Provincial Youth Gathering
February 28 - March 1
Bellwether Farm

The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
Upcoming Ordinations
God willing and the people of God consenting, we will have three ordinations:
The Rt. Rev. Arthur B. Williams, Jr. will ordain Rachel V. Harrison to the Sacred Order of Priests on Friday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul's, Mount Vernon.
The Rt. Rev. William D. Persell will ordain Stephen Neel Ashby to the Sacred Order of Priests on Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lyndhurst.

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. will ordain Anna Sutterisch to the Sacred Order of Priests on Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland.

Clergy are asked to wear red stoles
Happening Staff Applications Now Open
Youth who have "Happened" are encouraged to apply to be on Happening Staff. Staff weekend is February 14-16 at Church of the Redeemer, Lorain and Happening weekend is at Bellwether Farm on March 13-15. Applications are due January 6. Apply at
Winter Convocation Registration Now  Open
Registration is now open for the 2020 Winter Convocation! The Rev. Lorenzo Librija, founding director of The TryTank Experimental Lab will be our keynote leader. TryTank ( offers congregations creative approaches to experimentation that help the church move forward. We will also have a volunteer choir led by Ms. Lori Turner, Music Director of Grace Church, Mansfield. With a children's program, a youth program, and thirteen best practice workshops, the Winter Convocation offers something for everyone. The Convocation will be February 7-8 at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky. Additional information and registration are available at A full-page and a half-page bulletin insert are available.
Exhibitor Tables at Winter Convocation
The  application to have an exhibitor table at Winter Convocation is now available. Applications are due by January 22
Apply for the Episcopal Youth Event
Thousands of Episcopal youth will gather in Washington, DC to worship, make friends, and have fun from July 7-11 at the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). Youth in the Diocese who are currently in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in our delegation to EYE. Please apply by January 24 at . For any questions, please contact the Rev. Anna Sutterisch at or 216.774.0460.
2020 United Thank Offering Grants
The  2020 United Thank Offering Grant application form is now available. Please review the  2020 grant focus and criteria very carefully. Any grant application submitted that is not within the criteria guidelines will not be considered.  Completed applications must be submitted to Linda Smith, Diocese of Ohio UTO Coordinator, at  no later than 5:00 p.m. on  Friday, February 7 . There is an additional opportunity for a companionship/partnership grant in conjunction with a diocese of the Anglican Communion or an aided diocese of The Episcopal Church. If you have questions, please contact Linda Smith by e-mail or at 330.348.4756
GO: Doing Mission with Eyes Wide Open
GO: Doing Mission with Eyes Wide Open is a conference for anyone involved in outreach, mission, or youth trips whether in your neighborhood or across the globe. Save the date! The conference will be on  February 29 . Registration materials will be available the first week of December. 
Anti-Racism Advent Calendar
This year's Anti-Racism Advent Calendar was created as a collaborative effort of the clergy of The Episcopal Church of Lorain County. Our Baptismal Covenant leads us to condemn racism in all forms, and stand against all that perpetuates unjust systems and undermine the creation of a civil, just and peaceful society. It calls us to embrace our siblings of all races, creeds, and origins as members of the human family of God, all whose dignity is to be respected and all who are integral parts of the creation of a civil, just and peaceful society.   In the heart of Christ there is room for all and we, too, must work to create this same loving space in our homes, parish, community and world. Advent's preparation for the first and second coming of Christ, is a fitting time to do this work
Undesign the Redline
Undesign the Redline is a transformative interactive exhibit exploring the history of race, class and U.S. housing policy, and how this legacy of inequity and exclusion continues to shape our communities. The exhibit seeks to spark a public discourse on how discriminatory federal policies from the 1930s continue to impact Cleveland neighborhoods today. Trinity Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio are hosting this exhibit through 
December 20. 

Public Tours On-Site
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Private tours by appointment.
Tour Guides will be present.
Spanish speaking material is available.
For questions or reservations please contact Antoinette Taylor, Office for Mission, at 216.774.0453 or .
Advent Sunday Evensong and Supper
The beautiful, simple, and prayerful service of Evensong will be offered on Sunday evenings, December 15 and 22 at 5:00 p.m., in our new Chapel of the Confession of Peter at St. Peter's, Lakewood. On December 22, we will offer special prayers and laying on of hands for healing for all who are suffering from grief, loss, or depression. After the service each week, all who so desire will go out to dinner together at a nearby restaurant.
Cookie Walk
Church of the Ascension, Lakewood will be having a Cookie Walk from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (or until sold out) on Saturday, December 14 in Strohm Hall of the church. There will be a variety of cookies and baked goods, which will be sold by the pound. A limited supply of Baby Swiss cheese and Trail Bologna will be limited the day of the sale. A free-will offering plus 10% of sales will benefit Lakewood Community Services Center. Free hot cocoa will be provided.
Cookie and Bakery Sale
St. Timothy's, Macedonia will hold its annual holiday cookie and bakery sale on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Most cookies are sold by the dozen but other options will be available. Come early for the very best selections from our marvelous bakers.
Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols
Christ Church, Warren will hold their annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. The evening will include carols of the season, as well as new compositions for chorus and orchestra. This concert will feature the parish choir, which will be joined by the Children's Choir, Handbell Choir, and a professional chamber orchestra with Richard Konzen at the Church's Casavant organ. Amanda Beagle (Miss Ohio 2004) will be the featured soloist. James W. Shiell, Director of Music and the Arts at Christ Church, will conduct the concert. A reception will follow the concert. Free and open to the public. F or questions or more information contact  Jamie Shiell, Director of Music and the Arts, at or  330.372.4998 .
Guest Preacher at St. Peter's, Lakewood
The Very Rev. Tracey Lind will preach at St. Peter's, Lakewood on December 15. Tracey will speak and lead discussion during the 9:00 adult formation hour and preach at the 10:00 a.m.service. Tracey retired as Dean of Trinity Cathedral two years ago when she was diagnosed with Temporal-Frontal Dementia. Since that time, Tracey has travelled the world teaching and preaching about "Dementia from the Inside Out."  Earlier this year, she was interviewed on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes."  Prayers and anointing for healing will be offered during communion. For more information, please call 216.226.1772.
Portraits of Homelessness Exhibit
St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights, will host Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's  Portraits of Homelessness exhibit until  December 16 as part of its Advent programming focus on homelessness. The  Portraits of Homelessness collection features 45 photographs and stories of residents from the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside in Cleveland. Call 216.932.5815 for more information or visit to learn about other Advent programming .
"When Christmas Hurts" Services
Grace Church, Willoughby will hold its annual "When Christmas Hurts" services on Wednesday, December 18. This intimate service is designed for persons struggling with grief, loneliness, or other difficulties during the holiday season. This year the church will host two services, a daytime service at 11:00 a.m. and an evening service at 7:00 p.m. This marks the fifth consecutive year the church has held this special service, which is open to the entire community.
Documentary Film Series
St. Paul's, Fremont is hosting a documentary film series held at the Birchard Public Library. Each event includes a documentary and discussion. Pizza and drinks will be provided. All events will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. On December 19 the documentary shown will be Facebook Part Two. There will be one more event in January. 
BrownBag Concerts at Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral will host the Annual Messiah Sing on December 19 at 12:00 p.m. This concert will feature the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, soloists, and more. All BrownBag events are free and no reservations are required. For more information, please visit  
Jazzy Christmas Concert
St. Martin's, Chagrin Falls is hosting a free holiday Concert, Jazzy Christmas, on Friday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be performed by Jennifer Cochran and Gateway Band and will feature seasonal and sacred music. A reception to meet the musicians will follow.
A Blue Christmas Day Retreat
St. Peter's, Ashtabula will host a Blue Christmas Day Retreat on Saturday, December 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Peter Nielsen, III will facilitate the retreat. The cost of the event is $10 per person and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. To register, please mail or deliver your fee and contact information to the St. Peter's church office before December 16 at the close of business.
Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival
The 57th presentations of The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival in Cleveland will be held on Saturday, December 28 at Trinity Cathedral. This year, presentations will be held at new times: 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with an American Sign Language interpreter for the deaf community at the 2:00 p.m. presentation only. There are still a number of spaces open for performers, support staff, and choir. For more information, please call 216.771.3630, ext. 392 or visit For direct communication, please email
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