04 Oct

Newsletter, October 4

Prayer for Guidance in finding a new Rector (BCP)
Almighty God, giver of every good gift:  Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a new Rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Oct. 11, Wednesday
Finance Committee Meeting
October 14, Saturday10am
St. Stephen’s Garden Club
October 15, Sunday11:30am-1pmVestry Meeting
Oct. 18 & 25, Wednesdays7pm – 8:45pmPilgrim Program
St Stephen’s Rectory
 Serving at the Altar  10/8 & 10/15
October 8, 2017
8am Reader:  A. Walker
October 15, 2017
8am Reader:  M. Ellingham
10am Readers:
1. F. Dorn
2. M. Barakat
3. F. Young
10am Readers:
1. TBD
2. TBD
3. T. Scharff
Chalicist: E. MaurerChalicist: J. Scharff
Ushers: S. & L. Landers
Ushers: K. McClellan & P. Boegershausen
Altar Guild: A. Walker & J. Dorn
Altar Guild: M. Nazareth & J. & T. Scharff
Coffee Hour: H. Rooney
Coffee Hour: Open
Altar Flowers:  J. Rossiter
Altar Flowers: Open
Please Join Us In Prayer As We Search For Our Next Bishop
Gracious God,
We, your people in the Diocese of Newark, give you thanks and praise for your work among us and through us, generation to generation. Lead us in the months ahead as we prayerfully search for our next Bishop. Raise up for us a steadfast steward who will embrace our broad and blessed diversity and uphold the apostolic heritage of your Church. Guide us to a faithful witness who speaks the Gospel truth in love and joy, and intimately knows your Word and world. Direct us, your disciples, in our discernment so our faith may increase and our works glorify your Name. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
Blessing of the Animals
The annual Blessing of the Animals service at St. Stephen’s  was conducted by the Reverend Jane Rockman beautifully, (and in beautiful sunshine) on Sunday, 1 October.  Many parishioners helped set everything up, and 17 dogs (many of whom had attended in prior years) and 1 cat (SMOKEY DORN) were blessed.
Coffee Hour & Altar Flowers
Please don’t forget to sign up for coffee hour and/or altar flowers.  The sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside of the Parish Hall.
Flowers: Please put your name and the price you would like to spend $40, $50, or $60, and a brief description whether it is in memory of a loved one or birthday celebration etc, and if you would like a specific flower or color, (depending on season) and we will try and accommodate.
St. Stephen’s Garden Club
The Garden Club will meet on Saturday, October 14, (WEATHER PERMITTING) at 10am.  If you missed the first meetings and want to help out – please join us.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 At: St Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Between: 6.30pm – 7.30pm. RSVP: Norma at Norma.cook@outlook.com Or leave a message 862 485 1573.
Parish Office hours are as follows:
Monday & Wednesday Closed
Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-4:30pm
Friday: 9am-1pm