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Elizabeth Beadle, Bill & Cathy Byerly, Stuart Campbell, Jan Christensen, Devin, 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.

Parish Town Hall July 10th on Zoom

Feedback after the Annual Meeting suggested parishioners would appreciate a mid-year update. To that end, we invite you to attend our Parish Town Hall. It will be an online-only meeting on Zoom, Wednesday July 10 at 7:30PM.

At the meeting, we will review the various repairs and upgrades to our Buildings and Grounds. We will also be sharing the 1, 3, and 5-year goals which the Vestry adopted to guide our congregation. The meeting will be recorded and shared with parishioners for those who can not attend.

Backpack Drive - Until July 14th!

There’s still time for YOU to help our local students succeed in school! On July 14 at 9am St. Stephen’s will welcome a speaker from Sydney Paige Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing high-quality backpacks and school supplies to students in need. Thanks to your generosity this year we’ll be packing school supplies for over 250 underserved kids at Mt Diablo Unified School District. It’s not too late to get involved:

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

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

  • Kids’ style bags, especially colorful patterns.

  • Teens’ bags: sturdy, full sized backpacks.

FILL A BACKPACK ON JULY 14:

Parish Life is supplying a bountiful Backpack Party Coffee Hour, and our own Scout Troop 303 will be here to help. All the supplies and instructions will be provided. You can help fill all those bags and the scouts will load ‘em up for delivery to Mt Diablo Unified School District. Thank You!

Happenings around

St. Stephen’s Campus

Parish Life

Thank YOU!

WHAT A CELEBRATION……….!

On July 3rd the Parish Hall was crowded with tables of parishioners enjoying the fabulous Tri Tip dinner prepared by the Friars. Outside, the St Stephen’s flatbed float was covered in red metallic mylar fringe and 4th of July tinsel, ready for showtime! On the 4th , parishioners and preschool families gathered at the BART lot, ready for the Orinda Parade. Despite the heat, everyone waved flags and pinwheels, kids wore head bobbers and 4th of July tattoos, candy was passed out and we all had a great time! Thanks to your support, it was the best parade ever!

 

SO WHY DO WE PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE? As you know, we don’t enter the 4th of July Parade solely for fun---it is fun but we do it for a reason. We at St Stephen’s want our church to be multi-generational. We want to see more young families in the pews and at our celebrations. We want to see more kids in Sunday School, more acolytes at the altar. We want to have a robust budget supported by a congregation that grows larger each year. One way to get there is to raise our visibility in the Lamorinda community. The 4th of July parade is one vehicle to show what a great place St. Stephen’s is.

 

SPECIAL THANKS….

To all of you who gave candy, helped decorate the Parish Hall for the Tri Tip dinner, put tinsel on the Float, walked or rode in the Parade. Big thanks to the Friars for their work to provide us with a fabulous dinner. All of this takes all of you to make it happen.

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, skmuenchow@yahoo.com. Whoever helps will be treated to a Korean barbecue in the fall!