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May 26, 2020
The program was more than slightly derailed in March, when stay at home orders arising from the COVID-19 pandemic prevented anyone from traveling and our church buildings closed to in-person gathering. But one exciting lesson learned during the pandemic is that our opportunities to connect have actually greatly increased during this time of isolation by using modern technology. Congregations that never could have imagined offering live-streaming of their worship are now offering services multiple times per week. Bible study, book clubs, and the work of ministries, committees and commissions has moved forward by using Zoom or other online meeting platforms. Phone conferencing has bridged gaps where online meeting is challenging.

The time commitment once needed to travel to and connect with another congregation has been virtually eliminated, and some congregations are using creative ways to connect with others online. You can read some of their stories on our Connect the Dots website,  dsoconnectthedots.org . This is the perfect opportunity to participate in worship with another community. Don’t have a youth group? There are plenty that are getting together virtually, and this is the perfect time to reach out to other youth to join. Looking for a Bible study? There are several going on at different times and days through the week. The possibilities for connection are endless!

Send your opportunities to  communication@diosohio.org  and we will post them in  e-Connections  or at  dsoconnectthedots.org . Looking for an opportunity? We can post those as well. A grid of Sunday and weekday online worship opportunities is available on our  COVID-19 resource page  on our updated website. Click on the name of the congregation to go to their online worship.
Once you have connected with another congregation, make sure to send us a “virtual postcard” about your time together. You can find the form at  http://dsoconnectthedots.org/postcard/ . We hope that this additional time will spark your creativity in ways to connect, and we look forward to reading your stories!
Zoom requiring updates by May 30
Starting May 30, all Zoom clients will be required  to update to version 5.0 - you will not be allowed to join a meeting unless you have upgraded.

For those whose churches worship via Zoom, make sure to do this update in advance of May 31 worship services or you will be unable to log-in to your service.

iOS users (iPad/iPhone):  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id546505307

If you are unsure whether you need to update or not, ySt James siou can find the version of Zoom you are using by logging in to Zoom, clicking on your profile picture (upper right), scrolling down to Help, and then clicking on About Zoom.
PPP loan forgiveness application now available
The Small Business Administration has released the  application for forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program loans. They appear to have addressed (favorably) questions around timing of payrolls within the eight-week period via two means, first by using the language “eligible payroll costs incurred or paid” and second by providing for an “Alternative Payroll Covered Period.” There is also a definition of what is considered a business utility in the application.
You can read the SBA’s press release about the application  here . The link to the application is also available on our COVID-19 resource page .
Keep calm and read - Online Summer book club
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Looking for a good book to read and people with whom to discuss it? Join Cathedral Canon Paul Williams and Diocesan Canon Lee Anne Reat for a series of book studies this summer. We will meet once a month, May through August via Zoom to discuss popular books.

Our first book will be  This Tender Land  by William Kent Krueger. Four orphans escape from a home for Native American children in 1932 Minnesota in a canoe, looking for home. Full of interesting characters, the book explores matter of family and faith. The story is describes as part  Huckleberry Finn , part  Grapes of Wrath .

Participants must register online at  https://dsoepiscopal.org/online-book-club . You will then be invited to join the Zoom discussion on May 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Creation Care in Province V
All those who are interested in and committed to ministries that focus on God's Creation are invited to join the Province V Creation Care Network . Members from all 14 dioceses in Province V get together via Zoom on the first Monday of every month to build relationships and share ideas, best practices and resources. 

In June and July we will discuss growing and supporting local food on small and larger scales. For our latest newsletter and information on how to join the June 1 meeting, click here .
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
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Celebrating Graduation resources available from The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church Faith Formation Department’s Office of Youth Ministry and Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries have been collaborating with youth ministers, campus chaplains, and young adult ministers around the church to curate resources, ideas, and liturgies to help celebrate those who are graduating from high school and college.

Available  Celebrating Graduation resources  ( https://lessonplansthatwork.org/celebrating-graduation/ ) include prayers and blessings, service videos and virtual choirs, worship bulletins and scripture, as well as a collection of resources and ideas for celebrating 2020 graduates during this pandemic.


Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action

In the month of June, join The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for  Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action , a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Newcomers contribute greatly to U.S. communities, enriching our common life, strengthening the U.S. economy, and bringing joy as they join and reunite with families and friends. And yet, immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees face a wide array of challenges, including federal policies and legislation that are outdated and do not address the realities of immigrants in America today. As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, we are called to advocate with and for our siblings seeking safety and a better life in the United States.

June 7-13: Episcopal Action on DACA Week
WEBINAR: June 9, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 14-20: Episcopal Action on Resettlement Week
WEBINAR: June 16, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time

June 21-27: Episcopal Action on Asylum Week
WEBINAR: June 23, 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time 

Participants may choose to attend one or more of the webinars offered. Registration is required. ( https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bOGYsIL1SyO81QoN_RgMtA ).
Connecting with job opportunities
St. Barnabas, Montgomery

Bethany School

Christ Church, Glendale

St. Andrew's, Pickerington
Holy Trinity, Oxford

All Saints, Cincinnati

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 .