23 Nov

Newsletter, November 23

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week

Happy Thanksgiving To All Our Readers!

It seems amazing to me that just as soon as we clear away the turkey leftovers we are heading off for Christmas.  Sunday is the beginning of Advent.  It is the Church’s New Year, and we shift into the apocalyptic scriptures that point to the second coming of Christ.  Liturgically we change the color to blue: the music to plainchant, simple uncomplicated prayers to bring us solace and peace in turbulent times.  Advent is after all a turbulent season, when the world waits with baited breath for the hope and light of Christ to cut through the darkness.  Wake up, stay awake, prepare and be ready the scriptures shout..  And that may feel just right as we go into the next weeks and months of transition and change.  We should find comfort though in this season from the writings that prove that we have been this way before and that God is with us every step of the way.  The prophet Isaiah urges the Hebrew people, and us,
“Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!”

Nov 21 Thru Nov 28
Parish Office Closed
Emergency Contact: Rev. Sheelagh Clarke 908-456-3290
Nov 27 & Dec 410am-11amIn Gathering Sundays
Dec 3, Saturday
Eucharist for 2nd Sunday of Advent 4:00 pm
Advent Retreat
St. Stephen’s Church, Parish Hall & Common Room
Dec 4, 11 & 18 Sunday11am-12pmPageant Rehearsals, St Stephen’s Church
Dec 11, Sunday11:15am-12pmCookie Sunday
Dec 13, Tuesday11am-2pmSenior Luncheon
Dec 13, Tuesday7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting
Serving at the Altar  11/27 & 12/4
8am Reader: M. Walker8am Reader: C. Francis
10am Readers:
1. K. Conway
2. K. Hanson
3. B. Riedel
10am Readers:
1. E. Pluta
2. J. James
3. P. Wick
Chalicist: J. Scharff
Chalicist: R. Riedel
Ushers: P. Boegershausen & M. Hirschfeld
Ushers: S. & S. Polanco
Altar Guild: M. Walker & J. Dorn
Altar Guild: C. Francis & A. Cole
Coffee Hour: The Owolabi Family
Coffee Hour: S. Dinan
Altar Flowers: Altar Flowers: Advent/Greening of the Church
Altar Flowers: Advent/Greening of the Church
A Gentle Reminder
Sunday 27, November & Sunday 4, December   
“Parish In Gathering” of Pledges and giving intentions will be on Sunday 27 November and Sunday 4, December.  Your decisions help us to plan for our Parish life together.  The pledge is the largest part of our budget.  Please be thoughtful and prayerful.  And then rejoice with us as we offer up our gifts to God in thanksgiving for all we have.
St. Stephen’s Annual Advent Retreat
Saturday, December 3, from 10:00am – 4:00pm at St. Stephen’s
The retreat  director this year is  Jean Marie Du Hamel, an associate with the Sisters of St. John Baptist in Mendham and an experienced retreat guide.  The theme is “Who is Waiting for Whom?”
The day will include time for guided reflection, walking the Labyrinth, quiet time, a light lunch, and will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist  for retreat participants as well as other members of St. Stephen’s. This Eucharist will be a celebration of the second Sunday of Advent on Saturday afternoon.
Donation for the retreat is $35.00. Checks should be made out to St. Stephen’s Church; please submit these by November 25. You may give checks to Theresa Scharff, Rev. Sheelagh, or place in the collection plate marked “Retreat.”
Give yourself a gift this Advent/Christmas season  – come to the Advent Retreat on December 3.
Cookie Sunday

December 11, 11:15am-12pm

The congregation is invited to bring a plate of cookies for Coffee Hour.
Bring your cookies to Fellowship Hall on your way into church.
It’s a wonderful way to share some yummy treats with your St. Stephen’s
Family.  We’ll have a cookie exchange with the leftovers.
For further information, contact Susan Dinan at 973-508-6887
Coffee Hour & Altar Flowers
If you would like to sign up for coffee and flowers the sign up sheet is in the Narthex on the bulletin board.
(Please note there will be no altar flowers during Advent due to greening of the church.)
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.
Please note the Parish Office is closed on Mondays