Announcements for the week of November 13, 2016


Congregational News


Quick Dates

Campus Ministry Services every Sunday at 6pm

Thursday, November 25: Office Closed, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 4: 5pm Advent Spaghetti Dinner


In Remembrance

My father went to be with God on November 8, 2016.  Thanks for your prayers, love, and support. -James W. Marquart



This Sunday, November 13, AWAKE and AWARE will combine for ‘Share, Spend, and Save’, focusing upon using our resources in creative ways. We are focusing upon money, as well as our use of other talents, time, etc. We will also prepare for doing a presentation for Sunday, November 20, about how we are using our resources.


Sunday, November 20-AWAKE/ AWARE presentation in 10:30 am service, followed by AWAKE/ AWARE.


Sunday, December 4-AWAKE and AWARE will combine for ‘SERVE’, led by Rachael Smith. SERVE will be held in the kitchen, where we will prepare food for someone in need. (if someone is aware of people in need of prepared food, let Rachael, or me, or Rev. Becky, know). Last Sunday, Rachael and the children made a dish that went to someone who is recovering from surgery.


Sunday, December 11; Carolyn Baginski leads our children in MAKE, creating the latest artistic expressions for all to see.


AWAKE Christmas Pageant, on Sunday, December 18. Note; there will be rehearsal on Saturday, December 17, from 10:00 am-12 noon, along with breakfast.


Things are getting going! See you somewhere.

Jeff Watters

AWAKE/ AWARE coordinator


Stewardship Continues… Generations of Generosity

Last Sunday we celebrated All Saints Day and remembered saints from our past, both individual and community, who have been examples of loving service to God. We built a shrine near the font and the icon of Saint Stephen to hold those objects of remembrance, and we celebrated a baptism in their presence. It was a fine way to give honor and bless the names of that Great Company of Witnesses in the heavens and on earth.


The shrine is staying in place through our Eucharist on Sunday, November 20th, and you are all welcome to continue to add to it and place objects there and take a moment to reflect and perhaps light a candle.


Our stewardship campaign continues as well. This coming Sunday we are celebrating the Present Day Generations of Generosity (which includes all of us) by wearing name tags and taking photos after church. The third and final Sunday of the campaign we will celebrate Future Generations of Generosity. Look for the children of our community to challenge us on that day.

As stated earlier our goal is to get as close to 100% participation in the fundraising as possible, and we have achieved approximately 25% of that goal. Our staff, vestry and finance committee members have joined with many of you in the first week of pledging. Thank you! We invite all of you to join with us as we pledge our material and spiritual treasures in support of furthering God’s mission of peace and justice here at Saint Stephen’s.


First Ever Advent Spaghetti Dinner!

Sunday, December 4, 2016: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Come join the fun and bring your friends, kids, and neighbors.

Enjoy a traditional spaghetti dinner: sauces, noodles of various sorts, meat balls, salad, bread, and a surprise dessert! Refresh your memory on those Christmas carols (anticipated “sing-off” of the Twelve Days of Christmas), and shop at the world bazar of craft items made by international artists to benefit emerging economic communities. At the end there will be a lightning tear down and sweep up and we’ll leave with only the memories. Wear something red and bring your jingle bells! Donations accepted but free for all! We’ll send an “Evite” closer to the date so we’ll be well prepared for the fun. To volunteer to help, contact Becky Michelfelder





Service Opportunities


Volunteers Needed for Driving

We are seeking a few volunteers to pick Bill Platt up at Wesley Glen for church around 10:00am on Sundays.  Please contact the Parish Office if you can help.


NSI Donations for November.

As of this past Sunday, we collected 302 boxes/bags of stuffing for NSI.  THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, IS THE LAST DAY TO BRING STUFFING TO CHURCH TO MEET OUR GOAL OF 450.  We’re almost there.  We can do it!



The BREAD team and the members of the Justice Ministry Network will attend the BREAD Annual Assembly on Monday Nov 14 at 7:00 at Christ the King Church, 2777 E. Livingston Ave.  Norm Wernet will be driving from the St. Stephen’s parking lot if you want to carpool, leaving at 6:30.  Here’s where we will discuss the issues that were raised in our house meetings and choose a problem to address for the coming year.


BREAD… rises!


St. John’s Town St. His Place Dinners

As many of you know, I have coordinated our dinners at St. John’s for the last 15 years or so.  I find that it is time for me to step down from this and I need to ask anyone willing to consider taking this over to let me know.  It is a very rewarding ministry that requires not a lot of time as we only serve two dinners a year.  Next year we are on the calendar for the last Wed. in May and Sept. 2017.  The main work is recruiting volunteers (which is never hard as many of us have done this for a long time), planning a menu, buying and preparing the food, and coordinating the night of the dinner.

I am more than happy to help anyone who takes on this role and I will be more than willing to share how I’ve done it, when I do what, etc.  Please email me if you are interested or just want to talk more about it.  Thanks for your help – it is greatly appreciated.

Linda Richter








Around Town and Beyond


St. John’s Worthington invites you to a service of Choral Evensong

Sunday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. (prelude beginning at 4:45)

Choral Evensong has long been an important part of the Anglican heritage. This quiet, meditative, music-filled service incorporates elements of drama and ritual that nourish our spiritual lives. The choir will sing a chant-based setting of the canticles by Everett Titcomb (1884-1968), responses by Andrew Carter (b.1939), and the anthem O Lorde, the maker of al thing by John Joubert (b.1927). The prelude begins at 4:45 and will be a set of four chorale preludes by Johannes Brahms and Sigfrid Karg-Elert with Jo Pascoe reading the poetry on which these pieces are based. The service itself starts at 5:00. We invite you to enjoy worship in a beautiful and historic space. St. John’s is located at 700 High Street in Worthington, on the southeast corner of the Olde Worthington Village Green (High Street at SR 161). Visit for more information.


Justice for Farmworkers Action at OSU — Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 pm

On Nov. 15 Ohio Fair Food will join OSU SFA in an action on campus and at the Wendy’s on High Street. Please join us at the statue in front of Thompson Library at 12:00 or at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 30 West Woodward Avenue at 12:30 to join the students when they arrive at Wendy’s on High Street. For

more information, please email Sue at

News from Immokalee: 

The CIW answered Wendy’s misleading and inaccurate response to the CIW boycott and posted other exciting news on their website,


St. John’s Worthington invites you to hear pianist Abhik Mazumder

2016 winner of the hank marr jazz award

Sunday, November 20, 3:00 p.m.

A high school sophomore with formal training in both classical and jazz piano, Abhik has performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, Haus der Musik (Vienna), and Mozarthaus (Vienna). He has won first and second prizes in several state, national, and international competitions in both performance and composition. Notable among these are the silver medal in the national Carol Klose/Hal Leonard composition competition, the Jazz Arts Group’s Hank Marr Jazz Award (best high school age jazz musician in Ohio), and first place in the junior division of the state-level Buckeye Auditions classical piano competition. The Hospitality and Fellowship Committee will host a reception in the Atrium following the concert. We invite you to enjoy excellent music in a beautiful and historic space. There is no charge for admission to the concert; a freewill offering will be taken to support the Music Series. St. John’s is located at 700 High Street in Worthington, on the southeast corner of the Olde Worthington Village Green (High Street at SR 161). Visit for more information.




Franklinton Cycleworks, a non-profit organization in the St. John’s family, is looking for a contractor and/or structural engineer. 

Franklinton Cycleworks (FCW) is a non-profit bicycle cooperative. We help people get where they need to go, both around town and in their lives. Our mission is to empower individuals in pursuit of wellness and community connectedness through bicycle repair and education. We believe transportation is opportunity, education is empowerment, and connectedness is wholeness. We’ve served Franklinton, an under-resourced neighborhood on the west side of Columbus, since 2011. Back then, the support of St. John’s played a significant role in our ability to secure our great location and create effective programming. To this day, St. John’s and the larger Episcopal community have continued to invest in the people of Franklinton through the work of FCW.I’ve been a parishioner of St. John’s since moving to Franklinton in 2008, and we’ve always had at least one St. John’s member on the Franklinton Cycleworks Board of Directors.


We’re now looking to beautify the space in front of our shop. The West Broad corridor is home to many vacant or otherwise blighted storefronts. We want to serve the neighborhood by turning our ugly parking lot into a welcoming patio. The patio will not only beautify the street, but provide ample bike parking for FCW and neighboring organizations, provide outdoor classroom space, and offer 24 hour access to an outdoor bike stand and tools. The patio will be a gathering place and will extend our services to the neighborhood.


To get this project off the ground, we need help from a contractor and/or structural engineer. If you’re interested in helping with this project, please contact Jonathan Youngman at 614-546-6385 or email me at


Refresh Your Soul Conference

Exciting news!  ERS Parish Health Ministry (PHM) and Xavier University (XU) are partnering to present two days devoted to dementia care.

Refresh Your Soul 2017 – Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Overcoming the Struggles & Living Inspired: Monday, March 13, 2017  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. &

XU Dementia Care Summit: Tuesday, March 14, 2017  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location for both events:  The Cintas Center at Xavier University

For more information or to download a printable flyer to share, please visit


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