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In This Issue
June 9, 2015
What's new this week:
Retirement savings made easy

Please join us for an informative webinar from the Church Pension Fund
cpg logo As a cleric or lay employee of The Episcopal Church, you have the ability to increase your retirement security by saving your own dollars through The Episcopal Church Retirement Savings Plan (RSVP).

Find out why it's so important to begin saving through RSVP even though you have a pension plan. Learn how RSVP can help you maximize your savings, and how saving for retirement won't affect your paycheck as much as you might think. 

We hope you'll attend one of these important presentations. 

Click below to register:

Happenings at Procter Center


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We have started construction on the labyrinth at Procter Center! We are at 80% of our funding goal for the labyrinth and only need the last $2,000 to fully fund the permanent site. If you have not contributed yet go to and make your contribution. Donations have ranged from $25-$500, so don't be shy!


The camp counselors are training at the Center this week in preparation for the start of the camp season this weekend with the first Family Camp. Already there are 75 registered and it is not too late to add your family. Register for Family Camp I or any of the Procter Summer Camps by going to


Just in time for camp new carpet is being installed this week in the Thompson and Hobson Halls. Check it out next time you come for a visit.


Finally, we have launched our new website at! Visit the site and tell us what you think. It is an improved way for Procter Center to convey our story.


Whew - a lot is happening at Procter Center!


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Upcoming events
June 12-14: Family Camp 1
June 17-20: Leader in Training Camp
June 23-27: Boys & Girls Camp
June 25 - July 3: 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
June 29 - July 4: Senior High Camp
July 8-11: Family Camp 2
July 13-18: Intermediate Camp
July 20-25: Creative Arts Camp
July 27-Aug 1: Junior Camp
Aug 5-8: Family Camp 3
Cbus EpiscoYouth summer book club

book-stacks-colorful.jpg All youth in Columbus-area congregations (that's those who've finished 6th through 12th grades) are invited to take part in the first-ever Cbus EpiscoYouth Summer Book Club! You don't have to sign up anywhere or commit to attending all three meetings - just read the book(s) and show up at the right time and place to share your thoughts and enjoy mid-afternoon snacks with other EpiscoYouth. This gathering is sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio's Youth & Young Adult Ministries (which means the treats are on us!)

Sunday, June 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m
Graeter's Worthington
(meet in the parking lot of St. John's, at 700 High St.)
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

Sunday, July 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Starbucks in New Albany (4784 Morse Rd.)
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Sunday, August 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Panera next to OSU campus (300 W. Lane Ave.)
You Know What You Have to Do by Bonnie Shimko

Questions?  Contact Fr. Karl Stevens (
or Maggie Leidheiser-Stoddard (

Homeless Jesus  


Homeless Jesus
Calvary, Clifton will unveil new Homeless Jesus statue June 14.

Calvary, Clifton, will be the site of a new religious statue that has been causing quite a stir in other cities. The Homeless Jesus bronze statue depicts Jesus as a homeless person sleeping on a bench, identifiable only by the crucifixion wounds on his feet.

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, unveiled their Homeless Jesus statue in April of this year, and offerings - apparently meant for Buffalo's homeless - began showing up on the statue. Items have included money, food, books and clothing. The church collects the items each day and donates them to a local organization that helps the homeless.


St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, North Carolina, installed their Homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an affluent neighborhood, and the reaction there was quite different. Some neighbors have taken offense to the shrouded depiction of Jesus, and have been very vocal about their opinions on the matter.

Calvary will unveil its statue on Sunday, June 14, with a special worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception.

Calvary's rector, the Rev. Jason Leo, anticipates neighborhood and community support for Homeless Jesus, but does not rule out the possibility of a few detractors. "Great art that provokes a response- bad or good- affords people the opportunity for dialogue. We look forward to sharing in conversation about the church's commitment to the homeless population in our city. The garden where the statue is to be placed is dedicated to George Ferguson, one of our long-time members whose service to the homeless was an inspiration to many. Contributions to the project were made in his honor and memory."


Sean Moore, an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 161, which meets at Calvary, oversaw the design of the Ferguson Garden and the installation of Homeless Jesus. Moore is a senior at Walnut Hills High School.


All are welcome to attend the official unveiling of the statue on June 14. Dean Gail Greenwell from Christ Church Cathedral, downtown, will offer the blessing, and there will be light refreshments served. Those who plan to come are encouraged to contribute to Calvary's outreach work by bringing non-perishable food items to this event. All items collected will be donated to St. Andrew's Food Pantry in Evanston.


Calvary Church is located at 3766 Clifton Ave. in Cincinnati. Call 513.861.4437 for more information.

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Celebrating ministry of Pam Elwell

Pam Elwell
The Rev. Pam Elwell
After several months in prayer and discernment, the Rev. Deacon Pamela Elwell, Deacon at St Stephen's and in Campus Ministry since May 2006, met with Bishop Breidenthal and confirmed with him that it was time for her to retire from active diaconal ministry on June 28. The church will hold a reception for Pam on Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon (following the 10:30 a.m. service) in gratitude for her ministry at St. Stephen's and to the OSU community of students, faculty and staff. All are invited and welcome to attend.


Of her work at St. Stephen's, Pamela shared that: "I have been both challenged and rewarded by active ministry as a deacon. The people of St Stephen's have supported me on this journey from the beginning. I am grateful for your support, for your ministries, and for the privilege of working with you to serve God in this place".

Please join us to celebrate Pam's ministry among us. St. Stephen's is located at 30 W. Woodruff Ave. on the campus of The Ohio State University. Call 614.294.3749 for more information.

Choir robes available

The choir at Church of Redeemer, Hyde Park, has several men's and women's black cassock and white cotta sets available free to a good home. There are 29 cottas in the traditional hip length and one very long. There are 30 sleeveless cassocks and 5 long-sleeved. The Almy set includes a full range of sizes. All are laundered and in decent to good condition (faded a bit from decades of good service). 

 If interested, contact Liz Coley at or 614.329.5900 by the end of August.

Life Line Screening


The Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, is pleased to again offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Wednesday, July 8 at the church.


Life Line Screening has partnered with over 150 hospitals across the country and has screened nearly eight million people. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. 


Register for a screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 888.653.6441 or visit


There is also a free annual wellness visit if you are a Medicare beneficiary which includes a one on one consultation with a licensed nurse practitioner. The consultation includes a thorough review of your medical and family history to identify risks to your long term health, screening for depression and memory impairment, review of daily living skills, fall prevention and home safety, a written screening and immunization checklist/ schedule for the next 5 to 10 years, and personalized prevention to help you stay healthy and active for as long as possible. 


Pre-registration is required. Call: 866.579.5069. Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road in Amelia. 

News from Christ Church Cathedral

Coming this summer: The Sycamore


A new cathedral publication designed to expand our horizons


The Sycamore This summer, the cathedral community will see the roll out of a new publication. Designed to open readers to formation in a way to deepens and expands faith, The Sycamore will be both an online and print magazine. The targeted audience for readership goes beyond the cathedral congregation to include diocesan members, Episcopalians throughout the Midwest and progressive Christians anywhere who are interested in an inclusive and reflective practice of faith. 


Just as Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree to gain a clear view above the crowd upon learning that the great rabbi Jesus was visiting his hometown of Jericho (Luke 19: 1-9), The Sycamore will offer readers a fresh perspective on Christian teachings and the ways in which they can expand the horizons of their own faith journeys.


The first issue will be published in July. Subsequent issues will be published quarterly. Notices will be sent electronically announcing each new issue as it is published online. If you wish to be on our list for notifications as each issue is published online, or if you wish to subscribe for a print copy, please contact the editor, Barbara Lyghtel Rohrer

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Public Policy Spotlight


Peace Labyrinth: Quilting the Golden Rule (June 23-July 11)   



Repeats, reminders, etc.
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: 

Art in prayer

Here I Am

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Job opportunities

Positions at Bethany School

Bethany School is seeking a full time music teacher for the 2015-16 school year. Qualified candidates must possess Ohio certification.  Experience and Orff certification are preferred. The music teacher would handle daily music classes for grades 1 - 8, as well as four performances throughout the year.

Bethany School is seeking a full time teacher in our sixth-grade program for the 2015-16 school year. Qualified 
candidates must possess a 4-9 Ohio license in the areas of Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies.  Experience is necessary.

Bethany School is an Episcopal school located in Glendale, Ohio. It offers positive working conditions and benefits. Interested applicants should send a resume to


Parish Accountant

St. Timothy's, Cincinnati, seeks a part-time accountant (20-30 hours per week based on workload, with benefits)
The Parish Accountant  is responsible for all accounting functions of St. Timothy's, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparation of financial statements, payroll preparation, budget preparation, annual reporting. and account analysis and reconciliation. The Parish Accountant will report to the Parish Administrator.

Qualifications: Associates Degree in Accounting with a minimum of 5 years fund accounting OR Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with a minimum of 2 year of fund accounting. Send resumes and cover letter to the HR Committee at

Parish Administrator

Christ Church, Springfield, is seeking a caring and compassionate individual who is able to be an ambassador for the parish in the role of Parish Administrator. This individual will often be the first point of contact for the public and must be both sympathetic to the individual and delicately objective as needed. 

Qualifications include:

  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office), including some basic financial record keeping

For a full description of the duties associated with this part-time position, please see 


Youth and Children's Ministry Coordinator
St. Patrick's, Dublin is looking for a coordinator of youth and children's ministries.  The job would entail formation programming, recruiting volunteers, building relationships with families, teaching, curriculum development and activity planning and leadership. Interested parties should contact the Rev. Stephen Smith at


Parish Office Manager

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, Cincinnati, is looking for a full time Parish Office Manager. We seek a candidate who is well-organized with good administrative management skills and 'follow through' to join a vibrant church staff of four clergy and more than a dozen, mostly part time, staff.The candidate should have good technical skills and be comfortable around PCs and Macs. The Parish Office Manager will serve as the communication hub for clergy and staff and be the primary liaison with vendors and service providers. He or she will also be the gatekeeper for building facilities management, coordinating maintenance and repairs, maintaining a database of vendors and providers, and inputting schedule information into the HVAC controls software. The Parish Office Manager will also coordinate with the directors of communications, finance, and membership to assure efficient parish operations. Please send resume to Church of the Redeemer, c/o the Senior Warden,

Marketing Coordinator

Procter Center is seeking an energetic marketer to be a part of its dramatic growth. This is an opportunity for a marketer with career development aspirations to build extensive hands-on experience, use her/his creative talents and thinking, expand her/his experience with a broad range of tools, and be a part of a compelling growth story.
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Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Gabriel's Place is seeking a dedicated, high energy Executive Director to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission "To provide a safe, beautiful and spiritually nourishing place for the Avondale Community to: Gather in mutual respect. Learn and interact. Develop community-based enterprises and promote peace in the community." 

A successful Executive Director will lead Gabriel's Place internally to achieve its mission and be an active representative of the organization in the community, fostering and developing strategic relationships with partners and donors. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives.  

For additional information visit the Gabriel's Place website at or send your resumé to

Youth Minister

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Youth Minister of our cathedral. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in both Christian formation and community building, capable of building upon the strong community focus of the departing youth minister and renewing programs that bridge our youth group from our children's Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes to young adulthood. See more

Associate Musician for Children and Youth

Christ Church Cathedral, a vibrant and inclusive faith community in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, seeks a quarter-time associate musician to lead and develop its choral music program for children and youth.

The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g. choral conducting or sacred music), extensive experience as a choral conductor of children's/youth choirs, and an appreciation of the Anglican sacred music tradition.

Duties for this position will include: leading the Cathedral Choir of Children and Youth in weekly rehearsals, developing and implementing music theory instruction, actively recruiting new choristers, selecting and leading liturgically appropriate anthems in cathedral liturgies, leading the choir at other parishes and concert venues in the city, and directing an annual week-long summer choir camp. For more information about the cathedral and a detailed job description, visit

Director of Music/Organist

St. Philip's, Columbus, is seeking a part-time Director of Music/Organist. Responsibilities include directing and rehearsing Chancel Choir (15 members), selecting music for Sunday services, playing organ for one Sunday service and other service as required/necessary. The music program includes traditional and gospel music.

To apply or for more information, please contact the St. Philip Music Committee at

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


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