The ten-session Sacred Ground series has provided an intense and deeply spiritual experience for seventeen persons, drawn largely from 1st Presbyterian and St. Timothy’s. Some of us might even call the eye- and heart-opening journey, “life-changing.” The first offering will come to an end in January. We are now taking applications for a second iteration. More information is available at www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground . Contact Fr. Jeff/the office of either St. Timothy’s or 1st Presbyterian to add your name to the class waiting list for round two!
Diane Kleeberger headed up a well-received Clothesline Open House during shopping hours on December 13. After one week off (December 27), in observance of the Christmas holiday, the Clothesline will reopen for business on January 3rd. In January, sorting sessions will expand to both Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Nan Myers coordinates volunteers for the Clothesline and will gladly help you find your way into the “inner workings, ways and policies” that keep this amazing ministry in near-constant motion. Team study (in book, word and action) continues as the Clothesline seeks to function beyond limits that can create Toxic Charity.
With Ohio’s state universities on “January/Winter term” (for month-long special studies/trips/intern experiences), BRIDGES is on hiatus. Beginning with January 30, we’ll be back (through April), providing home-cooked supper, worship and round table discussion every Thursday that classes are in session. To join any part of the team effort (food, choir, worshiping congregation, discussions), contact Fr. Jeff or Allison Fisher.
Mobile Clothesline continues to serve the less fortunate in Toledo one Saturday each month. In December’s offering, a significant number of coats were distributed. When one of our guests at the East Toledo distribution site was observed to be shivering, coatless, in the cold, a new volunteer (BGSU student), came alive and glowed (not only with the brisk air, but God’s love) as the guest walked away, wearing the new volunteer’s coat. Mobile Clothesline The clothing items that are distributed usually come from donations to our St. Tim’s Clothesline (not often from the backs of volunteers), but health supplies and toiletries must come from another source. To help with planning your shopping, Nan Myers, St. Tim’s Mobile Clothesline coordinator, has […]
On Saturday, December 21 – Winter Solstice. Fourteen journeyers set out on an hour-long walk at WW Knight Preserve to take in the silence and beauty of the season and to meditate on the four Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace. At stops along the way, poetry readings, prayers, and thoughts were shared aloud. Afterward all were invited back to share a meal of homemade soups. We then enjoyed a beautiful harp concert by the Salzedo Duo. It was a wonderful prelude to the joy of Christmas. Thanks to all the readers on the walk, to all the soup chefs, and to Bill Kudner and Larry Jarvis for overseeing the dinner.
No one knew their names. No one knew their faces. Yet during this past Advent and Christmas seasons, St. Timothy’s came together to help two families in need in the Perrysburg Area. It was a Herculean task to organize and deploy with two large families, as a parade of parishioners bought and donated items and then devoted people wrapped, tagged, and delivered the goods in time for placing presents under the tree. Both of our families sent thank you notes that are posted on the News board. Please take a moment to read them and know that God’s love lives. As I placed the tags on the Window of Giving, I thought small gifts and gift cards would fill the […]
Join community members to view Just Mercy, a riveting drama that will surely create conversation and enlightenment into the struggles of two black men in the South: “After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.” The coalition encourages post-show informal conversations as well as sponsoring a community panel discussion in the weeks immediately following the viewing. The book is […]