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We had a wonderful week at Vacation Bible School 2024. Our theme was camping.

We started each morning with a choice of crafts and then gathered for our "campfire" and group chats. Our discussions centered around ways in which we can do the work that God asks of us.The children were all eager to participate. They shared their thoughts on how to be kind to others, how to be loving and how to show respect for ourselves, each other and God's earth with all his creatures. There were lots of smiles and laughter and many new friendships were formed.

Coffee Hour Question

What’s your favorite hymn?

Elizabeth Beadle, Bill & Cathy Byerly, Ian Bradshaw, Stuart Campbell, Jan Christensen, Anne Droese, Nancy Dupuis, Erik, Karen Englehart, Kathleen Faraday, Pam Hall, Liz Hansen, Pat & Joe Harbison, Mary Sue Hutchins, Nyla Imberg, Jaci Jernstedt, Cat Jurichko, Margaret Mattox, Ronnie McCloskey, Cliff & Nancy Pinder, Laura Seidelman, Merle Silverman, Todd Smith, Roxanna Trutner, and Marilyn Van Story.

Backpack Drive - Until July 14th!

This year St Stephen’s can support local at-risk students at a whole new level! A generous parishioner is donating ALL the supplies needed to fill every empty backpack we bring to church! Can you help? Here’s what we need:

MAKE A DONATION by check or online through St Stephen’s, noting Backpack Project, or

DONATE NEW, EMPTY BACKPACKS: Bring to church on or before July 14:

·  Kids’ style bags, especially colorful patterns.

·  Teens’ bags: sturdy, full sized backpacks.


On July 14 during coffee hour we will fill ‘em up and load ‘em up for delivery to Mt Diablo Unified School District.

Last year, St Stephen’s donated enough backpacks to equip 255 students! What might we do this year? It’s time for us to be God’s hands and show God’s love for our neighboring students!

We’re headed to our Summer Era!

We might be headed for warmer weather, but St. Stephen’s isn’t slowing down! We have a great calendar of summer events, and we hope to see you at as many as possible!

Looking for a volunteer to help Drive

Beginning Sunday, June 16th Lucy Shin needs a ride to and from St. Stephen’s during the summer for the 9am service. She lives in the Monteverde Senior Apartments on 2 Irwin Way in Orinda across from the Orinda Community Church.  Ordinarily a friend who lives in the same building brings her to church, and Susan and Chuck Muenchow take her home after coffee hour.  But neither her friend nor the Muenchow’s can do this over the summer. Lucy, who became blind as an adult, is a lively, cheerful woman for whom the Sunday church service is the highlight of her week.  Every Sunday she waits patiently at the front door for her ride, and there is convenient parking in front of the building.  If you can arrange to provide rides for Lucy even for a portion of the summer, please contact Lyn Houssami at the church office.  If you have questions re: what is involved, please email Susan Muenchow, Whoever helps will be treated to a Korean barbecue in the fall!

Parish Office Hours (Office Closed on Wednesday, June 19th)

The Parish office will be closed this Wednesday, June 19th for Juneteenth. Also, Lyn will be out of the office this week (June 17-21) on vacation.  For finance related questions please contact Liz at  Rev. Matt will be in the office and you can call him directly at 925-254-3770 x102.