Saturday, November 9, 2002

Hope after 9-11 put in book form

Faith matters

SPRINGFIELD TWP. - Nancy Ross-Zimmerman gives one sermon a month as the associate pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Last year, the Cincinnati native prepared her sermon for a discussion of Jesus' parables about the shepherd who lost one sheep and the woman who lost one coin and efforts the two went through to recover those items. She called the sermon "Search and Rescue."

Little did she know the sermon would be delivered on Sept. 16, 2001, the first Sunday after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Now the message of hope Rev. Ross-Zimmerman delivered that day will be included in an anthology of sermons, songs and other inspirational writings called . . .On the Sabbath After.

"Brenda Spencer of Chester, Va., near Richmond, began her own mission that Sunday. A group of her friends began talking about what their pastors said during those sermons.

So with the backing of the Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Alliance of Petersburg, Va., she and a group of friends began collecting sermons, searching them out on the Internet and asking for submissions.

Rev. Ross-Zimmerman's professor from seminary said she should send it in, and it made the book.

Submissions were interfaith, interracial and included everything from sermons . to a letter by prison inmates.

They also began raising money ($45,000) to publish and distribute the anthology and just recently they received confirmation from the mayor's office in New York that the books can be delivered to the families of the victims. They've already confirmed plans to get the books to the families of victims at the Pentagon and on the flights.

The book can be purchased at

Jazz for higher purpose

The Taft Museum of Art's Duncanson Artist-in-Residence series is sponsoring two jazz concerts at local churches in the next two weeks performed by William Menefield, a University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music student and jazz pianist.

Mr. Menefield will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the House of Joy Christian Ministries, 5912 Hamilton Ave. Then on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m., he will perform at the Carmel Presbyterian Church, at 3549 Reading Road.

Both events are free, open to the public and non-denominational. For more information call 241-0343, ext. 22, or visit

Synagogue book review

Adath Israel Sisterhood in Amberley Village is hosting its annual book review and tea at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The event will feature author and sisterhood member Sham Eden.

She will discuss her recent book, Taking Our Past into the Future: The Poale-Zion (1914-1954) The Labor Zionist Alliance (1946-1998).

Author to speak

Ralph Minton, a Canadian Christian author and humorist, will speak at Milford United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Milford, at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event, called "Fried Chicken, Fun and Faith: An Evening of Good Laughter and Engaging Stories" is open to the public and begins with a potluck at 6 p.m. For information, call 831-5500.

Fall Festival Sunday

St. Aloysius Church, on Ohio 126 in Shandon, will host a turkey dinner, fall festival and turkey shoot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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