February 5, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of February 5, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

February 11, 2018

Last Sunday after Epiphany

 The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken;
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Psalm 50:1

Sunday Morning, February 11th 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.

Aware and Awake Childrens Program

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

Campus Ministry  Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


 2017 Year-end Giving Statements Are Ready for Pickup 2.11.18

Giving Statements for 2017 are ready and will be available for pick up at the front of the Sanctuary this Sunday prior to the 10:30 service. The statements will report giving from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Liz Hecker, Parish Administrator, will be at a table to distribute the statements, which will be enclosed in sealed envelopes. If you prefer to have your statement mailed to you, please let Liz know by email at parishoffice@ststephens-columbus.org or by phone at (614) 294-3749 and she will be happy to mail it to you. Any statements that are not retrieved in person by February 18th will be mailed.



Invite – Welcome – Connect 

Update: Be a “Friend” of Our Church on Facebook

St. Stephens has a Facebook page. Maybe you didn’t even know that. If you are a Facebook member, you can find it at https://tinyurl.com/ycncaxkq.

Facebook could become an important way of helping potential new members find a way to worship with us, and you can help!

If you are on Facebook, go to the St. Stephen’s page by following the link above. “Like” our page so that our postings will appear in your Newsfeed. Next, click on “Following” and choose “See first” from the menu.

If you are already receiving posts from the St. Stephen’s page, you will need to make an adjustment to your Newsfeed. Under Facebook’s new anti-fake news policy, you will no longer see the posts of pages you have “Liked” at the top of your Newsfeed unless you choose to see them. To make the choice, click on the three dots to the right of Newsfeed. On the menu, select “Edit preferences.” A box will open. Click on the “Prioritize who to see first” link. There you will see all of your “Friends” and the pages of organizations you have “Liked.” Click on the picture representing the St. Stephen’s page. Then, if you wish, you can choose more friends and pages to see first, up to thirty. Click on “Done” and close the “Edit preferences” menu. Now you will always see the St. Stephen’s posts.

And so will all your “Friends” when you share a St. Stephen’s post. That’s the whole point. Some of your friends may have no church. Maybe something they read or a picture they see in a St. Stephen’s shared post may intrigue them and get them thinking. Maybe they might ask you to tell them about your church. Maybe they might just show up without asking! So if you see a St. Stephen’s post that you think will interest others, click on your “Share” button to let them see it.

Our “Invite Welcome Connect” work group would like to make our Facebook page more attractive to both members and newcomers. But we need writers, members who are willing to submit poems, meditations, stories and essays on a regular basis so that we can post them to the site and keep it fresh and lively, week after week. If you would be willing to write something for the site, either weekly or occasionally, please contact Elliott Bush at ejb4367@gmail.com. Submissions need to be no more than 800 words in order to meet Facebook guidelines. Contributions can be anonymous. You do not have to use Facebook to be a contributor. Our Facebook administrators will post your writing for you. Please let us know you want to share your talent with our members and potential members.


Soup & Study Sunday 2/11/17

St. Stephen’s third Soup and Study of 2018 will be Sunday, February 11 at 6:00pm in the Chapel. The topic will be “A Vision of Justice” and will be led by Jeff Watters. A main dish will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share. Look below for the full schedule:


 DSO Big Read – Week 25

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:



NSI Collection for February and March: 

Soup, then Trade-In Bake Sale

 We will continue to collect soup for the first two Sundays in February, 2/4 and 2/11. Starting 2/18, after Lent begins, the children in Awake will be 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 February and all of March.

(For more info on how you can help NSI, please click on the following to access the January 2018 NSI Newsletter:

NSI January 2018 Newsletter


 BREAD Update 

BREAD… rises!

“Youth and Family Concerns” Committee

At the Annual Assembly in November, BREAD members voted to tackle youth and family concerns. A new research committee made up of members from the various congregations in BREAD got started on this topic at the Research Kickoff in December. The committee plans to meet with 30 professionals and will provide updates at upcoming BREAD meetings. They’ve already learned some startling information such as:

– There are not enough services for all of the youth and adults who have mental illnesses in Franklin County. The services are not coordinated which makes getting help more difficult.

– There are grandparents taking care of their grandchildren and they often do not have enough resources available to them. A grandparent taking care of 3 of their grandchildren through kinship care would receive about $1,500 LESS per month than a foster parent taking care of the same 3 children.

– This community needs about 54,000 units of affordable housing to meet the needs of families who want safe and affordable places to live.

If you’re interested in representing your congregation on this committee please talk to a leader of the justice ministry/Rodef Tzedek Network or call the BREAD office at (614) 220-9363.

On the Welcome Table in the front of the Sanctuary, there are copies of the January BREAD Justice Committee January Update available. If you would like to review the report online, please click:

BREAD Update Sheet 1.30.18

 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 Wednesday evenings resumes in the Chapel with dinner, discussion, and prayers. 


Book Club for February

Book Club News:  Book Club is currently voting on the books for 2018 from a list suggested at the January meeting.  If you aren’t on the book club mailing list and wish to have a copy of the list and/or vote, please contact Cynthia Whitacre (whitacrc@oclc.org).  Votes are due by the end of the day February 14.  In February we are meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 PM at Julia and Wayne Sheppard’s home (614-286-2826, mmesheppard@yahoo.com).  Note that this is the third Wednesday, a change from the normal 2nd Wednesday just for this month.  We’ll begin with a potluck meal (please bring food and/or beverage to share) followed by discussion of the book The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne.   All are welcome!  Announcement of the books selected from the voting will be made at the February meeting.


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, February 15  Meet @ Ying’s Teahouse & Yum-Yum,  4312 N. High St., Clintonville from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Chinese New Year is Feb 16th!) 

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”!


Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletters

Copies of the January 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 January 29- February 3, 2018 newsletter is posted on the bulletin boards in the Outer Office and in the front of the Sanctuary.  Also included are a flier and brochure for 2018 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing classes.To read online, click on the links below:

 January 2018 Mount Carmel Church Partnership Newsletter

 Community Resources October 2017

Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop 1.29.18 – 2.3.18

FCN Course 2018 flier

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Brochure 2018