{e} Connections
March 30, 2020
Easter videos due April 1
The bishop has invited all clergy as well as wardens in charge of congregations to participate in the Easter service that will be streamed by our cathedral. Congregations can participate by filming a brief (30 seconds or less) Easter message or statement from your congregation that will be shown and heard as part of the Easter service.

You can create the video with whatever equipment you have - a cell phone camera will work as well as any other video recorder. If you've never done anything like this before, our communications department is happy to help you.  Click here  for some basic guidelines on creating your video, and when it is finished, email the video by April 1 to  communication@diosohio.org .

Please note: There is no obligation to participate in the cathedral Easter service. Congregations that have been offering online services should feel free to do so on Easter as well. You can still submit a video even if your congregation will be worshiping together at your regular time. The addition of the videos is simply to create a greater sense of connection through the diocese for any who choose to take part.
New resource for images
Now available: The most requested resource for communicators in  The Episcopal Church .

TECstock is live!  TECstock  is a completely free, community-sourced platform for stock images (and in the future, other media) capturing the life and complexity and diversity of The Episcopal Church. Whether you worship in a gothic-style cathedral, coffee shop, or modern space, we believe that the photos you use should look like, well, your church. This collection of images is from Episcopal churches for Episcopal churches. They are free to download and use for newsletters, slide shows, etc.

And we figured that since everyone is stuck working at home, there might be no more perfect time to go through those folders and hard drives of digital images and pick some of your favorites to add to the repository. And we hope you agree!

Create your account now at  https://tecstock.episcopalchurch.org .

For questions or comments, email  photosupport@episcopalchurch.org .
Bishop's Lenten Series
The final presentation in the bishop's Lenten Series, Whose Property is it Anyway? will be available on-demand beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. A follow-up panel discussion will again be held on Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m.

Video of the previous two presentations and last Sunday's panel discussion can be found at vimeo.com/showcase/cccdsolentenseries or from the link from the home page of the diocesan website.
Financial relief for congregations during pandemic
The diocese is offering several opportunities for financial help to congregations during the pandemic crisis. These include:

  • Mission Share deferment for up to six months
  • Financial assistance to cover payroll, utilities and property insurance
  • Non-interest-bearing loans from William Cooper Procter Fund
  • Church Pension Fund waiver of clergy pension plan assessments
  • Emergency fund for outreach through Episcopal Community Ministries

To apply for any form of this assistance, please use the online form found on our COVID-19 resource page, under Financial Resources.

See a letter from the bishop about financial relief sent to church leaders March 27.
Free videoconference on financial aid for churches
Thursday, April 2
8 a.m. EST

Join  The Living Church ’s  editor Fr. Mark Michael for a conversation with David Heywood about the  $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill (the CARES Act) and ways your church can apply for grants  to help with financial pressures caused by the current crisis. David has nearly forty years of experience as a tax attorney and recently retired as senior tax counsel for Lockheed Martin. He also serves as finance chair for his local Episcopal church.
Only the first 100 people to register the videoconference may participate directly, but it will also be livestreamed on TLC’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CovenantTLC .
Resources added
Several resources have been added to our COVID-19 resource page in the last few days, including several items about financial relief for businesses (including churches) and some tips for planning a Zoom funeral. Make sure to keep checking the resource page diosohio.org/doing-church-during-covid19/ as it is updated frequently.
Re-connecting (repeat announcements, resources, etc.)
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Shield
Deadline extended for Joint Standing Committee nominations

The Episcopal Church   Joint Standing Committee on Nominations  is accepting applications for the following bodies:

Application form and links to job descriptions are available on the General Convention website, https://www.generalconvention.org/nomineeapplication2021 . Applications can be submitted electronically, and for the first time, nominees are able to apply for multiple positions on the same application.
The deadline to submit application has been extended to April 30, 2020. Elections will be held at the 80 th  General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, scheduled for June 30 – July 9, 2021.
For more information, contact the Office of the General Convention at  gcoffice@episcopalchurch.org .
Connecting with our cathedral
All in-person programming at our cathedral is currently suspended. Online worship offerings include Morning Prayer at 8 a.m . and 10 a.m. , and the Noon Service .
Choral Scholars
The cathedral choral scholar program provides Cincinnati area high school students an opportunity to join the Cathedral Choir as apprentices. Successful applicants will receive intensive training in the art of fine choral singing so that they may begin the process of learning to perform at a professional level. They learn a wide range of repertoire, such as works by Tallis, Brahms and Howells, as well as spirituals and music of other cultures. For their efforts, they are compensated with a monthly stipend throughout the academic year. Learn more
Cathedral logo
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
Camp registration

Summer camp registration is now open. Register by April 15 or Bring-a-Friend to get $25 off!

Procter Center Logo
Procter Center is located at 11235 State Route 38E in London, OH. Visit  proctercenter.org  or call (740) 206-2036 to learn more.
Connecting with job opportunities
Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming

Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming

St. Andrew's, Pickerington

Holy Trinity, Oxford

Bethany School

Bethany School
Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming

All Saints, Cincinnati

Diocese of Southern Ohio

St. John's, Worthington

Calvary, Cincinnati

St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights and/or Transfiguration Spirituality Center
See all job opportunities at http://diosohio.org/job-opportunities/
Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org .
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