April 22, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of April 22, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

Sunday, April 22, 2018  –  Fourth Sunday of Easter

 Service Times:

8:30am and 10:30am

 Choir Rehearsal  –  8:30 am in the Chapel

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

 10:30 am – Children, Youth, & Families Ministry – Hobson Hall

  • At 10:10 the children’s choir will meet in Hobson Hall for practice. The children will be joining the adult choir during the 10:30 service, singing “Feed My Lambs”.
  •  If this is something your child would like to be a part of, this Sunday is the perfect time to join in! Allie Rife and I will get them up to speed in time to sing during the 10:30 service.

(Facilitated by Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey)

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

Campus Ministry  Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


 Pastoral Care Updates

 Janet McNaughton has volunteered to be the Sunshine coordinator. Sunshine coordinators are part of the Pastoral Care Committee and send out greeting cards to shut-ins and others with significant life events. Janet will be compiling a list of folks to send cards to on behalf of the church. Please contact Janet if you have names and addresses of people who you think might appreciate a card.



NSI Collection for  April – Personal Hygiene Products (focus on feminine hygiene)

This month, we are collecting personal hygiene products, with a focus on feminine hygiene products such as sanitary pads and tampons.

Thank you to those who  brought in non-food items for NSI, and a big thank you to those who supplied treats both healthy and otherwise during the Trade-in Bake Sale. We collected over 500 personal care and household products for NSI, and over 300 boxes of Mac n’ Cheese for the NSI Easter collection. Thank you all for your generosity this Lenten season.


 BREAD Update 

Nehemiah Action May 7th

BREAD… rises!

May 7 is the date of the Nehemiah Action, and the St. Stephen’s BREAD team will make it as easy as possible for you to join in – We will sponsor a potluck dinner, beginning at 5:00pm in Hobson Hall. A school bus will transport us to the state fairgrounds, leaving at 6:15pm, and returning us here around 9:00pm. All you need to do is get a ticket and BE THERE.

Here is the weekly update of where the four active research committees are now:

Juvenile Justice

Last week, the Restorative Justice program in the Juvenile Court was evaluated. The committee will meet with Judge Gill on May 1st for an update. Also, we’re still celebrating that the Columbus School Board VOTED YES on the proposal for Restorative Practices training!! Over 100 staff will be trained this summer by the International Institute of Restorative Practices and 36 of those will receive additional training to be certified and licensed to train others!

Youth and Family Concerns

This week, the committee met with Commissioner Marilyn Brown and two other professionals. We’re learning about ways to boost the Affordable Housing Trust Fund that BREAD won in the early 2000’s. More money to the trust = more truly affordable units of housing built or preserved for families in our community. There are upcoming meetings with Councilmember Jaiza Page and Mayor Ginther.

“Hire and Better Pay! Don’t Throw Away!”

The committee continues to work with OSU and other partners on a plan to create worker-owned businesses in Linden. They will also follow up with the city of Columbus on the implementation of the jobs ordinance we won for good-paying construction jobs for people with criminal backgrounds.

“Welcome Columbus”

This week, the committee met with Zerqa Abid from My Project USA on engaging her organization in One ID Columbus. We learned more about the challenges that refugees in various stages of their documentation process. A local ID would give some refugees a photo ID while they are waiting on other forms of identification. Councilmember Stinziano will attend the Nehemiah Action to make public commitments on next steps for a Columbus ID program.


 From your B.R.E.A.D. team:  

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet and Mignonne Whitlow


Campus Ministry Worship

Campus Ministry Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Campus Ministry meets on Wednesday evenings  in the Chapel with dinner, discussion, and prayers. 


Book Club for May

Everyone is welcome at Book Club! BookClub’s May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 9 starting at 6:30 PM with a potluck meal. Please bring food or beverage to share. We’re meeting at Jane Hoffelt’s home (614-619-0123 jhoffelt@sbcglobal.net). Kindly let Jane know ahead of time if you plan to attend so she may plan for the right number of people. After dinner, we’ll be discussing is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. If you wish to read ahead, the book for June is Wild Things: the Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy.


Calling St. Stephen’s Soul Sisters!

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

 Please RSVP to Kaitlin Raver kaitlinraver@gmail.com by March 12th for reservation purposes.

Always looking for monthly hosts and/or open to ideas for places to meet or excursion sites conducive to conversation & 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”!


Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University

Mozart Requiem in D Minor

Sunday, April 22nd, 5:00pm

Firtsche Theatre at Cowan Hall 

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University is proud to continue its 35th season with the presentation of Wolfgang Amadeus’s iconic Requiem in D minor. The concert is in collaboration with the Otterbein University Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Gayle Walker, and the four solo parts feature Otterbein alumni and faculty. These include St. Stephen’s own Dylan Davis and Cabot Rea, former anchor for NBC4 news. The program takes place in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall on Sunday, April 22nd at 5:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on-line at http://westervillesymphony.org/wso/.

 $25/$20 for adults/seniors. Children under 12 are free.


Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletters

Copies of the March 2018 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter and October 2017 Community Resources Listing can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall. The Weekly Scoop for March 24 – April 7, 2018  newsletter is posted on the bulletin boards in the Outer Office and available on the Community Events table in Hobson Hall.  Also included are a flier and brochure for 2018 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing classes.To read online, click on the links below:


Mount Carmel Church Partnerships April 2018 Newsletter

Community Resources October 2017

Mt. Carmel Chursh Partnerships Weekly Scoop April 22-29, 2018

FCN Course 2018 flier

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Brochure 2018