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November 18, 2014 
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Convention feedback

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Collecting this information helps the Dispatch of Business as it plans the next convention.

Apply now for Procter Center board - deadline today! 


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


Upcoming events
Dec 13: Anti-Racism training
Dec 19-20: Young Adult Retreat
Dec 26-28: Winter Family Camp
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St. Paul's to host 'A Community Advent'


A series of festive activities during December


St. Paul's, Dayton, invites the greater Dayton community to A Community Advent, featuring a selection of seasonal events throughout the month of December. All events are offered at no charge.


December 5-6: ST. GOODY2SHOES

The tradition of St. Nicholas Day invites children to place their shoes outside the door or by the hearth before bedtime on December 5. St. Nick comes during the night and fills the shoes with goodies. On Dec. 6, children wake up to a wonderful surprise. St. Paul's will offer a community version of this tradition. On Friday, Dec. 5, between 10a.m. and 3 p.m., families are invited to bring shoes to the front steps of St. Paul's! These shoes will be identified as yours. Overnight the shoes will be moved inside where St. Nick will fill them. On Saturday, Dec. 6, families may return to St. Paul's during the same time window (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), to pick up their goodies! Here's the twist: we ask that those shoes, and additional pairs if you like, be donated to the Dayton Episcopal Clothing Room. As an added treat, St. Nick will be at the church on Sunday, Dec. 7at 9:30 a.m. to share more about his life! All are invited to meet St. Goody 2 Shoes!


December 7, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.: DANCE IN THE DESERT

St. Paul's Youth will premier a new adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's picture book, Dance in the Desert! Choreographed and performed by the youth of St. Paul's, Dance in the Desert tells the tale of a beautiful journey, centered on the transformative love of a child.  Enchanting costumes and music complete the holiday package. Plan to bring the whole family!


December 21, 6 to 8 p.m.: LIVE NATIVITY and CHRISTMAS SHOP

The Nativity will be presented on the green space at Far Hills and Dixon, next to the church. Parish members will recreate the roles of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, town folk and the Three Kings, as Bethlehem comes alive - a witness to the birth of our Savior. The crèche scene will include live animals and beautiful lights! Warm beverages and treats will be served. The Christmas Shop will offer items, such as stocking stuffers, holiday confections, cold weather wear and more - the last bits you'll need for your Christmas festivities.


St. Paul's is located at 33 W. Dixon Ave. in Oakwood. Free on-the-street parking is available for all events, as well as parking in the Oakwood Municipal lot off of Park Avenue. For more information: contact Jean Berry at 937.293-.154 or

Festival of Lessons and Music for Advent

The choir of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens, will present its annual Festival of Lessons and Music for Advent on Sunday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m.  Prelude music will begin at 4:10.

The choir, directed by Marsha Reilly, will be assisted by Janice Robison, organ, Daniel Mullins, violin, and Andrew Edelen and Ryan Harrison, percussion.

A free will offering will be taken to benefit the June Black Music Fund of the church. June was the wife of the late Bishop William G. Black, former rector of Good Shepherd.

A reception and Holiday House offering handmade seasonal items for sale will follow in Nehls Hall.

The church is located at 64 University Terrace, Athens, OH. For more information contact Marsha Reilly at or 630.592.2596.

Cathedral Offerings: All are welcome!

All members of the Diocese of Southern Ohio are warmly invited to attend any of the programming and participate in any of the events sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral. Serving as a center for education, formation and inspiration is one of the ways that Christ Church fulfills its role as the cathedral to the diocese. 


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Community Issues Forum: Thursday, November 20, noon

A look at issues confronting women in the work force today and the inequity in the United States between women's and men's salaries.



Music Live at Lunch: Tuesday, November 25, 12:10 p.m.

Featuring the soulful voice of singer songwriter Tracy Walker and the amazing percussionist Liz Wu.

Cincinnati Men's Chorus Holiday Concert:

Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, 3 p.m.

A performance of "A Classic Christmas," featuring the well known and well loved songs of the Christmas holidays.


Handel's Messiah: Part the First
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, 3 p.m.

Hear this masterwork the way that Handel intended it: with a chorus of boys and men in a beautiful and intimate space. Presented in partnership with Collegium Cincinnati. 


Lift your spirits at the 75th Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival 

boar's head Christ Church Cathedral invites you to join our greater community to end the Christmas season with reflection and inspiration for Epiphany and the New Year. Group tickets for the dress rehearsal of the 75th annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, are available for congregations. Each congregation may request up to 15 tickets. Dress rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. All attendees must have a ticket, including small children who walk. 

Group tickets will be distributed two ways:
1 . Pick-up. Tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call in the cathedral's south corridor the day of the show. 
2. Mail. Send a copy of your group's order confirmation along with a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope to Christ Church Cathedral, attn: Boar's Head tickets, 318 E. 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Requests for group tickets must be received no later than Dec. 12. For more information, visit

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Citizens Climate Lobby chapter launch

Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating the political will to enact national policies to address climate change.  We train and support volunteers to engage elected officials, the media, and the public on solutions to the climate crisis such as our carbon fee and dividend proposal.

A chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby is getting ready to launch in Columbus, and will be holding a Group Start Meeting on Friday, Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The location is First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

There will be a potluck dinner followed by training from CCL national trainer Carol Braford. Attendees can be church staff, volunteers, leaders or congregation members - anyone who is interested in caring for the Earth and its creation. 

You can find more information and register for the Group Start at

Find out more about Citizens Climate Lobby at

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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.


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. 


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.


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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.

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.

Job opportunities

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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