25 May

Newsletter, May 25

Reverend Sheelagh’s Thought for the Week: May 25, 2016

The letter from Paul to the churches of Galatia speaks of people being drawn away to a new “gospel.”  It seems that the good news was in a state of flux even then, and it will be much later, as the Roman church started to emerge as the center of Christianity that what we know as the “canon” of scriptures was fixed.  Many of us know about the Gospel of Thomas, and the Gospel of Mary, and how they differ, not only in detail but also in theological interpretation.  What we have ended up with are the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, that largely agree; John is a different type of Gospel altogether, written much later and very spiritual in tone. To some extent they are similar to the reporting differences we experience in journalism today.  However, the word of God shines through, and the differences do not diminish they embellish and deepen our understanding.  Enjoy the summer season stories of faith and healing.  Know that the struggles of our day make us stronger and more able to cope with what is yet to come, and rejoice in the knowledge that God is always with us on this journey, as God has always been present in the stories of the people of the church.  Know that we are all loved and beloved, and never more than in the difficult times.  That, alone, is cause for hope and joy!


Look who I met in Williamsburg last weekend!

Best wishes from Libby and Kathy to all.





May 30, Monday9:15-12pmMemorial Day Service & Parade
May 31, Tuesday7:30pm-9:30pmVestry & Annual Mustard Seed Meeting
June 1, WednesdayJune 1-Sep 1Rev. Sheelagh’s Sabbatical
June 4, Saturday10:30am-1pmChristine’s Kitchen
June 16, Thursday7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting

Serving at the Altar 5/29 & 6/5

8am Reader: E. Maurer8am Reader: C. Francis
10am Readers

1. T. Scharff

2. F. Taber

3. S. Polanco

10am Readers

1. K. Conway

2. B. Churchill

3. E. Pluta

Chalicist: D. PriceChalicist: S. Macbeth
Ushers: T. & K. ConwayUshers: M. Hirshfeld &
P. Boegershausen
Altar Guild:  N. Sieffert & J. DornAltar Guild:  C. Francis & A. Cole
Coffee Hour:  S. DinanCoffee Hour:  M. Greenfield
Altar Flowers: The Rossiter FamilyAltar Flowers: Open

Please keep the Price-Herry family in your intentional prayers at this time.Pray that Kayla will know and feel the touch and healing light of God’s love +


Christine’s Kitchen – June 4, 2016 from 10:30am-1pm
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, and other foods, as well as volunteers.   If you feel like bringing something additional, do so!  Food will not go to waste.

If you want to volunteer or contribute call Claas at 908 451-0426, or email him at cehlers@familypromise.org.

Thought For The Week
Thinkers.  Writers.  Please consider writing a brief  “thought for the week” on anything at all for the weekly e-news during the sabbatical period.  Let Claire or Janet Hager know you are interested.

Coffee hosting and flowers needed
We are still in need of coffee hosts for June 19 (Father’s Day) and & June 26 (Baptism).  Also July 3, 17, 24 and 31 are still available if you would like to sign up.

Please let Eugene or Claire know if you want to donate flowers.  June 12, 19 and all of July is available.  Please consider taking ONE Sunday in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for an event.  Flowers are priced at $40, $50 or $60 for the two vases.


Please send all articles and e-mails for the newsletter to Claire by NOON on Tuesday at church@ststephensmillburn.org.