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FRIDAY FISH FRY AT ST. PATRICK’S

St. Patrick’s, Dublin, will hold its fifth annual Friday Fish Fry on three Fridays during Lent: Feb. 27, March 13 and 27. Come to one, or try them all! Munch on fried or broiled fish, fish dogs, fries, coleslaw and macaroni and cheese. Feed your soul and help St. Patrick’s Habitat for Humanity ministry. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the church at 614.766.2664.

SWEETS WITH SANTA

ChristmasChurch of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, held its first annual Christmas event, “Sweets with Santa”, on Dec. 6. We not only welcomed our own children and grandchildren, but also the entire community. When the children arrived at the free event they were given a ticket to “purchase” and wrap a gift for a loved one. They also made reindeer sandwiches, decorated Christmas cookies, created their own Christmas cards and sent birthday wishes to baby Jesus while they listened to Christmas stories and live music! Of course, Santa made an appearance, and finding all the children to be on his “nice list,” was happy to note what each child wanted for Christmas and presented each child with a small gift.

Santa let us know that a four-year old asked for a place to live for Christmas, so we raised nearly $700 to help a single mom and her two children. The event also helped us to expand our relationship with the homeless shelter in Batavia. We will be providing a Valentine’s Day dinner with gifts for the children at the shelter in February.

~ Submitted by Charles Buhler

EPIPHANY CELEBRATION AT LATINO MINISTRY CENTER

Bishop Breidenthal celebrated the Eucharist in Spanish at the Latino Ministry Center in Forest Park for the feast of Día De Los Tres Reyes Magos on Jan. 6.  Photo by Faith Lang

Bishop Breidenthal celebrated the Eucharist in Spanish at the Latino Ministry Center in Forest Park for the feast of Día De Los Tres Reyes Magos on Jan. 6.
Photo by Faith Lang

The celebration of Epiphany brings joy throughout Christendom as we commemorate the visit of the three Wise Men to the Christ child and, thus, Jesus’ physical manifestation to Gentiles. The feast of the Día De Los Tres Reyes Magos was especially appreciated at our Latino Ministry Center (LMC) in Forest Park, where Bishop Breidenthal joined Latino families and volunteers on Jan. 6 as celebrant for the Eucharist in Spanish. He was assisted by Deacon Phyllis Armstrong of the Church of Our Saviour, Mount Auburn, and musical support was provided by Philip Clary of St. Timothy’s, Anderson Twp. Fellowship time following the service included a meal prepared by many of the Latinos who turn to our center as a source of ministry. One special item was an authentic Rosca de Reyes, a traditional oval cake decorated with figs, quinces and dried or candied fruit. The tradition includes placing a trinket (in this case, a figurine of the Christ child) in the cake. The baby Jesus, hidden in the bread, represents the flight into Egypt to flee King Herod’s murder of the infants of Bethlehem. Whoever finds the baby Jesus figurine is especially blessed and is expected to bring the figurine to Candlemas Day celebrations in February. (A service was also held at LMC on Feb. 2 for the Día de la Candelaria/Candlemas, which commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.) The evening concluded with distribution of toys and clothing collected during the Forest Park sponsored toy and clothing drive in December. In addition to core services, such as the Homework Club and Conversational English classes for adults, the Latino Ministry Center has continued to expand its offerings of worship and other special occasions, helping to maintain traditional observances in a new land.

~ Submitted by Penny Young

SAVE THE DATE FOR PIMIL SIXTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISER

The International Fundraiser for PIMIL is an intergenerational and cultural event. The sixth annual luncheon and silent auction will be held July 11 at St. John’s, Worthington.

The International Fundraiser for PIMIL is an intergenerational and cultural event. The
sixth annual luncheon and silent auction will be held July 11 at St. John’s, Worthington.

Partners-in-Ministry-in-Liberia (PIMIL) will hold its sixth annual international fundraiser and silent auction on Saturday, July 11 at St. John’s, Worthington. Proceeds of the event benefit PIMIL’s ongoing scholarship efforts for schoolchildren in Liberia. PIMIL’s goal is to offer education assistance to 100 students. Presently the assistance is directed to 80 students. With the effects of Ebola, it might be presumptuous to say that number might not only be possible, but that PIMIL might exceed the number. Reports from the Ebola-affected region, Sierra Leone and Guinea included, in October indicated that 3,700 children in the region were orphaned and stigmatized. One can only imagine what the number might rise to.

By popular request, a call has been made for the repeat of guest speaker Dr. Elizabeth Barker. Barker is Professor of International Nursing at the Ohio State University and has been to Liberia. She is a member of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, and a staunch supporter of PIMIL.

Tickets for the July 11 event will be $15 adult, $5 children. Contact: St. Matthew’s, Westerville at 614.882.2706, Mother Abby Flemister at 614.891.2960, Harold Patrick at 317.650.1769 or St. John’s, Worthington/Vicky Turner at 614.846.5180 to order tickets or for more information.

~ Submitted by the Rev. Abby Flemister

CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION

Pre-process preparation
Church of the Advent, Walnut Hills (Cincinnati)
St. Paul’s, Greenville

Seeking an Interim Priest
St. Peter’s, Delaware
Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati

Interviewing
Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster (Epiphany, Urbana and Our Saviour, Mechanicsburg)
St. Anne’s, West Chester

Interim/Transition Clergy in Place
Christ Church, Glendale
Holy Trinity, Oxford
All Saints, New Albany
St. Stephen’s, Columbus
St. Paul’s, Dayton
Indian Hill Church