Greetings, brothers and sisters of Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church! I am delighted to write you this letter of warm and joyous Easter blessings.
Many of you receiving this letter are “regulars” with us for our Sunday worship and our various ministries. Some receiving this letter haven’t been with us for a while. Now is the time to fully engage in the life of our faith community! Why, you ask? Let me share with you.
We know why we exist, and we know where we want to go from here. We call those two items, mission and vision. By now I’m certain that you have seen our mission and vision statements on all of our publications and materials. We’ve put those two statements all over everything because our work to get to those statements was important, but we must ever keep those statements at the forefront of our minds and hearts as we work together to keep us on track.
Our Vestry has been hard at work in 2014 and has prayerfully agreed upon two goals for 2014 and beyond. In no particular order, we want to pursue active, loving relationships to promote a vital and growing faith community, and we want to increase the engagement of our youth in the life of our parish. Yes, I realize this is our Easter letter where I let you know where the Vestry has designated our Easter Offering, but our Vestry’s goals are very important for the direction of our church. And with these goals in mind at our March meeting we decided to split the offering 50/50 between the American Cancer Society and Open Door Ministry through Church of the Advent in Walnut Hills.
American Cancer Society was an easy choice for the Vestry. It is safe to write that all in the life of our faith community know someone who is or has battled cancer. In fact, several in our parish are currently living with the reality of cancer. The American Cancer Society has a big impact with a footprint much larger than Cincinnati, so we are moving beyond our locale.
Open Door Ministry is a new ministry to Ascension & Holy Trinity. Our offering will help mentally ill people to continue to live on their own, and help feed thousands of low-income families in the coming year. Open Door provides free, drop-in meals three mornings a week, a community food pantry, and a nationally-recognized protective payee program in which Evie Foulkes, executive director, and her colleague Nancy McFadden manage the Social Security checks of 80 people, paying their rent and other bills on time and providing spending money in safe and manageable amounts.
Our Vestry presents the above ministries as recipients of our Easter Offering abundance because they are both local and far off. In addition, these are ministries all of us can choose to participate in. Relay for Life’s fundraising goes to American Cancer Society. Our own, Terry Kessler is heading up a church-wide relay team scheduled for May 30-31st. Please check out our Relay displays in the hallways to learn how you can participate beyond your dollars. Open Door Ministry is less than twenty minutes away from Wyoming. Our Helping Our Neighbors In Need team is planning a trip to this ministry to get some hands on experience working with this group of ministers. Wouldn’t you love to go with your church community to learn more and assist those in need in the Walnut Hills area?
At the Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00pm on Saturday April 19th, we will baptize three children in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit promising to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.” The power of the Resurrection is that God enables you and me to live most fully and to share in God’s life. We are not bystanders on the side of the road waiting for the Second Coming of Christ. We are to make God’s presence a reality in our words and in our actions. I pray for all of us to experience the true joy of Easter, that we may see our worth in God’s eyes and our vital role putting God’s love into action in our everyday living. I look forward to seeing you in our pews and on the streets!
Eric L. Miller+
Rector, Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
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We have a great opportunity to take our families to a Red's Game with mezzanine level tickets for $18 each ($7 discount), support research in pancreatic cancer with a Red's donation of $9 per ticket, and be with our larger A&HT family for a fun evening at the Ball Park! It's a no brainer! It's Thursday May 1 at 7:10 pm. Red's vs. Brewers.
Your participation will address a current injustice in the distribution of funding for pancreatic cancer (PC) research. There is still no test for early detection and no effective treatment for this disease.
Please let me know by return of email how many tickets you would like. I will order and purchase the tickets and deliver them to you. You may pay me on receipt by cash or check.
My best to everyone,