October 7, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018  –  Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Lee Anne Reat, Celebrant

 Service Times: 8:30am and 10:30am

 Choir Rehearsal  – 8:30am (Chapel)

 Adult Bible Discussion Class –  9:15am in Hobson Hall

 10:30 am – Children, Youth, & Families Ministry – Outer Office during 10:30am serivce

(Facilitated by Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey)

Midday Prayer (and Lunch)  Wednesdays, 12:30pm in the Sanctuary/Hobson Hall


 Clinking Quarters

 All quarters offered in the Sunday collection plates are used to support our outreach ministries, particularly to purchase the food for our twice yearly meal at St. John’s, Franklinton. Each time you donate a quarter, clink it on the side of the plate so we can be reminded of the needs of our community and the good works that your quarters help fund.



 Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for October 7, 2018

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in Hobson Hall or the discussion! On Sunday, October 7th, we will continue Genesis, a commentary by Joan E. Cook in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series, discussing  Chapters 25:19 – 28:9. If you haven’t gotten the book yet, just read an introduction to Genesis in your Bible or online and the verses we will be discussing. If you do not have a copy of the book, you are invited to come and listen and join in the conversation. You can contribute your questions and comments to the discussion or just listen if that is more comfortable. Looking forward to a thoughtful, sometimes deep, conversation on Sunday morning!



 Our children’s spiritual formation classes (Thrive) is meeting this Sunday during the 10:30am service. Look for Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey in the “meeting room”.


 October 7th BREAD House Meeting III After 10:30am service in Hobson Hall

 BREAD Update

BREAD begins its year shortly with “house meetings” where we listen to YOUR stories. What keeps you awake at night? The 40+ BREAD churches in Columbus will all participate in this dialog to identify a community problem to tackle this year. Each member of the BREAD team will hold a house meeting, and you can expect a personal invitation to discuss your concerns for this community.  House meetings will follow the 10:30 service.

  • Oct 7    Hosted by Mignonne Whitlow
  • Oct 14   Hosted by Norm Wernet

BREAD… rises!

 From your B.R.E.A.D. team:   

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet, and Mignonne Whitlow


Calling football parking volunteers!

Two volunteers are needed to staff our parking lot during each of OSU’s home football games. The lot fills up very quickly, so the shift is only 2-3 hours.

 This is a fun and easy way to help out at our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please contact Mikalene Guiser at mguiser@hotmail.com or 614-406-4224 to sign up for a game.

 Here’s the latest update as of 10.4.18:

  •  Oct. 6 vs Indiana, Time 4:00pm  (Charles Baker and Tim Skinner)
  • Oct. 13 vs Minnesota, Time 12:00pm (Cindy/Bob Olmstead + Rob Wood)
  • Nov. 3 vs Nebraska, Time TBD (2 needed)
  • Nov. 24 vs Michigan, Noon (Matthew Strauss +1 needed)

 (TBD game start times will be updated as they become available.)


“The F Word” exhibit will be on display at St. Stephen’s this fall, October 16-30. Mark your calendar for the following events:

 October 16 – Exhibit opens 11am-7pm

October 18 – Opening reception 5-7 pm

October 21 – Vespers service with a forgiveness theme 5pm

 Discussion groups will be held during and after the exhibit, and will refer to this book, available on Amazon (new and used):



 Help is needed in Hobson Hall during the hours of the exhibit to welcome visitors from our community. Please sign up for a few hours at:


 Questions? Contact Kaethe Sandman (anderson.sandman@gmail.com)


 NSI Collection for October/November:  Stuffing

 In October and early November, we are collecting boxes and bags of stuffing for Thanksgiving.

 Our goal is 400, which will need to be in at St. Stephen’s by Sunday, November 11, 2018 and to NSI on Monday, November 12th.


 Please read the following email from Molly Malone, Office Administrator Assistant at NSI:

 Dear Friends at St. Stephen’s Episcopal,

 Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We are so grateful to you at St. Stephen’s for your faithful assistance in our goal of ending hunger in our community. Last year with your help we distributed Thanksgiving food baskets to 792 families. We are hoping that your congregation will once again aid us by blessing our neighbors with 400 boxes of stuffing! We will be assembling our Thanksgiving Fixings Baskets on Wednesday, November 14th. Can you please deliver your collection of stuffing to NSI Food Pantry by Monday, November 12th? Due to financial constraints at NSI Food Pantry this year, we are offering our neighbors a Thanksgiving Fixings Basket (no protein) and we have not seen a decrease in the number of families asking for assistance. We anticipate needing 825 food baskets this year. Through today, NSI has had 7,424 family service events (23,786 individuals) and distributed 452,279 meals. Thank you again for all that St. Stephen’s does to serve those in need.

 In Peace,

 $1 = 4 meals!

Molly Malone, Office Administrator Assistant

Neighborhood Services, Inc.


For more info on how you can continue to help NSI, please click on the link below to access the September 2018 NSI Newsletter:

 NSI Newsletter for September 2018


 Kiwanis Shoe Drive

 The Worthington-Linworth Kiwanis club is conducting a shoe drive for developing countries where shoes are not readily available (but injuries and parasites are) to allow individuals to start an enterprise repairing and selling the shoes that are collected. After the first delivery, the individual pays for the next from his/her earnings and is thus able to support a family while providing a greatly needed product.

The collection box at St. Stephen’s is located in the outer office between Hobson Hall and the Sanctuary. The box will be emptied regularly until the drive ends in mid-October. Thank you!

 Update: More shoes have been added to the box – thank you for donating! Remember: any shoes (even slippers), any condition, even shoes with no mates can be made wearable for those without foot protection. Direct any questions to Julia Sheppard at mmesheppard@yahoo.com.


Calling St. Stephen’s Soul Sisters!

 Hi “Soul Sisters” of St. Stephen’s!

You are invited to participate in fellowship with the women of St. Stephen’s in the Spirit of Friendship, Encouragement, Support, Gratitude, Hope, and Love as we share a moment in life’s journey together. It is a time out from daily doings to just BE in Friendship over a cup of tea with conversations to feed the soul.

We meet twice monthly: the first Thursday morning of the month will offer a “Coffee Klatch” from 9:30-11:30am for those available to meet during the day (kiddos welcome) the third Thursday evening  offers a “Girls Night Out or In” from 7:00-9:00pm

October 2018 meeting dates:

THURSDAY, Oct 4th meet @ Jen Schmied’s home  9:30-11:30am

THURSDAY, Oct 18th meet @ Cosecha Cocina N. Fourth St., Columbus from 7:00pm-9:00pm

 Click on the below link for a calendar of Soul Sisters meeting dates and venues for 2018. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to host or offered venue suggestions!

 2018 Soul Sisters Meet-Up Calendar

(Always looking for monthly hosts and/or open to ideas for places to meet or excursion sites conducive to conversation and new experiences.)

 Contact Kaitlin Raver, Coordinator, with any questions at kaitlinraver@gmail.com or (614) 956-8550 with any questions. 

 Looking forward to spending some time with St. Stephen’s wonderful “Soul Sisters”!


We are happy to announce that we will host our Parish Health Ministry coordinator, Cindy Hamad, RN, at St. Stephen’s for “Friendly Visitor” training on Thursday, October 18th at 2:00pm. Cindy will help us learn ways to make the most of visits to sick or shut-in members of the congregation. If you’d like to come and see what being a “Friendly Visitor” might look like, please contact Janet or Rae and join us on the 18th

 Rae Fellows and Janet McNaughton, Parish Health Ministry volunteers


 Calling All Poets!  

 If you write poetry and would enjoy meeting with other Episcopal poets to read and critique each other’s work, please contact the Rev. Karl Stevens (kpbstevens@gmail.com).



Save the Date!

Episcopal Night at the Symphony Friday, November 9, 2018 – Ohio Theatre Handel’s Messiah



Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletters

 Copies of the  Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter for October 2018 and Weekly Scoop Newsletters for September 24-October 7 and October 8-14 2018 can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall. 

 To read electronic versions, click on the links below:

 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships October 2018 Newsletter

 Mt. Carmel Weekly Scoop October 8-14, 2018

 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop September 24 – October 7, 2018

 Community Resources October 2017













Book Club for October 2018

All are welcome to Book Club! The October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10 starting at 6:30 PM at Nancy and Hugh McCracken’s home (8405 Kirkaldy Ct., Dublin, OH 43017 614-718-1063, nmcc@kent.edu). Kindly let Nancy know ahead of time if you plan to attend so that Nancy and Hugh may plan for the right number of people. We’ll start with sharing a meal; please bring food or beverage to share. After dinner, we’ll be discussing

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke. If you wish to read ahead, the book for November is Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.