselmann


Now available at Amazon: Link to Walk through a Churchyard   Soon available on Kindle and through Barnes and Noble.

"I am so grateful when emotionally gifted and highly intelligent people like Rob Gieselmann share their intimate experiences and understanding of death, from a Christian perspective. His work so diminishes one's sense of being alone and lost in this most private of all human realms." - Anne Lamott, author of "Traveling Mercies: Some thoughts on Faith"


"'My suffering has become a spiritual lifeblood. I see in ways I did not see before." So writes Rob Gieselmann as he allows you the reader to join him as he intensely reflects on his life and death experience years after the sudden death of his wife Laura. When you read this little booklet and allow yourself to enter into his very personal and honest and at times, emotionally raw moments of insight, you may with him see "death's victory an illusion."' - The Rt. Rev. Charles L. Longest, D.D., Episcopal Bishop, ret'd, Dioceses of Maryland and Easton.

Save These Dates!

St. Stephen's On the Gro Calendar:


8 - Voices of Music: Baroque Music & Dance - 8pm

10 - The Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs at St. Stephen's - 8 & 10am

10 - The Anglican Tradition final class - after the 10am service

10 - EvenSpark - 5:30pm

13 - Ash Wednesday - Noon & 7pm

15 - Family Friday Movie Night - 6pm

17 - EvenSpark - 5:30pm

20 & 27 - Quiet Lenten Wednesday Eucharist - 5pm

24 - Outreach Presentation - OikoCredit

24 - Rotating Emergency Shelter Dinner - 4pm

28 - Anasazi with Bill Heydorn - 11am



1st Monday - The Outdoor Club Hike - 9:30am
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 - resumes 1/10/13
February Adult Bible Studies:
10 Feb. -Anglican Tradition Studies (last in the series)
17, 24 - Bible Studies between Sunday Services
17, 24 - Lenten Reader's Theatre Lenten series following the 10am service




Intra-Faith Education Series: ChristianityMIF logo

Sponsored by Marin Interfaith Council

4 parts February - May


Part 1 - Monday, 11 February


St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, San Anselmo


Part one Speakers include Father John Balleza, St. Rafael's Catholic Church and Father Stephan Meholick, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

For more information call Allison Kirk, Admin. Assistant at 415.456.6957 or click here to register

Articles for submission are due by Wednesday morning at 11am.


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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920