09 Mar

Newsletter, March 8

Rev. Sheelagh’s Thought For The Week

Jesus is my superhero!
It’s been a week of bring the good news to our smallest children.  Pancake Tuesday saw us burning palms for ashes;  Sunday we had a children’s message that went off in some surprising directions.  Today’s parents it seems, have taught healthy eating.  The candy just was not the “temptation” I thought it would be.  We did get to some great suggestions for doing good things, like sharing, being a friend and praying for our families.
And just when everything seemed to unravel the Spirit shows up.  The conversation moved to praying for a superhero.  And deeper and deeper it went.  Superheroes fix things and make them good, you see. They fight evil and help those in trouble.
Good enough.  Bottom line.  We all agreed that Jesus is our superhero.

March 8, 15 & 22,
Lenten Pilgrim Program
March 12, 19, 26 & April 2, Sunday
11:15amCake & Conversation
Parish Hall
March 14, Tuesday
7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting
March 19, Sunday
Vestry Meeting & Retreat
St. Stephen’s Rectory
March 25, Saturday
9am-3:15pmVestry University
St. Elizabeth’s Church
169 Fairmount Road, Ridgewood, NJ
April 8 – 14
IHN Week
Interfaith Hospitality Network

Serving at the Altar  3/12 & 3/19
Mar 12, 2017
8am Reader: M. Ellingham
Mar 19, 2017
8am Reader: N. Sieffert
10am Readers:
1. T. Scharff
2. S. Polanco
3. B. Riedel
10am Readers:
1. B. Churchill
2. F. Dorn
3. K. Wade
Chalicist: J. ScharffChalicist: TBA
Ushers: S. & S. Polanco
Ushers: F.L. & M. Priddy
Altar Guild: M. Nazareth, T. & J. Scharff
Altar Guild: N. Sieffert & A. Cole
Coffee Hour: E. Foley
Coffee Hour: Cake & Conversation
Altar Flowers: No Flowers During Lent
Altar Flowers: No Flowers During Lent

A meaningful project for the season of Lent for families and individuals is ready and waiting right outside the church door that opens into the narthex.  It is our FOOD BARREL, waiting to be filled with nonperishable food that will be distributed by Apostles’ House in Newark to help alleviate hunger in our county.

Lenten Pilgrim Program, March 8, 15 & 22, at 7pm
Join us 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.

Cake & Conversation!
March 12, March 19, March 26 & April 2.
It’s Lent – so no cake, except that every Sunday in Lent is a feast day.  So we will celebrate it by having cake and conversation at coffee hour, where we listen for what God has been up to; is up to; and is calling us to become as St Stephen’s.  The children’s table will do this too – in their way.
The questions and the emerging thoughts will be shared each week – so don’t worry if you miss a Sunday.  Join us on March 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2.  Where? After church in the Parish Hall.

Vestry University, Saturday, March 25, 2017
To Register Click on the link below:
Vestry University


Join us in our 29th year of offering hospitality to homeless families supported by the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless.
In 1987 St. Stephens became one of a few dozen congregations involved with a new ministry to homeless families – IHN – the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless.  Since then, another 6,000 congregations have done the same, involving more than 160,000 volunteers and collectively serving more than 600,000 children and adults.  Volunteer congregations host families for a week offering food and shelter while the case management team helps them move toward permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
We host next from April 8 to 14.  This year we will vary our normal hosting schedule.  With Passover and Holy Week only days apart and in partnership with Temple B’nai Jeshurun,  we will host from Saturday morning April 8 to Friday morning, April 14 – Good Friday.
We will be on hand on Sunday, March 19, to share more about IHN, family homelessness and how small acts of kindness can support families in distress and enrich our own.  If you are newer to the church and the program, come to learn how simple things like cooking a lasagna, reading to a 3 year old and sleeping overnight, help families stay together at a time of crisis – changing the course of their, and their children’s lives.  If you’re an old hand at IHN, come and share your experiences and expertise.
Volunteers are needed to stay overnight, to cook and serve meals, to entertain children, to run errands and for the set up and take down work to convert classrooms to bedrooms.  To learn more, talk to Margo Greenfield or Blair Majtyka.
As always, Meal Coordinator Sara Ruth Dorn will conduct signups during coffee hour for volunteers to prepare and serve dinners and purchase the necessary breakfast and snack staples.

Meal Plans for IHN Guests
When we host the guests from the Interfaith Hospitality Network in April, we have the following opportunities  for this special  ministry:
       1.  Donate food items and supplies
       2.  Cook a meal at home or at the church
       3.  Serve a meal to the guests, the overnight hosts and to you the server(s).
A server for the dinner hour needs to arrive to set the tables at 5:30 p.m. to be ready to serve the meal at 6. We learn the number of guests with the ages of the children usually the week before their arrival.  The network staff has been helpful in letting me know of any food allergies I pass this information to anyone who cooks.
Sign-up sheets for donations will be available during coffee hours.
Questions?  Telephone Sara Ruth Dorn (973-467-9847) or email fdorn231@aol.com

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.