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Remember people of West Africa in your prayers

We pray for the people of West Africa, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in the midst of the Ebola crisis.  We pray for those afflicted with the disease, their families, and the health workers fighting to stem the spread of the disease and care for those in need.

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February 24, 2015
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Welcome to our new, state-of-the-art, flexible, scalable and easy to use mobile-friendly website! The new works well with all platforms - PCs, Macs, Androids, iPhones, iPads and all other tablets. 

An improved, powerful search function makes every word of every page page searchable - and that means everything is easy to find! You can search events by category or by age group or location. And registering for events and trainings has never been easier! The registration form is embedded right into the event listing.

Our new faith community finder will let seekers search for a church in their area by zip code or geo tag -  and when they find your church, they'll not only find your address and a map to your location, but also your phone number and links to your website, virtual tour and all of your social media sites.

The new site has 10,000+ lines of code and more than 300 pages of information - all at your fingertips. So check it out - visit  today!

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Upcoming events
Mar 1: Native American Roundtable
Mar 7: Spring Clergy Day
Mar 21: CoCL Best Practices Conference
Mar 21: Safe Church training (Granville)
Mar 31: Renewal of Vows and Blessing of Oils
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Deadline for 2014 Parochial Reports March 1


Parochial reports are a critical tool in spotting trends in church growth and giving.  The reports also play an important role in developing the diocesan budget and helping staff and commissions to be good stewards of diocesan funds.  These reports are due by March 1.


By canon, failure to file the reports by the deadline results in that congregation's lay delegation losing its vote at convention.  Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal intends to direct Diocesan Council to adhere to the canons regarding the deadlines.


Questions:  Susan Byrnside at 800.582.1712 or


To download the workbooks and a PDF file of the 2014 Parochial Report, please use the link provided below:

CoCL Best Practices Conference March 21

Fierce Conversations

The Commission on Congregational Life will hold its 2015 Best Practices Conference, "Fierce Conversations," on Saturday, March 21 at the Procter Center. Use Fierce Conversations to engage in more productive relationships and create an organizational culture where candor and curiosity are the expectation.


The conference begins at 9 a.m. Congregations who receive CoCL grants are expected to attend, all others are welcome and encouraged. There is no cost for this conference. 


Register here

ISIS (ISIL) AND Ebola: Christian Resonses to Moral and Natural Evil 


2015 Lenten Morning of Reflection 

Saturday, February 28

9 a.m. to Noon


The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal will lead a reflection on the Christian response to moral and natural evil, especially in regard to  Ebola and ISIS, for all interested persons in the Miami Valley this Saturday at at St. Paul's, Dayton, from 9 a.m. to noon. 


St. Paul's is located at 33 West Dixon Avenue in Oakwood. Call 937.293.1154 for more information.


Choral Evensong at St. Mark's, Columbus


The choir of St. Mark's, Columbus, will lead a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. (organ voluntary beginning at 3:45). Matthew Bester, conductor; and Tyler W. Robertson, organist.


Music to include:

Canticles: Evening Service in F, Collegium Regale (Charles Wood)

Preces and Responses (Richard Shephard)

Anthem: Let My Prayer Rise before You As Incense (Stephen Caracciolo)

Anthem: Greater Love Hath No Man (John Ireland)


Admission is free. Donations will be accepted in support of the choir's upcoming choral residency at Lincoln Cathedral, England. A reception will follow. St. Mark's is located at 2151 Dorset Rd, Columbus. Please call 614.486.9452 for more information, or visit

Offerings from Christ Church Cathedral


Choral Evensong March 1 | 5 p.m.
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The Christ Church Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensong for the Second Sunday in Lent. Music will include Canticles in G by Herbert Sumsion and "The Best of Rooms" by Randall Thompson. Reception following. 



Bernstein's Chichester Psalms & DiOrio's A Horizon Symphony

Saturday, March 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 | 5 p.m. 

March 6, 2015, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first rehearsal of the Cincinnati Boychoir's predecessor, All City Boys Choir, and Collegium Cincinnati is helping the choir celebrate. To mark the occasion, we're featuring another work that turns fifty in 2015 - Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. The performance will also include the world premiere of A Horizon Symphony, a work about adventure and exploration, by the young and talented Dominick DiOrio Trumpets! Drums! Voices! This is an event not to be missed. Ticket information:



Collection for The Sole Clinic

Christ Church Cathedral, in partnership with Cincinnati Medical Volunteers and the Diocese of Southern Ohio, will offer a "Sole Clinic" on Maundy Thursday, April 2, in the narthex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will offer foot washing, foot exams and treatment and new, clean socks to our neighbors who make their home out on the streets. We need donations of new athletic socks (not used), and volunteers to wash feet, greet guests and assist the medical team. Please email Kathy Noe,, if you wish to be included in this ministry.



Friday Fish Fry at St. Patrick's

St. Patrick's, Dublin, will hold its fifth annual Friday Fish Fry on three Fridays during Lent: Feb. 27, March 13 and 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come to one, or try them all! Munch on fried or broiled fish, fish dogs, fries, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, fruit and cookies. Feed your soul and help St. Patrick's Habitat for Humanity ministry.


For more information, call the church at 614.766.2664. St. Patrick's is located at 7121 Muirfield Drive in Dublin.

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The Seven: A mentored experience in diaconal ministry for young adults

The Seven "Choose seven from among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom?"  - Acts 6:3

Do you want to learn how to integrate your everyday experiences in the world around you with your daily commitment to a life of faith? Do you long to make a difference in the place you live?  

The Seven is a part-time, 10-month hands-on spiritual and educational experience for young adults (18-30 years old) who want to engage in meaningful work and reflection while discerning their own vocational calls, in mentored relationships with Episcopal deacons. The format provides monthly mentorship meetings, formation through readings and reflection online, and two group retreats.  

Interested to learn more? Contact:
The Rev. Jane Gerdsen at 513.543.0440,
The Rev. Douglas Argue at 614.312.1176,

Native American Roundtable


Sunday, March 1, 2015

2 to 4:30 p.m.
Procter Center


The Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Native American Council of Christ Church Cathedral are sponsoring a Native American Roundtable at Procter Center. The Roundtable is open to all who are interested in Native American issues, concerns and opportunities. 


Many of the churches in the diocese have been involved in mission work and supporting Native Americans on reservations.  The Roundtable is being held to promote collaboration and engagement in working for and with our Native American sisters and brothers throughout the US.  Please join us in this important initiative.


Please register at by February 25, so appropriate hospitality can be offered. If you have questions, please email the Rev. Anne Reed, Canon for Mission at


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Job opportunities

Director of Christian Education
Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, seeks a person to serve in a half-time position as Director of Christian Education and Coordinator of Outreach Ministries. See more


Administrative Assistant

St. Alban's, Bexley, is currently seeking a full-time administrative assistant at 40 hours per week to work with us in our ministry. Helpful traits are a gracious ability to interact with visitors and guests, a love of service, and a friendly, warm demeanor. Candidates must have a working knowledge of basic Office computer software including Outlook, Word, and Excel. We also use Publisher, Constant Contact, Google Drive, and a Web site application. See more


Organist/Musician (part-time)
Trinity Newark, seeks a part-time organist/musician. Our organist of 15 years retired at the end of December. Our pipe organ is a 1957 Schantz Restored 2 manual 10 rank with 730 pipes. We have an Allen electronic that we currently use while our Nave is undergoing repairs to the roof superstructure. We anticipate expanding our music program. Required is one weekly choir practice with a Sunday rehearsal and a 10:30 a.m. sung Mass. This position is an interim for 2-3 months. The person filling this position will be considered for the permanent position. Contact the Rev. Dr. Ronny W. Dower, PIC 740.562.5356 (Cell).


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