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49 Bells
Orlando United Day

Orlando, Florida is calling for a day of unity on June 12 dedicated to the lives lost at Pulse Orlando: Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness. We as communities of faith are being invited to participate with the use of our church bells. We are invited to ring our church bells 49 times at noon (local time) on June 12. Faith communities who worship in a building without a bell can participate in this project by posting the number "49" on their signs.

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Trinket and Treasure Sale

Clague Road UCC (3650 Clague Rd, North Olmsted) will hold its annual Trinket and Treasure Sale on Wednesday, June 14 from 5-7PM; Thursday, June 15 from 9AM-4PM; and Friday, June 16 from 9AM-1PM in Fellowship Hall. Items will include books, children's toys and games, household items, glassware, plants, linens, antiques and much more. Come and join in a fun time browsing and making new friends.
Rummage Sale

St Peter United Church of Christ (125 E Ridgewood Dr, Seven Hills) will hold its Annual Rummage/Tent and Bake Sale. You are invited to stop by on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16, from 9AM-5PM and Saturday, June 17 from 9AM-noon. There will be clothing, household items, books, puzzles, toys, small appliances, jewelry and much, much more. Drop in and "rummage" through the treasures and buy some delicious baked goodies to take home. For more information, call 216-524-1709. Don't miss it!

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Strawberry Festival

First Congregational UCC (4022 State Route 44, Rootstown) will have its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 17 from 12-5 on the front lawn. In case of rain, it will be in the church hall. There will be sloppy joes, hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, beans, beverages and wonderful homemade strawberry desserts: strawberry pie, ice cream and strawberries, strawberry short cake. There will be many items in the Chinese Auction all for a dollar a ticket or six tickets for $5. There will also be games for the children to play. For more information, call the church office at 330-325-7429.
With Music and Justice for All

Friday, June 23, award-winning Nashville recording artist Anne E. DeChant returns to her home town to play and sing, along with acclaimed southern author Frye Gaillard. They are teaming up for an evening of stories and songs entitled With Music and Justice for All. The concert will begin at 7:30PM at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ (32801 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake). The concert is free. A freewill offering will be taken. Doors open at 6:30PM and refreshments will be served prior to the concert. For more information call 440-933-3241.
Congregation Merger

Over 322 years of ministry will join together when Congregational UCC of Amherst and First Congregational UCC of Lorain merge. Both congregations voted overwhelmingly on May 7 to become one. While the ministry will be centered in the Amherst building at 379 S. Main, the merged congregation will continue the Lorain congregation's passion for ministering to people of need. The final worship service of the Lorain congregation in its sanctuary will be on Sunday, June 25, with the merged congregation holding its first official worship service on July 2, 178 years to the day that the Amherst congregation was founded.

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Our associations' Spiritual Development Team and Brothers and Sisters of the Way are co-sponsoring a retreat September 10 through September 14 at Pilgrim Hills (33833 Township Rd 20, Brinkhaven). Time is spent in gathered reading, silence, singing, worship, communion, and sharing of joys and concerns. There are also times set aside for free time, reading, working and play. Cost is $250; $50 for first time retreatants. The registration deadline is August 15. Checks should be made payable to B.S.O.W. and sent to Bro. Jerry Fritz, 225 W Main St, Andover, OH 44003. For more information call Jerry Fritz at 508-627-0970.
Flourishing in Ministry Project

In February 2017, the UCC Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) collaborated with the University of Notre Dame's Wellbeing at Work research initiative for clergy called Flourishing in Ministry. Over a 10-day period, surveys were distributed to all UCC Authorized Ministers and Members in Discernment. 1,200 Authorized Ministers/MiDs completed the survey and now you can see the results. The full report can be found online within the Statistics and Reports menu section.

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Parish Paper
Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy

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.

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In Our Prayers

Please keep the following people in your prayers.

Rev. Carla Wobschall and family on the death of her father, Dale, May 23 in Minnesota.
Bible Dove Cross
Ordinations & Installations

Installation of Eric Stricklin
June 11 ♦ 3PM
Zion UCC ♦ 415 S Main St ♦ North Canton

Installation of Janet Ross
June 25 ♦ 10AM
Amistad Chapel
700 Prospect Ave E ♦ Cleveland

Installation of Luke Lindon
September 10 ♦ 10AM
UCC Congregational ♦ 217 E Liberty ♦ Medina

Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
Rita Root
Rev. Dr. Rita Root
June 11
Installation of Eric Stricklin
Zion UCC ♦ 415 S Main St ♦ North Canton

June 18
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 W Clifton Blvd ♦ Lakewood

June 25
Amistad Chapel ♦ 700 Prospect Ave E ♦ Cleveland

July 2
General Synod
Bonnie Bates
Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates
June 18
St Paul's Community Church
4427 Franklin Blvd ♦ Cleveland

June 25
First Congregational
423 Washington Ave ♦ Lorain

July 2
General Synod

Your Associations' Staff

Rita Root ♦ Associations General Minister

Bonnie Bates ♦ Associations Associate for Congregational Vitality & Development

Margaret Borrelli ♦ Faith Formation Coordinator

Mark Frey ♦ Pastoral Excellence/Communities of Practice Coordinator

Don Hill ♦ Financial Development Consultant
Gene McAfee ♦ Dean of Lay Education Programs

Bob Richardson ♦ Coach Coordinator

Maureen Webber ♦ Spiritual Formation Coordinator

Lori Wick ♦ Youth Ministries Coordinator

Machelle Miller ♦ Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw ♦ Communications & Administration

Committee on Ministry Registrar

Submission Guidelines

If you'd like to share information about an upcoming or past event sponsored or co-sponsored by a church in our Associations, please send your article of 100 words or less in paragraph format 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.

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