June 8, 2022
About last week...

Thank you to everyone, inncluding friends from Christ Church, who joined us on Sat, June 4th and helped to mulch and spruce up our campus!

Lots of work was also completed on our Good News Garden last weekend.

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Deb DiGregorio and Ron Toland, who were joined by others throughout the day, we have 3/4 of the fencing up and our plant beds will soon be ready for planting. Final work will be completed on the fence and our Good News Garden sign will be hung. Once we are ready, we'll bless the garden and all those who will eat a bit healthier because of our labors.

Join us in welcoming our newly baptized. Welcome to the family, Max.
Covid Protocols for Common Worship - UPDATED
CovidActNow, the website we use to determine our Covid practices, has been updated to reflect the current CDC guidelines. As long as Essex County has a low/green level of community risk and children under age five cannot be vaccinated, these guidelines will remain in effect.

  • Congregational singing is approved with reasonable precautions.

  • We have suspended the Common Cup because of the change in our Community Risk Level to medium. We will bring it back when the risk level returns to "low."

  • The 8:00 service is back! This is a masks optional, spoken service. Rev. Paula will be masked during the Eucharistic Prayer and distribution of Communion.

  • The 10:00am service, which is our principal service will remain masks required for the time being. We will sing, which continues to be a high-risk activity indoors and unmasked. Rev. Paula will be masked except when preaching. The Vestry will review this decision periodically.

  • For small groups, masks will be optional if everyone at the table agrees.

  • We no longer take temperatures, but we continue to ask for contact tracing information.
Happening at St. Stephen's This Week...


It's wonderful to be with each other in church and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with congregational singing.

Live-streamed to YouTube, Facebook, and via Zoom. Bulletins are available on the St. Stephen's website. All links can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

Zoom passcode is SSM119.

The Sunday service will also be broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33) on Tuesday at 6am and 3pm.
Please join us on Sunday, June 5 at 8:00am and 10:00am
for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday Services.

ALL are welcome!
Looking Ahead

JUN 12
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
11pm - North Jersey PRIDE Festival
1pm - AA Meeting

JUN 13
7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 14
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

JUN 15
7:30pm - Finance Committee Meeting

JUN 16
7pm - Preschool Committee Meeting

JUN 19
Communion for All
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
11:30am - Vestry Meeting
1pm - AA Meeting

JUN 20
7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 21
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

JUN 26
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
11:30am - Reading with the Rector
1pm - AA Meeting

JUN 27
7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 28
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

9am - Interfaith Bible Hour

8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting

Independence Day
7:30pm - MA Meeting

5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

JUL 10
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting

JUL 11
7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUL 12
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

JUL 17
Communion for All
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
11:30am - Vestry Meeting
1pm - AA Meeting

JUL 18
7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUL 19
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

JUL 20
7:30pm - Finance Committee Meeting

JUL 21
7pm - Preschool Committee Meeting

JUL 24
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting

JUL 25
7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUL 26
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study

JUL 31
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting
Drumming Camp dates *to be determined*

7:30pm - MA Meeting
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting
9am - Interfaith Bible Study
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting
7:30pm - MA Meeting
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study
7pm – Worship Committee
AUG 14
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting
AUG 15
7:30pm - MA Meeting
AUG 16
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study
AUG 17
7:30pm - Finance Committee Meeting
AUG 18
7pm - Preschool Committee Meeting
AUG 21
Communion for All
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
11:30am - Vestry Meeting
1pm - AA Meeting
AUG 22
7:30pm - MA Meeting
AUG 23
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study
AUG 28
8am - Sunday Worship
10am - Sunday Worship
1pm - AA Meeting
AUG 29
7:30pm - MA Meeting
AUG 30
5pm - Women's Lectionary Study
Other Happenings...
Pride Month is observed each June to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and all of the efforts since to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.

We've compiled a list of movies to recognize and appreciate our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters. You are invited to watch the moves and comment or question as you feel moved. Go to our Facebook page and click on "More" beneath the picture of the church, you'll see "Groups" as an option. The discussion of these movies will be in the "Pride Month Movie Connection" group.

The movies:

  • Buddies
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Longtime Companion
  • Angels in America
  • Rope
  • Best in Show
  • Milk
  • Carol
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Normal Heart
  • The Birdcage
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Disclosure
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson
  • A Secret Love
  • Philadelphia
June 12, 12:00 to 6:00pm

Memorial Park Amphitheatre
580 Valley Street

Join us at the festival, stop by our booth, take a giveaway or two, and help represent St. Stephen's,
The Church on Main Street where love begets love!

For more info, click here.
Saturday, June 11

In March 2018, members of the Diocese of Newark joined with members of the Diocese of New Jersey and LEAMNJ (Lutherans Engaging in Advocacy Ministry) to "pray with their feet" by participating in the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., in response to the school shooting in Parkland, FL.

Now, in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, TX, another March for Our Lives in D.C. is planned for Saturday, June 11. LEAMNJ is organizing buses for a New Jersey contingent, with a bus pickup/dropoff location at Christ Church in Short Hills (6 AM pickup, approximately 8 PM dropoff).

Bus tickets are $20/person and include a T-shirt.

NEW Registration deadline: Thursday, June 9 at 11:59pm

Register here.

Questions? Please contact Chris Whitaker at cwhitaker@christchurchshorthills.org.

Sunday, June 26
11:30am - 1:00pm

We will meet in the Common Room,
or you may join via Zoom.
We will be discussing:

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage--and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media--through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell--Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?

Saturday, August 13
8:00pm at St. Stephen's

With works by Telemann, van Eyck, Valiente, and more.

Jessica Valiente, recorders
Laura Ferraro, flute
Andrew Pecota, baroque bassoon
Daphne Faulkner, violin and percussion
Maggie Faulkner, violin
Lisa Faulkner, viola
Rick Faulkner, double bass
Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord

Complimentary tickets will be available
for St. Stephen's parishioners.
Details coming soon.

Weekly AA meetings:

Sunday at 1:00pm
Contact: Rob H. (516) 860-9062

For more information about
Alcohol Anonymous, click here.

Weekly MA meeting:

Monday at 7:30pm
Contact: Max T. (212) 203-2542
Contact: Deana L. (908) 499-8997

MA meetings are presented in a rotating format -- Step, Speaker, Story from Life with Hope, Topic.

For more information about
Marijuana Anonymous, click here.
From Bishop Hughes & The Episcopal Church
Special Recognition & Gratitude
St. Stephen's 2022 Honoree:

Nancy Sieffert
As we continue to work through the change and challenges of this time, says Bishop Hughes, that inspiration that led us to the faith in the first place and that keeps us going in the faith is going to be important to us.

NEW: The VOICE Online Link - 6/8/22

Article published on May 31 in the Star-Ledger as a guest columnist opinion piece.

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June 12 at 3:00pm

You are invited to join Bishop Hughes and the Senior Ministries of the Diocese of Newark for the 25th annual David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Hegg Awards are given annually to members of our diocese who are:

  • Age 60+.
  • A long-standing, active member of your congregation.
  • Made or makes contributions to the congregation and/or the diocese.

The service will be pre-recorded and broadcast on the diocesan YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/dionewark.
Fourth of July Weekend Rest and Renewal Retreat

July 1-4, 2022

This weekend offers a lightly structured time to retreat from daily obligations and engage a deepening awareness of our relationships—with ourselves, those around us, the divine, and all of creation.

For details and registration, click here.
Resources During Covid
There are many, many resources available to parishes and individuals to help sustain our faith practices during this unprecedented time.

In this time of Crisis, there are resources that can help if you or someone you know needs assistance. Please contact NJ Mental Health Cares for free helpline telephone counseling or assistance. Call 866-202-4357.
TTY: 1-877-294-4356.
E-mail: help@njmentalhealthcares.org

Other resources are:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line, 741741
NJ Hope Line (suicide prevention) 
Prayer List
Please keep the following St. Stephen's family
members and friends in your prayers...
Peggy Thompson
Donna Riggi
The Blanchard Family
The McManus Family
Bernard & Nathan
Lucille B.
Jack Moreno
Joseph G.
Jane Rossiter
Ningyu Liu & Family
Mike Losito
Evan D. & Family
Donna Stadler Hostetler
Liliane Khouri
Theresa Scharff
Virginia Whatley
Lance Hochmuth
Nicole Salvetti
Marianne Jacobs & Family
Ed Roman
Emma Simonich
Scott Landers
Inge Bass Mills
Agi Lowe
Joan Shuss
Shane Tate
If you would like to add someone to our prayer list, please email us at church@ststephensmillburn.org, or call (973) 376-0688 Ext. 32.

Anyone for whom we are praying will be on our prayer list for six weeks. If prayers are still needed beyond that time period, please let us know. Thank you.
Sunday Lectionary
June 12, 2022
First Sunday after Pentecost:
Trinity Sunday

If you'd like to read the full lectionary for the week, you may do so here.
Giving with Tithe.ly
Giving with Tithe.ly is easy with options for recurring donations or one-time use for when you are away or not able to be in church (like all of us now due to COVID restrictions).

You can access Tithe.ly via their website or their app on your smart phone. Be sure to search for the correct account - "St. Stephen's Church Millburn." Once you have accessed the account page with our address, you will be instructed to follow the prompts.
Office Notes
Due to COVID restrictions, only teachers and staff are allowed to be in the building during school hours. If you need to visit the parish office/building for any reason, please contact us for an appointment. Thank you.
Did you lose a necklace in our parking lot during the month of May?
Please reach out to Maria.
Important Links
Zoom Links
Links for Sunday Worship Live-Stream & Social Media
Website Links
Other Social Media Links
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041

Parish Administrator, Maria T. Card
973.376.0688, Ext. 32

Rector, The Rev. Paula J. Toland
973.376.0688, Ext. 21

Fax: 973.376.4002
Website: ststephensmillburn.org


Director: Nancy Siracusa
Phone: 973.376.3534, Ext. 20
Email: sspsmillburn@gmail.com