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“Justice tempered with faith” guides St. Andrew’s Women’s Day speaker

Frances McGee

Frances McGee

A judge who believes she should see God in the faces of defendants appearing in her court will share stories of “Justice Tempered with Faith,” during Women’s Day at St. Andrew’s, Evanston, on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Judge Frances E. McGee, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, is a native of Dayton and a graduate of the Dayton Public School System.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

As an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, she served in the Adult Criminal, Juvenile, Civil, Intake and Criminal Non-Support divisions.  She tried many difficult and high-profile cases and is credited with prosecuting more than 100 jury trials.  She also served in a supervisory capacity as a Team Leader.

In 2007, former Governor Ted Strickland appointed McGee to the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. In 2008, the citizens of Montgomery County elected her to serve a full six-year term.  McGee is one of eleven General Division judges who are responsible for overseeing all criminal felony cases and all civil cases with a jurisdictional amount greater than $15,000.  To date, she has presided over approximately 168 jury trials.

A member of St. Margaret’s, Trotwood, McGee is the daughter of the late Dayton Mayor, James H. McGee, the city’s first African-American to hold this office. As a member of St. Margaret’s, she has assumed several leadership positions including service on the vestry, co-chair of the church’s capital campaign and as four-term president of St. Margaret’s chapter of Episcopal Church Women.  McGee has also provided leadership on the diocesan level as a graduate of the Southern Ohio Lay Leadership Initiative (SOLLI), as a member of the Social Justice Ministry and as a lay member of the Ecclesiastical Court.

In her spare time, Frances enjoys reading, gourmet cooking, her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, and creative writing.  She has had six articles published in the Angels on Earth, and Guideposts magazines including “Justice Tempered by Faith.”

St. Andrew’s is located at 1809 Rutland Ave. in Evanston. For more information about Women’s Day activities at St. Andrew’s, contact Lynnette Heard at 513.290.8084.

~submitted by Lynnette Heard


Transforming Questions: Announcing The Cathedral Academy

Are you someone who has been a Christian for a long time, but sometimes still wonders about the “basics”? Or, are you someone new to the Church and to the concept of God who wants a better understanding of what Christianity truly is, and how you may live it? Or, perhaps you are well read and well steeped in Christianity, but still long to go deeper.

The Cathedral Academy, Christ Church Cathedral’s new Christian Formation program for adults, is designed to help you find answers. Structured much like university courses, the academy classes will meet once a week on Wednesday evenings at the cathedral beginning this fall.

The purpose of the academy is to give those who are interested a course of study that can deepen their spirituality and expand their faith. The first course, Transforming Questions, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and meet weekly through Nov. 19.

“We invite cathedral members, members of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and their friends to participate in this ‘radical’––as in going back to the root––formative class,” says the Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia, the cathedral’s sub-dean.

The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, class facilitator, explains, “We will seek to move into a deeper life in Christ by engaging in some of faith’s most basic questions: Who is Jesus for us? Does the Holy Spirit play a role in our lives? Do churches matter, or can I be a solitary Christian? What does it mean to pray, really? How do I read the Bible?”

The format will allow participants in this first class to learn about themselves, one another and the Jesus they are seeking. The course has been designed to provide participants, through listening and sharing, a way to wrestle with foundational questions in the context of faith in the company of fellow seekers. Indeed, the interaction with others is critical to answering these questions for oneself. That is why the concept for academy is structured around an evening of community that will begin and end with prayer and include a meal.

The class will be limited to 24 participants. Nursery and childcare will also be provided. Pre-registration is necessary. Please register by emailing the sub-dean at Registration for the class will close on Sept. 3.

Scott Gunn

Scott Gunn

Fall Academy Schedule

6:05 p.m.                Evening Prayer with Eucharist
6:40 p.m.                Dinner
7:15 p.m.                Class Lecture with Discussion
8:15 p.m.                Compline
8:30 p.m.                Closing

About the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn

Scott Gunn is an Episcopal priest and executive director of Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church whose mission is to reinvigorate the life of the church. Prior to his move to Cincinnati in 2011 to take up his duties at Forward Movement, he served two congregations in Rhode Island. Before his ordination, he worked for several technology and communication companies. He holds degrees from Brown University and Yale Divinity School. His blog, Seven Whole Days, explores the struggles and joys of the Christian life––as it its lived both inside and outside of the walls of church.


Loving our neighbors as ourselves 

East Gate SpringThe Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, has been providing monthly Holy Eucharist to the elderly at East Gate Spring Cincinnati Health Care Center for over a decade. Parishioner Robert Funk has held just about every title you can hold in our church without being a priest, and volunteers to play music once a month at the health care center and has been doing so since the church first started the services in 2003. Kathy Williamson serves as a Eucharistic Visitor and volunteers to help with communion at the health center. And the Rev. Deb Gamble, who  volunteered to do the service several years ago after we no longer had a full-time priest, still volunteers to offer communion  and the services of a priest each month.

Why do they all volunteer to offer the residents the joy and confort of the Holy Eucharist? Perhaps what Robert Funk said when he was asked why he volunteers once a month to play music sums it up. He said that the first time he went, there was a man who came to the service that appeared to be very nervous and did not have much time left in life. Later, Bob was able to meet and talk with the man’s family. After talking with them he realized that volunteering to play once a month at this facility was the right thing to do. That’s just one way how at Good Samaritan we live up to our motto of  “loving our neighbors as ourselves.”

~ Submitted by Charles Buhler


Klassic Sock Hop

The Klassics of St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, will hold their first ever Sock Hop on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will feature a model car show, food, a photo booth and a DJ to get you dancing to all your favorite “klassic” music. There will even be a dance contest! So dig out your poodle skirt and your rolled up jeans and rock ‘n roll your way to Hillsboro for a “klassic” evening to remember! Tickets are $25 per couple or $15 for singles. Call the church at 937.393.2043 for more information.


Celebrating affordable living for seniors

Celebrate 2014 – the annual fundraiser for the affordable living properties owned and operated by Episcopal Retirement Homes, was held at St. Paul Village in Madisonville July 11. Kristy Davis, anchor/reporter for Channel 5 News, emceed the event. Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) owns and operates 12 affordable living communities for seniors across Greater Cincinnati and southern Ohio

 ~submitted by Episcopal Retirement Homes

Channel 5’s, Kristy Davis, right, with raffle winner Dee Damico from St. Andrew’s, Evanston. Damico was the winner of the Grand Prize, a $1000 shopping spree to Krombholz Jewelers.


Episcopal Retirement Homes CEO Doug Spitler, center, with board members Rich Setterberg, owner of Richard A. Setterberg Co., L.P.A., left, and the Rev. Darren Elin, Rector at St. Thomas, Terrace Park, right.

Photos courtesy of Episcopal Retirement Homes/Jenn Prine


POSTER FOR Custom car show


Congregations in transition

Beginning the process

St James, Piqua
Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster (Epiphany, Mechanicsburg and Our Savior, Urbana)
Church of the Advent, Walnut Hills
Grace, Pomeroy
St. Paul’s, Oakwood

Seeking Interim

Community of the Transfiguration, Cincinnati (Full or part time chaplain)
St Stephen’s, Columbus (OSU Campus, full time)

Receiving names

Good Shepherd, Athens  (Ohio University campus)
St Anne’s, West Chester (Full time rector)


St Andrew’s, Dayton (Part time priest-in-charge)
St. Philip’s, Columbus (Full time rector)

New Call

Holy Trinity, Oxford, has called the Rev. Thomas Kryder-Reid as interim rector.