{e} Connections
May 5, 2020
Today in e-Connections, we are highlighting a story below that is just an example of the kinds of stories you will find on our new website in the Stories section. Watch for the announcement about the launch of the website and look for the logo above to find this exciting new offering!
Connecting the Dots
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One way that we've been asking people to share their stories over the last several months has been through our Connect the Dots initiative, a program encouraging Episcopalians to visit other congregations throughout the diocese and tell a story about what they learned.

The program was a bit derailed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are plenty of other ways to connect with other congregations even while physically distancing. You can "attend" an online service, or help out with another congregation's feeding ministry (with proper restrictions, of course), or set up a Zoom meeting with a few people from another congregation to share your coronavirus stories. Any way you do it, we're all in this pandemic thing together and connecting the dots around the diocese is a win-win for all involved.

Speaking of winning, the time for sharing stories to enter the drawing for a $1,000 prize for your church's outreach ministry is soon coming to an end – the deadline is May 30! So get those stories in ASAP. Submit a "virtual postcard" of your visit at http://dsoconnectthedots.org/postcard/.
Happy 1/2 Hour with the Rabbi
After last week's popular offering, Bishop Breidenthal is back with Rabbi Abie Ingber for this week's Happy 1/2 Hour with the Rabbi on Thursday, May 7 at at 2 p.m.

Every Thursday, Christ Church Cathedral's Rabbi-in-residence Abie Ingber gives a 30-minute online offering exploring Sunday’s sacred texts through the lens of centuries of Rabbinic commentary. This is a casual and light-hearted way to get to know the rabbi, interact with the bishop and maybe learn something about the scriptures - join the fun!

New COVID-19 resources
We continue to post helpful financial, health, worship and technical resources to our ' Doing church during COVID-19' webpage as they are received. Here are a couple new ones of note:

  • a CARES loan spending tracker
  • COVID-19 employer toolkit
  • recommendations for water supply flushing for reopening buildings
Upcoming webinars from the CEEP Network
Upcoming Webinar Topics:

  • Pivoting and Expanding: Fulfilling the Mission God Gives Us in the Most Challenging Times 5/7 at 3pm EDT
  • What's Next? What stays and what goes? 5/13 at 3pm EDT
  • Offertory in Parishes During COVID-19: A Stewardship Webinar 5/14 at 3pm EDT
  • Crafting a Resilient Portfolio: Preparing for Post-COVID Markets 5/18 at 3pm EDT
  • Reopening Our Churches: Practicalities, Problems, and Promises 5/21 at 3pm EDT

Learn more, find links to register to upcoming webinars or view previous webinars at https://www.ceepnetwork.org/ceep-network-resources-for-the-covid-19-crisis/
Episcopal 101
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Episcopal 101  is a class started at St. Alban’s, Bexley, last December to equip Episcopalians and those explorers with tools and knowledge to be Episcopalian disciples of Jesus. Last month, we switched to a Zoom format and are meeting every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for about one hour.

The class utilizes Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe’s book Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices and the Book of Common Prayer as primary texts, but as the class is largely discussion based, our content also draws from the experiences and expertise of our attendees and teachers. The course is led by clergy and lay leaders alike.

Our class is growing and expanding beyond the Diocese of Southern Ohio. So far we have had attendees from St. Alban’s Bexley, St. John’s and St. Stephen's in the diocese of Michigan, and St. John’s in Youngstown, OH. Our upcoming conversation topics include Confession, Healing, and the Burial Rite.

If you are interested in joining us please email Rev. Devin Rodgers at  rector@stalbans-bexley.org  to sign up. 
Love surrounds 'The Valley' and beyond thanks to two Lincoln Heights she-roes
Memories and lessons learned from the superheroes and ‘she’-roes in their lives inspired two sister-like friends to act to address the needs in their community. LaVerne Mitchell and Carmen Daniels had a vision to bring food, safety and wellness to all in the community they love, and through their efforts the Valley Pantry was born. On a recent visit, Mike Eck learned, laughed and cried soft tears with LaVerne and Carmen as they talked about the past, present, and what might be possible in the future with the Valley Pantry.
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A recent Valley Pantry day at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a shift to a stay in your car, drive-through pickup with volunteers in masks and gloves.
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
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Global Mission Formation Program draws record online enrollment during pandemic

Going online for the first time this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic drew a record enrollment to the  Mission Formation Program  offered by the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN).

“Last year we were delighted to have 14 in the program held at the annual Global Mission Conference in the Dominican Republic,” said program coordinator the Rev. Holly Hartman of the Diocese of Massachusetts, “but this year we had 38 people enroll online, close to three times our highest in-person enrollment!”

Participants came from 19 domestic Episcopal dioceses, plus the dioceses of Dominican Republic, Haiti, Toronto and Dar es Salaam. There were about equal numbers of men and women, and ages ranged from young adults to the 70s. Eleven participants were clergy. Seven participants were returning for the second year of the two-year program.

Connecting with Christ Church Cathedral
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Want to stay up to date with everything that is happening at Christ Church Cathedral? Check out the Weekly GPS, an e-newsletter sent out every Friday that includes all the upcoming (virtual) offerings at the cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. Visit  cincinnaticathedral.com  or call (513) 621-1817 to learn more.
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Connecting with Procter Center
It is with great sadness and abundance of caution that Bishop Breidenthal and the Procter Board have decided to cancel all camp sessions for the summer of 2020. This was a difficult decision and one that was not taken lightly. 

We know that camp is just what children and families will need when this is over. However, the safety of all our participants is of paramount importance and the seriousness of this virus can’t be overlooked. With the proximity of campers to one another in the cabins, dining hall and activities, we didn’t see how it was possible to conduct a safe, quality program with such restrictions in place.
We will all look forward to the time when we can come together safely in community at Procter. As soon as it is possible for the staff to do that safely, we will offer programming and retreats once again. 

To stay up to date with what’s happening at Procter, please join our monthly First Friday Newsletter by emailing  dvogel@proctercenter.org  to be added to the mailing list.
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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.
Connecting with job opportunities
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 .
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