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December 17, 2019
Presiding Bishop Curry's Christmas Message 2019
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2019.
Important information about filing Parochial Reports

Filing of the 2019 Parochial Report opens January 2, 2020. We have moved our online filing site to a new URL: https://reports.dfms.org. Due to site security and convenience, beginning January 2, you will also be asked to create a new login.

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House of Worship Security Training

Ohio Crime Prevention Association (OCPA) will hold their House of Worship Security Training program on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Loveland Police Department, located at 126 S Lebanon Rd. in Loveland from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Bishop's Advent Series at Christ Church Cathedral
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Theological Reflections on Nationhood

December 4, 11, 18

Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal explores the history of nationalism and the dangers it presents to our society today. In this week's presentation, the bishop will wrap up the series on international law and its Biblical roots ( Dec 18).

The evening will begin with Evening Prayer in Centennial Chapel at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by Compline at 8 p.m. All three programs will be live streamed so that all in the diocese can participate.
Community Advent programs
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Visit our online calendar for more information about any of these community events.

Dec 18: Bishop's Advent Series at Christ Church Cathedral, 7 p.m.

Dec 18: Christmas Presence with Friends of the Groom, at St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 7:30 p.m.

Dec 20: The Longest Night, at St. Anne's, West Chester, 7 p.m.

Dec 20: Longest Night Service, Christ Church, Xenia, 7 p.m.

Dec 21: Lessons and Carols Concert at Christ Church Cathedral, 7 p.m.

Dec 22: Festival of Lessons and Carols, Trinity, Columbus, 4:30 p.m.

Dec 22: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Christ Church Cathedral, 5 p.m. This event will be live streamed

Dec 22: Festival of Lessons and Carols, St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 5 p.m.

Dec 22: Festival of Lessons & Carols, Christ Church, Glendale, 5 p.m.
From the calendar

Dec 20-21: Young Adult Gathering
Dec 24-25: Diocesan office closed
Jan 1: Diocesan office closed
Episcopal visitations

Dec 22: St. James, Westwood (Breidenthal)
Jan 5: Church of the Advent, Cincinnati (Breidenthal)
Grant resources

United Thank Offering Young Adult and Seminarian grants - deadline Feb 7; informational webinar Jan 14 ( more info)

United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants application - deadline March 6; informational webinar Jan 14 ( more info)

Other resources

Finance Resource Guide (Episcopal Church Foundation)
150th Anniversary Celebration
St. Mary's, Waynesville, will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, December 29, with a service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m.
Paulette Strolia-Davis clothed as Novice in Anamchara Fellowship
Sr. Paulette Michael's clothing to the Novitiate of the Anamchara Fellowship was held on December 7, 2019, at St. Anne's, West Chester.

Anamchara is a Gaelic word for soul friend. The Anamchara Fellowship is a religious community that includes lay and clergy, married, partnered and single men and women, whose ministries focus on pastoral care, intercessory prayer and spiritual direction.
Anamchara Fellowship at St Anne's
Anamchara Fellowship at St. Anne's, West Chester, left to right, bottom row: Sr. Kathleen Clare, Novice AF, Sr. Julian, AF, Sr. Kyle Ninian,AF, Sr. Margaret Kentigern, AF, Aspirant Carl Fosnaugh, Back Row Left to Right: Sr. BJ, AF, Sr.Paulette Michael, Novice AF, Sr. Kim Aine, AF
Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live@Lunch
Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch is Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series.

Jan 7 : Michael Chertock (piano)
Jan 14 : The Faux Frenchmen
Jan 21 : Jill Jantzen (piano), Rebecca Culnan (violin)
Jan 28 : Cincinnati Recorder Consort

Live streaming services

If you are not able to attend services on Christmas Eve, Christ Church Cathedral will be live-streaming Christmas Eve Eucharist at 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on December 24. Click here to view any live streaming events.
An Epiphany Procession

The Christ Church Cathedral choir will perform an Epiphany Procession on Sunday, January 12, at 5 p.m. 

Join us for a service of Scripture, prayer, music, and pageantry that reflects on the three Epiphany mysteries: the revelation of the Christ child to the Magi, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, and the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. A Pre-service oboe recital performed by Jacob Martin will begin at 4:30 p.m. This event will also be live streamed .

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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. Visit cincinnaticathedral.com or call (513) 621-1817 to learn more.
Connecting with Procter Center
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Winter Family Camp

December 27-29

Join us after the busy holiday season for time to relax and unwind. Families can look forward to planned activities as well as free time. Bring warm clothes so we can go outside and play. And bring your friends as this is a great time to introduce new folks to Procter!

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Procter Center is located at 11235 State Route 38E in London, OH. Visit proctercenter.org or call (740) 206-2036 to learn more
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Notices from The Episcopal Church
Press releases from Office of Public Affairs

A new website, EpiscopalCommonPrayer.org ,  provides Episcopalians with opportunities to participate in the liturgical revision called for by Resolution A068 of the 2018 General Convention. The site is available in English and Spanish.
Developed by the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, the website includes draft documents that outline plans and principles to guide work on new liturgical texts. It also serves as a clearinghouse of all liturgies already approved for use by General Convention.


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The Bishop's Staff wishes you and yours a blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year!

e-Connections will resume on January 7, 2020.
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