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141st Annual Convention
of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

Nov. 13-14, 2015
Dayton Convention Center 

Registration is now open!
October 6, 2015
What's new this week
Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal's sermon to Christ Episcopal Church, Ironton on Sunday October 4, 2015.
Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal's sermon to Christ Church, Ironton,
 on Sunday October 4, 2015

Bishop Breidenthal travels around the diocese visiting congregations each week, and now you can go along! The communications department will be traveling to one congregation each month with the bishop, capturing his sermons and teaching moments along the way. This week, you can listen to his sermon delivered at Christ Church, Ironton, on Sunday, Oct. 4. Watch for new posts every few weeks.
Say hello and goodbye to diocesan staff members

First, a welcome to Tammie Vanoss 

The communications department is excited to announce the addition of Tamera (Tammie) Vanoss as Digital Communications and Data Specialist.
Tammie Vanoss
Tammie has spent the last 22 years in the tech business, as a database programmer, software developer and website designer for clients ranging from the Department of Energy to Toyota to Dr. Pepper. She enjoys all aspects of tech design, including graphical work, and tries to impart each project with a clear and concise vision.

"We are so fortunate to have found Tammie. She brings to us an unbelievable resumé that covers an enormous range of technology skills," says David Driesbach, Director of Communications. "But even more impressive than her skills is the passion, care and commitment she brings to the ministry of the church."

Tammie joined the staff in early September and has already taken on overseeing the conversion of the diocesan database, as well as registration for the upcoming annual convention, social media management and some website design. She can be reached at or 800.582.1712 ext. 113.

Tammie lives in Wyoming with her husband, Jon and daughter Geneva, and is a member of Ascension and Holy Trinity in Wyoming. Welcome Tammie!

And now, a goodbye from Amanda Bower:

Amanda Bower
Amanda Bower
After an exhilarating year of ministry with the staff of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, my tenure as Executive Assistant to Bishop Breidenthal will reach its conclusion on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.

Last month, out of the blue, I received a call from a friend at Cincinnati Opera asking if I would consider coming in to chat about a recent opening in their Artistic Department. Despite my insistence that I was quite content in my current role, I nonetheless agreed to the meeting. (A classical singer and music educator by training, I am not inclined to ignore the siren song of full-time work in the arts!)

In the days and conversations that followed, the compatibility of this role with my gifts and skills became increasingly apparent, and two weeks ago I accepted the position of Artistic Services Manager at Cincinnati Opera.

It has been such a joy and privilege to work alongside Bishop Breidenthal and the diocesan staff this past year. For this and for the opportunity to connect and collaborate with so many of you, I will forever be grateful.

Thank you ahead of time for your patience with our office during this time of transition.

Upcoming events
Oct 10: Worship Leader Training (Part 1)
Oct 17: Safe Church training (Glendale)

Road closing affects Procter accessibility

Road work between Procter Center and London will cause a closure of State Route 38 Oct. 7-14. This closure may affect direct access to Procter for people traveling to the center from the North.

People traveling to Procter via I-71 North or South to State Route 38 will not be affected. Those who travel to Procter via London to State Route 38 will need to find an alternate route during the road closure. (State Route 41 S to State Route 323 will take you into Midway - turn left at the light.) 

For further assistance, call the Procter Center at 740.206.2036.
Educational webinar examines global refugee crisis

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will present a 90 minute webinar on Thursday, October 15, focusing on the global refugee crisis, U.S. resettlement and how Episcopalians can be involved in this ministry of welcome. Presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Public Policy Network, the live webinar will begin at 8 pm Eastern.
For more than 75 years, The Episcopal Church has welcomed refugees to the United States, helping them find safety, security and new lives as American citizens. Now, with at least 60 million people displaced from their homes and lives, the global community is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.

"We are all witnesses to this massive human suffering," noted Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission. "As Episcopalians in the United States, we are called ever more deeply into responding to this tragedy by engaging the life-saving ministry of refugee resettlement."

Lately, the media has been dominated by photos, videos and stories of Syrian refugees fleeing war and seeking asylum in Europe. But the violence in Syria is just one of the ongoing conflicts underlying one the largest migrations in human history. Decades of war and violence in places like Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Myanmar have forced citizens to flee and prevented their ability to return home.

"Episcopalians from across the church have been reaching out to us on a daily basis asking how they can be involved in mission and advocacy that supports refugees," Deborah Stein, Episcopal Migration Ministries Director. "We hope that this webinar will inspire individuals, congregations, and dioceses to engage this life-saving work in new ways."

When refugees cannot return home or stay in the country in which they receive asylum, a very small number may be considered for resettlement to a third country like the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway, among others.

Leading the webinar will be: Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relations and Engagement; Lacy Broemel, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's Office of Government Relations Manager for Online Communications and Operations; Patricia Kisare, Legislative Representative for International Affairs, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Jen Smyers, Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy, Church World Service.

Pre-registration is required.  Register for the webinar here.
The webinar will be available on-demand following the event.

For more information contact Duvall at

Appalachian Ministry Small Grants

Episcopal Appalachian Ministries offers small grants through funding made available from the Episcopal Church General Convention.  These grants are in place to help enable new or start-up ministries with the "seed money" needed in establishing a new ministry. The money is granted for specific needs at the grass-roots level.

The deadline for the Fall grant period is fast approaching!  Please apply by October 31 for this opportunity.

Size of Grants: Grants usually range in size from $500 to $2,000.

* Grants are made to diocesan, parish, or community-based organizations that are within the Appalachian region or serve Appalachian people.
* Organizations or individuals applying for grants must have a clear connection and/or relationship to the Episcopal Church.
* These organizations must serve communities in the Appalachian region or urban Appalachian communities outside the region.
* 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.
Application Process (new guidelines)
* Applications must be submitted through the local diocese and be approved and endorsed by the bishop of the diocese. (The bishop of the diocese may appoint a committee for this process at his or her discretion)
* Each diocese will prioritize the applications received to submit to the EAM Small Grants Selection Committee by the deadlines.
* Each diocese will only be allowed to submit  no more than 2 applications for each grant period (spring and fall, 4 total for the year).
Application Deadlines: 
Applications will be accepted at any time. The Grants Committee usually meets in April and November. Usual project start times are July 1 or January 1. Exceptions will be considered. Applications for April are due March 31. Applications for November consideration are due October 31.

Download Grant Applications Here:

PDF Format (click here)

E-mail your proposal with the subject line, "grant application" to or mail a hard copy to:

The Rev. L. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
Episcopal Appalachian Ministries
5337 Heritage Lane
Kingsport, TN  37664
Fax: 888.395.1262
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Connecting with ... Events around the diocese
First Ladies' Health Initiative Health Fair

St. Andrew's, Evanston, is collaborating with 28 area churches to hold the first annual First Ladies' Family Health Day on Sunday, October 11, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Lee Chapel, located at 2009 Pogue Avenue.  

This initiative will include screenings for asthma, and lung screenings, diabetes, blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, etc. Kudos to First Lady of St. Andrew's Mrs. Bunmi Agbaje and Ambassadors Mrs. Andi O' Malley and Ms. Natalie Hayes for all of their efforts in coordinating. Call 513.531.4337 for more information.

Music Events at St. Thomas, Terrace Park

T Bach Vespers his Sunday, October 11, 5 p.m.
Bach: Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, BWV 77

Bach: BWV 167 

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 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. Click here for a full schedule of services! (Link:

Come as you are'COME AS YOU ARE' Eucharist
Every week at 7 p.m.

Our evening celebration of Eucharist builds on the same liturgical traditions that make the Episcopal church so unique. For this service we are joined by an acoustic trio of musicians who lead a more contemplative style of hymnody and song. Uniquely communal and worshipful, this candlelit service is an ideal way to close (or begin!) your week. Arrive at 6:30 pm for coffee and fellowship.

Taize Monthly, Sundays at 5 p.m. - Next, Nov. 8

Prayerfully unwind after a busy week. Reflective readings and prayers invite moments of meditation as the beautiful songs that make Taizé so unique envelope you. As participational as you would like, Taizé offers a quiet, peaceful atmosphere of worship quite unlike anything else.

Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m.
Combined choirsThe combined choirs of St. Thomas and Church of the Redeemer will present two performances of Gabriel Faure's Requiem in November. On November 1 the hauntingly beautiful setting of the Mass of the Dead will be sung at St. Thomas as part of a Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. One week later, November 8, the choirs will sing the work in a concert offered at Redeemer.

St. Thomas is located at 100 Miami Avenue in Terrace Park. For more information call 513.831.2052 or email

Faure Requiem

Connecting with ... Events at our cathedral
Music Live at Lunch Performances 
Cathedral logo Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the performers listed below in October. These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the cathedral for $5.
October 13 | Collegium Cincinnati
October 20 | Collegium Cincinnati  
October 27 | School House Symphony

Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 East Fourth Street, downtown Cincinnati. For more information, visit  or call 513.621.1817.

Best of the Italian, French, and German Baroque 
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Choir, Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, and student soloists will perform at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m.

This concert features the virtuosic Dixit Dominus composed by the young George Frederic Handel during his sojourn to Italy: Dominus Regnavit, a grand motet of the French Baroque by Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, noted violinist and music director of Paris's first public concert series, the Concert Spirituel; and Magnifcat in D, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for his first Christmas in Leipzig, Germany. 

A grand mix of music! Ticket information: 513.556.4183 or

Christ Church Cathedral Academy 
Please join us for the Cathedral Symposia Series on Mass Incarceration featuring dynamic scholars chosen from Religion, Law, Education, Social Science and Criminal Justice. Wednesdays Oct. 21 - Nov. 18. 

Dinner and Film - 6:30 p.m. More info at Moderators: Merelyn Bates-Mims, PhD; Prince Brown, PhD. RSVP here

Important deadlines
Convention accommodations - Deadline Oct. 14

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
public policy logoCurrent headlines/ topics for conversation:

Public News Service  Fight continues in support of public lands      
Everytown for Gun Safety  Everytown for Gun Safety
Columbus Dispatch   Feds back out on vow to expedite visa process    
Columbus Dispatch  Too many senior women live in poverty   
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights  Who Pays? The True Cost Of Incarceration on Families

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

Tackling disparities

Mark Curnutte and Chara Fisher Jackson of Urban League to speak at MARCC meeting Oct. 14  

The Urban League's The State of Black Cincinnati-Two Cities 2015 documents a continuing gulf between the wellbeing of black and white residents of Cincinnati.Distinguished human rights reporter Mark Curnutte, a principal author of the study, joins Cincinnati Urban League's new executive director to share top finding to equip the faith community to take action to overcome this horrifying reality. The meeting is open to all, and takes place at 12 noon in the undercroft of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 West Eighth Street, Cincinnati.There are plenty of meters which accept credit cards around the Cathedral.  Please enter by the door farthest west, near Central Avenue. Tea and coffee provided - bring your lunch.  

For more information about the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, the city's only interfaith coalition, visit or call 513.721.4843.

Community discussion on global sustainability

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the first cardinal from Ghana, will visit Ohio State's Columbus campus for a community discussion on global sustainability. Turkson's talk is set for Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St., and will be followed by a fireside chat with OSU President Michael Drake.

This event is open to the public but tickets are required to attend. Tickets can be reserved online at

Respected around the world as a Scripture scholar, an advocate for the poor and disenfranchised in the developing world, and as a spokesperson for protecting the environment as a matter of social justice, Turkson has long made news with his comments that link ecology and human life. Turkson has become the face of climate change at the Vatican, having led the drafting process of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, presented at the Vatican conference on climate change on April 28, and introduced the encyclical during a June 18 news conference.

The purpose of Encyclical Letter Laudato Si, as the document is entitled, is to elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment and to highlight the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people. The encyclical calls for renewed and urgent action and honest dialogue about our environment, both social and ecological.

Turkson's visit to Ohio State is part of a four-day stay in Columbus. In addition to speaking to students, faculty and the central Ohio community on Nov. 2, the Cardinal will also address the faith community during a conference organized by the Diocese of Columbus on Oct. 31, and hold Mass at a local parish on Nov. 1.

Ohio State strives to educate its students to become global citizens, and recognizes its ongoing and evolving need to contribute to progress in the creation, dissemination and assimilation of knowledge of economic, environmental and social sustainability as essential aspects of intellectual growth and development. Cardinal Turkson's visit will deepen the university conversation about sustainability, morality, politics and society, by raising awareness and understanding of this important statement of Catholic environmental teaching that has become a topic of conversations worldwide.

Turkson's visit to Ohio State is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Energy and Environment, Humanities Institute, St. Thomas More Newman Center, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and additional partners and student organizations. For more information, visit:

Peoples Platform for Preschool Promise

The AMOS Project is a federation of congregations in Greater Cincinnati dedicated to promoting justice and improving the quality of life for all residents. AMOS develops the leadership skills of low-income and working people to be active in public life and is committed to work tirelessly to put our faith into action to turn around our disgraceful childhood poverty rates.

Troubled by a devastating report by the Urban League that demonstrates the vast racial disparities that plague our region, AMOS is currently preparing for a ballot initiative in 2016 and mobilizing faith and families to develop a Peoples Platform for Preschool Promise that is committed to three key tenets:
  1. Access to High Quality Preschool for Every Three and Four Year Old in Hamilton County
  2. Racial Equity 
  3. Economic Fairness 
We are excited to announce that we will have a public meeting focused on our Preschool Peoples Platform on Thursday Evening, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Tryed Stone New Beginning Church, 5550 Reading Road. You can register to attend at Preschool Peoples Platform or
Also please spread the word by sharing our event page on Facebook at Preschool Peoples Platform or


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 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 
or at 800.582.1712 ext. 110.

Repeat announcements 
NAC flyer

Labyrinth flyer

Native American Ministry Workshop
Indian Boarding Schools: History, Historical Trauma and Healing
Saturday, Oct. 10
Christ Church Cathedral
The Total Labyrinth Experience
Saturday, Oct. 10
Procter Center
Click here for full size flyer

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
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 School Open House
Saturday, Oct. 10
Bethany SchoolBethany flyer

Contact information:
       Jane Terrill  513.871.6654 or
       Church of the Advent 513.961.2100 ask for Cathy

More information at 

Franklinton Gardens needs your vote!
Franklinton GardensFranklinton 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 person gets 6 votes per day, so your vote goes a long way!

One Voice for El Hogar

Sunday, Oct. 18
Christ Church, Glendale
El Hogar flyer

Learn more at

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

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 

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
Campus Min Retreat

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

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
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

Job opportunities
Chief of Finance and Operations
The Episcopal Diocese of New York ( seeks a new Chief of Finance and Operations. Working very closely with Bishop Dietsche, this individual will oversee the financial and operational affairs of the diocese, with a staff of 15, and will serve on several diocesan committees. She/he will also spend considerable time working with local parishes. 

The successful candidate must fully embrace the mission of the diocese and enthusiastically work in harmony with multiple stakeholders within the distinctive culture of the church. In addition to strong general management and technical financial skills, she/he must be a collaborative leader with a compassionate, empathetic and patient nature.

Please contact the search committee at if you would like more information, to submit suggestions of people who could fill the role, or to apply yourself.

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

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
Interested candidates can submit any questions or their resume to
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

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 or 937.205.4292.

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