Officially founded in July 1865, Christ Church, Glendale, has filled 2015 with events and activities commemorating our 150th birthday.
Planning began in 2014, and the creation of custom-made jigsaw puzzles and a beautiful ornament just in time for Christmas-giving kicked off the celebration last autumn. Parishioners are also sporting polo shirts with a special Sesquicentennial emblem, adapted from our usual logo. A multi-media display at the Glendale Historic Preservation Museum hosted many community visitors to rave reviews.
We’ve had fun with regular “150 years ago this month” updates about the church’s history, augmenting material from the history of the church written for its centennial in 1965. And thanks to one of our amateur genealogists, we learned that the 1870 U.S. Census listed the occupation of our founding member’s oldest son as “drinking whiskey.” (No, we are not making this up.) Our activities also spurred the creation of a new Archives Committee to organize, preserve and catalogue historical photographs, articles and items.
Our celebration culminated on May 17 in a Festive Evensong with Bishop Breidenthal as our celebrant. This service featured all four Christ Church Glendale choirs and included music specially composed for the occasion. The Parish Life Commission and Sesquicentennial Committee members outdid themselves with a post-Evensong party including a punch fountain, several carving stations and a mashed potato bar.
Our birthday year also coincides with our search for our 14th rector, and has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our past as we plan for an exciting future.
~ Contributed by Helene Segwick
CHILD CARE NEEDED
Grace Church, College Hill, has a position available for a warm and loving person to care for our children during the 10 a.m. Sunday service. Compensation available. Grace Church is located at 5501 Hamilton Ave. in Cincinnati. To express interest please call 513.541.2415.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
What is happiness? Is it a state of being or a sudden blast of euphoria? Can it be cultivated? Is it a physical or a spiritual state of being….or both? Are there ways to become as happy as you would like to be?
On Saturday, October 3, St. John’s, Worthington will present a one-day conference on The Pursuit of Happiness. Join us for a day of exploration and engagement with experts who bring not only their own experiences, but also what serious researchers are finding out about happiness.
Presenter Pat Schmitt teaches wellness at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus and has extensive experience guiding transitions, life planning, creativity and self-expression. Fr. Phillip College, rector of St. John’s, will lead a session exploring the spiritual aspects of happiness, and Joe Fowler of the Spirituality Network will address the subject from the perspective of life as a journey. All sessions will be interactive with time for questions and concerns of the audience.
The sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. A $20 admission fee will include a box lunch from Freedom a la Carte. This event is open to the community and all are invited. Tickets may be purchased through St. John’s website, www.stjohnsworthington.org or at the Fritzy Jacobs store at 635 High St., Worthington. Questions may be directed to the church office at 614.846.5180. St. John’s is located at 700 High St. in Worthington.
DOING TOOLS4SCHOOLS TOGETHER
At Convention last fall in Chillicothe, Bishop Breidenthal suggested that common ministry interests of congregations might cross our traditional geographic boundaries. ‘Just do stuff,’ he urged. So it was no surprise when a Facebook post from Christ Church, Ironton, about an upcoming interdenominational book bag giveaway caught the eye of the Rev. David Getreu in Circleville. Within a week, the people of St. Philip’s, Circleville, had filled backpacks and collected cash to support the huge effort 120 miles away.
The Rev. Sallie Schisler, priest-in-charge at Christ Church said, “I was delighted when I got a message from Fr. David saying the people of St. Philip’s would like to participate. A quick trip to Circleville and my car was full of brightly colored book bags and an envelope with a check was in my pocket.”
The Tools4Schools event in Ironton was a huge success. An estimated 2,000 families with children of all ages circled a city block to patiently wait to select the bag of their choice. Coordinated by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ironton, with its partner All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio, the Tools4Schools ministry has grown exponentially. Christ Church participates financially and has their own new sock giveaway, First United Methodist Church offers free haircuts and hot dogs and the Presbyterians give away pencils and blessings for the coming school year. This year’s event also received funding from the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
From Columbus to Circleville to Ironton, ‘doing stuff together’ was just what the bishop ordered.
~ Submitted by the Rev. Sallie Schisler