08 Nov

Newsletter, November 8

Prayer for Guidance in finding a new Rector (BCP)
Almighty God, giver of every good gift:  Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a new Rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Nov 11, Saturday10am-12pmGarden Club Meeting
Nov 12, Sunday4pmBeckerath Organ Recital
Nov 14, Tuesday11am-2pmSenior Luncheon
Nov 14, Tuesday7pm-8pmDrumming Class
Nov 15 & 29,
Dec, 6, 13, & 20
Jan 3, Wednesday
7pm – 8:45pmPilgrim Program
St Stephen’s Rectory
Nov 15, Wednesday7:30pm-10pmFinance Committee Meeting
Nov 19, Sunday11:30am-1pmVestry Meeting
Nov 19, Sunday
11amTurkey Box Collection
Dec 2, Saturday
St. Stephen’s Annual Advent Retreat
 Serving at the Altar  11/12 & 11/19
Nov 12, 2017
8am Reader: M. Ellingham
Nov 19, 2017
8am Reader:  N. Sieffert
10am Readers:
1. B. Riedel
2. J. James
3. F. Young
10am Readers:
1. F. Taber
2. L. Owolabi
3. P. Wick
Chalicist: J. ScharffChalicist: R. Riedel
Ushers: T. & K. Conway
Ushers: H. Rooney & M. Chech
Altar Guild: M. Nazareth & A. Cole
Altar Guild: N. Sieffert & J. James
Coffee Hour: C. Francis
Coffee Hour: Open
Altar Flowers: J. James
Altar Flowers:  M. Stack
Transition Process
The Vestry will be creating a Parish Profile over the next couple of weeks.  A Parish Profile is a representation of our community of faith and tells our St. Stephen’s story. This Parish Profile will ultimately be on the St. Stephen’s website as well as the Diocesan website in hopes of attracting prospective candidates.

If anyone is interested in being involved in this Transition Process with us, please contact me either by email: maryalice_chech@yahoo.com or cell: 973-951-7154.

cartoon_turkey.jpgTurkey Box Collection
November 19, 2017

Maryalice Chech is the coordinator this year for the Turkey Box Collection.  Boxes need to be in the parish hall by 11am Sunday morning, Nov. 19th.

Delivery will be coordinated by Delouise Monroe, who helped recruit the drummers, rode the bus, and chaperoned during our August camp. Thanks to all at St. Stephen’s Church for helping give our drummers a joyous Thanksgiving!
The following items are recommended for each Turkey box dinner that is donated:
1 sturdy box
1  10 – 15 lb. FROZEN TURKEY
1 disposable aluminum foil roasting pan
2 boxes of stuffing
1 bag of white potatoes OR two cans sweet potatoes
2 cans of vegetables (corn, green beans, peas,)
2 cans of turkey gravy
2 cans cranberry sauce
1 package rolls or corn muffins
½ gallon of apple or cranberry juice
Thank you again for your continued generosity.
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.

Garden Club Meeting
Saturday, November 11 
The next Garden Club Meeting (in the gardens) will be Saturday, November 11 from 10am-12pm. Please bring garden tools and gloves.  Anyone interested in gardening is invited to join in!
Coming Up On Sunday at 4 PM-Don’t miss it!
Beckerath Organ Recital by MONICA CZAUSZ
A true “Rising Star” among young classical musicians, Monica Czausz will play a program rich in music from the 17th to the 20th and 21st centuries, starting with a Vivaldi organ concerto (arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach!), then 3 chorale preludes by Bach himself, followed by an Allegro, Choral & Fugue by Felix Mendelssohn, who admired Bach and reintroduced his music to 19th century European audiences.  Leos Janacek then spans the 19th and 20th centuries, followed by 3 pieces from 20th – 21st composers, ending with a Passacaglia by John Weaver, a commanding figure who enjoyed playing St. Stephen’s Beckerath in a recital here some decades ago, before he retired to Maine and bade farewell to his much larger Beckerath tracker organ in New York City.
Admission is by donation at the door ($10 suggested).  Children accompanied by an adult are cordially invited to come as guests.  A reception to meet the artist follows the recital.
Drumming Class
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 St Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Parents, Teachers and Friends,
Need to energize and remember to breathe!
Come along and have some fun Drumming
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
At: St Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Between: 7pm-8pm
RSVP: email Norma at Norma.cook@outlook.com
Or leave a message 862 485 1573
St. Stephen’s annual Advent Retreat
 Saturday, December 2, 9am – 4pm
 Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham. 
St. Stephen’s annual Advent Retreat will be on Saturday, December 2 from
9am – 4pm, at the Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham.  Join fellow seekers for a day of prayer, reflection, and stillness.  We will be lead through our day by one of the Sisters.  Donation is $35.00, check or cash and can be given to Theresa Scharff.  Checks should be made out to St. Stephen’s church with “retreat” as the note.”  Please reserve your place by November 19.  Any questions – speak to Theresa.  Please consider giving yourself this pre Christmas gift as we reflect on transitions – both in our lives and as a theme of Advent.
Coffee, tea and breakfast foods will be provided as well as a luncheon.
Parish Office hours are as follows:
Monday & Wednesday Closed
Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-4:30pm
Friday: 9am-1pm