Summer 2017


  • July 30 – Return all Backpack supplies to the church
  • July 30 – Aug 9 – High School Mission Trip

Camp Doodle:

  • This Summer the St. Stephen’s lower campus will be hosting Camp Doodle.  The motto is: Kids are amazing, and deserve to do amazing things. Not just talking about it – actually, truly making real things that can empower both their minds and their self-esteem. 
    Check them out!


  • Tuesday 1 – National Night Out @ 5pm, St. Stephen’s Neighborhood
  • Sunday 7 – Help pack Backpacks for kids
  • Sunday 13 – Mission Trip Re-cap


  • Sunday 10 – St. Stephen’s Day 

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! 

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

* 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

Backpack Project

Backpack Project 2017!


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

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!

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

Download a flyer.

June 4: Celebrate!

  • We start with the Feast of Pentecost at the 8am and 10am service.

The Season after Pentecost
The celebration of Pentecost; the oldest holy day in the Christian church falls on June 4 this year. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples of Jesus were inspired and enflamed by God’s holy Spirit of love, and the story the Bible tells is full of provocative imagery and joyful exuberance. The Season after Pentecost lasts all the way until Advent. Sometimes called “Ordinary Time,” the season after Pentecost is the longest of the Christian calendar. Readings and hymns during this season focus on the ongoing work of developing and fostering Christian community. During this season, the clergy and church are traditionally vested in green.

  • At the 10am service we celebrate the 2017 High School Graduates.
  • At 5pm we get together for Supper Sunday: Pentecost.
  • This Sunday is also the last Sunday of Youth Group until the Fall.

Texas Hold ‘Em

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament!
Saturday, June 17, 5:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
66 Saint Stephen’s Drive; Orinda, CA 94563

To be held outside in the lower lot patio area.

Come play Texas Hold ‘Em to raise money to send youth and chaperones from the Diocese of California on a summer service Mission trip to West Virginia. The buy-in is $50 plus a bottle of wine. Two re-buys will be available for $30 apiece. Childcare is included. Prizes include cash and wine. Don’t know how to play Texas Hold ‘Em? It’s easy. Read HERE or see the video HERE. Please RSVP to

All players get dinner and drinks. Proceeds support a summer service Mission trip combining youth from Christ Church, Church of the Resurrection, St. Paul’s, St. Stephen’s and St. Timothy’s. The youth will spend a week sweating in the summer heat while helping repair homes damaged in the floods of 2016. 

See you at the table!


Christianipiscopalianism 101

Wednesdays from March 8 through May 31
6.30pm to 8.30pm
St Stephen’s Parish Hall

“Catechesis” is the ancient Greek word that means learning or instruction, and traditionally, Lent is the time for learning and instruction. This multi-faceted course begins on the first Wednesday of Lent and lasts for 12 weeks. (People who are interested in Confirmation can use it as preparation, but everyone is encouraged to attend.) We’ll use this time to deepen and enrich our appreciation for and understanding of basic Christian teachings: Baptism, Eucharist, Prayer Practices, the Trinity, Holy Scripture, the Church, and many others. In addition, since every practicing Christian should have a decent familiarity with at least one of the Gospels, the final six weeks will also feature an in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke. These 12 weeks will strengthen your faith, enrich your spiritual life, help you see the world with new eyes, and deepen your commitment to Christ and to St Stephen’s.

contact:      Rev Steve (

                        Rev Jane (

                        Ethan Lowery (

May Parish Retreats

Retreat Season is upon us!
Throughout the Spring, the people of St Stephen’s, in various arrangements, travel for time on retreat: to build community, to strengthen the bonds of friendship, and to deepen and enrich our spiritual lives. Here’s what’s coming up in May. We encourage every member of St Stephen’s to attend at least one retreat every year: it’s good for your soul!

PARISH WEEKEND (Bishop’s Ranch): Talk the Talk!
May 5–7 at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg.
Registration Form here!
Our annual parish weekend takes place the first weekend of May at the Bishop’s Ranch, just outside Healdsburg in Sonoma wine country. The retreat is designed for all ages and includes plenty of social time, free time, and dedicated time for spiritual reflection on this year’s theme: Telling Our Stories. We’ll be using stories and story-telling as a way to better understand the way that our own life story is deeply connected to the story of God and God’s people. Listening to stories, and learning to tell our own, we develop the capacity to experience God’s love present in the fabric of our own lives (and mirrored in the stories handed down to us in our tradition). To reserve your spot, please submit a Registration form with payment or contact Brenda in the parish office:

PARISH WEEKEND (St Dorothy’s Rest): Walk the Walk!
May 12–13  Woods-to-Waves at St Dorothy’s Rest.
St Dorothy’s Rest is the oldest Summer Camp in the State of California, and has been operated by the Episcopal Church since it’s founding in 1901. Every Summer, St Dorothy’s dedicates two weeks of camp to communities of children who live with cancer, or who are recipients of major organ transplant. In partnership with California Pacific Medical Center, and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, St Dorothy’s offers these weeks of camp free of charge to children whose lives are otherwise anything but normal. The annual Woods-to-Waves fundraiser is one of the primary sources of scholarship funding for those camps, and St Stephen’s has long been an active participant in the effort, either by walking or supporting walkers with donations. This year, we’re inviting you to consider committing to an overnight the Friday before, so we can learn more about Health Camps, about St Dorothy’s, and about each other. We’ll celebrate a simple eucharist before heading out for the hike on Saturday morning, and stick around after the hike to feast together and enjoy some good company before heading home. Walkers are welcome to spend an additional night on Saturday, which option you can select when you register for the event.

Register for Woods-to-Waves at the St. Dorothy’s website

Spring Fling ~ May 20

Saturday, May 20 from 6-10pm
BBQ & Dancing: come rock and roll!
Poodle Skirts/DA’s optional. 
Prize for best costume

Beer & Wine: $3/ticker or $5 for 2 tickets (soft drinks included in ticket price)

$25 per person
$5 for children under 12

You can confirm your reservation by sending your check to the church office or putting it in the plate on Sunday. 
You can also pay by credit card here. Under Donation allocation choose other and write in “Spring Fling”. 
Let us know your coming by sending an email the office (

Reservations limited. Childcare is provided at no additional cost