22 Feb

Newsletter, February 22

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week
Tell no one about the vision…
The transfiguration of Jesus reads like a journalistic report.  It’s meant to.  There is so much in it that we can’t really get to grips with it.  Like the Resurrection, these events are beyond the scope of our understanding.  Last night I watched “Sully” the movie of the airplane crash onto the River Hudson.  What lingers, is the realization that 155 people, souls as Captain Sullenberger declared them, were rescued from the semi-submerged plane within 24 minutes.  24 minutes.  That is almost as near to a miracle as we come.  Even so, we can listen to the emergency responders moving into well rehearsed action and believe it.  After all, we saw it happening in real time with our own eyes.  Transfiguration is a tougher sell.  There has only been one.  Seen by very few.  But whatever happened up on that mountain, it has transformed the world we inhabit, and that alone is amazing.

February 22, Wednesday
7pmLenten Pilgrim Program
February 26, Sunday
Grocery Gift Card Sunday
February 26, Sunday
4pm-5pmBeckerath Organ Recital
February 28, Tuesday
6pm-8pmPancake Supper
March 1, Wednesday
6:30am-7:30amAshes to Go
Millburn Train Station
March 1, Wednesday
12pm-1pm & 7pm-8pmAsh Wednesday Services
March 8, Wednesday7pm
Lenten Pilgrim Program
March 14, Tuesday7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting
March 19, Sunday11:30am-5pm
Vestry Meeting & Retreat
St. Stephen’s Rectory
Serving at the Altar  2/26 3/1 & 3/5
Feb 26, 2017
  8am Reader: A. Walker
Mar 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday Services
Mar 5, 2017
  8am Reader: C. Francis
10am Readers:
1. P. Wick
2. T. Scharff
3. K. Wade
12pm Reader:
D. Cole
7pm Reader:
K. Conway
10am Readers:
1. K. Hanson
2. M. Barakat
3. F. Young
Chalicist: R. RiedelN/AChalicist: S. Clarke
Ushers: R. Riedel & M. Hirschfeld
Ushers: M.A. Chech & B. Riedel
Altar Guild: A. Walker & J. Dorn
Altar Guild:
12pm A. Cole
7pm C. Francis
Altar Guild: C. Francis & J. James
Coffee Hour: Open
Coffee Hour: M. Greenfield
Altar Flowers: Donated by S.R. Dorn
Altar Flowers: No Flowers During Lent
Volunteers needed for Sunday school!
We are changing the format of our Sunday school and need your help.  Instead of one person leading the children in the lesson each week, we’d like a group of volunteers to take turns on a rotating basis.  Reverend Sheelagh will provide a children’s message at the 10am service on the first Sunday of each month, so that just leaves three Sundays a month to cover.  Many hands make light work! Please contact Sarah Jeter if you’re interested in volunteering  by calling 917-673-4679 or sending email to scktrestrail@yahoo.com.

Lenten Pilgrim Program, February 22, at 7pm

Join us tonight at 7pm for our spring spiritual study group “Pilgrim.”  A study guide aimed at introducing our faith to newcomers and going deeper for those already on the journey.  Wednesdays every week in the Rectory, except ASH WEDNESDAY which is March 1st.

St. Stephen’s Grocery Gift Card Fundraiser This SUNDAY!
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, on the website http://ststephensmillburn.org 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, blairmajtyka@me.com.
Get into the habit of shopping with gift cards!!
Sunday, February 26, at 4pm
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear British-born organist BENJAMIN SHEEN, prize-winning organist and widely traveled recitalist, play the 2nd recital of this 47th recital season on our beloved BECKERATH organ.  Hailed as “a brilliant organist” by the New York Times, Mr. Sheen’s musical education began early, and at 13 he became the  youngest person to give a full recital at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He now holds a BA from Oxford with 1st class honors and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in NYC.  At St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in NYC Mr. Sheen currently holds the position of Associate Organist, working with newly appointed Music Director Daniel Hyde (and earlier with John Scott prior to his untimely death a year and a half ago).  Mr. Sheen has chosen for us a program of some of the most inspirational works written through the centuries from Bach to Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms, plus a few surprises.   Don’t miss it!
Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 28, 6pm-8pm
Pancake Supper February 28, from 6pm-8pm.  Join us as we prepare for Lent.  Helpers needed and welcome.  Please contact MaryAlice Chech or Carole Francis, or sign up on the notice board outside the Parish Hall.
Volunteers still needed for cooking and clean up.

 March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday – Ashes to go will be offered at Millburn Train Station from
6:30 am.  We will have a noonday service and a 7pm service in the Church. Imposition of ashes is available on request all day.
Save The Date For A Wonderful Evening Of Song And Dance!
Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir
7:00pm, Sunday 23 April 2017
Tickets will go on sale in April,   $20 adult, $15 senior, $10 child
Please contact Susan Dinan with questions.
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.