Inside St. Stephen's                    
 14 April 2013
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 Easter Tidings
At St. Stephen's, we are  committed to God's love expressed through our lives and common worship.
 Inside St. Stephen's 
Contemplative Eucharist


Choral Eucharist
Sunday School
9:30-11:30am - Childcare
Coffee Connections:
This Sunday -
7 April - Team 5:
Gina Hector
Next Sunday - 21 April- Team 7:
chaired by
Melissa Prentis



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  Children Youth


 Good Samaritan   

Sunday School


Pre-K-1st: Godly Play

The Good Samaritan

(Kathy Winkler) 


2nd & 3rd: Spark

The Road to Emmaus

  (Shari Young)

4th & 5th: Live-It!

Living in Peace

(Megan Heller) 





Middle & High School:

 (Sam Gerner)


Children's Choir 

Children's Choir (Ages 6-10) 

This Sunday




Children's Choir 2013

The Children's Choir will practice this Sunday,  in the downstairs large classroom for a performance in church this Sunday. 


Parents are encouraged to quietly sit-in.  For more information email John K. Hirten at 



Adult Programs & News
This Thursday

Anasazi LuncheonDisaster Preparedness


11 April




Although Anasazi offers an opportunity for St. Stephen's seniors to gather in community, these Senior luncheons and presentations are always open to everyone.
Thursday, April 11th, a special presentation by Laurie Gordon of the Tiburon/Belvedere Police Department Emergency Services will teach important information on the Get Ready program (Disaster Preparedness).  She will explain how to set-up communication plans and offer resources for first aid and shelter.
Laurie will provide manuals for all who
have already RSVP'd.

Luncheon is a $5 donation.
Last minute RSVP to Lois Cannady today at 435-1780 or

Please note your mailed invitation had an incorrect email address, please use the one above and click through to RSVP today.

This Sunday

Forgiveness Adult Education

This Sunday



The Adult Education forgiveness series will resume this Sunday with the topic Why Should We Forgive, led by Jane Jacobs. 


Newcomer's ClassesCome and Grow
14 & 21 April
following the 10am service
Are you interested in joining St. Stephen's?  Maybe  you've joined, but aren't quite sure what to do next.  Or-maybe you have a question about St. Stephen's or the Episcopal Church.  Join Rob Gieselmann for a two-week session on joining St. Stephen's, after church on April 14th and 21st.
This Sunday & Next
14 & 21 April
The alternative evening service for those who like an informal setting at a more convenient time.
Artists in Residenceartwork
Beginning this Sunday
Ruth Shreve Grant is a long-time member of St. Stephen's Church who will be exhibiting her work in the foyer gallery space for the remaining month of April.  Ruth's stunningly designed watercolors present bits and pieces of her daily life in a unique way.  Ruth began painting with Nela Wattley a few years ago following the death of her brother, Charles Shreve.  She finds great joy in the fun of watercolor and in her trips to various locations with her friend, Nela and Nela's company.  Ruth has exhibited at Art Angels.
Sarah Lowry, a new member of the church, has been an artist for most of her adult life, often working in portraiture.  Sarah is exhibiting her rendition of "Picasso's Eye" after a black and white portrait of PIcasso by Irving Penn.
Don't miss stopping by to see the exciting owrk of our April artists.
Upcoming  at St. Stephen's


Bring a Friend to Church SundayKickoff Sunday
21 April
Invite your friends to join St. Stephen's on this special day of welcome to our neighbors and friends. Join St. Stephen's for a morning of prayer, music, and fellowship.
Confirmation at St. Stephen'sConfirmation Rainbos
27 April
In Former St. Stephen's rector, Bishop John Thornton, will be on hand Saturday, April 27, 10am, for a Marin confirmation, hosted by St. Stephen's  Holy Innocents in Corte Madera, Our Saviour in Mill Valley, and Nativity in San Rafael are joining St. Stephen's on this extraordinary day for a meaningful service, as Bishop Thornton confirms seven St. Stephen's youth.  Mark your calendars, and let's support our youth who have worked so hard, this year, to expand their faith.
Rector Day 
28 April
Bishop John Thornton will be on hand for services to celebrate and preach.  Former rector Jim Ward will also be on hand - and if we are fortunate, former rector Bill Rankin will also join us!  Come experience some of the living history of St. Stephen's on this extraordinary "Rector Day."
Adult Confirmation or Reception
27 April
In the Episcopal  tradition, new members are formally confirmed (as adults) when they join the Episcopal Church.  This practice is no longer universal, nor is it required, but it provides a lovely way for new members to affirm their faith publicly. (In the case of former Roman Catholics, the term is not "confirmed," but "received.")  If you are interested in being confirmed or received by Bishop Thornton on April 27, please see Rob Gieselmann or Shari Young.
Youth News

Please let Sam know as soon as possible if you plan to attend any of the following events
- click through with this link:
April 10 - Tonight - Meet a Movie Director & share Pizza. A teen pizza party will be hosted by Lisa Gossels, the director of the the film, My So-Called Enemy, a documentary that follows Palestinian and Israeli teen girls over a period of 7 years after participating in a leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.  The event is from 5:30-6:45pm with the movie following at 7pm.  
April 14 - Sunday After Church Hike - Youth Hike
Following the 10am service, the Youth will meet with the Mill Valley Youth Group to go on an easy and fun hike.  We will leave from Church of Our Saviour in Mill Valley at 11:30am and will be back by 2:30pm.  Please RSVP with the above email link, and bring comfortable shoes and clothes for hiking.
April 21 - Sunday - Volunteer for Seniors
Volunteering at Aegis Senior Living - Following the 10am service, the Youth will have lunch at In-N-Out, followed by volunteering at Aegis Senior Care in Corte Madera.  This is a great opportunity to bring cheer to our senior citizen neighbors, and students can also earn volunteer hours.  Afterwards, we will enjoy ice cream and return to the church by 2:30pm.
April 27 - Saturday at 7pm - Let's go bowl!
Bowling for the Youth.  Meet at the church at 7pm.
Camp CreateCoyote Trickster
Coyote Trickster Tales
July 15-19
This summer we are inspired by the rich Native American tales of Coyote. Children (grades 2-5) will paint and draw, sing, dance, play drums, have playtime, listen to storytellers, learn magic tricks, and have a tasty lunch. 
High School counselors receive valuable Leadership Training. Adults join the fun as volunteers.  Contact Shari Young, Associate Rector and Camp Director:
Camp Links on the St. Stephen's Home Webpage

Vacation Bible SchoolJoseph many colors
Joseph's Many Colored Coat
June 17-21
The dynamic story of Joseph is the launch pad for crafts, games, singing and dancing for older pre-shcool and elementary age children.
Middle School and High Schoolers serve as Counselors.  Adult volunteers always welcome.  It's a sweet, gentle cmap and the kids love it.  Contact Shari Young, Associate Rector and Camp Director:
Camp Links on the St. Stephen's Home Webpage

St. Stephen's Gives Back News SS Gives Back Logo
Help is always welcome. Use contact emails.
April 11:  Dinner for Homeward Bound homeless shelter Capucine:
April 14: Rotating Emergency Shelter dinner.  We need 2 gallons milk; 1 gallon OJ, 1 gallon apple juice; 1 pound butter, 4 dozen hard-boiled eggs.
April 25: So. Marin Hot Lunch Coalition @ Westminster Presbyterian.  Please bring your unused Paradise Market free food postcards into the office. We need help serving lunch at
Tiburon Thrift Store: Give 3 hours a month to help: PJ Perring at 415.435.5171 or June Campbell at 415.789.8940
April 22: 10:30am (2nd & 4th Mondays)  Women's Knitting
The Women's Knitting Ministry is pleased to report that they have given over 20 sweaters, innumerable hats and many blankets to the Marin Community Clinic's Well Baby program.  All these hand knit and crocheted items provide a tangible benefit to the families who receive them. Come join the circle and learn to knit or share your expertise:

Save These Dates!

           Stephen's On the Gro Calendar: 



11 - Anasazi Luncheon - 11am

14, 21 - Newcomer's Class - following the 10am service

14,21 - EvenSpark - 5:30pm

14 - Rotating Emergency Shelter Dinner

21 - Bring a Friend to Church

22 - Women's Knitting - 10am

25 - So. Marin Hot Lunch Program

27 - Confirmation - 10am

28 - Rector Day




1st Monday - The Outdoor Club Hike - 10:00am
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 on the Gospel Reading
April Adult Lenten Education Studies:
7,14,21 - Forgiveness Series- 9am-10am


Articles for submission are due by Tuesday afternoon at 2pm.


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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920