Recommended reading:



PRAYER LIST – Father Tom/Nancye/Trevor Van Brunt, DUMC Congregation, 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, Dani Packard, Karen Christolear, Paula and Blake Denton, Richard Paul.

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Church Security Training -- Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Anne’s, West Chester. A comprehensive, all-day church security training, presented by Ohio Crime Prevention Association.  This course will assist in helping church leaders learn how to prevent, avoid and control various risks associated with the members, staff, guests and buildings that make up your House of Worship.


Friends of the Groom presents The Rock of Ages Show -- Take a wild and funny flight to heaven that begins with the journey to Eternity, and ends with a talk show just inside the pearly gates. An unforgettable holiday experience on November 15, 16, and 17 at the Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230. Show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; and $15 for children, students, and groups of 10 or more.  To reserve tickets, call 513.831.2859 or check online at


Nadia Bolz-Weber at Christ Church Cathedral -- Best-selling author and pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber will preach at all three services (8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon) at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, December 2. All are welcome!


DUMC/StMM: Women's Fellowship – Weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for the next week. Join us for our “Angel” study.


Sleeping Mats for the Homeless: -- We are seeking volunteers to assist in recycling plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for those experiencing homelessness. For further information, contact Maryellen Grounds.




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).