The Vine
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Keeping Us Connected in Christ"
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 
May 28, 2020 - Issue # 16
Due to COVID -19 the Association office doors are closed to visitors. Office staff are
working virtually through the office or from home. Please use the following
contact information for office personnel.
Rev. Daniel Busch 419-934-5386 or by email
Joan Davidson 419-447-8323 or by email
Deb Long by email
This newsletter is brought to you by your OCWM contributions.
Message from the Association Minister

Rev. Daniel Busch
May 20, 2020

PENTECOST 2. “Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.” (Acts 2:15) Peter’s response to being “…filled with new wine…” on the Day of Pentecost is rather defensive and thought-provoking at the same time. “It’s only nine o’clock in the morning.” Peter obviously does not know what happens in our time. Drunkenness has no set time. Many of us have observed drunk persons morning, afternoon, evening, and night time. Observers on the Day of Pentecost were trying to discredit the faithful followers of Jesus, smearing them with claims to explain the astonishment of hearing a message “…in their own language…” from so-called misfits of society. They, I would describe them as “resurrectionites”, spoke “about God’s deeds of power” that made the observers amazed and perplexed. What do people say about our witness/testimony of faith in Jesus Christ? Are we filled with love or is it as if we are filled with “new wine”? Is our message about inclusion or rejection? Do we bring hope or judgement to situations? In this time of isolation and distancing, we are embracing one another in new ways and expressing care and compassion, reminding us that life and living will never be the same again. On the Day of Pentecost, the Apostles left their isolation behind locked doors and became bold and turned the world upside down with their message of the Risen Christ in their midst and in the world. We leave the isolation of our “locked” spaces to proclaim a message of love, embracing messaging and meeting others virtually, with cards and letters, calls and other internet possibilities to let others know that we, you, and I are connected in God’s love together with hope and generosity. Instead of being judged of drunkenness, it would be a blessing to be accused of being filled with love that is unconditional and lived with resurrected hope that “makes all things new.” Thank you for caring and embracing others to lift their pain and suffering with them and for them. Thank you for all the special people who provide ministries and services in places of risk and danger. Thank you for not just praying but by your words and deeds help heal the brokenhearted, the lonely, sorrowful, and hungry with your gifts and graces for minds, bodies and spirits of those in need. John A. Dulles offers these words in his hymn (2 nd vs.): “Come, O Spirit, with your flame, leaping tongues of fire; come, and with your glorious light all our thoughts inspire! Rest upon each servant’s head till each one is speaking of our Christ, the Holy One all the earth is seeking!” May you be filled with love unending. 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

Have buckets or personnel care kits ready? Please call the Association office for delivery options to Tiffin. 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.
OCWM Giving
(Our Church's Wider Mission)
2020 OCWM Giving Goal - $310,000
2020 Giving through April 30th - $56,826

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 had surgery and is now home recovering. Please keep Don and Jan in your prayers.

Terry Tangeman has had complications and was hospitalized recently. All prayers appreciated.
Local Church News
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.
St. John United Church of Christ would offer additional compensation for an organist/choir director. In addition to organist duties cited above, this position would include choral conducting experience and knowledge of choral music repertoire. Degree in music and experience in liturgical choir conducting preferred.
Send inquiries with resume to St. John UCC, 950 Webster, Defiance, OH 43512, or to
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

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
Faith Formation Forum (NWOA UCC) Facebook Page
Everyone is welcome to check out this resource to share insights, practices, information and more. Also feel free to ask questions, ask for resource suggestions, etc. Faith Formation Team is praying that this forum will provide a wealth of shared wisdom and creativity. But we need your input! Thank you!
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
Seminary Scholarships
Application Period Opens May 1

Jill Frey Heartland Conference Executive Director for Outdoor Ministries
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. 
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.
May 31 : Loving Your Neighbor in Quarantine video
June 28 : Creativity and Justice in Quarantine video
July 24-25 : Unite Through the Extraordinary Interactive Experience
Calendar of Events
Stay Connected
Rev. Daniel L. Busch, Association Minister office phone: 419-4478323
Joan Davidson, Office Manager/Search and Call Coordinator

Deborah Long, Bookkeeper