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Newsletter, July 12

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week
But to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:6
“You’re leaving?” – Such a shock? Yes I know.  And I feel it in my heart and soul with you even though I have known it for a while, and I ache inside with holding that knowledge, but the process is,  unfortunately, the process.  However, Paul reminds us that as people of faith in whom the Spirit abides, this is the time to dig deep into that bedrock of trust.  God is faithful and the Spirit knows what the Spirit knows.  Somewhere, right now, your next pastor is busy writing a note to their current parish, just as I am, and before long, the stirrings of the Spirit will be felt in that person, and they will begin the journey here to St. Stephen’s.  In the Gospel message of the scattered seeds this Sunday, Jesus reminds us it’s time to root down deeply into our prayer lives (you and me both) and trust the Lord to take care of his church and his people.

God is good, all the time+
July 16, Sunday9am-10amDrumming Camp Planning Meeting
July 16, Sunday11:30am-1pmVestry Meeting
July 26, Wednesday
Diocesan Annual Spirituality Evening
Grace Church, Madison NJ
July 26, Wednesday7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting
3:30pm-7:30pmDrumming Camp
Serving at the Altar 7/16 & 7/23
July 16, 2017
8am Reader: N. Ellingham
July 16, 2017
8am Reader: A. Walker
10am Readers:
1. B. Churchill
2. L. Owolabi
10am Readers:
1. F. Dorn
2. T. Scharff
Chalicist: J. ScharffChalicist: R. Riedel
Ushers: S. & L. Landers
Ushers: J. Hager & H. Rooney
Altar Guild: A. Walker, T. & J. Scharff
Altar Guild: N. Sieffert & J. James
Coffee Hour: Open
Coffee Hour: Open
Altar Flowers: Open
Altar Flowers: Open
Please Join Us In Prayer As We Search For Our Next Bishop
Gracious God,
We, your people in the Diocese of Newark, give you thanks and praise for your work among us and through us, generation to generation. Lead us in the months ahead as we prayerfully search for our next Bishop. Raise up for us a steadfast steward who will embrace our broad and blessed diversity and uphold the apostolic heritage of your Church. Guide us to a faithful witness who speaks the Gospel truth in love and joy, and intimately knows your Word and world. Direct us, your disciples, in our discernment so our faith may increase and our works glorify your Name. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
North Porch Christmas In July!
HO, HO, HO !!  Huh???
Yes, it is that time again when North Porch Center for Women and Infants needs our help – it’s Christmas in July!  Summer months are typically the time when donations run low and St. Stephen’s has annually participated in a collection to alleviate this situation.
From now until Sunday, July 30, collection boxes will be in the narthex. Donations of diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5), baby food and formula (Enfamil powdered), baby wipes, and  baby toiletries such as shampoo, wash, and diaper cream are needed.
Thank you for your generosity.
Any questions? contact Theresa at 908 686 5489
Coffee Cans
For years Jane Rossiter has decorated empty coffee cans for delivery of altar flowers following church services. If you use coffee cans, please save them and bring them to church. Thank you so much!
Alex Cole, Altar Guild Director
Summer Spirituality:
Resources you may like to try this summer: iphone and Android apps for iphone for the Daily Office, and The Book of common Prayer (look in your online app store,) and Echo a daily prayer and blessing app.  You can also find text Daily prayers at www.missionstclare.com following the Episcopal Church lectionary, and a variety of other traditions.
What’s Your Favorite Hymn?
Summertime and the livin’ is easy . . . and we’d like the music to be, as well! Submit the name and source of your favorite hymn or gospel song and we’ll try to include it in one of our summer services.  You can email your choice(s) directly to kimwilliams59@mac.com or write it on a piece of paper and drop it in the offering plate.  Then come to church this summer and sing!!!
And, Speaking of Singing
Anyone who would like to present a special musical offering during the choir’s summer break should contact Kim Williams (see email address above) or John Schucker. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome.
Do You Enjoy Gardening?
Would you like to spend some time sprucing up the flower beds around the church? If you answered “Yes!” Please join the newly forming, “Garden Club” of St. Stephen’s. Let Theresa or Sue know if you are interested. We will plan an organization meeting before September.
Summer Coffee hour:
During the summer, sign up to bring iced tea, fruit punch or lemonade and a seasonal fruit offering or light snack to share at coffee hour.  Keep it simple and easy.  See Heloisa Rooney for more information.  Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.
Diocesan Annual Spirituality Evening
Wednesday July 26
Join Theresa and John Scharff, and Rev. Sheelagh at the Diocesan annual Spirituality evening entitled ” Ditch your Devices, and feed your soul,” Wednesday July 26th at Grace Church, Madison, at 6:00pm 9:00pm.
Ditch your device for a summer evening.  Taste and see, awaken your senses to walking the labyrinth, creating art, mindfulness, spiritual breathing, and more. Dwell in the word with us as we prayerfully listen to the Holy Spirit within and begin to let go.
Registration here – small charge (scholarships available)
 Drumming Camp
28 August – 1 September
Once again St. Stephen’s Church will host a week-long summer drumming camp for children in the PATCH program (these are children with incarcerated parents.)  The camp will take place from 28 August to 1 September, from 3:30pm -7:30pm.  The camp is staffed by volunteers who help to coordinate snacks and dinner, arts and crafts, sports and games, and we leave the drumming instructions to a pro, Ya-yah Kamete who has worked with us for many years.  If you are interested in volunteering at the camp please contact Susan Dinan at sdinan@pace.eduIf you want to hear a lovely concert from some very enthusiastic drummers please join us on Friday evening of 1 September.  Thank you!
 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.
Parish Office hours are as follows:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am-4:30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am-4:30pm
Friday: 9am-1pm
To conserve the air conditioning in the Rectory please use the kitchen door for entry.