Not All Cultures Are Found in the Lab

Keeping You Connected
Didja Know
Churches, even small ones, need to overhaul how they look at giving. And they need to make the 'money talk' a natural part of the culture instead of just once a year stewardship drives. It's a sensitive topic. There is a general thought that it is taboo to talk about religion, money or politics, and in the stewardship talk you are talking about two of those things at the same time. But we must ask members if they are part of a life-changing organization or not. And if they are, then we need to make the case for regular support. - Rev. David Norman, Pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Heuvelton, NY; Consultant to churches
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
Rummage Sale

Grace UCC of Loyal Oak will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 9AM to 1PM in Fellowship Hall. Items will include books, children's toys and games, household items, glassware, antiques and much more. Come and join in a fun time browsing and making new friends.

Download the Flier
Arts Renaissance Tremont

Join ART to close the 26th season with Cleveland Orchestra bassoonist Barrick Stees and the Mosa String Quartet. The program will be Sunday, May 7, 3PM, at Pilgrim Congregational UCC (2592 W 14th St, Cleveland) and will include Schubert's Quartettsatz and Ravel's beloved F Major quartet. Stees joins the quartet for two works of Miguel del Aguila, commissioned by Stees and a consortium of Bassoonists. Admission is by freewill donation. A reception follows. Help stock the Pilgrim Food Pantry. Donate non-perishable items at the concert for local distribution.

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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 CD's and merchandise will be for sale after the concert. Parking is available on Oakland Ave behind 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 Parkway, 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
Whites Confronting Racism

The Colour Abundant World Anti-Racism Prophetic Witness Team invites you to a workshop facilitated by trainers from the international training organization Training for Change. This workshop, May 19-21 at Pilgrim Congregational UCC (2592 W 14th St, Cleveland), is for white people who want to challenge the racism around them, and in their own heads and hearts, and who are searching for a way to strengthen their work for racial justice. The registration fee is based on income. There are still a few spots open for this transformative workshop, so if you were thinking about attending, please register now!

Learn More & Register by May 8
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. 
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 Home (301 N. Locust 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

Installation of Mark Pemberton
May 7 ♦ 10:30AM
Clague Road UCC
3650 Clague Rd ♦ North Olmsted

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 Janet Ross
June 25 ♦ 10AM
Amistad Chapel ♦ 700 Prospect Ave E ♦ Cleveland
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
Rita Root
Rev. Dr. Rita Root
May 7
Mark Pemberton Installation
Clague Road UCC ♦ 3650 Clague Rd ♦ North Olmsted

May 21
Jim Nolan Recognition of Interim Service
Trinity UCC ♦ 215 High St ♦ Wadsworth
Bonnie Bates
Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates
May 7
South Haven UCC ♦ 415 Northfield Rd ♦ Bedford

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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