May 6, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of May 6, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

Sunday, May 6, 2018  –  The Sixth Sunday of Easter

 Service Times:

8:30am and 10:30am

 Choir Rehearsal  –  8:30 am in the Chapel

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

 10:30 am – Children, Youth, & Families Ministry – Hobson Hall

(Facilitated by Rachael Smith and Daniel Buey)

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

Campus Ministry  – Wednesdays, 6:30pm in the Chapel


 Pastoral Care Updates

 Janet McNaughton has volunteered to be the Sunshine coordinator. Sunshine coordinators are part of the Pastoral Care Committee and send out greeting cards to shut-ins and others with significant life events. Janet will be compiling a list of folks to send cards to on behalf of the church. Please contact Janet if you have names and addresses of people who you think might appreciate a card.




2018 1st Quarter Giving Statements Ready for Pick-up

May 6, 2018

Giving Statements for the 1st Quarter of 2018 are ready and will be available for pick up at the front of the Sanctuary beginning this Sunday, March 6th, prior and following the 10:30 service. The statements will report giving from January 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018. Liz Hecker, Parish Administrator, will be at a table to distribute the statements, which will be enclosed in sealed envelopes. If you prefer to have your statement mailed to you, please let Liz know by email at or by phone at (614) 294-3749 and she will be happy to mail it to you. Any statements that are not retrieved in person by May 14th will be mailed.


NSI Collection for May:  Bars of Soap & Rolls/Packages of Bathroom Tissue

 This month, we are collecting bars of soap and rolls/packages of bathroom tissue.


 BREAD Update 

Nehemiah Action May 7th

BREAD… rises!


52 – 1

We gather 52 Sundays year for worship, and we ask you to turn out just once for social justice in Columbus. Monday May 7 is the annual Nehemiah Action. St. Stephen’s will sponsor a potluck dinner in Hobson Hall beginning at 5:00pm. A bus will arrive at 6:20pm to take us to the fairgrounds, and we expect to be back before 9:00pm.

Here’s a summary of the issues that BREAD is tackling:

Youth and Family Concerns Committee

This committee is working to address the lack of affordable housing and to address the concerns of kinship caregivers. There are 54,000 low-income families in Franklin County spending 50% of their paychecks on housing. At the Action, BREAD will press for an affordable housing plan to create affordable housing in more neighborhoods for lower-income families.

Juvenile Justice

This committee is working to keep kids in school and out of the court system. Last year, Columbus City Schools had over 20,000 out-of-school suspensions. Kids who get suspended are more likely to fail, to drop out, to end up in prison or on welfare. For kids who commit non-violent offenses and are in the court system for the first time, we want to see them go through a diversion program to prevent them from getting a record and to change their behaviors. At the Action, BREAD will celebrate initial steps taken by Columbus City Schools to fund training for a program that would reduce suspensions. We’ll also recognize the Lead Juvenile Court Judge for steps taken to send more kids to a “Restorative Justice” diversion program.

“Hire and Better Pay…Don’t Throw Away!

This committee is working to create more good-paying jobs for people with criminal backgrounds. At the Action, we’ll celebrate the passage of an ordinance through Columbus City Council to create more jobs for ex-offenders. We’ll also recognize The Ohio State University for their work with B.R.E.A.D. to create a worker-owned business in Linden.

“Welcome Columbus”

This committee is working to create a local ID program for Columbus residents. The program would especially benefit the homeless, victims of domestic violence, immigrants, and others. At the Action, we’ll press for a feasibility study in order to project the cost of the program.

From your B.R.E.A.D. team:  

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet and Mignonne Whitlow


Campus Ministry Worship will continue to meet at 6:30pm in the Chapel during the summer.


Book Club for May

Everyone is welcome at Book Club! BookClub’s May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 9 starting at 6:30 PM with a potluck meal. Please bring food or beverage to share. We’re meeting at Jane Hoffelt’s home (614-619-0123 Kindly let Jane know ahead of time if you plan to attend so she may plan for the right number of people. After dinner, we’ll be discussing is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. If you wish to read ahead, the book for June is Wild Things: the Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy.


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

The meet-up dates and times for May 2018 are:

  • May 17 Starliner Diner, 4121 Main St., Hilliard, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

 Please RSVP to Kaitlin Raver by March 12th for reservation purposes.

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 March 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 May 1-8, 2018  newsletter is available on the Community Events table in Hobson Hall.  Also included are a flier and brochure for 2018 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing classes.To read online, click on the links below:

 Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Newsletter May 2018

Community Resources October 2017

Mt. Carmel Church Partnerships Weekly Scoop May 1-8, 2018

FCN Course 2018 flier

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Brochure 2018