Announcements for the week of October 16

Upcoming Congregational Activities

Sunday, October 16: 6pm Gratitude Project Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, October 23: Noon BREAD Listening Meeting

Sunday, October 30: Noon BREAD Listening Meeting

Sunday, October 30: 7:00pm NSI Benefit Concert


Sunday, October 16

The Columbus Marathon will take place this Sunday, October 16.  As in the recent past, the race course no longer directly impacts St. Stephen’s.  Morning services will be held as usual.  There will be some road closures nearby, so check the rout and plan accordingly!


Parish Office closed

Meghan will be out of the office on Monday, October 17 and will return to regular hours on Tuesday, October 18.




  1. Beth Bartley will be reading to the children today, in Hobson Hall. They will also have coloring for hands-on activities during the reading. AWAKE is for children, ages 4-12. If you want to bring your three-year-old, we ask that a parent accompany them.
  2. Next Sunday, October 23, Carolyn Baginski (who led our summer MAKE program) will be leading MAKE, where children can participate in an artistic activity.
  3. Sunday, October 30, Rachael Smith will lead the children ………..with some cooking.



  1. AWARE this Sunday will continue our discussions on race.

You may wonder, why and how we address the issue of race with our youth, and in church. We take the Sunday scriptures (which can be found in the worship bulletin) , and we use those very scriptures for our talks. Take last week for example; in reading the scriptures from Jeremiah and the Gospel of Luke, we discussed the major points from those passages. Jeremiah was encouraging exiles in Babylon; in the words from Luke, Jesus heals ten lepers, and only one comes back to give thanks. We found that what gets ‘passed down’ is the teaching and love of God from the prophet Jeremiah (that God is still with people in exile) and the presence of Jesus (he told the lepers to go and show themselves to the priests, and they were healed). To those in foreign lands and those who are sick, and are foreigners, God’s love and teaching can help everyone. Racism ostracizes, degrades, and dehumanizes, but no one is exempt from the love of God, which is passed down to all.


We encourage any teen, and or youth, to come and participate.


Jeff Watters, AWAKE/ AWARE coordinator


Journeying with God

This Sunday, October 16th  at 6:00pm we will gather in the courtyard of Saint Stephen’s Church.

We will share some food and prayers, hear some traditional stories about the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth, and then journey across the river to walk the Chadwick Arboretum labyrinth as the October full moon rises at 7:30 p.m.  Around 8:30 p.m. we return to the church for more reflection and fellowship.


-Participants may want to walk the 3/4 miles to the labyrinth location and back, especially if it proves to be a pleasant evening. For those who prefer to save their walking energies for the labyrinth, there is ample parking at the arboretum for a small fee, and carpooling will be organized from the church and back.

-Materials on both Sukkoth and labyrinths will be available at the event, with more information through the event webpage at:

-Parking at the church will be available, including passes for free parking in the Arps Garage across Woodruff Avenue. People who park in the garage are welcome to participate in the carpooling to the arboretum rather than driving separately.

-There is no fee for the event. There will be a free will offering basket for those who participate in the meal. We do ask that everyone planning to attend fill out the RSVP form found on the web page.


NSI Donations for October

The item for October is soup.



  1. Since many people were unable to attend the BREAD house meetings, we will hold them on two additional Sundays, Oct 23 and Oct 30, after the 10:30 service.


  1. Three years ago, the topic for the BREAD campaign was Mental Health, and after much wrangling, there is a new Pathway Clubhouse to serve those in Columbus in need of urgent mental health care. Next week there is a grand opening party at the clubhouse, at 1203 E. Broad Street on Wednesday October 19 from 4-7 pm.


NSI Benefit Concert at St. Stephens!

On Sunday, October 30th, St. Stephen’s will be hosting the annual Choir Festival benefitting the NSI food pantry.  Singers from 8 churches will come together to present songs for the massed choir as well as selections by individual choirs. The singers will arrive at St. Stephen’s in time to take their covered dish to the kitchen and begin rehearsal at 4 pm. They will break for a meal and be ready for the concert at 7 pm.  Last year this benefit concert raised $4,193 for NSI. Volunteers will be welcomed to do various duties – ushering, food serving and clean up, etc. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Liz Hecker  by Wednesday, October 26th.  Let’s show these other churches the friendly, welcoming, vital parish of St. Stephen’s.


St. Edward’s Whitehall

5th Annual Halloween Craft Show and Bake Sale / White Elephant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

–Silent Auction

–Costumes Welcome

–Kitchen will sell drinks & food


Offerings from the Parish Health Ministry

For more information about the 2016 Alzheimer’s Symposium and Day for Caregivers including links to their brochure, flyer and registration information, see below.

Hope and Healing in the Face of Dementia: sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Professional Symposium

Friday, November 4, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

For details and to download the brochure, click here.

To register, click here.


A Day for Caregivers

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

To download the flyer and registration form, click here.

For more information and to register, click here.


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


Jeanne Palcic, Rhonda Johnson, Mary Ellyn Pusz, Rebecca Schroer, Rose Lindeman, Marian Riestenberg


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