Put-in-Bay Church News-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church-YOUTH BELL CHOIR 5th – 12th Grades St. Paul’s is starting a Bell Choir for ALL island youth in 5th – 12th grades. We will practice at lunchtime on Thursdays starting the Thursday after Thanksgiving. We can imagine getting good enough to go play at some nearby nursing homes by spring. For kids who come to the practices, we will provide lunch. Our hopes and dreams: 1) To play at island events 2) To play a prelude or postlude (beginning or ending) at the island churches and eventually … 3) travel to places that need cheering up like nearby senior residences. Our Bell Choir Director is Mrs. CC Wisniewski who many of our kids know through the swim and sail program. This program is being offered by St. Paul’s for all youth in 5th – 12th grades. For questions call St. Paul’s 419-285-5981. Adults, if there is interest, we will look at forming an adult bell choir.

In other Put-in-Bay Church news 201st Episcopal Diocesan Council Meeting-St. Paul’s sent three delegates and three alternates to the Diocese of Ohio’s Annual Convention in Cleveland. This year’s gathering culminates the 200th Anniversary of the formation of our Diocese. Mella Davies served as the Bicentennial Missioner here at Put-in-Bay. St. Paul’s met the challenge to do things to honor the 200th by collecting and distributing 200 pairs of socks to a homeless shelter, gathering 200 cups of pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, preparing and distributing 200 welcome bags for island employees, planting 200 flower bulbs in the front lawn of the church, collecting 200 pill bottles for the Diocesan Mission in Belize which grew 10 fold (we sent over 2000 pill bottles!). The parish distributed 200 bottles of water at the Put-in-Bay graduation and the youth who attend Diner Days at the church gave 200 bees to Bellwether Farm in Wakeman. Of all the projects, St. Paul’s will continue to collect Pull Tabs which may be dropped off at the church or the parish office. According to Church News, The people who attended the convention from St. Paul’s were Kira Hubner, Senior Warden, Valerie Chornyak, Amy Houston, Paula Hubner, Mary Ann Meyers, Mella Davies and the Rev. Mary L. Staley.Put-in-Bay Church News Photo

The delegates elected church officers and approved two pieces of convention business. One is an important resolution on our Diocesan Commitment Racial Reconciliation which outlines the expectation for our leader’s anti-racism training and encourages all Episcopalians to attend as well. Rev. Staley was one of several people who drafted this resolution. The second resolution is the annual clergy compensation resolution which recommends maintaining current compensation in 2018 (no COLA increases). Several of our delegates will also be part of the convention

Church News from ST. JOHN@THE BAY …-Our small, but devoted community gathers on the first and third Sunday afternoons of each month. Worship time is 3 p.m. There is a place for you. Our worship style is “casual” and the music is more contemporary, yet we seek “To share the good news of Jesus and grow disciples with all who live, work and visit on South Bass Island.” Here’s the schedule for December …

December 3 and 17 … Pastor Jim Lehman “A Little Bit Early” Christmas Worship @TheBay … Our Christmas Worship service … “A Place for All” will be held on South Bass Island on Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Pastor Jim Lehman will be on the island leading worship. At the center of our worship is the amazing story of our Savior’s birth, who opens his arms and makes room for all in presence of God. Come and worship, this is indeed Good News for all the world!

With the dawn of a new year, plans are being put together to move to Thursday evenings for a unique, less-structured experience. We will gather around a table to dig into scripture, discovering how it connects with our daily lives and share in the gracious gift of the Lord’s Supper. Watch church news further details as 2018 arrives