February 17, 2019 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of February 17, 2019

The Sixth Week after the Epiphany

Service Times

8:30 am and 10:30am

The Rev. John R. Johanssen – Celebrant and Preacher


Choir Rehearsal – 8:30 am in the Chapel

Adult Bible Discussion Group 9:15am in Hobson Hall

Thrive! Children, Youth & Families Ministry  Meet in Outer Office during 10:30am serivce, then upstairs in Hobson Hall

Campus Ministry Tuesday Night Oasis – 8:00pm, Sanctuary

Mid-Week Prayer and Luncheon – Wednesdays, 12:30pm


From The Rev. John R. Johanssen

Attention Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharist Visitors (and those interested in serving)

Dear Friends of St. Stephen’s,

Thank you for your participation in our first Town Meeting. It was exciting to discover the long and deep relationships you have formed over the years as you worship and build this community. St. Stephen’s is a special place. 

The meeting identified some important topics to be discussed about the mission and vision of the church as it now exists. The congregation is in transition and with it comes anxiety, grief and expectation of the future. it will be critical that we continue our prayerful and honest conversation about the core values and future ministry of the church. 

Until each of the members of the congregation have had an ample opportunity to share their hopes and dreams for St. Stephen’s with me and the vestry, any meaningful long range planning will be deficient. I hope you will all participate in this important work. 

Our next opportunity to continue our conversation will  be this Sunday, February 17, 2109 from 9:30 am until 10:15 am, between the services. Please feel free to join me in the sanctuary.  If this time or location does not work out for you, please do not hesitate to call me or make an appointment so that we can meet. Additional town meetings will be announced after the Annual Meeting, February 24, 2019.


 It is time to renew licenses for Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) and Eucharist Visitors (EVs).

If you are currently taking communion to homebound parishioners, or would like to serve the chalice on Sunday mornings, please give your name to the Parish Administrator via email at parishoffice@ststephens-columbus.orgTraining will be offered toward the end of Epiphany for those who are interested.


2019 Vestry and Convention Delegate Elections – February 10, 17 and 24

At the December meeting the Vestry scheduled the 2019 Annual Meeting for Sunday February 24th.

Please refer to the following dates regarding 2019 Vestry and Convention Delegates:

Vestry and Convention Delegate elections will be on the following Sundays:  February 10, February 17th, and February 24th (before the Annual Meeting.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any Vestry member.

The St. Stephen’s Vestry


Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for February 17, 2019

The Sunday, February 17th, the Adult Discussion Group will focus on  Chapters 4, 5 and 6 of The Acts of the Apostles. If you can, read these chapters in the Collegeville Commentary book, or any study Bible. Bring your comments and questions, take a seat at the table, and join the conversation. Everyone is invited! Oh, yes, coffee and donuts are available, too!


Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15am in Hobson Hall for the discussion! The new “Big Read” of the Diocese of Southern Ohio has begun, and we are now beginning the Book of Acts. We are using the book The Acts of the Apostles by Dennis Hamm, from the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series, which is available at Amazon.com or other used book sources on the internet for about $10 to $20, depending on where you purchase it. OR, a good study Bible will have helpful notes and commentary.



DSO Big Read – Luke & Acts and the Beloved Community

We will explore the story of Jesus and the creation of the early church, as we deepen our discipleship and reflect on how the church can bear witness to Jesus’ love that overcomes all that divides us. We encourage churches to be creative about how they will study and explore Luke, Acts, and Beloved Community in their context.

The Luke & Acts bookmarks are to help us and other Episcopalians in our Diocese read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts together between now and next Easter. Our Sunday morning Adult Discussion at 9:15 will be following this schedule. You are welcome to join it! Or, you can read the chapters of the Bible at home on your own. You can also go to the website http://dsobeloved.org/big-read-home/ for resources and help in understanding what you read.



Our children’s spiritual formation classes (Thrive) is meeting this Sunday during the 10:30am service. Look for Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey in the “meeting room”.


The Tuesday Evening Oasis Campus Ministry

Join us on Tuesday evenings to pray, sing, and meditate in the St. Stephen’s sanctuary. If you have any questions, contact Jared Talbot (itsjaredcoffintalbot@gmail.com).


 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.


BREAD Update – “Hire and Better Pay! Don’t Throw Away!” Committee

(represented from St. Stephen’s by Norm Wernet and Rae Fellows)

Councilmember Elizabeth Brown reported that five companies have taken advantage of the new ordinance to encourage construction companies to hire people with criminal backgrounds. BREAD will be seeking a year-end evaluation of the ordinance’s impact. BREAD is also working collaboratively with Ohio State University to create worker-owned cooperatives in Linden. Initial discussions involve the creation of a food processing and distribution hub that would market products to OSU and other anchor institutions in Central Ohio. BREAD and OSU will be hosting two forums in March in Linden to increase awareness.

With your help, BREAD rises!

From your B.R.E.A.D. team:  

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet, and Mignonne Whitlow


His Place Dinner at St. John’s Town Street  – Wednesday, February 27th

St. Stephen’s will be hosting the His Place Dinner at St. John’s Town Street on Wednesday February 27th; set up starts at 4:30pm, and dinner served at 6:30. We are planning on serving chicken noodle soup, homemade cornbread and fresh fruit, Yum! If you are interested in serving please contact Jennifer Schmied at jschmied73@gmail.com. We will need help cooking on the morning of the 27th at St. Stephen’s and serving and cleaning up at St. John’s in the evening. Anyone who would like to come and serve as hosts in the front of the house sharing the meal and interacting with the guest would be welcome and appreciated as well. St John’s is located at\ 1003 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43222. We normally serve around 110 guests. This could not happen without the hard work of all the people who volunteer their time and talent cooking and serving. Thank you! 

To read more info about the His Place Dinner, please click on the following link: http://st-johns-columbus.org/our-ministries/


NSI News

Neighborhood Service, Inc., is our neighborhood food pantry, supported by multiple congregations in the north campus area. The need for food services is increasing, and St. Stephen’s is responding. Although the government shutdown is over, food stamps for February were delivered early, in late January. This is expected to put more pressure on families in February, as their monthly allotment will run out earlier than anticipated.

Collection for February: Pasta (no egg noodles, please)

Why not egg noodles, you ask? Because Neighborhood Services has a really inexpensive source for egg noodles and would rather have us donate other kinds of pasta so they have variety for their clients. When you are shopping during February, please put some boxes of pasta in your cart for donation to Neighborhood Services.


In the month of January, St. Stephens donated 149 cans of canned fruit, clothes and other items to Neighborhood Services, and in 2018, St. Stephen’s donated a total of $5,061.67, which helped NSI serve 33,155 people and distribute 612,902 meals during the year. 

Thank you all for your generosity!


Girl Scout Troop #6019 (Rachael Smith, troop leader), that meets here in Hobson Hall is devoting some of their cookie sale profit to purchase nonfood items for NSI. The rest of the congregation can help at the Lenten trade-in bake sale that has become a St. Stephen’s tradition.


Save the Date! St. Stephen’s Day Tour at Neighborhood Services, Inc, 1950 N. Fourth Street (Columbus) March 3, 2019 at Noon

(after the 10:30 service and brief town hall meeting, shuttle service available)

 The dynamic Director of NSI, Martin Butler, will be our guide to the great services NSI provides and the opportunities available to St. Stephen’s members to further our service and deepen our relationships with our neighbors. Lunch will be provided during Q & A time at end of tour.

 RSVP to Kaitlin Raver (614) 956-8550 or kaitlinraver@gmail.com with number attending for meal planning purposes and if transportation is needed. There is plenty of parking available.


Hunger/Run Walk 5K to benefit NSI –  March 24, 2019, Fred Beekman Park

Kaethe Sandman is organizing a group of St. Stephen’s parishioners for this event. Registration is online at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Columbus/OSUHungerRun

The run should take about 30 minutes, and the walk 45-60 minutes. Since we are so close, we can carpool to west campus and return not-too-late for the 10:30 service.


For more info on how you can continue to help NSI, please click on the following link: https://www.neighborhoodservicesinc.org/take-action


Book Club for March 2019

The March Book Club meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13 starting at 6:30 PM. More info coming soon . . .


Save the Date! Upcoming Music Events at St. Stephens!

Amanda Rose-Hobbs is a Choral Scholar with St. Stephen’s choir and will be presenting a recital with her colleague, Brooklynn Grace, on Sunday, February 17th at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary. Admission to the recital is free; a free-will donation can be made to assist Amanda and Brooklynn to raise funds for an upcoming tour with the Capital University Chapel Choir. 

On Sunday, February 24th, please join us in the Sanctuary after the Annual Meeting to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Telos Trio from Rochester, New York.


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.

New for 2019:  All morning gatherings on the 1st Thursday of each month will be held  in the Chapel at St. Stephen’s. Centralized for all, no need to remember where to show up, and kid-friendly! Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided. If you need a ride, transportation can be arranged.

February 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • February 7 @ St. Stephen’s Chapel, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • February 21 @ China Dynasty, 1689 W. Lane Ave, UA

(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@gmail.com or (614) 956-8550 with any questions. 

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


Mount Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletters

Copies of the Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletters for February 2019, Weekly Scoop Newsletter for February 10-16, 2019, and Health Living Center Wellness Activities list for Winter 2019 can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall. Also available are the Mount Carmel Diabetes Prevetion Program Class Listings for January-March 2019 and a flyer for the Diabetes Prevention Program.