Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week
“Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24
Hope, faith, trust – they are all states of the Spirit that we are called to rest in as believers. So often in our lives we want assurances and contracts. So often we want to have it all buttoned up and sorted out. Yet much of our faith story is about living in the moment, and holding the future lightly in hope and trust. The greatest adventures in life are those that we embark upon not knowing, but trusting. Like entering a loving commitment, or becoming parents.
I’m reminded of that kitchen wisdom story of a small bird, cradled in the hands of a small child. “Don’t hold it too tight” we say, “be careful.” If we squeeze it too hard, we squeeze the very life out of it. So it is with our spiritual life and our journey towards trust and hope. Take a walk, empty your head of the cares and snares that limit and entangle us. Open your eyes to trust in a God that so loved the world he sent his Son to show us the way. Open your hearts to the prayer and song that is right there in your soul. From that place comes the surge of hope and trust. Rest in it.
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
(Dame Julian of Norwich)
July 26, Wednesday
Diocesan Annual Spirituality Evening
Grace Church, Madison NJ
|July 26, Wednesday||7:30pm-10pm||Finance Committee Meeting|
|August 6, Sunday||11:15am||Farewell Tea for Rev. Sheelagh|
Serving at the Altar 7/23 & 7/30
July 23, 2017
8am Reader: A. Walker
July 30, 2017
8am Reader: M. Ellingham
1. F. Dorn
2. T. Scharff
1. K. Conway
2. K. Hanson
|Chalicist: R. Riedel||Chalicist: D. Cole|
Ushers: J. Hager & H. Rooney
Ushers: E. Maurer & M. Hirschfeld
Altar Guild: N. Sieffert & J. James
Altar Guild: M. Nazareth & A. Cole
Coffee Hour: M. Cruickshank
|Coffee Hour: Open|
Altar Flowers: Open
|Altar Flowers: Open|
Please Join Us In Prayer As We Search For Our Next Bishop
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.
With the coming departure of our rector, the Vestry would like to share regular updates on transition progress as we say farewell to Reverend Sheelagh and welcome a new priest into our St. Stephen’s family.
Maryalice and Vestry members Fran Taber and Roger Riedel will meet with the Bishop and Canon Jacobs on Tuesday 7/18/17 to build the next steps in our transition and the plan for new priest leadership of St Stephen’s.
The Vestry of St. Stephen’s Church is hosting a Farewell Tea to thank Reverend Sheelagh and say goodbye on Sunday, August 6th following the 10am service. All are welcome and encouraged to join!
Visiting Priests (supply clergy) will join us on Sundays throughout August to lead the 10:00 am service, which will be the only Sunday service during that month. There will be no 8:00am service.
North Porch Christmas In July!
HO, HO, HO !! Huh???
Yes, it is that time again when North Porch Center for Women and Infants needs our help – it’s Christmas in July! Summer months are typically the time when donations run low and St. Stephen’s has annually participated in a collection to alleviate this situation.
From now until Sunday, July 30, collection boxes will be in the narthex. Donations of diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5), baby food and formula (Enfamil powdered), baby wipes, and baby toiletries such as shampoo, wash, and diaper cream are needed.
Thank you for your generosity.
Any questions? contact Theresa at 908 686 5489
For years Jane Rossiter has decorated empty coffee cans for delivery of altar flowers following church services. If you use coffee cans, please save them and bring them to church. Thank you so much!
Alex Cole, Altar Guild Director
Resources you may like to try this summer: iphone and Android apps for iphone for the Daily Office, and The Book of common Prayer (look in your online app store,) and Echo a daily prayer and blessing app. You can also find text Daily prayers at www.missionstclare.com following the Episcopal Church lectionary, and a variety of other traditions.
What’s Your Favorite Hymn?
Summertime and the livin’ is easy . . . and we’d like the music to be, as well! Submit the name and source of your favorite hymn or gospel song and we’ll try to include it in one of our summer services. You can email your choice(s) directly to email@example.com or write it on a piece of paper and drop it in the offering plate. Then come to church this summer and sing!!!
And, Speaking of Singing
Anyone who would like to present a special musical offering during the choir’s summer break should contact Kim Williams (see email address above) or John Schucker. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome.
Do You Enjoy Gardening?
Would you like to spend some time sprucing up the flower beds around the church? If you answered “Yes!” Please join the newly forming, “Garden Club” of St. Stephen’s. Let Theresa or Sue know if you are interested. We will plan an organization meeting before September.
Summer Coffee hour:
During the summer, sign up to bring iced tea, fruit punch or lemonade and a seasonal fruit offering or light snack to share at coffee hour. Keep it simple and easy. See Heloisa Rooney for more information. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.
Diocesan Annual Spirituality Evening
Wednesday July 26
Join Theresa and John Scharff, and Rev. Sheelagh at the Diocesan annual Spirituality evening entitled “Ditch your Devices, and feed your soul,” Wednesday July 26th at Grace Church, Madison, at 6:00pm 9:00pm. Ditch your device for a summer evening. Taste and see, awaken your senses to walking the labyrinth, creating art, mindfulness, spiritual breathing, and more. Dwell in the word with us as we prayerfully listen to the Holy Spirit within and begin to let go.
Registration here – small charge (scholarships available)
28 August – 1 September
Once again St. Stephen’s Church will host a week-long summer drumming camp for children in the PATCH program (these are children with incarcerated parents.) The camp will take place from 28 August to 1 September, from 3:30pm -7:30pm. The camp is staffed by volunteers who help to coordinate snacks and dinner, arts and crafts, sports and games, and we leave the drumming instructions to a pro, Ya-yah Kamete who has worked with us for many years. If you are interested in volunteering at the camp please contact Susan Dinan at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to hear a lovely concert from some very enthusiastic drummers please join us on Friday evening of 1 September. Thank you!
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 email@example.com.
Parish Office hours are as follows:
To conserve the air conditioning in the Rectory please use the kitchen door for entry.