Neighbors helping neighbors
As a mission church, a major part of the mission of the Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, is to be recognized not only as a good neighbor but also as a valuable member of the Amelia community. In doing so, one of the programs the congregation came together to support last year was to provide a free dinner on the last Friday of the month to anyone who wanted to attend. We did this for several reasons, to meet and to get to know better the people who call our community home, and the opportunity to serve our neighbors a hot meal at a time in the month where it would help many of our guests stretch an already tight budget.
As the months rolled by, the church became more and more successful with our community dinners. But the problem with success for a mission with very limited resources is that the more successful you are, the more chance there is for you to not be able to afford to continue the program. However, God does provide! This time it was in the presence of the employees of our new neighbors; Amelia Kroger Marketplace. Kroger stepped in and gave the church the additional resources to continue the program at the same level that our guests were used to. With our community dinners we have got to know the Kroger folks through their actions. To them, community outreach is not just words, but an attitude. That is why we at Good Samaritan welcome our new neighbors as a very vital part of the community. We look forward to our continued partnership of neighbors helping neighbors.
~ Submitted by Charles Buhler
Fellowship and fun in the community
Members of St. Andrew’s, Evanston, gathered and made the church’s presence come alive in the community in the Evanston Memorial Day parade. The Rev. John Agbaje, rector of St. Andrew’s, suggested entering a float in the parade, and the members of his church really came through! In addition to building a colorful red, white and blue float that carried parishioners Robert Bonner, Irma Tillery, George Hull and Gloria Turnage through the parade, many other members wore bright St. Andrew’s shirts and handed out candy and information cards while walking along the parade route. Everyone agreed that it was a great moment of fellowship, fun and community engagement for all who walked, rode, watched or served in any capacity in the parade.
~Submitted by Lynette Heard
CELEBRATING THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Christ Church Cathedral will celebrate the ministry of all women on the Feast of Mary and Martha of Bethany Eucharist on Tuesday, July 29 at 5:45 pm. The Very Rev. Gail Greenwell preaching, the Rev. Susan Lehman presiding. A festive reception will follow. Women clergy of the Dioceses of Southern Ohio and Lexington are invited to vest in white stoles and process.
Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, contact the cathedral at 513.621.1817.
CELEBRATING EL DÍA DE LA CRUZ (THE DAY OF THE CROSS)
The Latino Ministry Center in Forest Park celebrated El Día De La Cruz, a traditional Latino celebration, at their May bilingual worship service. Since there are many forms of the celebration throughout Latin America, rather than favoring one culture, organizers chose to celebrate in the tradition of Spain.
One of the crosses in the Latino Ministry Center was decorated with flowers prior to the start of the instructional Eucharist, where Madre Paula Jackson did an excellent job of explaining the points of an Episcopal service to all in attendance. Following the service there was a feast of ethnic foods from all the countries represented in the Forest Park program. During the community meal there was at least one exchange of recipes observed between Latinas of two different countries – a sure sign of community. The day was a good learning experience for all present.
~Submitted by Carlos deJesús
Photo by Faith Lang
ORGANIC GARDEN PLANTED
A group of volunteers from All Saints New Albany, prepared and planted an organic garden located in the back of the church. In the fall, the church hopes to donate the vegetables and herbs to two local food banks. Parishioner Paul Scanlan (currently studying to be a deacon) organized this program for the church.
~Submitted by Deb Susi
BEER + HYMNS
Parishioners from Redeemer, Hyde Park, and St. Thomas, Terrace Park, gathered at 50 West Brewing Company to enjoy great food, craft beer and a rousing hymn-sing. About 70 people enjoyed their favorite hoppy libation while singing some time-honored favorites from the Episcopal and Methodist hymnals.
Accompanied by Redeemer musicians John Crouch (guitar), Ted Gibboney (keyboard), and Mark Ragase (drums) the group made a joyful (if not well-tuned) noise. A common practice in emerging church circles, Beer and Hymns is a great way to have a good time together while singing God’s praises. Because it is enjoyed in a public space, it’s also a wonderful example to the world about how much fun we can have being church.
~ Submitted by Sharon Jenkins
Photo by Ed Ewbank
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