10 Feb

Newsletter, February 8

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week
We held our first (experimental) family friendly service on Sunday with a children’s sermon.  It went well and everyone got a glow stick to demonstrate their inner light shining. The choir gave us a wonderful rendition of “This Little Light Of Mine.” As the kids commented, shining our light is as simple as a smile, a hug, being thoughtful, creative, sharing with others and welcoming others.+
Reminders
Date
Time
Event
February 12, Sunday
11:30am-1pm Vestry Meeting
February 15, Wednesday
7:30pm-10pm Finance Committee Meeting
February 15, Wednesday 7pm Lenten Pilgrim Program
February 26, Sunday
4pm-5pm Beckerath Organ Recital
February 28, Tuesday
6:30pm Pancake Supper
March 1, Wednesday
6:30am-7:30am Ashes to Go
Millburn Train Station
March 1 Wednesday
12pm-1pm and 7pm-8pm Ash Wednesday Services
  

Serving at the Altar  2/12 & 2/19
Feb 12, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
8am Reader:
C. Francis
8am Reader:
N. Sieffert
10am Readers:
1. S. Polanco
2. J. James
3. F. Young
10am Readers:
1. F. Dorn
2. B. Churchill
3. O. Owolabi
Chalicist: J. Scharff Chalicist: J. Soughan
Ushers: J. & K. Wade
Ushers: S. & L. Landers
Altar Guild: M. Nazareth & T. & J. Scharff
Altar Guild:N. Sieffert & A. Cole
Coffee Hour: Open
Coffee Hour: Open
Altar Flowers: N. Ellingham
Altar Flowers: M. & J. Stack
Pastoral Updates
 
Sue Macbeth

Sue Macbeth is now at Alaris Health, 5 Brook End Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052. Sue has requested that we wait until after the weekend before visiting to allow her time to become situated. Prayers for healing please.

The Hillyer Family
Please keep Mike and David Hillyer and their family in your prayers as they mourn the death of their father Jack last week.
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NOTICES
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Volunteers needed for Sunday school!
We are changing the format of our Sunday school and need your help.  Instead of one person leading the children in the lesson each week, we’d like a group of volunteers to take turns on a rotating basis.  Reverend Sheelagh will provide a children’s message at the 10am service on the first Sunday of each month, so that just leaves three Sundays a month to cover.  Many hands make light work! Please contact Sarah Jeter if you’re interested in volunteering (917-673-4679) or scktrestrail@yahoo.com.
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Food Barrel
FOOD BARREL RIDDLE :  What do Tomato (6) , Italian Wedding (3), Vegetable (2),  Lentil (8), Minestrone (3), New England Clam Chowder (3), (Chunky) Beef/Steak/Sirloin (14),  Chicken (36), and Sausage (1) have in common?
ANSWER : These are the soups that were contributed to Food Barrel for
S O U P E R  Sunday,  5 February.  The number of cans of each kind of soup is shown in parenthesis following each soup listed.
The 76 cans received made S O U P E R Sunday a success!
Data on the number of each kind of soup were furnished by Julia  Dorn, Food Barrel Statistician.
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Coffee hour & Flowers
Please don’ t forget to sign up for coffee hour and/or flowers.  If you would like a dedication with the flowers please write it on the sign up sheet along with the amount you would like to spend, or call Claire in the office at 973-376-0688 with the details.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Lenten Pilgrim Program, February 15, at 7pm
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE INTRODUCTORY MEETING  OF THE LENTEN PILGRIM PROGRAM WHICH WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, AT 7PM IN THE RECTORY.  THIS MEETING WILL INFORM PARTICIPANTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE LET EITHER REV. SHEELAGH OR THERESA SCHARFF KNOW SO WE CAN PLAN.
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Save the Date!
Sunday, February 26, at 4pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear British-born organist BENJAMIN SHEEN, prize-winning organist and widely traveled recitalist, play the 2nd recital of this 47th recital season on our beloved BECKERATH organ.  Hailed as “a brilliant organist” by the New York Times, Mr. Sheen’s musical education began early, and at 13 he became the  youngest person to give a full recital at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He now holds a BA from Oxford with 1st class honors and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in NYC.  At St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in NYC Mr. Sheen currently holds the position of Associate Organist, working with newly appointed Music Director Daniel Hyde (and earlier with John Scott prior to his untimely death a year and a half ago).  Mr. Sheen has chosen for us a program of some of the most inspirational works written through the centuries from Bach to Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms, plus a few surprises.   Don’t miss it!
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Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm-9pm
Pancake Tuesday approaches rapidly on February 28.  Don’t forget to come and get dinner here at St. Stephen’s – we’ll make our ashes for the next morning then too.
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Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Wednesday March 1 – Ash Wednesday Ashes to Go.  We will be present at the Millburn tracks on Wednesday 6:30am to offer ashes to go.  We will also offer ashes all day on request and have services at noon and 7pm.
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Lenten Spirituality
What are you looking for?  Seems to be a repeating theme right now.  We will be offering an opportunity to go deeper into the meaning of our faith and grapple with some of the questions that arise around why and what we believe in a new program, recommended by our Presiding Bishop The Right Reverend Michael Curry, entitled “Pilgrim.”
We will offer this on six Wednesdays around and throughout  Lent from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Please join us to delve more deeply into our Christian identity and spirituality.  It may answer some of those questions.  Open to all – seekers, believers, doubters alike – bring a friend.
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Dates & Deadlines
If you have any dates or events that need adding to the St. Stephen’s Calendar please send them to Claire, and all articles and e-mails for the newsletter by NOON on Tuesday to church@ststephensmillburn.org.
Thank You.