There’s a small brown notebook, more like a composition book with a grocery-sack-paper cover, that usually lives in the church safe deposit box for safekeeping.  Its handwritten cover says:

Register

St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Church

Commencing May 7th 1840

Including Births, Marriages

And Burials, etc

Written by the

Reverend Robert B. Croes

Rector from Sept 25th 1842

To Sept 1845June 1850

Did the church commence on May 7, 1840—or just the record in this notebook?  And why did the fledgling congregation choose to name themselves after St. Stephen, the church’s first deacon? Click here to download Rev. Mary’s PDF meditation about who we were then and who we are now…