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We'll have Equal Exchange products available for purchase at the Annual Meeting.
Are you ready for the Annual Meeting? Make sure you visit the meeting web page and review the documents posted there. Then you can bring any questions you have and be an informed participant!
AGM Search Committee Update
The AGM search committee is excited to share that they have begun the interview process with a select group of candidates. The committee solicits your prayers of support for discernment and wisdom in these conversations. If you have any questions, please feel free to email committee chair Cheryl Lindsay for further information.
Standing on the Future's Threshold
The annual meeting is only two days away. If you were unable to register to attend, you can still watch the business meeting on our EOA/WRA YouTube page. For those of you who did register, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday at First UCC (201 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia).

Holiday Magic Craft Show
Trinity Church (8101 Manchester Ave NW, Canal Fulton) invites you to their Holiday Magic Craft Show on Saturday, November 4 from 9AM-3PM. Over 50 crafters, baked goods, jewelry, franchise dealers, home decor, gifts and more! Breakfast and lunch will also be available.
Interfaith Service
On Wednesday, November 22 at 7PM you are invited to West Park United Church of Christ (3909 Rocky River Dr, Cleveland) for a community interfaith service hosted in collaboration with the West Park Interfaith Clergy Alliance. Combined Community Interfaith Choir will also perform. Refreshments provided by the Turkish American Society. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Bountiful Basement, a local food pantry. Join a community initiative to strengthen relationships with everyone in the city. All are welcome!
Comedy Night
The Church in Silver Lake is hosting a Comedy Night with Rick Reader! The show is December 9 from 6-9PM. Seating starts at 6PM with the show at 7PM. Rick Reader is a clean comedian and has worked with such comedians as Tim Allen and Steve Harvey. Tickets are just $25 for single and $40 for a couple. Included in the ticket price are light refreshments before and after the show. Buy tickets online or at the door. Any questions, call Brent at 330-203-6248.

2nd Annual MLK Overnighter
Save the date! The Associations' 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Overnighter on January 14-15 is open to all senior high youth. It will be held at Federated Church's Family Life Center in Chagrin Falls. Registration will begin in December.
Williard UCC Giveaway
Williard United Church of Christ (742 Johnston St, Akron) will give the following items to any church that wants them and can pick them up:
  • Costumes: shepherds, angels, kings, Mary & Joseph in sizes from toddlers to adults
  • Junior Choir robes, music and folders
  • Sunday School Material: The Word for all grade levels (three year rotation) for students and teachers
  • 3 Pulpit Bibles
For more information call the church office at 330-253-8583. The secretary is in Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30AM-4PM. You may also leave a message on the answering machine.
Seminary Scholarship
Edinburg United Church (4081 Rock Spring Rd, Ravenna) offers a scholarship for a seminary student from Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations. Applicants must be a current member of a local church and attending an ATS accredited school. Qualified and interested applicants can request an application via email to .
Open Positions
Avon Lake UCC in Avon Lake has a custodial position available, 30-35 hours per week. Must be available late afternoons, early evenings and Sunday afternoons. Organizational skills a plus. Please send resume to Tom Hamilton, c/o Avon Lake UCC, 32801 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake, OH 44012 or email

Community Congregational UCC in Amherst is looking for a Music Director to lead worship on organ and Clavinova, direct the vocal choir, and direct the handbell choir. The ability to play in a variety of music styles is desired. Currently one Sunday service, one weeknight rehearsal, occasional seasonal services, and first opportunity for weddings and funerals. Position may be divided among two persons depending on skills and gifts. Email letter of interest to the church office; include resume and files or links to samples of your work.
Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry
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 to use the material per copyright restrictions. Please distribute only in its unaltered entirety.

Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
November 12
1530 Easton St NE ♦ Canton

November 19
November 5
100th Anniversary
7853 Main St ♦ Olmsted Falls

November 12
23500 Center Ridge Rd ♦ Westlake

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.