Taposky painting of St. Stephens                
 17 March 2012
  
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 Lenten Tidings
At St. Stephen's, we are  committed to God's love expressed through our lives and common worship.
 Services
  
 Celtic Cross   
    
Sunday
Services
 St. Patrick's Day
 
8:00am
Quiet Eucharist

 

10:00am 
Festive 
Choral Eucharist
 
 Sunday School 9:45am
 
Children's Choir Practice:
 11:15-noon 
 
9:30-11:30am - Childcare
 
  
    
 
Coffee Connections:
 
This Sunday - Team 2:  
chaired by
Ginny Preston
 
Next Sunday - 
24 March - Team 3:
chaired by
Andra Nirenberski

 

 

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 Children Youth

Sunday School

 

 

 St. Patrick      

Sunday School

9:45 am

 

In the Classrooms

 

Pre-K, K, 1st:  Godly Play

The Faces of Easter

(Kathy Winkler)

 

2nd to 5th:

The Story of St. Patrick

(George Brown & Melissa Prentis)

 

 

Middle School & High School:  

Who was St. Patrick and what's with the Easter Bunny?

(Sam Gerner) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Stephen's

Summer Camps

  

Vacation Bible School

June 17-21 ~ 9am-12Noon

  

Camp Create ~ July 15-19

 

Information and/or registration or counselor applications please contact Camp Director Shari Young

415.435.4501 x12

shari@ststephenschurch.org

 

Links on the St. Stephen's

Home Webpage

http://www.ststephenschurch.org

 

 

Children's Choir 

Children's Choir (Ages 6-10)  Make a joyful noise   

This Sunday

11:15-11:45am

 

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

 

 

Kitchen Issues

 

 
Your help is appreciated with keeping the kitchen tidy and ready to use.  Additionally, if you notice that the kitchen is running low on necessary items, please fill out an inventory slip (in the kitchen) to advise Amy Little or let the office know.  And if you use kitchen towels, please launder them and bring them back at your earliest convenience. Thanks for your help!  office@ststephenschurch.org

 

 

 

 Adult Programs
Wednesday Evenings
Wednesday Evening Eucharist Cross 
Tonight
13March
5:00 - 5:30pm 

 

A mid-week, 30-minute Eucharist to assist with deepening your Lenten reflection.

This Friday Evening

Movies That Matter: Last Family FilmMulan     

Friday

15 March

6pm

 

Here is your last chance to join the fun for the whole family on Friday night at the movies at St. Stephen's, beginning at 6pm.  Bring your sleeping bag, beanbag, blankets, camp chairs, and lounge chairs - or use a good old church chair! - for night of family and movies.   More information: Andra Nirenberski Andra's email click
 
 
March 15 ~ Mulan 
This Sunday

Umbrella Sunday! 

Bring umbrellas and wear your slickers

This Sunday

 

Come ready for a little Noah action and see what all the fuss is about.

Even SparkEvenSpark!

Tonight

17 March

5:30pm 

 

Don't miss this easy alternative to Sunday morning services for all those who would like an evening service.  Families are welcome.
Lenten Adult Education Series
Cross for Lent 
 
Forgiveness Series - 9am
 
Plays to the Passion Reader's Theatre Series - 11:30am
This Sunday ~ 17 March ~ Luke 22:1-23:56, Last Supper, Passion, Death and Burial - How do we find God's grace in death, humiliation and trials? 

 

Paul! Series

Next one will be March 24

Join in a lively Bible Study discussion and a potluck supper for this monthly series focused on the Letters of Paul.

24 March - 2 Corinthians 

 

 

 

 

Lenten OfferingLenten collection 

Palm Sunday Collection

  

"Chicken House!"  Led by the children and youth, St. Stephen's parishioners are gathering funds for chickens and a coop for Siempre Unidos in Honduras to help with the AIDS epidemic.  You can join too- bring your change (or bills) to contribute to this Palm Sunday collection.

Easter Flower DonationsEaster flower donations 

 

If you would like to make a donation for Easter flowers, please write "Easter Flowers" in the memo line of your check and either drop it in the collection plate or send it to the office. Please also include the information if you would like a dedication listed or email your dedication to dee@ststephenschurch.org  by

Monday, March 18

Upcoming  at St. Stephen's

 

Parish Retreat ~ Relax & RefreshRanch Chapel 

April 5-7

Bishop's Ranch

 

The perfect getaway for all St. Stephen's parishioners at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch.  Connect with the Spirit and get away from your schedule.  Relax with your family, make new friends or find your quiet spot.  Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your faith and your St. Stephen's friendships. Now taking sign-ups.  Contact: shari@ststephenschurch.org

 

 

Parish Retreat Brochure Link

 

 

Parish Retreat Registration Form Link

 

 

 

Youth News
  
17 March ~ This Sunday:St. Patrick's Day
 St. Patrick's Day field trip to the city!  We will be  meeting after church and visiting the Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco for a block party featuring food, music, games, contests, and face painting.  Bring $10 for food and games, and be prepared for cold weather in the city.  We will be back at 2pm.
  
22 March ~ Friday, 6:30pm Bocce Ball:Bocce Ball
We have two Bocce Ball courts reserved!!  Meet at the church at 6:30pm for Bocce Ball in San Rafael from 7-9pm.  Bring $10 for pizza, drinks, and snacks. And if you're driving with Sam be ready for Slurpees!
  
Youth Mission Trip Presentation
 
24 March ~ Sunday: After church Youth Mission Trip Presentation. 
  
Grades 8-12 youth (must have been confirmed) will head to Taos, Newearthship  Mexico from July 28th through August 3 to help Habitat for Humanity with 6 other Marin churches for the annual mission trip.  We will be building earth ships, an innovative new style of housing that uses sustainable resources and recycled materials.   Please let Sam know if you are interested and are unable to attend the mission trip presentation.   sam@ststephenschurch.org
  
  
26 March ~ Tuesday: Outreach Night, 4:30pm - This will be a great outreach that spreads joy, a warm meal, and cookies to the homeless in Marin.  The event will be in conjunction with the Marin Interfaith Council, and it will be from 5-6:30pm at First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael.  For a ride, meet at St. Stephen's at 4:30pm and bring a cheerful heart!
St. Stephen's Gives BackSS Gives Back Logo News
 
Sunday, March 17 ~ Emergency Shelter Dinner for homeless.
Dinner-making 1pm: shari@ststephenschurch.org
  
Palm Sunday, March 24  ~ Chicken House! Bring change, checks, and cash for Siempre Unidos AIDS clinic chickens and coop.
  
Thursday, March 28 ~ So. Marin Hot Lunch Coalition: Serving at 12noon: cindysbrown@comcast.net.
Easter Social & Egg Dyeing PartyEgg Dyeing
Friday ~ 29 March
4-6pm
 
Calling all eggs of all ages.  Everyone is invited to join in some seasonal fun, egg dyeing, and refreshments.  Mark your calendar.  This is a fun event for parishioners of all ages.

Save These Dates!

Stephen's On the Gro Calendar: 

March

13, 20 - Quiet Lenten Wednesday Eucharist - 5pm

17 - Adult Sunday Education (details below) - 9am & 11:30am

17 - EvenSpark ~ Sundays - 5:30pm

15 -  Friday Night ~ Movies that Matter - 6pm

16 - Women's Retreat ~ 9am-3pm ~ Community Congregational Church

17 - Youth Group St. Patrick's Day field trip to SF - after church

17 - Rotating Emergency Shelter Dinner - 4pm

22 - Youth Group Bocce Ball - leave at 6:30pm

23 - Church Clean-Up Day ~ 9am-Noon

24 - Palm Sunday ~ 8 & 10am

26 - Youth Group Outreach in San Rafael - meet at 4:30pm

28 - Maundy Thursday ~ 7pm

29 - Good Friday ~ Noon

29 - Easter Social & Egg Dyeing Party - 4-6pm

30 - Great Vigil ~ 7pm

31 - Easter Day Services ~ 8 & 10 am

 

Ongoing:

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
  
March Adult Lenten Education Studies:
17 - Forgiveness Series- 9am-10am
17 - Plays to the Passion - Reader's Theatre Lenten series 11:30am-12:30pm

 

Easter Svc Lily 2013 
 

Elsewhere

Evensong for Forsyth and Schaper retirements

Grace Cathedral

March 14

5:15pm

 

Evensong on Thursday, March 14 will include thanksgiving for the service of Jim Forsyth as Controller and Richard Schaper as Gift Planning Officer for the Diocese of California.  A festive reception will follow in the dining room and on the plaza.  If you are able to attend, please RSVP using this online form by Monday, March 11.

 

https://diocal.wufoo.com/forms/reception-for-richard-schaper-and-jim-forsyth/

 

 

 

 

 

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A local group of religious researchers are interested in your opinion.  If you have time, consider completing this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Marin_Church_Survey
Articles for submission are due by Wednesday morning at 11am.

 

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Administrative and Communications Associate

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920

415.435.4501