Congregations Connected


At a ceremony held at the Ohio History Center on October 18, St. Luke’s, Granville, was honored as one of the recipients of the 2014 Preservation Merit Awards by Lox A. (Burt) Logan, the Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection and State Historic Preservation Officer. St. Luke’s was recognized for the preservation and rehabilitation of its 1837 Greek Revival church located at the southwest corner of Broadway and Main in Granville.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Applegate, Rector of St. Luke’s, received the award on behalf of the church. In prepared remarks delivered in response to receiving the award, Applegate thanked the church’s Historic Preservation Committee for submitting the application, Midstate Contractors and NRC Engineering for their work in saving a building that is central to Granville’s architectural heritage, and the donors from St. Luke’s and the Granville community that made it possible to complete this extraordinary undertaking.

St. Luke’s holds open houses on Saturday mornings when the Farmer’s Market is held on North Main Street. Tours can be arranged by calling the parish office at 740.587.0167.



In the heart of Appalachia, Grace Church, Pomeroy, is situated on the beautiful Ohio River, often referred to as a “Holy River.” The little congregation, rich in tradition, beauty and history, was fortunate this past summer to receive a gift of an icon of St. Nicholas, Patron Saint of Mariners. The icon was commissioned by Frank Prudent in loving memory of his parents, William (a steamboat engineer) and Ellen, and was painted by local artist Kelly Latimore. It was blessed by Bishop Breidenthal during a recent visit to Pomeroy.

Why not take a ride to the scenic Ohio River area and visit Grace Church to see this unique icon? You have to see it in person to appreciate its true beauty. Grace Church is truly blessed to have this masterpiece. We are grateful to our former Priest in charge, Fr. Thomas Fehr, who organized every aspect of this project, and for his time at Grace Church.

 ~ submitted by Rita Matthews



Seventy-five years of bringing Christmas joy to the city of Cincinnati, and “the beat goes on” with the oldest, ongoing Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival given anywhere in a church setting! Fast approaching are January 3 and 4, 2015, when Christ Church Cathedral will present its 75th annual Boar’s Head production, grandly led by a special trumpet corps to welcome in the “Diamond Jubilee” presentation.

To give a full history and pictorial account of 75 years of Boar’s Head performances at Christ Church, a commemoration booklet has also been created. It is a beautiful collection of photos of interest to anyone who has been involved in the annual pageant. The booklet will be for sale at the Boar’s Head performances.

Full details, including an extensive history can be found at This website now also includes a link to a new blog that contains fascinating stories and fun historical facts, thanks to Shirley Wang, the Boar’s Head social media manager.

Roles both onstage and backstage are open to anyone who wants to be a part of this exciting, special production. Contact Chris Carey at or Bob Beiring at for details no later than Dec. 29. Join the team to make this production the best Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival ever as the cathedral’s gift to the city!



The Parish Health Ministry Committee at St. Philip’s, Circleville, recently completed a campaign to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator for the church. Members of the parish family, over only three Sundays, offered monetary gifts enough to not only pay for the AED, but to also cover the cost for eleven members of the parish to take the American Heart Association Adult/Child CPR and AED course. In addition to other parish members who are already certified in CPR and AED usage, the parish is well prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency in or around the church.

The second Sunday of each month, the PHM committee also offers blood pressure screenings following both services and places health-related information inserts in the bulletins.

 ~ submitted by Paula Getreu



Thanks in large part to Bishop Breidenthal’s very generous gift of two Ohio State football tickets to the game between Kent State and OSU, the Church of the Good Samaritan’s first annual custom car cruise-in to help feed the hungry of Clermont County was a huge success. The tickets were the major prize in our raffle.

We had a picture-perfect day for the twenty-one custom car entries in our cruise-in. There was great food including homemade ice cream, cakes, hot dogs and other tasty goodies. Everyone had a great time. More importantly, our little mission partnered with our local business community to help our less fortunate neighbors, who in many cases are senior citizens living month to month on small fixed incomes. We are making our presence known throughout the county as the little mission that could. And that’s what we want to be — not just a church, but with God’s help an asset to our local community.

 ~ submitted by Charles Buhler




St Paul’s, Greenville
St Peter’s, Delaware


  • St Anne, West Chester (Full-time rector)
  • Good Shepherd, Athens, Ohio University campus, Athens (Full-time priest-in-charge and chaplain to OU).
  • Community of the Transfiguration, Cincinnati (Full-time chaplain)
  • Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster: Our Saviour, Mechanicsburg and Epiphany, Urbana (Part-time priest-in-charge)



Christ Church, Glendale
Holy Trinity, Oxford
All Saints, New Albany
St Stephen’s, Columbus
St Paul’s, Oakwood
Indian Hill Church


  • St Philip’s, Columbus has called the Rev. Charles Wilson as their rector. He joins them January 1, 2015.
  • St Stephen’s, Columbus has called the Rev. Canon Faith Perrizo as their interim priest. She joins them January 1, 2015.
  • The Indian Hill Church has called the Rev. Heather Buchanan Wiseman as their interim priest. She joined them December 1.
  • St George’s, Dayton, has called the Rev. Dr. Calvin Lane as their associate rector. He joined them November 1.