June 15, 2021
Bishop Transition
June clergy and laity Zoom gatherings with the bishops
Bishop Price has invited our provisional bishop nominee, the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, to join us on our June calls for a first meeting with our DSO family. The schedule and registration information for these calls is as follows:

Register for any of these gatherings by clicking on the dates above. After you register, you will receive information for doing the call.
Save the date!

An in-person meet and greet with Bishop Smith will be held on July 10. Watch for more information!
News from the diocese
Electronic monthly Mission Share payments now available
money transfer
For the past year, the diocesan Finance Office has been working on implementing an electronic pay option for our churches to remit their monthly mission share. We are rolling it out this month.

Congregations may begin to submit their mission share payment through an online portal with our financial accounting software company, Shelby. The DSO is making this change in response to parish requests for online payment option and because we believe the electronic system is more efficient and will reduce staff time to record the payments.

Bonding of parish treasurers and other officers who handle church funds
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Recently, a congregation raised a question whether its Treasurer was required to be “bonded” in accordance with Episcopal Church and Diocesan Canons. Diocesan Canons state that treasurers and other officers of a church parish, mission or other institution be “bonded” according to Episcopal Church Canons. Episcopal Church Canons require that treasurers be “adequately bonded.”

Energy Efficiency Grant program - learn more at webinar June 25
We are happy to announce that the Trustees of the Diocese, responding to the new Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force, have allocated grants of up to $10,000 for energy efficiency and solar projects at parishes as well as low interest loans of up to $10,000. This program, administered by the Task Force through the Trustees of the Church Foundation, will be for projects between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. There will be a special webinar on Friday, June 25 at noon explaining the program and how to apply. Register here.
Ordination pics, video
Video of the deacon ordination service held June 12 is available for viewing on the video page of our website. You can also view pictures of the service (including the fire alarm building evacuation!) on our diocesan Flickr page.
Christ Church Cathedral calls the Rev. Owen C. Thompson as next dean
Owen Thompson
Upon the recommendation of the dean search committee, last evening the vestry of Christ Church Cathedral unanimously elected the Rev. Owen C. Thompson as the next dean. The appointment was also affirmed by Bishop Kenneth L Price, Jr.
If he looks kind of familiar, Thompson is the son of late Russelle Cross Thompson and the late Rt. Rev. Herbert Thompson Jr., the eighth Bishop of Southern Ohio. He was ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral in 2003 and has spent the last eighteen years in parish ministry in the Dioceses of Long Island and New York. He currently serves as Rector of Grace Church, Nyack. Thompson will begin his ministry at Christ Church Cathedral in early September.

Coming up on the calendar
Meetings, events, etc.

16-19 - Family Camp 1
19 - Community of Deacons, 11 a.m.
20-26 - Senior High Camp
23 - Clergy Zoom gathering with bishops, 1:30 p.m.
24 - Clergy Zoom gathering with bishops, 10 a.m.
25 - Campus Ministry grant deadline
25 - Energy Efficiency Grant program webinar, 12 p.m.
29 - Open Zoom gathering with bishops, 6:30 p.m.
30 - July3 - Family Camp 2


5 - Independence Day (observed), diocesan offices closed
5-9 - Youth Camp 1
8-11 - Family Camp 3
10 - Meet & Greet with Bishop Smith, TBA
12-16 - Youth Camp 2
15-18 - Family Camp 4
17 - Special Session of 146th Convention, 9 a.m.

Episcopal Visitations

20 - Grace Church, Pomeroy (Price)
27 - St. Luke's, Marietta (Price)


11 – Trinity, London (Price)
18 – Trinity, Columbus (Price)
25 – Christ Church Cathedral (Price)
Becoming Beloved Community
Community news
Faith Communities Go Green invites you to two GO-PLASTIC-FREE events
Event ONE: 
Free Webinar on Single Use Plastic (SUP)
June, 29 at 7p.m.

- Learn 7 lifestyle changes to reduce your need for plastic 
- Learn 10 substitutes for plastic packaging
- Learn what plastics can be recycled and what cannot
- Educate yourself further and 
- Multiply your efforts by becoming involved

Event TWO: 

Our team will be one of several hundred teams from all over the world competing to see who can make the biggest impact in reducing their plastics usage.

Join and help our EcoChallenge Team 
win the July 2021 competition!
Learn more and become a member of our 
Plastics Challenge Team.

These two events are organized by the Education / Lifestyle Working Group of Faith Communities Go Green.Membership is free and open to everyone.Visit our webpage for more information, https://greenumbrella.org/faith/

Join our team, sign up for our events and complete our survey.Together, let’s create a plastic free world!
June is Pride Month
Pride flag
Most Pride activities were held virtually or shelved in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while 2021 is seeing a return to "sort of" normal, not all communities will be holding their usual Pride activities. Here is a list of some Pride activities in our communities so that Episcopalians can show up and support our LBGTIQ+ Community.

Columbus will not hold any in-person Pride events this year, but Stonewall Columbus will hold a virtual Pride March on Saturday, June 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. You can learn more about it here.

Equality Springfield is organizing the 2021 Pride event for Saturday, June 26 from noon to 4 p.m. Details are not yet all announced, but you can keep up with the latest information here.

Cincinnati will not be holding a parade or festival in-person this year, but a Pride Market featuring LGBTQ-owned and affirming businesses will be held on Sunday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Park in downtown Cincinnati. You can learn more about the Pride Market here.
Glimpses of Hamilton Pride

Hamilton held its inaugural Pride celebration June 5. Here's a few pics of the Episcopal Church presence at the event.
Connecting with Procter Center
Connecting with our cathedral
Repeat announcements
Campus Ministry Grants
Campus Ministry grants for the 2021-22 program year are due no later than June 25, 2021. The grant application can be found on the diocesan website under Financial Assistance.

All those who receive Campus Ministry grant funds are required to participate in the Campus Ministry Collaborative, which consists of representatives of the campus ministries in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The Collaborative meets once a year in person at Procter Center and additional times via video conference. If you are applying for the first time, you will be asked to join the video conference meeting on July 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. to discuss your grant request and listen to the others.

Direct questions to the Rev. Deborah Woolsey at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.
Reopening graphic
CoCL grants can help with your 'new normal'
Did you have some amazing plans for reaching out into your local community to share the loving message of Jesus Christ and the mission of the Episcopal Church?  In the midst of COVID did you have some great new ideas to try once COVID ended?  Are you coming out of COVID with new ideas for ministry?  

If you answered “yes” to any or one of these questions, then the Commission on Congregational Life may be of help. The Grant application for CoCL New Ministry Grants can be found here.

Also – if you have any questions or want to discuss your idea(s) please feel free to reach out to Fr. Seth Wymer, CoCL chair, at rector@stjohnlancaster.org.
Join the 2021 PIMIL virtual fundraising

The PIMIL Council made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person luncheon again this year. Instead, we will hold another virtual activity on July 17. Here's how you can help PIMIL reach its fundraising goal and get a tasty Liberian recipe too!

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