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April 7, 2015
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Procter Board news


At its March 21 meeting, the Procter Center Board of Directors extended the contract of the Rev. Craig Foster as the center's Interim Director through June 30, 2016. The initial contract would have expired June 30, 2015. The extension provides the board with additional time to define the skills and experience expected of the Executive Director to be hired in 2016. An added benefit will be in gaining from Foster's day-to-day on-site experience at Procter Center as the board develops its goals for the next three to five years.


In further action, the board set a goal of achieving a significant increase in the percentage of room occupancy, meetings and meals served by no later than the year ending December 31, 2016.  Progress toward achieving these goals will be monitored by the establishment of key performance indicators. Once in place the board anticipates being able to review progress on a monthly basis. The board will meet again on April 18.

Native American Roundtable rescheduled

Native_12The Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Native American Council of Christ Church Cathedral are sponsoring a Native American Roundtable at Procter Center on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. The Roundtable is open to all who are interested in Native American issues, concerns and opportunities.


Many 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.


Topics will include sharing past and present Native American initiatives, developing a vision for collaboration, identifying the best possibilities for achieving the vision and planning future meetings.


Check for more information or to register. If you have questions, please email the Rev. Anne Reed, Canon for Mission at

Upcoming events
Apr 10-12: Spring Procter Retreat (youth)
Apr 11: Anti-Racism training
Apr 17-18: PLAY! Finding God in Celebration
Apr 18: Last Things: Preparing for Death and Burial
Apr 18: Safe Church training (Bexley)
Apr 18: Dayton Area Confirmation (Christ Church)
Apr 25: East Area Confirmation (Athens)
Apr 29: Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna annual meeting and luncheon
Apr 30: Planning for Tomorrow Conference (Lay)
May 1: Planning for Tomorrow Conference (Clergy)
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Lay Worship Leader Training


According to the Canons of the Episcopal Church (Title III, Canon 4) a Worship Leader is a confirmed communicant in good standing "who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the member of the clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith."  Leading Morning Prayer as the principal service on a Sunday morning, in the absence of a priest, is currently the most common exercise of this ministry in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.


Each person wishing to become a Lay Worship Leader must be recommended by his/her rector (or, if a congregation has no rector, by the senior warden) and participate in a two-day training offered by the diocese. Individuals needing to renew their licenses may choose to participate in one or both of the two training days - if only one, please indicate on your registration which of the days you will be present.


This spring, Lay Worship Leader training will be held at the Procter Center on May 2 and 9. Participants should plan to arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to begin promptly at 9:30; the day's work will end about 3 p.m.  Your registration fee of $10 for each part (a total of $20 if taking both parts) covers the cost of lunch and materials.


Lay Worship Leader training is led by Debby Stokes, Marti Rideout and the Rev. Marjorie Menaul. The registration deadline is April 20, and a minimum of ten registrations must be received by that date in order for the spring training to be held. To register, visit further information, contact Menaul at or 570.441.7311.

Appalachian Initiative Grants

The Episcopal Appalachian Ministry Small Grants program is an opportunity for grass roots ministries that serve Appalachian people to get funds to help with start-up costs or a specific need. Appalachian Initiative Grants are intended to be used as seed money for ministries and organizations to seize opportunities of a one-time nature and project start-up costs. Grants must be for a specific ministry, project or program.

Successful grant requests would typically be for purchasing specific items (e.g., computer equipment, building supplies, etc.) Consideration will be given to projects that involve awarding "scholarships" to participants of programs if the money is being used specifically for those scholarships. Requests for money to supplement or cover regular operating expenses such as salaries, will not be awarded. Money for "matching grants" will not be awarded. 

Successful applications will usually involve helping Appalachians address regional issues such as poverty, literacy, health care, unemployment, education, cultural affirmation or the environment through direct service.
The deadline for applications is April 24. To download an application, visit


Gentle Worship Services


Sunday morning church can be challenging for the differently-abled or someone with a special need. We may have someone in our lives for whom traditional worship has become next to impossble. Perhaps they have a child with autism or a spouse with Alzheimer's. Perhaps they are a caregiver or someone who feels called to embrace with Christ's love someone who is different.


Gentle Worship is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's, Columbus, for families with individuals who are challenged by special needs and those who would like to be in support of them. The casual, 30-minute service is held the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the choir area of the main Sanctuary. Words are projected on a screen, and the Canterbury Choir (children's choir) joins the liturgy for the first portion of the service. Music is softer, and incorporates the beautiful Hymn 482: "Lord of All Hopefulness, Lord of All Joy". Holy Communion is brought to people in their seats, and a special blessing is offered for those who are not able to receive.


For more information about Gentle Worship, visit 


Offerings from Christ Church Cathedral
Shifrah Service 
Cathedral logo On Sunday, April 19, at 6 p.m., Shifrah begins its first season: Exodus. 

Shifrah is a deep and rich multi-sensory worship experience that integrates music, images, textures, found objects, light, movement and prayer to draw from the well of ancient worship while at the same time looking forward to what the Spirit is doing anew in our midst. The first Season of Shifrah, called Exodus, will open up the experience of resurrection in the encounter with the stranger who reminds us of our own story and reveals himself in the sharing of a meal. 

If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the Shifrah team, please email Canon Rob Rhodes

Earlham College Choir Concert
Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m.

William Culverhouse & Danielle Steele, directors

Earlham ChoirThe choral music ensembles at Earlham College are known for their focus on international repertoire and music by living composers. They regularly perform not only the great masterworks of the American and European repertoires,but also pieces from Africa and the Middle East, and have recently presented the world premieres of Forrest Tobey's Keeping Still and David Arbury's Trade Winds.


This concert will feature the Earlham College Women's Chorus, Men's Ensemble and Madrigal Singers performing a delightful selection of choral pieces from around the world. Please plan on joining us for this free offering!

Gallery South exhibit opens April 23
Join us on Thursday, April 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the opening reception to support the next art exhibit to be featured in Gallery South, the aptly named, "Spirit of Place." This installation will feature regional artist contributions, and will run through June 12. 

Letters from Liberia

PIMIL (Partners-In-Ministry-In-Liberia), a ministry through St. Matthew's, Westerville and St. John's, Worthington, supplies educational scholarships to students who would otherwise be unable to attend school in Liberia. The Ebola epidemic has greatly affected our children and their families. Several months ago we asked our children in Liberia to write us letters describing the epidemic and how it has affected them and their schools. Here is just one of the flood of heart wrenching letters that filled our mailboxes: 


My Name is William Togba. I am ten (10) years old. I lived in the Kpelle Community. I am a student of the ELWA Academy. My attention is drew to this virus called Ebola. Ebola virus is the sickness that is taking away the lives of many Liberians. The signs and symptom are running stomach with blood, vomiting with blood, high fever, red eyes or bleeding from the nose or mouth, rash in bumps on the skin. It is spread through many ways. Some of the ways are touching dead body infected with the virus, coming in contact with sick person that is infected with the virus, and eating monkey meat and touching person vomit who contracted the virus. It is prevented by several means. Some of these means are: Avoid physical contact with people showing signs and symptoms such as continue High fever, Red eyes, Vomiting and stomach pain and Hard ache

  1. Keep away from Bats, monkeys, Baboons and dead Animals
  2. Do not shake hands with persons showing signs of Ebola
  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and clean water
  4. Avoid eating bush meat cook all food very well.

Our country is faced with many challenges as we fight this deadly virus. Some of these challenges are:

  1. Lack of proper knowledge on the fight against Ebola
  2. Low incentive for health workers and volunteers
  3. Lack of logistics such as ambulances, testing equipment, vehicles to transport Ebola related materials
  4. Government not involving community leaders and members in district task force against Ebola
  5. Unemployment is another factor that is now a major issue as we fight against this deadly virus.
It is very fearful, troubling and worries living in an Ebola environment. This is enemy that is not seen. It is not written on the faces of those who are positive. You are not free to move around. Even getting your basic needs became difficult when mass gather is not encouraged. It feel bad when my parents tell me the news. When I watch Television. I am afraid and don't want to play around. I feel so hurt that school is closed. I missed my friends that I am in school with. I am praying to God for his divine intervention. I am asking him to take away this sickness from my country. I am also asking the international partners to help our government with the support needed. I know with God above our rights with will overcome and one day return to our normal activities.

Remember the 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.

Public Policy Spotlight

Call for members for the Social Justice Commission


I have recently been appointed the Convener for the Social Justice Network and Public Policy Commission. In a desire to make this commission more relevant to the diocese, I am suggesting two different types of members: those who wish to be active in the discussions, development and communication of diocesan public policy and those who wish to be kept informed of social justice issues, determining whether they wish to get further involved. Location in the diocese should not be a factor in not participating in some way. 


During the month of April, please consider our imperative to "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) and send me an email indicating the type of member you wish to be in the Social Justice Commission. I will send out a Doodle for those interested in actively participating to set up the first meeting.  

~ The Rev. Deniray Mueller, Legislative Liaison 


Repeats, reminders, etc.
Eastertide Area Confirmations


In the early centuries of the Church, congregations would gather together at Easter for the rite of initiation administered by the bishop. There was something - there is something - about sharing those significant and transformative moments with the rest of the Church.


As such, we offer opportunities in multiple locations around the diocese to celebrate together the rites of Holy Baptism and Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation. The renewal of our commitment as followers of Jesus is no small thing. "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism," the bishop prays. "Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perfrom the service you set before them....Let your Holy Spirit be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


2015 dates

Saturday, April 18: Christ Church, Dayton; 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 25: Good Shepherd, Athens; 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 2: St. Anne's, West Chester; 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 16: St. Stephen's, Columbus; 11 a.m.


We hope this Easter season that many throughout the diocese will take advantage of these opportunities to be blessed by one another's presence and support that extend beyond our own local communities of faith.


Please use the online registration form if you plan to present people from your congregation or community of faith for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation at one of the Eastertide Area Confirmations. Registrations should be submitted two weeks prior to the date of the celebration so host congregations may plan appropriately.


For questions or for more information, contact Amanda Bower, Executive Assistant to Bishop Breidenthal at or 800.582.1712 ext. 103.


Procter Farm 2015 CSA

What is a CSA?

CSA (community supported agriculture) is a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables. 


How can I get involved?

Procter Farm is selling subscriptions for $300. We will begin distributing in June and continue for 20 weeks (minimum average $15/week value). Shares will feed 2-3 people, so go in on one with your buddy if that's too much for just you. 


We are also looking for people who want to be involved in our 'Volunteer for Veggies' program. If you commit to working on the farm for a total of 40 hours throughout the growing season (Now - October), you will receive your weekly share for free. Time for one share can be split between multiple people. Sign up soon, only 3 spots left!


What can I expect in my share?  

This year we will be planting beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, sweet corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, green beans, peppers, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, melons, radishes, scallions, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelons, winter squash, zucchini, fresh herbs, and more.


Where can I pick up my share? 

We will have three pickup locations: 

  • North Market, 59 Spruce St. Columbus 43215 Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Procter Center, 11235 SR 38 London 43140 Tuesdays 12 to 7 p.m.
  • Gabriel's Place 3618 Reading Rd Cincinnati 45229Thursdays 4-7 p.m.

How do I sign up?

Visit to subscribe. You will have the options of paying by credit card online, by credit card over the phone, or by check. For more info contact 

Eat well!


Campus Ministry grants available

Parishes, campus ministries, and extra-parish communities are invited to apply for campus ministry grants.  Grant requests are due on June 15, and grants for the 2015-2016 school year will be rewarded by August 1.  

Please follow this link to apply for a grant using our online form: 

Scholarships available for women of the diocese

Since the late 1920s, The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Book of Remembrance Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Diocese of Southern Ohio has been providing scholarships for women of the diocese to do graduate study in areas related to church work, special ministries, and helping professions. Funds are also available for short-term non-degree training in workshops, special seminars, and skills training, in church related or social service fields.  

Read more about the scholarship and how to apply at The application deadline is April 13, 2015. 

Academic grants for minority women


The Lawrence Home Association, founded in 1896 under the will of philanthropist Eleanor Earnshaw, was started to "provide a Christian home for self-supporting, young women on limited means, the most important aim being to help them elevate their standard of life." To this day, the Lawrence Home Association provides opportunities for young women.

There is a eight-member board of women who are appointed by the the bishop. The board meets once a year to vote on recommendations for academic grants for minority women, scholarships for clergy daughters and funding for social service agencies who mission is to serve women of limited means and help them move out of conditions relating to poverty, abuse etc.


The purpose of the Academic Grant for Minority Women program is to help finance the postsecondary education of minority women regardless of age who are affiliated with an Episcopal church within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.


We have moved the application process online this year to make it easier to apply and to provide an opportunity for all minority women within the diocese to seek grant for the upcoming academic year. 


See more information


The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015. All applicants will be notified by May 30, 2015 of the status of their application.


PLAY Conference: Finding God in Celebration

April 17-18
St. Stephen's, Columbus

Play opens us up to joy, new possibilities, and creativity. What might happen if the church took up PLAY as a spiritual practice? What if we played together and imagined a new church into being? 

PLAY is a gathering of people interested in in celebrating creative ways to engage God's mission in our communities. PLAY will offer ideas for fostering imagination and creativity, planning non-traditional worship, missional church planting, and how to gather community in new ways through radical hospitality, storytelling and inspiring music. The Rev. Ben Norton, a pioneer minister in the Church of England, will share his experiences creating three different fresh expressions of church in the last 10 years in the UK. Ben invites us on a journey to meet people and connect the Christian story to the story of people outside of the church and to gently grow spiritual communities in the process. Ana Hernandez, musician, conversation host and mischief maker, will lead us in music that makes community. PLAY explores how we give each other permission to imagine a new way forward together and an opportunity to reinvigorate your soul and your church.

If you are interested in learning more about fresh expressions, being part of some inspiring worship, or just want to have fun, you won't want to miss this gathering. PLAY is for everyone, young and old, musicians and artists, lay and ordained, people who love the church and those who don't. We invite you and members of your community to join us for this experience! Don't miss this opportunity to PLAY! 

More info:
The cost for PLAY conference registration is $55. Deadline for all registrations is April 14.

Soul Collage flyer

Music series at St. John's features award winning organist Kirk M. Rich 


St. John's Worthington, invites you to hear prize-winning organist Kirk M. Rich on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m.

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Rich is quickly becoming known as a solo and collaborative artist of integrity, praised for his technical command of the organ and breadth of musical imagination. He was featured in recital as a "Rising Star" at the 2008 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 2014, he won third prize in the AGO's National Young Artists' Competition in Organ Performance. Most recently, he is the winner of the 2015 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition. His program for St. John's will include works of Bach, Brahms, Dupré, Stanley, and Vierne. 


Rich holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music; he is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Houston. There is no charge for admission to the concert; a freewill offering will be taken to support the Music Series. 


St. John's is located at 700 High Street in Worthington (Columbus), on the southeast corner of the Olde Worthington Village Green (High Street at SR 161). Visit for more information.


Planning for Tomorrow Conference


Lay Employees: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clergy: Friday, May 1, 2015


The Planning for Tomorrow conference sponsored by the Church Pension Group (CPG) is a great opportunity for both clergy and lay to learn and plan for their financial future. Spouses and partners are also encouraged to attend. CPG subsidizes the cost of the conference - and also subsidizes child care and elder care costs.


We strongly encourage lay employees to attend this conference and we strongly encourage that they be granted paid time off to attend. Diocesan House will be closed on April 30 so that all lay employees will be able to attend the conference.


No matter your stage of life, it's a unique chance for you and your spouse or partner to understand your current and future benefits, manage your finances, plan for your future, and improve your overall financial wellness.


To register:


Lay employees register here


Clergy register here 


Job opportunities
Director of Youth Ministry
St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock, AR, is looking for a full-time youth ministry director for a large program-sized church, averaging 374 people per Sunday. Must have enthusiasm, creativity and passion for working with young people of all ages. Previous experience and training desired. See more

Communications Coordinator
St. Thomas, Terrace Park seeks a part-time communications coordinator. The Communications Coordinator has two main responsibilities: 1.) communication within the parish, and 2.) public relations to the larger community; both being formed by our core purpose: To make God's love known by who we are, what we practice and how we serve others in Christ's Name. As a member of the program staff team, the incumbent collaborates with the clergy, staff and volunteers in developing, administering and evaluating the different means of communications and designs the various publications as specified and planned. The incumbent must have experience / background in various verbal, written and graphic communication skills, such as creative writing, public speaking, editing, desktop publishing, production coordination, and digital design, including photography and video.

Choral Scholar

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio is seeking a professional singer to supplement the Parish Choir and act as alto soloist when called upon. Typical time commitment involves being present at Wednesday Evening rehearsals (7-9pm) and Sunday morning services (10:45am with preceding rehearsal). Position commences immediately and lasts for the duration of this program year (May 2015). See more


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


Connections Deadlines
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