Spring Youth Gathering
April 26-28
Bellwether Farm

The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
2019 Absalom Jones Festival 
The Wilma Ruth Combs Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Diocese of Ohio announce the 2019 Absalom Jones CelebrationThe event will be held on Sunday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Shaker Heights. This is a diocesan-wide event and all are welcome to attend. The Rev. Sharon Williams will be the preacher and the Rt. Rev. Arthur B. Williams, Jr. will be the celebrant. There will be a volunteer choir that will be conducted by Buck McDaniel. If you are interested in participating, contact Buck at  The offerings from the service will go to support St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC, and Voorhees College in Denmark, SC; two Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs). More information and resources about the Absalom Jones fund are available. Donations may also be made to the fund directly.
2019 United Thank Offering Grants
The  2019 United Thank Offering Grant application form is now available. Please review the  2019 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 15 . 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 .
Shrove Tuesday/Ashes to Go Request
Due to the fact that many parishes offer Shrove Tuesday activities, the 
e-bulletin will link to a page on the Diocesan website which will list the various events, rather than having each as an individual post. We would also like to compile a list of parishes offering Ashes to Go (for the website and a press release). To be included in the press release, please send any information regarding your Ashes to Go event to Jessica Rocha at  by February 19 .
Connecting Communities
How can our congregations grow spiritually? How can we develop meaningful relationships with people outside our congregation and in our neighborhoods? How might God be calling us to try something new? A Connecting Community is a group of congregations who commit to one another in a nine-month learning experience. Participating congregations come together for three Saturday workshops and, in the months between them, invite members of their own congregations into fun, simple, experiential exercises. We begin February 23 and registration is due Tuesday, February 19. If you are interested in registering your parish or would like more information, contact Kate Gillooly at .
Ordination of Sally Goodall
God willing and the people of God consenting, the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.,  Bishop of Ohio, will ordain Sally Goodall to the Sacred Order of Transitional Deacon in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John's, Cuyahoga Falls . Clergy are asked to wear red stoles. A reception will follow the service.
Parochial Report Information
The forms and instructions are now available on the Diocesan and The Episcopal Church websites.  We are not mailing the forms or instructions to parishes. Please keep in mind the March 1 deadline for filing the report with the Diocesan Finance Office. The Episcopal Church website is available now through May 1. Please contact the Finance Office if you have questions on filing your report.
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. A pdf of the compiled daily meditations will also be available on the website.
Upcoming Safeguarding Trainings
On March 2 a Safeguarding God's Children training will be held at St. Paul's, Medina from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  To register, contact Mary Anthony at
Also on March 2, a Preventing Child Sexual Abuse training will be held at St. Andrews, Toledo from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  To register, contact the Rev. Jeff Bunke at
On March 16 a Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers training and a Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith training will be held at St. Andrews, Toledo from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. To register, contact the rev. Jeff Bunke to register at .
Lenten Quiet Day Retreat
The Daughters of the King (DOK) and the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Ohio invite you to a Lenten Quiet Day Retreat from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday,  March 9 at St. Barnabas, Bay Village. The theme is "Be still and know that I am God." The facilitators are the Rev. Ann Kidder, Diocese of Ohio DOK Chaplain; and the Rev. Barbara Maxwell, Deacon and St. Mary's DOK Chapter Chaplain. Registration is $15 per person and includes a catered lunch. Please complete and return the  registration form with your check.
Happening 2019
The 2019 Happening will be March 15-17 at Bellwether Farm.  Happenings are spiritual renewals led by older student peers. Happening begins Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday with Eucharist around 2:00 p.m. Prepare to stay the entire weekend.  Registrations fill up quickly and we want to assure you of a place. Don't delay filling out an application and a consent form. Send the completed application and a $75.00 check (memo Happening) made out to The Diocese of Ohio to the Diocesan Offices at 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 to the attention of the Rev. Vincent Black. The deadline to register is February 26. Contact the Rev. Vincent Black, Canon for Christian Formation, at  for more information. 
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 by Tuesday, April 2. If you have questions or need more information, contact Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or  
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 or contact the Rev. Heather Barta, Province V Coordinator, at or 989.413.3229.
Commission for Racial Understanding Resources
The Commission for Racial Understanding (CRU) has released their
Brown Bag Concerts at Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral is hosting a Brown Bag Concert featuring the organ students of Todd Wilson and Nicole Keller as part of their Emerging Artists Series on February 13 at 12:00 p.m. The piano students and organ students from the Cleveland State Music Department will perform keyboard favorites. Trinity Cathedral will also host a Brown Bag Concert featuring the Cleveland Institute of Music guitar students of Colin Davin as part of their Emerging Artists Series on February 20 at 12:00 p.m. For either concert, you may bring a brown bag lunch or purchase one for $7.
St. Tim's Discovers Concerts
St. Timothy's, Perrysburg will host two concerts as part of the St. Tim's Discovers program. The first concert will be on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature the Bowling Green State University Choir. The second concert will be on Sunday, February 24 at 3:30 p.m. and will feature Yevgeny Yontov. One of the most promising Israeli pianists of his generation, Yontov is winner of numerous international piano competitions and a founding member of Icarus Quartet.  The concert will feature compositions of Medtner, Debussy, Prokofiev, and Ravel, composed during World War I.  Both concerts are free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully received .
Brown Bag Concert at St. Paul's, Medina
St. Paul's, Medina is hosting a Brown Bag Concert on February 19 at 12:00 p.m. featuring Mary Beth Ions on the violin. Bring your own brown bag lunch or purchase one for $5.00 by calling 330.725.4131 at least 24 hours in advance of the concert. Coffee and tea will be provided. Free will donations for the concert are will be accepted and greatly appreciated .
Treblefest and Choral Evensong
Treblefest, an annual workshop for treble choirs, will be held on Saturday, March 2 at Trinity Cathedral. Renowned conductor Sarah MacDonald, Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge and director the Ely Cathedral Choir, will lead the daylong workshop. All are invited to attend the service of Choral Evensong at 3:00 p.m., which closes Treblefest. Bishop Hollingsworth will officiate. Treblefest is sponsored by St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights through a generous grant from the Petrey Family Foundation. Call 216.932.5815 for more information .
Love and Logic Parenting Classes
St. Patrick's, Brunswick will hold  Love and Logic Parenting classes on  March 4 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP the number attending to 330.220.2777 .
A Lenten Art Retreat
Deacon Lydia Bailey will be facilitating a Lenten Art Retreat at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday,  March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be a semi-self-directed Lenten retreat involving the participant's reflection on one or two pieces of art. The retreat leader will prepare participants for choosing a piece of art for personal reflection. The art one settles on can speak to us spiritually without having a conventional religious subject. It can be an icon that serves as a window into God.  This retreat has been offered to different parishes for five years; this year it will be with participants from St. Christopher's, Gates Mills. There is no cost to the workshop. The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. and the retreat will convene under the bamboo trees in the Atrium shortly thereafter.
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