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Beginning in 2018, Healthy Practices for Ministry and Periodic Support Consultations will be combined into a single requirement for standing 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.
A Night in Old Italy
Please join Fairlawn West UCC (2095 W Market St, Akron) for A Night in Old Italy, their 26th spaghetti supper, on Friday, November 10, 5:30-7PM (open seating). This is an effort to benefit the hungry in the community. Price for adults 13+ is $8, youth 6-12 is $5 and children under 5 years old eat for free.
Save Money & Protect Creation
Churches in Cuyahoga County that want to go solar to save money and protect God's creation can do so by joining the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-Op of Solar United Neighbors. This co-op organizes 100 to 200 neighbors and organizations so they can go solar together at a lower cost. There are two upcoming community information sessions. On the East Side, Church of the Savior (2537 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights) will hold a session on November 15 from 6:30-8:30PM. On the West Side, a meeting will be held at 21016 Hilliard Blvd in Rocky River on November 15 from 6:30-8:30PM.

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  (2951 Kent Rd, 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 .

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.
Open Position
Community Congregational UCC in Amherst is looking for a Music Director to lead worship on organ and Clavinova, direct vocal choir, and direct 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 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.