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From the Rector

December 31, 2019
Cheers! It’s the cry that goes up (in many languages and ways) around the globe as the old year passes into a new year.  It’s the name for the roar of affirmation resounding from a crowd at a homerun… smashing performance… announcement of success or a new birth.  It’s also the name of a tv serial that charmed audiences for eleven seasons (ending in 1993).  Cheers’ theme song lyrics rose from my cluttered memory bank while looking at January 1 on the Church’s calendar: Making your way in the world today Takes everything you got Taking a break...
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Worship News

January 2, 2020
Advent/Christmas Review | Children’s Pageant, Advent Lessons & Carols, Advent Walk, Family Christmas Eve Celebration (at 5:00 pm), the ChristMass (at 10:30 pm) and Christmas Communion – none happen without the preparations, support and buy-in/attendance of a “raft” of people!  Highlights (and a few credits): Pageant – Retiring pageant directors, Kristin & Ben Otley, pulled it off once again!  Teen narrators, student actors, wee people-critters, and a team of costumers, chaperones, musicians, kitchen, lighting and stage crews combined efforts to re-tell an ancient story at the heart of the Christian witness:  God loves us enough to put on...
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Winter Weather Closure policy

January 2, 2020
In the Event of Level 3 Snow Emergency declaration, all meetings and events scheduled for St. Timothy’s facilities will be cancelled.  Barring facility emergencies, staff will be asked not to report to work.  As long as the rector resides on property, regularly-scheduled worship services will be offered for those who can walk in to the facility (count on them to be “informal”). In the Event of Level 2 Snow Emergency, meetings and events scheduled for St. Timothy’s facilities will normally be cancelled.  Notification for variance from this policy will be the responsibility of each group’s facility liaison.  Regularly-scheduled...
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Our First Community Advent Walk!

December 31, 2019
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...
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Christmas Pageant

November 26, 2019
Christmas Pageant December 15 at  10:00 am Rehearsals: Rehearsals continue on Sunday mornings (including December 1) during the 9:45 am Sunday School hour. Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, December 14, 9:00 am to noon (wee ones are encouraged to come at 11:00 am) Contact Kristin and Ben Otley to help. While classroom activities will be provided for those not directly engaged in the day’s rehearsal, attendance every Sunday will provide four rehearsals for the pageant!  Please mark your calendars for these Sundays (December 1, Advent I, will be a Sunday off due to many families’ Thanksgiving travel). The pageant will...
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Adult Forum Starting January 5 at 9:00 am

January 3, 2020
Adult Forum (Sundays, 9:00 am, Parish Hall) | The Adult Forum time slot will focus on Parish Life: January 5 – Open Mic session January 12 – Parish Budget Presentation & exploration January 19 – 57th Annual Meeting January 26 – “Jesus in the Movies” series begins Coming in February – “Doing Jesus” with Digital Media
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Sacred Ground 2nd Edition

January 3, 2020
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!  
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Midweek Lenten Experience | 

January 3, 2020
Fr. Jeff is seeking several persons to help pull together a series of “fellowship dinner/conversations” with brothers and sisters of the broader faith community (think our friends from Temple B’nai Israel, the Islamic Center, etc.).  March 4th’s session is already booked with our friends of the Jewish Federation – but more structure and invitation await a team’s attention.  Here’s an example of the introduction to a similar series/dinner of the Jewish Federation and a Presbyterian congregation in Toledo: “Welcome. Tonight, we gather to break bread and engage in conversation in order to advance our friendship and increase our...
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Vestry Nominees

January 3, 2020
Vestry Nominees To be nominated for three-year terms: Pete Fitzpatrick (anticipating role as Warden-in-Training), Ruth Hancock (anticipating role as Congregational Development ministries liaison), Richard Leichtamer (anticipating role as Worship ministries liaison) To be nominated for one-year unexpired term of Mary Ann Mead: Joan VanGunten (Outreach) Susan Winters (anticipating role as Fellowship ministries liaison)   Pete Fitzpatrick was raised in Toledo, entering the Navy at age 17 as a “kiddie cruiser.”  He married Becky at St. Paul’s, Maumee in 1986 and they are parents of five great kids.  For the past 36 years, Pete has worked as a mental...
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Diocesan News

January 9, 2020
GO: Doing Mission with Eyes Wide Open – February 29, Worthington/Columbus: The Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio will bring Elizabeth Boe from the Episcopal Church Office of Global partnerships as keynoter; workshops will include Theology of Mission; Doing Mission; Gifts Assessment; New models; and Returning and Continuing the Journey. Workshop presenters are preparing an online follow-up course through the ChurchNext vehicle. This Workshop is for anyone involved in outreach, mission, or youth trips whether in your neighborhood or across the globe. The conference will be on February 29. Registration is now open. For questions, please contact the Rev. Margaret...
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BRIDGES | Episcopal Campus Ministry at BGSU

January 2, 2020
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.
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Mobile Clothesline

January 2, 2020
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...
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Clothesline

January 2, 2020
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...
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Outreach: The Loving Spirit of Giving

December 30, 2019
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...
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Perrysburg Coalition of Inclusion and Justice

November 27, 2019
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...
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St. Tim’s Discovers

January 2, 2020
December’s appearance of the Salzedo Harp Duo was a full-house and smashing success!  The timing – just days before Christmas – was a real risk, but the need for a magical evening of mystical music (of the season) and the media’s embrace of this event (TV morning news interview with Nancy, WGTE radio interview with Nancy & Jody, local print media coverage, etc.) combined to make it a grand event.  Oliver and Roger Greive (Nancy’s family members) sold out of the Duo’s CDs within minutes.  Many, many thanks to all who supported this event – especially our team...
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57th Annual Meeting | Sunday, January 19, 8:55 am

January 2, 2020
It’s been a year filled with promise, sorrow, challenge and opportunity.  Come review where we’ve been – and dare to vision where the Spirit is calling us to journey together!  The agenda includes: Receiving various ministry reports (by title and in print, unless otherwise called for) Election of Vestry class of 2023 and Parish Treasurer Election of Diocesan Convention delegates (three) Ratification of 2020 budget Warden & Rector’s reports A pictorial revue of life together in 2019 Adult members in good standing (whose baptism is recorded in the parish register, are at least sixteen years of age, attend...
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Sunday Ministries January and February

December 31, 2019
Below are your Sunday Ministries. If you cannot serve on a scheduled day, please trade with another and contact the office. January 2020    February 2020
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