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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.

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
Plant Exchange

Grace United Church of Christ of Loyal Oak (3285 Cleveland Massillon Rd, Norton) will host a plant and seed exchange on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30AM to noon. This event will provide a fun and inexpensive way to add new plants to your garden while meeting new people who are also fellow gardeners.

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Before the Flood

St Paul's Community Church is partnering with pastors and lay leaders of the Shared Ecumenical Ministries of the Near West Side of Cleveland to show the movie Before the Flood and have a discussion on Wednesday, May 24 from 7-9PM. Not only is it a great film starring Leonardo DeCaprio, it highlights the science behind the climate changes we are experiencing. Witness firsthand the ingenuity of Elon Musk, experts from the greater Cleveland area, and have a discussion with other people from across the many faith traditions of the city. It will be rich, meaningful and at least interesting, at best satisfying and provocative.

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Traci Blackmon
Traci Blackmon
Paul Sherry Lecture

You are invited to the annual Paul Sherry Lecture on Wednesday, May 24, 7PM at South Euclid UCC (4217 Bluestone Rd, South Euclid). The keynote speaker is Rev. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC. The theme is A New Civil Rights Movement. The Paul Sherry Lectures bring scholars, ministers and public figures who are making significant contributions in the areas of faith and social justice.

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Rummage Sale
Rummage Sale

Chatham Community Church (6324 Avon Lake Rd, Chatham Township) will be holding its annual rummage sale. Lots of good stuff will be for sale Thursday, May 25 and Friday May 26 from 9AM-3PM. Saturday, May 27 will be "Bag Day"...fill a bag for $2 from 9AM until noon. Smiles are plenty and free. Proceeds will help the church's mission work. For more information, call Rosalie VanGilder at 330-667-2682.
Pancake Dinner

Grace UCC of Loyal Oak (3285 Cleveland Massillon Rd, Norton) will host a Pancake Dinner on Saturday, June 10 from 4:30-7PM in the church Fellowship Hall. If you enjoy breakfast for dinner, this is the place to go. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages. Tickets are available at the door: adults $8; children (4-12) $4; under 4 are free.

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Flea Market
Flea Market

Want to get rid of all those things in your house you don't need or use anymore? Then rent a table for $20 at the St Paul UCC Flea Market (7507 York Rd, Parma). The Flea Market is on June 17 from 8:30AM to 1:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Tables are 8 feet long. You will be able to set up the night before from 6:30-8PM. For further information or to sign up, call the church at 440-843-8039. Hope to see you there!
Educators Annual Reunion Picnic

All current, past and retired educators and faith formation leaders in our Associations are invited to a picnic on Wednesday, June 21, 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Octagon Shelter (801 Truxell Rd, Peninsula). Last year's picnic was so nice, it was decided to gather again. Mark your calendars and come for conversation and good food in a beautiful setting.

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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 Position

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 Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094.

Olmsted Community Church in Olmsted Falls seeks a musician to work with the choir director and pastor to lead one Sunday service and weekly choir rehearsal with weddings, funerals and special services as scheduled. The Casavant organ has 52 ranks with 4,000 pipes, 3 manuals, 4 divisions. The console has been electronically updated and fully restored. Please email your resume to Mary Lou Bark or call the church office at 440-235-3326.
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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

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