May 5, 2019 Weekly Announcements

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for May 5th

 Conversation begins at 9:15 a.m. with a discussion on “Risking Righteous Anger.” We will use Chapter 2 of Amy-Jill Levine’s book: Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week as a starting place. All are invited around our table for coffee, donuts, and thoughtful conversation!

 For information and resources about “The Big Read,” go to


Children, Youth & Families Ministry News

 Thrive! Children’s spiritual formation class will meet during the 10:30am service.


Campus Ministry Update

Since the term is over, we are bringing the Tuesday Night Oasis to a close for the summer. Look forward to new adventures starting in August for the 2019-2020 academic term!


BREAD 2019 Nehemiah Action Monday, May 6th

 5:00pm – Meet at St. Stephen’s for dinner

6:15pm – Bus to State Fairgrounds

6:40 – Nehemiah Action begins

The St. Stephen’s BREAD team has organized bus transportation to the Action, leaving at around 6:15, and dinner prior to that, after 5:00 in Hobson Hall.

The BREAD Nehemiah Action will be held at the State Fairgrounds on Monday evening May 6, from 6:40 to 8:30.


Sunday May 19th – Guest Speaker – Reba Riley, authory of Post Traumatic Church Syndrome

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center is proud and privileged to be hosting OSU alum and author Reba Riley, at the 10:30am service on Sunday, May 19th. Reba Riley is author of Post Traumatic Church Syndrome: One Woman’s Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey to Explore 30 Religions by her 30th Birthday.

St. Stephen’s will honor Reba’s courageous sharing of her grace, gifts, and insight with a lunch reception and Q & A forum with Reba directly after the 10:30am service. Five copies of Post Traumatic Church Syndrome are available at the church for parisioners to read and share or purchase, and more copies are readily available for free through the Columbus Metropolitan Library at (14 book copies and 3 audio download copies)

If you would like to purchase a book for signing at our event, they are available for purchase on in paperback for $9.33 at

 Reba is going to launch a “Courageous Kindness” campaign at St. Stephen’s, and we honored to be a part of her newest spiritual project. Please join us on May 19th!


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 May is Canned Fruit


Book Club for May 2019 

Book Club News: Book Club will be back to the second Wednesday of the month for May-July, then move to the first Wednesday of the month for the rest of 2019. The May Book Club meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8th  starting at 6:30 PM. We’ll begin with a potluck meal; please bring food and/or beverage to share. We’ll be meeting at Jane Hoffelt’s home (614-619-0123, ). Note: this is a new address/new location for Jane. Please let Jane know if you plan to attend. After dinner we’ll be discussing The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad. If you wish to get a head start on reading, the June book is Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (Fiction). Everyone is invited and welcome to any book club meeting.


Intercessory Prayer Chain

 Interest has been expressed in formalizing a prayer ministry in the congregation. If you are interested in joining a group of your fellow parishioners to offer regular prayer for situations and and for those in special need/ thanksgivings, please send your name and preferred email address to A prayer ministry point person will record and distribute the names and purpose of the prayer to the prayer chain members. If you are willing to serve as the point person for this ministry, please let us know. In most circumstances, names will remain on the prayer list and Prayers of the People for three consecutive weeks unless asked to be removed or extended.

 Anytime you wish to add a person or situation for prayers, please send your request to the office and we will see that it is added to the prayer chain and Prayers of the People.


 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newletters for May

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