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Interested in what's going on at the Associations? Looking for behind-the-scenes material? Getting ready for the annual meeting? Then we have a treasure trove of things for you! Just visit the annual meeting web page and you will be "in the know".
AGM Search Committee Update
The AGM search committee is excited to share that they will begin the interview process this week 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
Well, the annual meeting is a week from Saturday and here at your Associations office we are getting everything ready so that you will have a wonderful experience and things will run as smoothly as possible. For those of you that have registered, we know you're looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, tending to Associations business, and bidding Rev. Dr. Rita Root a fond farewell and wishing her a wonderful retirement. For those of you unable to attend, we will be streaming the business meeting which you can watch on our EOA/WRA YouTube page.

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 email for an application.
Open Positions
The Ohio Conference is seeking a skilled administrator who brings passion, creativity and a heart for people to work with an organization that serves the needs of approximately 360 churches throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Northern Kentucky. An ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced and adaptive environment, and enjoy managing a wide variety of projects simultaneously. Join this creative and adaptive team today for this position which has a future of growth and change depending on the organization's needs and the gifts and skills the candidate brings to the position. Download the complete job description .

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
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
October 29
379 S Main St ♦ Amherst

9900 Denison Ave ♦ Cleveland

November 12
1530 Easton St ♦ Canton

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

November 12
23500 Center Ridge Rd ♦ Westlake
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.