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January 8, 2014 
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Gabriel's Place to reopen in January


After canceling all programs due to recent vandalism, Gabriel's Place will reopen in January and continue to serve the Avondale community.    


"We are overwhelmed and humbled by the community's support at all levels. While it was  not our intention to draw media attention to these events, we are extremely grateful to know the depth   of genuine care, concern and support for Gabriel's   Place in the Greater Cincinnati community," said Executive Director Myrita E. Craig.


"The theft and vandalism were unfortunate, but as the neighborhood of Avondale, we respond to challenge or adversity with a united message of hope and positivity."


Gabriel's Place announced the suspension of all programs on Jan. 3, following a string of break-ins and significant vandalism to the property, including the discharge of a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and walk-in, destroying all food inside.


Gabriel's Place hopes to reopen the Farmer's Market on Jan. 23, and a new program, Share a Meal, will begin in February. Share a Meal is a donation-based meal where all are invited to the table to share in a healthy, thoughtfully prepared and dignified food experience.


"We had no plans to close our doors completely, we simply need time to get our property cleaned up and back into working order," said Craig. "Thanks to the help of our volunteers, supporters and the community at large, Gabriel's Place will be on our feet very soon. To all who have reached out or offered support, we thank you."


On Tuesday, Jan 14, Whole Foods will donate 5% of their Hyde Park and Mason locations' sales to Gabriel's Place. We encourage the community to shop at Whole Foods on that date.


For information on additional ways to help or get involved at Gabriel's Place, contact Myrita Craig at or visit 


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Rest in peace Pat Ellertson

Pat Ellertson It is with great sadness that we report the death of Pat Ellertson on Jan. 4. 
Pat was a member of St. John's, Cambridge, and served for many years as the East Central Ohio Area Ministry coordinator. She was a licensed preacher and reader, and a member and/or chair of numerous diocesan committees, commissions and task forces. Pat and Jud Ellertson were fixtures at diocesan conventions and events for many years. 
Pat was predeceased by her husband, Jud. She is survived by her son, Christopher Ellertson, of San Antonio, Texas; her daughter, Laurey (Richard) Pennie, of Denver, Colorado; and her daughter, Sally Ellertson, of Burleson, Texas.

Friends and family are welcome to gather at the Farus Funeral Home of New Concord, Ohio (formerly the Mock-Miller Funeral Home), 63 West Main St., on Thursday, January 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A service in celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 10, at St. John's (1025 Steubenville, Ave., Cambridge) with the Rev. Rob Willmann will officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church. 

Furniture needed  


A member of the Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Cincinnati, (a CPA with a work visa), is returning from Guatemala with his wife and daughter to settle permanently in Cincinnati. He has already been nominated to the vestry! Parish members have donated clothes, linens and some kitchen items, but we are urgently seeking beds, chairs and bureaus/chests of drawers.  We can arrange pickup in the greater Cincinnati area.  To help, contact Nancy Sullivan at

 Milliken University choir to perform at Church of the Redeemer

Milliken choir  

From the pure sounds of the Renaissance to the robust qualities of major choral/orchestral works, the Millikin University Choir celebrates a broad variety of styles and genres. The choir, from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, will perform at the Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, on Wednesday, January 15, at 7 p.m. as part of its annual winter tour, showcasing its reputation for innovative programming and tonal variety with repertoire spanning five centuries.


The Choir's diversity in style is well matched by their unique performance schedule.  From schools to churches to major auditoriums, the choir seeks to bring a unique blend of warmth and artistic excellence to audiences of every description.  The Choir owns an extensive touring history that includes international performances in Scandinavia, Russia, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, China, Taiwan, England, Ireland, and Scotland and has gained national recognition, due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). 


Dr. Brad Holmes conducts the University Choir and is the Director of Choral Activities at Millikin University.  In his twenty-two years as Director, Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 250 singers and four nationally recognized choral staff.  


This concert is sponsored by Redeemer parishioners Doug Zemke and his wife Ellen Boling Zemke. Doug is President Emeritus of Millikin University. Church of the Redeemer is located at 2944 Erie Ave. in Hyde Park. Call 513.321.6700 for more information.


Music news from Christ Church Cathedral


Music Live at Lunch Performances 


Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the following performers in January:


January 14: Acarya, acoustic rock (nave) 

January 21: The Seven Hills Brass Quintet 

January 28: Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers: Ballads and Bluegrass


These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their lunch or buy one at the cathedral for $5.


Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 East Fourth Street, downtown Cincinnati. All performances are in Centennial Chapel unless listed as being in the cathedral nave. For more information, call 513.621.1817.



Bruce Neswick to give organ recital 


Bruce Neswick Bruce Neswick, Associate Professor of Music in Organ and Sacred Music, The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, will perform in a recital presented by Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, January 19, at 5 p.m. The concert is part of a series offered by the cathedral. The Cincinnati chapter of the American Guild of Organists is a co-sponsor. For more information call 513.621.1817, or go to 


Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 East Fourth Street (Fourth & Sycamore) in downtown Cincinnati.  

Events from Ohio Interfaith Power and Light
OhIPL logo Greetings! We hope you will join us for the upcoming events listed below. Over the next several months, we'll build our religious response to climate change and, together, discern what is required of us as stewards of God's creation.

Sunday, January 19 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.    Teach-In on Climate Change:  Live stream presentation from scientists and local discussions about climate change and faith. For more information about the Teach-In, visit our website [click here]

January 31-deadline for Cool Congregation Challenge applications. 
Recognition for congregational environmental stewardship projects. For more information about the Cool Congregation Challenge, [click here]

EASE Gallery call for submissions 

EASE Gallery, located at St. Stephen's, Columbus, on the campus of The Ohio State University, is calling for submissions for a curated show in March. Artists, writers and musicians are asked to create works around the theme of "Wildernesses: Physical and Spiritual."  


The show will run from March 1 through April 3, and will begin with a blockbuster reading and reception at which poets, fiction writers, essayists and musicians will be invited to read and perform.  Visual and written works will be published in a chapbook of the show, also entitled Wildernesses: Physical and Spiritual.  


The submission period begins January 1 and closes on February 8.  E-mail .pdf, .rtf, or .doc files to  to submit written work. E-mail .jpg photos of your piece to submit artwork.

Apply to become an ECF Fellow in 2014

Are there emerging scholars and ministry leaders, lay or ordained, whose work fills you with a sense of hope? If so, please let them know about Episcopal Church Foundation's Fellowship Partners Program, a program that has been supporting innovative scholars and ministry leaders for nearly 50 years. The application process for the 2014 Fellowships is now open. At this early stage, all applicants should bear the following in mind:



  • ECF is committed to strengthening the leadership capability of the Episcopal Church. Applicants to the academic and ministry tracks are asked to describe how they plan on developing the next generation of leaders for the Episcopal Church, whether this is in the context of academia, a local congregation, through a church-wide initiative, or in another setting.
  • An ECF Fellowship provides both financial support and networking opportunities.ECF has typically awarded three to four Fellowships per year. New awards range up to $15,000 for the first year and are renewable for an additional two years. In addition to this financial support, new Fellows join a wide network of past Fellows and ECF partners with them so that they may share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church.


  • The application requires a significant commitment of time and effort and is due on March 14, 2014. The selection process for an ECF Fellowship is highly competitive and a strong application requires a significant investment of time and effort. We encourage all applicants to begin this process early. ECF will announce the 2014 Fellows in late May.

Please visit the ECF website at www. to learn more about the Fellowship Partners Program and the application process. Be sure to review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Godly Play Core Training
Godly Play Core Training will be offered in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh on February 21-23 at Christ Church North Hills (located very near route 279 and 79).  The Rev. Cheryl Minor, a trainer of Godly Play trainers, will be leading the training session.  Visit the Godly Play Foundation Training website to enroll.

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Presiding Bishop calls for prayers, offerings for Diocese of Haiti on earthquake anniversary

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has asked The Episcopal Church to remember the Diocese of Haiti on the fourth anniversary of the earthquake on January 12.


"I urge all Episcopalians to pray and give in solidarity with our largest and fastest-growing diocese," the Presiding Bishop said.


She continued, "I ask for your generosity in a special offering on Sunday, January 12 to aid the Diocese of Haiti in rebuilding Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince."


 Download a bulletin insert here 


On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people, seriously injuring more than 250,000, and leaving 1.3 million homeless.  An extensive number of private and public buildings were destroyed including Holy Trinity Cathedral and the affiliated Episcopal institutions in the Cathedral Complex.


The Episcopal Church continues to respond to the needs that have arisen. Recently the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti announced the selection of Kerns Group Architects, P.C., of Arlington, VA, as architect of the new Holy Trinity Cathedral.


Features of the new cathedral include:
* Space for 1,200 with seating in a circular fashion around a central altar platform
* Designed to international earthquake and hurricane resistant standards. 
* A central, massive dome that envelops the primary worship space
* Self-sufficiency by generating its own electricity, providing its own purified water and supplying its own telecommunications. 
* Incorporation of historic features salvaged from the ruins, including 3 of the 14 world-famous murals depicting Biblical stories with Haitian characters.
* A hospitality/administrative area with meeting rooms, public restrooms and administrative offices clustered around a two-story atrium; these areas will be leased to generate additional income.


In addition to being a place of worship, the new Cathedral is expected to be, once again, a prominent center for the performing and visual arts.


The Presiding Bishop pointed out that the Executive Council "has been a faithful partner in the ongoing response."


She noted that the fourth anniversary falls on the first Sunday of Epiphany, the day on which the Church celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord, which is depicted in one of the three surviving Cathedral murals.  


For more information contact Elizabeth Lowell,


Explorers' Retreat

If you have been in intentional conversation for an extended period of time with your clergy person about your vocation, have been active as a confirmed or received member of the Episcopal Church for at least two years and feel called to deepen your exploration of a possible call to ordained ministry, attend the Explorers' Retreat Feb. 7-8 at the Procter Center.

The retreat begins Friday evening with check in at 5 p.m. and ends Saturday at 4 p.m. Cost is $65 (double occupancy) or $100 (single occupancy). The deadline to register is Jan. 24. Register at 

If you have questions please contact the Chair of the Commission on Ministry, the Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed, at or 937.323.8651
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