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Northwest Ohio Association
Heartland Conference, UCC
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 

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September 25, 2020 - Issue # 31
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
September 24, 2020
FORGET. There is a small plaque that I read at the start of every day as I contemplate and anticipate what will be happening EACH day. “Lord Thou knowest I shall be verie busie this day. I maye forget Thee. Donet Thou forget me.” (Written by Lord Astley during the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.) Many people these days spend much of their time just surviving. It is so sad to read that hunger in our nation is actually increasing because of loss of jobs, no money to buy food or no care/generosity from others. Same is true about needed medications are not available with lack of money to pay for them. Many businesses have laid off employees due to lower revenues because supply and demand have been disrupted. Even hugs and embraces are missed because of fear of covid begin transmitted.
     The story of Israelites’ Exodus journey is a faith story of contrasts: abundance and scarcity, hope and pessimism, confidence and despair, faithfulness and faithlessness. Moses was called to be leader, even though he wondered why. While leading the people, Moses was often frustrated with all the complaints and demands of the people. In Exodus 17:7 (CEB) we read, “Moses called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites argued with and tested the Lord, asking, ‘Is the Lord really with us or not?’” Like Lord Astley, the Israelites did FORGET the promise that God was with them always, even when they FORGOT God.
     Being “verie busie this day” often misses the wonders of God’s creation, the gift of life itself, the blessings of relationships with others. All the “isms” that cause systems of neglect and class distinctions have no power over us or God’s creation. Let us not be “verie busie” and FORGET the source from whom all blessings flow. We have strength to live each day and moment with the assurance that God is the constant in our lives. BLESSINGS ALWAYS.

Islam within the Abrahamic Tradition
For Lay Persons and
Church Professionals

Monday, October 19, 2020
Zoom Meeting
9:30 to 12:00 pm
Online Registration by Oct. 15

COST: Free
Sponsored by Northwest Ohio Association & the NWOA Lay School Board

Changes & Celebrations
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Berlin Heights will celebrate with Rev. Casey Cain, her ministry as she prepares to retire. Her last Sunday will be September 27th with worship beginning at 10:00 am.
Rev. Katie Jackson was Ordained on Sunday, September 13th at St. Paul UCC, New Bremen. Pictured with Rev. Jackson (center); Mr. Jim Huckemeyer, Church and Ministry Team Representative; Rev. Daniel Busch, Association Minister; Rev. Rebecca Erb Strang, Sr. Pastor St. Paul UCC-New Bremen; Pastor Dee Schroer, Associate Pastor St. Paul UCC-New Bremen. To view the service, visit St. Paul UCC, New Bremen
Prayer Concerns/Request
Continuing prayer for: Keith Huizenga, Rev. Joy Skeel, Rev. Steve Voelker, John Cox (husband of Rev. Kay Mooney Cox), Rev. Diane Christopherson, Rev. Don Corbin, Rev. John Miller, Pastor Dee Schroer

Gary Adams, former pastor at Zion UCC-Bettsville passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Travel with Rev. Daniel Busch, Association Minister
Sept. 27 - Attending the Farewell at First Congl. UCC, Berlin Heights 10:00 am
Join an
"Excellence In Ministry"
Group Today!

During these unusual times, the eight Excellence in Ministry Groups in our Northwest Ohio Association have been particularly helpful to members. Participants have shared problems and solutions related to the pandemic and provided meaningful personal support. Most have opted to continue to meet throughout the summer. New members are always welcome but fall is an ideal time to join a group. For more information... and ways to join... see form HERE
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
Local Church News
Pork Tenderloin Dinner
Trinity UCC, McCutchenville
Saturday, October 10 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Drive-Thru or Carry out $9.00 ea
Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Roll
Reserve your ticket by October 7th by calling 419-981-5808

Bulletins available
Sycamore UCC found stored away, a box of bulletins which are no longer being used for worship. The bulletins are 8 1/2 x 11 size with print on the front cover. If you are interested please contact the church at 419-927-9707 or by emailing

250 - Hearts Wide Open
200 - Wedding - Our Love
37 - Easter - Rejoice
60 - Ash Wednesday
500 or so - I am the Resurrection and the Life
150 - UCC
200, 22, 140 (3 types) Funeral
75 - Christmas Joy
45 - Remember Me
OCWM Giving
(Our Church's Wider Mission)

2020 OCWM Giving Goal - $305,000
2020 Giving through Aug.- $134,561

Church Remittance Form - use this form when sending donations to/through the Association office.
Digital Church
Healthy Practices
For Authorized Ministers Only

Attend this event for NWOA Boundary Training credit.

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.
Spring Class: New Testament II
Beginning: February, 2021
Instructor: Rev. Mark Bishop

Class Brochure (available later date)
FREE Clergy Retreats from the
Ohio Council of ChurchesRegister
Heartland Conference Happenings

Conference Minister's Reflection
Rev. David Long-Higgins (Click Here)

Conference Moderator's Reflection
Rev. David Plant (Click Here)

Executive Director for Outdoor Ministries
Jill Frey (Click Here)

You Are Invited to Join:
The Heartland Conference Anti-Racism Network
The work of dismantling racism is a long urgency. We need each other in this vitally important work. Whether you are involved in this work in some way already or want to be involved, your presence and passion matter.  An anti-racism network is forming for inspiration, education, empowerment, and engagement as God leads us in the building of the Beloved Community. If you are interested in getting connected, let Rev. Dave Long-Higgins know by emailing him at  

Weekly Zoom Discussion - Thursday
This event will be streamed via Facebook live at
Annual Gathering
September 26
9 am - 12 pm via zoom
October 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13, 14
6 pm to 9 pm
Online via Zoom
Cost $50
Registration ends on Sept. 30

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.

Health Benefit Plans Rate Locator
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