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...there was a study done!
A Pew Research Center study found that these are the top 10 reasons people go to church at least once a month: 1) to become closer to God, 2) so their children will have a moral foundation, 3) to become a better person, 4) for comfort in times of trouble or sorrow, 5) they find the sermons valuable, 6) to be part of a faith community, 7) to continue their family's religious traditions, 8) they feel obligated to go, 9) to meet new people or socialize, 10) to please their family, spouse or partner.
There's a couple of big meetings coming up this fall. You may want to mark your calendar.
Time is running out to register for this free retreat just for Youth, Faith Formation and Christian Education Leaders. Karen Abel Jepsen, an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, will lead a certification workshop on Mental Health First Aid for Youth. This 8-hour training workshop will be held at Templed Hills, September 14-15. The workshop will begin Friday evening, concluding with a time of socializing and getting to know each other, and will continue following breakfast on Saturday. Participants will leave with a Certification of Completion. The retreat will end with a worship service.

For this month's Creation Justice Webinar, four panelists will discuss what faith communities need to know about "carbon pricing", policies that seek to establish a cost for carbon pollution. There are a range of mechanisms for doing this and strongly felt assessments for each.

Strongsville UCC (13740 Pearl Rd, Strongsville) will hold its annual Garage Sale & Bake Sale, 9AM-2PM, on Saturday, September 8. Lots of great stuff priced to sell--and the Thrift Shop will also be open! Proceeds to benefit church programs and ministries. For more information, visit the church website or call 440-238-6697.
Planned by women from the Ohio Conference, Lantern Fellowship is a time when women of all generations come together to enjoy faith, fun, and fellowship in the peaceful beauty of wooded hills and trails where the spirit can find renewal. Lantern Fellowship is September 21-23 at Templed Hills. The keynote speaker for the weekend is Rev. Carolyn J. Mann and she will lead a creative journey on the topic Three Great Loves: A Just World for All. A special offering will be taken in memory of Jeff Thompson.

In September, Rev. Daniel Doty and Rev. Joyce Schroer will lead a group of folks, mostly from EOA/WRA, to Schwerte, Germany. This year the UCC-EkvW Forum will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During their time together, they will focus on racism and poverty. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Doyle Luckenbaugh who was one of the original Freedom Riders.

Prayer Notes invite us to think of one another, to take time to lift up to God our congregations, and to engage with one another in prayer, thanksgiving and supplication. You are invited to send us prayer requests for you church and we'll be glad to include them in this newsletter.

First Church in Oberlin UCC is seeking a full time Office Manager to join the staff of this historic, dynamic, exciting church as they launch significant new initiatives. First Church is an Open and Affirming, Just Peace, Global Mission and Green Justice Church. For more information and to apply, please see the job posting.

Middleburg Heights Community UCC seeks a part-time (18 hours per week) Coordinator of Youth Ministries to develop ministry with middle and high school youth, encouraging them to develop the spiritual and personal resources necessary for a lifelong faith journey, to guide them in deepening a loving relationship with God, self, and others, and to nurture a commitment to service as taught by Jesus as he cared for those in need. See the complete job description. To apply please email a resume and cover letter no later than September 7.
Installation of Joanna D'Agostino
Saturday, September 8 ♦ 11AM
1375 W Clifton Blvd ♦ Lakewood

Installation of Amy Gopp
Sunday, September 9 ♦ 3PM
1400 E Main St ♦ Kent
Associations Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Associations Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
September 9
11984 Caves Rd ♦ Chesterland

1400 E Main St ♦ Kent

September 16
10723 Magnolia Dr ♦ Cleveland

September 23
3980 W Bath Rd ♦ Akron
September 2

September 9
First Congregational UCC
140 S Main St ♦ Wellington
Your Associations' Staff
Nayiri Karjian
Associations General Minister

Gary Halstead
Interim Associations Associate Minister

Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw
Communications & Administration
Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry

Bob Richardson
Coach Coordinator

Committee on Ministry Registrar
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