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Jesus, Dead Man Walking
-Reflection by Nayiri Karjian
Jesus is on death row. He is on trial both by the state and the religious establishment. He is as an insurgent challenging the established norms and powers of the day. The Roman rule of King Herod and the religious Jewish elite wanted Jesus gone. They condemned him to death turning Jesus into a dead man walking.

An Invitation
Meet ♦ Greet ♦ Install
Nayiri Karjian
Associations General Minister
4 Opportunities
I am pleased to invite you to celebrate our covenant together at gatherings around our Associations. These celebrations were planned intentionally for convenience, to help us meet one another in different regional areas, so you can attend the one closest to you, and for my introduction to our churches in different parts of Ohio.

Each gathering will include 45 minutes to meet and greet, followed by a 20 minute liturgy of installation.

Robes and red stoles are not required.

I am grateful to the churches that have agreed to host and offer hospitality. THANK YOU!

I look forward to celebrating with you!

Nayiri Karjian
Breakfast & Prayer Gathering
The All Church Breakfast & Prayer Gathering at The Bath Church (3980 W Bath Rd, Akron) invites members of its sister churches to join in a European Style Breakfast on Saturday, April 7 from 8-9:30AM. The program will focus on our Partnership with the German Church in Westphalia and the UCC Forum this September. Call Rev. Dan Doty at 330-666-3520 or Rev. Joyce Schroer at 419-271-5511.
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself?
The Culture of Peace Prophetic Witness Team invites you to a workshop April 13-15 at Camp Y-Noah. Participants will gain helpful tools to enable them to be peacemakers in times such as these, be asked to step out of their comfort zones, stand their ground in love, to love others as they love themselves, to keep confidentiality. Cost is $100 per person and includes lodging, snacks, three meals on Saturday and two meals on Sunday. If you need a scholarship, you may apply for one when you register. This is not an introductory workshop.

Giving Voice Conference
United Church Homes' Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging and North Congregational UCC are co-sponsoring the Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults Conference from 9AM-3:30PM on Saturday, April 14 at North Congregational (2040 W Henderson Rd, Columbus). The conference will include the premier of Gen Silent, a documentary asking six LGBT seniors if they will hide their lives to survive. Workshops are planned on long-term care planning, elder abuse, advocacy and services and spiritual challenges and opportunities for communities.

Ethnic History of Cleveland
West Park UCC (3909 Rocky River Dr, Cleveland) invites you to 3rd Sunday Adult Education. On April 15 at 11:30AM, David Bernatowicz, Associate Professor of History at Tri-C, will present a narrative history of groups that migrated to the Cleveland area from the early 19th to the 20th century. Included will be a discussion of the migration of the many ethnic groups to Cleveland, the places where they worked, the neighborhoods they developed and the effect they had on the history of the City of Cleveland. RSVP to 216-671-7228.
Laredo-Robinson Duo
3PM, Sunday, April 15, all are invited to the Arts Renaissance Tremont debut of the Laredo-Robinson Duo, called the "foremost husband-wife team in concert music" by the Minneapolis Tribune. Joyous, sophisticated music making has earned them devoted fans the world over. Renowned Bolivian-born Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson perform music of Händel-Halvorsen, Danielpour, Schulhoff, Mozart and Kodály. Arts Renaissance Tremont continues its 27th season of giving voice to great music at Pilgrim Congregational UCC (2592 W 14th St, Cleveland). Admission by freewill donation. Reception follows.
Lantern Fellowship
Lantern Fellowship registration is now open. This gathering is a time when women of all generations come together to enjoy faith, fun, and fellowship in the peaceful wooded hills and trails where the spirit can find renewal. Lantern Fellowship will be April 20-22 at Camp Mohaven. This spring's theme is Expanding Our Vision led by Marcy Gansler, Executive for Mission Engagement with Global Ministries. Registration ends Friday, April 6.

How Healthy is Your Church?
Ever wonder where your church is on the continuum of congregational health or wondered what to do with the answer once you had it? Ohio's Interim Ministry Working Group is presenting a day-long workshop for pastors both interim and settled, Diagnosing Congregational Health & Sacred Stories: Continuing the Congregation's Legacy - Recognizing the Signs on April 30. The day will include diagnostic criteria, assessment tools, and how sacred stories play a key role in helping congregations shape their legacy. Our own Gary Halstead will be presenting the morning sessions on congregational health.

The Potency of Hope
The UCC Clergywomen Leadership Event will be held May1-3 at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, Arizona. Sponsored by the Antoinette Brown Society, this event will feature keynote presentations by 2017 Antoinette Brown Awardees the Rev. Day McCallister and the Rev. Loey Powell focused on the theme of "The Potency of Hope". This event is open to all authorized clergywomen in the United Church of Christ.

Interim Ministry Training
Have you ever considered interim ministry training? Are you aware that many clergy do this before retirement as a called ministry? We in the EOA and WRA are moving towards only using clergy with interim ministry training for congregations in transition. Also, clergy often use the training as a way of helping settled congregations move through assessing where they are in ministry and moving through a threshold to a new sense of mission and vision. The Ohio Interim Ministry Working Group will hold a three-day training May 8-10.

Continuing Education Grants
Attention authorized ministers, lay persons, and EOA/WRA Associations' recognized groups. Are you planning to attend or host a continuing education program? Did you know there are grant monies available to help? Donations to the Continuing Education Fund from those wishing to further this opportunity are also encouraged.

Social Justice Network
Federated UCC in Chagrin Falls is developing a network of congregations in NE Ohio that are actively engaged in social justice issues (e.g. racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ concerns, environmental degradation, gun violence, etc.). The network is an ecumenical one consisting of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic congregations. In building coalitions of like-minded folks around specific issues, more people are working together and can have a greater impact. If your church is actively engaged in a social justice issue and would like to be included, please email William Shaul or call him at 513-280-2836.
UN Seminar for Youth
Ohio Conference youth are invited to participate in the 2019 United Nations International Affairs Seminar for Youth. This event challenges youth to learn about international affairs and U.S. foreign policy through study, discussions and presentations in the United Nations Center in New York City and Washington, D.C. It seeks to encourage faith-based critical thinking and reflection through prayer, worship, discussion and community building.

Crossroad is Growing
Crossroad Child & Family Services, your UCC mission to children, is growing! Learn about current successes in treatment of children and the plan for helping even more children and families in the future at a Crossroad Dinner Event on Thursday, May 17, 6-8PM, at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. It will be an evening of inspiration with an exciting update on Crossroad's mission and vision. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight. The Courtyard Marriott has a block of rooms at a discounted rate for guests wanting to stay the night. For information, call Kristi Geiger at 260-484-4153 x2003.
Open Positions
First Congregational Church of Akron seeks applications for a number of new positions including a part-time Minister of Visitation and Church School Coordinator. Please see the full job postings online . Email your cover letter and resume to the church or send it via USPS to 292 E Market St, Akron, OH 44308.
Ordinations & Installations
Meet, Greet, Install: Nayiri Karjian
Saturday, April 7 ♦ 10AM
First Congregational UCC ♦ 47 Aurora St ♦ Hudson

Meet, Greet, Install: Nayiri Karjian
Sunday, April 8 ♦ 2PM
St John UCC ♦ 516 N Wooster Ave ♦ Strasburg

Meet, Greet, Install: Nayiri Karjian
Saturday, April 21 ♦ 10AM
36363 Center Ridge Rd ♦ North Ridgeville

Meet, Greet, Install: Nayiri Karjian
Sunday, April 22 ♦ 2PM
202 S Hambden St ♦ Chardon

Installation of David W Brown
Sunday, May 6 ♦ 10:30AM
Trinity UCC ♦ 915 N Main St ♦ Akron

Ordination of Molly Bolton
Sunday, May 27 ♦ 10:30AM
St Paul's Community Church
4427 Franklin Blvd ♦ Cleveland
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
April 8
301 N Main St ♦ Orrville

Meet, Greet, Install for Nayiri Karjian
516 N Wooster Ave ♦ Strasburg

April 15
Installation of Erica Brown
Howland Community Church
198 Niles Cortland Rd SE ♦ Warren

April 22
202 S Hambden St ♦ Chardon

Meet, Greet, Install for Nayiri Karjian
202 S Hambden St ♦ Chardon
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.