Announcements for the week of September 25

Upcoming Congregational Activities

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

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. Karl Stevens, and the Rev. Deacon Pam Elwell. Please call Pam first—she will know who is on call at any particular time.


Traffic Patterns THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, September 25, Woodruff Ave within the campus will be closed for the JDRF fundraiser walk.  Arps will be accessible as usual, as will our parking lot.  Please plan your route accordingly.


Sunday, September 25

This Sunday, September 25, we welcome The Rev. Karl Stevens to preach and to celebrate at both services.



  1. AWAKE will be led by Jen Schmeid this Sunday. AWAKE is our children’s program here at St. Stephen’s, for children ages 4 through 12 (okay, we do have some three-year-olds come, which is cool).


  1. AWARE, our program for teens/ older youth, will be talking about “MONEY!!!!!!!!’. And more….


  1. AWAKE and AWARE will NOT meet next Sunday, October 2, as we gather to celebrate the arrival of our new rector.


  1. October 23; AWAKE will be MAKE, led by Carolyn Baginski.


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 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.



Book Club News

All are invited to book club meetings.  The October book under discussion is A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller.   We will meet on Wednesday, October 12 starting at 6:30 PM at Sarah Luckay’s home.  Please let Sarah know as far in advance as possible if you plan to attend.  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!   For those who you wish to read ahead, the book for the November book is: Jesus, the Life Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg.



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.  A handful of members have already contributed 74 pairs of shoes!

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


Mental Health First Aid Training

Coming Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dublin, Ohio

8 am – 5:30 pm

Four reasons to become certified in Mental Health First Aid:

  1. To be prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis.
  2. Mental Illnesses are common: 1 in 5 adults in any given year.
  3. You care: Be there for a friend, family members, or colleague.
  4. You can help: People with mental illnesses often suffer alone.

Parish Health Ministry has already heard success stories as a result of our programs held over this past year.

Nursing Contact Hours: 8

This offering has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the OBN Approver Unit at Upper Valley Medical Center OBN-005-92.

Register today as seating is limited! Registration deadline:  9/28/16

Special thank you to the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio for providing funds to support this workshop!


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


St. Edward’s Whitehall

5th Annual Halloween Craft Show and Bake Sale / White Elephant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

–Silent Auction

–Costumes Welcome

–Kitchen will sell drinks & food


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