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Helping to Beautify the Place in Which We Live
She's here!
Please welcome Rev. Nayiri Karjian
as our new Associations General Minister.
Imagining a New Conference
Your opinion is essential to the shaping of the future of the UCC in Ohio, West Virginia and Northern Kentucky. The goal is to create "one nimble and responsive judicatory that is faithful in mission and responsible in stewardship". Discussions in our Associations are scheduled as follows:
  • February 22, 2PM, Congregational UCC (1530 Easton St NE, Canton)
  • February 22, 7PM, Congregational UCC (1530 Easton St NE, Canton)
  • March 3, 10AM, Central Congregational UCC (71 Park St, Madison)
Members of the Vision Team will be present at each session to share developments so far and to invite your reflection and suggestions.

Search for Conference Minister
At the last Ohio Conference board meeting, John Gantt set September 30 as the end date for his interim ministry with the Ohio Conference. A search committee has been formed and will seek a Transitional Conference Minister.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment
If you would like to learn more about what sexual harassment is and how to prevent and deal with it in your church, sign up for a free webinar presented by Praesidium and endorsed by the Insurance Board. The webinar is Wednesday, February 7 at 2PM.

You are invited to an evening Roadmap at Pilgrim UCC (130 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls) on Thursday, February 15. What are the signs Youth Directors need to look for that may indicate a teen is contemplating suicide? Karen Abel Jepsen will lead a discussion on teen suicide prevention. Karen is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant/Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and has served on the Canton City School District Crisis Response Team. Take-home resources will also be available. The evening will begin at 6PM with a light dinner, followed by the discussion.
Teeter Totter Marathon
People of all ages come together to keep the Teeter Totter in continuous motion for 42 hours in winter weather and to collect donations from the community. This year's event will run from 6PM on Friday, February 16 through noon on Sunday, February 18 and will benefit Church Street Ministries and One Great Hour of Sharing. Junior/Senior High Youth will teeter totter all through the night, but volunteers are still needed. Service hours documentation available upon request. For more information, please call Middleburg Heights Community UCC (7165 Big Creek Pkwy, Middleburg Heights) at 440-842-7743.
Arts Renaissance Tremont
3PM, Sunday, February 18, the Amici String Quartet performs Beethoven as Arts Renaissance Tremont continues its 27th season. Donald Rosenberg presents a 2PM concert preview. Founded in 1985 by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Quartet has appeared on series such as Chamber Music at Stan Hywet, the Columbus and Cleveland Museums of Art, as well as performances in Pennsylvania, Florida, Japan, Scotland and concert halls/college campuses throughout Ohio. Concerts presented at Pilgrim Congregational UCC (2592 W 14th St, Cleveland). Admission by freewill donation. Reception follows.
Lenten Film Series
During the season of Lent, we are called to contemplate what it means to follow in Jesus' footsteps. Emanuel UCC (16 Eastern Rd, Doylestown) will offer a free and open to the community film series to contemplate our impact on the world around us. The first film will be shown February 25.

Open Positions
Richville UCC in Navarre is seeking a part-time organist. Presently has one Sunday ("traditional") service at 10:30AM. Available: 80 stop Allen organ and Kimball Grand Piano. Special arrangements may be made for weddings/funerals. Must be able to work in cooperation with the Pastor/Spiritual Life committee. June-August off. Competitive per performance salary and independent hire. Position available immediately. Please send resume and references to Richville UCC, Attn: Karen Gerber, 6125 Richville Dr SW, Navarre, OH 44662. For questions or a copy of the job description, email the church or call 330-465-7912.
Best Practices for Church Members Serving as Staff
The Parish Paper is a wonderful resource to which the Ohio Conference has subscribed on behalf of all Ohio UCC churches. Each issue stands alone as a topic of interest and importance to being a living and growing congregation. With the Conference subscription, we in local churches and the associations have permission from the copyright holder to use the material per copyright restrictions. Please distribute only in its unaltered entirety.

Ordinations & Installations
Installation of Brent Gundlah
February 18 ♦ 9:00AM
St Paul UCC ♦ 21 Wooster St NW ♦ Navarre
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
February 18
21 Wooster St NW ♦ Navarre
Your Associations' Staff
Nayiri Karjian
Associations General Minister

Gary Halstead
Associations Associate Minister

Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw
Communications & Administration
Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry

Bob Richardson
Coach Coordinator

Committee on Ministry Registrar
Submission Guidelines
If you'd like to share information about an upcoming event or past event sponsored or co-sponsored by a church in our Associations, please send your article of 100 words or less in a paragraph to by Tuesday noon of each week. Be extravagantly welcoming by including in the article the name, location, address, date, time and contact information of the event. Items will run for two consecutive weeks. Fliers may be sent in addition to the 100 word article and a link will be provided in the article to the flier. Fliers should be less than 5MB and in Word or PDF format. Photos (which display next to your article) may be sent in addition to the article. Photos should be less than 5MB and in JPG or PNG format.