April 29, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of April 29, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

Sunday, April 29, 2018  –  Fifth 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 at 6:30 pm


 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.



NSI Collection for  April – Personal Hygiene Products (focus on feminine hygiene)

This month, we are collecting personal hygiene products, with a focus on feminine hygiene products such as sanitary pads and tampons.

Thank you to those who  brought in non-food items for NSI, and a big thank you to those who supplied treats both healthy and otherwise during the Trade-in Bake Sale. We collected over 500 personal care and household products for NSI, and over 300 boxes of Mac n’ Cheese for the NSI Easter collection. Thank you all for your generosity this Lenten season.


 BREAD Update 

Nehemiah Action May 7th

BREAD… rises!


May 7 is the date of the Nehemiah Action, and the St. Stephen’s BREAD team will make it as easy as possible for you to join in – We will sponsor a potluck dinner, beginning at 5:00pm in Hobson Hall. A school bus will transport us to the state fairgrounds, leaving at 6:15pm, and returning us here around 9:00pm. All you need to do is get a ticket and BE THERE.

Here is the weekly update of where the four active research committees are now:

“Youth and Family Concerns”

Family first…housing now! This week, the committee met with Columbus City Councilmember, Jaiza Page. She tentatively confirmed her attendance at the Nehemiah Action. There is a follow up meeting scheduled with her at the beginning of May. The committee will also be meeting with Mayor Ginther later this month. Follow the link below to an article about the importance of housing.


Juvenile Justice

The committee met with Columbus School Board President Gary Baker. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the Nehemiah Action. Baker and three other School Board Members have confirmed their attendance to the Nehemiah Action – Michael Cole, W. Shawna Gibbs, and Dominic Paretti. A meeting with Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Gill is scheduled for next week, to review the progress in Restorative Justice in her court.

“Hire and Better Pay! Don’t Throw Away!”/Jobs

There was a recent meeting with the head of Installed Building Products, Jeff Edwards. He has been working with BREAD on a pilot project (starting with Rhema Christian Center) to hire people with criminal backgrounds. He has been encouraged by the referrals that have come in so far. Six (6) people have been hired and the company will continue to hire! Know someone willing to work in construction? Contact Pastor Dan Harris at Rhema Christian Center at (614) 471-9673.

Welcome Columbus

OSU law students have expressed interest in helping to move the campaign forward. A class at Ohio Dominican University is also circulating a petition in support of the municipal ID. This week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) joined the One ID Columbus coalition to help BREAD move this effort forward.

 From your B.R.E.A.D. team:  

Rae Fellows, Kaethe Sandman, Norm Wernet and Mignonne Whitlow


Campus Ministry Worship

Campus Ministry Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Campus Ministry meets on Wednesday evenings  in the Chapel with dinner, discussion, and prayers. 


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 jhoffelt@sbcglobal.net). 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 3 Global Gallery Coffee Shop, 3535 N. High St., Columbus, 9:30am-11:30am
  • May 17 Starliner Diner, 4121 Main St., Hilliard, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

 Please RSVP to Kaitlin Raver kaitlinraver@gmail.com 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 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 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 April 22 – 20, 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 Chursh Partnerships Weekly Scoop April 22-29, 2018

FCN Course 2018 flier

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Brochure 2018