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November 26, 2019
Bishop's Advent Series at Christ Church Cathedral
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Theological Reflections on Nationhood

Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal explores the history of nationalism and the dangers it presents to our society today. The three-week series begins Wednesday, December 4. In the first presentation, Bishop Breidenthal considers the concept of nationhood as it emerged in the early modern era (1400-1600 CE), focusing on the role this concept played in the emergence of Anglicanism. He then moves on to the twentieth century struggle between fascism and democracy, with particular attention to the work and witness of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Dec. 11). The bishop will wrap up the series on international law and its Biblical roots (Dec 18).

The evening will begin with Evening Prayer in Centennial Chapel at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by Compline at 8 p.m. All three programs will be live streamed so that all in the diocese can participate.
St. Margarets Receives Commendation from the Governor 
"On behalf of the State of Ohio, we thank you for your hard work in helping your community in the wake of the devastating tornadoes on May 27, 2019. The leadership you provided in the days, weeks, and months following the tornadoes was invaluable to the community. Your commitment and dedication to making a positive diffe1·ence have made you1· community, and Ohio, a better place to live, work, and raise a family. We commend you and extend our best wishes for your future endeavors."

On this 16th day of November 2019;
Mike DeWine
Community Advent programs
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Visit our online calendar for more information about any of these community events.

Dec 1: An Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols, Christ Church Cathedral, 5 p.m. This event will be live-streamed

Dec 1: Advent Lessons and Carols, St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 5 p.m.

Dec 1: Meditations on the Coming of the Messiah; St. Peter's, Delaware, 7 p.m.

Dec 6: Choral Evensong at Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens, 5:30 p.m.

Dec 6: Celebrate St. Nicholas Day at St. Alban’s, Bexley, 5:30 p.m.

Dec 7: Advent Quiet Morning, St. James, Westwood, 9 a.m.

Dec 7: Handel's Messiah, Collegium Cincinnati at Christ Church Cathedral, 7 p.m.

Dec 8: Handel's Messiah, Collegium Cincinnati at Christ Church Cathedral, 4 p.m.

Dec 8: A Celtic Christmas Lessons & Carols, St. John's, Worthington, 5 p.m.

Dec 8: Bach Vespers for Advent at St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 5 p.m.

Dec 10: Advocacy in Advent, Ohio Statehouse, 9 a.m.

Dec 11: Advent Quiet Day , Community of the Transfiguration, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dec 14: Are You the One? An Advent Quiet Morning , Good Shepherd, Athens, 9 a.m. to noon

Dec 14: Christmas Caper at St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 11 a.m.

Dec 15: An Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols , Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Cincinnati, 3 p.m.

Dec 15: Taize Evening Prayer for Advent, St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 5 p.m.

Dec 15: Living Nativity Reenactment , St. Paul's, Terrace Park, 5 p.m.

Dec 16: Annual Messiah Sing-Along, St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 7:30 p.m.

Dec 21: Lessons and Carols Concert at Christ Church Cathedral, 7 p.m.

Dec 22: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Christ Church Cathedral, 5 p.m. This event will be live streamed

Dec 22: Festival of Lessons and Carols, St. Thomas, Terrace Park, 5 p.m.

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From the calendar

Nov 28-29: Diocesan office closed
Dec 7: Diocesan Council
Dec 7: Anti-Racism training
Dec 11: CoCL
Dec 12: Trustees meeting
Episcopal visitations

Dec 1: Christ Church, Glendale (Breidenthal); Holy Trinity, Bellaire (Price)
Dec 8: Christ Church, Dayton (Breidenthal); St. Stephen's, Columbus (Price)
Announcements, resources
Lay preachers available for busy Advent/Christmas season
Advent and Christmas can be stressful for clergy, so why not take advantage of the excellent licensed Lay Preachers available to you? Click here for a list of lay preachers and contact them directly to make arrangements. Questions, please contact Canon Lee Anne Reat.
Multi-faith Listening Session connects neighbors
Ascension & Holy Trinity parishioner Margot Madison shares a story about a multi-faith event held at A&HT on Nov. 3 that included many community faith leaders, and even Jerry Springer!

Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live@Lunch
Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch is Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series.

Dec 3 : Ricky Nye (piano), Bekah Williams (voice)
Dec 10 : Darren Goodman sings holiday favorites
Dec 17: Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols (Cathedral Choir)

An Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 1, 5 p.m .

This beautiful service is a wonderful way to begin the season of waiting for Christ’s birth. It is built around the seven Great “O” Antiphons that were traditionally sung at Vespers on the seven days prior to Christmas and eventually became the seven stanzas of the familiar Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”
This service will also be live streamed .
Young Professionals Choral Collective's Fa's and La's

Sunday, December 14
4 p.m.

Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) presents a festive program of holiday music Saturday, December 14, at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. for family activities with YPCC’s holiday arts partner. Ticket information at www.ypccsing.org
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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
Winter Family Camp

December 27-29

Join us after the busy holiday season for time to relax and unwind. Families can look forward to planned activities as well as free time. Bring warm clothes so we can go outside and play. And bring your friends as this is a great time to introduce new folks to Procter!

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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
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Notices from The Episcopal Church
Forward Movement, along with partners from across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, invites followers of Jesus to participate in the Good Book Club, a churchwide Bible reading initiative. The Good Book Club will focus on the Gospel of John, with participants reading a section of scripture each day during the Epiphany season, starting on January 6, 2020. 

The Episcopal Networks Collaborative, a partnership between the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and the Episcopal Ecological Network, has released the latest of its sets of reflections for use by preachers and teachers. These reflections are for use during the season of Advent.

Thanks to a generous group of donors, for the second year in a row, contributions that Episcopal Relief & Development receives between now and the end of the year will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1 million.

Diocese of Lexington

St. Paul's, Dayton

Bethany School

Holy Trinity, Oxford
Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster
St. John's, Columbus
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Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
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