Announcements for the week of October 9

Upcoming Congregational Activities

Saturday, October 8: OSU Home Game parking in St. Stephen’s lot

Sunday, October 9: after the 10:30am service BREAD listening meeting

Friday, October 14: 7:00pm EASE Gallery Opening

Sunday, October 16: 6pm Gratitude Project Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, October 30: NSI Benefit Concert


A Note from the Rector

Dear People of St. Stephen’s,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome last Sunday. And thanks also to those who brought extra treats for coffee hour – a festive occasion!


As I write this I am finishing up moving to Columbus from Northern Virginia. Turned out to be a major challenge on various fronts involving driving a lot of UHaul trucks and also meeting lots of nice people. Thank you for all your help. The week of October 9 I will be available for meetings, appointments, lunch, and high tea as requested. My email for St. Stephen’s use is  If you call me on the church phone number, it will immediately forward to my cell phone and I can talk with you wherever I can get Verizon reception. Likewise you can text me at 206-499-2821. I keep my phone with me all the time; 24/7 so I can be available in an emergency. Do be aware that if you text me in the middle of the night it NORMALLY will wake me up. If you get no response from an emergency midnight text, please call the phone number and that for sure will wake me up.  In a couple of weeks as I learn the rhythm of St. Stephen’s I will decide on computer sabbath days and days off and let you know. Until then do not hesitate to contact me.


Finally, my primary goal between now and the first of the year is to get to know you all. Do send me a note about yourself (pictures will get you 10,000 points!), your passions, your life. I would love to know especially how you came to St. Stephen’s and what keeps you coming back and anything else you would like to share. You will hear plenty about me as the weeks go on, I’m sure, but for now I want you to know that I am glad to be here and am looking forward to discerning with you all where God is calling us next on our journey together.



Becky M.+






  1. Rachael Smith and Janet McNaughten will be leading AWAKE this Sunday with the children.

2, Sunday, October 23, AWAKE will be MAKE, with artist Carolyn Baginski helping children in their artistic expressions.



  1. This Sunday, October 9, AWARE will start with a discussion about racism. We will follow the scriptures for the week, and discuss how to deal with the racial issues in our communities.


NSI Donations for October

The item for October is soup.


BREAD news

The St. Stephen’s BREAD team is devoting several weeks to the listening process.  This Sunday (October 9) there will be two groups meeting to share our concerns about community problems, to build relationships among the members of our community, and to expand the justice ministry here at St. Stephen’s.  Both meetings will follow the 10:30 service, one in the chapel, one in Hobson Hall.  Everyone is welcome, and it doesn’t matter which meeting you attend.

BREAD… rises!


OSU Football Parking

November 5th is the only date that still needs volunteers!  Please contact Matthew Strauss; he will let you know the parking details and provide you with the needed materials.


Book Club News

All are invited to book club meetings.  The October book under discussion is A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller.   We will meet on Wednesday, October 12 starting at 6:30 PM at Sarah Luckay’s home.  Please let Sarah know as far in advance as possible if you plan to attend.  We’ll share a potluck super followed by the book discussion.  Please bring something to share (main dish, side dish, dessert, beverage).  Join us; it’s fun!   For those who you wish to read ahead, the book for the November book is: Jesus, the Life Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg.


Journeying with God

On 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 Benefit Concert at St. Stephens!

Choirs from seven neighboring churches will combine forces to present a Concert on October 30th here at St. Stephen Church.  This annual event raises thousands of dollars to support the NSI food pantry and ministry.  Mark your calendars to attend the evening concert and support this important ministry.


A Night at the Symphony  – Verdi’s “Requiem”

We invite you and your friends to join others from the The Episcopal Churches in Central Ohio at the Ohio Theater – Friday, October 28, 2016 for A Night at the Symphony featuring the Verdi “Requiem.” This passionate and spectacular piece touches every emotion from stark terror to soothing beauty to an uplifting sense of spirituality. Although composed as a sacred work, its deep theatricality has led to it being frequently described as “Verdi’s greatest opera.”  The evening begins at 6:00pm with Reception, bar & “heavy” hors d’oeuvres in the Patron Lounge (1 drink ticket included – cash bar for additional drinks) The Patron Lounge Bar will be open during intermission). At  7:00pm,  join Christopher Purdy of Classical 101 (and a member of St. James, Clintonville) on the Orchestra Floor by the stage for an introduction to Verdi and his “Requiem”. Then, at 8:00pm comes the performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Rossen Milanov, Conductor); Michelle Johnson, Soprano; Margaret Mezzacappa, Mezzo-soprano: Evan Johnson, Tenor:  Burak Bilgili, Bass and the Columbus Symphony Chorus  (Ronald J. Jenkins, Director)


Ticket Price is $45.00 per person for the whole package.  Orchestra Seating.


Make checks payable to: The Rev. Paul Williams ; and mail to him at Attn. Episcopal Night at the Symphony St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,  8630 Refugee Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147-9509


Please include your e-mail address so we can contact you if we need to.


Please include the names of the other folks in your party so we can provide name tags!


Reservations due by October 14, 2016 

You can pick up your tickets at Will Call


Questions? Contact the Rev. Paul Williams at,  or the Rev. Bruce Smith at


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


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