Clergy Day
October 2, 2018
Bellwether Farm

The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
Lay and Clergy Leadership Conference
The 2018 Lay and Clergy Leadership Conference will be held at Bellwether Farm on September 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The theme of this year's conference is "Riding Backwards Bicycles: Practical Ways to Join God's Work" and the speaker is Michael Binder. The conference is $25 per person, or $10 per person for a team of four or more. Registration is now open.
Sustainable Saturdays at Bellwether Farm
Through a gift from the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, Bellwether Farm is offering resources to individuals and parishes in the Diocese of Ohio for  composting and  water stewardship . The Watershed Stewardship and Rain Barrel Workshop will be held on September 29 and the Composting Workshop will be held on October 20 The workshops are $10 and include and farm-to-table snacks.  Space is limited. Go to to register or contact Jessica Miller, Land Stewardship and Program Manager, at  or 216.217.3447.  bulletin insert  has also been created to advertise these opportunities in parishes .
ECS Grant Application
Episcopal Community Services (ECS) strives to foster ministries organized and/or supported by as many congregations as possible. 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 t he 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 2019 Episcopal Community Services grant application is now an online process. To begin the grant submission process please click the following link. deadline for the 2019 Episcopal Community Services grant application is September 30. You will receive an automatic acknowledgement reply when your grant application is submitted. If your grant is approved, you'll receive funding in February 2019.  For additional information, please email .
Celebration of New Ministry
Your prayers and presence are requested as the Rev. Lisa A. Tucker-Gray and the people of Trinity Episcopal Church celebrate their new ministry together. All are invited to attend this special service at 7:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, October 10 Clergy are invited to vest and wear white stoles. 
For additional information, please contact the parish at 419.243.1231 or Trinity Episcopal Church is located at One Trinity Plaza, Toledo .
Diocesan Youth Event
Diocesan Youth Event (DYE) will be held at Bellwether Farm on October 5-7DYE is open to youth in grades 6-12. An adult chaperone must accompany youth for the weekend. Please have  one adult for every 10 youth. All adult leaders must have completed Safeguarding God's Children  training.  Cost is $75 per person. (This fee helps cover meals and supplies for the weekend.) Consent and registration forms are available. The deadline to register is Friday, September 28.
Ministry Discernment Day
Ministry Discernment Day will be held on Saturday, October 13 at St. James, Wooster.  The purpose of Ministry Discernment Day is to help those who feel a call to service, to better understand that call, and to explain the mechanics of the discernment process. 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 warmly encouraged to attend as well.  Lunch is provided. Registration is now open. 
If you have questions or need more information contact the Rev. Evan Fischer, the Chair of Commission on Ministry, at 330.262.4476 or email him at; or contact Betty Kondrich at 216.774.0466 or
Convention Reminders
Registration for the 202nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Ohio is now open. Registration must be completed by October 19. Parishes must certify their delegates by October 26 .
Christian Formation Resources  Through  the 
Diocesan Resource Center
As we soon begin a new program year, the Diocesan Resource Center is here to assist.  We are pleased to once again offer Weaving God's Promises for Children to all parishes within the Diocese of Ohio through a diocesan license. Please contact Mary Ann Semple at  or 216.774.0442 for more information or to set up an account.  The website and Pinterest Page offer resources for all aspects of parish life.  Our library can be accessed through our digital catalog where you can fill out an online request form. We also have several new additions to the library. 
2018-2019 Opportunities for Youth 
The dates for the remainder of the 2018 and 2019 youth events have been set. Mark your calendars!
Commission for Racial Understanding Resources
The Commission for Racial Understanding (CRU) has released their September resources.
David Higgs Concert
Christ Church, Warren will host a concert featuring David Higgs on Sunday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m. David Higgs, head of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music, is one of the most sought after concert organists in the country. The concert will be held in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Casavant Pipe Organ which Mr. Higgs dedicated in 1988. The program will include works of Bach, Deupre, Daquin, Mozart, and Widor. A free-will offering will be received .
Health and Wellness Fair
Come out and get healthy with St. Luke's, Cleveland at their annual health and wellness fair on September 24 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. There will be healthy snacks, fitness classes, yoga instruction, and more. St. Luke's is also looking for people who can tend the snack station and assist in the preparation and clean up of the event. If interested, please call St. Luke's at 216.631.2841 and ask for David Ramsey .
Core Godly Play Training
St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights is hosting Core Godly Play Training beginning on September 28 at 5:30 p.m. through  September 30 at 5:30 p.m. 
Core Training is the essential training for all storytellers and doorpersons in the Godly Play room. We recommend attending Core Training every year for the first three years of your practice. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. This time of retreat will strengthen your understanding of children's spirituality and leave you spiritually refreshed!  Registration closes on September 24.
Second Annual Oktoberfest
St. Paul's, Medina will hold their second annual Oktoberfest on September 29 from 1:00-9:00 p.m. The event is rain or shine. Oktoberfest will have food, wine, and beer catered by Hofbrauhaus-Cleveland. German bands will play from 1:00-5:00 p.m., a rock band from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and the dance floor will be open all day. Oktoberfest will include Kids Korner fun, crazy hats, and caricatures from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Advance tickets for 21+ are $7, ages 11-20 are $5, and under 10 are free. All tickets are $10 the day of the event. Visit St. Paul's website or call the church office at 330.725.4131 to purchase tickets.
Taizé Service
On Sunday,  September 30 at 7:00 p.m., New Life, Uniontown will conduct a beautiful, interdenominational Taizé Service open to all. A  Taizé service includes quiet and simple prayer, music, reflection, and silent meditation. These spiritual practices encourage an intimate, personal connection with God. The Taizé Community, a model of global Christian unity, is an ecumenical monastery with more than 100 brothers, both Catholic and Protestant, from more than 30  countries . For more information, contact Bo Lole at 234.571.9949 or visit .
Brown Bag Concert
Trinity Cathedral is hosting a Brown Bag Concert featuring the Amethyst String Quartet on October 3 at 12:00 p.m. The quartet will perform "Celebrating Autumn!" Brown bag lunches may be brought or purchased for $7 at the event .
20th Annual Blessing of the Pets
St. Patrick's, Brunswick is holding their 20th Annual Blessing of the Pets from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on October 7. All animals will be blessed, including stuffed animals, cremains, and photographs. Donations will be accepted. Food vendors will also be there. The event will happen rain or shine.
We Sing the Year 'Round
St. Paul's, Canton; St. Mark's, Canton; and St. Timothy's Massillon will join together for a Hymn Festival on October 21 at 3:00 p.m. The festival will be held at St. Paul's, Canton and will be directed by  Dr.  John Ferguson .
Children's Storytelling: Peace Making Across Cultures
The second event in the fall series offered by the Commission for Racial Understanding will be held at St. Paul's, Maumee, on Sunday October 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Representatives from several cultures will be on hand to tell stories about peace-making along with sharing activities, crafts, food, and fun. All ages are welcome to attend. The event is free and open to the public .
St. Thomas Concert Series
St. Thomas, Berea is hosting a concert series. There are two concerts in October. On Sunday, October 21, there will be a Gospel-Jazz Praise Concert at 4:00 p.m.  Gabriel's Horns, a 21-piece jazz-praise big band, will perform. Joining them is special guest Chairo! Praise, a contemporary gospel ensemble. Tickets are $10 each. Advanced tickets are available through the church office (440.234.5241) or at the door the night of the concert. If purchasing in advance, make checks payable to St. Thomas. The second concert is a Concert Band performance on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. Come see m embers of the Tri-C Concert Band featuring woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments. The band is under the direction of Randolph Laycock, PhD.  This concert is free with a free-will offering accepted .
Trunk or Treat
St. Thomas, Berea is hosting a Trunk or Treat event on October 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Kids can safely trick-or-treat while stopping at the decorated cars by walking through both the United Methodist and St. Thomas parking lots.  Check-in at either St. Thomas or the United Methodist Church of Berea for a goodie bag. Refreshments will be served at both churches. Kids may dress up in not-too-scary costumes, if they wish. Kids will also get to vote on the best decorated cars; the winner will receive a local restaurant gift card.
Volunteers Needed
St. Luke's, Cleveland is looking for volunteers to help with tutoring sessions and Christian education classes for youth as well as for the after-school art program. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., the doors of the church will be opened to assist the community's young people with homework and to host discussions on different faith topics. The art program will be held on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Ifinterested in volunteering, please call St. Luke's at 216.631.2841 and ask for David Ramsey.
Job Openings
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Central American Medical Outreach Concert
Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) is hosting a concert featuring Claude Bourbon on September 26 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is $15 in advance and $20 at the door and is held at the Sugar Lake Lodge in Painesville. CAMO is a Christian mission outreach organization in Honduras from Orrville, Ohio.