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At a special meeting of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations at Bethany UCC on December 9, the Rev. Nayiri Karjian was considered to become our next Associations General Minister. A quorum being present, a vote was taken. Rev. Karjian was affirmed by an overwhelming majority of the delegates. She'll start on February 1. Rev. Mark Frey will be the Acting General Minister through the end of January. Rev. Dr. Gary Halstead will continue as Associations Associate Minister. Thanks to the Search Committee, and to Bethany UCC and Rev. Sprite Johnson for hosting the meeting.
Our Associations Coming Together
Rev. John Gant, Ohio Conference Minister, and Cathy Green, Ohio Conference Board Moderator, attended our December 9 special meeting. The Board received our formal request to become one Association, which they considered at their December 8 board meeting. The Board affirmed our request and additional work will need to be done to work out details. Final approval will be an item of business at the next Conference Gathering. We plan to live and work as one Association. Watch for a contest to decide upon a name for our collaboration.
Prayer Vigil
Federated Church (76 Bell St, Chagrin Falls) will hold a candlelight vigil to #EndGunViolence on Thursday, December 14 at 7PM in the chapel. This is in remembrance of the five year mark of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy as well as the 500,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012. Pray, sing, light candles and hear speakers: Rev. Chris Eggert, founder of God before Guns and retired Christian Church Disciples of Christ pastor, and Rabbi Susan Stone, D.Div, Chaplain at Hillcrest Hospital. Questions? Email Susi Kawolics .
Remembrance of Christmas Truce
You are invited to attend this unique Christmas time of prayer on Friday, December 22, 7-9:30PM. It is co-sponsored by 89 Hartford UCC and held at United Church of Christ Congregational (217 E Liberty St, Medina). Christopher Reynolds will present a concert filled with meaningful rituals guiding us toward peace, healing and the true spirit of Christmas. Remember the movie Joyeaux ? During World War I, enemy forces left the safety of their trenches to the song Silent Night . Soldiers wanted peace beyond understanding. This year, we remember and proclaim the same desire for the world. Peace.

NEOSOM Winter 2018 Classes
The Northeast Ohio School of Ministry (NEOSOM) is offering two classes for Winter 2018: Worship and An Introduction to Christian Theology . The classes are open to students of the program and available for audit to non-students. The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 27.

A Call for Sermons in Solidarity
Twenty-one youth have taken our federal government to court demanding accountability and action in response to the damage done to our climate and the immense impact this damage has on their generation. Ultimately, the case brought by the youth is about seeking justice for #EachGeneration. To further the compelling and inspiring efforts of the youth, the UCC Council for Climate Justice has initiated a call for more than a thousand sermons to be preached in solidarity with them. Youth are especially encouraged to preach.

Abundant Aging Retreat
Join United Church Homes' Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging for a clergy and lay leader retreat. The theme is "Aging and Opportunity for Congregations and Ourselves". Facilitators are Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D. and John T. McFadden, M.Div. The conference will be from 9AM to 3PM January 8 at Dublin Community UCC (81 Bridge St, Dublin). Registration begins at 9AM with the program to follow at 9:45AM. Registration is $20 and includes lunch and the program. Register online by December 29.

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Your Associations' Staff
Mark Frey
Acting Associations General Minister

Gary Halstead
Associations Associate Minister

Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw
Communications & Administration

Committee on Ministry Registrar

Margaret Borrelli
Faith Formation Coordinator
Mark Frey
Pastoral Excellence/Communities of Practice

Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry

Bob Richardson
Coach Coordinator

Maureen Webber
Spiritual Formation Coordinator

Lori Wick
Youth Ministries Coordinator
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