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26 January 2014
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Epiphany Tidings
Growing Ministry, Community and Impact!
EAster Cross
Contemplative Eucharist


Choral Eucharist
Sunday School
9:30-11:30am - Childcare
Happy New Year
Coffee Connections:
This Sunday -
26 January
Team 15:
chaired by
Lois Cannady
Next Sunday - 2 February
Team  16:
chaired by
Lilian Murray
Lilian Murray's email click



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Children Youth
The Good Shepherd

Sunday School



Pre-K, K, 1st:
Holy Moly

Teach us to pray

Pamela del Villar


2nd & 3rd: Spark

The Lord's Prayer

Ali Boussevain


4th-5th:  Live It!

Pressure From Peers

Gina Hector


Middle School &

High School:

Sam Gerner




American Bach Soloists
St. Stephen's Concert
This Friday
24 January
St. Stephen's

Tönet, ihr Pauken, Cantata 214
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor
Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, Cantata 130

Friday January 24 2014 8:00 pm St. Stephen's Church, BELVEDERE



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Altar Flower Donations
Cut Altar flowers
Altar Flowers:  The Altar Flower chart is up and ready for you to sign for 2014 floral donations.  You can send your $125 check into the church with Altar Flowers in the memo line or drop it in the offering plate.  The office will contact you the Monday prior for your dedication or you can send it in anytime.  
Barbara Garcia-Romero or Ginny Preston



Living St. Stephen's
At Stephen's, we are committed to God's love 
expressed through our lives and common worship. 
Christus Rex
Singles of Faith
25 January
This Saturday

Southern Marin Churches, including St. Stephen's, has created 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! Join us in St. Stephen's Youth Room for the next gathering.

This Sunday ~
Sunday School:  Remember that Sunday School actually starts at 9:45am.  This gives parents the chance to be in church on time.    
Annual Meeting
St. Stephen's 
Annual Meeting
This Sunday
26 January
Following the 10am service
Join your fellow parishioners in shaping the future of your Church, its growing ministries and impact in the community.  All members 16 and over are invited to vote.  Those who wish to read the annual report prior to the meeting, copies will be available in the lobby of Kimball Hall this Thursday.

Childcare and youth activities will be 
provided in the downstairs classrooms during the meeting.

Upcoming  at St. Stephen's


Sally Bingham Preaches Sally Bingham
at St. Stephen's
Next Sunday
2 February
8 & 10am
Sally has brought widespread attention to the link between religious faith and the environment through her work on The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power & Light campaign. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. Sally serves as Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California and is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, published by St. Lynn's Press in 2009.
Laying on of Hands for Healing The Healing
Next Sunday
2 February
after both services 
St. Stephen's healing team will pray for you, or those you love, immediately after church at both the 8am and 10am services. 

 At the conclusion of the service, please come directly to the area behind the altar.  The team will offer this on every first Sunday of the month.  Our regular Lenten Healing service will be March 16th at the 10am service.
St. Stephen's Gives Back SS Gives Back Logo
sock  drive Sock Drive 
- February 2 & 9:
Alberta Brown Buller is spearheading sock donations for her School of Deacons project.  Please bring your donations of new men's or women's white socks or contribute a gift card for socks on February 2 & 9.

food donations Southern Marin Hot Lunch: THIS Thursday January 23:  Give the gift of you.  Contribute food or give just a little; 20 minutes helps a lot.  Set up tables or help move chairs, etc.   Contact Cindy Brown if you can contribute a dish or help to serve.  Email:

SS Gives Back Logo St. Stephen's Gives Back Committee Meeting: Sunday, February 9 after church.  Find out what it's all about.  Join the group or bring your good ideas.

Soul Food Soul Food Angels:  Would you like to be an earth angel?  Soul Food has a list of those who assist parishioners in need by supplying meals, delivering groceries or driving folks to doctor's appointments.  Currently we have 32 angels who are on a call list and do what they can when it works with their schedule.  Email Janice Dalzell-Piper, or Cindy Brown,

Outdoor Club Hike Outdoor Club
2 February
China Camp
Come join the camaraderie and breathe the fresh air of China Camp on February 3.  We will explore the historic village and hike China Camp State Park.  Meet at the Camp at 10am.  To get there take the Civic Center exit off 101, follow N. San Pedro Road east 3.7 miles to the Miwok Meadows Group Area, where we will gather.  Park along the road. We may plan to stop for a snack or lunch at Cafe Basque on the way home, time permitting.  For those who prefer to carpool, meet at Blackie's Pasture at 9:30am.

Contact Ginny Ginny's email click  with questions:  There are several hikes to consider (all are 3-5 miles) so we will keep you posted on the consensus of the group.  China Camp is an interesting area.
EvenSpark EvenSpark!
9 February
This one's for you: if you need extra sleep on Sunday morning, if your children are in Sunday sports, if you would rather have a morning off, if you just can't get here at 8 & 10.  Once a month on the second Sunday, St. Stephen's offers a succinct but richly rewarding Eucharist service in the sanctuary at 5pm.  Join this growing group. See you there. 
Book Discussion Reason for God
9 February & 2 March
after the 10am service 
Karl Belgum will lead a book discussion on Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas.  This is a 2010 biography of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a good read. 

The book traces his early life, his time spent in America (including time spent at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem), his career as a theologian and pastor, his involvement in the anti-Nazi "confessing church," and his role in a plot to kill Hitler, which eventually cost him his life.  Reviewers and church leaders have scoured it for evidence that Bonhoeffer was "liberal", or "conservative", or "evangelical", or fundamentalist."  Does he really fit any of those categories?  

This book will be the focus of discussion in a two part series during coffee hour on February 9 & March 2.  All are invited whether or not you have even begun and/or finished the book.
Women's RetreatWomensRetreat2014
22 March
St. Stephen's
You are invited to find renewal, light and grace in the warm company of women at our second annual "Space for Grace" retreat.  Led by Mary Romo, USF faculty, we will focus on: "Finding God in all things; striving to be a person of prayer in all we do: and meeting all people where they are."  Cost is $35 including lunch and you many sign up with this


Other Events

Saturday, February 9 ~ 10am-3pm at Dominican College, San Rafael:  Building Bredges of Understanding: The Roots of Women's Leadership.  Excellent workshop for women: Link to Conference

Happy New Year
Internet Video Series by Todd Sarner on Transformative Parenting ongoing this week :
Parenting Talks: Several St. Stephen's families have benefited greatly from the teaching of Dr. Gordon Neufeld.  He returns to Marin this March 5-8:

Thursday, March 6 ~ 7-9pm: Unity of Marin, Novato "Heart Matters: What to do with a Child's Feelings.

Friday/Saturday, March 7/8 ~ 9am-4pm: Unity of Marin, Novato "Making Sense of Aggression & Defiance Issues in Children."

Save These Dates!

St. Stephen's On the GroCalendar:


23 - Southern Marin Hot Lunch

25 - Singles of Faith at St. Stephen's - 5pm 

26 - ANNUAL MEETING - after 10am svc.



1 - Vestry Retreat

2 - Sally Bingham preaches at St. Stephen's

2 - Sock Drive Begins

9 - St. Stephen's Gives Back meeting - after 10am svc.

9 - Sock Drive Ends

9 - REST Dinner - 4-7pm

9 - EvenSpark - 5pm

13 - Homeward Bound Food Donations

23 - EvenSong - 5pm, w/Our Saviour Mill Valley

27 - Hot Lunch Coalition Food Donations



1st Monday: The Outdoor Club Hike (Next outing Jan. 7th(Tuesday)
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