Proper 8, Pentecost VI The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris
Galatians 5:1, 13-25 June 30th, 2013
It’s been a big week in the life of our nation. The Supreme Court has come back with verdicts about the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action, the Defense of Marriage Act, and California’s own Proposition 8, along with some other less headline-grabbing verdicts. Many of us have been riding an emotional rollercoaster as we’ve heard the verdicts—anger, frustration, joy, jubilation, relief, peace. There have been celebrations in the streets and opinion pieces decrying the error of our ways. There have been tears of joy and tears of frustration.… Continue reading
Coffee Making Instructions
Thank you for making coffee for coffee hour after our 10am service!
Before the service
- Unlock pantry pad-lock
- Fill large coffee maker with water and 2 cups of caffeinated grounds (coffee is in pantry)
- Fill one small coffee maker with water and 1 cup of decaf grounds
- If we are running low on coffee please put it on the shopping list on the wall across from the pantry
- Label pots decaf and caffeinated
- Plug in one on the buffet
- Plug in the other on the coffee table in the Parish Hall (to avoid overwhelming circuits)
- Fill-up and set-out electric tea kettle on coffee table, but do not heat
- Put out teabags and sugar on coffee table (in drawers below and to left of microwave)
- Put out napkins and spoons (from pantry)
After the service
- Move the other pot from buffet to coffee table
- Unplug both pots (tea kettle is only thing plugged in)
- Put out pitcher of cream
- Those hosting coffee hour will do clean up
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
Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
Greetings to you in the name of our Risen Lord! I write to you at just about the half waypoint through our Easter season. It’s hard to believe, but we are already over a quarter of the way through 2013.
As you may know, part of our vestry’s (and my) responsibility each month is to examine the financials from the prior month. Now, having completed the first quarter of the financial year, I write to update you about the finances of your church. The last couple of years have seen wonderful growth in pledging and this year we projected a budget that nearly closed the deficit! Unfortunately, based on our first quarter, we are not quite meeting our projected income.
At the end of the first quarter, our income is about $5,000 below our projection. This discrepancy is largely due to folks moving away and to deaths, but we have also have some pledges that are behind. While this is not a particularly large sum at this point, we are likely to end the year with a larger deficit than the $746 that had been projected.
As those who have been at… Continue reading
For the month of July the 8am and 10am services join to worship together at 9am! Please join us!
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!