05 Oct

Newsletter, October 5

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week

How wonderful to have a baptism, a wedding and introduction to our newest addition, Samantha, all in one week.  To say nothing of the 60 plus people and pets who came to be blessed on Sunday.  What an abundance of good things.  I am also heartened each week to greet our newcomers and new families.  God is good, all the time.


“Living generously” is the theme for this year’s stewardship appeal, and I invite you to be thoughtful about what that means for us right now.  Generosity is a gift that comes with benefits.  When we give, love, or live generously we actually feel much more generous towards ourselves.  That is healing and uplifting.  Think about how you feel when you give sandwiches, fruit etc., to those we feed at St.John’s or Christine’s Kitchen.  Or the love that suffuses us at our Thanksgiving table.

As you consider your pledge this season, think of the warmth that comes when you know you have done something big, for something good, and how that blessing returns to you.



October 6, Thursday7pm-9:30pmPreschool Committee Meeting
Oct 11, Tuesday11am-2pmSenior Luncheon
Oct 16, Sunday2pm-4pmCemetery Tour 2016
(rain date 10/23)
Oct 18, Tuesday7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting
Oct 23, Sunday11:30am-1pmVestry Meeting
Oct 23, Sunday12pm-3pmSt. John’s Elizabeth
Oct 24-Oct 26Mon, Tue, WedClergy Conference Shawnee, PA

Serving at the Altar  10/9 & 10/16

8am Reader: M. Walker8am Reader: M. Ellingham
10am Readers:
1. J. James
2. C. Ehlers
3. F. Taber
10am Readers:
1. S. Polanco
2. K. Conway
3. B. Churchill
Chalicist: D. PriceChalicist: J. Scharff
Ushers: J. & B. MajtykaUshers: M. & D. Price
Altar Guild: M. Walker & J. DornAltar Guild: M. Walker & J. Dorn
Coffee Hour:  J. & B. MajtykaCoffee Hour:  Open
Altar Flowers: J. Rossiter & familyAltar Flowers: J. Spressert

Hurricane Matthew
Please keep Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, Florida and all in the path of Hurricane Matthew in your prayers. Donations can be made at Episcopal Relief and Development website –  www.episcopalrelief.org.


Tour of St. Stephen’s Historic Cemetery  2-4pm Sunday, October 16, 2016
(Rain date October 23)
Sunday afternoon, 16 October, is the date for an event that no parishioner should miss.  Tours will leave the cemetery gate at 451 Millburn Avenue (across from the high school) at intervals between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.  Tours will visit 11 grave sites and make one stop in the mausoleum.  At each site, an impersonator will speak for the person buried there.  Two sites that feature people significant to Millburn’s history are those of Edward Pettigrew, a philanthropist, and George Noyes Slayton, a civic leader.  Ward J. Herbert, former Chancellor of the Diocese of Newark will speak, as will Lt. Eddie Sutton, whose photograph hangs in our narthex.  Other speakers include an army nurse in World War I and a red cap evangelist known as the “Bishop of Grand Central.”

Please invite – and bring with you if possible – family members, friends, and neighbors. Rain date is 23 October.


Coffee Hour
Please sign up for coffee hour!  The next few weeks are open in October.  The sign up sheet is in the Narthex on the bulletin board.

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