December 17, 2017 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of December 17, 2017


Christmas Eve Services at St. Stephen’s


Sunday morning, December 24

Advent 4

One service – 10:30 am – Hobson Hall


Sunday afternoon, December 24

Christmas Eve “Family Friendly” service

4:00 pm – Sanctuary


Sunday evening, December 24

Festive Candlelight Eucharist

8:30 pm Musical Prelude

9:00pm – Sanctuary


9:15 am – Exodus & Revelation Study – Outer Office

7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal – Chapel


 DSO Big Read – Week 18

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 November/December 

Mixed Vegetables – Over 500 cans collected!

We did it . . . again!

Over 500 cans of Mixed Vegetables collected for NSI in record time!

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 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

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 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

on Wednesday evenings will resume in January


Book Club for December

 In January we’ll suggest books for 2018. We already have the February selection, so if you wish to get started on that, it is The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne.


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

The next meet-up location and time is: 

  • THURSDAY December 21 @ Kaitlin Raver’s home from 7:00-9:00pm.  Pot luck heavy appetizers and/or bottle of wine. RSVP (614) 956-8550 or kaitlinraver@gmail.comWe will be singing carols around the piano for the Soul’s JOY in celebration of the season. If you happen to be a good accompanist or know one, please share your talents or bring your friend along! As a charitable contribution, we will also be collecting Feminine Products for NSI to support our SOUL SISTERS in the world.

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”!



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 1-9 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

WeeklyScoop Dec. 1-9, 2017