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Clergy Conference
May 7-9
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St. Alban's, 
 Cleveland Heights; 
 St. John's, Youngstown


The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDING BISHOP
Jesus: His Life, a four-part series following the chronology of Jesus' life through the eyes of those closest to him,  premiered on Monday, March 25 on the History Channel and will continue to air every Monday until April 15. Bishop Curry is one of the religious figures providing commentary and context in this series. Check your local listings.
DIOCESAN EVENTS
Summer Camp at Bellwether Farm
Bellwether Farm offers a summer camp where school-age children can immerse themselves in fun, engaging activities. These programs will seek to teach healthy social, nutritional, and environmental practices, while providing a safe context in which to encounter God's beautiful creation. Campers will have an opportunity to learn about organic gardening, animal care, and creative cooking. They will also participate in traditional camp activities including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, fishing, field games, and archery. The Bellwether Farm staff is invested in the life of every camper, seeking to inspire future generations to become passionate leaders in the world around them. 

Registration is now open.
Church Life
The Spring 2019 issue of Church Life is now available online .
Open House at Bellwether Farm
Please join us for Summer Camp Open House at Bellwether Farm. Come and take a look at the summer camp facilities from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on either Saturday, April 6 or Sunday, April 14. Details about camp schedules and activities will be shared and staff members will be available to show you around and answer questions. Refreshments will be provided. Please park in the main lot. Wagon rides will be available to take guests to the camp. We encourage you to wear boots as the farm is quite muddy this time of year
Clergy Renewal of Vows
Clergy Renewal of Vows & Blessing of Holy Oils will take place on Monday, April 15 at Trinity Church, Toledo and at Trinity Cathedral on Tuesday, April 16. Both services begin at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by lunch. Please register through Eventbrite. If you have questions or need more information, contact Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or  bkondrich@dohio.org.  
142nd Annual ECW Meeting
The 2019 Diocese of Ohio Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Annual Meeting will be held at Bellwether Farm on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. The keynote speaker will be Lelanda Lee, an active lay leader from the Diocese of Colorado. She served on The Episcopal Church's Executive Council for six years, chairing the Joint Standing Committee on Advocacy and Networking for Mission, and was the Executive Council's representative to the Church Council of full communion partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In 2012, she received the Colorado Bishop's Cross for her leadership and service to the church and the ECW's Distinguished Woman Award. She is an Education for Ministry (EfM) graduate and mentor. The theme of Lelanda's presentation will be "Called into Holiness." The meeting will also include the installation of officers, a United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering, and the blessing of knitted items for Christmas at Sea. Please see the meeting schedule, registration form, and Lelanda's complete biography  here.  The registration deadline is April 17, 2019 .  
Clergy Conference
Clergy Conference will be held May 7-9 at The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. The featured speaker will be the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor. The cost is $225 for single occupancy and $160 for double occupancy. Attendance is mandatory for all full-time, parochial clergy. Register through  Eventbrite. Deadline to register is April 19. If you have questions, contact Betty Kondrich at bkondrich@dohio.org or 216.774.0466 .  
Spring Youth Gathering
The Diocese of Ohio's Spring Youth Gathering will take place on April 26-28 at Bellwether Farm. This is a yearly event for youth in grades 6-12, with a focus on building relationships with God and other youth from across the diocese. The theme this year is ROOTED- expect games, farm activities, music, and more! This event will also give you a "taste of camp" as we look forward to a great summer at Bellwether Farm .  Registration is now open.
Lay Preaching College
The Diocese will offer a Lay Preaching College on May 10-11 at Bellwether Farm. Preaching the Word of God to an assembled congregation is an honor that carries with it significant responsibility. National canons offer lay persons the opportunity to seek a license to preach in their own parish. For more information, visit https://conta.cc/2YtYtFX .  
Big Provincial Gathering
Province V of The Episcopal Church invites you to the Big Provincial Gathering in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 12-13. Mike Michie, Mission Developer for The Episcopal Church, will be the keynote speaker and conference emcee. Workshops of all aspects of ministry will be offered. Registration will open March 1 and the fee is $50. Vendor tables are available. For questions, visit provincev.org or contact the Rev. Heather Barta, Province V Coordinator, at  provincevcoordinator@gmail.com or 989.413.3229.
Lenten Meditations
Once again, the Diocese of Ohio will be providing daily meditations during Lent. They will be sent out via Constant Contact and posted on the Diocesan Facebook page daily.
PARISH EVENTS
Lenten Program at St. Michael's in the Hills, Toledo
St. Michael's in the Hills, Toledo is offering five Wednesday evening talks given by clergy from five different religions as part of a Lenten Program that begins on March 13. Clergy from Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, and Hinduism will be speaking from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on successive Wednesday nights in Lent. This year's series will focus on the 'High Holy Days" in each different religion - what are they, and how are they celebrated. 
 
  • April 3: Father Jeremy Miller, Pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish
  • April 10: Pandit Anant Dixit, Priest at Hindu Temple of Toledo
     
Speakers will give a 45-minute presentation and then answer questions from the audience. The evening will begin with a soup and salad dinner at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The presentations are free and open to the public. Please call the church office at 419.531.1616 with any questions .
Lenten Series at St. Timothy's, Perrysburg
How do we create "sacred ground" where people of diverse heritages and backgrounds can live together with respect and in harmony? St. Timothy's, Perrysburg will present a five-session midweek study on Wednesday evenings, exploring this question. All are welcome to come for a soup and salad supper at 5:30 p.m.  The one-hour study sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. Sessions and facilitators include: 

  • April 3 - "Toxic Masculinity" - Sarah Rainey-Smithback of BGSU School of Cultural and Critical Studies
  • April 10 - "Tools to Turn the Tide of Hate" - Jason Daniels of JayRon LLC  
     
All sessions are free and open to the public, with nursery care available beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to share in providing soup and salad dishes. Worship services will be offered in the sanctuary following each session, for those who choose to participate .
Lenten Fish Fry
St. Philip's, Akron is hosting Lenten Fish Fry dinners on  April 5. All meals will be served from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The menu will be catfish or tilapia, baked and green beans, cole slaw, dessert, and a beverage. The dinner is $10.00 for dine-in or carry-out. Contact the parish at 330.535.7295 for any questions .
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Trip
The Wilma Ruth Combs Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is sponsoring a one-day bus trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati on May 18. The fee of $125 includes the bus trip, snacks on the way down, and dinner on the ride back. Money is due to Dianne Smith by April 6. We will leave from the Severance Shopping Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m and return by 9:00 p.m.  Please contact Dianne Smith at das.srvtldr@gmail.com or 510.463.7910 to sign up or for further details. All are welcome .
Solemn Sung Eucharist
Trinity Cathedral is hosting a Solemn Sung Eucharist on April 7 At 5:00 p.m. This formal service includes incense, bells, plainsong, and the ceremonies of an Anglican high church service. The Rt. Rev. Arthur B. Williams, Jr. will celebrate and The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. will preach. William Byrd's Mass for Three Voices, and motets by Samuel Wesley and Thomas Tomkins will be sung by the Trinity Collegium. Trinity Cathedral is also hosting a Solemn Sung Eucharist on May 5 at 5:00 p.m. At this service, the Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert will be the celebrant, the Very Rev. BJ Owens will preach, and Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne will be sung by the Trinity Cathedral Choir .
Presentation on Lead Poisoning
Trinity Cathedral is hosting a presentation on lead poisoning on April 7 at 2:00 p.m. Kim Foreman and Akbar Tyler of Environmental Health Watch will provide an in-depth presentation "The New Cleveland Initiative on Lead Poisoning: How is this Time Different and What Can Faith Organization Help?" A Q&A session will follow the presentation .
Brown Bag Concerts at Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral will host a Brown Bag Concert    "Themes from Cinema Classics" on  April 10 at 12:00 p.m. For either concert, you may bring a brown bag lunch or purchase one for $7.
Presentation of Tetelestai
St. Andrew, Mentor is hosting "Tetelestai: A musical portrayal of the trial, execution, & resurrection of Jesus the Messiah" on Friday April 12 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. The event is free. Donations will be accepted. All are welcome. Tetelestai is a production of Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries For more information, visit the St. Andrew website or the CPAM website.
A Quiet Day Reflection
St. Peter's, Ashtabula is hosting A Quiet Day of reflection in preparation for Holy Week on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $6.00 to cover lunch and materials. Childcare may be arranged based on need. Please inform us of a childcare need when registering. To register, contact the parish office at 440.992.8100 or secretary@stpetersashtabula.org .
Lenten Quiet Day
St. Peter's, Lakewood is hosting a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mr. Mark Lekan and the Rev. Keith Owen will offer a day of reflection upon The Way of Love. The day will begin with a light breakfast fare. There will be short reflections upon the seven disciplines of The Way of Love, interspersed by generous periods of silence for prayer and walking. Lunch is included. Come for all or part of the day and prepare yourself for Holy Week and beyond. The event is free. Please contact St. Peter's at 216.226.1772 or  office@stpeterslakewood.org to RSVP.
Swiss Steak Dinner
St. John's, Cuyahoga Falls is hosting their 2nd Annual Swiss Steak Dinner on Friday, April 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adult meals, $5 for children's meal (ages 3 to 8), and children under 2 are free. There will be raffle prizes, gift baskets, and a $100 grand prize.  For more information, call Heidi at 330.928.1817. There is free parking across Second Street .
Faith and Global Climate Change
St. Paul's, Fremont is hosting a discussion about  faith and global climate change on Sunday, May 5 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The event will be led by Dr. Andy Jorgensen from the University of Toledo .
Choral Evensong at Trinity Cathedral
The Choral Evensong is an evening service, rich with contrasts between light and dark, and sung by the Trinity Cathedral Choir, the Trinity Chamber Singers, or a local guest choir. Offered weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., now through May 15. Each service commemorates a saint from Holy Women, Holy Men, The Episcopal Church's book of saints. The service is followed at 7:00 p.m. by a community soup and salad supper, catered by Luna Bakery & Cafe. The suggested meal donation $6 .
Stations of the Cross
St. Andrew's, Akron invites you to join us for the Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. every Friday evening during Lent .
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