Reverend Sheelagh’s Thought for the Week: June 8, 2016
Boy is it hard to disengage! I have found myself in this first week of sabbatical struggling to stay away and out of things. I knew it would be hard, but silly as it sounds it’s harder than I expected. I spent week one trying to do different things. Being quiet, reading a lot, walking my 10,000 steps first thing in the morning. Today, I encountered a male buck. He was young, his antlers still velvety, tall as me, yet with, it seems, no fear at all. Still, proud, curious, beautiful. The camera shot startled him and quick as a flash he was gone, but it was a glimpse of glory, deep in the dappled shadows. And I give thanks for that Glory, as should we all.
Gracious God, in you we live and move and have our being: We pray that you guide Rev. Sheelagh during this intentional Sabbath time. May she return to St. Stephen’s restored in body, mind and spirit. We also pray that you bless this parish and all who come here. May we carry out with joy the ministries to which we are called. May this also be a time of intentional prayer and reflection for us. By your Spirit, empower all to be strengthened by the gifts you give and to be renewed as servants of God. Amen.
|June 1-Sep 1||June 1-Sep 1||Rev. Sheelagh’s Sabbatical|
|June 14, Tuesday||11am-2pm||Senior Luncheon|
|June 16, Thursday||7:30pm-10pm||Finance Committee Meeting|
|July 5, Tuesday||7am-6pm||Preschool Summer Camp Begins|
|July 20, Wednesday||6pm||Summer Workshop Grace Episcopal Church Nutley|
Serving at the Altar 6/12 & 6/19
|8am Reader: M. Walker||8am Reader: A. Walker|
1. J. James
2. P. Wick
3. F. Young
1. K. Wade
2. T. Scharff
|Chalicist: R. Riedel||Chalicist: D. Cole|
|Ushers: O. & P. Moore||Ushers: S. & L. Landers|
|Altar Guild: M. Walker, A. Cole & D. Price||Altar Guild: N. Sieffert & J. Dorn|
|Coffee Hour: B. & R. Riedel||Coffee Hour: Price/Herry Family|
|Altar Flowers: Open||Altar Flowers: J. Dorn in celebration of|
Felda & SaraRuth’s 60th wedding anniversary!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Stephen’s Grocery Gift Card Fundraiser This SUNDAY!
June orders for Shop Rite and Kings gift cards will be taken this Sunday to support our operating budget. If you shop at either Shop Rite or Kings, please consider purchasing gift cards. Order forms are available in church or can be emailed to you. Cash/checks (payable to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church) only, please.
Won’t be able to get to church? No problem, send me an email or call and I’ll place your order!
Forgot your checkbook? Just drop a check in the mail (attn.: Grocery Cards c/o St. Stephen’s) or pop it through the mailbox slot at the rectory during the week.
If you haven’t considered using gift cards, ask how this easy and no-cost fundraiser may be right for you!
More info: contact Blair Majtyka, 973-801-1471, email@example.com. Get into the habit of shopping with gift cards!!
At Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley (200 Highfield Lane)
A $5 per person donation is requested to cover the cost of a light dinner. For further information or to reserve a spot (so we’ll know how much food is needed) please email Sue Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time 6 p.m on Wednesday, July 20 or call her at (917) 517-4024.
Thought For The Week
Thinkers. Writers. Please consider writing a brief “thought for the week” on anything at all for the weekly e-news during the sabbatical period. Let Claire or Janet Hager know you are interested.
Coffee hosting and flowers needed
We are still in need of a coffee host for June 26 (Baptism). Please sign up with Susan Dinan. Please let Eugene or Claire know if you want to donate flowers. This Sunday, June 12, is still available. Please consider taking ONE Sunday in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for an event. Flowers are priced at $40, $50 or $60 for the two vases.