Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
Waretown, New Jersey
Calling For Annual Reports
It is that time again! If you are responsible for a report please present it to the office by January 7. Reports need to be in a "Word" document and can be emailed to:
If you need help presenting your report, please let the office know as soon as possible so we can have a volunteer help you.
Saint Stephen's Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, January 20, 2019
We'll be having one Eucharist at 9:00 with the meeting immediately following.
We will have a “potluck” brunch, so bring something to share. The potluck sign-up sheet is in the narthex.
Please join us and help plan our future together.
Nominations Committee News
The Nominating Committee has received the following names of members willing to run for Vestry:
Tom Don (second term)
Rett Rich (second term)
Pat Terentz (second term)
Please join us for our Annual Meeting on January 20 and help us elect our leaders for 2019!
Thrift Outlet News
The Thrift Outlet was transformed into a fantastic Christmas display because of the hard work and dedication of a wonderful group of volunteers. It would not have been so successful without all of them. We thank you all so much!
Our Sunday Seminar continues at 11:30am in the Parish Hall with discussions based on “Pilgrims Progress,” by John Bunyan. Cherie Calletta Martin and Marcel Tabone facilitate this group. Please join us!
Shop Rite Gift Card Fundraiser
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!
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.
A Christmas Message From
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:8-10
In the West Bank of Palestine, in the modest town of Beit Sahur, southeast of Bethlehem, stands the Chapel of the Shepherd’s Field. I’ve had the good fortune to travel there twice. A chapel commemorating the annunciation to the shepherds has existed on that site since at least the 5th century. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine reportedly built a convent on or near the site well before that.
I can’t help thinking of my travels to Beit Sahur when I read Luke’s account of Christmas. “In that region,” he writes. Yes, in the region of Beit Sahur the mysterious, terrifying, glorious, gospel announcement of the birth of the Savior to some shepherds took place. It stirs the imagination.
It is now time for us to go once again to Beit Sahur and to Bethlehem. We are invited into the experience of the shepherds. Living as we do in an anxious, unsteady world, the angel’s “Fear not!” is addressed to us. Their announcement is gospel—Good New— not just for those who lived 2,000 years ago; it is gospel, saving news for us today.
As Christians, our faith and our hope are in this child, the Word made flesh (John 1:14) who as Paul observes in his Letter to the Colossians, is “the very image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). In this child, God’s love finds its fullest expression. Through this child, God is calling the whole
creation into God’s own divine love. It all begins in Beit Sahur and Bethlehem, and in our own hearts, minds and imaginations.
Lines from a sonnet written by 16th – 17th century Anglican priest and metaphysical poet George Herbert tease us to connect with the shepherds of the Christmas story:
The shepherds sing, and shall I silent be?
My God, no hymn for thee?
My soul’s a shepherd too, a flock it feeds of
Of thoughts and words and deeds…
Let us go now, with the shepherds, to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made know to us. Let us go and be amazed. Let us sing!
Susan and I wish you and yours a very blessed and joyous Christmas.
Faithfully in Christ,
Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Honor the legacy and the memory of the late civil rights leader, rather than by taking a day off, by joining in community with your brothers and sisters from across the diocese to serve others.
Following a special Eucharist in the cathedral, we will gather for a series of service projects that serve at-risk communities. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who dedicate his life to the service of others.
235th Convention of the
Diocese of New Jersey
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Diocesan Convention is a time when representatives from around our diocese gather to share in the polity of the Church, upholding the common mission and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome to join us as we worship, conduct business, view and listen to presentations.
The one-day convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 2349 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ.