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Annual Meeting 2014 packet

Our annual meeting is this coming Sunday the 26th. Please click above to read the packet of information. The meeting itself will move quickly, so it’s important to read in advance. All are invited and please consider bringing a dish to share at our pot-luck coffee hour!

Formed in 2004 by four musicians who also play in the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras, the quartet answers a need for a depth of creative expression rarely available in the orchestral setting. The quartet has chosen the name “Temescal” (a ritual bath house or sweat lodge) to reflect the physical and spiritual renewal its members feel each time they play together. Each performance by the Temescal Quartet reflects a shared love of chamber music so profound that playing together has become a necessity.

Sponsored by Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts
Friday, August 23rd @ 8:00PM
$10 General Admission

Dear People of St. Stephen’s,

Next month it will be a year since we started the Great Lakes Scrip program. Thank you to everyone who has purchased scrip and a huge thank you to Karen Koenig for all the work she’s put into this program! The proceeds from the sales of the scrip gift cards helps us fund the programs that serve and work with our children— Godly Play and the nursery. To date we’ve made $1,139.24!

Up until now, we’ve been taking special orders and keeping a variety of cards in stock for immediate purchase. A year in, we are ready to liquidate the stock of cards we have on-hand and move toward folks placing orders. We will only keep on-hand those cards that are requested on a regular basis (ie- Safeway, Target, ACE).

I ask you to please take a look at the list of cards we have on-hand and see if any of them are for places where you shop on a regular or even occasional basis. Any card we are unable to sell cuts into our small profit margin. You can email Karen (karenkoenig@comcast.net) if there are any you are able to purchase and/or bring your… Continue reading

Coffee Making Instructions

Thank you for making coffee for coffee hour after our 10am service!

Before the service

  1. Unlock pantry pad-lock
  2. Fill large coffee maker with water and 2 cups of caffeinated grounds (coffee is in pantry)
  3. Fill one small coffee maker with water and 1 cup of decaf grounds
  4. If we are running low on coffee please put it on the shopping list on the wall across from the pantry
  5. Label pots decaf and caffeinated
  6. Plug in one on the buffet
  7. Plug in the other on the coffee table in the Parish Hall (to avoid overwhelming circuits)
  8. Fill-up and set-out electric tea kettle on coffee table, but do not heat
  9. Put out teabags and sugar on coffee table (in drawers below and to left of microwave)
  10. Put out napkins and spoons (from pantry)

After the service

  1. Move the other pot from buffet to coffee table
  2. Unplug both pots (tea kettle is only thing plugged in)
  3. Put out pitcher of cream
  4. Those hosting coffee hour will do clean up

THANK YOU!!!

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.

 Before

  1. Set out 3 round tables with chairs—tablecloths are in wooden hutch
  2. Food goes on buffet
  3. Serving plates and utensils are available in kitchen (see sign & drawers/cupboards are labeled)
  4. 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
  5. Set out paper cups, plates, napkins, and silverware
  6. You are welcome to use leftover juice in refrigerator

After

  1. There is plastic wrap on the back counter to wrap food to take home
  2. Baked goods can be frozen for later use
  3. Wash any serving plates (in sink by windows) and return to storage locations
  4. Pour out extra coffee, throw out grinds in trash, and rinse coffee pots
  5. Return coffee pots to shelf under windows
  6. Put away extra cream, tea, sugar (in drawers under microwave), cups and napkins (in pantry)
  7. Wipe off coffee table and buffet
  8. Empty… Continue reading

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.

http://www.lovefreeordiemovie.com/
http://www.rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=sebastopol&film=2013_die

Community Cinema: Love Free or Die
FREE SCREENING!
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.