Shorthand While Sitting in Church Pew

I'm just getting started back into practicing shorthand, after 40 or so years of non-use. My main purpose is to take notes on sermons as I sit in church. Hence, I have no desk to write on and have to juggle the steno pad on top of one or two hymnals. This is very distracting and really hinders my speed and legibility.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a way to overcome this "juggling" problem?

(by toupalumma for everyone)