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Love Them Back to Life
Beginning in 2018, Healthy Practices for Ministry and Periodic Support Consultations will be combined into a single requirement to maintain standing and will be called Healthy Practices for Ministry. There will no longer be a distinction between the two. Authorized ministers will be required to attend one of these events every two years to maintain standing instead of one of each every three years. Watch this newsletter for details on the dates, locations and topics that will be offered in 2018.
Special Meeting Called
The Council of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations calls all authorized ministers and delegates to attend a Special Associations Meeting on Saturday, December 9 at 10AM at Bethany UCC (1235 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls) for the purpose of presenting a candidate for election as the Associations General Minister. All congregations are encouraged to send two delegates. Churches with more than 400 members may send one additional delegate for each additional 400 members or fraction thereof. Each authorized minister can cast one vote. The candidate recommended by our Associations Search Committee is Rev. Nayiri Karjian.

High Hopes Rising
The Zoar United Church of Christ (142 E Fifth St, Zoar) proudly presents High Hopes Rising, an original play by Rev. Kenneth Hutchinson of Canton. Performances will take place at 7:30PM on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 at the church. This three act play is performed by the Jerusalem Assembly, the church's acting troupe, and directed by Shawn Clay. Don't miss this hilarious portrayal of the story of Paul. Freewill donations will go toward upkeep and improvements of the historical Zoar church.
Empty Bowls Concert
All are welcome to the 2017 Empty Bowls Brass and Organ Spectacular at First Church in Oberlin (106 N Main St, Oberlin) on Tuesday, December 12 at 7PM. Concert is free. Bowls are $15 each. All proceeds benefit Oberlin Community Services. Light refreshments will be served.
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
November 19

December 3

December 10
November 19
First Congregational UCC
140 S Main St ♦ Wellington
Your Associations' Staff
Rita Root
Associations General Minister

Gary Halstead
Associations Associate Minister

Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw
Communications & Administration

Committee on Ministry Registrar

Margaret Borrelli
Faith Formation Coordinator
Mark Frey
Pastoral Excellence/Communities of Practice

Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry

Bob Richardson
Coach Coordinator

Maureen Webber
Spiritual Formation Coordinator

Lori Wick
Youth Ministries Coordinator
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 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.