Job Posting: Director of Children & Youth 

St. Stephen’s is now accepting resumes for the newly created position of Director of Children and Youth.  The full posting and contact information can be found at:

From the Rector

margot new yearsDear St. Stephen’s Family,

I’ll be taking some vacation time with Don until August 5th, but rest assured that in my absence you’ll be well cared for!  The Rev. Dee Woodward will be with you on July 27th, and the Rev. Brad Hultmann on August 3rd.  Brad will also be on-call for any pastoral emergencies and will cover the Wednesday morning service next week.  I hope you will give them each a warm St. Stephen’s welcome!

Meanwhile, my plan is to read and rest a lot, visit  with friends and family a little, and do as much kayaking as possible!

You will, as always, be in my daily prayers…


A Big B-Safe Thank You!

Natasha Arnold reads to a camperWhat a wonderful, successful partnership we had with the B-Safe camp this week. We had over 45 volunteers cook, supply and assemble 413 hot and healthy meals for the B-Safe campers. A very successful “quesadilla crew,” with students from Godly Play and CIA, assembled, cooked and packed 384 quesadillas in less than 60 minutes. Six Boy Scouts, four of whom are from our own ROX and CIA groups, led the B-Safe campers in a hike that cumulatively covered 250 miles. The B-Safe campers were so hot, tired and hungry afterwards that they ate 150 hot dogs and hamburgers and jumped into 58 degree ocean water!

More importantly, the St. Stephen’s community, including our own youth, expressed our love for God through sharing our love with the B-Safe campers. Our actions showed these children that they are valued and important.

If you missed out on B-Safe but would still like to help, we would appreciate donations to help defray the costs of this program. Simply write a check with “B-Safe” in the memo line and either mail it to the office or drop it in the collection plate.

Dine with 9

Dine with Nine_07.22.11Did you miss the Dine with 9 in July?  You have another opportunity to enjoy an evening with other parishioners from St. Stephen’s – Saturday, 16 August.  Each group of nine gathers at the home of the host and the guests all contribute to the meal.  Invite someone who you may not know very well to join you.  You may sign up here or with Kathy Brooks, Ginny Wieland, or Susan in the church office.

Children’s Choirs get more attention!IMG00017-20140323-0958

The ad hoc Children’s Choir planning team met for the second time to continue the work of developing a comprehensive vision of Children’s Choirs in the next 3 to 5 years.
In addition to reports on past choirs and successful children’s choir programs in other churches, the team drafted a children’s choir program statement of purpose, and began the outline to structure the vision of our best future.
Plans are under way to include wider congregation input. If you would like more information, contact John Whiteside, or Lauren Whittaker,

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July 18, 2014: B-Safe barbeque at the end of a great week!