August 11, 2019 Weekly Announcements

Sunday August 11, 2019 

The Ninth Sunday of Pentecost

Service Times:  8:30am and 10:30am

The Rev. John R. Johanssen, Celebrant and Priest

Adult Bible Discussion Group  9:15am in Hobson Hall 

Mid-Week Prayer and Luncheon – Wednesdays, 12:30pm


Choir Rehearsal – 8:30am – Starts on Sunday, August 25th

Thrive! Children, Youth & Families Ministry – Starts on Sunday, August 25th

Campus Ministry starts on Wednesday, August 21st


Due to the recent high temperatures (which appear to be staying for a while, according to, community groups that meet at St. Stephen’s have been invited to use the Community Office (between Hobson and the Sanctuary) in order to be able to meet comfortably in an air-conditioned space. Please check with the Parish Administrator prior to using the Community Office in order to make sure of its availability. Thanks!

Parking reminder: Please use the ARPS garage if convenient for you

We encourage everyone who drives in on Sundays to park in the ARPS parking garage if doing so is not a significant inconvenience for you. There are a number of members of the congregation for whom parking in the garage is very difficult, possibly to the extent of it being a deciding factor on whether they can make it to church. So if you are able, please consider using the ARPS garage and grabbing some of the parking passes that are provided on the tables at the north and Woodruff Avenue entrances to the Sanctuary. Thank you.


Hobson Hall Lock Change Scheduled for Friday, August 16th

 Thanks to everybody for their quick responses! 

 The locks will be changed on Friday, August 16th and keys will be ready to be picked up at the Parish Office between noon and 4:00pm on Friday, August 16th, after the 10:30am service on Sunday, August 18th and during regular office hours during the week. If you cannot come to the office at these times to pick up your key, please let the Parish Administrator know when you can pick it up via email at


In response to the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, St. Stephen’s will be holding a congregational forum about gun violence and gun legislation on Sunday, August 18th, after the 10:30am service, in the Sanctuary.

 To read Bishop Briedenthal’s messge to the Diocese, 

please click the below link:


Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for August 11th 

The Adult Discussion Group has begun its Summer 2019 study of the Readings in the Lectionary. (No particular book to study for the Summer.) It will help if you have looked at the Readings prior to the Sunday class. Here is a good place to find the Readings online, on whatever device you use:

The readings for Adult Bible Discussion on August 11th are:
Everyone is welcome to have a cup of coffee and a donut, and join the group around the table in Hobson Hall at 9:15 on Sunday Morning. Bring your thoughts and questions, comments and viewpoint, and an open mind. Hope to see you there! 


NSI News

Neighborhood Services, Inc., is our neighborhood food pantry, supported by multiple congregations in the North Campus area. The need for food services is increasing, and St. Stephen’s is responding. 


The NSI collection for August is Canned Fruit


In July, St. Stephen’s collected 161 items for NSI.

Thank you for your continued support of NSI.


For more info on how you can continue to help NSI, please click on the following link:


OSU Football Parking Volunteers Needed!

Calling football parking volunteers! Two volunteers are needed to man our parking lot during each of OSU’s home football games during the 2019 season. The lot fills up very quickly, so the shift is usually only 2-3 hours. This is a fun and easy way to help out at our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Please contact Mikalene Guiser at or 614-406-4224 to sign up for a game.

Aug. 31 vs Florida Atlantic, Noon (Kaethe Sandman + Elliot Bush)

Sept. 7 vs Cincinnati, Noon  

Sept. 21 vs Miami University (OH), Time TBA

Oct. 5 vs Michigan State, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 vs Wisconsin, Time TBA

Nov. 9 vs Maryland, Time TBA

Nov. 23 vs Penn State, Time TBA

 (TBA start times will be updated as they become available.)


BREAD Update

An investment in B.R.E.A.D. buys many things for our community: jobs, elder care, mental health treatment, juvenile justice…

There are two ways to invest in B.R.E.A.D.:

  1. Place a check payable to St. Stephen’s in the collection plate, and indicate in the check memo line that it is for B.R.E.A.D.
  2. Mail a check to B.R.E.A.D., and indicate on the check memo line that it is from a St. Stephen’s parishioner. B.R.E.A.D.’s mailing address is 404 S. 3rd St., Columbus 43215

With your help, BREAD rises!

From your B.R.E.A.D. team:

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet, and Mignonne Whitlow


Book Club for September 2019 

Book Club NewsBook Club News: If you wish to get a head start on reading, the September title is The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Non-fiction).  Everyone is invited and welcome to any book club meeting. More to come soon . . .


Calling St. Stephen’s Soul Sisters! Soul Sisters Meet-ups for August 2019

Hi “Soul Sisters” of St. Stephen’s!

You are invited to participate in fellowship with the women of St. Stephen’s in the Spirit of Friendship, Encouragement, Support, Gratitude, Hope, and Love as we share a moment in life’s journey together. It is a time out from daily doings to just BE in Friendship over a cup of tea with conversations to feed the soul.

 We meet twice monthly: the first Thursday morning of the month will offer a “Coffee Klatch” from 9:30-11:30am for those available to meet during the day (kiddos welcome) the third Thursday evening  offers a “Girls Night Out or In” from 7:00-9:00pm

New for 2019:  All morning gatherings on the 1st Thursday of each month will be held  in the Chapel at St. Stephen’s. Centralized for all, no need to remember where to show up, and kid-friendly! Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided. If you need a ride, transportation can be arranged.

August 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • August 1st @  St. Stephen’s Community Office Area, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • August 15th @ Lavash Café, 2985 N. High St, Clintonville

(Always looking for monthly hosts and/or open to ideas for places to meet or excursion sites conducive to conversation and new experiences.)


 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newletters for August

Copies of the Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter for August 2019, Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop for August 2 -10, 2019 and August 11-17, 2019, and the Healthy Living Center Class Schedule for Fall 2019 can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall.  

To read electronic versions, click on the links below:

 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Monthy Newsletter for August 2019

 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop for August 2-10, 2019

 Mount Carmel Church Partnership Weekly Scoop for August 11-17, 2019

 Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center Fall 2019 Program Newsletter