Prayer list – Father Tom/Nancye/Trevor Van Brunt, DUMC Congregation,
David Denton, Barb Voshefski, Lanie Voshefski, Drewry Voshefski, John
Link & Family, Jax Cates and Family, Michael Hunting Sr., Mike Porada,
Barbara Packard, Temple Family, Richard Garrison & Family, Lisa
Steelman & Anaya Family, Dani Packard
Worship Committee meeting – TODAY, following worship service.
Church Yard Sale: -- Saturday, September 22. Donations of sale items
including books, kitchenware, gently worn clothes & shoes, records,
CDs, furniture, decorative items, linens, sports equipment, holiday
items, lamps, pictures, radio, tools, and jewelry are needed.  Bags
and boxes are also needed. Items may be dropped off at the church from
4 to 7 pm on either Thursday (9/20) or Friday (9/21). Volunteers are
needed for Friday (9/21) from 4 to 9 PM and Saturday (9/22) from 8AM
to 1:30 PM.
For questions or additional information, contact Joan Crawford at joan
crawford 39 @ or (513) 754-8759
Little Miami Intermediate Outreach – We have received a request for 2
Jenga Classic sets, 2 Pressman Classic Checkers sets, and 1 Jenga
Tumbling Towers Yard game. If you are interested in donating any of
these items, please contact Maryellen Grounds.
Cincinnati Area Pre-Convention Meeting: -- Tuesday, October 16, at 7
p.m. Christ Church, Glendale
Volunteers are needed from SMM to support our responsibility to the
Combined DUMC/SMM Fellowship between our services.  Sign-Up sheet is
on the bulletin board in the entry way.



Dear sisters and brothers,

I am writing to share with you the launch of a new diocesan-wide
formation initiative for the coming year and beyond. This past year,
we read together the book of Exodus and we worked as a diocese and in
our congregations to move out to serve the neighborhoods that surround
us. As we continue to grow as followers of Jesus, we are committing to
“Becoming Beloved Community.”

Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, has challenged the church to
focus on becoming “beloved community.” (See more) This is a direct
reference to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s way of talking about the
kingdom of God. Dr. King was insisting that the reign of God can and
must begin to be realized in our time.

Dr. King’s notion of beloved community was derived, at least in part,
from his study of the late nineteenth-century American philosopher,
Josiah Royce. Royce argued that we find our fulfillment and our truth
in committing ourselves to justice, mercy and loyalty to one another,
in ways that do not exclude the stranger. This is not just a moral
imperative. It must arise from our deep desire for this kind of
relationship with one another and with the human race as a whole.
Hence, the term “beloved community” connotes the possibility of a
diverse association of people joined together by a common commitment
to be one while being open to the stranger.

So “beloved community” means two things together. On the one hand, it
means community we love. On the other hand, it means unpredictable
community we might not have expected, made up of different races,
languages, classes, partisan persuasions and religious affiliations.
This is the God-given community we are being called to love, whatever
narrower kind of company we are privately or habitually predisposed

This is the exodus we are invited into: out of narrowness into
breadth. The New Testament is constantly picking up on the exodus
theme (since this is what Jesus is all about), but the most sustained
reprise of that story is the sequel to Luke’s Gospel, The Acts of the
Apostles. That book traces the dynamic movement of the church from its
first beginnings on Pentecost in Jerusalem outwards into the larger
Jewish and then pagan world. Acts tells the story of the fledgling
church’s embrace of the wide and messy community God is calling us to

With this in mind, our next Big Read will focus on the Gospel of Luke
and the Acts of the Apostles, from this coming Advent until Pentecost.
We will commit to not only reading these books together but to
exploring the kind of Beloved Communities we are called to create and
nurture as a diocese. To make it possible for our entire diocese to
embrace this call to Becoming Beloved Community, I have appointed a
Becoming Beloved Community Task Force and have given them charge of
developing this initiative. All of the work highlighted here in this
email has come out of the task force, and I give thanks for their hard
and thoughtful work.

More information on the BBC initiative will be coming in the September
issue of Connections. We also have developed a special website,, as a "one-stop shop" for all things relating to
Becoming Beloved Community. I encourage you to visit this website
regularly as events, workshops, trainings and more are added.


The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal



This one is easy if you are patient. 
1) Leave your cellphone inside
2) Go outside
3) Open Hands
4) Fill with sunlight
5) Listen as you wait for nothing in particular

Now you might plead overcast skies as an excuse not to try this... or cold... or rain... or snow ... We understand, please take care of yourself whatever you do .... Just know that the truly amazing thing about this practice is that it works even without sunlight and even if you are indoors (though it has a special resonance outside).Your job is only to open your hands - no grasping objects or fears or worries or whatever... if you open your hands and wait without specific expectation .... your heart and mind and spirit open like a window to a spring day ... and the blessings will come of their own accord.... seemingly serendipitous... beautiful...surprising and delightful.... Very grateful to C. S. Lewis for his lovely quote from the book "Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer" (Mariner 2002).