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We have a web page devoted to the Annual Meeting. As more things become available, the list of documents and reports will grow. Right now, though, we have a ton of financial statements and proposed budgets for your reading pleasure. One at a time now! No shoving! There's plenty of room for everyone.
Standing on the Future's Threshold
You are invited to attend the Fall Gathering of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations on Saturday, November 4, 8:30AM-2PM, at First UCC ( 201 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia ). It has been a year of changes in our Ohio Conference and in our Associations and we look forward to the opportunity to meet and plan. New people will face new challenges and we will need to rally to face them together. Likewise, the Ohio Conference is not only experiencing staffing changes but also looking at new ways of structuring our life together in the wider church.

AGM Search Update
The Associations General Minister Search Committee has posted the position profile and an ad on the UCC Search portal. The committee is currently reviewing profiles of interested persons and continues to seek recommendations. The application deadline is October 15, 2017. Please pray for discernment for the committee and prospective candidates as they strive, with the help of God, to find the right fit for our mutual ministry.

Fall Festival
Richville UCC (6125 Richville Dr SW, Navarre) invites all to their 46th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7. From 10AM-12:30PM there will be a Kid's Carnival plus a country store, bake sale and used book sale. Then from 4:30-7PM there will be a dinner (swiss steak or chicken) and basket raffle. The country store, bake sale and book sale will also be open. The cost for dinner is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3-10. Carry-out is available. For more information, please contact RUCC at 330-832-1891.
Fall Celebration
The Bath Church Fall Festival will celebrate Fall Friday, October 13, 10AM-8PM and Saturday, October 14, 10AM-3PM at The Bath United Church of Christ (3980 W Bath Rd, Akron). Thousands of holiday gifts, garden shop, pet shop, silent auction, baked goods, books and artisans. Blood pressure taken Friday, 10AM-noon. Flu shots given 10AM-noon on Saturday. Kids' activities on Saturday 10AM-2PM--pumpkin decorating. Lunch available Friday and Saturday 11:30AM-1PM. Ham dinner, pumpkin cobbler, etc. will be available on Friday by reservation at 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM seating. $10. Call the church office 330-666-3520.
UCH Symposium
Please join United Church Homes' Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging at the second annual Symposium for a discussion about what it means to transform the way people think and talk about aging and older adults. The 2017 Symposium is set for 9:30AM to 3PM Friday, October 20 at Marriott Columbus University Area (3100 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus). The registration fee of $25 per person includes lunch and four CEUs for professionals. Online registration for the conference is available. For more information, visit the website or email Rev. Beth Long-Higgins or call her at 740-382-4885.

Message of Peace Concert
The Message of Peace Concert, sponsored by the Culture of Peace Prophetic Witness Team , will be October 20, 7PM, at the Bath Church UCC (3980 W Bath Rd, Akron) and will feature Sean Tyrell, a folk singer from County Clare, Ireland. Come for an evening of great music. Suggested donation: $10.

Free Music
First Congregational Church (47 Aurora St, Hudson) has multiple copies of some Christmas choral music they would like to give away to any church that might be interested. Please call Thomas Scott, Director of Music Ministries, at 330-650-4048.
Open Positions
Do you have an interest in children and family ministry? Do you like developing programs for youth of all ages? Grace UCC in Uniontown is looking for a creative and nurturing person that can help make family ministry come alive. Someone who has an interest in Christian Education and in helping families find Christ in our busy world. If you are interested, please read the full job description and email Grace Hutcherson or call 330-699-4478.

Edinburg United Church in Ravenna seeks a half-time Associate Pastor. Duties will include occasional preaching, worship planning, oversight of Youth Group and Christian Education. Email for a full job description.

East View UCC in Shaker Heights has an opening for a Minister of Music. Must be available for Sunday worship and weekly choir practice. Sight reading essential. Compensation negotiable. Please send resumes to the church at 15615 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. For more information, contact the church office at 216-921-7673.

Trinity UCC in Wadsworth, an open and affirming congregation, seeks experienced educator, preferably seminary trained, to lead a faith formation program for parents and children. Duties include, but are not limited to preschool through 4th grade, youth development programs middle through high school, and assisting pastor with confirmation. Ideal for current seminary student or teacher seeking secondary income. Minimum 20 hours per week with potential to expand. Please email resume with three references to the church. No phone calls.
Short-Term Mission Trips that Yield Long-Term Success
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 from the copyright holder to use the material per copyright restrictions. Please distribute only in its unaltered entirety.

Ordinations & Installations
Installation of Jason Thompson
October 8 ♦ 3PM
West Park UCC ♦ 3909 Rocky River Dr ♦ Cleveland
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
October 8

October 15

October 22
106 N Main St ♦ Oberlin

October 29
379 S Main St ♦ Amherst
October 8
Jason Thompson Installation
3909 Rocky River Dr ♦ Cleveland

October 22
200th Anniversary
German's Villa
3330 Liberty Ave ♦ Vermilion

October 29
120th Anniversary Celebration
9900 Denison Ave ♦ Cleveland
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.