January 14, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of January 14, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday Morning, January 14th 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

Campus Ministry  Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


Witnesses to the Light

 John the Baptizer proclaimed that he was not “The Light” but a witness to “The Light”. So we, too, in this holy season are privileged to be witnesses to the Light.

 This year our Christmas / Epiphany special offering will go to Episcopal churches in remote regions of Puerto Rico who due to the hurricanes are still without electrical power and safe drinking water. Episcopal friends and family have banded together to bring water purification equipment and build cisterns which need no electricity to operate to the churches so that they might become community centers of renewal and hope.

 Please make checks payable to “St. Stephen’s” with a note in the memo line “Christmas offering”. 


2018 Vestry and Convention Delegate Election Dates

Annual Meeting 2/4/17

Voting for Vestry and Convention Delegates will be January 21st, January 28th and February 4th. February 4th is our Annual Meeting.

Candidates interested in running should submit a short biography to the Parish Administrator by 2:00pm on Thursday, January 18th.


Soup & Study begins Sunday, 1/21/17

St. Stephen’s first Soup and Study of 2018 will be Sunday, January 21st at 6:00pm in the Chapel. The topic is “How Faith and Science Live Happily Together.” It will be led by our Deacon Jared Talbot. A main dish will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share.


2018 Parish Directories are Available!

The 2018 Parish Directory is complete and printed! Full-sized (8.5″x11″) and compact-sized (7″x8.5″) copies are available for pick up at the Welcome Table at the front of the Sanctuary and in a basket on the table by the north entrance of the Sanctuary.

 If you would like a .pdf version of the directory to store on your computer or phone, please email the parish administrator at  parishoffice@ststephens-columbus.org and she will forward one to you.


 DSO Big Read – Week 21

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 January – Soup

Thank you to all St. Stephen’s parishioners who have contributed to NSI by donating food, toys or money to our collection efforts for this past holiday season. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

(For more info on how you can help NSI this season, please click on the following to access the December 2017 NSI Newsletter:  December 2017 NSI Newsletter)


Invite – Welcome – Connect 

Update: Using Facebook for outreach

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://www.facebook.com/St.StephensColumbus/?ref=br_rs.

Facebook could become an important way of helping potential new members find a way to worship with us, but we are not using it well. The last post to our page was in October. The number of visitors to our site in November was three.

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.


BREAD Update 

BREAD… rises!

BREAD news will return after the holidays.


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:  The February selection for Book Club is The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne. More info to come soon.


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

January next meeting will be:  THURSDAY, January 18  meet  7:00-9:00pm (l ocation TBD)

Had a wonderful time at last meeting, chatting, eating, and SINGING!  So fun!  We also collected 19 feminine items (plus another $60 donation!) to help our fellow Soul Sisters

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 December 2017 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 December 15-31 newsletter is posted on the bulletin boards in the Outer Office and in the front of the Sanctuary. To read online, click on the links below:

 December 2017 Mt. Carmel Church Partnership News

 Community Resources October 2017

Mt. Carmel Weekly Scoop for December 15-31 2017