April, 2017

Lenten Program for 2017

“Speaking Our Faith”

There is one more session for our Lenten Program.  On April 5, we will gather for a simple meal of soup, bread and salad, followed by a video presentation and discussion, and concluding with Compline. 

The schedule will be:

5:30 pm - Simple Meal

6:15 pm - Video Presentation

6:45 pm - Discussion

7:15 pm - Compline


About the video sessions:

Most Christians have trouble pinpointing exactly what they believe and finding appropriate ways to articulate it.  Author, pastor, and Episcopal priest Kit Carlson knows this. She spent years studying the fundamentals of faith discovery and communication in mainline, Christian communities, and now offers her insights to the Church as a way to bring renewal and vitality to believers and faith communities.


Our final session will be "This I Believe."  Join us!


Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 9 8:00 and 10:00 - Our Palm Sunday Liturgy  begins with the Blessing of Palm Branches in the Parish Hall, followed by the Procession of the Palms, led by a child on a pony!  There will be a dramatic reading of The Passion Gospel.


Tuesday in Holy Week, April 11  

7:30 pm -  Episcopal Church Women's Quiet Night, with meditations offered by Catherine Wiezorek.


Maundy Thursday, April 13

7:00 pm - The Liturgy of the Lord's Supper commemorates the institution of the Eucharist of our Lord together with hand washing, procession to the Altar of Repose, and the stripping of the altar.  The Vigil watch at the Altar of Repose begins at the conclusion of this Liturgy.


Good Friday, April 14

7:00 am -  The Liturgy of Good Friday.

12:00 Noon - The Way of the Cross (outside).

7:00 pm - The Liturgy of Good Friday, with Hymns.


Holy Saturday, April 15

7:00 pm - The Great Vigil of Easter begins with  The Service of Light, which includes the  kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, and the chanting of the Exsultet. The Service of Lessons follows, with readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers. We will then renew our Baptismal Vows and share in the Holy Eucharist.   Bring bells!


Easter Sunday, April 16

8:00 am - Festive Eucharist: A simple but joyous celebration with an Easter hymn.

10:00 am - Festive Choral Eucharist: a festive celebration with Easter hymns and other music offered by St. Stephen's Choir.


Confirmation Classes

Confirmation classes began on Sunday, March 12, and conclude on May 14.  All classes will be on Sundays at 9:00 am in Classroom Three.  We will not meet on Easter Sunday.


If you are interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation, please speak with Fr. Terry.


Flea Market - First Wednesdays

7:30 to 1:30 in the Parish Hall

Our Flea Market has moved inside for the first Wednesday of every month during the colder months.  

Whether you are a treasure hunter or a bargain hunter, come and see or sell!


We will start our weekly Flea Market outside April 19.


Relay for Life

Chris Presti is collecting donations for Southern Ocean County's Relay for Life each Sunday after the 10:00 service until Mother's Day, May 14. 


Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. These events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.


Can't find Chris?  You may also leave a check payable to The American Cancer Society in the mail slot outside the office marked "EYC - Chris and Mike Presti."  Questions?  Call Chris at 609-709-0350.


White Elephant Auction - April 2nd

Mark your calendars April 2nd White Elephant Auction right after the 10am service. For those of you that aren’t familiar with this here’s how it works. There will  be an admission fee of $3.00 and everyone brings a wrapped gift (so you can’t see what it is). It can be a gift you got from Christmas you really can’t use or even something in your house that is good condition that you don’t use or need anymore ie: a vase a knick knack etc….  We then have an auction for the wrapped gifts the bids can be just .25 cents or a couple dollars nothing too crazy just fun. We will also be serving lunch.


So come out for some lunch and loads of fun!!!!!!!!!! Any questions please see Peggy Beck.



Strategic Planning Initiative

The Vestry has agreed that it is in the best interest of Saint Stephen’s to develop a Strategic Plan Initiative (SPI).  Strategic planning is seeking God’s will for Saint Stephen’s and involves a comprehensive review of church activities, programs, ministries, organization and administrative operations. 


Please answer the questions on the half page form ‘Saint Stephen’s Strategic Planning Initiative’ for your Strategic Planning Team.  If you need a copy, you can find these at the back of the Church. 


The Vestry has appointed a committee to formulate and conduct the SPI.  The members are Jim Joeriman (Chair), Tina Wetter (Vice Chair), Stacy Cranmer and Al Frizziola.


Sunday Seminar

 The Sunday Seminar meets at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. Our facilitator is Cherie Calletta-Martin. The topic is forgiveness.  Join this lively group, and be prepared to learn and laugh!


Blue Claws!

We are going to two BlueClaws games again this summer.  The Southern BBQ is Friday, July 14th.  Cost Adults $26.95 and Children (5-12) $18.95.  The second game is Friday, August 18th.  Cost Adults $10.00 and Juniors/Seniors $8.00.  You can contact me by cell phone 609-709-5724 or via Email pattiemeyer@yahoo.com.  Hope to see you there!

Thanks, Pattie Meyer



Thrift Outlet

The Thrift Outlet is open from 10:00 to 2:00 Monday through Saturday.  All of our workers are volunteers, who do a wonderful job, and support our parish through their efforts.  Got a couple of hours during the week?  Come down and join us at the Thrift Outlet!


Altar Guild

The St. Stephen’s Altar Guild is a group of dedicated parishioners that is responsible for preparing the altar and sanctuary for worship, and for the care and maintenance of the worship vessels and vestments of the parish. It is a ministry that is prayerful, careful, and joyful. The Altar Guild helps all of us to worship God, “in the beauty of holiness.”  We are currently looking for new members for this ministry.   If you are interested please see Fr. Terry, Maureen O'Keefe or Marie Carr.

Altar Guild Prayer;  On Beginning Our Work :
Dear God, be with us this day as we prepare the sanctuary for your people. Make us humble as your instruments, skilled as your creation, reverent in your service. Help us not to let the form of things blind us to their sacred purpose, or personal concerns deafen us to the needs of others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Altar Guild Prayer; On Completing Our Work:
Dear God, we have completed the tasks set for us today. Thank you for allowing us this service. May we carry back into the world and into our homes some of the holy mystery that has surrounded us here, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Note for Current Members:  Please remember to sign the calendar in the Sacristy with the dates you are willing to volunteer to prepare for the Sunday liturgies, preferably at least once every other month.   Thank you!



Bishop's Spring Conference

Saturday, May 6

Building on our diocesan theme, “Know Your Story, Live It Boldly”, this year’s Bishop Spring Conference will provide attendees with the tools and resources for lay and clergy to develop and strengthen Christian formation programs in their particular ministry settings. Drawing from their extensive knowledge of Christian formation process, Chris Yaw of ChurchNext, Tracy Rasosevic of TracyRad.com, and The Rev. Alberto Cutié will deliver tangible practices along with year-round useful opportunities for congregations and individuals beyond the day-long event. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to interact with conference presenters directly and will leave with tools and resources to “Know Your Story, Live It Boldly.”

Chris Yaw of ChurchNext will present traditional messaging leveraged through new technologies.

Tracy Radosevic of TracyRad.com will present what people want, need and yearn for in the stories we tell in church.  She is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator. Rev. Alberto Cutié  has entered millions of homes throughout the world with his television and radio talk shows, books, as well as his newspaper columns.  Alberto will lead us in discussions and interactive learning relative to multicultural formation and digital technologies. 


When:  Saturday, May 6 from 9 am to 3:30 pm

Where:  Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-609 392-3805

Cost:  Register through April 7 - $12; register April 8 and on - $20.  Lunch included.  Register online by Wednesday, May 3.

 Registration - http://tinyurl.com/zuwa7dp


Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church

Waretown, New Jersey