Hosting Coffee Hour
Thank you for supporting our community fellowship and for helping to welcome visitors to St. Stephen’s!
Most coffee hours include some combination of: sweets, vegetables, fruits, cheese, and fruit juice. Please bring 1 pint of half and half. Someone else will make the coffee.
- Set out 3 round tables with chairs—tablecloths are in wooden hutch
- Food goes on buffet
- Serving plates and utensils are available in kitchen (see sign & drawers/cupboards are labeled)
- On the wall across from the pantry is a clipboard to write down anything we are low on or out of and need to replenish
- Set out paper cups, plates, napkins, and silverware
- You are welcome to use leftover juice in refrigerator
- There is plastic wrap on the back counter to wrap food to take home
- Baked goods can be frozen for later use
- Wash any serving plates (in sink by windows) and return to storage locations
- Pour out extra coffee, throw out grinds in trash, and rinse coffee pots
- Return coffee pots to shelf under windows
- Put away extra cream, tea, sugar (in drawers under microwave), cups and napkins (in pantry)
- Wipe off coffee table and buffet
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Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
Starting this month there will be some changes in the way we communicate with each other. In place of our monthly newsletter, we will begin to send weekly email updates. These emails will arrive via an email provider called Vertical Response which provides email services to non-profits for free (up to a certain limit).
We will continue to provide printed copies of the ROTA and the monthly calendar at the beginning of each month. (And for those who are not online, we will compile the articles released in the preceding month and make them available in hard copy. If you are not online, do not fear, you will still receive all the church communications but all at once, as you always have.) OR (And for those who are not online, we will print out the email each week and have it available in the back of the sanctuary for you to retrieve on Sunday. We will keep the last month’s worth of printed emails available should you miss a week).
The weekly email will consist of announcements and reminders about upcoming events, articles about our life together, ROTA reminders, and other useful information.
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Next Tuesday evening the 11th, the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol will be providing a free showing of “Love Free or Die.” This film is about the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
The website for the film writes: “LOVE FREE OR DIE is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir. The film follows Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.”
The film will show for free at 7pm on Tuesday the 11th.
Community Cinema: Love Free or Die
Tue, June 11 7pm
In 2003, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. But his consecration… Continue reading
You are invited to spend the Day at the River
What: A day on the Russian River–Sun, swimming, food, fun & fellowship!
When: Saturday, July 27th beginning at 11am
Where: The Shumaker’s Home in Duncans Mills
Bring: A picnic lunch for you (a grill will be available) and a side or dessert to share, your swim suit, towel, etc.
RSVP: By emailing or calling the office.
Parish Camping Trip
What: An opportunity to spend 1-2 nights with your St. Stephen’s community camping under the stars and redwoods.
When: Friday, July 26th & Saturday, July 27th
Where: Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Armstrong Redwoods.
*We will cook meals, enjoy campfires, spend the day on the river Saturday, and celebrate Eucharist Sunday morning out in nature!
RSVP: By calling or emailing the office. Invite your friends!
St. Dorothy’s Rest is an Episcopal Camp and Conference center in Occidental. In the summer they hold a variety of camps for children of all ages, including their Hospital Camps. St. Dorothy’s Hospital Camps are tuition-free opportunities offered to children fighting cancer and needing organ transplants at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Woods-to-the-Waves raises funds to cover the cost of hospital camps and it’s great fun. You are invited to join Christy and Kai and a group of friends of St. Dorothy’s, and maybe even your dog as we walk, run or mountain-bike 2, 12.5 or 14.6 miles from St. Dorothy’s in the redwood hills of western Sonoma County down to Shell Beach on the salty Pacific Ocean. The path is beautiful, moderately strenuous for the first 2 miles, and it’s a great way to show your support St. Dorothy’s and hospital campers.
Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
The Lord has risen indeed! Alleluia! I wish you a joyous Easter season, full of amazing surprises, mercy, YESes to life and laughter, and knowledge of God’s kingdom unleashed in us and us in it. May you be swept up in this resurrection madness.
Yours in our risen Lord,
“I Praise You for This Resurrection Madness” by Ted Loder from Guerrillas of Grace
Lord of such amazing surprises
as put a catch in my breath
and wings on my heart,
I praise you for this joy,
too great for words
but not for tears and songs and sharing;
for this mercy
that blots out my betrayals
and bids me begin again,
to limp on,
to hop-skip-and-jump on,
to mend what is broken in and around me,
and to forgive the breakers;
for this YES
to life and laughter,
to love and lovers,
and to my unwinding self;
for this kingdom
unleashed in me and I in it forever,
and no dead ends to growing,
to calls to be just;
no dead ends to living,
to making peace,
to dreaming dreams,
to being glad of heart;
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Recently a friend who visited St. Stephen’s remarked on the buzz and vitality that she felt in our worship and amongst the congregation. This past year has brought new members to our community, a new feeding ministry (Saturday Table), and many people finding anew the gifts God has given them and the ways that they can be used at St. Stephen’s and beyond. Thus, it seems appropriate to cap this exciting growth in our community and in our ministries with the celebration of what many in our Church consider the holiest and most sacred liturgy in our Church year—the Great Easter Vigil on the eve of Easter. This year we conclude our observation of Lent and Holy Week with the celebration of the Great Easter Vigil. This service offers us the opportunity to experience the joy and awe that the apostles felt at the resurrection of Christ!
The Great Easter Vigil is not to be confused with the vigil that St. Stephen’s parishioners keep in the sanctuary after our Maundy Thursday service until the morning of Good Friday—they are keeping vigil. The Great Easter Vigil is traditionally held after dark on Holy Saturday and before dawn on Easter Sunday.… Continue reading
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 12th at 5:30pm
Wednesday, February 13th
Holy Eucharist & Ashes 9:30am & 7:00pm
Holy Eucharist 8am & 10am
March 28th 7:00pm
Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing & Stripping of the altar
Vigil kept overnight
Stations of the cross at noon
Service at 7:00pm
Great Easter Vigil
Saturday, March 30th at 8pm
Holy Eucharist, Lighting of the Pascal Candle, & Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Choral Eucharist 8am & 10am