Undesign the Redline
October 7-December 20
Trinity Commons

The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
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 30 .
Volunteer Days at Bellwether Farm
Join us on Wednesday, October 2; 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.
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 .
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
Today, 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 .
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.
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 . 
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.
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 .  
Great Music Without Barriers Concert
St. Peter's, Ashtabula is hosting pianist Halida Dinova as she performs her series "Music that tells Stories" as part of the Great Music Without Barriers series on  September 29  at 2:00 p.m.  The concert and the meet the artist reception are free and open to the public .  
Taiz é  Service
New Life, Uniontown invites you to deepen your spirituality with an intimate, personal encounter with God on Sunday, September 29 from 7:00-7:45 p.m. In a beautiful, candle-lit sanctuary, meet God in the silence of quiet prayer, calm reflection, silent meditation, and optional chanted singing. The Taizé  service includes lighting candles for prayer and thanksgiving, and the unique meditative music will be provided by acclaimed Northeast Ohio classical guitarist Adam Keeler and pianist Nicole Scafidi. For more information, contact Bo Lole at 234.571.9949 or visit the New Life website .
Organ Festival
St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights organist and choirmaster Karel Paukert has planned an exciting festival of music to celebrate the parish's Holtkamp and Hradetsky organs. The community is invited to visit, listen, learn, and celebrate as guest organists and its resident musician present wide ranging repertory over seven dates from late September through October. The festival opens on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. with an Organ Plus recital featuring saxophonist Noa Even. Paukert will accompany this stellar artist as they perform two new works by Frank Wiley and Buck McDaniel. All are welcome at these free events made possible by grants from the Ingalls Foundation and the Charles H. Teare and Clifford K. Kern Music Fund at the Cleveland Foundation. For more information and event dates, check St. Paul's music calendar.  
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.  
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
"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
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
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.
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 .
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 .
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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.