September 16, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018  –  Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

 Service Times: 8:30am and 10:30am

 Choir Rehearsal  – 8:30am (Chapel)

 Adult Bible Discussion Class –  9:15am in Hobson Hall

 10:30 am – Children, Youth, & Families Ministry – Outer Office during 10:30am serivce

(Facilitated by Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey)

Midday Prayer (and Lunch)  Wednesdays, 12:30pm in the Sanctuary/Hobson Hall

Coming up this September at St. Stephens:

September 23rd and 30th – BREAD House Meetings I and II

After 10:30am service in Hobson Hall 


 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.


Thrive/CYFM Announcements for September


Our children’s spiritual formation classes (Thrive) meet during the 10:30 service.


Bishop’s Reception Luncheon – Thank You!

Many thanks to everyone who provided food and volunteers at last week’s reception luncheon for Bishop Price. The food was great and the reception was a wonderful success. Special thanks to Kaitlin Raver and Cindy Olmstead, who provided their time and talent to make sure the food items and volunteers were coordinated through Sign Up Genius. Their extra efforts ensured the success of the event.


Calling football parking volunteers!

Two volunteers are needed to staff our parking lot during each of OSU’s home football games. The lot fills up very quickly, so the shift is only 2-3 hours.

This is a fun and easy way to help out at our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please contact Mikalene Guiser at or 614-406-4224 to sign up for a game.

Here’s the latest update as of 9.16.18:

 Sept. 22 vs Tulane, Time 3:30pm (Edward Lasseigne and Elliott Bush) 

Oct. 6 vs Indiana, Time TBD (2 needed)

Oct. 13 vs Minnesota, Time TBD  (Cindy/Bob Olmstead + Rob Wood)

Nov. 3 vs Nebraska, Time TBD (2 needed)

Nov. 24 vs Michigan, Noon (Thomas Clark + Matthew Strauss)

(TBD game start times will be updated as they become available.)




“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly.” – Henri Nouwen

 “The F Word” exhibit will be on display at St. Stephen’s this fall, October 16-30. Mark your calendar for the following events:

 October 16 – Exhibit opens 11am-7pm

October 18 – Opening reception 5-7 pm

October 21 – Vespers service with a forgiveness theme 5pm

 Questions? Contact Kaethe Sandman (


“The F Word” is a traveling exhibit that will be on display at St. Stephen’s this fall, October 16-30. It will be installed in Hobson Hall and we will open the hall daily from 11am to 7pm to share the exhibit with our community. Please plan to view it and invite your friends and neighbors.

 We will need volunteer docents to be present in Hobson so that we can offer this to our neighbors. If you are able to give a few hours of your time to be the face of    St. Stephen’s, please contact Kaethe Sandman (




Calling All Poets!  

 If you write poetry and would enjoy meeting with other Episcopal poets to read and critique each other’s work, please contact the Rev. Karl Stevens (


Sunday Morning Adult Bible Discussion for September 16, 2018

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in Hobson Hall for the discussion! On Sunday, September 2nd, we will begin Genesis, a commentary by Joan E. Cook in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series. We will discuss Chapter 11. If you haven’t gotten the book yet, just read an introduction to Genesis in your Bible or online and the verses we will be discussing. If you do not have a copy of the book, you are invited to come and listen and join in the conversation.

 You can contribute your questions and comments to the discussion or just listen if that is more comfortable. Looking forward to a thoughtful, sometimes deep, conversation on Sunday morning!


NSI “Dishin’ for Hunger” event 

September 29, 2018, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructional Kitchen – Ohio Union 

Our neighbors are in need. We have seen a groundbreaking level of need in the communities we serve. This year, through the end of August 2018, we have seen 7,114 families. This is more that we served before, during or since the Great Recession.

Through August we have:

*           Served 5,473 families in our choice food pantry (18,054 people)

*           Have had 349 families visit our clothing room (1374 people)

*           Celebrated by giving 317 Easter Food Baskets (988 people)

*           Aided 35 homeless families with a prepack 3-day supply of food (82 individuals)

*           Supplied 572 backpacks to children through our Back to School program

*           Distributed Fresh Produce to 720 families (1,906 individuals) at our monthly Markets

*           Gave 47 senior households (128 people) a Senior Food Box filled with shelf stable items.

*           So far this year, 7,114 families served (23,441 people) and 399,806 meals distributed

The need is great, but so are our supporters. Every year, we host Dishin’ for Hunger, an evening of food, fun and fellowship in the Instructional Kitchen in the Ohio Union building at The Ohio State University. This year it will be on Saturday, September 29th starting at 6:00 pm. Parking is free. At this event, with your help, we will raise enough to feed 2,445 people. This year, we have chefs from across the community, including one that worked in the kitchen of a Michelin 3-star restaurant. It’s an opportunity to see chefs prepare their signature dish LIVE and get to taste it too.

We hope you are able to join us for this engaging event, while also ensuring we continue to provide an emergency 5-day food supply for our neighbors in need. I have attached a link to our Eventbrite site, And thank you, in advance, for your consideration on supporting Neighborhood Services Inc.

In Peace,  

Martin Butler

Executive Director

Neighborhood Services, Inc.


NSI Collection for September: Feminine Hygiene Products

For September, we’ll be collecting feminine hygiene products such as sanitary pads, tampons, and undergarment liners.

For more info on how you can continue to help NSI, please click on the link below to access the August 2018 NSI Newsletter: NSI Newsletter August 2018


Kiwanis Shoe Drive

 The Worthington-Linworth Kiwanis club is conducting a shoe drive for developing countries where shoes are not readily available (but injuries and parasites are) to allow individuals to start an enterprise repairing and selling the shoes that are collected. After the first delivery, the individual pays for the next from his/her earnings and is thus able to support a family while providing a greatly needed product.

 The collection box at St. Stephen’s will be located in the outer office between Hobson Hall and the Sanctuary. The box will be emptied regularly until the drive ends in mid-October. Thank you!

Update: The shoe drive is off to a good start with six pairs of shoes donated last Sunday! Thank you for donating! Remember: any shoes (even slippers), any condition, even shoes with no mates can be made wearable for those without foot protection. Direct any questions to Julia Sheppard at



Save the Date!

Episcopal Night at the Symphony

Friday, November 9, 2018 – Ohio Theatre

Handel’s Messiah

 Fr. Paul Williams of St. Andrew’s, Pickerington and Fr. Bruce Smith of St. James, Columbus serve as the Supreme Coordinating Committee of Episcopal Night at the Symphony and are pleased to announce that our next evening together will be for a performance of G.F. Handel’s beloved oratorio, “Messiah” at the Ohio Theater on Friday evening, November 9th, 2018. Ticket prices will be $50 per person and will include food and beverages at a 6:00pm reception in the Galbreath Pavilion, hopefully a visit by Symphony conductor Rossen Milanov and Chorus Director Ronald Jenkins, a pre-concert talk in the theater by Christopher Purdy and orchestra seating for the concert. (Such a deal… almost as good a deal as CAPA’s Summer Movie Series!) If you already have tickets for the concert, not to worry! You can still join us for the reception for $20 per person. We will begin taking ticket reservations around Labor Day, so please watch this space for more information. See you there. Hallelujah!



 BREAD Update 

BREAD… rises!

BREAD begins its year shortly with “house meetings” where we listen to YOUR stories. What keeps you awake at night? The 40+ BREAD churches in Columbus will all participate in this dialog to identify a community problem to tackle this year.

Each member of the BREAD team will hold a house meeting, and you can expect a personal invitation to discuss your concerns for this community.  House meetings will follow the 10:30 service.

  • Sept 23 Hosted by Kaethe Sandman
  • Sept 30 Hosted by Rae Fellows
  • Oct 7    Hosted by Mignonne Whitlow
  • Oct 14   Hosted by Norm Wernet

BREAD… rises!

From your B.R.E.A.D. team:  

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet and Mignonne Whitlow


Book Club for October

All are welcome to Book Club! The October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10 starting at 6:30 PM at Nancy and Hugh McCracken’s home (614-718-1063, Kindly let Nancy know ahead of time if you plan to attend so that Nancy and Hugh may plan for the right number of people. We’ll start with sharing a meal; please bring food or beverage to share. After dinner, we’ll be discussing The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke. If you wish to read ahead, the book for November is Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.


Calling St. Stephen’s Soul Sisters!

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

September’s meet up dates and places:

  • THURSDAY, Sept 6 meet @ Panera Bread Company, 300 W. Lane Ave, Columbus,from 9:30-11:30am
  • THURSDAY, Sept 20 meet @ Hoffbrauhaus Beer Garden, 800 Goodale Blvd., Grandview from 7-9pm

Always looking for monthly hosts and/or open to ideas for places to meet or excursion sites conducive to conversation & new experiences. Contact Kaitlin Raver, Coordinator, with any questions at 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 September 2018 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter and October 2017 Community Resources Listing can be found on the Community News table in Hobson Hall. The Weekly Scoop for July 18-28, 2018  newsletter is posted on the bulletin boards in the Outer Office and in Hobson Hall. 

Mt. Carmel Church Partnership September 2018 Newsletter

 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop July 18-28, 2018

Community Resources October 2017