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141st Annual Convention
of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

Nov. 13-14, 2015
Dayton Convention Center 

Registration is now open!
September 29, 2015
What's new this week
Convention deadlines today!

Nominations
Nominations must be received by Sept. 29. Click here for a nomination form.  Contact Nominating Committee Chair Nadya Richardson at Nadyar125@aol.com if you have any questions.

Resolutions
All proposed resolutions must be sent to convention@diosohio.org and received by Sept. 29. Those submitting resolutions are expected to attend or have a representative present at all pre-convention hearings. 
Contact Jim Heathcote at 937.446.2108 or jheathcote@earthlink.net with questions.


Annual Committee reports
Committees, commissions and task forces should submit their annual reports by Sept. 29 for inclusion in convention materials. Click here for the form

How YOU can help support refugees

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS): Our mission is to help refugees and immigrants reach and sustain self-sufficiency and achieve successful integration into the central Ohio community.

CRIS is currently resettling a high volume of refugee families from countries including but not limited to Somalia, Bhutan, Iraq, Burundi, Burma, Eritrea, Sudan, and Uganda. We have not yet resettled any Syrian refugees from the current crisis in Europe due to the long process by which families obtain official refugee status through UNHCR. However, we are calling on local faith communities to support refugees arriving now regardless of their country of origin. We believe becoming involved with the resettlement process now will prepare our central Ohio community to best respond when Syrian refugees begin to arrive.

Congregations can help refugees today by donating a Welcome Kit that consists of basic household items like plates, bowls, cups, pots, pans, twin sheets, queen sheets, pillows, blankets, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. You can gather a Welcome Team of 6-12 people to participate in serving a refugee family during their first 90 days in the US. Welcome Teams can help with airport pick up, preparing food, finding housing, apartment set up, driving their family to appointments and being friends to a newly arrived family. You can donate money to help a family pay their first month of rent and utilities, buy groceries for a week or furnish their apartment. You can participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities at CRIS including ESL classroom assistance, refugee youth mentorship and teaching citizenship classes. There are so many ways to support refugees in your community. Your parish's creativity in how you can use your strengths to help refugees is also so valuable!

To get an exact list of what is included in a Welcome Kit, more information about Welcome Teams, donating, volunteering or to discuss other ways you'd like to help newly arriving refugees, please contact: Melanie Williams at 614.987.1642 or mwilliams@cris-ohio.org. For more information about CRIS and refugee resettlement, please visit our website at www.crisohio.org.

Bishop Breidenthal's video blog about responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

Upcoming events
Oct 1: Clergy Day at Procter
Oct 3: Safe Church training (Columbus)
Oct 10: Worship Leader Training (Part 1)
Oct 17: Safe Church training (Glendale)
(Cincinnati)
Connecting with ... Events around the diocese
Franklinton Gardens needs your vote!
 
Franklinton Gardens Franklinton Gardens has been selected as one of 500 finalists (out of more than 2,000) to compete in the Martha Stewart American Made competition. With your help we can win $10k to support our weekly CSA community produce bag program by helping us expand our urban farming efforts!

Franklinton Gardens is currently in second place in the Agriculture and Sustainability category. Help us catch first place so that we have a chance at winning $10k to support our community-based urban farming program!

Each week the most active voters in the contest are entered to win $375. Please vote for us every day through October 19 at 
http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/138914/food/franklinton-gardensEach person gets 6 votes per day, so your vote goes a long way!

Learn more at franklintongardens.org/vote

The efforts help support our Community CSA Market Bag program in Franklinton. Thanks!

Volunteers needed (Greater Cincinnati area)

The Cincinnati-area Latino Ministries need a few more volunteers. This school year has seen a significant increase in recent arrivals from Latin America throughout Greater Cincinnati. Many of these children have been referred to our two Greater Cincinnati Homework Club programs, in Forest Park and Price Hill, for help to learn English and help with their school homework. 

If you are interested in helping these children assimilate in this their new homeland, please contact Nancy Sullivan at badgmur@gmail.com for information about the Price Hill program, or Carlos de Jesus at cdejesus@fioptics.com for information about the Forest Park program.

Bach up at St. Thomas!

BACH RETREAT
Saturday to Sunday, October 10-11
St. Thomas, Terrace Park
 
Spend a weekend with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas (BEST) in a Bach Retreat. The retreat is a day of music making and instruction for ALL amateur musicians, including both students and adults. Come together with other music-lovers to study a Bach cantata (and music of other composers), enjoy some special presentations from members of the BEST, enjoy a delicious lunch together, and conclude the session with a performance of the music learned that day. Make friends and make something beautiful together. Return on Sunday to experience on open rehearsal with the BEST, and conclude the weekend with the beautiful, inspiring sounds of Bach Vespers. Visit www.bachensemble.org/retreats for more information.

BACH VESPERS
Sunday, October 11, 5pm
St. Thomas, Terrace Park
Bach: Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, BWV 77

Join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas for a reflective evening of worship, focused through the lens of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Beyond its aesthetic beauty, the music of Bach draws on a knowledge of scripture rivaled by just a handful of composers. Bach's music is so infused with religious fervor that it is almost impossible to separate Bach the Christian from Bach the composer. You can find a complete schedule of this year's exciting line-up of Vespers, concerts and educational retreats at www.bachensemble.org.

St. Thomas is located at 100 Miami Ave. in Terrace Park. Call 513.831.2052 for more information.

Bach Vespers

One Voice for El Hogar

Sunday, October 18
Christ Church Glendale
3 to 5 p.m.

Come join the fun as we raise awareness and funds for El Hogar in Honduras!  The afternoon of music will include various choirs, soloists and instrumentalists, including:
  • The Diamond Jubilee Quartet
  • The Queen City Sisters
  • Acts from the Church of the Redeemer (Hyde Park), Calvary Church (Clifton), Christ Church Cathedral (Cincinnati), Christ Church (Glendale) and St. Timothy's Church (Anderson Twp.)
And featuring special guest Eduardo Bennett, Honduran soccer star and El Hogar alum. Eduardo will share his story about the impact El Hogar has had on his life and the lives of his three children.
 
Many groups travel to Honduras each year from Cincinnati for week-long mission trips and have life-changing experiences. This event promises amazing music, fellowship and a chance to learn more about El Hogar and mission trip opportunities. You could change your life and help change the lives of the children of El Hogar.

Christ Church is located at 965 Forest Ave. in Glendale.Tickets are $25 per person or $50 for an entire family and can be purchased at any of the participating churches or online at www.elhogar.org

Eduardo
Honduran soccer star Eduardo Bennett with children at El Hogar
About Eduardo:
Eduardo Bennett is a former player for the Honduras national soccer team who graduated from El Hogar. He has worked throughout his life to rise above the circumstances that marked his early years to achieve soccer stardom. Eduardo was born in 1968 on the north coast of Honduras in the port town of La Ceiba. In 1983 at age 15, he came to El Hogar - a place that has been his second home ever since - and graduated in 1987. Like many of the other children who came to El Hogar, Eduardo found a safe and nurturing environment that allowed him to learn and grow. These lessons gave him the skills and background that he would use outside of the walls of El Hogar.

As Eduardo began his soccer career, he also worked at El Hogar form 1988 -89. From that point on, his career in soccer allowed him to play in Honduras, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. He was also a member of the Honduran National Team from 1991-2000. In 2010, Eduardo retired from playing professional soccer to pursue opportunities in team management and as a soccer analyst in radio and television.


Becca Stevens event flyer

Disaster chaplain

Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training 
The Sewanee Inn 
Sewanee, Tenn.
Nov. 10-11, 2015

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and spiritual caregivers of the Episcopal Church and religious leaders of all faiths to take this two-day disaster chaplaincy training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer as a chaplain in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best practices during disasters.

This curriculum prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites as well as within their own communities. The course comprises four four-hour sessions offered over two days, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers.

FEMA's online IS 100 course on the Incident Command System must be completed prior to this training.


REGISTRATION
Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training, Nov. 10-11
Cost: $355.00, includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and all training materials. Two CEUs available by request. Lodging not included.
Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters, Nov. 9
Cost: $125.00, includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and all training materials.
Both trainings, Nov. 9-11
Combined cost: $430.00


Lincoln and the Jews
Lincoln and the Jews

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is currently hosting a truly fascinating exhibition on Abraham Lincoln and the American Jewry entitled With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews. The exhibit will be on public view through November 15. 

With Firmness in the Right is inspired by a new volume written by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell: Lincoln and the Jews: A History. This exhibition, organized in conjunction with the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, brings to light the little-known relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Jewish Americans. 

Original documents, artifacts, photographs, and first person accounts tell the story of how Lincoln's meaningful bonds with Jewish individuals, his audacious defiance of anti-Semitic generals, and the interventions he made as president on behalf of all Jews reflected his deepest values and helped promote inclusivity in the United States. 

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located at 212 N 6th Street in Springfield, IL. You can learn more about the library and the exhibit at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov


 
Important deadlines
September 30
October 14
Congregational Mission Grants

The Commission on Congregational Life is charged with encouraging, supporting, evaluating and seeking opportunities for development and growth of all fellowships, missions and parishes of the diocese.

COCL offers Congregational Mission Grants (CMG) and New Initiative grants to congregations for this purpose. Applications can be found on the diocesan website under Finance - Grants & Loans. Please send all documents back electronically. The deadline for 2016 CMG applications is Sept. 30, 2015.

Questions may be directed to the Rev. Canon Jack Koepke at 800.582.1712 ext.104 or jkoepke@diosohio.org or Janice M. West, COCL Chair at 937.278.2249 or jnhlwest@att.net.
Convention accommodations

A block of rooms for diocesan convention has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Dayton, located at 33 E. 5th Street, adjacent to the Dayton Convention center. 

A special convention rate of $102 per night is guaranteed for reservations made prior to Oct. 14. To make reservations, call the Crowne Plaza at 937.229.9835 Monday - Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our group code is EPI. Make sure to bring along the appropriate tax exempt forms from your church to have sales tax removed from your bill.

Any questions or problems with hotel reservations should be directed to convention manager Mike Miller at 937.458.3003 or 


Connecting with ... Public Policy
Events

The Pursuit of Happiness (October 3 - 9:30 -4, Saint John's Worthington)
Sowing Seeds of Peace & Justice (October 4 - 4-5 pm, Saint John's Columbus)


public policy logoCurrent headlines/ topics for conversation:

ENVIRONMENT
 
HEALTHCARE
 
POVERTY
 
U.S. GOVERNMENT
 
VIOLENCE
 

If you have any questions/comments about the subjects presented, please contact The Rev Deniray Mueller, Social Justice & Public Policy Convener, at deniray@deniray.com or 614.668.6036.

Connecting with ... Formation opportunities
Lay Worship Leader training

DID YOU KNOW that before officiating at Morning Prayer on Sunday, a lay person is required to have been licensed by the diocese?
DID YOU KNOW that diocesan training is required before the Lay Worship Leader license is issued? 
DID YOU KNOW that these licenses must be renewed every two years, and that training is required before each renewal?
DID YOU KNOW that Lay Worship Leader training will be offered this fall through the diocesan School for Ministry, and will be held at the Procter Center on October 10 and November 21?
DID YOU KNOW that registration for this training is required, and should be received by the Diocese of Southern Ohio by October 3?

If you didn't know before, you do now.  What are you going to do about it?

Registration for Lay Worship Leader training can be found at this link: http://diosohio.org/events/event/worship-leader-training-2/ 

Connecting with ... Events at our cathedral
Dowd flyer
See full-size flyer here
Hate Crimes in the Heartland Screening 
Wednesday, September 30

The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and the University of Cincinnati Office of Diversity & Inclusion invite you to screen Hate Crimes in the Heartland on Wednesday, September 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the UC College of Law. This award-winning movie portrays the shocking violence rooted in America's history of racial hatred through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where two hate crimes, over 90 years apart, are impacting communities today. Register for this event by going to:
 

Bachtoberfest! 
October 3 & 4
Collegium Cincinnati is one of the most vibrant up-and-coming musical organizations serving the Greater Cincinnati area. The group is pleased to call Christ Church Cathedral its home, as the ensemble-in-residence. The Collegium, as it's known, will be presenting the Third Annual Cincinnati Bach Festival, creating incredible musical performances through October in intimate and fun settings. Come listen to some of Cincinnati's finest baroque musicians as they fly through the great repertoire of the baroque period and beyond!

The first two musical offerings are:
Piano Recital at Christ Church Cathedral
Elena Kholodova will perform at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. Award winning international artist Elena Kholodova performs music of astonishing piano selections by Sergei Rachmaninov, Frédéric Chopin, and Franz Liszt. An intriguing and exquisite evening is promised! Ticket information: 513.321.2766 or www.musartscenter.wordpress.com 

Cocktails & Concertos II,
Bach's Brandenburg Concertos 2 & 3 
Last year's 'Cocktails & Concertos' was so successful that they're doing it again! Relax, sip a Bach-tail, and enjoy as the Collegium plays two (more) of Bach's masterwork chamber pieces. Manami White leads the Collegium's orchestral players at Sunday, October 4 at 4:30 p.m. at Bromwell's HÄRTH Lounge (125 West 4th Street). For a full list of music offerings, go to http://www.collegiumcincinnati.org/concerts.html, or email Christopher Eanes at Christopher@CollegiumCincinnati.org

Choral Evensong
Cathedral logo
Sunday, October 4
6 p.m. 
Christ Church Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensong for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Music will include responses by Bernard Rose, the Gloucester service by Herbert Howells, and Grayston Ives' "The Canticle of Brother Sun." Reception following.

Christ Church Cathedral is located at the corner of Fourth and Sycamore Streets in downtown Cincinnati. Learn more at www.christchurchcincinnati.org 

Reminders



Information about Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2016 medical benefits for active employees will take place from Oct. 21 to Nov. 6, 2015. Members will receive information from the Medical Trust with instructions on how to access their information online and make plan selections. 

Employees who are not currently active members can enroll in the plan by contacting Angela Byrd in the Finance Office at abyrd@diosohio.org or 800.582.1712 ext. 113. 

Open enrollment for retirees will be held Oct. 13 through Dec. 7.


Submit Congregational Leadership Lists

The diocese is preparing to undergo a complete upgrade/conversion of our database system in October. It is vital that we make sure that our data is as up to date as possible before we make the conversion.

The only way that we currently collect the information about the leadership in our congregations is via the Congregational Leadership List. If your congregation has not filled out the list for 2015 (and most have not), please fill out an updated form as soon as possible. 

A link to the form can be found at the forms and policies link of the diocesan website, or by clicking here

If you are unsure if your congregation has complied with submitting the list, please contact Julie Murray at

Certifying lay delegates to convention

Congregations are canonically required (Canon III, Section 5) to submit a Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as soon as possible after they have been chosen at your annual meeting. Lay delegates must be certified to receive credentials for voting at the convention.

If your congregation has not yet reported your election, you can access the certification form here, or on the diocesan website in the convention section. It is important to submit the certification before registering delegates for convention.

If your lay delegates have changed since a certification form was submitted, you must complete a Change of Delegate form. A link to the form can also be found on the diocesan website in the convention section. Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the diocesan office by Oct. 31. 

Please direct any questions to Julie Murray at  jmurray@diosohio.org 
or at 800.582.1712 ext. 110.

Repeat announcements 
Blessing of Pets

The Church of the Good Samaritan will celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis with a Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Debra Gamble will officiate and will bless the animals. No pet, no problem: we will be pairing with Angel's Rest Animal Sanctuary, who will have both dogs and cats available for adoption. 

Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road in Amelia. If you should have any questions about the service please call the Senior Warden at 513.732.3743. Questions concerning the animals you may call 513.947.2727. If you are planning on coming please bring lawn chairs as the service (weather permitting) will be held outside.

Sowing Seeds of Peace and Justiceprayer service flyer

St. John's, Columbus, is pleased to host the October 4 Columbus Faith Coalition Against Violence's prayer service from 4 to 5 p.m. Weather permitting, we will be in our Growing Place garden on Avondale Ave. just across from the church building.

We will show a brief film which highlights the work of Art Gish, a peace advocate who risked his life in the name of peace and justice.  We will also hear from Jonathan Meier, a Franklinton resident who will guide us in non-violent presence in the face of violence.

Children are particularly encouraged to participate.  St. John's Youth Choir will be with us and all children will be invited to "sow seeds of peace and justice" in a special activity designed just for them.

For more information contact the Rev. Lee Anne Reat at revreat@gmail.com.


NAC flyer





Happiness flyer

Native American Ministry Workshop
Indian Boarding Schools: History, Historical Trauma and Healing
Saturday, Oct. 10
Christ Church Cathedral
The Pursuit of Happiness
Saturday, Oct. 3
St. John's, Worthington
See full size flyer here

Art at the Advent-2015

"As We See It"
 
A many faceted display of art from many disciplines: music, stained glass, fabric art, wood carving, optic wall art from various artists in the parish as well as some student work from supporters of the Open Door program.
 
A show in honor and memory of Richard Edward Wagner who was dedicated to the mission of the Church of the Advent, the Open Door and the Walnut Hills Community organizations.   
 
Friday, October 9 thru Sunday, October 11
 
ARTISTS' RECEPTION
Friday, October 9
5 to 8 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 10
Noon to 4 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 11 
11 to 1 p.m.
 
Presented by:
"Art At The Advent 2015"
Episcopal Church of the Advent
2366 Kemper Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
 
 
Admission is free and open to the public.  A portion of the proceeds of the show benefit the church and are tax deductible.
 


Bethany flyer
Art at the Advent
Oct. 9-11
Church of the Advent, Cincinnati 
Contact information:
       Jane Terrill  513.871.6654  terrillj@fuse.net or
       Church of the Advent 513.961.2100 ask for Cathy

Bethany School Open House
Saturday, Oct. 10
Bethany School
More information at www.bethanyschool.org 

Labyrinth flyer
El Hogar flyer
The Total Labyrinth Experience
Saturday, Oct. 10
Procter Center
Click here for full size flyer

One Voice for El Hogar
Sunday, Oct. 18
Christ Church, Glendale
Click here for full size flyer

Sharing God's Bounty Sharing God's Bounty: Annual Women's Ministry Conference  

Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Procter Center 

Sponsored by Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Southern Ohio

Sharing God's Bounty
How we care for each other by sharing our gifts and talents is one aspect. Respecting human life and the dignity of each person to reach their potential is another. Two workshops at the Women's Ministry Conference will reach into our hearts to discover the bounty within to share God's abundant economy with friends of other faiths and with all on our Earth.

Reaching Out to God's Other Children, A Workshop for Interfaith Outreach
Madeleine Trichel former Director of the Interreligious Center for Peace in Columbus will lead this insightful program.

God's Bounty in the Celtic Tradition
We will learn about Celtic Spirituality from the Rev. Eileen O'Reilly, Rector, All Saints, Cincinnati.

Our keynote speaker:
Katie B. Moose, author, God's Bounty: 365 Days of Inspirational Cooking
 
Moose's book pairs Biblical passages, favorite hymns, and inspirational writing with a recipe for each day of the year. The author combines memories of family, friends, acquaintances, and those who had a powerful effect on her life with each passage. Every aspect of life from birth, marriage and to death, the hills and valleys in between, are all covered. The book is unique in that it combines religious writing with a recipe. Moose's talk is entitled "Living a Healthy, Holy Life with Biblical Food, Herbs and Spices."

Cost for the conference is $20. The deadline to register is October 1. Click here to register for the conference. For more information, download a conference brochure here or contact Kathy Mank at kathymank@gmail.com. 

Church of the Advent hosts One City, One Symphony

One City, One Symphony is the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's community-wide project that brings us together through music. By connecting music the CSO performs at Music Hall to themes relevant to each of us in our everyday lives, One City, One Symphony inspires us, provokes our thinking and celebrates our shared humanity. Amplified by the enthusiasm of dozens of community partners, One City, One Symphony has inspired people and created community conversation since its debut in 2012.

The Music of Freedom
This year's One City, One Symphony concerts being held November 13-14 at Music Hall, center on the theme of freedom, featuring a new CSO commission of three short works that set selections of Dr. Maya Angelou's poetry to music, a particularly befitting tribute to this warrior for peace, justice, and love, and Dvořák's New World Symphony, one of the most beloved symphonies of all time. This celebration of freedom and American music coincides with the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment.
Poetry poster
Listening Party
To take place in October and November, these parties are held at various venues and offer the community an opportunity to listen to recorded examples of orchestral works, and to delve into the historical and social context of the music. Parties for 2015 will discuss the theme of freedom as it relates to the music. (Please note - these events are not concerts.) A Listening Party will be held at Church of the Advent, Cincinnati, on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Church of the Advent is located at 2366 Kemper Lane in Cincinnati. Call 513.961.2100 for more information.

Poetry Contest
Seeking to engage the community in discussion around One City, One Symphony and the theme of freedom, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with support from the Haile U.S. Bank Foundation, is holding a poetry contest. The original poem submissions will be responses to the question, "What does freedom mean to you?"

This poetry contest is open to legal residents of the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana enrolled in grades 9-12 or adults age 18 or older at time of entry.

For entrants seeking inspiration for their writing, the CSO recommends reading the three poems by Dr. Maya Angelou being used in the CSO commissioned works at One City, One Symphony. Those poems by Dr. Maya Angelou are Forgive, Equality, and Elegy. The CSO also recommends listening to Antonín Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 From the New World. This recommended reading and listening is merely a suggestion and is not a requirement of entrants and will not be taken into consideration during the judging of submissions.

For more information about One City, One Symphony visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity 


Campus Min Retreat


St. Philip flyer
Consider the Lilies: Campus Ministry Retreat
Oct. 23-25
Hocking Hills
More information and register at www.praxiscommunities.org  

A Taste with St. Philip
Saturday, Oct. 24
Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr. in Grove City

Craft Show

The Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia will host a community craft show on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. 

Crafters who are interested in participating should call the church at 513.753.4115. We are charging $20 for a space that will include a 6-foot table. If you bring your own table, we will only charge $15. 

Baked goods, soup, sandwiches and beverages will also be available for purchase during the sale.

Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd. in Amelia.

Holy Spirit
Organ
Forgiveness and Reconciliation: How to forgive others and receive forgiveness
 
October 23-24
Common Grounds

Looking for spiritual refreshment, in a beautiful atmosphere, close to home? Then consider an overnight retreat sponsored by Christ Church, Ironton, at Common Grounds in Vinton, Ohio to learn more about forgiveness, restoration and reconciliation. Common Grounds is a restored property of late 1800s Americana, nestled in the beautiful hills of southeastern Ohio in Gallia County Ohio. It is an easy drive from Portsmouth, Ironton or Gallipolis.

Cost for the retreat is $50 a person and includes lodging, dinner, continental breakfast and lunch. Double and twin beds. Retreat limited to 20 people. To register, call 740.285.4090 by October 14. Cash or checks made payable to Christ Episcopal Church. Please note any food allergies or special needs. 


Download a flyer and list of retreat leaders here

Fisk Organ Dedication Evensong and Recital

Christ Church Glendale
965 Forest Ave.
Glendale, OH 45246
 
October 25, 2015
5 p.m.
   
Please join the Christ Church Glendale community as we celebrate with great joy the dedication of the new C.B. Fisk organ, opus 146, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Christ Church Glendale.  The service will include music by the Adult and Girls' Choirs, as well as a recital by Organist-Director of Music Bryan Mock.
 
The service will be followed by a festive reception in All Saints' Hall.  Childcare will be available.
 
For more information, please call 513.771.1544 or visit www.christchurchglendale.org


Job opportunities
Chief Financial Officer
The Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) is actively seeking to recruit its next Chief Financial Officer. The position will report directly to the bishop of the Diocese of Texas and will provide executive oversight and stewardship of the financial resources of the diocese. 

Responsibilities include accounting, treasury and oversight for the investment portfolio. In addition, the CFO will serve as an integral member of the Episcopal Health Foundation executive team. The CFO will be a person of unquestioned integrity and will demonstrate the ability to understand and lead an interwoven, complex diocesan financial system. S/he must be a visionary and strategic thought partner who can help develop synchronicity and creativity in the use of diocesan resources to drive the mission of evangelism and service. This position requires personal interaction skills to facilitate work with people, churches, and other non-profit institutions. The willingness to maintain a heavy and irregular schedule of meetings and travel is required.  Interested parties should contact Doug Orr at douglas.orr@russellreynolds.com.

Social Media Coordinator
Forward Movement is seeking a full-time Social Media Coordinator to support our efforts to share our work and our products with the church and with the world. Our mission is to inspire disciples and empower evangelists and we do this by providing quality resources for spiritual growth and encouragement. Forward Day by Day, a quarterly devotional with a circulation of 300,000, is our flagship offering. The Social Media Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining and growing our social media presence across our varied platforms and channels. The ideal candidate will have some combination of skill and experience with digital media, marketing, communications, and writing. We seek a dedicated, fun, team-spirited individual with an understanding of how to achieve aggressive growth on our social media channels. See more

Marketing Assistant
Forward Movement is seeking a part-time Marketing Assistant to support our efforts to share our work and our products with the church and with the world. The Marketing Assistant will assist in marketing operations by compiling information, researching, reporting, and communicating with our constituency about our work and mission. The ideal candidate will have some combination of skill and experience with promotional writing, website updates, social media platforms, compiling reports, and other administrative tasks. Print, online, and multi-media channels will be used. We seek a detail-oriented, team-spirited individual with experience in communications and/or marketing. See more 

Youth Director
The Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church is seeking a Youth Director to continue and grow our existing youth program. We are seeking someone who is passionate about youth and the issues that they face, being able to relate to them whether in the classroom, on a mission trip, in times of struggle as well as celebration.  We are seeking someone who can engage them, who can encourage them to participate in the life of the church, and who can walk with them in their journey of faith. This is a part-time job which pays competitively.
A full job description can be found on the Indian Hill Church web site at http://www.indianhillchurch.org/job-openings
Interested candidates can submit any questions or their resume to ydirectorsearch@indianhillchurch.org
Or via standard mail at:
Youth Director Search Committee
Indian Hill Church
6000 Drake Rd.
Cincinnati, OH. 45243

Director of Music/Organist
St. Andrew's, Cincinnati is hiring a part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) permanent or interim Director of Music/Organist. Responsibilities include directing and rehearsing the Chancel Choir, meeting with the rector to select music for Sunday services, playing organ for Sunday services (1 weekly) and other special services as needed (Christmas Eve, etc.)
To apply or for more information, please contact Fr. John Agbaje at 513.531.4337 or via email at standrewcin@fuse.net

Youth Minister
Part-time Youth Minister opening at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Hillsboro OH. Prefer someone who is familiar with the Episcopal Church and loves kids! Training for Youth activities available. Apartment available as part of the package. Contact the Rev. Judi Wiley at revjudi.wiley@gmail.com or 937.205.4292.

Connections Deadlines
Didn't see any news about your congregation here? Submit your news! The deadline for each weekly e-Connections is every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

The deadline for Connections, the bi-monthy publication of the diocese, is every other month on the last day of the month:   
 
Jan 31 (Feb/Mar issue)
Mar 31 (Apr/May)
May 31 (Jun/Jul)
July 31 (Aug/Sep)
Sept 30* (Oct/Nov)
Nov 30 (Dec/Jan) 
 
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*convention issue. Deadline may be changed in order to have all convention materials available for pre-convention meetings.
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