Honoring a year of mission
Upon his return on July 12 from a youth mission trip to Mountain T.O.P. in Tennessee, Bob McGonagle, Verger at the Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park, completed 52 weeks of mission trips. Serving others has been at the core of Bob’s expression of faith and how he views the responsibility that we all have to live into our Baptismal Covenant.
From New Orleans, to El Hogar, and Mountain T.O.P. to Cincinnati Works, Bob has been a constant on Redeemer’s summer youth mission trips. Spending these weeks with the youth of the parish is something that means a great deal to Bob. He said that recently he was at a friend’s house, and saw an old Redeemer Preschool class picture on the mantle. In that photograph were four kids who went on mission with him this summer. According to Bob, “It is such a gift to me to be able to open the eyes of these teenagers to the important work that we, as Christians, are called to do in the world. For them to go off to college after experiencing one of these trips and look for ways to serve others is humbling. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to open a text telling me about their continued service. It’s just so rewarding.”
To honor Bob’s milestone, a number of Redeemer parishioners spent a day of service in Bob’s hometown of Columbus at Franklinton Gardens – a sprawling urban garden that grows fresh organic fruits and vegetables in the city, beautifies the neighborhood and provides an opportunity for community service. Then at the annual parish picnic in August, Bob was presented with a quilt commemorating his mission trips and a tool box full of letters from people who had been touched by his example.
~ submitted by Sharon Jenkins
Fostering our newest citizens
On August 29, representatives of our diocese’s Latino Ministry Commission (LMC) experienced the joy of being in the audience as one of our Cincinnati area adult learners, Angelica Flores, was sworn in as a new citizen of the United States. This milestone exemplifies and highlights several aspects of our ministry.
Coaching people through the citizenship process evolved naturally out of other work with our adult learners. At the Forest Park Latino Ministry Center (one of three active programs in the diocese), the parents of children in the Homework Club quickly made their needs for conversational English sessions known. This, in turn, led to questions about the citizenship application process for those eligible to pursue it.
In the Forest Park area, candidates are advised to take the more formal classes available on Saturday mornings at the Healing Center, a large faith-based program nearby in Springdale. LMC volunteers support individual candidates with coaching sessions, tailoring the emphasis to the needs of specific individuals. By not duplicating programs available elsewhere and maintaining good ecumenical relationships, we try to maximize the use of our volunteers and the learners’ time.
Ample educational materials are available from USCIS (U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). Our volunteers continue to learn the many crucial aspects and complications of the process. Coaching sessions focus on reviewing “the 100 questions” that are part of the final interview, as well as the English reading, writing, and speaking skills that are expected. (See how many of the 100 questions you can answer by going to the publication available at this website www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test-materials-civis-test.)
Angelica is the second successful applicant coming out of the Forest Park program. Two others are currently in the process. These events are celebrated with joy at the Latino Ministry Center in Forest Park. We always bear in mind, however, than many of our adult learners are not eligible to pursue this path.
~ submitted by Penny Young
Newberry named CPE director
The Rev. Hanci Newberry, a board certified chaplain and a certified ACPE Supervisor, has been promoted to Director, Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. She previously held the position of Clinical Pastoral Education Program Manager within the Chaplaincy Department.
Newberry’s role will still involve some teaching of CPE students as well as overseeing the program management aspects of the CPE Program, in addition to the comprehensive oversight of the provision of pastoral and spiritual care to patients, families and staff at Wexner Medical Center. She can be reached at 614.293.4529, or at Hanci.firstname.lastname@example.org.
New clergy calls and bishop’s appointments
St Andrew’s, Dayton: Bishop Breidenthal has appointed the Rev. Richard James Larsen as priest-in-charge.
The Rev. Gayle Hansen Browne has been called to serve as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Washington Court House. She continues to serve as priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in WCH.
Rest in peace
The Rev. Donald Farrow, a retired priest of the diocese, died on September 25, a few weeks shy of his 86th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, his five children and seven grandchildren. A memorial service was held Oct. 11 at St. Stephen’s, Columbus. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to: Inniswood Garden Society, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081.
William P. Nelsen, former board member and long time supporter of Episcopal Community Services Foundation, died Sept. 5. He was 82. Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at St. Barnabas, Montgomery. Memorials may be made to ECSF or St. Barnabas Church Outreach.
Laura Booke, widow of the Rev. Peter Booke (former chaplain at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community), died Aug. 20 at the age of 76. A memorial service was held Aug. 30 at St. Timothy’s, Anderson Twp. Memorials may be made to St. Timothy’s Outreach and Development.