Undesign the Redline
October 7-December 20
Trinity Commons

The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
Volunteer as a Host for Undesign the Redline
Undesign the Redline is an 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 Commons is hosting this exhibit from  October 7 through  December 20.   We are in need of volunteers to host groups and individuals viewing the exhibit. The tours are two hours and you will be scheduled based upon your availability. The volunteer commitment includes two 2-hour trainings. The deadline to volunteer is September 11 . For questions, please contact Antoinette Taylor at , Office for Mission, with any questions
Convention Nominations
Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13 for inclusion in the Convention Handbook. The positions that will be filled at Convention include: Diocesan Trustee, Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, Diocesan Disciplinary Board, ECS Development Council, and General Convention Deputy. A full list of Convention deadlines can be found on the diocesan website.
Celebration of Renewed Ministry
Your prayers and presence are requested as the Rev. Vincent Black and the people of Church of the Ascension, Lakewood celebrate their renewed ministry together. All are invited to attend this special service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28. Eucharist will be followed by lunch. Clergy are invited to vest and wear red stoles.
Episcopal Community Services Grants
Through the Bishop's Annual Appeal  communicants and congregations of the Diocese of Ohio support Episcopal Community Services (ECS). This annual fundraising effort provides essential resources for ECS to help parishes fund community ministries. We give priority to applications from Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Ohio. We also encourage applications from collaborative community initiatives with active Episcopal involvement that serve the needs of the community and educate and advocate for systemic change. Through ECS, parishes can apply for and receive financial support to create partnerships that strengthen communities, give in spiritual fidelity to God, and serve the world as the very body of Jesus. The submission  of a 2020 Episcopal Community Services grant application is an online process. Applications will be accepted  until  September 30. You will receive an automatic reply acknowledging when your grant application is submitted. If your grant is approved, you'll receive funding in February 2020.  For additional information, please email .
Diocesan Youth Event (DYE)
Registration is now open for the 2019 Diocesan Youth Event (DYE). DYE is an annual weekend retreat open to all youth in grades 6-12 in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. This year, DYE is themed " Science Fair" and we will use activities like baking sourdough, testing soil quality, and "slicing and dicing your DNA" to deepen the sense of awe and connection to God and the created world. DYE will be at Bellwether Farm  October 4-6, with arrival at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Families are invited to a special St. Francis Day Eucharist on Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m., after which will be pickup. Any questions can be directed to the Rev. Anna Sutterisch, Canon for Christian Formation, at or 216.774.0460. Registration closes  September 27 .
Commission for Racial Understanding Resources
The Commission for Racial Understanding (CRU) has released their
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 or contact Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or .
Clergy Day
Clergy Day will be held on Tuesday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Commons. All full-time active parochial clergy are required to attend. If you cannot attend, please contact the Bishop's office at 216.774.0457 or registration deadline is Tuesday, October 1. If you have questions, please contact Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or .
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 .
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.
Exhibitor Applications for Convention
The  application  to have an exhibitor table at the Annual Convention is now available. Applications are due by  October 18.
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 Please RSVP to Betty Kondrich at by October 16.
Book Discussion and Potluck
St. John's, Youngstown is hosting a potluck and book discussion on Wednesday,  September 11  at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass. Please call 330.743.3175 to RSVP for the book discussion and to let us know what dish you will bring to share
An Evensong will be held at St. Andrew's, Akron on Sunday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m.  Former choristers of Dr. Robert Quade, will sing the beautiful Anglican gift to Liturgy with this service lead by the Rev. Dr. Michael Petrochuk. He will be accompanied by Valerie Thorsen as Guest Conductor and Daniel Fortune as Guest Organist. Please join us for this service dedicated to the memory of Anne Quade who lost her battle with cancer twenty years ago.  The service will be followed by tea in the Parish Hall
Understanding Immigration
The West Mission Area Commission for Racial Understanding is starting off the Fall 2019 series with Understanding Immigration on September 15 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Timothy's, Perrysburg. The event will be an overview and discussion on the current landscape of immigration. Patty Hernandez, a Senior Attorney at Able, and Helen Bare of St. John XXIII, Perrysburg will be speaking
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge Concert
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England will perform a free concert on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral. No tickets or reservations required and free parking is available in the lot off Prospect Avenue.  
Parish Potluck for Literacy
Global Mission Action Group will hold a Parish Potluck for Literacy on Sunday, September 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dining Room at St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights. The potluck will feature guest speaker Kathryn Tschiegg, Executive Director and Founder of Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO). Please bring a dish to share. RSVP to the Parish Office at 216.932.5815. For more information, contact event co-chairs
Connie Hanson at 216.502.1192 or Joyce Pope at 216.406.4042 .  
Astralis Chamber Ensemble Concert
Grace, Sandusky is hosting a concert featuring Astralis Chamber Ensemble in Reflections on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Angela Massey, Kris Marshall, and Alexis Colner will present works for the entire trio. Donations will be accepted.  
Oktoberfest 3
St. Paul's, Medina, in affiliation with Hofbrauhaus-Cleveland, will hold Oktoberfest 3 on Saturday, September 28 at the parish from 1:00-9:00 p.m.  Two bands will be performing and a dance area will be available. Die Gottsheer Blauskapelle will perform from 1:00-5:00 p.m, and  Jason & the Monotones  will perform from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Costume judging and a stein holding contest will be held from 5:00-5:30 p.m. Bavarian hats and other sales items as well as caricature artist, Mike Gezze, will also be available. The  Kid's Korner  will again be part of the event from 1:00-6:00 p.m., and will include an inflatable 65' obstacle course, 16' inflatable slide, face painting, cornhole and various ball games, and free, fresh popcorn for all attendees. Pre-sale ticket prices: age 11 and under are free; ages 12-20 are $5; and adults over 21 are $6.  To purchase tickets visit   or by call the church office at 330.725.4131. All tickets the day of the event will be $10 . P roceeds will benefit St. Paul's outreach programs .  
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 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
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 or email
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 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.
Job Openings
NEW: Receptionist/Administrative Assistant - St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights; Communications Manager - Trinity Cathedral
View all current   job openings.  
Wanted: Parish Coffee Mugs
The Diocese is collecting parish coffee mugs for use at Bellwether Farm. When not in use, the mugs will be showcased on the shelves at Bellwether Farm's coffee station. If you have mugs that you'd like to donate, feel free to drop them off at the Diocesan offices or at Bellwether Farm. If you have questions, please contact Jessica Rocha at 216.774.0459.