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Northwest Ohio Association
Heartland Conference, United Church of Christ
416 Wentz Street, Tiffin, OH 44883
phone: 419-447-8323 fax: 419-447-6727
Proclaim God's Word in Worship and Worshipful Ways
Strengthen our Witness to the Gospel in the World
Discern God's Will for Faithful and Effective Ministry
Manifest Faithful, Wise and Responsible
Stewardship of all God's Gifts
Demonstrate Care, Compassion, Forgiveness
and Accountability to and for One Another 
June 4, 2020 - Issue # 17
Due to COVID -19 the Association office doors are closed to visitors.
Office staff are working virtually from the office. See contact information below.
This newsletter is brought to you by your OCWM contributions.
Message from the Association Minister

Rev. Daniel Busch
June 3, 2020

IT’S IN THE BOOK. Jesus says, “…and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20) I have been troubled this week with the photo of the President in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church holding up a Bible. The Bible is a sacred text, a collection of faith stories, words, and a witness to the mighty power of God, words of human tragedy and human miracles. In it are reflections of words and deeds of faithful who give honor and praise to God about creation, the continuing creative holy power in every generation and promise of creation to future generations. Again it is a sacred and holy text—thus named Holy Bible—not just a prop or “just a bible.” Bishop Michael Curry, Episcopal Presiding Bishop, writes in response to the President’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church, “The bible the President held up and the church that he stood in front of represent the values of love, of justice, of compassion, and of a way to heal our hurts.” IT’S IN THE BOOK. Words from Jesus, the prophets, apostles, and other writers remind us that we are to love God, our neighbors, and ourselves in ways of generosity, gratitude, humility, and unconditional love. The Bible’s message is proclaimed even now as we are bombarded by sights and sounds of killings, protests, and hatred that permeate the news cycle. This is all happening while still dealing with a pandemic where sickness and death numbers continue to rise. The Bible challenges the ugliness of the human condition and affirms the saving nature of being forgiven and living as beloved children of God. IT’S IN THE BOOK. There is balm in Gilead, there is hope of heaven on earth, there is resurrection faith, there is abundance that is shared to bring wholeness and holiness. The Bible offers insight of a God who is active in human situations, who cares, loves, forgives, laughs and cries with us, and shares with us and calls us to be co-creators of our world. However, we are also called to responsibility and accountability in all that we do. We are called not only to share this vision but make it possible for others to be included in living life as both as human and divine. Not as a prop but as living words. Not as a prop but as words of vision to be brothers and sisters together. Not as a prop but as words that change our lives, re-forming us, forgiving us, re-creating us, and blessing us with unlimited possibilities to love and support one another. IT’S IN THE BOOK. Read it and live it. BLESSINGS ALWAYS.

UCC Resources offer mask
57th NWOA Annual Meeting
"Celebrating the Spirit of God"
But Jesus took her by the hand and called out, "Child, get up."Luke 8:54
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid." Matthew 16:7

August 1, 2020
Virtual Meeting
in the planning
registration coming soon

Have buckets or personnel care kits ready? Please call the Association office for delivery options. 419-447-8323
Team/Committee Nominations Needed

Volunteers are needed to fill the following Northwest Ohio Association, UCC teams/committees. Please take a minute, read over the openings available on each team/committee of the Association. It is important that we have good leadership for the Association. Such involvement strengthens the local church. Click HERE for a complete list.

Food Pantries are a necessity during this time of the Coronavirus – Covid 19 epidemic. To assist those Northwest Ohio Association (NWOA) Churches who support Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM), a $200 grant is available by request, to those who host a food pantry or are affiliated with a community food pantry. Complete  this form  to apply.

Funding for this grant will come from the NWOA Disaster Gifts Fund
given by many Northwest Ohio Association Churches
during any given time.

*Please provide a written letter from the Local Church Leaders stating information you think is relevant to your request
and will make your application stronger.

Return application to:
Northwest Ohio Association
Heartland Conference, UCC
416 Wentz Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

OCWM Giving
(Our Church's Wider Mission)
2020 OCWM Giving Goal - $310,000
2020 Giving through May 31st - $74,064

Church Remittance Form - use this form when sending donations to/through the Association office
Prayer Concerns/Request
Continuing prayer for: Georgiana & Keith Huizenga, Ruth Booster, Rev. Joy Skeel, Terry Tangeman (husband of Rev. Jeanette Tangeman), Rev. Steve Voelker, John Cox (husband of Rev. Kay Mooney Cox), Rev. Diane Christopherson, Rev. Don Corbin
Lay School of Religion
The Northwest Ohio Association of the United Church of Christ and the Lay School Board offer classes to expand knowledge about the Christian faith to those folks in congregations who are actively involved in the life of the church.
Next Class: New Testament I
Beginning: September 8, 2020
Instructor: Rev. Mark Bishop

Local Church News
Sunday morning services continue streaming.
See HERE how this is happening
St. John United Church of Christ in Defiance, Ohio, is seeking an organist/pianist. Year-round position beginning Sept., 2020. Primarily traditional sacred music. Regular duties include Sunday services, weekly choir rehearsals, occasional special services. High degree of musical competence required; degree in music preferred.
Send inquiries with resume to St. John UCC, 950 Webster, Defiance, OH 43512, or to
Periodic Support Consultations

Saturday - October 10 at the NWOA Association Office,
416 Wentz Street, Tiffin, OH

9:00 am to noon (lite snacks available)

Disaster Response Coordinator Needed!
Call the Association Office if you are passionate about disaster relief and have the time to be the NWOA Disaster Relief Coordinator. This is a hands on volunteer mission. Packing kits, storing kits, delivering kits to locations of need. 419-447-8323
Retired Clergy Luncheons
Elmore Group & Attica Group
Cancelled until further notice
Stewardship Resources
Electronic Stewardship resource files found on the NWOA web page, Resource Page.
Giving to OCWM,
One Great Hour of Sharing,
Strengthen the Church,
Neighbors in Need,
The Christmas Fund each year
January - December
constitutes recognition
at the Annual Meeting.

Heartland Conference Happenings
Jill Frey Heartland Conference Executive Director for Outdoor Ministries
Children's Ministry Curriculum
Bloom! Children's Ministry Curriculum will be $50 for all congregations this fall due to the financial impacts of COVID-19. To support you more in the event of sheltering-in-place again, we'll also include a Story Intro video that you can send to families to use at home. It can stand alone or you can use it as an introduction to other Bloom! activities that you can put together for families to use as well.
There will be Children's Sermon videos that you can either edit into a worship video, or that you can use to get ideas from. Bloom! follows the Narrative Lectionary for our Bible story sequence, though it is great for all congregations. We offer ideas for PreK-6th grade (in sections of PreK, K&1, 2&3, 4-6) as well as for large group and a Christmas program. Check out more about it at .
Parish Paper

The Parish Paper is a resource to which the Heartland Conference has subscribed on behalf of all Heartland Conference churches. Each issue stands alone as a topic of interest and importance to being a living and growing congregation.

Are you living with a mental health challenge/diagnosis? Do you need a confidential space outside of your setting or clergy circle? Are you yearning for a place to share your strengths and your struggles with symptoms?
The  United Church of Christ Mental Health Network  is here to support you. 
UCC Weekly Webinars
Pandemic Grants for Churches
Many of the original NYE presenters are excited to be able to put together meaningful content which will be shared via the web and will include live chat features during and after each premier.
June 28 : Creativity and Justice in Quarantine video
July 24-25 : Unite Through the Extraordinary Interactive Experience
Stay Connected
Rev. Daniel L. Busch, Association Minister cell phone: 419-934-5386
Joan Davidson, Office Manager/Search and Call Coordinator

Deborah Long, Bookkeeper 

OFFICE PHONE 419-447-8323