October 28, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018  –  Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Bruce Smith, Celebrant

 Service Time: 5:00pm


The guest speaker at this Sunday’s service is Kim Miracle, Director of Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center. Kim will be speaking about her congregation’s decision to forgive the arsonist who destroyed their worship space.

 Choir Rehearsal will be at 4:00pm in the Chapel.

 Thrive! will still meet during the 5:00pm service.

  Adult Bible Discussion Group  will meet at 4:00pm in Hobson Hall


The Rev. Bruce Smith

Schedule for Week of October 29 – November 4, 2018:

 Thursday, November 1 – In office

 Saturday, November 3 – Diocesan Convention at Procter

Sunday, November 4 – Celebrant & Preacher at 8:30 am and 10:30am services


A message from The Rev. Bruce Smith


THE LITURGICAL READING is a long and valued tradition at Stephen’s. The readings chosen by volunteers in the parish who work carefully to choose readings that fit the liturgy of the day. These readings then replace one of the lectionary biblical texts of the week which is more often than not the Epistle. The Liturgical Reading is a somewhat unorthodox addition to the liturgy of Holy Eucharist, to be sure. The rubrics in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 357) state that “one or two Lessons, as appointed, are read…” The Prayer Book assumes those Lessons will be from the Lectionary texts for the day, or from some other Biblical texts if appropriate. Well, we do that at St. Stephen’s! So far, so good. But, the rubrics do not specifically authorize non-scriptural readings (Uh-oh, here it comes.) However, neither do the rubrics prohibit non-scriptural readings. (whew!).

But, why are these readings referred to as “Liturgical Readings?” Yes, they are embedded in the liturgy of the day, but so are the other readings from the lectionary. So, then, really all the readings in the Liturgy of the Word are liturgical reasons. Make sense? What I worry about is there is a danger that the reading known as the Liturgical Reading may assume more importance in the liturgy than the other Lessons. It is not more important. In fact, readings from scripture have primacy in worship, with the Holy Gospel being the focal point of the Liturgy of the Word.

A week or so ago, Susan and I attended the memorial service of a friend which was held at the parish I served for a dozen years, St. Mark’s, Upper Arlington. The second reading was an excerpt from “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis. It was just the right choice for that day for many reasons. The reading was listed in the bulletin as “The Second Reading.” Because that is where it appeared in the service.

So, beginning on All Saints Sunday, November 4th, the reading currently known as the Liturgical Reading will be listed as The Second Reading in the Sunday service leaflet (or, on occasion as the First Reading, if that is where it is placed.) All else remains the same; title, author, text of the reading… and, if you’d like to still use the term “Liturgical Reading” outside of the liturgy for ease of reference feel free to do so!

See you all on All Saints Sunday at either 8:30 0r 10:30 am. (no street closings that day!)


The Rev. Bruce Smith

Extended Supply Priest


 Clinking Quarters

 All quarters offered in the Sunday collection plates are used to support our outreach ministries, particularly to purchase the food for our twice yearly meal at St. John’s, Franklinton. Each time you donate a quarter, clink it on the side of the plate so we can be reminded of the needs of our community and the good works that your quarters help fund.


 Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for October 28, 2018

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in Hobson Hall or the discussion! On Sunday, October 28th, we will meet at 4:00pm and we will continue Genesis, a commentary by Joan E. Cook in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series, discussing  Chapters 25:19 – 28:9. If you haven’t gotten the book yet, just read an introduction to Genesis in your Bible or online and the verses we will be discussing. If you do not have a copy of the book, you are invited to come and listen and join in the conversation. You can contribute your questions and comments to the discussion or just listen if that is more comfortable. Looking forward to a thoughtful, sometimes deep, conversation on Sunday morning!



 Our children’s spiritual formation classes (Thrive) is meeting this Sunday during the 5:00pm service. Look for Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey in the “meeting room”.


The Sunday Evening Oasis Campus Ministry

Begins Sunday, October 28, 2018, 8:00-9:00pm

 This Sunday, St. Stephens will begin a new campus ministry service, which (for now) is called “The Sunday Evening Oasis.” Every week from 8:00-9:00pm, we will meet to pray, sing and meditate in the St. Stephen’s Sanctuary.

 If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Deacon Jared Talbot at itsjaredcoffintalbot@nullgmail.com.


Calling football parking volunteers!

Two volunteers are needed to staff our parking lot during each of OSU’s home football games. The lot fills up very quickly, so the shift is only 2-3 hours.

 This is a fun and easy way to help out at our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please contact Mikalene Guiser at mguiser@nullhotmail.com or 614-406-4224 to sign up for a game.

 Here’s the latest update as of 10.26.18:

  • Nov. 3 vs Nebraska, 12:00pm (2 needed)
  • Nov. 24 vs Michigan, 12:00pm (Matthew Strauss +1 needed)

 (TBD game start times will be updated as they become available.)


Save the Date

 NSI Choral Concert

Sunday, November 4, 2018  4:00pm

Boulevard Presbyterian Church

1235 Northwest Boulevard

Grandview Heights, OH 43212

All proceeds benefit Neighborhood Services, Inc


“The F Word” exhibit is currently on display in Hobson Hall 11am – 7pm

 through October 30th


 Help is needed in Hobson Hall during the hours of the exhibit to welcome visitors from our community. Please sign up for a few hours at:


 Questions? Contact Kaethe Sandman (anderson.sandman@nullgmail.com)


 NSI Collection for October/November:  Stuffing

Current Count: 232 Boxes – 168 to go!

 In October and early November, we are collecting boxes and bags of stuffing for Thanksgiving.

 Our goal is 400, which will need to be in at St. Stephen’s by Sunday, November 11, 2018 and to NSI on Monday, November 12th.


 Please read the following email from Molly Malone, Office Administrator Assistant at NSI:

 Dear Friends at St. Stephen’s Episcopal,

 Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We are so grateful to you at St. Stephen’s for your faithful assistance in our goal of ending hunger in our community. Last year with your help we distributed Thanksgiving food baskets to 792 families. We are hoping that your congregation will once again aid us by blessing our neighbors with 400 boxes of stuffing! We will be assembling our Thanksgiving Fixings Baskets on Wednesday, November 14th. Can you please deliver your collection of stuffing to NSI Food Pantry by Monday, November 12th? Due to financial constraints at NSI Food Pantry this year, we are offering our neighbors a Thanksgiving Fixings Basket (no protein) and we have not seen a decrease in the number of families asking for assistance. We anticipate needing 825 food baskets this year. Through today, NSI has had 7,424 family service events (23,786 individuals) and distributed 452,279 meals. Thank you again for all that St. Stephen’s does to serve those in need.

 In Peace,

 $1 = 4 meals!

Molly Malone, Office Administrator Assistant

Neighborhood Services, Inc.


For more info on how you can continue to help NSI, please click on the link below to access the September 2018 NSI Newsletter:

 NSI Newsletter for September 2018


 Kiwanis Shoe Drive

 We have collected 93 1/2 pairs of shoes!

 Thank you to everyone who contributed.This Sunday (10.28.18) is the final day for placing donation in the box. Direct any questions to Julia Sheppard at mmesheppard@nullyahoo.com.


Calling St. Stephen’s Soul Sisters!

 Hi “Soul Sisters” of St. Stephen’s!

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

October 2018 meeting dates:

  • THURSDAY, Nov 1 meet @  Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, 4541 N. High St., Columbus 9:30-11:30am                                                               
  • THURSDAY, Nov 15 meet @ Wine Bistro, 1750 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington from 7-9pm

 Click on the below link for a calendar of Soul Sisters meeting dates and venues for 2018. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to host or offered venue suggestions!

 2018 Soul Sisters Meet-Up Calendar

(Always looking for monthly hosts and/or open to ideas for places to meet or excursion sites conducive to conversation and new experiences.)

 Contact Kaitlin Raver, Coordinator, with any questions at kaitlinraver@nullgmail.com or (614) 956-8550 with any questions. 

 Looking forward to spending some time with St. Stephen’s wonderful “Soul Sisters”!


Save the Date!

Episcopal Night at the Symphony Friday, November 9, 2018 – Ohio Theatre Handel’s Messiah



Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletters

 Copies of the  Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter for October 2018 and Weekly Scoop Newsletters for September 24-October 7 and October 8-14 2018 can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall. 

 To read electronic versions, click on the links below:

 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships October 2018 Newsletter

 Mt. Carmel Weekly Scoop October 8-14, 2018

 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop September 24 – October 7, 2018

 Community Resources October 2017













Book Club for October 2018

All are welcome to Book Club! The October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10 starting at 6:30 PM at Nancy and Hugh McCracken’s home (8405 Kirkaldy Ct., Dublin, OH 43017 614-718-1063, nmcc@nullkent.edu). Kindly let Nancy know ahead of time if you plan to attend so that Nancy and Hugh may plan for the right number of people. We’ll start with sharing a meal; please bring food or beverage to share. After dinner, we’ll be discussing

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke. If you wish to read ahead, the book for November is Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.