You’re Invited

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Dear faithful reader,

The following is an invitation written by Bridget Glover, co-chair of Children’s Sunday School.  I want to add to her invitation that I believe Ascension & Holy Trinity has an amazing Sunday School Teaching Team.  Our current teachers are extremely gifted and dedicated to sharing the love of God with our children.  Personally, my two boys, Nathaniel and Lucas, both love their Sunday School experiences and miss Sunday School over the summer months when we adjust to Children’s Chapel.  Bridget and Heather’s hope (mine, too) is that you’ll receive this invitation and prayerfully consider attending this informational meeting on Sunday July 13th at 11:15 to consider serving God through serving our children.  Personally, I would love to be with our children for Sunday School, but I’m upstairs leading worship ; )  In God’s Grace,

Eric L. Miller+

Needed:
Volunteers for the Sunday School Ministry!

We have over 40 children currently enrolled in Sunday School at A&HT. These are amazing young people that are learning about God’s love and how to put that into action! Working with these children is not only a ton of fun, but it is also incredibly meaningful to be part of a child’s faith life!

Many of you are now saying one of the following things to yourself:
*I am not a teacher.
*I do not know enough about the bible to teach children
*I wouldn’t know where to begin
*I don’t have the time
*I am terrible at crafts!

But what if you had the support of a wonderful group of people? What if a lot of the work was done for you? What if you got more out of teaching than you could ever put in? What if creativity or artistic ability was NOT required?

Please prayerfully consider at least coming to an informational meeting!
Don’t make a decision before getting all of the information!

Sunday School Volunteer
Informational Meeting
July 13 at 11:15

Please sign up on the bulletin board or email Bridget Glover to attend the meeting. bridgetglover@me.com

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You’re Invited to Ministry

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COMMUNITY DINNER
Tuesday June 10th—6:00 PM
St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights
4:30pm-Meet in the A&HT kitchen to assemble the meal
5:15pm – deliver the meal to St. Simon’s
Menu: pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches & cookies.
We would welcome donations of:
small sandwich buns, pulled pork or pulled chicken
(prepared and ready to heat), cookies and monetary donations.

Also if you are eating takeout and are not using the package of napkin and cutlery that comes with the meal, we could use it for our dinner. Leave the packages in the container on the counter in the kitchen labeled for the Community Dinner.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

Contact Dee Damico at dddamico@aol.com or 772-0065 with questions

Ascension & Holy Trinity Relay for Life Update from Team Captain Terry Kessler

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TEAM A&HT,

THANKS for your level of support at the Relay and in your personal donations and outside fund raising!

It will take a while for all the money to be posted on the TEAM web page, but as of the end of Relay

today we have a total of $8,787. We significantly exceeded our goal of $7,500 to become a Platinum

Team again in 2014 as we were in 2013. I will have the Platinum sign in the front yard at Chruch tomorrow.

Be proud of what you accomplished again this year in the fight against cancer.

“Thank you for providing your time your talents and your heart to our mission. Through your generosity, you are creating a world with more birthdays!”

 

Terry

Join Us Tonight at 7:00 to Talk About Newcomer Ministry!

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You Are Invited to Ascension & Holy Trinity’s Parish Hall Tonight at 7:00 for a Live Webinar Experience! We are always considering ways to become a more welcoming faith community as we look toward our vision, so join us as we watch and discuss an hour long webinar on “Newcomer Ministry!”

 

Here’s a snippet of the description:

“Inviting, welcoming, and connecting persons in our congregations are vital steps for building healthy, vibrant and growing churches. In this web conference, Mary Parmer offers an overview of best practices, tools, and resources for congregations to develop a strategic and intentional newcomers ministry. The Newcomer Ministry Project has brought new energy to Episcopal congregations around inviting, welcoming, and connecting with newcomers in the Diocese of Texas especially.”

 

We’ll see you tonight at 7:00 in our air-conditioned Parish Hall with our cinematic screen experience!

 

In God’s Grace,

Eric L. Miller+

Rector

emiller479@hotmail.com

Flexibility is Key

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Adjustments to timing of 10:00 Invitations & Celebrations
Those attending 10:00 worship last week noticed we had our Invitations/Celebrations at the beginning of the service.
Why is the Worship Commission adjusting the Invitations/Celebrations?

• to incorporate more continuity into the service

• to respond to those who feel mid-service announcements are disruptive

• to build quiet time into the beginning of our Sunday liturgy
Directions in The Book of Common Prayer (page 407) provide four alternative placements for parish announcements: “Necessary announcements may be made before the service, after the Creed, before the Offertory, or at the end of the service, as convenient.” We have traditionally placed announcements prior to the Offertory at Ascension & Holy Trinity. Currently we are trying them out for four weeks at the beginning of the service, and then we plan to have another four-week trial period with the announcements near the end of the service.

At the conclusion of the two trial adjustments, an online survey will be sent to parishioners (paper copies to those preferring paper) asking for feedback about both trial periods. The Worship Commission will then prayerfully discuss and decide what option will be implemented long-term. Again, the goals are to provide more continuity, to transition from the liturgy of the Word to the liturgy of sacrament with less disruption, and to encourage a time of quiet prayers before the beginning of our worship together.

Eric and the Worship Commission understand that change can be challenging for some. We encourage you to remember why we are doing these trial adjustments and to be as flexible as possible. Our thanks and appreciation for your understanding and for your feedback once we have our survey sent out.

Eric+

 

A Reminder from Our Community Dinner Ministry Organizers

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Hi Friends

The Community dinner this month has been moved from May 13 to May 20 at St. Simon, because Dee and Ralph Damico are on vacation the 2nd week of May, and won’t return to Cincinnati till May 17th.

This month our dinner will feature LaRosa’s pizza, garden salad, fruit (red grapes from A&HT) and dessert. Donations needed are money for the pizza, and dessert of your choice to serve 10 people.

Let us know if you can help with food preparation at 4:30, transportation at 5:30 or serving at St. Simon at 6 PM. Also, if you are making any dessert, please leave in the kitchen by Monday morning and send us and e-mail about your donation.

Thanks very much for your help with this dinner and all the dinners in the past year.

Ralph and Dee Damico

Wednesday Eucharist

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Every Wednesday morning at 10:00 I have the opportunity to celebrate Holy Eucharist with a dedicated group of parishioners.  We meet in the Memorial Chapel next to my office.  The format is simple and laid back.  Parishioners volunteer to read the lessons.  One of the group volunteers to read the Prayers of the People.  The homily is more or less a conversation with diverse opinions openly accepted.  Will you join us tomorrow morning at 10:00 in the Memorial Chapel of Ascension & Holy Trinity to be fed by God’s Word, sacrament, and one another?

 

Always Looking for Opportunities to Live Our Mission

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An Open Invitation:

 

See Hamilton County’s services for job seekers first-hand!  Wednesday, May 14:  Join Cincinnati’s interfaith leaders for a field trip to Ohio Means Jobs (formerly SuperJobs) at 1916 Central Parkway in downtown Cincinnati!  Using federal grants, this program hosts hiring events, up to $200 in bus or gas cards for newly-hired people, and grants for on-the-job training and vocational courses .  Employment is a top issue for the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) this year, so MARCC is holding its May delegates meeting at Ohio Means Jobs.  Come at 11:30 to observe an open hiring session, then hear an overview of Ohio Means Jobs services by director Kevin Holt.  The event is free!  Bring a brown-bag lunch.  This is a great chance to learn not only about a valuable resource for employers and job-seekers, and also to see MARCC in action. MARCC was spearheaded by Bishop Blanchard in 1968 to unite Cincinnati’s religious community to foster reconciliation and social justice.  For more information, visitwww.marcconline.com. and http://ohiomeansjobs.com/hamilton

Hope to see you there!
Ariel Miller, diocesan representative to MARCC

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Meets Friday April 25th

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Men, join me tomorrow morning at 7:30 for breakfast and prayers at Big Boy’s in Hartwell.  We meet, order our food, pray and discuss Scripture together, and then have fellowship over breakfast.  It’s a great way to begin your Friday.  Come and bring a friend!

God’s Grace,

Eric+

A Mission-minded Parish

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Did you know that Ascension & Holy Trinity is having two parish mission ministries this summer?  That’s right, not one, but two mission events!  June 18-22nd several parishioners will be traveling to Staten Island to assist in the rebuilding efforts from the devastation left behind from Hurricane Sandy.  Ascension & Holy Trinity will be helping through the auspices of Episcopal Relief & Development.  More details and a planning meeting date are forthcoming. Vestry member, Rolf Stottmann, is working on details for our Staten Island Mission Trip.

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In addition to our traveling mission trip, our Helping Our Neighbors In Need ministry team is hosting another “At-home Mission Week” the week of June 23rd.  Noel Horne is busy planning this event and wants your input.  Adults and children are invited to the home of Noel and Angela Horne this Friday evening April 25th at 6:30 for a planning party.  This fabulous planning party is for adults and children.  The evening will be very informal and will involve wine and cheese, soft drinks and desserts.  Please call Noel at 513-729-2173 to let him know that you and your family plan on attending the planning party.  I know all will have a great time together as we seek opportunities to take God’s love into the world!

 

In God’s Grace,

Eric L. Miller+