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Newsletter, October 16

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week

This past Sunday we talked about the universal language of prayer.  Our faith is a relational one, and we are in conversation with Jesus who longs to be in relationship with us.  Many of us are aware of the power of prayer, and ask for prayers for others each week.  How about we take that live, and actually ask people we know if there is someone for whom they would like prayer.


I met someone I haven’t seen for a while today when I was walking in the park.  She stopped and we chatted.  Slowly the diagnosis and prognosis came out, and I offered her prayers.  When she goes to receive her treatments at St Barnabas, I hope she will remember as she drives past our church, that we are praying for her.  And my prayer is that she will be uplifted and strengthened just knowing that +


Oct 23, Sunday11:30am-1pmVestry Meeting
Oct 24-Oct 26Mon, Tue, WedClergy Conference Shawnee, PA
Nov 3, Thursday7pm-9:30pmPreschool Committee Meeting
Nov 5, Saturday9am-3pmDeacons Commission of Ministry Conference
Nov 6, Sunday11:30am-12:15pmCelebration of Dr. Rev. Derek Darves’s Ministry
Nov 8, Tuesday11am-2pmSenior Luncheon
Nov 12, Saturday10:30am-1pmChristine’s Kitchen
Nov 13, Sunday4pm-5pmBeckerath Organ Recital

Serving at the Altar  10/23 & 10/30

8am Reader: A. Walker8am Reader: C. Francis
10am Readers:
1. T. Scharff
2. F. Young
3. C. Ehlers
10am Readers:
1. P. Wick
2. B. Riedel
3. E. Pluta
Chalicist: R. RiedelChalicist: D. Cole
Ushers: S. & C. JeterUshers: O. & P. Moore
Altar Guild: N. Sieffert & J. JamesAltar Guild: C. Francis & J. Dorn
Coffee Hour: OpenCoffee Hour:  C. Francis
Altar Flowers: Deacon K. BallardAltar Flowers: Open

Stewardship “Living Generously”

Living Generously  Is our theme this year, shortly you will be receiving a letter inviting you to be thoughtful about the ways in which your gift makes a difference to others.  Please take the time during the next month to consider what you might give for the mission administry of St. Stephen’s.  The in-gathering will be around thanksgiving time.

Cemetery Tour Report

Two of the responses made on comment sheets available to those who attended our cemetery tour on Sunday were:  (1)  “We absolutely enjoyed this tour; the impersonated performances are wonderful and educational.”  (2) “Each of the ‘characters’ did an outstanding job.”  These are typical of the many written and spoken comments received and reflect the great work of the impersonators.  These “front line” people were supported by the tour guides, who led tours through the route that included stops at a dozen burial sites, and by members of the gate staff who assembled the tours.

Vital logistical support was provided in the form of chairs at the grave sites and tables where needed by Roger Riedel and Paul Boegershausen, and Roger made it possible for people with limited mobility to participate by providing rides on a golf cart at various junctures. The hospitality staff greeted tourists at the end, and publicity efforts by coordinating committee members and others helped swell attendance to 105 tourists.  Donations totaled $342.  Thanks and congratulation are due to all 30 plus people on the staff, that included four members of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society, which collaborated with St. Stephen’s in offering the tour.

Please click, or copy and paste the link below to see more photographs.



Fund Raiser
FUNd Raiser at ArteVino, Millburn, New Jersey. To all you artists and those who think you are not artists: let’s get together for a brunch at ArteVino which will help raise fun and funds for St. Stephen’s!! If you think you would be interested in an event like this, please let me know in person, by phone

(908 686 5489) or email scharff1@lycos.com

Celebration Farewell Coffee Hour for Dr. Rev. Derek Darves
Sunday, November 6 at 11:30am-12:15pm
We will be having a farewell coffee hour for Dr. Rev. Derek Darves in thanksgiving for his Ministry here at St. Stephen’s Church. Sunday November 6,

All are welcome.

Interfaith Election Prayer Vigil at Saint Rose Of Lima Church
November 7, 2016 at 7:30pm-8:30pm
Please join the Millburn – Short Hills Local Houses of Worship community for an Interfaith Election Prayer Vigil.

Christines Kitchen    Saturday, November 12
From 10:30am to 1:15pm we serve neighbors in need at Christine’s Kitchen at Holy Trinity in West Orange. Holy Trinity is located at Washington and Main Streets in West Orange.  Parking is on the street.  We can use entrees, fruit, other foods and volunteers; If you feel like bringing something additional, do so! Food will not go to waste.

Call Claas at 908 451-0426 if you want to volunteer or contribute or email him at cehlers@familypromise.org.

BECKERATH ORGAN RECITALS 47th Season (2016-2017)

Sunday November 13, 2016, at 4 pm.
Friends of Music at Saint Stephen’s

INTRODUCING! COLIN MACKNIGHT – November 13, 2016, at 4 pm.

Admission is by donation at the door ($10 suggested).  Children accompanied by an adult are cordially invited to come as guests.  A reception to meet the artist follows the recital.

COLIN MACKNIGHT is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Colin has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes, including the American Guild of Organists NYC Chapter competition, followed by first prize in the AGO Northeast Regional Competition, which won him a “Rising Star” recital at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston.  At Juilliard Colin studies with Grammy award winner and chair of the organ department, Paul Jacobs. As Assistant Organist at NYC’s Church of the Resurrection under music director David Enlow, Colin’s responsibilities include both accompanying and conducting the professional choir which performs over 50 choral mass settings each year.  Colin MacKnight’s recent solo recitals include St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and this season will include NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, among other venues.


Coffee Hour
No one has signed up for coffee hour this week, Please call or e-mail the office if you can take this Sunday, October 23.  For future dates the sign up sheet is in the Narthex on the bulletin board for both flowers and coffee hour.

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