Announcements for the Week of May 1, 2016

Upcoming Congregational Activities

Monday, May 9: 5:00 – 6:00pm BREAD Nehemiah Action Potluck @ St Stephen’s

6:00pm Nehemiah Action at the Celeste Center

Wednesday, May 11: 6:30pm Book Club at the home of Jane Hoffelt


Pastoral Care Coverage

Deacon Pam Elwell has graciously agreed to be the coordinator for pastoral care calls.  Several clergy will be available for pastoral care: The Rev. Bruce Smith, the Rev Deacon Sherm Everett, the Rev. Karl Stevens, and the Rev. Deacon Pam Elwell. Please call Pam first—she will know who is on call at any particular time.



  1. AWAKE will meet, with book stories by Beth, on ‘so when the candy’s all gone, what do we do about Easter? ‘. AWAKE is the St. Stephen’s young children’s program, for learning, stories and crafts. NOTE children under 4 must be accompanied by a parent.


  1. MAY is the ‘Five Sundays of AWARE’!!!! Yes, we are having a BIG month of events, discussions, pizza, etc. for teens /youth. This Sunday, we will be looking at ‘Jesus Camp ‘, a movie that shows how some young people have talked about religion, God, Jesus, etc. What do you think? Come and share, find out, or hang out on Sunday, during the 10:30 service.


  1. Monday, May 9, the BREAD Nehemiah Action is happening, where social justice lives! There will be food at St. Stephen’s at 5:00, then we will go to the event at the State fairgrounds.


  1. ALIVE will meet…finally!!! ALIVE is a group for all, including people who just recently have come to St. Stephen’s. It is open discussion, and this Sunday we will talk about what Maia Koro sits brought up…like, ‘ when it’s good to go stand on a mountain. ‘ This and more from the Gospel of Mark, in the chapel, after the 10:30 am worship service. (don’t forget to get coffee)


Meghan away on Vacation

The Parish Office will be closed Monday May 9-Thursday May 12 with regular hours resuming on Monday, May 16.  During that time, if you need immediate Administrative assistance, please contact Joe Fowler, Sr. Warden.




BREAD Nehemiah Action

What: BREAD’s Nehemiah Action

When: Monday, May 9th from 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Celeste Center, Ohio State Fairgrounds


The Nehemiah Action is the most important night of the year for our justice ministry at St. Stephen’s. And, as you know, “what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).


At this very big assembly (3000 people or more) we will gather with our brothers and sisters to hold elected officials accountable for the acts of justice that will help level the playing field for all members of our community. There will be updates on BREAD’s concerns and we will lay out this year’s issue regarding Jobs and Economic Opportunity. As always, you can find more information on BREAD’s website, or on their Facebook page, or by talking to anyone on our BREAD Team.


St. Stephen’s will host a potluck supper before the Action, and we’ll have a bus to take us all safely to and from the Celeste Center. There will be free parking at the Celeste Center if it’s more convenient for you to go directly to the meeting.


We need you at the Action! With your help, BREAD rises!


Your BREAD Team – Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Rachael Smith, Norm Wernet, Mignonne Whitlow


BREAD Potluck

The St. Stephen’s BREAD team will be hosting a potluck dinner just before the Nehemiah Action on Monday, May 9th from 5 to 6 p.m. We will provide the main dishes: roast chicken, rice and beans (vegetarian/gluten-free), and greens. As you are able, please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.


Following the potluck, we will have a bus heading to the Celeste Center for the Nehemiah Action. We will leave St. Stephen’s around 6:00; registration for the Action begins at 6:15 with a 6:40 program start time. The bus will return to St. Stephen’s after the Action.


We want a great turnout, so please join us! Bring friends, enjoy a great meal, and by all means- get on the bus!


NSI Donations for May

The item for NSI fir May is toilet paper.


Building and Grounds Committee

The buildings and grounds committee is reforming!  We need to schedule a workday (maybe after church) to rake leaves, weed, mulch as well as move some plants.  If you are interested please contact Jr. Warden Bernie Castell



Celebrate a Celtic Way of Worship

Sunday, May 1 4:00-7:00pm

St. John’s Worthington

4:00pm –Education: A discussion led by the Rev. K.J. Oh, from Bexley Hall-Seabury Western Seminary of Chicago, on the origins and development of Celtic Christianity, its divergence from the early Roman church, and its place in Christian worship today.

5:00pm – Worship: Participate in a Celtic worship service in the historic St. John’s sanctuary.  The liturgy is based on the service used ay the Iona Abbey, the spiritual center of Celtic Christian worship.  Celtic music, instrumental and vocal, will be a part of the worship experience.

6:00pm – Fellowship: Join us for hospitality and fellowship after the service.



Book Club News

Everyone is welcome to attend once or regularly.  The May book is Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. The May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 PM at Jane Hoffelt’s home.  We’ll share a meal, followed by book discussion.  Please bring food and/or beverage to share.  Kindly let Jane know in advance if you plan to attend.  If you want to get a head start on the book for June, it is Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor


Yasue Sakaoka’s Retrospective Exhibition

Highlights of the artist’s works from 45 years in Columbus will be at Upper Arlington Municipal Building Concourse Gallery from May 4-June 26.

Opening reception will be on Saturday, May 14 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. Everyone is

invited. Come one and come all.


St. John’s Worthington Job Posting

Coordinator of Children and Youth Formation

Historic Saint John’s Episcopal Church, on the Village Green in Old Worthington, currently has an opening for a part-time Coordinator of Children’s and Youth Formation (12-20 hours per week). We seek to have this position filled by mid-June 2016, or earlier. Qualifications include: Ability to work cooperatively with families, lay leaders, fellow staff and clergy. Excellent computer and communication skills. Similar experience required. Bachelor’s degree required. The salary is competitive. However, there are no benefits. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings. How to apply: A resume with cover letter, including contact information for references, should be sent electronically to The Rev. Philip College, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Worthington, OH at PhilipC@StJohnsWorthington.Org. To view the parish website, go to www.StJohnsWorthington.Org.


Reminder:  If you’re mailing something to the church, especially time-sensitive materials, we recommend using the PO Box!  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 82263

Columbus, OH 43202