CARDS FOR A CAUSE:  Working together we can beat the budget deficit.  But we can’t do it without YOU. Here’s how: CARDS. And, who can resist this opportunity to purchase not only cards but handcrafted cards packaged in a beautiful keepsake box all for one exciting price. 30 cards for $30!!!  –and St. Stephen’s receives 55% of each box sold. Think of these for your personal use, as gifts to family and friends at the holidays, hostess gifts, or purchase and donate to the card ministry. You can order online here or order forms and sample greeting cards can be found in the Parish Hall. We have a challenge: for each household to sell five boxes. See Lynne Urso with questions. (This fundraiser could wipe out our budget deficit. Please do all you can to make it a success!)

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Sunday School has begun.  Please register your child online at http://www.ststeph.com/community/christian-formation/sunday-school/, or pick up a paper form in the Narthex.  Children In Pre-school (age 4) through 6th grade are welcome to join one of our two classes on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:00 a.m.  If you have questions, please ask one of the co-coordinators: Ann Bartee (amb2jrb@nullmsn.com) or Leslie Leedberg (leslie@nullleedberg.com). We look forward to sharing and exploring the following stories with the youth of St. Stephen’s this year: The Heifer Project, Creation, The Twelve Disciples, The Nativity, Jonah in the Fish, The Prodigal Son, Esther, Baby Moses, The Fiery Furnace, and Ruth and Naomi.

YARN CLUB:  The St. Stephen’s Yarn Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm (excluding Dec.) in the Lawton Library on the lower level (enter thru the pond-side doors).  If you are a knitter or crocheter – or would like to learn – please join us.  The group handcrafts items for charity and parish needs, including prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls.  Charity items have included hats for preemies and cancer patients, blankets for the homeless and hospital patients, and slippers for women’s shelters. Contact Ann Bartee if you have any questions.

FALL FAIR WORKSHOP:  Workshop meetings for the fall fair have begun. Our next meeting is TBD. The fair will be held on Saturday, November 3, 9 am to 1 pm.  Please join us for good conversation and meaningful work.  No prior “crafty” experience needed.  Sewing projects are difficult to work on in our monthly meetings and we are looking for folks who are comfortable with a sewing machine to come up with some projects that they could contribute.  For questions, contact Sharyn Philcox at grammysharyn@nullgmail.com or (508) 393-6858.

FALL FAIR BAKE SALE:  Yes, as usual, there will be a bake sale.  Start baking now and freeze goodies until Nov. 2.  Bring them to the Parish Hall and I will sell whatever you make.  Cookies, squares, and breads freeze very well.  Get those recipes out and start!  Pickles, jam, jellies, any canned produce, baked beans, pies, cakes, home-made soup and more.  Fancy or plain, we will sell it all.  For any questions, contact Sharyn Philcox at grammysharyn@nullgmail.com or (508) 393-6858.  Thank you.

HELP OUR LITTLE RED WAGON: The Westborough Food Pantry thanks all of you who have been supporting them by donating to our “Little Red Wagon”. They are in need of cereal, personal feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, shaving cream, and razors for both men and women.

MEN’S GROUP:  Men’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 8am in the Parish Hall.  We are currently on summer break and will resume Saturday, September 22.  See Simon Fricker for more information. 

PARISH EMAIL LIST:  If you would like to sign up for our parish email list you can sign up online at http://eepurl.com/cajgf5 

NEW TO THE PARISH? If you are new to St. Stephen’s and you would like to join, please see Fr. Jesse to learn more about how to do so. He can be reached by email (deacon@nullststeph.com) or at the parish office.

ALTAR FLOWERS: You can dedicate flowers in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one by signing up on the flower chart in the narthex. Put the envelope with date you have chosen, the dedication and your check (suggested contribution is $75) for the flowers in the Treasurer’s mailbox. Please make sure that the parish office has the information as well for the Sunday bulletin.

SANCTUARY LAMP MEMORIALS: You can dedicate the Sanctuary Lamp in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving by signing up in the narthex. Put the envelope with date you have chosen, the dedication and your check (suggested donation is $20) in the mail box for the Treasurer, just outside the church office. Please make sure that the parish office has the information as well for the Sunday bulletin.