JANUARY CONNECTIONS - The Church of Ascension & Holy Trinity

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01/15
Ascension & Holy Trinity,
Episcopal Church
334 Burns Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45215
January
2015
Mission:
Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
lives to put God's love into action!
WORSHIP SCHEDULE
- 8:00am & 10am in the Church
Children's Formation at 10am. Child care in the Nursery.
On Wednesdays Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 10am
(in the Memorial Chapel of Ascension & Holy Trinity)
Contact the church: (513) 821-5341 | [email protected]
“LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK!
Rev. Eric’s Blog: http://ascensionholytrinity.com/blog/
WWW.ASCENSIONHOLYTRINITY.COM
A&HT WYOMING PRESCHOOL: 2YRS – PRE-K
[email protected]
More information under A&HT Wyoming Preschool tab on
A&HT website.
The Vision of Ascension & Holy Trinity:
A vital and growing faith community, with
overflowing worship services and Christian growth
opportunities. A church with compassion-centered
ministries through which all find a place and take
God's love into the world.
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News from the Pews
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Glenn Schaaf
George Johnson
Bria Bachman
Brenda Meranda
Claire Miller
Tom Ackerman
Elizabeth Graham
Tim O’Neill
16. Sally Putnam
17. Matt Barnes
Alan Gast
Oliver Madison
18. Maurice Bason
19. Peter Mason
Dick Thomas
20. Erin Esposito
23. Sue Gorman
24. Thomas Davis
25. Richard Hopple
26. John Fitzwater
28. Jim Gieringer
Katie Purdy
Elyse Walters
29. Robert Gómez
31. David Voige
Welcome!
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Nicholas Lang
1065 Greenville Ave., 45246
1. Larry & Wendy McLean
28. Bob & Wendy Allan
This month’s Meeting
7:30am ~ Friday, January 16th
At Frisch’s 8383 Vine St.,
Hartwell location.
For current calendar of events,
please go to the church website:
www.ascensionholytrinity.com
And click on the ‘Happenings’ tab.
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RECTOR’S REFLECTIONS
First, remember with me that the season of Christmas is
twelve days. Our Christmas joy need not end after our gifts are
unwrapped on December 25th. Even more importantly, we are to
hold the love and joy of Jesus in our hearts all year round, not
simply during December 24th and 25th or the twelve days of
Christmas.
Ok, so we are at the start of a new secular year with January
1st. We’ve enjoyed a nice New Year’s Eve with friends and
family, and now we are pondering what “resolutions” we are to
have in 2015. Generally speaking my new year’s resolutions
have been directed inward. For example, many of us resolve to
shed a few unwanted pounds nearly every new year. There are all
sorts of self-serving resolutions, many of which are quite worthy
of our time and attention to better ourselves. But, what about
looking beyond ourselves?
Recently, I read the Forward Movement pamphlet, “Seeing
Christ In Our Guests: A Guide to Church Hospitality” by David
P. Seifert. This pamphlet can be read very quickly, or it can be
read over a bit slower as one thinks about their responses to
important questions. The pamphlet begins by quoting St.
Benedict, a monk from Italy some sixteen hundred years ago
quoting, “Let all guests who come be received as Christ.” This
pamphlet goes on to explain that hospitality for Christians isn’t
about gaining more people in the pews, but rather, we are to
be hospitable people because God calls us to be hospitable. Luke
14:12-14 reminds us, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do
not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or
rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you
would be repaid. But…invite the poor, the crippled, the lame,
and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot
repay you.” Our God is a God of hospitality, and we are called
to be hospitable.
Ascension & Holy Trinity does a beautiful job of welcoming
guests in God’s spiritual home at 334 Burns Avenue, and we can
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always do better. To that end, I think it would be wonderful of us
to take some time to look at what we do and how we can “see
Christ in our guests” in an even deeper more intentional manner.
I am working with our Welcoming Team on when might be a
good time for the Welcoming Team to host a few meetings with
those interested in learning more about how we see God in our
guests. I encourage you to look in your Sunday bulletins for
more information.
New Year’s Resolutions can be quite helpful. There isn’t a
thing wrong with trying to better ourselves, but as a Christian
community we get to look beyond ourselves. Maybe part of our
resolve for 2015 can be to more intentionally see Christ in our
guests and all whom we encounter !
In God’s Grace,
Eric L. Miller+ Rector
ANNUAL REPORT
Contributions for the annual
report are requested in
electronic form to the
Parish Office by
Wednesday, January 14th
Thanks!
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A&HT Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 25th
In the Parish Hall After the 10am service
The Nomination Committee has prepared
a full slate of candidates for the open positions:
Vestry positions open for Nomination:
1 year term: Senior Warden—Bill Kent (3rd term)
1 year term: Junior Warden—Brandon Cordes (2nd term)
3 year term: 3 Vestry member at large seats
- Patsy David & John Fitzwater (2nd terms)
and Jim Stegman
2 year term: 1 Vestry member at large seat
- Mary Melville (fulfilling unexpired term of Tom Purdy)
According to A&HT By-Laws...
...The Senior Warden, the Junior Warden, and the Members-atLarge shall be communicants in good standing of the Parish. Each
Warden and at least a majority of the Members-at-Large shall be not
less than twenty-one years of age at the time of his or her election.
...Nominations of additional candidates for each office may be
made by a writing signed by not less than five members of the Parish,
such writing to be submitted to the Rector, the Senior Warden, and the
Vestry Secretary not less than fourteen days prior to said Meeting. No
nominations of candidates for any office shall be made at said Meeting.
Deadline for such nominations would be
Sunday, January 18th 2011
To put your name forward or to nominate someone from
within the parish please send contact information to the
parish office: [email protected] | 821-5341
The 2015 Nominating committee "made up of those whose terms are expiring”
- Bill Kent, Brandon Cordes,
Gail Bason, Patsy Davis, and John Fitzwater.
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This past November, our preschool celebrated Thanksgiving
with a feast.
Over 160 people attended the gathering to enjoy the preschool
pals performance and eat some deliciously prepared homemade
treats. There were lots of positive comments about the beauty of
the church sanctuary and about how nice it was to use the updated
Parish Hall. We also collected over 140 items of non-pershible
food that was donated to Valley Food and Clothing.
It was truly a November full of blessings for your preschool!
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TAKING GOD’S LOVE INTO THE
WORLD BY HELPING
OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED
A new era of HONIN begins this month with the retirement of Noel
Horne as chairman after his wonderful service of fifteen years. Noel
wants to spend more time in Hilton Head, avoiding snow shoveling.
He will be hard to replace. Don Schmidt and Dee Damico have agreed
to be the new co-chairs. Don brings many talents to HONIN with his
background as Superintendant of Finneytown schools and his organization of the Bible study programs that he has chaired. Dee Damico has
been involved with many of the various HONIN projects such as IHN,
Valley Interfaith, Homework Club, the Community Dinners and several mission trips. We want to urge the parish members to keep us informed of any projects that are of interest to them so that we can help
in some way if possible.
COMMUNITY DINNER
TUESDAY JANUARY 13, 2015
Our Community Dinner for January 13 will be beef stew with
noodles, carrots, corn bread, yeast rolls and fresh fruit.
We will need beef stew meat, carrots and corn bread. St
Simon's will furnish the fruit. If you can bake a 14 x 9 inch pan
of cornbread on Tuesday and have it over to A&HT by 4:30, I
would be very grateful. Please tell me if you plan to do this. We
could also use donations of beef stew and carrots by Monday,
Jan. 12.
Can you help prepare the dinner, transport to St. Simon of
Cyrene in Lincoln Heights and/or serve the meal? As always,
cash donations are appreciated.
Thanks for all your help. Dee Damico [[email protected]]
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PRAYER CONCERNS:
Ronald Vanoss, Dan Albright, Julie Stegman, Nancy Shaw, Richard
Cotterill, Sue Gorman, George Thiemann, Richard Strange, Jerry
Hanson, Jeff Moore, Grigg Fountain, Ellianna Ludka, Eloise Roberts,
Noland Aidan Haeger, Jennifer Blevins, Nick, Trey Baker, Doris
Shaneor, Sallie, Nancy Hobson & Family, Roger Scroggin, Jerry &
Judie Hanson, Norann Amos, Dan Dace, Dona Turpin, Becky Bond,
Madalyn Humphrey, Teresa Walters, Alan Fischoff & family, Jim &
Nancy McCue, Carolyn Whittle, Craig Cluxton, Jay Anstoy, Eric
Tisdale & Family, Joyce, Marlys Rutledge, Bev Cody, Colin Crane,
Malik David Strange, The Moore Family, Jim Rembold, Jan Place,
Doug Parrish, Galen Graham, Loree Walmsley, Greg Riesenberg,
Glenn Riesenberg, Paul L. Miller, Richard Boenning, Sam Voige.
PRAYER LIST—Please call the Parish Office to add, remove or update a name.
Names remain on the list for three months.
Prayers are offered verbally during Sunday services
for those added within the last month, and for all on the list
at staff Morning Prayer and Wednesday Eucharist.
The Lectionary for January: Year B
January 4—2nd Sunday
after Christmas Day
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 84
Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a
Luke/Matthew - TBD
January 18
1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51
January 11—1st after the
Epiphany: the Baptism
of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11
January 25
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62: 6-14
1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Mark 1:14-20
February 1
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
[Day
Old Testament reading
Psalm
Epistle
Gospel]
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PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY
All our regular programs will continue during this month
Card Ministry
Please contact Betsy Cooper at [email protected] or the
church office if you or anyone you know would appreciate a
message from their church family for any reason.
Meditation Groups
Each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm and each Wednesday from 9
-10am, groups meet to listen to meditations on cd's conducted
by professionals. These are very informal groups and all are
welcome. For more information please contact Maurice Bason
at [email protected] or Terry Kessler at [email protected],com.
MELP - Medical Equipment Lending Program
We have a variety of medical equipment available for short
term loan. Please call the office to arrange pick up. Items include, walkers, shower stools, commodes, light weight wheelchair, etc.
PHM Libraries
Don't forget we have small libraries in the Parish Health Room
of books on health topics and cd's of both fiction and non fiction
for travel or home listening. Feel free to check them out for a
short while.
Looking ahead
We are pleased to announce two new programs (see facing
page) starting the first week of January which will help us to
continue to work on integrating our mind, body and spirit into
an holistic whole.
Your Parish Health Team wishes you and your Loved Ones a
happy and healthy 2015. We encourage you to take time to
slow down and take stress out of your lives wherever possible.
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YOGA AS A SACRED PRACTICE
Meet 9:30am Tuesdays in the Parish Hall for this unique Yoga
practice that focuses on the “letting go” within the mind body of tensions inhibiting our natural unfolding into Grace.
The simplicity of being in tuned and well balanced in body mind spirit
encourages a daily routine which will create a resilient vessel opened and receiving the gifts of grace.
Breath and yoga movements (asanas) together create a simple way to relax, energize and feel the healthful benefits this system offers the practitioner.
Peaceful calm balanced with an abundant of vibrant energy is an attainable goal. Yoga is a valuable tool in honoring the sacred in our lives.
Diana Guy has been practicing and teaching Yoga and Meditation over 40
years in Cincinnati and nationally. She has conducted workshops focused on
Yoga as a path to deepen prayer and meditation for various religious affiliations at retreat centers throughout the country.
Diana has created healing Yoga programs for Cancer patients, drug/
alcohol rehab, corporate settings i.e. P&G in Cincinnati. She currently conducts private yoga and meditation sessions and classes throughout greater
Cincinnati area. $12 per session or $10 if paid monthly in advance.
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ZHINENG QIGONG
Starting Thursday, January 8th, we will be hosting a weekly
practice in the Assembly room from 10 – 11 am. Open to everyone,
Zhineng Qigong is a gentle daily practice that uses slow flowing movements, meditation and visualizations to nurture good health and facilitate natural healing.
Qigong is based on the Chinese philosophy that our bodies contain an
energy system that streams through our membranes in pathways or meridians
delivering vital life energy or Qi, (pronounced Chee) to every cell, muscle,
organ and bodily system within us. When these pathways are disrupted,
blocked by emotional, physical, mental stressors, or toxins, a person becomes
susceptible to disease. By drawing Qi from nature into our bodies while we
practice, Zhineng Qigong clears blockages from energy pathways allowing us
to rebalance and restore good health.
Zhineng Qigong is for everyone who chooses to improve and
sustain their mental and physical well-being. ZQ has been shown to reduce
stress, relieve chronic pain, strengthen the body, stimulate the immune system, increase blood circulation and cardiovascular fitness, improve mental
clarity and relieve insomnia.
This practice is free, suitable for all fitness levels and open to all.
ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED
Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
334 Burns Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45215