March 25, 2018 Weekly Announcements

Congregational News & Events – Week of March 25, 2018

This Sunday at St. Stephen’s

March 25th, 2018

Palm Sunday

10:15am – Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms

St. Stephen’s Lawn (near High Street)

Sunday Morning Services

8:30am and 10:30 am – The Sanctuary

DSO Exodus Big Read Class    9:15am in Hobson Hall

Choir Rehearsal     8:30am in the Chapel.

Children Youth Families Ministry –  Meeting Room (Outer Office)

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

Campus Ministry  Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


 Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms at St. Stephen’s this year!

For decades St. Stephen’s has joined with the St.Thomas More Newman Center and University Baptist congregations for an ecumenical “Liturgy of the Palms” which begins our service on Palm Sunday.

 This year the blessing will be held at St. Stephen’s! We will gather on the lawn between our church building and High St. (Hobson Hall for inclement weather) for a brief liturgy, blessing of the palms, and shared song at 10:15am.

 Don’t forget to come fifteen minutes early the last Sunday of March to join in and welcome our closest Christian neighbors! It really gets Palm Sunday off to an inspiring start!!! 



 This week envelopes are provided in the pews for donations for Easter flowers. Please write “Easter Flowers” on your check and indicate if you would like to have a loved one listed in the Easter bulletin as a memorial. Deadline for names is Wednesday, March 28! After the Easter morning service, flowers will be available to be taken to shut-ins, and when they have lost their blooms the left overs will be planted on the church grounds.


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.

DSO Big Read – Week 30

There are 3 opportunities to engage with the Exodus journey. Each begins with a very interesting video clip produced here in the diocese by people you may know as they show us what Exodus means to them where they are. Where will the road take you? Read below for dates and times:


 NSI Collections for March: 

Trade-In Bake Sale Continues

Collection for Easter:  Mac n’ Cheese

Current Mac n’ Cheese Count:  3.18.18:  355

Last Sunday to bring in to church:  March 18th

Last day for drop-off at NSI:  Thursday, March 22nd

Thank you to those who have brought in non-food items for NSI, and a big thank you to those who have supplied treats both healthy and otherwise over the last four Sundays. Let’s finish strong, filling the basket with non-food items in order to lift up those in need of our love and support.


 BREAD Update 

Nehemiah Action May 7th

BREAD… rises!

The St. Stephen’s Justice Ministry Network will be contacting everyone to be sure that you are invited to the Nehemiah Action on Monday May 7. Your attendance is critical, as the city leaders with power to make change look to see how many people are there. Individually we don’t have nearly the impact as we do collectively!

 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 April

Book Club News: In April, we’ll be discussing Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. If you’d like a copy of all the books selected for 2018 discussion, please contact Cynthia Whitacre (


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


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”!


March For Our Lives – March 24th

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. The Columbus event will be:

 Saturday, March 24th 11:00am

Downtown Columbus 

Genoa Park 303 W Broad Street


Join Bishop Breidenthal and youth from around the Diocese of Southern Ohio at Pray With Our Feet, a gathering for the March For Our Lives in Columbus on March 23-24. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to sleep overnight Friday night at Trinity Church, Capitol Square. We will hold vigil, make music and art, lament and learn, play and pray together, before participating in the march the next day. For more information and to register visit:


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 March 18-24, 2018  newsletter is posted on the bulletin boards in the Outer Office and 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:

 March 2018 Mount Carmel Church Partnerships News

Community Resources October 2017

Weekly Scoop march 18-24, 2018

FCN Course 2018 flier

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Brochure 2018