24 November 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
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This Sunday -
24 November
Team 6:
chaired by
Gina Hector
Next Sunday - December 1
First Sunday of Advent
Team 7:
chaired by
Melissa Prentis
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Children Youth
Ten Commandments

Sunday School



Pre-K, K, 1st: Holy Moly


Pamela del Villar


2nd & 3rd: Spark

Jonah and the Big Fish

Shari Young


4th-5th:  Live It!


Alex Norris


Middle School &

High School:

Sam Gerner





Women's Knitting Group
November Show
The Women's Knitting and Crocheting Ministry will be November's featured artists.  Since its inception, the Knitting Ministry has made and given out over 100 prayer shawls.  These are lovingly made and prayed over by the group for people facing health challenges, grief or other loss. We've received many heart-warming stories from recipients which keeps us knitting.
As requests for prayer shawls diminished, we turned to making items for the Marin County Well Baby Clinic in San Rafael.  These include hats, sweaters and small blankets.  We've also made many scarves for Veterans living in the Yountville Home.  We hope you enjoy this glimpse into our ministry, and we welcome you to join us, second and fourth Mondays, 10:30am.  All skill levels welcome.


Women's Retreat
Save the Date
Tiburon Peninsula
Women's Retreat
March 22
"Space for Grace" is sponsored by St. Stephen's, St. Hilary, and Community Congregational Church.  Contact Shari with questions:
Living St. Stephen's
This Saturday  
David Bates Thanksgiving
St. Stephen's Gives Thanks
Gives Thanks Community Service
November 23
A chance for St. Stephen's to be together doing good.  We will sort the gathered food, prepare food for the REST emergency shelter dinner while the kids create art for the Giving Tree.  All will share a simple lunch and get to know one another.
This Sunday         
Zealot Book Discussions
Adult Education
This Sunday
This Sunday after the 10am service please join Karl Belgum for the second installation of discussion on the provocative book Zealot
Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth was published earlier this year and immediately made the best seller list. Reze Aslan has attempted to write a "biography" of what Jesus must have "really" been like, by meticulously examining the culture and politics of Roman Palestine.  Aslan was raised a Muslim, became a Christian as a teenager, and graduated from Harvard Divinity School.

Family Service together Rotating Emergency Shelter Dinner

November 24
We finalize preparation of food and then serve dinner to homeless men as part of the Rotating Emergency Shelter program (REST).  Preparation is at St. Stephen's.  The serving is at Westminster Presbyterian.  A great opportunity for family service together.
Movie Night
Youth Group
Pizza & a Movie
November 24
Fun for the youth at St. Stephen's  on Sunday, November 24 from 5-8pm  Pizza, Popcorn and a movie together.

PAULletters PAUL's Letters Supper Club

November 24
The PAUL! Supper Club will meet Sunday, November 24th from 5:30-7:30pm at St. Stephen's Church for a Greek Potluck Dinner and continuing discussion of the "inauthentic" letters of Paul with a reading of 2 Thessalonians. Newcomers welcome!
Upcoming  at St. Stephen's



Thanksgiving in the Wilderness
November 27
This year's Thanksgiving service will be held in the hills above Tiburon, looking out over the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Plan to attend this simple eucharist at 4pm on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving.  You can park at the end of Ridge Road. 
To access Ridge Road (approximately near 662 Ridge Rd.), take Divisio Street up the hill where at the point where Centro East meets Centro West.  Divisio runs into Vistazo East and Vistazo West.  Travel along Vistazo West for about a hundred feet, then turn right onto Ridge road.  At Lagoon, Ridge Road takes a sharp right, and then at Straights View Drive, Ridge road takes a hard left.  Ridge Road ends at the Tiburon Hills, and you can walk the somewhat even path about 100 yards out to the service.
Link with map from St. Stephen's to approximately near 662 Ridge Road
December 1
This casual alternative service for those who can't make Sunday mornings will be in the Sanctuary next Sunday.
Confirmation Meeting
December 1
This is an informational meeting for all those with a teen interested in Confirmation.  Confirmands and their parents are invited to stay for the 5:00pm EvenSpark.
Bishop Marc Andrus will preside at St. Stephen's confirmation here on March 30, 2014.
St. Stephen's Choir
Annual St. Stephen's Christmas Concert
WaitList Only
The annual St. Stephen's Christmas Concert will be presented at 4pm on Sunday, December 8.
Tickets for this concert are sold out.  If you would like to be on a waiting list for returned tickets, please email with your name and number of tickets.
Singles of Faith

Through a collaboration with St. John's in Ross, St. Stephen's in Tiburon, Christ's 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, friendships and fun! This group is for men and women who are single, whether divorced, widowed, single parents or never married. Most are in their 40's and 50's but all are welcome!


Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 30, at 5pm. Come for some wine and cheese, and a chance to meet others, share what might be troubling you or just a more intimate gathering to share what is going on in your life before heading out for some fun around 7pm.


Come for part or all! Call or email if you have any questions and to RSVP:


Stephanie Decker (St. John's)



Sunny Lyrek (St. Stephen's)


Stewardship 2014 Campaign
The 2014 Stewardship Campaign is at 94% of the goal needed to keep St. Stephen's and it's ministries in full force.  Can you pledge to bring participation to 100%?
A grateful, thank you to all who have sent in their pledges. 
The campaign ended November 10th.
You pledge can be emailed to:
Or mailed.  Download this pledge card pdf and mail it to St. Stephen's PO Box 97, Belvedere, CA  94920
Nancy Forster
Memorial Service
December 16
The funeral service for Nancy Forster will be Monday, December 16th, at 11am at St. Stephen's.  A reception hosted by Nancy's family will follow in Kimball Hall.
Typhoon Haiyan
Following the catastrophic November 8 typhoon that ravaged the central islands in the Philppines, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Church in the Phillippines to address critical needs and plan for longer term relief and recovery.
If you would like to help go to:
Rob's sermon from last Sunday (Stand Firm, then Act) about disaster is now available as a document and a podcast on the website: Click to be redirected

Save These Dates!

St. Stephen's On the GroCalendar:



23 - St. Stephen's Gives Thanks Community Service -10-Noon

24 - REST Dinner volunteers - 4-7pm

24 - Youth Pizza, Popcorn & a Movie - 5-8pm

24 - PAUL's letter potluck - 5:30pm

27 - Thanksgiving in the Wilderness - 4pm



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

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PO Box 97

Belvedere, CA 94920