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July 7, 2015
What's new this week:

A message from the bishop


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,


78GC logo Margaret and I are safely back from Salt Lake City, and very happy to be home. This was an historic General Convention, including the election of our first African-American Presiding Bishop, the elimination of most standing commissions, the decision to develop plans for a revision of the Prayer Book and Hymnal, and a budget which powerfully addresses the sin of racism and the call to mission and evangelism.


This convention also altered the church's canons to allow for same-gender marriage, and authorized a rite for solemnizing them. I will be consulting with the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council this week regarding next steps in Southern Ohio, and will be proceeding at a deliberate pace toward the framing of a policy to govern us as we enter onto this new landscape. I am asking clergy not to take any action until a policy is in place, and I would remind all of us that, as has always been the case, no clergyperson is ever obliged to officiate at any wedding.




+Tom Breidenthal


St. Stephen's to close, final service July 12

After 130 years of ministry and two locations, St. Stephen's Church, Cincinnati, at their request, is closing. It's members will move on as God calls them to other congregations to continue their ministries.  

The last service at St. Stephen's will be held this Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m. All well-wishers are invited to celebrate with the congregation. Bishop Breidenthal will be the Celebrant and there will be a reception following the service.

St. Stephens is located at 9191 Daly Rd. in Mt. Healthy.

Upcoming events
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

Countdown to PIMIL celebration!


PIMIL 2014 Join sponsors and friends of Partners-in-Ministry-in-Liberia (PIMIL) to celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the sixth annual International Luncheon and Silent Action. The time is Saturday, July 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The place is St. John's, Worthington. It is going to be a fun, educational and rewarding time for the entire family.  Last year's event was a sell out! 


The theme this year is "Feeding the Mind Body and Soul" (John 21:15).  Proceeds benefit the education of the school children and Ebola orphans.  The goal is to raise $7000!  Activities include the return of last year's dynamic speaker, by popular request, power point highlights of PIMIL's achievements, exciting drumming with the "Talking Drum" from Africa, intriguing cultural activities of greeting, songs and stylist head tying, literary work of the children and much more.  The children's activities include interaction with the "Talking Drum" and charcoal drawing.  The children will connect with the theme through different media of puzzles and brainteasers, kinesthetic movement and prayer.


A "delicious meal" of Lasagna, toss salad and bread, Spinach greens on rice, Jollof rice with mixed vegetables, rice bread, fried plantains and "Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic) will leave one wanting more. Dessert includes the celebratory cake of PIMIL's 10th Anniversary on the International Cookie and Tea Table.  The cookie table will feature such homemade cookies of Scottish Shortbread, Irish soda bread, French Meringues, Turkish Baklava, English Scones and tea cookies, Spanish Churros and much more.  At the cookie table, one will have the opportunity to make a donation toward the Ebola orphans.


The dress code is casual, colorful, African and tropical!


The cost of International Luncheon is $15 for adults and $5 for children and youth.  PIMIL is supported by the voluntary contributions from sponsors and friends. Therefore your presence is highly appreciated!  If you cannot come but would like to make a donation do so through:

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

23 E. College Avenue

Westerville, OH 43081

Memo: PIMIL. 

Thank you!


PIMIL operates through St. Matthew's 501c 3 tax code.  Website:

Dr. Ethelrine Shaw Nickerson Women's Empowerment Series


Ken Henlein St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, continued in June with its Dr. Ethelrine Shaw Nickerson Women's Empowerment Series with a presentation on "Keeping Our Seniors Safe". At right is Mr. Ron Henlein, Director/Corporate Community Partnership with People Working Cooperatively speaking to the audience of more than 30 seniors. 


Join us for our next presentation on Mental Health, to be held on Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m.


St. Simon's is located at 810 Matthews Drive in Lincoln Heights. Call 513.771.4828 for more information.



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Summer Sundays

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News from Christ Church Cathedral


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What the Bible really teaches


Is Christian scripture truly relevant in a post-modern and post-religious era? Does the Bible offer a position on the ethics of sexuality and class? Is the Bible authoritative? 


These and other questions connected to scripture are being explored in a summer offering for adults at Christ Church Cathedral. This discussion class, "What the Bible Really Teaches," is based on the book of the same name by Keith Ward, a former professor of divinity at the University of Oxford. Classes are held every Tuesday through August 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Cafe. Feel free to join the discussion as your schedule permits.


Christ Church Cathedral announces Artist-in-Residence partnership with Cincinnati Men's Chorus


Christ Church Cathedral is pleased to announce an artist-in-residence partnership with the Cincinnati Men's Chorus (CMC), a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus organized to provide the opportunity for gay men and gay-supportive men to sing together.


After a successful program between both organizations in December of last year, CMC's Artistic Director, Dr. Casey J. Hayes said, "Having been personally transformed by the hospitality and dedication to mission of Christ Church Cathedral during our Christmas concert last year, I could not be more thrilled at partnering with such a dynamic and welcoming presence within the city of Cincinnati. As an artist-in-residence of the cathedral, we will mutually benefit from each other's strength and support as we continue our work to make the tri-state and all of Ohio a more welcoming place for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals."

The Cincinnati Men's Chorus seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences that reach beyond the realm of musical purpose to deepen and enrich people's lives. It provides opportunities to present a positive image of the gay community to the general public by being identified as an organization of individuals who are making a contribution to the entire community.


"It is my pleasure to announce that with the artist-in-residence partnership with The Cincinnati Men's Chorus, Christ Church Cathedral continues to live out our Episcopal faith as we profess in our Baptismal Creed that we will 'strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being,'" said the Rev. Gail Greenwell, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral.

The artist-in-residence program at Christ Church Cathedral also includes Collegium Cincinnati, creating meaningful musical moments that enrich the intellectual, spiritual, and social lives of audiences and musicians alike.

Cincinnati Men's Chorus will contribute their talents to an already robust music department at the cathedral that is under the direction of Dr. Stephan Casurella, and will bring even more concerts and events to the Cincinnati community at large, as well as raising awareness for social issues that both participants have long-time championed. 


Connecting with...Public Policy

Current headlines/ topics for conversation:


public policy logo EDUCATION

Columbus Dispatch: Kasich uses veto on 44 items in budget



Dayton Daily News: Obama proposal would make 5 Million more eligible for overtime


ENVIRONMENT Supreme Court overturns costly EPA mercury emission rules for coal-fired power plants
The Guardian: Episcopal Church votes to divest from fossil fuels


HEALTHCARE Columbus Dispatch: New Ohio rules limit young drivers' passengers, hours 

Public News Service: Ohio kids enticed by e-cigarettes

Repeats, reminders, etc.
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 this important presentation. 

Click below to register:

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, 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 (

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. 

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Job opportunities

Part-time Children and Youth Formation Director
Trinity Episcopal Church, Hamilton, is seeking someone to create and coordinate programs to develop and grow the faith of our children and youth. This person will nurture our children and teach us to nurture our children as they grow in faith. See more

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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