June 23, 2019 Weekly Announcements

Sunday June 23, 2019 

The Second Sunday of Pentecost

Service Times:  8:30am and 10:30am

The Rev. John R. Johanssen, Celebrant and Preacher

Adult Bible Discussion Group  9:15am in Hobson Hall

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


Choir Rehearsal – Will resume in August

Thrive! Children, Youth & Families Ministry – Will resume in the fall

 Campus Ministry will resume at the beginning of  Fall Semester 2019


Please join us in the Courtyard after the 10:30am service for a Parish Picnic Summer Solstice Celebration!


  • Silly Song Sing-A-Long (a capella – lyric/music sheets will be provided)

  • Our Artful Display of Creativity & Completion of our 33 Day Courageous Kindness Challenge!

  • City BBQ

Come join us in food, fellowship and fun!


Dayton Tornado Relief Effort

Many thanks to St. Stephen’s parishioners for their generous donations of supplies and funds for the Dayton tornado relief efforts. The tornadoes that did so much damage in the Dayton area have affected members of Episcopal congregations as well as, of course, many, many others. 

The Diocese has requested cash donations to continue help with housing and resettlement. The diocesan website has a link for financial donations (click on link below):



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.


Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for June 234d

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: http://www.lectionarypage.net/

 The readings for for Adult Discussion on June 23rd 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! 


The July 3, 2019 Midweek Prayer and Lunch will be cancelled due to the Fourth of July holiday, and will resume the following week.


The Peripatetic Poets will be hosting two upcoming poetry reading events. On Sunday, June 30th, they will be welcoming poet Rikki Santer, and on Sunday, July 14th, Nik Macioci will be the featured poet.

 Both events start at 6:30pm in the Chapel 


Gift for Deacon Jared Talbot

Contributions can be made though Sunday, June 30th.

Deacon Jared Talbot has announced that he and his family are moving to Maine this summer, where he will begin a faculty position at the University of Maine. The Vestry of St. Stephen’s is asking all who feel so inclined to contribute to a monetary gift for Jared to thank him for his time at St. Stephen’s and send him on his way with our good wishes. Please make checks out to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church with the memo noted as “Jared’s gift.” Gifts for Jared will continue to be accepted through Sunday, June 30th. This gift will be presented to Jared before Jared and his family move later this summer. We will miss Jared and wish him and his family the very best for their new life in Maine!


Another Mission Accomplished!

Many thanks to Pete Anderson for replacing the old fluorescent lights in the 2nd Floor Hobson classroom with new LED downlighting for better lighting, better energy efficiecy, and a more modern look!


BREAD Update

B.R.E.A.D. Organization Frequently Asked Questions: “Families First and Housing Now”

Many questions have been asked with regard to the B.R.E.A.D. “Families First and Housing Now” justice campaign. We have found that it is best to answer the questions posed by Network Members in a list. To access the list, please click on this link: B.R.E.A.D. FAQ Families First and Housing Now 5.29.19

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

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


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. 


In May, St. Stephen’s collected 248 food and personal items for NSI.


The NSI collection for June is Peanut Butter and Cereal

Keep in mind: Diabetics often require lower carbohydrate levels, and brands like Special K (22 grams), Wheaties (22 grams), and Cheerios (20 grams) are recommended. Take time to read the nutrition label and opt for cereals with less than 30 grams of total carbohydrates per serving.

(Source: www.thediabetescouncil.com)


Book Club for July 2019 

Book Club for July 2019 

Book Club News: In July, Book Club will meet on Wednesday, July 10th, starting at 6:30 PM. We’ll begin with a potluck meal; please bring food and/or beverage to share. Fran Carr is hosting (419-490-6029, fran@francarr.com).Kindly let Fran know if you plan to attend so she can plan accordingly. After dinner we’ll be discussing is No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters by Ursula LeGuin (Non-fiction). If you wish to get a head start on reading, the August title is The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers (Fiction). Everyone is invited and welcome to any book club meeting.


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

 June 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • June 6th @  St. Stephen’s Chapel, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • June 20th @  Grass Skirt Tiki, 105 N. Grant Ave, Columbus, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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


2019 Partners in Ministry in Liberia 10th Anniversary Fundraising Envent

Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:30pm-3:30pm

St. Philip Episcopal Church, 166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus

Please join the “Special” Tenth Annual International Luncheon and Silent Auction Fundraiser for PIMIL. This is the primary source of funds to support our students in Liberia. This year’s goal is $15,000, which will be used to provide ongoing education for the present 183 students that include 101 Ebola orphans. The event is a family affair that includes American and Liberian food and exciting intercultural and educational activities. 

Guest Speaker: The Rev. John W. Sackie, Sr., Coordinator of the PIMIL’s Ebola program from Liberia 

For more information about the work of PIMIL, go to http://pimil.org/


 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newletters for May

 Copies of the Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter for June/Julty 2019 and Weekly Scoop Newsletters  can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall.