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Parochial Report deadline March 1

Just a gentle reminder that the deadline to file Parochial Reports is March 1. By canon, failure to file the reports by the deadline results in that congregation’s lay delegation losing its vote at convention. 

Everything you need to file your report can be found at http://diosohio.org/finance/parochial-reports/
Safety handout helps prepare for active shooter

A new safety handout, Be Prepared for an Active Shooter , is available for downloading on the diocesan website. The handout includes helpful information from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Microsoft 365 available to congregations

Congregations in the diocese can now get up to five licenses for Microsoft 365 at no cost, thanks to a collaborative initiative between Christ Church Cathedral and the bishop's staff.

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Public Policy news alerts for February 27, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS: Ohio Women Lead, March 8; The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) Poverty Simulation, March 16; OTHER TOPICS IN THE NEWS include Death Penalty and Environment.

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Lent Plastic-Free Challenge

The Church of England has produced a Lenten calendar with suggested ways to reduce or eliminate use of plastic products during the Lenten season.

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Free pipe organ available

A ca. 1900 Hinners pipe organ is available free at City of Spires Historical Museum at the former Evangelical Church of Christ in Aurora, Indiana. A description, assessment, and specifications are available for anyone who is interested. Although the organ is free, the estimated cost of moving and rebuilding the instrument is $50,000. Interested parties should contact Jim Waldon at (812) 584-7883 or (812) 926-0944.
A Celebration of Latin American Music

Holy Trinity, Oxford, will present  A Celebration of Latin American Music  on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. A reception at the church will follow the concert.

The program features the Misa Criolla, by Ariel Ramirez, performed by the Holy Trinity Church Choir, William Bausano, choir director, and guest instrumentalists. The concert also includes solo performances by Thomas Garcia, guitar, Phillip Roberts, organ, and Holy Trinity’s Choral Scholars. A free will offering will be taken at the door. 

The church is located at 25 E. Walnut Street in Oxford.
Music That Makes Community and the African-American Music Tradition

St. Simon’s, Lincoln Heights, is excited to invite  Music That Makes Community  to return to the Cincinnati area twice this year to share paperless music and leadership practices rooted in African and African-American musical traditions! We are thrilled to host this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song.

Introduction to paperless worship and call & response music rooted in African and African-American musical traditions. Cost: $25

This workshop will include music and storytelling to open us up to the work of truth telling and reconciliation because music and story have a way of connecting us beyond our fears and differences.Cost: $250

Contact St. Simon’s to register at  stsimonsoffice@fuse.net or call 513.771.4828.
2019 Lenten offerings and resources are now available on the DSOConnections home page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for listings.
Beloved Community: The Heart of Christianity; Lenten series at Christ Church Cathedral. Wednesdays, March 20 & 27 and April 3, 6:05 p.m.

The Path of Descent as the Path of Transformation; Lenten retreat at St. John's, Worthington. March 29-30.

A "Rediscovery" of the Sermon on the Mount; Lenten retreat at Christ Church Cathedral. Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.

Submit your Lenten offerings for publication here
The Big Read

The reading schedule for this week is Acts chapters 10-12. You can see the entire schedule with links to each day's reading both in English and in Spanish at dsobeloved.org/big-read-home/

You can also read blog posts to accompany each reading at dsobeloved.org/blog/ .
Luke/Acts Colloquium

Join us on April 27 as we end the Luke/Acts Big Read with a day of brilliant scholarship, calls to action, and articulations of hope for our life as a diocese and the life of the world.

2019 Convocation: Becoming Beloved Community Together
On May 11, our diocese will have the opportunity to come together in fellowship for a day-long celebration of our Becoming Beloved Community vision at  Convocation 2019: Becoming Beloved Community Together .

This  free   intergenerational day of celebration will invite us to respond to the call to follow Jesus and seek ways to discover the image of God in all our neighbors. This gathering will be an opportunity to spend time building relationships and learning how to work toward Beloved Community in your parish and community. 

From the calendar

Feb 27: Cincinnati area clergy luncheon
Feb 28: East area clergy luncheon
Mar 1: Deadline to file Parochial Reports
Mar 7: Trustees meeting
Mar 9: Anti-Racism training
Mar 9: Lay Worship Leader training
Episcopal visitations

Mar 3
St. Philip's, Columbus (Price)
Mar 10
St. Peter's, Delaware (Price)
Mar 17
St. Patrick's, Dublin (Price)
Grace Church, Cincinnati (Rivera)
Have you seen our new & improved events calendar featuring both diocesan and locally sponsored events? Check it out at http://www.dsoconnections.org/calendar/
Community grants available

The Community Grants Committee of the Christ Church Cathedral provides grants to community non-profits that support important missional work. For some time, the Committee has given grants to Cincinnati area non-profits.The Committee has now decided to explore making grants to community non-profits in other areas of the diocese by partnering with churches in the diocese who may seek to support non-profits in their communities. 

Details can be found on the Outreach tab at the Cathedral web site,  https://cincinnaticathedral.com/ . Applications for this round of funding will be accepted Feb. 1 - March 31, 2019.
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Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch is Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series. Free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the cathedral.

Mar 5 : Lagniappe: Traditional Mardi Gras Jazz
Mar 12 : Consort in the Egg: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music
Mar 19 : The Southbank Quartet: Music for strings 
Mar 26 : Kirsten Homdrom: Piano music from four continents
Giulio Francesco Togni
Giulio Francesco Togni Organ Recital

Friday, March 1
7:30 p.m .

Italian organist and harpsichordist Giulio Francesco Togni will perform a recital on C. B. Fisk’s Opus 148 in Christ Church Cathedral’s Centennial Chapel. The program will include music of Italian composers Pasquini, Frescobaldi, Rossi, Storace, and Corelli.

No admission charge.

Choral Evensong

Sunday, March 3
5 p.m.

Featuring Christ Church Cathedral Choir and the Choir of Ascension and Holy Trinity, Wyoming

Canticles:  Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Evening Service, Z. 231) – Henry Purcell
Anthem :  O Sing unto the Lord, Z. 44 – Henry Purcell

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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street (corner of Fourth and Sycamore) in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, call (513) 621.1817 or visit cincinnaticathedral.org.
Connecting with Procter Center
Take the plunge! Camp registration is now open
Summer is around the corner and many of you are planning out camps, daycare and vacation. Register now to save your spot at Procter Summer Camp in 2019!

Procter has Youth Camps for children entering 3-12th grades, and intergenerational Family Camps for all ages. Family Camps are open to groups of friends, couples, single folks, and non traditional families. If camp seems out of reach financially, take a look at our website for details about campership. We always make a camp experience possible, regardless of a family’s financial situation. Find out more about our program, campership, and register through our website: proctercenter.org/camp .
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Procter Center is located at 11235 State Route 38 SE in London, Ohio. For more information, call (740)206.2036 or visit proctercenter.org
2019 Annual Reporting for congregations
The information you provide on your Parochial Report is just the beginning of what your diocesan staff needs to know in order to help you more efficiently.

Each year, congregations should also fill out an Annual Reporting Form for the diocese immediately after holding their Annual Meeting. This newly updated form provides the staff with current information regarding office contact information, lay leadership, ministry leaders, facilities information, human resources, financial information and more.

The deadline to fill out the Annual Reporting Form is April 1 . The form can be accessed on the diocesan website under Resources for Congregations , or at this direct link.

Upcoming events
Lay positions

Bethany School

Bethany School

Bethany School

The Episcopal Church Center

Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park
Clergy positions

St. Paul's, Greenville

St. John's, Lancaster/St. Paul's, Logan

St. Andrew's Episcopal/Good Shepherd Lutheran, Washington CH

St. Luke's, Granville
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