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October 21, 2014 
What's new this week:
Online pre-convention hearing today

Our online pre-convention hearing will be held today, Oct. 21, beginning at 4 p.m. 


We encourage you to download the budget and resolutions before the meeting begins so that you can refer to them during the meeting. You can also see the budget and the full text of the resolutions in the Convention Guide included in this month's issue of Connections.


A narrative budget is also available for download on the convention page.


Click here to join the meeting


Treasurer's workshop speaker: The Rev. Gerald W. Keucher


Father Gerald Keucher is the author of Remember the Future: Financial Leadership and Asset Management for Congregations (2006); Humble and Strong: Mutually Accountable Leadership (2010) and Back from the Dead: The Book of Congregational Growth (2012).


Prior to joining the Episcopal Church Foundation as a consultant, Keucher served as Chief of Finance and Operations for the Episcopal Diocese of New York where he worked directly with many congregations to manage and secure their assets and financial future. 


A gifted linguist, he has taught Greek and Hebrew at Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. Keucher is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and holds an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.


Keucher will be leading a course on best practices of financial management. The curriculum is designed to help parish administrators, bookkeepers, church secretaries and treasurers grow in their professionalism as they manage the finances of the church. Wardens and vestry members are also encouraged to attend.

The Treasurer's workshop will be held at the Procter Center on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Registration begins at 9:30. Click here to register online. The cost for the workshop is $15.

Upcoming events
Oct 21: Online Pre-convention hearing
(4 p.m.) 
Oct 22: Columbus area Pre-convention hearing
(7 p.m.) 
Oct 25: East area Pre-convention hearing
(4 p.m.) 
Oct 28: Dayton area Clergy Day
Oct 29: Columbus area Clergy Day
Nov 1: Cincinnati area Clergy Day
Nov. 1: Safe Church training (Cincinnati)
Nov 2: East area Clergy Day
Nov 8: Treasurer's workshop
Nov 13: Pre-convention Italian Dinner (Chillicothe)
Nov 14-15: 140th Annual Convention
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Ready to transform your life? Join YASC

The Young Adult Service Corps of The Episcopal Church and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori are working to expand participation in YASC by setting a goal of placing 30 new volunteers in ministries around the world by the end of the triennium.

Reasons why young adults ages 21-30 should consider YASC:

  • YASC helps young adults develop as leaders by deepening their faith, facilitating engagement with diverse viewpoints, building confidence, and encouraging creative and independent thinking.
  • YASC can be a useful tool for vocational discernment, for ordained or lay leadership.
  • YASC is great preparation for anyone contemplating seminary education, in helping to provide a wider perspective on our global Anglican Communion.
  • A year of international service provides a young adult with a global perspective on life and faith, strengthening lay and ordained leadership within and beyond the Church.
  • YASCers are placed in environments of language and cultural difference, in which they have to rely on others for support and guidance. This is valuable in learning to work as part of a team, and seeing life, faith, and daily challenges from different perspectives.
  • This cross-cultural experience encourages and deepens new ways of thinking. In today's multi-ethnic communities that can help to nurture a deeper understanding of the other and to strengthen leaders to reach across all sorts of boundaries and division.
  • YASC can significantly strengthen a Companion Diocese relationship, deepening an understanding of the work and ministry of the partner and discovering how the Holy Spirit is moving in another part of the Body of Christ.
The application deadline is Jan. 2. 2015. For more information on the Young Adult Service Corps or to apply, visit:

Episcopal Church acronyms: What are they and what do they mean?


Do you know the difference between EMM* and ECW*?  Or maybe you know who the PB* is, but not so clear about the ABC*.


Acronyms and terms that are used regularly in The Episcopal Church are presented in an easy-to-reference document located on the Public Affairs web page.


From A (Anglican Consultative Council) to Z (well, actually YASC*), the document is prepared for anyone who needs a clearer understanding of the meanings of acronyms. It's easy to check what ECVA* or UBE* is, let alone LEVAS* and NAES*,  and a lot of others.


For more information contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officers, at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.


* Did you know these?
ABC - Archbishop of Canterbury
ECVA - Episcopal Church and Visual Arts
ECW - Episcopal Church Women
EMM - Episcopal Migration Ministries
LEVAS - Lift Every Voice And Sing
NAES - National Association of Episcopal Schools
PB - Presiding Bishop
UBE - Union of Black Episcopalians
YASC - Young Adult Service Corps

Cathedral Offerings: All are welcome!

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Music Live at Lunch: Tuesday, October 28, 12:10 pm

Featuring mezzo-soprano Stacey Erin Sands. Ms. Sands has sung for eight seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and now sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir Vocal Arts Ensemble. 




The Taft Lecture Series proudly presents New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author Nicholas Kristof at Christ Church Cathedral on Monday, November 17, 6:30 pm for a speaking engagement, followed by a reception and book signing. Tickets are free by emailing your request to taftlecture@cccath.org. Limit 4 per person. Seating is limited.  




A definitive voice for progressive Christianity and fresh spiritual ideas. 

Registration requested.

Fauré Requiem 


Ascension and Holy Trinity, Wyoming, will hold a special All Saints Sunday evening service on Nov, 2 at 5 p.m. 

The beautiful Fauré Requiem will be offered by the Chancel Choir. All are welcome to join us for this prayerful service of remembrance. Eucharist will be celebrated in honor of all the saints, past, present, and yet to come.


Ascension and Holy Trinity is located at 334 Burns Avenue in Wyoming. Call 513.821.5341 for more information.

Public Policy spotlight
The minimum wage: Charting a fact- and faith-based course of action

Church of the Ascension and Holy Trinity, Wyoming
Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.  

Take a hands-on look at a hot issue in this second session of A & HT's Steps Towards Social Justice series. Bring your questions about the pros and cons of changing the minimum wage, discover by working with a family budget how the minimum wage affects you as a participant in the US economy and as a taxpayer.  

The interactive evening includes a Bible Study and brainstorming what participants can do as a moral voice, a citizen, and employer to apply faith and facts to the current question of what to do with the minimum wage. You'll leave with resources for tracking the real impact on real people - your neighbors, children, and the community ministry of your congregation - of keeping or raising the minimum wage.  This session will be facilitated by Ariel Miller and Carolyn Finke. We especially encourage you to invite neighbors and teens to this shared experience of applied faith.  

Ascension and Holy Trinity is located at 334 Burns Avenue in Wyoming.  Please enter from the Worthington Avenue door on the north side of the church building. For more information, call 513.821.5341.

Repeats, reminders, etc.
Health insurance webinars

Prior to open enrollment the Medical Trust will conduct several interactive webinars regarding health insurance options offered by the Medical Trust. You will be able to ask questions and receive feedback during the webinars. 

The one-hour Member Education webinars are open to everyone at no cost however, the Medical Trust has requested a registration process so we may track the number of attendees expected for each webinar. 

Although the webinar's primary focus will be health insurance, questions regarding pension or retirement will be addressed at the end of each webinar. 

The Medical Trust will be using "Go to Meeting" as the interface for the webinar. Registrants will need high speed internet access and speakers to participate.

Webinar dates:


Wednesday, Oct. 29

1 p.m.


Please take advantage of the webinars and bring any questions you may have.

Click here to register for the webinar of your choice

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Appalachian Small Grants


Episcopal Appalachian Ministries offers small grants through funding made available from the Episcopal Church General Convention. These grants are in place to help enable new or start-up ministries with the "seed money" needed in establishing a new ministry.  The money is granted for specific needs at the grass-roots level.


Grants usually range in size from $500 to $2,000. The deadline for the fall grant period is Oct. 31. 


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Prayer retreat opportunity with Bishop Frank Griswold
Griswold Christ Church, Glendale is very excited to host the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Frank W. Griswold, for a special retreat weekend November 7-9. 

Bishop Griswold served as the chief pastor and head bishop of our church for 9 years from 1998-2006. The focus of his visit will be the many types of and occasions for prayer, and how prayer deepens both our personal companionship with Christ, and also animates, strengthens, and guides our common ministries. There will be a dinner with a keynote address from Bishop Griswold on Friday evening (6:30 to 8 p.m.), a day long prayer workshop on Saturday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and he will be with us for worship on Sunday. 

A limited number of tickets are available for this event on a first come, first serve basis.  Cost for tickets is $30 per person to help cover the cost of meals. You can reserve your place by contacting Joe Snavely at joe.snavely@christchurchglendale.org and by mailing your check made out to Christ Church Glendale to 965 Forest Ave. Glendale, OH 45246.  

We hope that you can join us for what we expect will be a transformative weekend!  

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Job opportunities
Director of Communications (half-time), Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park

The Director of Communications will report to the Rector and the Administrative Committee and is responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating all church communications within and outside the church. Duties include overseeing and facilitating church communications through written, verbal, and electronic media. The Director of Communications will develop and work in collaboration with Redeemer staff, ministry champions, and volunteers to achieve communications goals.

Contact : The Rev. Bruce A. Freeman at bruce@redeemer-cincy.org or 513.321.6700

Director, Indian Hill Church Nursery School

The director of the Indian Hill Church Nursery School is a member of the church staff and creates policies, manages staff and oversees daily operations of the school. The director ensures the school is in compliance with licensing standards set forth by Ohio's Dept. of Job and Family Services.   See more 

Organist/Music Director 
St. Paul's, Dayton, is seeking applications for organist and/or Music Director.  St. Paul's has a long history of supporting an elite level church music program in the Miami Valley with adult, youth and bell choirs. We are looking for an energetic and collaborative leader who can bring our program back to the level our community has been accustomed to. We are awaiting the arrival of a new console built by the Cornel Zimmer Organ co. that will drive the 33 rank 1957 Austin pipe organ.  

Candidates should send resumes and contact information to Randy Young at rcykettering@gmail.com or call him at 937.271.3150

Staff Accountant (part-time)

St. Thomas, Terrace Parks, seeks a staff accountant (20-24 hrs/week) to serve the church and its direct subsidiary ministries by providing responsibility for all financial facets and transactions of the parish and the respective reports.  This includes but is not limited to maintaining financial records, handling accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing financial reports for the parish and assisting the Rector, staff, finance committee and parishioners with all fiscal related matters and membership records. Incumbent supervises volunteers who assist in performing money counting.This position is hired by and is accountable to the Rector. Resumes should be sent to the Rev. Darren Elin at darren@stthomasepiscopal.org by Oct. 15. See full position description


Youth Director (part-time)

St.Barnabas, Montgomery, is seeking a part-time Youth Director to provide leadership to an active group of young teens. 

With a strong volunteer base, this leader would be asked to organize and oversee monthly social and outreach activities while building relationships among the youth. 

Experience in developing youth activities is a plus. If interested, please email your resume or questions to the Rev. Nancy Turner Jones at clergy@st-barnabas.org.

Connections Deadlines
Didn't see any news about your congregation here? Submit your news! The deadline for each weekly e-Connections is every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

The deadline for Connections, the bi-monthy publication of the diocese, is every other month on the last day of the month:   
Jan 31 (Feb/Mar issue)
Mar 31 (Apr/May)
May 31 (Jun/Jul)
July 31 (Aug/Sep)
Sept 23* (Oct/Nov)
Nov 30 (Dec/Jan) 
Please send items to communication@diosohio.org

*convention issue. Deadline changed in order to have all convention materials available for pre-convention meetings.
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