20 October 2013
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
  Pentecost Tidings
Growing Ministry, Community and Impact!
Christus Rex
Contemplative Eucharist


Choral Eucharist
Sunday School
9:30-11:30am - Childcare
Coffee Connections:
This Sunday -
20 October
Team 1:
chaired by
Sheryl Ott
Next Sunday - October 27
Halloween Party Coffee Hour
Team 2:
chaired by
Ginny Preston
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Children Youth
Ten Commandments

Sunday School



Pre-K, K, 1st:Holy Moly


Teacher: Mary Ann Kayser


2nd & 3rd: Spark

Ten Commandments

Teacher: Pamela del Villar


4th-5th:  Live It!

Ten Commandments

Megan Heller


Middle School &

High School:

Sam Gerner




ONGOING AT St. Stephen's
Children's Choir 2013
Children's Music at Stephen's
This Sunday
Children's Music:  
Sundays from 11:15 to 11:45am and occurring weekly, John Hirten will meet with the children downstairs in the large classroom to learn music.  No experience necessary!


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 art + garden + holiday + home  
Art Angels Fair     
November 15-16
Your Save the Date email about this 10th biennial event has been sent!  Mark your calendars for these dates you won't want to miss. Watch for your email invitation coming soon!
Friday, November 15th
Opening Night Premiere Party
Tickets $50/person; $75/person with Bubbles & Bach
Bubbles & Bach
5-6 pm
Memorial Art Exhibit
Boutique Preview Party and Silent Auction
Kimball Hall
Wine, bubbles, hors d'oeuvres and music!
Saturday, November 16th
Artisan Boutique
Free and open to the public
Kimball Hall
*Children's entertainment during shopping hours
Memorial Art Exhibit
For a sneak peek at our Boutique vendors, visit


Art Utensils
Annelies Atchley
The Annelies Atchley's work is on display in the foyer of St. Stephen's Hall during the month of October.  Annelies, a well-known Marin County art teacher and artist, has exhibited widely.
Living St. Stephen's
Radical Welcome from your Stewardship Co-Chair
Joe Jennings

Jennings We were recently married when we moved to Marin and Marisa (my wife) and I visited many Episcopal churches.  After the second visit to St. Stephen's we got two calls, one from Marjorie Sennett, and one from the Rev. Rob Gieselmann. Marjorie came to our house, brought a cake, and sat and talked to us about our faith life and St. Stephen's.  Within a few days they had us plugged into Coffee Connections, Adult Education and Outreach.  At St. Stephen's we have experienced a radical sense of welcome and we have stayed.


Pledge and Participate in St. Stephen's Growing Ministry

Stewardship 2014 Campaign
Stewardship Season is in full-throttle!  Hopefully you received your stewardship request and can answer speedily, not only as to your 2014 pledge, but also by considering what new ministry you might like to try for 2014.  Growing Ministry, Community and Impact, is this year's theme, and your participation makes all the difference, especially so soon after this spring's amazing capital campaign. Your church knows and appreciates the sacrifices you make and all that you do.  Thank you.  For more information, click on the word Ministry in the testimonial box above or, visit 
A grateful, thank you to all who have sent in their pledges.  If you did not see your email, check your spam folder or just send your pledge in an email to
If you prefer to mail in your pledge, download this pledge card pdf and mail it to St. Stephen's PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA  94920
This Sunday         
Spirituality and Money
Adult Education
Spirituality and Money
This Sunday
after the 10am service
Rob Gieselmann is teaching an adult education class, Spirituality and Money, following the 10am service this Sunday.  Join Rob for a discussion exploring such questions as, "Does your relationship to money say something about your spirituality?" and "Does Jesus speak more about money than any other subject, including sex?" and  "Should I give it all away?"  This fun class will give you the chance to explore the secret subject of money openly!


Children's Education Committee
This Sunday after church
This committee meets this Sunday in the classrooms after church.  The meeting will include a brief introduction to teaching Sunday School.  Everyone interested in teaching kids is welcome!
Upcoming  at St. Stephen's


Zealot Book Discussions
Adult Education
November 10 & 24
Time to Purchase your book
Please pick up a copy of the NY Times bestselling book Zealot at Book Passage, Barnes & Noble or through Amazon to read for discussions led by Karl Belgum on November 10th and 24th after the 10am service.
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St. Stephen's Gives Back
Southern Marin Hot Lunch Coalition at Westminster Presbyterian next Thursday 10/24.  Donate a little food or help serve:  Good for the soul. Cindy Brown: 
St. Stephen's Gives Back Committee Meeting: Sunday, October 27 after church.  Come one and all to learn how we give.
St. Stephen's Gives Thanks Thanksgiving Bags:  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 23 from 10-12noon.  St. Stephen's Gives Thanks.  Packing up Thanksgiving bags of foods to be distributed by Ritter House Homeless Services Center followed by lunch together.  A way to make new friends while doing good.  Includes a light lunch.
Rotating Shelter Dinner (REST): Cooking and/or serving: Sunday, November 24, 4-7pm.  Can you help?
Blue Cross
Singles of Faith
19 October 
Through a collaboration with St. John's in Ross, St. Stephen's in Tiburon, Christ Church in Sausalito, St. Hilary's in Tiburon, and other Southern Marin Churches, there is a new singles faith-based group for those looking for fellowship, friendship and fun!  This group is for those who are single, whether divorced, widowed, single parents or never married.  Most are in their 40s and 50s, and all are welcome!
The next gathering will be at St. Stephen's in the Youth Classroom on Saturday, October 19th at 5pm.  Come for some wine and cheese, and a chance to meet others, share what might be troubling you, or for a more intimate gathering in which to share what is going on in your life.  The group will have an extended outing around 7pm.  Come for part or al!  Call or email if you have any questions and please 
RSVP to Sunny Lyrek at (415.272.4351) or
Stephanie Decker (St. John's) (415.497.1383.)


Lilian Murray's trip to Russia
October 25  
11am program
Although this luncheon serves as an opportunity for senior fellowship, all are welcome to enjoy these events. 
This luncheon will feature your Senior Warden, Lilian Shackelford Murray, who will offer a presentation about her trip to Russia.  The luncheon features Lois Cannady's fantastic cooking and costs a mere $5.  The presentation begins promptly at 11am.
To RSVP please contact Lois Cannady at 435-1780
Movie Night
Pizza, Popcorn & a Movie
Youth Group
October 26
The Youth Group will gather Saturday, October 26th at 6pm with Sam for a lively evening of fun, food and film.
Calling all Pirates! Pirate Sunday & Halloween Party!
Next Sunday
October 27
10am service w/party following
Next Sunday, October 27, is the famed Pirate Eucharist.  Come to church with your eye patch and sword, ready for a few aarrrghs with your amen's!  Certainly bring your children with Halloween costumes, and plan to stay a little later for the Halloween Party that follows the service.  Immediately following, Count Bleah will play a few scary pieces on the organ, the children will parade their costumes, and everyone will gather in Kimball Hall for coffee, treats, fun and scary games.
PAUL's letters & Potluck
Adult Education
27 October
Paul's Letters-of-the-Month Club will meet Sunday October 27th at 5:30pm for potluck dinner and discussion of the in-authentic letters of Paul. All are welcome.
St. Patrick
All Saint's Day
November 3
Both services

Every year on the Sunday closest to All Saint's Day, St. Stephen's remembers those we have lost during the past year.  Please submit your names to by Tuesday, October 29th if you would like the names to appear in the bulletin. 


St. Stephen's Choir
Annual St. Stephen's Christmas Concert
Mark your calendar for the annual St. Stephen's Christmas Concert, to be presented at 4pm on Sunday, December 8. Tickets for this concert are sold out every year weeks in advance of the concert.  this is a concert that is not to be missed.  This year's concert again features the St. Stephen's Choir accompanied by string orchestra under the direction of John Karl Hirten.
All members of St. Stephen's will receive an early order ticket form in the mail during the third week of October.  Ticket seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Any unsold tickets will then be offered for public sale starting November 10th.
California Interfaith Power & Light
Grace Cathedral
November 12
California Interfaith Power and Light has nominated St. Stephen's to receive a 2013 Energy Oscar, for the energy efficiency of Kimball Hall and offices, plus our plan to install solar panels. A reception and awards program is being held at 6pm on November 12, at Grace Cathedral.  Rob Gieselmann and some of the vestry plan to attend.  If you would like to join them, let Rob know by email  Deadline to sign-up is October 30.  The cost is $25 per person.

Save These Dates!

St. Stephen's On the GroCalendar:


20 - Adult Education - after 10am service

25 - Anasazi Luncheon - 11am

26 - Pizza, Popcorn & a Movie -- 6-9pm (Youth Group)

27 - Pirate Sunday & Halloween Party - 10am & directly after

27 - St. Stephen's Gives Back Committee Meeting - after church

27 - PAUL's letters & Potluck - 5:30pm



1st Monday:The Outdoor Club Hike
2nd/4th Mondays: Women's Knitting - 10:30am
Thursdays:  Contemplative Prayer - 8:15am
Thursdays: 10am-1 or 1-4pm - Volunteers at the Thrift Shop
Thursday: Choir Practice - 7:30pm
2nd Thursday of the Month: Homeward Bound Meals
4th Thursday of the Month: Westminster Hot Lunch
4th Sunday of the Month: PAUL's Letters & Potluck - 5:30pm
Sundays: Children's Music with John after the 10am service
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

3 Bay View Avenue

PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920