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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!

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

June 2017 & Beyond

Sunday 4              Feast of Pentecost and Holy Baptism
Sunday 4              Celebrate High School Graduates

Sunday 4              Last Youth Group of the year
Sunday 4              Supper Sunday: Pentecost
Sunday 11             Choir Appreciation
Sunday 18             Summer Choir & Hospitality begin
Mon 19 – Fri 23      Sonshine Camp!
Sunday 25             Roxanne Rhoades Retirement &
                             Thank you Party!
Mon-Fri 26-30        Middle School Immersion Trip

Sunday 2                Middle School Trip Recap
Tuesday 4               Office Closed
30 – Aug 9             High School Mission Trip                          

Tuesday 1             National Night Out @ 5pm
                                – St. Stephen’s Neibghborhood

Sunday 13             Mission Trip Re-cap     

Sunday 10             St. Stephen’s Day 


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


Middle/High School Mission Trips

Middle School Immersion Trip

Youth from five different Episcopal Churches in the East Bay come together for a 5 day lock-in [June 26th-30th] in the parish house of All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley. The theme for the trip is “Citizens of the World” and will focus on the work of Community Organizing through a Christian lens. We’ll spend our days information and service trips around the Bay Area, and our evenings in reflection and fun. The cost is $150 per youth and we have a 25 youth cap this year, so if you are interested, make yourself known!

For questions/interest, contact Ethan at or by text/phone at 804-837-0467. And click HERE for the registration form.

High School Mission Trip 2017 – Appalachia!

We have a mission trip! From July 30th to August 8th, St. Stephen’s will be headed to Greenbrier Country, West Virginia to do a week of flood relief work, and then to take the weekend and see some fun local amenities (Charleston, Shenandoah, New River Gorge, etc.). This year’s trip will again be a collaboration of St. Stephen’s with the God Squad, a cohort of five East Bay Episcopal Churches. Youth who were in high school (9th-12th grades) during the 2016-17 school year are eligible for the trip. A $250 deposit is due upon registration. Registration Forms are available HERE, or in the office.
For more information, read a letter HERE or contact Ethan at or by text/phone at 804-837-0467.