Keeping You Connected

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Yep, it's time to get ready to close out the books for 2017. The deadline for 2017 OCWM and special offerings giving is December 31. Contributions to be credited to the year 2017 must be made online, received in the office, or postmarked by December 31. If after December 31, they will be credited to the year 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 .

What was your favorite "extreme" youth trip you took your youth on? What is your favorite mission trip for Middle School or Senior High Youth? All those that work with youth are invited to come to Roadmap on Thursday, November 30, 10AM, at Federated Church (76 Bell St, Chagrin Falls) and share your ideas and stories. If possible, bring information with you to pass out. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant.
A Suessified Christmas Carol
Act-It UP! Community Theatre in association with Pilgrim UCC (130 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls) presents A Suessified Christmas Carol, a comedy by Peter Blodel, produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. and directed by Shari Lynn Schneider. Performance dates are Friday, December 1, 7PM; Saturday, December 2, 4:30PM; and Sunday, December 3, 6PM. Doors open 15 minutes prior. Tickets may be purchased online and will also be available at the door on performance dates. Pre-sale is encouraged due to limited seating.

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.
Trip to Germany
Revs. Daniel Doty and Joyce Schroer are leading a trip of Ohio Conference members to Germany September 4-20, 2018. Members will take part in the UCC Forum. At the Forum, attendees will hear from keynote speakers, attend workshops, and meet our German friends. There will also be trips to meet established partnerships and do sightseeing. During parts of the trip, members will be hosted by our partners. There will be an informational meeting at the Bath Church on December 6 at 5PM (refreshments will be served). Please email Dan Doty for more information.
Free Choir Music
Williard United Church of Christ (742 Johnston St, Akron) has a variety of choir music to give away: Easter and Christmas cantatas (no CD accompaniments) and general choir music (i.e. Choir Herald, Choir Leader). If interested, please call the church at 330-253-8583 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
December 3

December 10

December 17
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.