Announcements for the week of August 21, 2016

Upcoming Congregational Activities

Friday, August 19: 7pm EASE Gallery Opening

Saturday, Sept. 3: OSU Football Parking for home games begins in the St Stephen’s lot

Sunday, Sept. 11: Welcome back Choir and AWAKE/AWARE

Parish potluck after the 10:30am service


Transition News – The news you have all been waiting for.

The Wardens and Vestry are pleased to announce that on October 1st we will welcome The Reverend Susan “Becky” Michelfelder as our new Rector. Becky is a graduate of Capital University, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. More information will be forthcoming, but for now Becky’s first Sunday with us will be October 2nd. Special thanks to the Search Committee for their dedication in going through all of the steps in finding and recommending Becky to the Vestry.  We would also like to thank the congregation of St. Stephens for their patience and support during this process.


Joe Fowler and Wayne Sheppard,  Co-Sr. Wardens


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.


EASE Gallery Opening: Frankie Westbrook, New & Collected Works

Artist Frankie Westbrook has been working in and around Columbus for decades.  A street artist in the literal sense, Frankie has lived through periods of homelessness and still found ways to make art.  Often explicitly religious in nature, his pieces powerfully evoke spiritual themes and express his own deep theological understanding.  Frankie’s show will open on August 19th at 7:00 PM and run through early October. Please join us for the opening


Sunday, August 21

This Sunday, August 21, we welcome The Rev. Deacon Sherm Everett to preach and The Rev. Hanci Newberry to celebrate at both services.



Make, Awake, and Aware

MAKE reception… will be after the 10:30 am service, in Hobson Hall. All of the art that the children made over the last month will be on display. We will also serve light foods and drinks. Thanks to Carolyn Baginski for another wonderful summer children’s art program!


AWAKE and AWARE start on Sunday, September 11!!!


NSI Donations for August

The item for August is canned fruit.


OSU Football Parking

OH! IO! It’s that time again folks: its Buckeye Football season! St. Stephen’s parish will once again provide parking for the Saturday home games, and in the process raise money for our community. If you would like to help, please volunteer for one or more of the following dates: September 3rd and 10th, October 1st, 8th, and 29th, and November 5th and 26th. We are asking for two volunteers per date. Please contact Matthew Strauss to volunteer; he will let you know the parking details and provide you with the needed materials.


Thank you in advance for your participation and spirit, and may God bless and keep you.

Matthew Strauss


From the Sexton

PLEASE check the office area and the kitchen for items that have been left behind at St. Stephen’s. There are dishes, umbrellas, cups, etc. Yes, these are the basic ‘lost and found’ items left at church. You may find that one thing that you have been missing for months, so check it out.


St. Stephen’s Potluck Dinner and after service celebration and remembrance;

St. Stephen’s Potluck Dinner following the 10:30 am service, on September 11. Can you help? What can you bring? Let me, Jeff, know.


Tech Guru Needed!

St. Stephen’s is looking for someone with experience in commercial networking and computer tech to assist with occasional issues that arise with our aging infrastructure.  If you have such experience and would be interested in helping out, please contact the Parish Office or the Wardens.




The Worthington Linworth Kiwanis Club is collecting shoes.  ALL shoes.  Even the one at the back of the closet that has no mate.  We are collecting for A Step Forward, an organization that redistributes the shoes through microenterprise partners in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow an enterprise to feed, clothe and house their families.


There will be a collection box in the parish hall near the back door throughout the rest of August and September.


Please speak to Julia or Wayne Sheppard if you have questions.


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