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Trinity Cathedral



The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
DIOCESAN EVENTS
Ministry Discernment Day
Ministry Discernment Day will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights. Lunch will be provided. Registration is open until October 4. This is a mandatory meeting for both you and your rector or senior warden if you are considering entering the ordination process for either the priesthood or the diaconate. In addition, individuals interested in the opportunity to consider different models of lay ministry or in the discernment process in general are encouraged to attend. If you have questions or need more information contact the Rev. Percy Grant at 216.774.0455 or  pgrant@dohio.org or contact Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or  bkondrich@dohio.org .
Learn About Human Trafficking
The Episcopal Anti-Human Trafficking Committee will host an event, " Learn About Human Trafficking" at St. Paul's, Akron on Monday, October 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The speakers will be Elaine Oliver, the Director of Adult Safe House, and Angel Dague, a survivor. Teenagers from age 13-18 are invited to attend .
Annual Enrollment
On September 18, the Episcopal Church Medical Trust (a unit of Church Pension Fund) will begin mailing letters to all active clergy and lay employees regarding the upcoming Annual Enrollment (AE) period. For the Diocese of Ohio, including all parishes, our assigned dates for Annual Enrollment are October 7- October 25
 
The mailing will be in a green envelope marked AE. Please watch for this important package, not only for the helpful information and resources it contains, but also for the login information to the MLPS website. There are no changes in plan offerings for 2020. If you take no action, your current plan will carry over to 2020. It is always recommended to login to MLPS to verify that your demographic and contact information is current.  
 
We have added many helpful resources to our website regarding Annual Enrollment . The folder is titled: 2020 Health Insurance .
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 from 
October 7  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.
 
For questions or reservations please contact Antoinette Taylor, Office for Mission, at 216.774.0453 or  undesign@trinitycleveland.org .
Parish Compliance for Convention
In order for lay delegates to retain their vote at Diocesan Convention, parishes need to be in compliance in 5 areas, on or before October 9:
  • Clergy pension payments through July 31;
  • Lay pension report, even if no lay employees, plus lay pension payments, if applicable, through July 31;
  • Parochial report for 2018 and any prior years;
  • Parish audit for 2018 and any prior years; and
  • Assessments - 2019 reports and payments through June 30 and all prior year balances. 
Lay delegates have seat and voice at Convention even if the parish is not in compliance.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Sue Leishman, CFO, at 216.774.0450 or  sleishman@dohio.org .
Convention Reminders
Registration for the 202nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Ohio is now open. Registration must be completed by October 11. Parishes must  certify their delegates by October 25.
Ohio Journey of Hope - From Violence to Healing
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship will sponsor a forum, Ohio Journey of Hope - From Violence to Healing, on Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's, Ohio City.  The Ohio Journey of Hope is led by a murder victim"s family member and former death row inmates sharing their stories of healing, reconciliation, forgiveness and how the death penalty does not serve the needs of homicide survivors" (OJH). Speakers are planned to include exonerated Ohio Death Row Survivor Joe D'Ambrosio and murder victim family member Bill Pelke. For more information, please cntact Bruce Freeman at freeman.bruce@gmail.com .
Exhibitor Applications for Convention
The  application  to have an exhibitor table at the Annual Convention is now available. Applications are due by  October 18.
Volunteer Days at Bellwether Farm
Join us on Saturday, October 19 or Wednesday, October 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.for a volunteer farm day at Bellwether Farm.  Register through Eventbrite.  Volunteering on Bellwether Farm's 1.5 acre farm is an experience like no other. Spend the morning learning about regenerative farming while harvesting, processing, weeding and building community in the process. Our goal is that everyone who steps foot on the farm walks away with a newfound reverence for our soil and the hands who spend day in and out growing the food that nourishes us all. No experience is required and we welcome all ages. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. We do ask that you try and stay for the entire volunteer block if possible. We'll send you home with some farm produce as a thank you for your time and investment in our community.
Los Amigos Episcopales Soup Supper
Los Amigos Episcopales will be hosting their 8th Annual  Soup Supper on Saturday,  October 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas, Berea. The event includes a dozen varieties of all you can eat soup served with bread and dessert. Soups will include vegetarian and vegan selections. Varieties include Italian wedding, squash, and mushroom. There will also be many delicious desserts to choose from. This year will also include two quilt raffles - a queen-size 90" x 108" quilt and a Christmas wall hanging or lap quilt 40" x 53" made and donated by Jan Cochrac of St. Hubert's. All are welcome. Adult tickets are $12; children 12 and under are $6. There is a max of $30 per family . 
Children's Storytelling Day
The West Mission Area Commission for Racial Understanding (CRU) will host a Children's Storytelling Day on October 20 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Paul's, Maumee. All are welcome to this free afternoon of storytelling across cultural groups and faith traditions. Local representatives from many different backgrounds will set up stations to tell stories, share about their culture, and present take-home items. Each child who attends will also receive a free multicultural book. For more information, please visit St. Paul's website or Facebook page . 
Christian Formation Luncheon
There will be a Christian Formation Luncheon on October 23 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Trinity Commons. Youth leaders will gather to tell stories, discuss challenges, support one another, and share resources. This luncheon is for primary leaders of youth ministry in a parish (staff, volunteer, full-time, part-time, etc.) If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Anna Sutterisch at  asutterisch@dohio.org. Please RSVP to Betty Kondrich at  bkondrich@dohio.org by October 16.
Human Trafficking Book Reading and Lunch Gathering
Trinity Cathedral's local Episcopal Peace Fellowship group is sponsoring a Human Trafficking Book Reading and Lunch Gathering at the Hotspot CafĂ© on Saturday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m. This book and discussion would be especially valuable for parents and young adults in every community in northeast Ohio .
PARISH EVENTS
Ars organi Fall Festival
The Ars organi Fall Festival celebrating the organs at St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights, continues on October 4-6 with recital programs and discussions honoring Anton Heiller. Organist Jay Peterson and soprano Madelyn Hasebein will perform a recital on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.  featuring works by J.S. Bach, G. Boehm, M. Reger, P. Hindemith and A. Heiller. On Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m., Fulbright Scholars Peterson and Christa Rakich will share remembrances of Heiller as a remarkable organist, composer, conductor and musical catalyst in a panel discussion moderated by Paukert. On Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. Rakich will offer a program of works by P. Hindemith, J.S. Bach and A. Heiller.  For more information and event dates, check  St. Paul's music calendar .
Blessing of the Animals Service at St. Andrew's, Elyria
St. Andrew's, Elyria will hold a Blessing of the Animals on October 6 at 5:00 p.m .
Blessing of the Pets Service at Grace, Sandusky
Grace, Sandusky is hosting a Blessing of the Pets service on Sunday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m.  
Blessing of the Animals at St. Patrick's, Brunswick
St. Patrick's, Brunswick will host their 21st Annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. All pets receive an individual blessing. This is event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 330.220.2777 .
Harvest Home Service and Dinner
The 124th Harvest Home Service will be held at St. Stephen's, East Liverpool on Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. Also, an old-fashioned roast beef dinner will be held at St. Stephen's on Monday, October 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Diana Butler Bass Speaking Event
Diana Butler Bass is speaking at St. John's, Youngstown on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for $15 and can be purchased at  stjohnohio.org. Diana Butler Bass is an American historian of Christianity and a leading voice in progressive Christianity. She is the author of ten books, her latest being Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
Upcoming BrownBag Events at Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral will host a  BrownBag event, Dancing Wheels, on October 9. This BrownBag will feature art, motion, and dance. Trinity Cathedral will also host a BrownBag event, Decho Ensemble, on October 16. This concert will feature the winning combination of vintage Buescher saxophones played by Jacob Swanson, Sarah Marchitelli, and Jared Yackiw. For the October 16 concert, y ou may bring a brown bag lunch or purchase one for $7.  All BrownBag events are free and no reservations are required. For more information, please visit musicandartattrinity.org 
Choral Evensong at St. Barnabas, Bay Village
On Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m., St. Barnabas, Bay Village will host the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church, Binghamton, NY as they offer a Choral Evensong. St. Barnabas will serve Breakfast for Dinner before the service at 5:30 p.m. in Parkside Hall. All are welcome
"It's Never too Late to Feel Great"
A free talk "It's Never too Late to Feel Great" will be presented by life and health coach Michael Durbin at St. Mark's, Canton on October 10 at 6:00pm. Michael will discuss mind, body, and spirit, as well as how to be good to one another. To RSVP, please head to the Facebook event page or email the office at office@stmarks-canton.org
Pierogis and Pork Dinner
St. James, Painesville will hold a Pierogis and Pork Dinner on Saturday, October 12 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The night will include dinner, a craft sale, a bake shop, a gift card tree, a raffle, and more. Tickets are $15 and the mac and cheese dinner is $5. Dinner will include pierogis, roast pork, applesauce, sauerkraut, green beans almondine, and dessert. For more information, please call 440.354.3526.  
Women's Breakfast Retreat
St. Paul's, Akron is hoting a Women's Breakfast Retreat on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00-11:45 a.m. The retreat will begin with a catered breakfast in the Parish Hall, then go through a slow, careful interaction with Luke's text (Luke 10:38-42), in a discipline called lectio divina (divine reading). Then the retreat will focus on visio divina (divine seeing) by contemplating the divine in Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's depiction of Jesus' visit with the sisters. Bring your Bible and open your heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit, at this delightful gathering led by local writer, teacher and artist Lee Palencar. To register or for more information please call 330.836.9327 ext. 20 or email receptionist@stpaulsakron.org.
North Hill Community Mentoring Program
The North Hill Community Mentoring Program will begin its 2019-2020 program on October 12. The program led by professionals and volunteers teaches life skills and character building through activities, exercise, speakers, and crafts. The program meets from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays twice a month from October 12 through May 23. For more information or to obtain a permission slip to attend please visit saintandrewsakron.org or email st.andrews.akron@gmail.com
St. Andrew Accessory Sale
St. Andrew, Mentor is holding an Accessory Sale on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Gently used designer hats, hat boxes, purses, jewelry, and other delightful ladies sundries are available for sale at deep discount prices. Refresh your wardrobe and refresh your spirits with pleasant company and fine accessories fit for a dowager duchess or 2020 presidential candidate
Outreach Grants Available
Grace, Sandusky is offering outreach grants. Any individual or organization may request a grant from $200 to $1,000. Grant guidelines and a simple grant application are available online at  www.gracesandusky.org or at the church.  Projects funded by Grace Church must be completed by September 1, 2020. Grantees will have the opportunity to share written and pictorial information of completed projects. Grant requests for funding that incorporate Christian Episcopal beliefs of learning, serving, and sharing will be given preference.  The grant application deadline is Monday, October 14. (postmarked). Checks will be distributed by December 31. For more information call the Rev. Jan Smith Wood at 419.625.6919.
Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
St. Michael's in-the-Hills, Toledo is hosting a new event series, "Off the Beaten Path." The first event will be the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra performing "For Justice and Peace" on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert's selections will range from Franz Shubert and Bela Bartok to Michael Abels and Jessie Montgomery. For more information about the Sphinx Organization, please visit their website. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students. You can purchase tickets online or by calling the church office at 419.531.1616 .
Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty
St. Andrew, Mentor is hosting " Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty-Journey of Hope" on October 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The event will feature honest talk from murder victim family member, death row family member, and a death row exonoree Kwame Ajamu .
Trunk or Treat
St. Andrew's, Cleveland will host a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 26 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event that will feature decorated cars with candy. There will be an adult raffle for $25 Dave's gift cards. All children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult .
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Advanced Godly Play Training
An Advanced Godly Play training will be held in Frankfort, Kentucky on October 24-26. To attend the training, you must have core training certification, three or more years leading Godly Play sessions, read  Children's Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters by Rebecca Nye, and prepare a case study to bring to the training. Registration is now open.