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I was delighted to have 150 of us gather for the Worship festival to learn from Rev. Dr. Marcia McFee last Saturday at Avon Lake UCC. To those of you who drove more than 2 hours to join us, I say - God bless you! I know it was worth the drive!

To those of you who helped make this day happen – Jill Lovett for organizing the day, Kelly Brill, Sr Pastor of Avon Lake and all the members who extended extravagant hospitality, and all who pitched in when needed, I say – Thank you and Thank you!

It was a joyful and meaningful day as we participated through listening, singing, praying, laughing, basically worshiping and experiencing the Spirit within and among us. We were inspired, encouraged and heartened to discover that creativity in worship does not have to be complicated, it can be simple, and it can be meaningful as long as it is soulful, touching both mind and heart, helping us not only talk or hear about God but experiencing God. 

To build on this experience we are planning to hold regional worship workshops for the fall to discuss worship, to share resources and practical steps in order to continue moving toward soulful, meaningful and experiential worship. Watch for dates, times and information coming soon.   

In the meantime, we are planning regional gatherings for you to meet Michael A. Howard, our Minister of Faith in Action. Watch for dates and times following Easter Resurrection.

As we approach Holy Week, I wish you a spiritual and meaningful week, and a glorious day of resurrection. May the crucified and risen Christ give us the courage to say – because Christ is risen, I can rise also. And, may you rise above this mundane world of ours, transcend its pain and sorrow and rise above it by healing it all with love and peace.

A joyful Easter Resurrection to all,

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Are you looking for some quality training for your youth ministry volunteers? You AND your entire volunteer team are invited to attend the National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training on Saturday, September 21st from 9:30AM - 11:30AM. Check-in and coffee will begin at 8:30AM. Stay for lunch at no extra cost and be on the road by 12:30PM. Imagine TED-Talk style training from 8 of the leading voices in youth ministry today designed to fit any budget. Sign-up one volunteer or 100 for one low flat rate. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity! Register TODAY! Rate goes up on April 22nd. 
The Northeast Ohio School of Ministry (NEOSOM) is offering one class for the Spring 2019 term: Stewardship. The course will explore biblical stewardship principles as the context for engaging members of congregations in financial stewardship ministry. Emphasis will be on practical implications and applications of differeing theologies of stewardship, and the cultural and economic forces that shape our understandings.

Christian activists Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin are taking their newly published Beating Guns book and their forge on the road with Beating Guns Tour, a 90-minute event featuring music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with forging of guns into garden tools. Come to Pilgrim Congregational UCC (2592 W 14th St, Cleveland) in Tremont. Pilgrim is co-sponsoring this event with God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition working to reduce gun injuries and deaths. The event is free, but registration is required. Space is limited.

The Strongsville United Church of Christ will be one of eight churches to participate in an Ecumenical Tenebrae Service at the Columbia United Methodist Church (25453 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station) on Good Friday, April 19, at 8:15PM. The Strongsville Chancel Choir and singers from other churches will join with an orchestra for the presentation of the cantata Song of Shadows.
All authorized ministers are invited to hear Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Gustafson address the universal problem of how to minister to controlling, imposing, negative, possessive, bullying church members. This event is not focused on how to keep "them" in line, rather how to offer effective pastoral care to those whose troubles are expressed in their behaviors. Hosted by Bethany UCC (1235 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls) on Saturday, May 25, registration opens at 9AM and the program begins at 9:30AM. Cost is $ for retired pastors. Optional lunch is $10.

This year, there is a powerful (and easy!) way for you to do more through your CWS Kits event...and it couldn't have come at a better time. Fall's hurricane response brought our supply of kits to a critical low, and we need all the help we can get to restock before new disasters hit. The UCC Disaster Ministries is offering matching grants when UCC congregations make CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets. Please apply for this grant by June 30, 2019.

Rev. Bill Armstrong, who is in assisted living at St. Mary of the Woods in Avon, OH, conducts a monthly worship service there, using the Pilgrim Hymnal. If any church has some old Pilgrim Hymnals they would be willing to donate to add to the limited supply, please call Mary Lou Swinterton, Director of Pastoral Care, St. Mary of the Woods at 440-937-2718.
Templed Hills is looking for summer kitchen staff. If you are interested or need more information, please email the Site Director or call 419-886-2380.
Mindy Quellhorst Installation
3PM ♦ Sunday, April 28
990 State St ♦ Vemilion
Coming Soon!
Be sure to mark your calendar.
Worship Festival with Marcia McFee
Saturday, April 6
32801 Electric Blvd ♦ Avon Lake
Register by March 30

General Synod
United Church of Christ
June 21-25
Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave ♦ Milwaukee, WI
Anti Racism Forum
Ohio Conference
Speaker: Leonard Pitts
Friday, September 6
Details Soon

Living Water Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 2
Details Soon
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
April 28, 10 am First Congregational Wellington
April 28
Wellington First Congregational UCC
140 S Main St ♦ Wellington

Your Association's Staff
Nayiri Karjian
Associations General Minister

Michael Howard
Minister of Faith in Action

Dan Roland
Search & Call Coordinator

Committee on Ministry Registrar
Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw
Communications & Administration

Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry
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