Month: May 2012

Men’s breakfast Saturday

Good morning, I just wanted to send 
out a note-reminding the men of our
prayer breakfast scheduled for
Saturday 6/2/12 at 7:30am.

This will take place at the church in
the kitchen area.  Please send/text/
email a short note of regret to Pat
Prenger if you cannot make it.

See you there, Thanks!

Prayer Request

Please pray for one of our parishioners, Anna Bowers.  Anna’s younger sister Wanda passed away today.  This has been a season of loss for Anna and we want to keep her supported in prayer durig this time.

Almighty God, our times are in Your hands.  We thank you for the life of your child Wanda and pray that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, You will receive her more and more into Your grace and goodness.  We ask for the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, to enfold Anna in Your peace and give to her that knowledge of Your presence with her, for Jesus Christ’s sake, who with You and the Holy Spirit live and reign forever and ever.   Amen


Feast of Pentecost

Tomorrow is the great feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection and the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out, thus marking the beginning of the Church.  Many think of it as The Church’s Birthday.  It is a joyous day in the life of the Church, marking the fulfillment of Jesus’ words just before His ascension into heaven:  You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.  Remember to wear something red to commemorate the giving of the Holy Spirit.  Looking forward to seeing all there!

No Setup this Sunday!

I know you were wondering about this weekends setup need.  Well there is none, but thanks for thinking about it.  

If you want to do something this Sunday say thanks to Chuck and Michael Evanhoe for faithfully setting up the coffee every week.

Thanks Chuck & Michael!

Pat P.


Praise Report!

I just talked with Carl Smith about their daughter-in-law, Christie.  Thanks be to God, she is doing much better today.  She has been moved out of ICU and into a private room and was able to have a short visit with her two other children.  The recovery process will be difficult and probably long and prayers are needed for support and comfort during this time.  She will probably be allowed to come home on Monday if all continues to improve.  Debby drove to North Carolina today to be with Jeremy and Christie.  We will continue to update as the situation progresses.  Thank you, everyone, for your prayers.

O Lord God, the author of life, we thank you for this precious new life and for your love and keeping of Christie through the dangers of childbirth.  We ask for your continued comfort and healing for Christie and pray that your infant child, Jade, will grow and thrive, that both their lives may be testimony to your goodness and compassion and bring glory to Jesus Christ, in whose Name we pray. Amen


Setup on Sunday…


Please come help setup the
Altar, chairs, and tables in the gold
room at church on Sunday morning.

Altar setup: 8:45am (3-4 folks)
Chair setup: 9:00am(rest of the folks)

Please come out and help.  Thanks
in advance!  Pat P. 


You are invited to Holy Eucharist, 7:30 p.m., today, 17 May 2012, at Trinity Anglican Church, Mason, Ohio, to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Archdeacon Peter Manto will be the celebrant, Fr. Wayne McNamara will be the Preacher, and Fr. Gregory Mashburn, OFM, will receive 5 new members as novices of the Third Order Secular of the Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Compassion, with the establishment of a Dayton Fellowship of the Third Order Secular. Thanks be to God!

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


You are invited to Holy Eucharist, 7 p.m., 17 May 2012, at Trinity Anglican Church, Mason, Ohio, to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Archdeacon Peter Manto will be the celebrant, Fr. Wayne McNamara will be the Preacher, and Fr. Gregory Mashburn, OFM, will receive 5 new members as novices of the Third Order Secular of the Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Compassion, and the establishment of a Dayton Fellowship of the Third Order Secular. Thanks be to God!

Setup – THANK YOU!

Good afternoon,

We had a good number of people arrive Sunday
morning to help setup the church.  THANKS to all
who came.  

This will be a recurring theme…setup that is.
There is an event this weekend and the Gold room
needs setup with the Altar and chairs.  Altar 8:45am
chairs 9:00am.  

Thanks for the help, please keep on coming back.

Pat P.

COH – Setup in the morning!

Hi, here is your last reminder.  Please 
plan on getting up and helping setup the
church in the morning.  8:45am – setup
of the Altar (serve the Altar Guild).

9am – setup of church chairs & tables.
(serve the parish).  Please come out and
choose to help serve!

Thanks!  Pat P. 

It is on….

It is on – we need your HELP to setup the church this
Sunday morning before Sunday School.

The Altar Guild needs the altar area completely setup
by 9:00am.  We need 3-4 strong backs to help quickly
setup the Altar between 8:45am – 9:00am.

Everyone else – please arrive at 9:00am to help setup
the chairs and tables for the rest of church and Sunday

Yes, PLEASE get up, and help setup.  Take the time to
fellowship and work alongside your fellow parishioners.

Thank you – VERY much.  Pat P.

p.s. The Altar Guild is a fine group of folks who make
sure our altar is setup and looking right on Sunday
mornings.  They also prepare the communion for COH
and the nursing home.  You can serve them by
helping setup the altar area.  Servants – welcome!

May Prayer Walk

Meet at the Gazebo, 9 am, Saturday.  Weather looks beautiful.  Come intercede for the Forest Ridge Community, see God’s hand in the beauty of the neighborhood, and ask for his blessing and prosperity upon the people who reside there.


Today, at our Holy Eucharist at 12:00 p.m. (noon), we will commemorate St. Gregory Nazianzus, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Faith.


This Gregory, who is one of the first four Eastern Doctors of the Church, was born about the year 325 in Cappadocia, of a remarkable Christian family.  For his father, Gregory the Elder, and his mother Nonna, and his brother Ceasarius who became a physician at the imperial court of Constantinople, are all revered in the Eastern Liturgy as Saints.  Saint Gregory the Elder was a wealthy magistrate when he was converted to Catholicism, and thereafter he was ordained to the priesthood, and finally became Bishop of Nazianzus, which See he ruled for forty-five years, being assisted therein, during the latter years of his life, by his holy son Gregory.  To both Caesarius and Gregory he had given the best education available; and Gregory used it to such purpose that, because of his extraordinary depth of sacred learning, he was afterwards given the honour (which he shared with the Apostle John) of being called The Divine (that is, the Theologian).

His education was acquired chiefly at Athens, where he became the intimate friend of his fellow student Saint Basil, with whom likewise, when they had acquired knowledge in divers branches of earthly learning, he gave himself up to learn the things of God.  This they did for some years in a monastery, framing their opinions, not out of their own heads, but according to the interpretation arrived at by the wisdom and decision of the ancients; at which time Gregory assisted Basil to write the famous monastic Rule which Basilian monks follow.  They were both distinguished by power of doctrine and holiness of life; they were both called to the duty of preaching the Gospel of truth; and through the Gospel they both begat many sons unto Christ.  Gregory after a while returned home.  He was first made Bishop of Sasima, and afterwards administered the Church at Nazianzus.  Then he was called to rule the Church of Constantinople.  That city, which he found reeking with heresy, he purged and brought again to the Catholic Fatith.  But this, which deserved for him the warmest love of all men, raised up many enemies.

Among the bishops themselves there was a great party against him, and to still their contentions, he, of his own free will gave up his See, saying with the Prophet Jonah: Take me up, and cast me forth; for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.  So he went his way back again to Nazianzus, and when he had seen that Eulalius was set over that Church, he gave himself up altogether to think and write concerning the things of God.  He wrote much, both in prose and verse, and that which wonderful godliness and eloquence.  According to the judgement of learned and holy men, there is nothing in his writings which anywhere strays from the line of true godliness and Catholic truth, and not a single word which any one can justly call in doubt.  He was a most vigorous champion of the doctrine that the Son is of one substance with the Father.  During the reign of the Emperor Theodosius he dwelt in the country after the manner of a monk, unceasingly taken up with writing, study, and prayer until in the year 390 or thereabouts, being then in a good old age, he laid down his earthly, to enter on an heavenly life.  He is reckoned one of the three Cappadocians (as he and Basil, and Basil’s blood-brother Saintn Gregory of Nyssa are jointly called), and by the Eastern Church is named one of the three Holy Hierarchs, which same are himself and Saints Basil and John Chrysostom.

***From the Anglican Breviary, 1998, The Lakeside Press, Chicago, IL, USA***


Basil and I were at Athens at the time.  Like streams of a river, we originated from a common source in our native land, but in going abroad to pursue our studies we had become separated; but now, as if it were planned, as if God had wanted it this way, we found ourselves reunited.

I was not alone during this time in holding my friend, the great Basil, in high regard.  I needed no convincing of his seriousness of purpose, his mature and wise conversation, but I sought to persuade others unacquainted with him, to share my regard for him.  He was already well respected by many since his reputation had gone before him, with the result that he was accorded the special distinction of being almost the only new student in Athens to escape the treatment generally doled out to newcomers.

This was the prelude to our friendship.  This was the kindling of that flame that was to bind us together.  We recognised a bond of mutual love.  Gradually we were able to admit our affection for one another and to recognise our common ambition to dedicate ourselves to lives of true wisdom.  From then on we became inseparable friends, sharing the same lodgings, the same table, the same sentiments, our eyes fixed on the same goal.  Our mutual affection grew ever warmer and stronger.

We were driven on by the same hope: the pursuit of learning.  This is an area of life notoriously open to jealousy; but between us there was none.  Indeed, in some sense rivalry intensified our zeal.  For there was indeed a contest between us.  But it was not about who should have first place, but about how one could yield it to the other.  For each of us regarded the achievement of the other as his own.

We seemed to have a single soul animating two bodies.  And, while we could not believe those who claim that ‘everything is contained in everything’, yet in our experience, we were certainly intimately bound up in one another’s lives.  Our sole object and ambition was virtue and a life so oriented in hope to the blessings that await us, that we severed our attachment to this life before we had to depart it.  With this in view we ordered our life and actions, following the guidance of God’s law, and at the same time spurred each other on to virtue.  And, if it is not too much to say, we were for each other a rule and a pair of scales for discerning good from evil.

Different men have different names, either derived from their ancestors or to do with their jobs and achievements.  But our great ambition, the great name we relished, was to be Christian, and to be called Christians.

***From Celebrating the Saints, 2004, Canterbury Press, Norwich, England***


Lord God, whose servant Gregory proclaimed the mystery of your Word made flesh, to build up your Church in wisdom and strength: grant that we may rejoice in his presence among us, and so be brought with St. Gregory to know that power of your unending love; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

***From Exciting Holiness, 1999, Canterbury Press, Norwich, England***

COH bulletin & blog – summer music

There has been a change in the schedule for summer music. Shane Knick is no longer going to the Vineyard so they won’t be doing July 8th. Also, Sweet Betsy is now scheduled to do August 12. YEA!

For the blog

June 10th Knotworks flute group

June 17th Urbi Juan Music (wide variety of guitar & banjo music)

June 24th Luminosa Blue

July 1st no music – Cityfolk and Dayton fireworks that evening

July 8th

July 15th Micah and Jill (folk music)

July 22nd Mike Sloan (folk music)

July 29th no music – neighborhood activity – Swim Team Picnic

August 5th the Dominion Academy Coffeehouse group plus others

August 12thSweet Betsy

August 19th Vision of Unity (Contemporary Spiritual Music)

August 26th Trombones of Dayton

Information from Rachel Herman

Hello all 🙂

As most of you know, I will be going on a Summer Project this summer with Campus Crusade for Christ in Chicago, focusing on spreading the Gospel to the student population in the city, with training in evangelism and leadership. I’m super excited about this project, but I do not expect that it is going to be easy. I have sent most of you letters in the mail already, and a lot of you have already been very generous and encouraging. Thank you soooo much! I really truly appreciate your support and prayers for my ministry!

In case you didn’t get a letter or see the letter (if you didn’t get one, that is a mistake!), I will be in Chicago from June 7th-Augsut 10th, living in dorm-type apartments a little outside of the heart of the city (not too far from where Lydia will be consequently!, I didn’t know that was going to happen, so it is a nice surprise), near UIC Chicago campus. I will be working with students from Cru movements at colleges all across the country, and we will be sharing the Gospel all over the city, leading Bible studies, learning how to better be a leader in movements like Cru, etc. They ask us to get part time jobs on project, and God has been super good, and even allowed Lydia and I to most likely work together at Moody as lifeguards. I probably will also continue to work for Panera and just transfer to one in Chicago. I am excited to see how God moves, to see lives changed by the Gospel, and to just do ministry in a new context and a more intense atmosphere.

Right now, I have about $1,150 already raised. Again, thank you so much if you already have supported me! I am still looking to raise $2,300 more at least, however, so if the Lord moves you to become a ministry partner with me and support me financially, that would be awesome. If not, no problem, please only do what you are comfortable with,

If you are interested and it is easier for you, there is an option to donate to my ministry online. You can go to this link and click "give a gift" on the right hand side. All gifts are tax deductible.

I love you all and hope you are doing well!



p.s. If you didn’t get a copy of my original letter and would like to read it, here is a copy!

Letter (1).pdf

Evening Prayer

Please join us for Evening Prayer on Wednesday, 7 pm, at CoH.  We desire to lift up our students in prayer as they finish out another year, so please come to intercede for them.  Thanks.  -Jeff

Church Setup-Sunday 5/6/12

Good morning!

On Sunday 5/6/12 – after church services & fellowship, please plan
to take down and put away most of the chairs and and all tables from
the green & gold rooms (store in kitchen).  We have an event in the
building next Fri/Sat and need to clean this week.

Please leave the altar area up for our weekly services.  We will trust
the youth group to setup/tear down their own tables and chairs as well.

Thanks for your help on Sunday 5/6 after our church services.

Pat P.

p.s. next Sunday morning 5/13 we need help setting up…remember…

We missed you…

Men, we missed you at this mornings monthly prayer breakfast.
The food, fellowship and prayer were all wonderful.

Please mark Jun 2 on your calendar – 7:30am for our next
Men’s Prayer Breakfast, hope to see you then!