May 22, 2024

Sad News: A Death in Our Parish Family


Pete Soltys passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19th.

Please hold all who loved Pete in your prayers, especially his loving partner, Irene, and his children, Jamie and Jennifer.

The family has plans for a memorial service on June 15th at 11:00am.

Happening at St. Stephen's This Week...


First Sunday After Pentecost

May 26 at 10:00am

ALL are welcome.

At Communion, you may receive the wine by sipping from the cup, reverently touching the base of the chalice, or you may choose Communion in one kind only (the bread).

Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall

after the service.

We need a coffee hour host(s) for this Sunday! If willing and able, please let us know at

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

The Sunday service will also be broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and

Verizon TV 33) on Tuesday at 6am and 3pm.

Looking Ahead


MAY 26

10am - Sunday Service

11:30am - Youth Group

1pm - AA Meeting

MAY 27

Memorial Day

7:30pm - MA Meeting

MAY 28

Parish Office is closed.



10am - Sunday Worship

11:30pm - Reading with the Rector

1pm - AA Meeting


7:30pm - MA Meeting


Choir Appreciation Day

10am - Intergenerational Sunday Worship

11:30am - Youth Group

12pm - North Jersey Pride Festival

1pm - AA Meeting

JUN 10

7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 15

11:00am - Pete Soltys Memorial

JUN 16

Last day of Children's Chapel

10am - Sunday Worship

11:30am - Vestry Meeting

1pm - AA Meeting

JUN 17

7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 19

7:30pm - Finance Committee Meeting

JUN 23

End of Year Celebration & Cookout

10am - Sunday Worship

11:30am - Youth Group

1pm - AA Meeting

JUN 24

7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 30

10am - Sunday Service

1pm - AA Meeting



10am - Sunday Worship

11:30pm - Reading with the Rector

1pm - AA Meeting


7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUL 4 & 5

Independence Day observ.

Preschool & Parish Office are closed.


10am - Sunday Worship

1pm - AA Meeting


7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUN 14

10am - Intergenerational Sunday Worship & Baptism

11:30am - Youth Group

1pm - AA Meeting

JUL 15

7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUL 17

7:30pm - Finance Committee Meeting

JUL 21

10am - Sunday Worship

11:30am - Vestry Meeting

1pm - AA Meeting

JUL 22

7:30pm - MA Meeting

JUL 28

10am - Sunday Worship

11:30am - Youth Group

1pm - AA Meeting

JUL 29

7:30pm - MA Meeting


A summary of information and the known dates of Rev. Paula’s sabbatical can be found on the St. Stephen’s website. Updates will be posted periodically.

Other Happenings...

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sat, May 18th and helped to mulch, plant and spruce up the St. Stephen's campus!

Our Good News Garden beds are fully planted, the watering system is active, and our harvests will once again help feed the families supported by the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Many blessings!


Sunday, June 2nd

11:30am - 1:00pm

We will be discussing the first three chapters of the book we are reading together for our Year of Renewal: The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau. Books are available free, thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program.

"The classic guide to making travel meaningful. The Art of Pilgrimage is a travel guide full of inspiration for the spiritual traveler.

Not just for pilgrims. We are descendants of nomads. And although we no longer partake in this nomadic life, the instinct to travel remains. Whether we’re planning a trip or buying a secondhand copy of Siddhartha, we’re always searching for a journey, a pilgrimage. With remarkable stories from famous travelers, poets, and modern-day pilgrims, The Art of Pilgrimage is for the mindful traveler who longs for something more than diversion and escape."


Sunday, June 9

12:00 to 6:00pm

Memorial Park Amphitheatre

580 Valley Street, Maplewood

There will be live musical performances, 120+ vendors, a food court, a kid's zone and much more!

Stop by our booth, take a giveaway or

two, and help promote St. Stephen's,

The Church on Main Street where

LOVE begets LOVE!

For more info about the festival:


Please consider hosting!

Host(s) provide milk and food

for Coffee Hour on Sunday.

Sweet -or- savory.

Bought -or- made.

The hosting sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.


The Counting Ministry is required

for compliance with best business

practices and our audit process.

Please consider joining this team, which works in pairs immediately after the service. It’s actually one of the least time-consuming and most straightforward ways you can participate in the vital ministries of this parish.

Email Maria for the 2024 signup.

Faithful Outreach



We are continuing our hospitality ministry with Family Promise and will be "hosting" the week of June 16th, however, with a little change in format.


As you know, the families are sheltering in long-term stay hotels and we have been providing meals and groceries. Due to some recent drop-off related challenges, Family Promise has determined that the safest way for them to continue to provide essential services in a way that meets the needs of the families and respects their dignity is by the host congregations donating gift cards.  This commitment to the mission of their ministry is one of the reasons Family Promise is one of our designated ministry partners. 


So, to live our faith and in support of Family Promise and its truly life-changing mission, we ask that you show your support by donating ShopRite or DoorDash/Grubhub gift cards so that the families in shelter continue to be able to focus on their goals. You may bring the gift cards to Church services on June 9th and June 16th or drop them off at the Church office. If you have any questions, please talk with Linda Soughan or email her at


Thank you for your continuing and enthusiastic support of this long time St. Stephen's ministry!


North Porch Women & Infants' Centers provides emergency aid, in the form of baby supplies, to mothers and infants in northern New Jersey, to help them stabilize and improve the quality of their lives.

Our collection bin is located outside the education building doors year-round. Donations can be dropped off at any time. Items of urgent need are:

  • Enfamil 12.5 oz powdered baby formula and soy formula
  • Diapers sized 1 through 6 and Pull-ups of all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Jars of baby food all ages-fruit, veggie and 1st foods
  • Baby Cereal

If you would like to make a monetary donation to North Porch, please click here.


The Apostles' House Turns 40

this Year!!

Apostles' House provides compassionate care for homeless women, fostering healing and empowerment. They plan new programs focusing on trauma-informed care and crisis intervention, addressing immediate needs and long-term healing. They aim to create a space 

where every woman feels heard, breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Help Apostles' House celebrate their four decades of unwavering commitment by contributing to their goal of raising $400,000 this year!

Learn more here

Collection bins for non-perishable food and hygiene product donations are available year-round outside our education building doors.

The Evelyn Underhill Region.. and beyond

Kol Dodi Presents:

Ancient Echoes, Modern Voices

Thursday, May 23

7:00 PM

Temple Beth Shalom

Come join us at Temple Beth Shalom where Kol Dodi will be presenting a unique choral performance titled Ancient Echoes, Modern Voices. Experience a blend of traditional and contemporary Jewish music that will transport you through time and touch your soul.

Ticket Information

Pre-Registration: Adult - $25

Senior/Student - $18

At the Door: Adult - $30

Senior/Student - $25

If you need assistance with purchasing tickets, please contact:

From Bishop Hughes & The Episcopal Church


How you can support the newly Confirmed, Received and Reaffirmed - 5/1/24

If you want to grow the church, says Bishop Hughes, start by growing your own faith in fellowship with other faithful Christians, which will empower you to talk about faith with others who need to hear the good news that they are loved by God. 

The Voice Online Link - 5/15/24


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Racial Justice & Equity Pilgrimage

Saturday, June 8 at 8:45am

Grace Church, Madison

Join Bishop Hughes for a walking tour through the racial history of Madison, NJ.

The itinerary for this day-long pilgrimage has been developed by the Rev. George Dredden of the diocesan Racial Justice and Healing Commission, in conjunction with

Professor Jonathan Golden, Ph.D., Director of Drew University's Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.

The pilgrimage will conclude no later than 4 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Cost: $20 per person.

For more info.

Cross Roads Camp & Diocesan Youth Ministries



Copper Hill Country Club

June 24

Can you believe it's been over two decades since Cross Roads started bringing joy and transformation to kids and families from all corners of New Jersey and beyond? It's been an incredible journey, and we owe it all to the amazing support of folks like you!

The life-changing impact of Cross Roads isn't just a stroke of luck – it's made possible by the generosity of countless individuals who support Cross Roads by giving their time and money to make our ministry possible and the Bishops' Cup is just that, an opportunity for you to invest in our ministry.

Bishops' Cup is a golf fundraiser hosted at the Copper Hill Country Club. You can participate by becoming a sponsor or registering as a golfer.

Thank you for being a part of our journey and for helping us continue to spread love, faith, and joy to all who walk onto our campus. Continue your support by joining us at this amazing event.

Learn more.


Pop Up is a welcoming ministry of the Diocese of Newark bringing together youth for fun activities, community, and faith formation. All youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to join the monthly events.

Follow popupym on Instagram

and Facebook.


In this time of Crisis, there are many 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.


Other resources are:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line, 741741

NJ Hope Line (suicide prevention) 



Weekly AA meetings:

Sunday at 1:00pm

Contact: Rob H. (516) 860-9062

AA meetings are presented in Big Book format.

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.

Prayer List
Please keep the following St. Stephen's family
members and friends in your prayers...

Harold Williams

Ken Duge

Donna Bogardus

Ruth and Ron Gadbois

Lucy and Habib Faris

Jody Caldwell

Gina del Russo

 Dan Brown

Karen McCarthy


Lucy Bingham

Linda Petrillo

Jennifer Reilly

David Losito

Jack Moreno

 Melissa Guerrero


Kevin Young

Luther and Leon

Muriel Cruikshank

Jimmy Holl

Lillian Sutich

David Schnurrenberger

Mary Loucas

Sean Fitzgerald

Evie Larson

Donna Riggi

We give thanks for the life of Pete Soltys.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

If you would like to add someone to our prayer list, please email us at, 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

The First Sunday After Pentecost

May 26, 2024

We are using the new lectionary,

Wilda Gafney's A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church, Year B.

  • Hosea 11:1-4
  • Psalm 130:5-8; 131:1-3
  • 2 Peter 1:16-18
  • Matthew 28:16-20

Our bulletins are available here.

Giving with


Giving with is easy with options for recurring donations or one-time use for when you are away or not able to be in church.

You can access giving here.

Office Notes

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.


Tuesday - Friday

9:00am to 5:00pm

Important Links
Zoom Links

Sunday Worship

Meeting ID: 864 1664 1640

Passcode: SSM119

To call in, dial by your location:

+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Adult Formation

Meeting ID: 878 3014 4448

Passcode: SSM119

To call in, dial by your location:

+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

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. 2

Rector, The Rev. Paula J. Toland

973.376.0688, Ext. 4

Fax: 973.376.4002



Director: Nancy Siracusa

973.376.0688, Ext. 1


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