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November 11, 2014 
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2015 United Thank Offering grants



The 2015 United Thank Offering grants session will focus on the Fourth Mark of Mission: To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. 


The United Thank Offering grant application is available at


All grant applications must be received by diocesan UTO coordinator Milicent Eason by January 16, 2015, so the screening committee can review and select one application to be forwarded to the bishop for his approval, which must then be received by the UTO National Board by Jan. 30, no later than 5 p.m.  


If there is a project in your congregation that needs funding and it meets the criteria, please apply. There is also a grant for Companion Diocese or a formalized relationship/partnership between two Bishops with jurisdiction:

  • The relationship maybe with a diocese from The Episcopal Church and a diocese of The Anglican Communion, or
  • this relationship maybe with a diocese of the Episcopal Church and one of the aided dioceses of The Episcopal Church (for a full list of aided dioceses, please look at the Application Process Form).

Please send all grant applications to Milicent Eason at by no later than January 16, 2015.


Should you have any questions or need help, contact Eason by email or by phone at 614.252.1916 (H) 614.580.8697 (C) after 4 p.m.


Upcoming events
Nov 13: Pre-convention Italian Dinner (Chillicothe)
Dec 13: Anti-Racism training
Dec 26-28: Winter Family Camp
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140th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio
Online convention registration now closed

140 Convention logo Online registration is now closed. If you did not register for convention but are planning on attending, you will need to register and pay at the door. 

Please note that there are only a very limited number of meals that will be available at the door, so you may need to make other arrangements if no meals are left when you arrive.

Pre-convention Italian dinner 

For those traveling to Chillicothe on Thursday, a pre-convention Italian dinner will be served at St. Paul's, Chillicothe, on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. Cost is $17.50 per person and includes salad, entree, dessert and drinks.


Reservations are required. Visit to make your reservation.

St. Paul's is located at 33 E. Main Street in Chillicothe. Call 740.772.4105 for more information.

More pre-convention activities


Evening prayer will follow the Italian dinner at Paul's, Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.



Gather Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the Crosskeys Tavern (next to St. Paul's) for your favorite adult beverage and a hymn sing.

Important agenda items to note

Friday, Nov. 14

8:30 a.m.      Check-in (on-site registration) opens

9:30 a.m.      Nominee forum

11 a.m.         Convention opens


Saturday, Nov. 15
9 a.m.          Convention Eucharist with Bishop's Address
12:30 p.m.   Clergy Spouse/Partner  Lunch


Christmas on the River

Greetings from all of us on the Mighty O-HI-O River,

Responding several inquiries prior to diocesan convention in Chillocothe, attached is a "wish list" for Christmas on the River 2014

Congregations, church schools, youth groups or individuals may either drop off items at the Seamen's Church information booth at convention, or simply ship collected items via UPS, Fedex or USPS (before Dec. 1) to: Seamen's Church Institute, 111 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, KY 42003.  

To arrange a pick-up of collected items, please e-mail the chaplain at:, leave a voice message at 800.708.1998 or send a text message to 270.210.5626.  

Sincerest thanks to all who are helping make this Christmas just a little bit brighter for America's hardworking river mariners.

The Rev. Kempton D. Baldridge
Chaplain for the Ohio River Region
The Seamen's Church Institute of NY & NJ

Apply now for Procter Center board 


The Procter Center Case Study Team announced in the August-September Connections that a new board will be formed to direct the operations of the Center and set future direction, beginning in 2015. Several members of our diocese have expressed initial interest in the positions.  


Since that article was released it has been determined there will be one board member each appointed by Diocesan Council, the Trustees of the Church Foundation, and the Trustees of the Diocese.  Three additional members will be elected by diocesan convention in 2015, and six more will be appointed by the bishop this fall.  This will leave a board of twelve members, plus Bishop Breidenthal as chairperson.


We have set up an application process for the six members to be appointed by the bishop. If you are interested in helping Procter Center continue to grow into its mission to "...provide a safe, inviting, and spacious rural setting that cultivates spiritual formation, models sustainable living, and celebrates God's love and reconciliation through hospitality, prayer, study, work and play", then please complete this application by Nov. 18, 2014.


The Case Study team will review the applications and recommend the appointees to Bishop Breidenthal. The invitations to be on the board will be issued by mid-December and an initial meeting will be set for the month of January.  Please direct any questions about this process to Jon Boss at


Redeemer Holiday Sale

Finish all of your holiday shopping without ever going to the mall! 

On Saturday, November 15, from 10 am until 2 pm, the Great Hall at the Church of the Redeemer (2944 Erie Avenue, Hyde Park) will be transformed into a bustling holiday market. Proceeds from the Holiday Sale benefit our ministry in El Hogar. In addition to 10,000 Villages and Forward Movement Publications, a number of outside vendors will be on hand. Make your shopping list, check it twice, and invite a friend!

Exploring LBGTQ + Faith

Cathedral Offerings: All are welcome!

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Music Live at Lunch: Tuesday, November 18, 12:10 pm

Featuring The Rabbit Hash String Band 


An Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols: Sunday, November 30, 5:00 pm.

A beautiful service and a wonderful way to begin the season of Advent.





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 Limit 4 per person. Seating is limited.  





Christ Church Cathedral is proud to host the inspirational Episcopal Relief and Development's 75th anniversary photography exhibit from November 7- November 23. Christ Church is only one of six venues selected for this exhibit.


2014 Waffle Shop poster

Music in the Chapel

Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, invites all to our second concert in the Music in the Chapel series on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. This concert features opera singer and University of Tennessee professor Cecily Nall in a return to Redeemer to present gems from the repertory of American Art Song. As always our concerts are free and open to the public.

Church of the Redeemer is located at 2944 Erie Ave. in Hyde Park. Call 513.321.6700 or visit for more information.

Rhymes, Lullabies and Letters, Oh My!

The Music Series at St. John's Worthington Family Concert: "Rhymes, Lullabies, and Letters, Oh My!" will be held Sunday, November 23, at 3 p.m.

Sopranos Rebecca Freshwater and Maribeth Crawford, along with pianist Sophie van der Westhuizen, have created a program centered on songs for children - there will be puppets and interactive fun moments for the whole family! Rebecca just finished four years as the Expressive Arts Enrichment specialist for Music and Art at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland's Children's Center, and all three of these ladies are mothers of young children, as well as active, classically-trained musicians. This will be an afternoon that engages and entertains children of all ages. Featured works include "I Hate Music" by Leonard Bernstein, which examines childhood curiosities and mysteries while exploring what the word "music" means; "Songs of Innocents" by Aaron Jay Kernis, a cornucopia of childhood lullabies and fables; and "Childhood Fables for Grownups" by Irving Fine. Also included, with permission, is James D. Cram's unpublished song cycle "Children's Letters to God". Nursery care will be available for our littlest concert-goers.

We look forward to sharing  this afternoon with you and all the children in your life! St. John's is located at  700 High Street, Worthington (Columbus) 43085 . For more information, call 614.846.5180.

Music at St. Mary's


The Music at St. Mary's Concert Series continues on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. with a concert of Early Music presented by Collegium Musicum and My Musical Friends, both Early Music performance ensembles of Wilmington College. Students join faculty and alumni to play music ranging from the Middle Ages in Europe to the 19th Century in America on reproductions of historical wind and string instruments as well as acoustic guitars and violins.


Collegium Musicum
Collegium Musicum

These groups reach out to their campus community as well as the Wilmington community by giving benefit concerts and performing for schools, churches and senior citizen facilities. Established in 1971 by Emeritus Professor of Music, Robert J. Haskins, Collegium Musicum has been directed by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Haskins since 1978.


My Musical Friends is an instrumental ensemble specializing in the performance of early music (music of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries) on period instruments. Its members are graduates of Wilmington College. Elizabeth Haskins, '73, Deborah Inlow, '95 and Lori Scott, '90, formed My Musical Friends in 1996. Cheryl Bucholtz joined the ensemble upon graduation in 2002, and Angelica Zugg, 2013, became a member in 2014. This group performs at festivals, churches, libraries and schools throughout Southwestern Ohio, as well as at Wilmington College, the former Antioch University and the Ohio Renaissance Festival.


This concert, as is every concert in the series, is free and open to the public. St. Mary's is located at 234 N. High Street in Hillsboro. Call 937.393.2043 for more information.

Public Policy spotlight
Repeats, reminders, etc.
Defiant Requiem flyer

Lifeline Screening at Church of the Good Samaritan


November is National Diabetes Month. Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The American Diabetes Association's website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease.


Early detection is critical

Church of the Good Samaritan will host Life Line Screening (the nation's leading provider of preventive health screenings) on Friday, Nov. 21. One of the tests is a simple blood test for glucose (sugar) which can determine if a person is at-risk of developing diabetes. Other screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes. There are also tests to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called "hardening of the arteries" in the legs.

Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke and is directly related to Peripheral Arterial Disease; recommendations for people with diabetes include a PAD test starting at age 50.


Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 888.653.6441. Pre-registration is required. Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road in Amelia. 


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 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 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 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

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