Announcements for the week of September 11

Upcoming Congregational Activities

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

Parish potluck/celebration with Sherm after the 10:30am service

Wednesday, Sept. 14: 6:30pm Book Club at the home of Cory and Matthew Strauss

Saturday, October 1: OSU Home Game Parking

Sunday, October 2: Welcoming The Rev. Becky Michelfelder on her first official

Sunday with St. Stephen’s, both services.

Monday, October 3: 10am-4pm Red Cross Blood Drive

Friday, October 7: 7:00pm EASE Gallery Opening


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.


Sunday, September 11

This Sunday, September 11, we welcome The Rev. Deacon Sherm Everett to preach and The Rev. Hanci Newberry to celebrate at both services.

This Sunday will be Sherm’s last day with St. Stephen’s before his retirement.  Please come celebrate with us!



AWAKE starts its eleventh year of ministry to children at St. Stephen’s this Sunday, September 11, 2016. Children,  ages 4-12 are invited to attend. Rachael Smith will lead the lesson, with a craft for each child to make.


AWARE starts off this Sunday as well, which is the program for youth and older children. It meets upstairs in the ‘AWARE’ room, which has been painted by several teens in our church. This Sunday we will talk about ‘Anger; it’s a good thing (mostly).’


This Sunday’s Potluck

EVERYONE is invited to the Celebration Dinner following the 10:30 am service this Sunday, September 11. And everyone is asked to bring food as well (if you can’t, or you forget, please come and eat). We need all kinds of food, and we usually get all kinds of GREAT food, like casseroles, salads, veggie dishes, breads, meat dishes, etc., etc., etc. So, WHAT CAN YOU BRING?!? If can let Jeff Watters know, that is helpful, if not just bring what you can. More than anything, COME! We will honor our deacon Sherm Everett, who is leaving after this Sunday, along with other recognitions.


NSI Donations for September

The item for September is canned vegetables.



We are serving dinner at St. John’s-Town St. on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  We will begin setting up at 5 with dinner being served at 6:30.  Clean-up begins as soon as our guests are done eating and we are usually done no later than 8 p.m.


Through this ministry we feed approximately 150 people who are neighbors of the church.  It is supported by the Clinking Quarters Fund.  All quarters in the collection plate go to this fund.  You may hear the quarters “clink” as they go in the plate, hence its name.


We’ll need about five folks to help that evening.  If you can help with part or all of the above, please contact me at Linda.  Thanks for your continued support of this ministry.


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: October 8th, and 29th, 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.



There is a child’s bicycle and helmet in Hobson Hall; if it is yours, please take it with you.


Welcome Task Force seeks volunteers

We need more volunteers for our new “Welcome Table.” Duties involve greeting newcomers and answering their questions. Time involved: one Sunday every other month. See Sunday’s Host to find out more and volunteer.



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 through September.

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


Book Club News

All are invited to book club meetings.  The book being discussed in September is Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson.   We will meet on Wednesday, September 14 starting at 6:30 PM at Cory and Matthew Strauss’ home. We’ll share a potluck super followed by the book discussion.  Please bring something to share (main dish, side dish, dessert, beverage).  Join us; it’s fun!   Kindly let Matthew and Cory know in advance if you plan to attend.  For those who you wish to read ahead, the book for the October book is A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller.


A Night at the Symphony  – Verdi’s “Requiem”

We invite you and your friends to join others from the The Episcopal Churches in Central Ohio at the Ohio Theater – Friday, October 28, 2016 for A Night at the Symphony featuring the Verdi “Requiem.” This passionate and spectacular piece touches every emotion from stark terror to soothing beauty to an uplifting sense of spirituality. Although composed as a sacred work, its deep theatricality has led to it being frequently described as “Verdi’s greatest opera.”  The evening begins at 6:00pm with Reception, bar & “heavy” hors d’oeuvres in the Patron Lounge (1 drink ticket included – cash bar for additional drinks) The Patron Lounge Bar will be open during intermission). At  7:00pm,  join Christopher Purdy of Classical 101 (and a member of St. James, Clintonville) on the Orchestra Floor by the stage for an introduction to Verdi and his “Requiem”. Then, at 8:00pm comes the performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Rossen Milanov, Conductor); Michelle Johnson, Soprano; Margaret Mezzacappa, Mezzo-soprano: Evan Johnson, Tenor:  Burak Bilgili, Bass and the Columbus Symphony Chorus  (Ronald J. Jenkins, Director)


Ticket Price is $45.00 per person for the whole package.  Orchestra Seating.


Make checks payable to: The Rev. Paul Williams ; and mail to him at Attn. Episcopal Night at the Symphony St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,  8630 Refugee Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147-9509


Please include your e-mail address so we can contact you if we need to.


Please include the names of the other folks in your party so we can provide name tags!


Reservations due by October 14, 2016 

You can pick up your tickets at Will Call


Questions? Contact the Rev. Paul Williams at,  or the Rev. Bruce Smith at


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