March 11, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of March 11, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

March 11th, 2018

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday Morning Services

8:30am and 10:30 am – The Sanctuary

DSO Exodus Big Read Class    9:15am in Hobson Hall

Choir Rehearsal     8:30am in the Chapel.

Children Youth Families Ministry –  Meeting Room (Outer Office)

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

Campus Ministry  Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

 March 11th – Third Sunday in Lent

 Service Times

8:30am and 10:30am

 Choir Rehearsal  8:30 am in the Chapel

 DSO Exodus Big Read class  9:15 am in Hobson Hall

 10:30 am – Children Youth Families Ministry –  Meeting Room


Pastoral Care Committee needs Sunshine helpers

The Pastoral Care Committee is looking for a few people to send out greeting cards to shut-ins and others with significant life events. Stamps and greeting cards provided and training is FREE! Contact Rev. Becky if you are interested.


Finance Committee – Collection Counters needed

2018 begins a new season of the Finance Committee, which monitors St. Stephen’s budget and manages Diocesan reporting, auditing and day-to-day financial matters of the church. Members include: Edward Lasseigne (Treasurer), Mikalene Guiser (Chair), Cynthia Whitacre, Louise Bishop, Wayne Sheppard and Bernie Castell. If you have an interest in Finance, meetings are held at church the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm.

Finance is looking for an additional volunteer to count the collection. With a partner on an assigned Sunday after the 10:30 am service, you document the weekly collection by copying checks, counting money and making the bank deposit. If you’re interested in learning more, or getting trained to be an assigned or alternate counter please contact Mikalene at

DSO Big Read – Week 29

There are 3 opportunities to engage with the Exodus journey. Each begins with a very interesting video clip produced here in the diocese by people you may know as they show us what Exodus means to them where they are. Where will the road take you? Read below for dates and times:


Back Due to Popular Demand!

Soup & Study Sunday

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Another Soup and Study session has been added for Sunday, March 11th at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room.  The group discussion topic will be “A Church of Action.” A main dish will be provided; please bring a side or dessert to share.


 NSI Collections for March: 

Trade-In Bake Sale Continues

Collection for Easter:  Mac n’ Cheese

Current Mac n’ Cheese Count:  234

Last Sunday to bring in to church:  March 18th

Last day for drop-off at NSI:  Thursday, March 22nd

The children will continue collecting personal items not covered by SNAP/EBT (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, etc.) for the Trade-In Bake Sale, where parishioners “trade-in” personal items for baked goods. Collecting personal care items will continue through the rest of March.

 As a reminder, this Sunday is our fourth Trade-In Bale Sale Sunday. Thank you so much to those who have brought in non-food items for the NSI Food Pantry, and for those who have brought in healthy foods to share after our service. Louise Bishop has provided wonderful and nutritious treats for the past two Sundays, and Edward Lasseigne provided an artisan bread with cheese on our first Sunday, so a big thank you to them both!


 BREAD Update 

Nehemiah Action May 7th

BREAD… rises!

52 … 1! This is one of the BREAD cheers. It reflects the idea that we need to turn out as many people at the Nehemiah Action – that ONE night when we stand for social justice in our community, as we turn out on 52 Sundays a year. The St. Stephen’s BREAD team chose 65 people as our goal. Mark your calendar for Monday evening May 7, and expect to be contacted by one of the members of our parish Justice Ministry Network to support the work of BREAD.

 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 March

Book Club News: Everyone welcome to Book Club! The Book Club’s March meeting will be on Wednesday, March 14 starting at 6:30 PM with a potluck meal. Please bring food or beverage to share. We’re meeting at Jen Schmied and Rob Wood’s home (614-286-4540 Please let Jen and Rob know ahead of time if you plan to attend so they can plan for the right number of people. After dinner, we’ll be discussing The People’s House by David Pepper. If you wish to prepare for next month, we’ll be discussing Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. If you’d like a copy of all the books selected for 2018 discussion, please contact Cynthia Whitacre (


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


THURSDAY, March 15 meet @ The Mad Greek Restaurant, 4210 E. Broad St, Columbus from 7:00-9:00pm

Please RSVP to Kaitlin Raver 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 or (614) 956-8550 with any questions.  Looking forward to spending some time with St. Stephen’s wonderful “Soul Sisters”!


March For Our Lives – March 24th

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. The Columbus event will be:

 Saturday, March 24th 11:00am

Downtown Columbus 

Genoa Park 303 W Broad Street


Join Bishop Breidenthal and youth from around the Diocese of Southern Ohio at Pray With Our Feet, a gathering for the March For Our Lives in Columbus on March 23-24. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to sleep overnight Friday night at Trinity Church, Capitol Square. We will hold vigil, make music and art, lament and learn, play and pray together, before participating in the march the next day. For more information and to register visit:


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 11-17, 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:

 March 2018 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships News

Community Resources October 2017

Weekly Scoop March 11-17, 2018

FCN Course 2018 flier

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Brochure 2018