Month: December 2014

C.S. Lewis Play

From Anita Evanhoe:

The Fellowship of Performing artists will be performing in Cincinnati May 1st and 2nd (Friday and Saturday) a play based on the book The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. We (Anita, Joni, Jessie & Michael Evanhoe) saw the play in Indianapolis in November. We highly recommend it.

Here is the link for tickets.

Also, if you want to organize a group here is the contact information for group pricing. If you have a group of 10 or more, Andrew Flanigan, director of group sales, can help you to find the best rate for your group. His email is and his phone number is: 866.476.8707.

(Note from “Editor” — If you are interested in going with a group, email Dss Candy and she’ll keep track and put the group together. )


New Year’s Eve Board Game Party!

Once again on short notice,  another Board Game Night will be this New Year’s Eve from 6:00pm to 12:00am. Bring a snack, drink, and a board game. Also bring your friends & family, the more the merrier!  A fun way to see the New Year in!

Concert for the Whole Family!

There will be an informal concert at Christ Our Hope, on Friday, the 2nd of Jan, at 7 pm.  Performing a variety of seasonal, classical, instrumental, and contemporary numbers will be Jeff, Rosanne, and Deanna Brown; Pam, Anna, Ben, and David Baugham; John Greenewald; Lina Nahhas; Emily Albert, and others. All are invited.  No childcare will be provided, but families are encouraged to bring their children and are welcome to use the nursery as needed.

Hope to see many of you there for a fun evening!


Prayer Request – Mathis’ Grandchildren

Please pray for Ezra and Macy Nowery in Iraq.  Both have been hospitalized today with chest infections.  Prayers also for their parents as they seek to care for their children and carry out God’s work in Iraq.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, who gathers the lambs in your arms, and carries them in your bosom: We commit into your loving hands Ezra and Macy. Relieve their infections, guard them from all danger, restore to them your  gifts of joy and strength, and raise them up from their sickness. We pray also for strength, comfort, and encouragement to their parents Matt and Sarah as they seek to do your will in all things, asking all of this to be accomplished for your Name’s sake and for your glory.  Amen 



Thank you from the Smith Family

Many members of our church family helped with packing, loading, transporting, etc. The support given was very generous and also much needed. Thanks to all for your kindness, companionship and sacrifice! This is just another way Christ Our Hope Anglican Church has helped us along our life’s journey. Remember that you have friends in Savannah! May God’s richest blessings and favor be showered upon you all! 

Our new address is: 6 Sabal Court, Savannah, GA 31405.  

We are keeping the same phone numbers.

Fr. Carl and Debby



Christmas Open House at the Mathis’ Home

Just a reminder that the whole parish — repeat, whole parish — is invited to a Christmas Open House at the Mathis’ tomorrow evening (Friday, December 19) at 7:00 p.m.  You’re not asked to bring anything but yourselves.  Please try to join with your parish family for this time of fun and fellowship!  The Mathis’ live at 1328 Senna Street (Tipp City, if you’re googling for directions).

See you there!

The Homegoing of Annie Jane Smith

Fr. Carl’s mother, Annie Jane, who valiantly fought cancer for several years, has gone home to be with the Lord this day.    Please pray for Fr. Carl and the entire Smith family as they grieve her loss.


O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered; Accept our prayers on behalf of your child Annie Jane now departed, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints, where with them she may continue to grow in your love and adoration; through Jesus Christ our Lord.    And grant, O most merciful Father, comfort and consolation through the ministry of your Holy Spirit to all of her family, that they may not grieve as those who have no hope, but, trusting in your grace and goodness, may await the time when all things are made right and the communion of saints is complete in your presence.  We ask these things through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen



Prayer Request

Please pray for the wife of our choir master and faithful member of our congregation, Mary Giese. She is at this moment undergoing potentionally life threatening surgery to remove a tumor. The tumor is wedged between her inner ear and her brain. She and her husband Tim flew to California for the surgery. Bp. Manto joined them last night. Already we have received some encouraging news from the surgeon.  Ever since her first diagnosis the doctors were sure that she would at least certainly lose her hearing in one ear and maybe be left paralyzed on one side of her face or worse. But now the surgeon is reporting that the location of the tumor is somewhat more advantageous than was previously thought. There is now a hope that she will not lose her hearing. Mary and Tim have three sons. Our church is praying and fasting for a good outcome. Please ask the diocese to join us.

Fr. David Truax

Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church

Women’s Brunch — No Cooking!

Just a reminder that all women of the church are invited to a Fellowship Brunch this coming Saturday, December 13, at 9:30 a.m. at Terri Sebree’s home.  No need to bring any food to share; everything will be provided.  However, each of us is asked to bring a wrapped ornament to exchange and a one or two line inspirational comment or Scripture to share.  Hope that most of you can attend!

Moving Boxes Needed!

If you have any boxes suitable for packing things for moving, Fr. Carl and Debby Smith could really use them!  Please drop them off at Paul and Karen Burns’ home (4307 Beach Haven Court- Forest Ridge) before Saturday.  Karen will take them over on Saturday…and please remember that we need help loading the moving van on Saturday, December 20, from 8:00 a.m. till finished. Thanks so much, everyone!

Fr. Carl and Debby Smith Moving

After many months of prayer for meaningful employment, our prayers have been answered and Fr. Carl Smith has a wonderful new job!  He actually began on December 1 at South University in Savannah, GA, where he  will be serving as the Program Director and Department Chair of South’s new College of Theology. They are offering a creative Doctor of Ministry degree that he will be heading at the Savannah campus.  Debby is packing things up and they will be leaving sometime late on Saturday, December 20.  And they will be sorely missed!  Yet we rejoice with them at the new doors that God has opened.  With regard to the move, they could really use help loading the truck on Saturday morning, December 20, (anytime after 8:00 a.m.) at their home at 2906-1 Forest Lawn (behind Lowe’s at the Fairfield Commons).  Even if you can only spare a couple of hours, your help would be much, much appreciated.  Please let Fr. Harry or Dss Candy know if you can come and help that day.  Because God moved so quickly in this, that day will actually be our only chance to say good-bye and to send them off with our love and prayers.

Men’s Breakfast at Christ the King

The CKAC Men’s Prayer Breakfast which was scheduled for 12/13 has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict that we could not resolve. We will have to do it in the new year. When we decide another date, I will get in touch with you. I apologize for any inconvenience. Please pass this message on to the men at COH. Thanks.


Jeff Baugham

Advent Lunch and Advent Garden This Week

Just a reminder that the Sloppy Joe lunch and Advent Garden will be this Sunday after church.  This is a great family activity and we hope everyone will be able to stay and enjoy the food, fellowship, and festivities.  Please bring a dessert or sidedish to share.  Drinks and sloppy joes will be provided.  Hope to see you there!

A Music of the Season Evening

The Wright State University choirs will present a “Festival of Carols” at Schuster Hall in the Creative Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 5th at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Amanda Roberts and Joel Thompson will provide pre-concert entertainment on hammered dulcimer and cello in the Commons beginning at 7:15.


Diocese of the Central States Newsletter Advent 2014

Newsletter Logo Advent 2014Read the new issue of Diocese of the Central States Newsletter Advent 2014.

Included Articles…

  • A Message from Bishop Morse
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
  • Report on the Seventh Synod of The Diocese of the Central States
  • Report from St. Paul’s, Greenfield, IN
  • Report from the Philippines
  • Episcopal Visit, Trinity Church, Mason, Ohio
  • The Next 10 Years of Powerful Partnerships and Transformed Lives
  • On My Decision to Quit Civil Marriage
  • Episcopal Visit, St. James Anglican Church, Memphis, TN