January 13, 2019 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of January 13, 2019

The Feast of the Epiphany

Service Times

8:30 am and 10:30am

The Rev. John 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 will resume January 8, 2019

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


The Rev. John R. Johanssen – Office Hours

My office hours while serving as Priest in Charge at St. Stephen’s will be Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:00am to 3:00pm. Meetings need to be arranged by appointment. 

 Once I get settled into a rhythm with out of office meetings and pastoral care visits, we may be able to list a drop in time in the near future. In the meantime people are encouraged to email or call the parish office to arrange an appointment.

 In case of emergencies, please contact me at my cell phone at 614-286-4736.


2019 Vestry and Convention Delegate Elections

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:

Sunday, January 20th:          Nominations for Vestry candidates and Convention Delegates will be received by the Wardens and Vestry members through Sunday, February 3rd.

Monday, February 4th:  Candidate bios and photos are due in to the Parish Office by 5:00pm in order that ballots can be prepared for distribution beginning Sunday, February 10th. Candidate bios and photos can be sent to the Parish Office via email at parishoffice@ststephens-columbus.org.

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 January 13, 2019

On Sunday, January 6th, we will be discussing Luke, Chapters 14, 15 and 16

The Sunday, January 6th, the Adult Discussion Group will focus on Chapters 14, 15 and 16 of Luke’s Gospel, which we have been reading as part of the DSO Big Read. 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 studying the Gospel of Luke using the book The Gospel According to Luke by Michael F. Patella, from the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series. For information and resources about “The Big Read” go to http://dsobeloved.org/big-read-home/.



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.


Upcoming BREAD events

Monday, Jan. 14th: Join our “Families First and Housing Now!” committee at the Columbus City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 5:00 pm at 90 West Broad Street inside of the Columbus City Hall. But…stay tuned: If there is no agenda item to speak to, we’ll have to speak at the end of the meeting around 6:00pm or so and you can arrive later. I’ll try to keep you posted! Parking is available at meters on the street or in the parking garage directly across from the main entrance on Front Street (near the corner of Broad and Front).

Tuesday, Jan. 15th: Join our “Families First and Housing Now!” committee at the Franklin County Commissioners meeting at 9:00am at 273 S. High Street. There is a parking garage available, or park at the BREAD office and walk.

Remember, when we all work for justice, BREAD rises!

With your help, BREAD rises!

From your B.R.E.A.D. team:  

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


NSI Collection for January: Canned Fruit (no pineapple, please)


Book Club for February 2019

Coming Soon .. .


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.

January 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • January 3rd @ St. Stephen’s Chapel, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • January 17th @ Acre Farm to Table, 2700 N. High Street, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

(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 Newsletter for January 2019, Weekly Scoop Newsletter for January 6-13, 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.