The Registrar: Your Complete Document Storage System

Keeping You Connected
Didja Know
Our Associations have their very own Registrar and that person works with all the documents that fall within the realm of responsibilities of the Committee on Ministry: transfers of standing, Members-in-Discernment, Credentialing (licensing, dual standing, privilege of call, etc.), and Oversight. No matter the name you may hear bandied about to receive those documents, they should all be emailed to and only to the Registrar at to ensure they are properly documented, tracked and stored. They can also be mailed via USPS to Registrar, 960 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221-3048.
Date Change
Date Change for Healthy Practices

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date and facilitator for Healthy Practices for Ministry originally scheduled for May 17 had to be changed. The new date is May 31 and the facilitator will be Michael Readinger, president of The Council of Health and Human Service Ministries. The location and time are the same... The Bath Church (3980 W Bath Rd, Akron) from 9:30AM-2:30PM. If you registered for the May 17 event, are unable to attend May 31 and would like a refund, please contact the Associations Office.

Register for the May 31 Event
Give Us Your Thoughts

Culture in the United States of America is increasingly fragmented and violent. Watching the implosion of civility and moral clarity, we believe that the time is now for the church to be the leaven for peace in the world. The Culture of Peace Prophetic Witness Team was created to support communities of faith with resources, expertise and other means of assistance to mobilize members of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations of the United Church of Christ to create a world where peace and love are the guiding principles. You can assist the team by participating in a survey. Only three questions!

Complete This Survey by May 31
Shawn Thomas
Shawn Thomas Concert

Trinity United Church of Christ (915 N Main St, Akron) presents Shawn Thomas, "Out" Christian Singer/Songwriter, in concert Friday, May 12 at 7:30PM in the church sanctuary. Admission is free, donations welcome and CDs and merchandise will be for sale after the concert. Parking is available on Oakland Ave beind the church. Email the church office for more information or call 330-376-7186.

Shawn Thomas' Website
Ken Medema
Music Workshop & Concert

Middleburg Heights UCC (7165 Big Creek Pkwy, Middleburg Heights) will host musician, composer, storyteller, and music therapist Ken Medema on May 13 for a workshop (9AM-noon) and concert (7:30PM). Workshop participants will learn new music, sharpen songwriting skills, and celebrate life events by capturing memories in song. Workshop tickets are $20 and include admission to the concert where Ken, and maybe some of the workshop attendees, will perform. What a great treat for Mom! Concert tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Purchase Tickets on the Church Website or through the Facebook Event
Youth Leader Roadmap

Youth Leader Roadmap will meet for lunch on Tuesday, May 16, at noon at the Winking Lizard in Peninsula. Vacation, Mission Trip, VBS...What are Your Plans this Summer? Also, Beef, Burden and Blessing has become a discussion favorite, so we will share our beefs, burdens and blessings for this month. All youth leaders are welcome!

Email Your RSVP to Lori Wick
Bulletin Inserts

Promote One Last Summer at your local church with downloadable bulletin inserts. They are sized for 8.5"x14". One insert discusses the premise of the film and the incentives for giving at different levels. The second insert describes the collected efforts to gather photos and stories of Pilgrim Hills from the past 60 years. It also describes a line of Pilgrim Hills gear that is for sale at for a limited time only. Please help spread the word about both of these opportunities! All proceeds from the gear sale go directly to the Ohio Conference UCC Campership Fund.

Bulletin Insert Front; Bulletin Insert Back
Open Positions

Northeast Ohio church seeks office secretary/administrator to oversee all activities of church office, including receptionist duties, secretarial (administrative) support to pastor and church leadership and limited backup to financial secretary. Previous office experience, preferably in church environment, preferred. Send resume and three references to Trinity UCC in Wadsworth. No phone calls, please.

St Paul UCC in Parma is looking for a pianist or organist for the summer. There are no chancel choir responsibilities. The musician will be required to play a prelude, interlude, postlude and 3-4 hymns to enhance the worship experience of the congregants. If interested, please email a resume to the church office or call 440-843-8039. Learn more.

Old South United Church of Christ in Kirtland is seeking a Music Director. Duties include preparing and directing the choral, solo and Bell Choir music for worship and providing weekly scheduled practice for the Chancel Choir and the Bell Choir. This part-time position is contracted from Labor Day through Pentecost Sunday, with an option of first refusal as accompanist on Sundays during the summer if qualified. If interested, please email a resume to Don Jones or submit via USPS to Old South UCC, Attn: Mr. Don Jones, 9802 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland, OH 44094.
Parish Paper
Financing the Local Church: What Does it Cost?

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.

Here is this Month's Issue
In Our Prayers

Please keep the following people in your prayers.

The family of Rev. Michael Penn Moore who died April 27. Visiting hours are May 20, 2-8PM, at Crosser Funeral Hime (301 N Locst St, Oak Harbor). The memorial service will be May 21, 2PM, at St Paul UCC (165 Toussaint St, Oak Harbor).
Bible Dove Cross
Ordinations & Installations

Jim Nolan: Recognition of Interim Service
May 21 ♦ 10:30AM
Trinity UCC ♦ 215 High St ♦ Wadsworth

Ordination of Nancy Lueschen
May 27 ♦ 2PM
Trinity UCC ♦ 150 E North St ♦ Wooster

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
May 21
Jim Nolan Recognition of Interim Service
Trinity UCC ♦ 215 High St ♦ Wadsworth

June 4
Brownhelm Congregational ♦ 2144 N Ridge Rd ♦ Vermilion
Bonnie Bates
Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates
May 21
Grace UCC ♦ 2300 Cleveland Ave NW ♦ Canton

May 28
First Congregational ♦ 85 Heritage Dr ♦ Tallmadge

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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