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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 
July 2, 2020 - Issue # 20
Due to COVID -19 the Association office doors are closed to visitors but be assured the
Office staff are available by email or phone and 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
July 2, 2020

RESCUE. St. Paul writes to the church at Rome (chapter 7), “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate…Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” I am rather perplexed, confused and (I admit) judgmental these days of those who are not, in my opinion , being safe. It has to do with keeping my distance and wearing a mask and observing others who disregard doing the same. Out in public I do consciously wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. I have noticed some people just glare at me as if I am overreacting to the covid. There are some, though, who have a guilt look that they, too, should be wearing a mask. Many just seem oblivious or indifferent. I am choosing to be cautious. Churches are making decisions either to resume in-person worship or remain closed and provide worship in different ways. It has been difficult and lonely being isolated from others. We have experienced all kinds of isolation when we avoid others or when we are not welcomed by others because we look, talk or act different than each other. “Who will RESCUE me from this body of death?” Paul’s words remind us of the struggle we have: we want to do good but do not; we do things that hurt others or ourselves. It is more than having good intentions. Our actions betray us when we act in ways that harm relationships or damage God’s Creation. Actions can also convey respect and wanting safety for others. It is being responsible and is a reflection of God’s love in us and in others, shared in ways that RESCUE us from all that would destroy life. It is important that we are all safe and that we make sure others are safe. RESCUE us, O God, from arrogance and thinking only of ourselves. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” BLESSINGS ALWAYS.

57th NWOA Annual
August 1, 2020
Virtual Meeting
in the planning
Complete information about this meeting and ways to register
can be found at
Online registration will close
on July 30th.
Paper registration will need to arrive
at the Association office by
Monday July 27th.

All attending must have email to receive the invitation to join the meeting through Zoom.

Have buckets or personnel care kits ready? Please call the Association office for delivery options. 419-447-8323
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, Karen Culp
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
Doors begin to open for Sunday services
but continue streaming
see HERE how this is happening
Disasters in El Salvador

Hello friends;
  We, here in the US, think things are really bad because of Covid-19, the unemployment, the protests and unrest in the streets, and the political environment.
   Our troubles seem small compared to what our friends in El Salvador are dealing with. Covid-19, a storm from the Pacific coming into their country with wind and rain for five days, and then a storm from the Gulf side with more rain caused much damage.  During these storms, several earth quakes occurred. The rains caused mud slides, killing many people and washed out many roads. Many homes were destroyed by the wind, by flooding and by the mud. To add to the trauma, El Salvador’s poverty level is one of the highest in the world.
  How do you recover from all these catastrophes? Our friends at the Lutheran Synod of El Salvador are trying their best. Many people come to the church and ask for help. The people ask for food, clothing, sheets of plastic to cover their roofs, money, and also psychological help.
  Our Northwest Ohio Association had in its EL Salvador account over $2000. This money has been sent, as well as other funds from some churches and individuals, which is now over $5,300. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can send money to the NWOA office and mark it for El Salvador relief.
  Our friend, Rev. Christian Chavarria, who many of you know, is the point person for the church in their recovery efforts. He is being stressed over these problems. Please pray for Christian and the people of the Lutheran Church who are trying to help their people recover.
  Thank you, Northwest Ohio, for all you do!
        John Gilberg, Chair of El Salvador Coordinating Team      
Heartland Conference Faith Formation
Video Resource Gatherings
July Focus: Faith Formation Zoom
Summer check-in and preparing for fall

Monthly Faith Formation Resource Zoom calls are the  3rd Monday  of the month at  1 p.m.  and the  3rd Wednesday  of the month at  7 p.m.

FREE Clergy Retreat from the
Ohio Council of Churches
Covid-19 has created drastic shifts for pastors, chaplains, and faith leaders. You have worked tirelessly learning new technology, providing pastoral care through illness, fears and death; while creatively loving God’s people through pandemic.

The Ohio Council of Churches offers all clergy a FREE interactive time of retreat. These 4 One-hour retreats, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell and Rev. Dr. Cheryl Lindsay, will open the way for God to anoint your life anew, engage the sense and gift you with tools from spiritual direction training to empower your ministry. We encourage full participation in the series as each session will build upon another, but they will also stand alone. Now is the opportune time to take a Breath and Take Flight.

Before each zoom meeting, you have opportunity to take a photo pilgrimage to capture the hidden beauty of God amid the pandemic. A simple smart phone is perfect for taking pictures. No previous skill needed.
Each week prior to the retreat session upload your favorite photo and email in advance to Dr. Brenda Buckwell: .

Be restored. Be renewed. Be refreshed. Take a breath. Take flight.
Zoom meetings will be interactive with small group discussion, music, visio divina and creative arts prayers. 
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