Announcements for the Week of April 10, 2016

Upcoming Congregational Activities

Saturday, April 9 2:00-4:00pm: Book Signing and discussion with The Rev. Cameron Miller

Tuesday, April 11 7:00pm, BREAD Justice Ministry Rally for all Justice Ministry Members at Tifereth Israel

Wednesday, April 12 6:30pm Book Club at the home of Wayne & Julia Sheppard

Friday, April 15 7:00-9:00pm: EASE Gallery opening

Sunday, April 17 after the 10:30am service: Celebration for Faith!

Sunday, April 17 ~12:30pm Stewardship of the Future

Friday, April 22: 10:00am – 4:00pm Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, April 23 10:30am  Lecture/Discussion with Maia Kotrosits


Pastoral Care Coverage

Deacon Pam Elwell has graciously agreed to be the coordinator for pastoral care calls.  Several clergy will be available for pastoral care: The Rev. Bruce Smith, the Rev Deacon Sherm Everett, the Rev. Karl Stevens, and the Rev. Deacon Pam Elwell. Please call Pam first—she will know who is on call at any particular time.


Transition  News

The times are they are a changin’.  As you probably know by the now the new vestry has elected officers. Shelley Boales is now clerk, Bernie Castell is Junior Warden and I am sharing the position of Senior Warden with Wayne Sheppard.  We want to thank Mignonne Whitlow, Mike Harbin and Cynthia Whitacre for the leadership and hard work that they performed over the past two years.  As I pointed out at the vestry meeting, it sometimes takes two men to replace a good woman.  Because we will be without a rector for several more months, we are trying the unique experiment of co-Senior Wardens.  We will be dividing duties.  Simply speaking Wayne will attend to the financial and business needs of St. Stephen’s.  I will be in charge of administrative functions, chair vestry meetings and, most important of all, sign official papers.  We also want to thank Faith for her service to our community and remind you that after the 10:30 service on Sunday April 17th, we will be having an event to say good-bye to her.  Please join us.

-Joe Fowler, Co-Sr. Warden


Welcoming Cam Miller, April 9 & 10

We are looking forward to welcoming Cam Miller, former rector, back to St. Stephen’s this weekend. Here are details:

  • Saturday: April 9, 2-4 p.m.: Public conversation of Religionless Christianity,
    A Reflection on Christian Spirituality In Our Time,
    with a reading and booksigning of Cam’s new book, The Steam Room Diaries. Books will be available for purchase. If the parking lot is full, park in the ARPS garage and get a pink ticket for free garage exit at the event. For more information contact Shelley Boales
  • Saturday: April 9, 5-7 p.m.: Whether you knew Cam or would like to know him, all are invited to drop by Jane Hoffelt’s home for a casual wine and cheese get together, 242 E. North Broadway Street (four houses west of Calumet on the North side). There are about six spaces in the driveway for those who can’t park on E North Broadway or Calumet. RSVP helpful but not necessary.
  • Sunday: April 10, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.: Cam will be preacher and celebrant.



AWAKE and AWARE will meet this Sunday during the 10:30am service.

Next week, April 17, AWAKE will be MAKE!


BREAD Updates

April 11 — 7 pm, BREAD Justice Ministry Rally for all Justice Ministry Members at Tifereth Israel

May 9 — 7 pm, Nehemiah Action at the Celeste Center

More info to come!


Celebrating Faith’s Ministry

Faith will be returning to worship with us Sunday, April 17th, and we will be hosting a party for her after the 10:30 service.  The plan is for a buffet of finger foods with accompanying beverages.  If you can help by providing a dish, setting up or cleaning up afterwards, please contact Lorraine Deal,, or 614-291-6096.


Stewardship of the Future

The Stewardship Committee is presenting a workshop titled Stewardship of the Future as a part of the year-long Stewardship campaign and part of the Gratitude Project.   This program will be presented on April 17th, 2016 after the party for Faith, about 12:30. The program will take about an hour and will be located in the chapel.


This program is being presented by Lloyd Fisher, and he calls this talk Estate Planning 101 – Who Gets Aunt Mamie’s Bracelet. It will be a light-hearted look at common estate planning mistakes and misconceptions and a review of essential lifetime planning documents.


Lloyd is a retired partner of the Columbus law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur, a former adjunct professor in the OSU College of Law and trust officer at the Huntington National Bank.


NSI Donations for April

The item for the rest of March and all of April is any kind of pasta.


Report on the Endowment Gift in Honor of Wayne Sheppard

You’ll remember that in February, we set out to honor Wayne Sheppard for his long service as treasurer with gifts in his honor to the St. Stephen’s Endowment fund.  Monies were collected through the end of March.  A total of $5,405 was collected.  Those funds will be transferred to the St. Stephen’s Endowment funds later in April.  Thanks to everyone for their generosity in honoring Wayne!


Kitchen Donations Needed!

Thanks to the Kitchen Krew for all their hard work on cleaning up, organizing, and planning for the future!  We discovered that the following items are needed:


Small wisks

Small Bowls for Mixing

Large Cutting Board


Donations of these items would be appreciated: we are asking for new items and not something that folks have used and want to get rid of.  Monetary donations are also accepted toward purchase of these items; please make a notation of “Kitchen needs” in your memo line.


-Jen Schmeid  (Kitchen Koordinator)


The Garden of Earthly Delights at EASE

Opening Reception 4/15 @ 7

April 15 – May 13.

An exhibition of glass-based works, The Garden of Earthly Delights presents the lush worlds of Joanna Manousis and Zac Weinberg.


Special Speaker Maia Kotrosits, April 23&24

The St. Stephen’s Speaker Series continues April 23 & 24, with special speaker Maia Kotrosits. Ms. Kotrosits is Assistant Professor of Religion, Queer Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Denison University, Granville, Ohio. She has written several academic articles, along with two books, and co-authored a book (with Hal Tuassig) titled, “Re-Reading The Gospel of Mark Amidst Trauma and Loss”. She will be speaking on Saturday, April 23, at 10:30 am, followed by a question and answer discussion, in the chapel. Coffee, tea, and donuts will be available. She will also be speaking in the April 24 Sunday worship services, both 8:30 and 10:30 am. Please mark it on your calendars for an informative and insightful time.

In order to assist Maia in preparing for the Saturday discussion, please RSVP at


Book Club News

The April book is Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.  The book is available for free download to lots of electronic devices if you have trouble obtaining it from a library.  The April meeting will be on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 PM at Julia and Wayne Sheppard’s home.  We’ll share a meal, followed by book discussion.  Please bring food and/or beverage to share.  Kindly let Julia and Wayne know in advance if you plan to attend.  Everyone is welcome.  If you want to get a head start on the book for May, it is Wolf in White Van by John Darnelle.


Reminder:  If you’re mailing something to the church, especially time-sensitive materials, we recommend using the PO Box!  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 82263

Columbus, OH 43202