Clergy Conference 
Geneva Lodge
Geneva, Ohio
May 1-3, 2018

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Diocese  of  Ohio
Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Spring Workshops 
On April 21 at St. Paul's, Akron and on April 28 at St. Timothy's, Perrysburg, the ECS Grant committee will be sponsoring one day workshops from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunities to:
  • Hear from other grant recipients and learn how their program is impacting their community
  • Connect and network with others and share how your program is changing the world
  • Exchange ideas and best practices with others
  • Learn how to get a grant to leverage what you are doing, or get a grant to start something new

Congregations currently receiving grants and congregations planning to request grants should send key people to one of these workshops. The cost is $15.00 which includes coffee, pastries, and a box lunch. To register for St. Paul's, visit and for St. Timothy's, visit 

Clergy Conference 2018 - Becoming Beloved Community 
The Clergy Conference will be held May 1-3  at The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, 4888 N. Broadway in Geneva . The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Charles Wynder, Jr. The cost will be $225 for single occupancy and $160 per person for double. Conference meals covered: Tuesday dinner and Wednesday lunch & dinner. Breakfasts are on your own. Social hour will include a cash bar. Register at The deadline to register is April 5.    
The conference will include an optional lunch provided on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. with Tom Austin, Diocesan Treasurer, regarding " Responsible Estate Planning for Clergy."
All full-time active parochial clergy are expected to attend. Email the Bishop's Office if you are unable to attend. Call Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or email her at if you have questions or need more information.
Stewardship Workshop Featuring Bishop Hollingsworth
(Early Bird Deadline Ends April 12)
This interactive full-day stewardship workshop is jointly presented by the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. There will be a panel discussion featuring the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, and Rev. Abraham Allende, Bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as well as workshops presented by nationally recognized stewardship expert and author, the Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith.

This event will be held on Saturday,  May 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9201 Brecksville Road, in Brecksville. For more information, please contact Laura Hnat at 216.774.0463 or

To register, please visit:
Commission on Racial Understanding Event 
The next CRU event is being held at St. Timothy's, Perrysburg. The event is 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on April 15. We will watch excerpts from the documentary 13th. It will be followed by a moderated discussion lead by Professor Shelley Cavalieri, a University of Toledo Law Professor. Please join us as we grow in becoming a more connected, informed, and caring community.  
Upcoming Safeguarding Training 

Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People

Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Christ Church, Hudson
Contact for registration information.

Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Timothy's, Perrysburg 
Contact for registration information.

Safeguarding God's Children 
Sunday, April 15 and April 22 after the service at St. Peter's, Lakewood 
Contact for registration information.

Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Chagrin Falls  
Contact Anna at for registration information.
Coffee and treats will be provided.
Spring Youth Gathering  
The Diocesan Spring Youth Gathering (SYG) will be held April 27-29 at St. Andrew's, Elyria. As a part of the Spring Youth Gathering, Bellwether Farm will host a day of nature-immersion, fun, and service. Activities will include a Tree Planting for Arbor Day, prayers for and planting of the Memorial "Survivor Tree" seedling from the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, and a camp-sampler Bellwether Olympics. The Olympics will include events such as archery, canoeing, a trivia challenge, and more! This event is open to youth in grades 6-12. The registration deadline is April 20. For information contact Rita Rozell at or 216.774.0460. 
Summer Grants Available for Youth 
The Mission Office has funds available to support summer children and youth programs up to $500.  The grant application deadline is May 31 
The Mission Office, via the Bishop's Annual Appeal, also has funds available to support youth mission trips, with an emphasis on those that involve youth from more than one parish.  Grant application deadline is May 31.
Please download the grant application to apply.  
For additional information please call the Mission Office at 216.774.0476 or email
Love, Faith, and Opera
A Concert to Benefit the Herren Project at St. Martin's, Chagrin Falls will be held on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy music From the Romantic Masters and support Stefan Barner on his 2018 Boston Marathon Run to benefit the Herren Project. The concert will also include soprano, Rachele Schmiege, accompanied by Renee Brown on the piano. The program will include songs, arias, duets, and ensembles.
Trinity Cathedral Brown Bag Concert Series
The concert series continues on April 11 with Salzedo Harp Duo performing stunning masterpieces for the unique combination of two harps. Concert will begin at 12:00 p.m. Bring your own brown bag lunch or you may purchase one for $7.00. Free will donations are greatly appreciated. For the complete list of upcoming concerts, visit:     
Sanctuary Concert IV
Join us on April 15 for amazing original music from Northeastern Ohio's finest professional musicians, authentic Mexican food, and the creation of community.  Laura, Jose, and Joshua are in sanctuary at St. Andrew, Mentor while seeking legal residency in the US and all proceeds will benefit them. Everyone is welcome! Contact Rector Lisa O'Rear at 440.255.8842 with any questions. 
Brown Bag Concert
St. Paul's, Medina will host a Brown Bag Concert on April 17 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. The concert will feature Mezzo-Soprano, Laura Avdey, with David Gooding on piano; performing Shakespeare Songs of Roger Quilter with additional songs by Leonard Bernstein and Maurice DurufflĂ©. Bring your own brown bag lunch or reserve one for $5.00 by calling 330.725.4131 at least one day prior to the concert. Coffee and tea will be provided. Free will donations are greatly appreciated.
Shane Claiborne, Christian activist and author
St. John's, Youngstown, in conjunction with Richard Brown and Trinity United Methodist Churches, presents  Shane Claiborne at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 20.

A free community meal will begin at 6:00 p.m. Donations of soap, dish soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, etc. to the St. John's Food Pantry will be welcomed.

For more information :
Presbytery of the Western Reserve Hosting Diana Butler Bass
Come hear Diana Butler Bass help us with our conflicting understandings of gratitude and set the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks. The program will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Willoughby on April 21The program will go from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and discounted books will be available. Bass, author of the acclaimed, award-winning Grounded, explores a gap: we may feel grateful as individuals but that seems to have little to do with the larger divisions in our societies. Using her trademark blend of deep spiritual insight and timely research, she shows how gratitude can be understood through four different lenses, examining how it affects us emotionally and ethically on a personal level and on a communal level. Me and we; emotions and ethics-gratitude plays out differently in each of these arenas.
The Great Spiritual Migration: A Retreat with Brian McLaren
St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights, will host a retreat by nationally acclaimed author, speaker, and activist Brian McLaren on Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.
McLaren is a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity" - just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is the author of more than a half-dozen books including his latest, The Great Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian. During the retreat, McLaren will share his belief that Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift .
The event cost is $75 and includes lunch and snacks. Online registration is available on St. Paul's website,
This event is co-sponsored by St. Paul's, River's Edge and Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies.
First Annual Motorcycle Blessing
Come and receive a blessing over your motorcycle on Sunday, May 6 at Good Shepherd, Lyndhurst from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Be blessed for safe and trouble-free travels, wherever the road may take you. The blessing will begin at 12:15 p.m. A lunch of hot dogs and chips will be provided. Please feel free to invite anyone to this event. All are welcome! Additional information is available Motorcycle Blessing
2018 Mother's Day Bake Sale
On Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Saint Timothy's, (8667 Shepard Road) Macedonia will have its third annual Mother's Day Bake Sale. There will be a variety of bakery items that were made in parishoners' own kitchens. Items will include pies, quiches, cakes, pastries, muffins, and cupcakes; all will be ready to give as a gift to mom or a special woman in a crisp white bakery box. We invite you to do your Mother's Day shopping with us. For additional information, contact the parish at 330.467.1103. 
High Tea at St. James
St. James', Painesville cordially invites you to an authentic English high tea featuring homemade sweets, sandwiches and freshly brewed tea, on Saturday, May 12 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The group will be joined by the New York Times best-selling author Claire McMillan, who will be speaking on her newest novel, The Necklace. The event will have one-of-a-kind baskets to raffle off and baked items for sale, just in time for Mother's Day.

Tickets are available by calling the St. James' office at 440.354.3526 or through Eventbrite at After April 30, tickets will be available only through Eventbrite. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under. Proceeds go to support the St. James operating fund.  
St Luke's Cleveland needs YOU
St Luke's, Cleveland needs help folding and distributing clothing.  People who live in St. Luke's Detroit Shoreway neighborhood are in desperate need of clothing, and we have an active distribution ministry. We receive donations of gently used clothing almost daily , though, and it's hard to keep up with sorting, folding, and shelving  it all. You, on the other hand, have tremendous gifts for this sort of thing, and we'd like to invite you for an hour or two a month  to help us. Please call St. Luke's at  216.631.2841 , or Deacon Barbara Maxwell at  440.281.2173 . Please leave a message if you get voicemail.
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