Announcements for the week of September 18, 2016

Upcoming Congregational Activities

Sunday, September 25: After the 10:30am service- BREAD Listening meeting

Wednesday, September 28: Serving Dinner at St. John’s His Place (Town Street)

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 18

This Sunday, September 18, we welcome The Rev. Michael Jupin to preach and to celebrate at both services.


Thank You

Members and friends of the parish,

Sunday, the eleventh of September, at approximately noon, was as memorable day as anyone , especially me, could have witnessed.

The compassion and love expressed within the sanctuary and Hobson Hall felt palpable.

The ability of this congregation to express compassion for not only its members, but also for those who look in, observe, “kick the tires” and maybe stay, maybe move on without obligation, brings all to understand that they should love as they have been loved.

My thanks for your inclusion of me into your lives, into your love of one another.

My brothers and sisters, go in peace to serve one another, as you serve the Spirit.




AWAKE will be led by Beth Bartley, who will be reading two books for the children. Children will also have supplies to color. AWAKE is for children, ages 4-12… however, younger children can attend with their parents. AWAKE will meet in Hobson Hall.


AWARE, for teens and older youth, will discuss ‘Why God loves people who owe a lot of money.’ AWARE is a place for older youth to come and question and hear what is going on in the church and the world today.


PROGRAM NOTE; there will be NO AWAKE and/ or AWARE on Sunday, October 2, due to the arrival of our new rector.


NSI Donations for September

The item for September is canned vegetables.


Potluck Thank You

THANKS TO EVERYONE who brought food, etc. to the potluck last Sunday (Sept. 11)! It was great (as usual). Thanks to Chris Donaldson for helping to set up, and thanks to ALL who cleaned up. What a great time of food and fellowship!

-from Jeff Watters



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 Linda.  Thanks for your continued support of this ministry.


BREAD house meetings

At the beginning of the BREAD annual cycle, we enter the Listening Process, where we come together in “house meetings” to talk about our concerns for our community.  The St. Stephen’s house meetings will be held in our common house, the church itself, on two Sundays, Sept 25 and Oct 9 following the 10:30 service.  These meetings will be led by the members of the BREAD team (Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet, Mignonne Whitlow), and you can expect to receive an invitation to join us for one of the meetings.  It’s important that we join together in this listening process to share our fears and concerns, as we work to identify an issue to address in the coming year.

BREAD… rises!


OSU Football Parking

November 5th is the only date that still needs volunteers!  Please contact Matthew Strauss to volunteer; he will let you know the parking details and provide you with the needed materials.



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



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.




Proposed Mission Share Funding Plan –Diocesan News

As you may know, every five years it is Diocesan Council’s responsibility to oversee a review of the mission share formula. Council is then tasked to prepare a proposal for diocesan convention.

In late spring this task force convened five listening sessions around the diocese to hear what congregations had to say about the current mission share formula. One of the concerns expressed at those meetings was a distaste for average Sunday attendance (ASA) as one of the factors determining each congregation’s share. Also, given the financial strain being felt across the church, the hope was that a revised formula might provide some relief to a majority of our congregations.

A video has been prepared to help you learn more about this proposed Mission Share funding plan. The video and more detailed information on the process of determining the formula can be found on the Diocesan Convention Page


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