October 6, 2020
Countdown to convention
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Inner Community, Outer World
October 16-17
Transfiguration Spirituality Center

In this time of stress in our communities, we need to find ways to heal ourselves and the world. Catherine Meeks shares her deep faith by helping us all name where we are in need of healing, and gives us insight into our journey to relate to the world. This opportunity is not to be missed!

Register at www.ctretreats.org.
COVID task force continues assistance during pandemic

In March 2020, the diocese formed a COVID-19 Financial Aid Task Force to assist churches with financial issues they would most likely be facing during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding is still available to any congregation that wishes to apply.

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Use a payroll provider or do it yourself?

A lot of congregations are either doing payroll themselves or using a payroll provider. It can be time consuming and costly to do it yourself, and it may open the parish up to liability if it is not done correctly. What's the best option?

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Benefits updates
Thank you for those who were able to join us for our first Administrative Webinar focusing on benefits. If you were not able to join us you can find a recording of the webinar here. We are excited to offer more workshops in the future and will email information about upcoming topics and dates soon. If you have any suggestions for a topic or have a subject matter expert that you would like to help us present on such topic, please contact Carine de Lange, Operations Executive.
Open enrollment
Benefits webinar
Additional benefits information referenced in the webinar can be found here
We also want to remind you of some important dates for open enrollment for 2021 health plan year:
  • Oct 12 to Oct 30, 2020 active employees open enrollment(lay and clergy)
  • Oct 15 to Dec 7, 2020 retiree’s open enrollment(lay and clergy)
  • Aug 26 to Oct 7 enrollment period for Employer’s to make a change to Short/long term disability plans for existing customers
  • For new enrollment to short/long term disability the employer is able to enroll at any time. It is important to note there is an option for EMPLOYEE paid plans which will result in no cost to the church but an additional benefit to your staff.

If you are happy with the plan you selected in 2020 you do not have to do anything for open enrollment you will automatically be re-enrolled in the same plan for 2021 plan year.
If you would like to review your current health insurance plan, make changes to your current plan or review your current benefits please go to CPG.org. In the upper right hand corner you will see a box: sign in/create an account.

Church Pension Group (“CPG”) has sent a pale mint green envelope with log-in information for open enrollment to all clients, which should arrive this week. You will need this information to access your account for open enrollment. Again, you only need to take action if you would like to make any changes. Contact Angela Byrd at abyrd@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311 if you have any questions regarding open enrollment.
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Call Governor DeWine now to allocate $100 million in federal coronavirus relief to emergency rental assistance

Families across Ohio who have lost income in the pandemic are facing crushing debt and the risk of eviction as they fall behind on rent. The CDC moratorium on evictions does not resolve the debt problem: tenants must eventually pay past due rent after any moratorium on evictions ends. 

Major statewide non-profits including Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) and the Ohio Council of Churches are calling on Governor DeWine to allocate $100 million in federal coronavirus funding to reduce this crushing financial burden on Ohioans hardest hit by the pandemic. So is BREAD, the Columbus religious social justice coalition. 

You can reach Gov. DeWine at 614.466.3555 or social media: @GovMikeDeWine on Facebook, @mikedewine on Twitter, @govmikedewine on Instagram.

Many Episcopal congregations have worked with local ecumenical coalitions for more than a generation to overcome the growing crisis of family homelessness through emergency assistance and efforts to expand the supply of affordable housing. 
New prayer initiative offered in advance of elections
A season of Prayer for an Election
Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians and all others to join in A Season of Prayer: For an Election. This prayer novena—nine days of devotional prayers—calls upon God for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation. All prayers come from The Book of Common Prayer, and materials include a brief litany to use each day.
The season of prayer begins Tuesday, October 27, and continues through November 4, the day after the elections in the United States. 
“Through the ministry of RenewalWorks, we’ve found that one of the marks of vital congregations is that they pastor the community. By that we mean they are engaged with the world beyond the walls of the church, present to the neighborhood, primed to serve,” said the Rev. Jay Sidebotham, director of RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement. “In this election season, we carry out that important ministry with our prayers, making the commitment through personal spiritual practice to be present to our nation in this critical time, asking for God’s grace for decisions made, thanking God for the grace that we can participate in this way in our common life, and trusting that grace will help us through. First, we pray. Then we vote.”
Printable materials for individuals, churches, and families are available for download in English at www.forwardmovement.org/election and in Spanish at www.venadelante.org/eleccion.  Additional election resources compiled by the Office of Government Relations are available on their Civic Engagement page.
Civil Conversations in Uncivil Times: Free class available Oct 12-26
Registration is now open for an amazing, free class to help us faithfully prepare for the November elections: The Big Class: Civil Conversations in Uncivil Times — Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square with Ray Suarez.

In this contentious election season, many of us are looking for ways to bring our faith into our political interactions. Ray Suarez knows a lot about contentious political landscapes. He also knows a great deal about faith. As an award-winning journalist (PBS Newshour, NPR, Al Jezeera), college instructor, and outspoken Episcopalian, he has written a book on the subject of faith and politics in the United States.

You can take this course at your own pace, at whatever time suits you. It should take less than an hour to complete, and students will have an opportunity to ask the instructor questions.
This course is free thanks to the generosity of The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church FoundationTrinity Wall Street, the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal ChurchesForward Movement, and ChurchNext.
Becoming Beloved Community
Becoming Beloved Community Teach-Ins
On Thursday October 1, leaders gathered from across the diocese to join for the first of three Becoming Beloved Community Teach-Ins this month. Beginning with HISTORY, the next two weeks will focus on STORIES and lastly, INVITATION.

Join us this Thursday, October 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) for STORIES; the following leaders will present:

MaryBeth Ingram, St. Matthew's, Westerville; Rev. Rick A. Incorvati, Christ Church, Springfield; Larry James, St. Barnabas, Cincinnati; Rev. Ed Bird; St Anne's, Westchester; Rev. Mary Raysa, St Luke's, Granville, Rev. Phillip DeVaul, Church of The Redeemer, Cincinnati.

Next week (October 15), gather with us as Miriam McKenney, Calvary, Cincinnati; Michelle Dayton, Trinity, Newark; Todd Rockstroh, St Patrick's, Lebanon; and Nicole Hershey, Cincinnati share invitations to JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

Interested in joining? Contact ahowton@diosohio.org for details.
Presiding Bishop Curry's Word to the Church: What Did Jesus Do?

This sermon was given at the The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, which met virtually September 16, 2020. The full text is here.
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Follow the latest news and events related to The Episcopal Church's work on Becoming Beloved Community here in our diocese at http://dsobeloved.org.

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Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the performers listed below in October*. These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch.

October 13: Consort in the Egg
October 20: Queen City Klezmorim
October 27: Danielle Hundley (flute)
Indigenous Peoples Celebration
Sunday, October 11
10 a.m.

Janice Trytten (Native flutes) | Southern Drum (Native drum and dance)
Anthem: In Beauty May I Walk – Jonathan Dove
An Evening with FLOCKS

FLOCKS will perform at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m. 

FLOCKS creates music that guides the listener through a variety of sonic landscapes by recreating synthetic textures live with analog synths, electric bass, and acoustic drums. 

No admission charge. For more information, visit flockstheband.bandcamp.com
*In Response to COVID-19
All programming is subject to change due to pandemic-related restrictions. Whenever possible, we will offer services and concerts via live stream if in-person gatherings are not permitted. Please check the cathedral website (cincinnaticathedral.com) for updates throughout the season.
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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, news and events, visit cincinnaticathedral.com.
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.
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church and the 2020 U.S. Elections: An Overview of Resources
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The Office of Government Relations has created a comprehensive suite of resources for advocacy, the U.S. Election, and 2020 Census engagement. Central to election engagement are the “Vote Faithfully” resources built up over the course of several election cycles and in coalition with ecumenical partners. These resources are designed for use year-round, emphasizing messaging that is non-partisan and informed. 

As the United States gets closer to Election Day, November 3, The Episcopal Church will continue to release new resources, including an ongoing educational series on the basics of the election process and transition of power, four bulletin inserts from Sermons That Work, focused on voter engagement and written for the readings on the four Sundays leading up to Election Day, and A Season of Prayer: For an Election, a novena prayer series developed with Forward Movement.

Other resources include a Plan Your Vote guide, toolkit for supporting others in your community to vote, a tool for recognizing and combatting disinformation and misinformation, and much more. 

The Office of Government Relations, and members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network, have also continued advocacy through Action Alerts, direct meetings with Congressional offices, and sign-on letters, pushing for additional funding for the election given the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Office of Government Relations carries out this work in collaboration with other faith-based and secular organizations through both official partnerships, like with Faithful Democracy, National Voter Registration Day, and National Vote Early Day, and less formal collaborations on election and advocacy messaging.  

To explore these resources, begin at the Office of Government Relations’ Civic Engagement page 
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