May 8, 2024

T-Shirt Fundraiser

LAST CHANCE! Our T-Shirt Fundraiser comes to a close tomorrow!

Did you get yours?? Don't miss out, buy one today!

By purchasing a t-shirt, not only will you be supporting our efforts

to share God's love with all of God's people, but you'll also be promoting

our beautiful Church on Main Street where love truly begets love!

You have until May 9th at 11:59PM to make a purchase:

Your support will make a difference!

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


The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Intergenerational Service

May 12 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.

Our coffee hour hosts are:

Adam & Katie

Sunday service is 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 service will also be broadcast on HTTV (Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33) on Tuesday at 6am and 3pm.


Thank you to St. Stephen's Preschool Teachers and all educators for their commitment and dedication to shaping young minds.


by The Rev. Paula J. Toland

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of life and love. We thank you, too, for the gift of maternal love that is modeled for us by Mary. We are so very grateful for the love of women in our lives today who are able to follow the example of Mary in their love for the children they birth, adopt, or foster, as well as all who choose to love and nurture a child to become their best, most authentic self. We ask an awareness of your loving compassion for all whose mothers could not love them in this way, whether because of illness or death, or any other stress or absence. For all women who desire to be mothers but struggle with infertility or any other obstacle, give them courage and strength in this difficult time. For all those women who have loved and nurtured, only to lose, a child of any age, we ask you to bless their hearts and lives with peace. We ask this same blessing for those who have said their final goodbyes to the loving and nurturing women in their lives. In your name we pray. Amen.

Looking Ahead


MAY 12

10am - Intergenerational Sunday Worship

11:30am - Youth Group

1pm - AA Meeting

MAY 13

7:30pm - MA Meeting

MAY 15

7:30pm - Finance Committee Meeting

MAY 16

7pm - Preschool Committee Meeting

MAY 18

Gardening & Campus Cleanup Day

8:30am - 2:30pm

MAY 19

Day of Pentecost

10am - Sunday Worship & Baptism

11:30am - Vestry Meeting

1pm - AA Meeting

MAY 21

7:30pm - MA Meeting

MAY 26

10am - Sunday Service

11:30am - Youth Group

1pm - AA Meeting

MAY 27

7:30pm - MA Meeting



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 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


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...



Saturday, May 18th

8:30am - 2:30pm

Come out and show your love for this lovely piece of God's creation. Bring a pair of gardening gloves, a shovel, a rake, or just yourself, your family and friends! Come for the day, or just an hour or two. We'll be beautifying the campus, doing a little building, filling the beds with soil, and spreading mulch. We'll supply the cold drinks, snacks, and a quick lunch for those who are here at lunch time. Though it's not a requirement, if you think you'll be coming, shoot us an email so we know how to plan for food. And, as always, don't hesitate to join us if you have a last minute change of plans. We always have enough.

For those who would like to donate plants for the Good News Garden, the SignUp is here


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.

The Evelyn Underhill Region.. and beyond

Harp Music and Silence

May 6 at 6PM

Grace Church, Madison

Harp Music and Silence with Merynda Adams, harpist, and meditation facilitator Paula Roper. Contemplative hour of gentle harp music interspersed with silence. 

Free will offering at door.

New York Landmarks Conservancy's

2024 Sacred Sites Open House

May 18-19th

Participating religious institutions in New York will open their doors to the public to showcase their buildings and histories through guided tours, lectures, and musical performances.

Click here for details:

Your parish admin previously worked at NYLC and on several of their annual Sacred Sites events. She says NYLC's Sacred Sites Open House is highly recommended!

From Bishop Hughes & The Episcopal Church


Two things everyone can do to grow the church


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 - 5/1/24


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Find out more and subscribe here.

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 & Retreat Center



Saturday, May 18

Calling on all individuals, youth groups, families, and congregational groups to join us for a day of fun and giving back to our beloved camp. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie to the scene, we need your help to get camp ready for summer.

We've got a lot of work to do to make sure everything is ready for campers. Come on out and lend a hand. It'll be a day filled with laughter, teamwork, and making memories as we roll up our sleeves and dive into some exciting projects. From sprucing up the cabins to clearing trails, there's no shortage of ways you can pitch in.

But it won't just be a day of work—it'll be full of friends and fellowship too! So, come on out and connect with old friends or make some new ones as we bond over shared experiences and a shared love for camp life.

Got some special skills or tools up your sleeve? Awesome! Bring along your chainsaws, leaf blowers, or any other handy tools you've got. We'll put 'em to good use.

Learn more


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

Pete Soltys

We give thanks for the life of Marguerite Smith.

May she 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 Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 12, 2024

We are using the new lectionary,

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

  • Acts 8:26–39
  • Deuteronomy 25:5–9 (alternate)
  • Psalm 45:6–10, 12–15
  • 1 Corinthians 7:32–40
  • Mark 12:18–27

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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