Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
Waretown, New Jersey
Welcome Home Sunday
Annual Parish Picnic and Ministry Fair
September 9, 2018 at 11:30 am
Plan now to join us as we launch our Fall activities with a picnic and Ministry Fair!
We will provide the burgers, hot dogs and beverages. All you need to bring is a dish to share, and then join in the festivities! Watch for the sign-up sheet at the entrance to the church.
The Ministry Fair is the time for all of our groups to display the details of their particular ministries. This is a great opportunity for each group to add new members. The displays will be in the parish hall, with sign-up sheets for each group. We will have a few very “special” displays this year, so make sure you check them all out!
There will be games for the young (and young at heart!) and a Bouncy Room. Fr. Terry is asking anyone who is enthusiastic about this annual event to contact him, as he is seeking fresh ideas for this special day.
Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Service
November 10 at 10:00 am
Have you graduated from Confirmation Class and have not yet been confirmed? Have you attended Fr. Terry's "A Peculiar People Called Episcopalians" class, but have not been received by the Bishop? We will be going to Trenton for Confirmations and Receptions again this year. If you wish to be Confirmed or Received, please speak with Fr. Terry.
All candidates and sponsors need to be in Synod Hall at the Cathedral by 9:15 a.m.
Bishop Stokes will make his visitation to St. Stephen's during 2019. Stay tuned for the date!
A Peculiar People Called Episcopalians
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 in Classroom One
Are you new to the Episcopal Church? Are you interested in being officially "received" into the Church by our Bishop? Or could you use a refresher course about the distinctiveness of the Anglican Way? If any of the above apply, this class is for you!
The class will begin on Sunday, September 16 at 11:30 a.m. We will be meeting in Classroom One. What follows is a brief outline of the topics we'll be discussing:
September 16 - Early Church to the Reformation
September 23 - Anglican Identity
September 30 - Anglican Authority; Scripture
October 7 - Anglican Authority; Tradition and Reason
October 14 - Anglican Spirituality; The Book of Common Prayer
October 21 - The Sacramental Life
October 28 - The Episcopal Church
November 4 - Anglican/Episcopal Polity
Greeting Cards for St. Jude’s
New and used Greeting Cards are being collected for St. Jude’s and St. Joseph Indian School. If new, please make sure the envelope is included. If used, the whole card must be given, no torn fronts. You may place them in the bin in the Narthex. Thanks!
Over the Hill Gang
The “Over the Hill Gang”, a dinner group for older singles, will hold their next dinner on Tuesday, September 4th, 4:30 pm, at Charlie Brown’s in Forked River. Please let Dolores DeWitt know at 609-660-9233 if not attending. Thank you!
Looking for Ushers
Do you like sitting in the back of the church? Then being an Usher is for you. Volunteers are needed for both the 8am and 10am services. All you need is a brief training session and you’re all set. Please contact Pattie Meyer at cell 609-709-5724 or email to email@example.com.
Episcopal Church Women
Fall Meeting - Sept. 18 at 2:30 pm
The ECW, Episcopal Church Women, a service organization comprised of all women of the church young and old, invites you to join them for their first Fall meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, 2:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
Discussed will be upcoming projects and events for the 2018-2019 year. Please come out and be a part!
ECW Bakeless Cake Sale
The ECW Annual Bakeless Cake Sale Fundraiser is again taking place! You will find donation envelopes in your pews. Thank you!
Order of St. Luke
Healing Mission - Oct. 13 at 8:30 am
The OSL Healing Mission will take place on October 13th, starting at 8:30am, with Marcel Tabone as Mission Leader. His theme will be “You Can Make a Difference”. Praise music will be supplied by “Celebrate”.
Please see Corinne Cromwell for more information.
Harvest Festival Dinner
October 20, 2018
This year’s raffle will take place on October 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm at our Harvest Festival Dinner.
Prizes to be raffled this year are as follows:
First Prize is a handmade Quilt, "Tropical Isle," with a retail value of $300.00.
Second Prize is a handmade Quilt, "Mummy Mambo" with a retail value of $150.00.
Third Prize is a ShopRite Gift card valued at $100.00.
Fourth Prize is a Walmart Gift Card valued at $100.00
Your raffle tickets will arrive in the mail soon. Please purchase your chances and sell them to all your family, friends, neighbors or whomever!
Shop Rite Gift Cards
Our Shop Rite Gift Card Fundraiser continues. With the purchase of a gift card, 5% of the value will benefit the Building Maintenance Fund. To purchase, please see Gloria Davis between the 8 & 10 am services!
Our Sunday Seminar continues at 11:30am in the Parish Hall with the topic "Understanding and Living 'The Kingdom of Heaven.'"
Cherie Calletta Martin and Marcel Tabone facilitate this class, which meets in the Parish at 11:30. Please join us!
The Wednesday Night Bible Study is continuing their study of the Book of Leviticus.
We celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 6:30 in the church, and then retire to Classroom One for Bible Study at 7:00. Please join us as we read, mark and inwardly digest the Holy Scriptures.
Strategic Planning Initiative
Our new Mission Statement for our parish:
Connecting with God,
Building Community and
Core Values Statement
Worship - We are called into the world to give ourselves in response to God's grace. We share that grace with the support and example of the Church past and present.
Fellowship - Fellowship provides a Christian home for fostering meaningful, loving relationships with God and our fellow human beings.
Community - We are called by Christ to love our neighbors. We support being in community within our Parish, our Diocese and local townships.
Ministry - We recognize that outreach for the care of the one is the ministry of the many.
Stewardship - Stewardship teaches us to become faithful stewards of our time, talent and treasure to the glory of God, for the growth of God's kingdom, for the care of God's creation and as an inspiration and example to others.
Faith - The Christian faith as affirmed by the Book of Common Prayer, our Anglican heritage, value of scripture, tradition and reason are the cornerstones of our faith.
We trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit in decision making and continued spiritual growth.
The Garden Chapel
5:00 Eucharist on Saturdays
The flowers are blooming in the garden behind the church, the lawn is getting thick, and the temperatures are cool under the trees! What a perfect time and place to give God praise for the beauty of creation!
Come to the Holy Eucharist in the Garden Chapel from April 15 to October 15. During rainy days, we will gather in the Church.
The Food Pantry is in need of items for back to school lunches. Thank you for your generosity!