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Rev. Beth FrankThe Rev. Beth Frank is a recent graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  She was ordained a (transitional) deacon in June, 2013, and was ordained to the sacred order of priests on December 6, 2013 - St. Nicholas Day.  She has been appointed by the bishop to serve New Life as Priest-in-Charge.



Evolving
Written by Rev. Beth Frank   
Saturday, July 19 2014 11:05

A few weeks ago, Terri Mackey and I began New Life's version of The Big Dig: cleaning out some downstairs church closets and the Cross Room. This week, Bill Miller and I have been going through boxes of files from New Life, St. Peter's and St. Michael's & All Angels. On Sunday, we will have on display a few treasures that we found. The materials then will travel to Cleveland for preservation in the Diocesan archives.

During The Big Dig, we found a copy of the Summer 2003 Church Life! New Life graced the cover and the accompanying article included quotes from Gaynor Lanik, Brian Sisak, Vi Croasmun, Toni Miller and Joe Bridges. Two other stories in the issue caught my eye:

How About Less Mail? A Proposition to Increase Electronic Communication. This article included "The Pledge of Communication": a promise to make all materials "mailed" available on www.dohio.org, and in turn those who opted out of receiving paper mail pledged to check the website weekly for new information. Today, New Life still receives a monthly mailing from the Diocese. That information is posted on our bulletin board and often appears in our weekly. Who would have thought then that eleven years later one has to "opt-in" for mail communications. Today many of us relish the thought of less email!

And After the Election? Assisting Bishop Bowman wrote about preparations to elect a new Bishop and his reply to queries about how much longer he would be serving the Diocese. Bishop Bowman wrote definitively that he would be staying on until December 2003. Surprise! Not only does Bishop Bowman still serve as an Assisting Bishop here, he is scheduled for a September 2015 visitation to New Life. This Fall we will start a confirmation class to prepare those who would like to be confirmed during Bishop Bowman's visit. Please let me know if you would like to participate in the class as either a mentor or one seeking confirmation.

Means of communication evolve; bishops come, stay, and go. Yet Bishop Bowman concluded his message appealing to the Diocese to "[p]ray that we might all be empowered by the Holy Spirit for the ministry we have been called to exercise wherever we find ourselves." This simple prayer will always ring true.

Blessings,
Beth

 
Open and Affirming
Written by Rev. Beth Frank   
Thursday, June 26 2014 22:26

First, a "shout out" to the Diocese of Ohio for sponsoring this ad:

Diocese of Ohio Ad for Gay Games 9

The people of New Life truly strive to be an open and affirming church. While we don't like to think of this practice as "work," we would be naive to think that being open and affirming happens without intention, effort, and compassion. Our welcome does not come in "one size fits all", rather adapts to the needs of each individual and family. Each of us has our own style and provides a unique window to God and New Life's parish life. What emerges is a wonderful stained glass window.

People [and churches] are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Yours in Christ,
Beth

 
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