Angel Project

St Stephen’s: Angel Project 2017

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
        “I will, with God’s help”

St. Stephen’s Angel Project helps families in need with food at Thanksgiving and gifts at Christmas.  This year, our week to be with and help the folks at the Winter Nights Shelter is December 11-18 so our Angel Project focus will adjust a bit. Below are the Angel Project Thanksgiving needs for 2017…happy shopping!

Thanksgiving Food Donation Bags for Monument Crisis Center
– Box of Stuffing Mix
– Box of Mashed Potato Mix
– Cornbread Mix
– Packet of Gravy Mix
– Cake Mix and Frosting
– Can of “Jellied or Berry” Cranberries

Please place all items in a plastic grocery bag and tie the bag.
> Due back by Sunday October 29

Safeway Gift Cards for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing
We are collecting gift cards for the Scattered Site Individuals program. 48 formerly homeless individuals with special needs are scattered through CC County in permanent, supportive housing. We are hoping to provide each person with a $50 Safeway gift card so that they can purchase a nice Thanksgiving meal.
> Due back to St. Stephen’s Sunday November 5

A special request to St. Stephen’s children and youth:
In each Interfaith Housing apartment complex the kids have special homework time with helpers and tutors each day.  They are given incentives for trying hard, figuring something out, sharing grades, etc.  The incentives prizes are under $5 in value and gift cards are a favorite item (Starbucks, Jamba, etc)

> Due back to St. Stephen’s Sunday November 5

Sponsor a family?
If you are interested in sponsoring a family from one of the organizations that we work with, please contact:
Monument Crisis Center: Sandra Scherer; sscherer@monumentcrisiscenter.org
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing: Gloria Bertolozzi; gloria@ccinterfaithhousing.org

Winter Nights: December 11-18
Look for sign ups in the Parish Hall or contact Ann Lawrence or Andie Sheets

 

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Concert for All Saints: Requiem for the Living

On Sunday, November 5, we will conclude our celebration of the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls by offering a concert from our choir. Under the direction of Michael Langham, they will be singing Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” The concert begins at 5pm and is free to all.

“A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest — traditionally for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013) however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The opening movement sets the traditional Introit and Kyrie texts — pleas for rest and mercy — using ever-increasing elaborations on a simple three-note descending motive. The second movement sets Scriptural texts that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity, while yet invoking musical and textual allusions to the Dies Irae. The Agnus Dei is performed next as a plea for deliverance and peace; the Sanctus, following it, offers three different glimpses of the “heavens and earth, full of Thy glory,” all of which develop the same musical motive: an ethereal opening section inspired by images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope, a stirring middle section inspired by images of our own planet as viewed from the International Space Station, and a closing section which brings the listener down to Earth, where cities teem with the energy of humanity. The Lux Aeterna which then closes the work portrays light, peace, and rest — for both the deceased and the living.” (from www.danforrest.com)

 

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Winter Nights

Winter Nights: December 11 – 18

          Making a difference for that one…. with God’s help

The Winter Nights homeless shelter for families with children will open October 6 and is being hosted by faith communities around the area. Keep them in your prayers.

St Stephen’s will again partner with St. John Vianney’s Catholic Church in Walnut Creek to serve for a week at their church.  This year we were assigned a very early week, December 11 – 18, 2017 .  So close to Christmas, it will definitely be a test of our generosity of time and spirit to help these families at such a special season of the year.

Ann Lawrence, Andie Sheets and Dan Swander are coordinating our efforts this year.  They will be asking for your help to staff a wide range of essential jobs: homework helpers, morning cleaners, front desk monitors, overnight sleepers, weekend activity folks, meal planners and kitchen help, etc.

Sign Ups
Look for Sign Ups in early November when we have a better feel for the number of families and the ages of the kids who are in the shelter at that time.

Donations for the Winter Nights families and children:
Car seats for infants, toddlers and children
Car booster seats for children
Umbrella Strollers
Flash Lights and extra batteries
Socks
Sleeping Pillows  with a zipper case
Twin size, single bed sheets (flat) … no other sizes, please.

CASH for us to buy Pre-paid gift cards 

If you can donate any of these items, please contact Ann Lawrence, annlawrence617@gmail.com  925-299-2608. 

You can make a financial donation by sending a check made out to St. Stephen’s marked “Winter Nights” in the memo, or use the St Stephen’s web site donation link. We will buy gift cards or give it directly to the Winter Nights Director so that he can use it for specific client needs.  

 

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Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday nights beginning September 13, we offer an evening of Christian formation and education for all ages. We gather for prayers and to eat dinner together at 6pm, and then separate into groups by age to study and learn from scripture and tradition.

If your children are in school and have homework, we offer time and space to work on that as well.

For details, please contact Rev Steve: steve@ststephensorinda. org

 

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Blessing of the Animals

At our 10am service on Sunday, October 1, we will celebrate the Feast of St Francis by welcoming you, as Francis himself would, to bring your animal companions to church for a special blessing. In honor of Francis and his devotion to Creation, we will worship outside on our patio — and the service will include a time of prayer and blessing for all our animal friends. (Photographs of animals may be brought instead of actual animals, and we welcome children’s stuffed animals, too.) The 8am service will take place in the sanctuary, as usual, and will not include a blessing of the animals. Please mark your calendars for this special service: 10am on October 1.

 

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St. Stephen’s Day

St. Stephen’s Day: September 10, 2017

Join us on Sunday September 10 as we celebrate the community of St Stephen’s. Sept 10 marks the beginning of our program year: the return of Sunday School, Youth Group, and the choir; and the beginning of a new season of learning and growing through Bible Study, retreats, workshops, classes, and family gatherings. After the 10am service on the 10th, we’ll enjoy brunch prepared by The Friars, visit with old friends and meet new ones, and welcome Cheryl, our new Children and Family Minister, and Ed, our new seminary intern. Clergy and staff will also be on hand to hang out, catch up, and share information about upcoming programs for children, youth, adults, and everyone in between. Get there!

 

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A Home for All: Capital Campaign

A Home for All: St Stephen’s 2017 Capital Campaign

Since the Spring of 2015, the Vestry and clergy leadership of St Stephen’s have been developing a case for a major capital campaign to revitalize our entire campus. What began as a series of conversations about (what else) deferred maintenance has become a community-wide effort to reinvest in our property and in our community, to ensure that we continue to thrive and serve our mission in Lamorinda and beyond.

The mission of St Stephen’s Church is:
To know, to love, and to serve Christ.

The Vision Statement of the Home for All Capital Campaign is:
• Strengthening our Congregation
• Welcoming our Neighbors
• Serving our Community

Our 12-member Steering Committee* along with our 5-member Executive Committee* have been discerning and developing goals and plans which support our mission, correspond to our vision, and express our commitment to vital church community for generations to come.

We are working collaboratively with the Diocese of California, and a portion of what we raise for ourselves will be given in gratitude to support the Expanding Horizons campaign and its goals. (link to DioCal website)

For more information about A Home for All Capital Campaign, please contact our Rector, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Hassett
[steve@ststephensorinda.org]

* Executive Committee: Rev. Dr. Stephen Hassett, Brad Barber, Mindy Bush, D.D. Felton, Scott Rhoades

* Steering Committee: Chris Baker, Alison Eddy, Roy Elliott, Ted Michon, Tracie Nelson, Katie Rittmann, Louise Severy, Jay Stock, Dan Swander, Lê Tran Thi, Tom Worth, Bev Wyllie

 

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Summer Hospitality

Summer Hospitality 
From now until September 3, we will have Summer Hospitality. 

St. Stephen’s will have the coffee & hot water pots ready for Coffee Hour.

The snacks will be provided by you.  As you walk out the door this Sunday, grab a treat to share.  Just put your goodies on the table in the Parish Hall.  If you bring a container be sure you take it home. See you Sunday! 

 

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Backpack Project

Backpack Project 2017!

110 CHILDREN NEED 110 BACKPACKS

For  almost 10  years, the St. Stephen’s congregation has collected money and gathered materials in order to provide the students of St. Cornelius in  Richmond with Backpacks. How to help:

  • Grab a shopping  list and  buy all  the the supplies.
    Go to Sign up Genius and let us know what you will be buying so we can plan our shopping.
  • Send this link above to your friends and family as they might also like to help.
  • Make a donation and let us do the shopping for you (you can give by  check, made out to “St. Stephen’s” with “backpack” in memo or give online (3% fee) give online
  • $25 buys a new, unfilled backpack; $60 buys a backpack for Kindergarten and 1st Graders; $75 buys a filled backpack for 2nd and 3rd.
  • Prayers for the children, teachers, parents/caregivers at St. Cornelius.

We hope you will join us in our commitment to the kids of St. Cornelius who deserve a fresh set of school supplies to start out their 2017/18 academic  year.

Shopping lists and contacts click here

 

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National Night Out

National Night Out, August 1, 2017

The Night is designed to:

  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
  • Heighten crime prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, Neighborhood Watch, and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.
  • Encourage cities and towns all over America to come together to greet their Neighbors, Police, Fire Department & City Hall.
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and united.

National Night Out: Orinda! Tuesday, August 2 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm the church will be offering our lower campus for the St. Stephen’s neighborhood to come together. 

If you live in the St. Stephen’s neighborhood, bring your neighbor and bring a generous plate of appetizers/finger food to share.

If you live outside the St. Stephen’s Neighborhood, find out where your neighborhood will celebrate your National Night Out and get together with your neighbors!

“Together,
we are making
our communities safer,
more caring places to live.”

Download a flyer.

 

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