13 Apr

Newsletter, April 13

In the Family

Visitation hours for John Sherwood, Kim and Karen’s son-in-law are WEDNESDAY 3pm-5pm; and 7pm-9pm at Tuttle Funeral Home,272 Highway 10, Randolph.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday 14, at 10am at St. Matthew the Apostle, Randolph.
Donations to the Nate and Gabe Sherwood College Fund, P.O.Box 357, Ironia, NJ 07845.
May light perpetual shine upon him+

Reverend Sheelagh’s Thought for the Week: April 13, 2016

This Sunday is affectionately known as “Shepherd-y Sunday,” as we are treated to the iconic 23rd psalm, images of Jesus the shepherd of the flock and we, the people, as the sheep. It’s an image that maybe doesn’t sit too well in our contemporary thought. No-one really likes to be called a sheep, right? It suggests following blindly, not thinking things through, having little or no opinion of one’s own. Yet there are times I suspect, when we all feel the need to be a part of the crowd; to go with the flow; not to stick out or be different. There are also times, I suspect, when making all the decisions feels burdensome, and we yearn for someone else to take care of us. That’s the good news. God, Jesus, knows each one of us by name. No-one can snatch us away, Jesus promises us, and even if they do, he will search high and low for us. The Lord is our Shepherd translates in our contemporary world to the offer of a place of peace, where, if we can let go of our own ego for long enough, and trust the Good Shepherd to watch over us, we will have the peace that passes all understanding +


 Date Time Event
April 14, Thursday7:30pm-9:30pmFinance Committee Meeting
April 24, Sunday11:30am-1pmVestry Meeting
April 24, Sunday4pm-5pmBeckerath Organ Recital
April 24, Sunday7:30pm-10pmPaper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir Benefit Concert

Serving at the Altar 4/17 & 4/24

8am Reader:
M. Ellingham

10am Readers:
1. C. Ehlers
2. F. Young
3. F. Taber

Chalicist: R. Riedel
Ushers: M. & F. Priddy
Coffee Hour: The Dorn Family
Altar Flowers: In memory of Kathleen Ellen Foley


8am Reader:
E. Maurer

10am Readers:
1. T. Scharff
2. J. James
3. B. Churchill

Chalicist: S. Macbeth
Ushers: B. & J. Majtyka
Coffee Hour: Rev. Sheelagh
Altar Flowers: Deacon Kathleen

St. Stephen’s is Going Local THIS Sunday!

St. Stephen’s is hosting a booth at the Millburn Street Fair this SUNDAY, April 17 from 11 am-5 pm to engage the local community in conversation. Please stop by and join us on Essex Street! Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with our local community. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Going Local Group would like to know if anyone has a small self standing tent that they could borrow for the Street Fair on April 17. Please call Eugene Foley if you can lend one.


Thirty parishioners and friends have stepped up to welcome and serve our IHN guests next week but between the school spring vacation and a smaller congregation we’ve lost some of our regulars. Please advise Margo or Blair if you can serve as an overnight host either Friday or Saturday night, April 15 or 16, or as a daytime host Saturday morning, April 16.
To sign up online, click this link.

“The time has come” (the walrus said) for our 3d and final organ recital of the 2015-16 season (on the church calendar since early Fall). There will be Spring flowers, no snow, and beautiful music issuing from our acclaimed Beckerath organ, played by IAN TOMESCH, a gifted young organist, active as an accompanist, educator, and performer, currently Associate Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark and a doctoral candidate in organ at the Yale University School of Music, where his teachers included Thomas Murray. Ian’s program will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach plus two earlier composers of the Baroque era, Muffat and Sweelinck. Played on our 1970 Beckerath tracker organ, these selections convey the unique clarity and quality of sound which characterized the organs of Bach’s time, enhanced by the artistry of Rudolph von Beckerath, who designed and built our organ for the historic carpenter Gothic interior of St. Stephen’s Church. For more information about the artist and about the Friends of Music who help support this series, pick up a season brochure at the church door. And don’t miss the recital–and the reception to meet the artist following the recital!

Papermill Show Choir Benefit Concert
Sunday 24 April, 7:30pm St. Stephen’s Church
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors & $10 children.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or after church in April. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Rectory, 973-376-0688 or donate online www.ststephensmillburn.org. Reserved front seating for pre-paid ticket holders.

Please send all articles and e-mails for the newsletter to Claire by NOON on Tuesday at church@ststephensmillburn.org.