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Photos from Bonnie Bates' Farewell Open House
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.
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.

Pray, Plan, Play
Christian Educators Retreat is happening September 28-30 at Pilgrim Hills. This is open to anyone-lay, volunteer, or paid professional staff-who leads in Faith Formation/Christian Education ministries in the local church. There will be time for prayer, reflection, quiet walks, campfire vespers, planning and networking with events happening around the EOA/WRA, and time to play! You are welcome to come Thursday through Saturday afternoon or any part of that time. Please email Marilyn Freeman to register.
Periodic Support Consultation
Time is running out for authorized ministers to register for Periodic Support Consultation: Pastor as Mediator of the Holy on Tuesday, October 17, 9:30AM, at Pilgrim UCC (130 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls). This will be a time to look at what's been neglected or lost, what should be discarded or added so that we can be strong, loving and wise among the people we are charged to serve. The facilitator will be Dr. W. Scott Haldeman . Cost is $35 (retired UCC pastors free) and $10 for optional lunch.

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 Tyrrell, a folk singer from County Clare, Ireland. Come for an evening of great music. Suggested donation: $10.

Pollinate and Bee the Church
The next 30 days are a Season of Pollination in the UCC! Yes, that's right! This is your chance to bee the church! How might you do that? By encouraging your friends, colleagues, and church members to subscribe to a fabulous UCC e-newsletter called... The Pollinator . This newsletter has as its purpose the sharing of ideas and inspiration in caring for God's creation.

Basic Interim Training
The Christian Church in Ohio (DOC) and the Ohio Conference UCC invite you to Basic Interim Training, November 7-9, at Camp Christian in Marysville. This 3-day event is a basic level training that will qualify a pastor to work as an interim minister in Ohio. It is, however, only the first step for those truly interested in this specialized field of ministry. Interim ministry is important work, and pastors are encouraged to seriously explore developing their expertise in this important field.

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
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.

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.
Ordinations & Installations
Installation of Rachel McDonald
October 1 ♦ 4PM
South Haven UCC ♦ 415 Northfield Rd ♦ Bedford

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 1
UCC Congregational
990 State St ♦ Vermilion

Rachel McDonald Installation
415 Northfield Rd ♦ Bedford

October 8

October 15

October 22
106 N Main St ♦ Oberlin

200th Anniversary
German's Villa
3330 Liberty Ave ♦ Vermilion
October 8
Jason Thompson Installation
3909 Rocky River Dr ♦ Cleveland

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