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First Congregational Church of Akron (292 E Market St, Akron) is honored to host the 2018-2019 Symphony Orchestra concert series featuring the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra and Guy Bordo, conductor. The next concert will be Thursday, December 6 in the acoustically flawless and historic Meetinghouse of First Church from 7:30-9PM. The concert series' performances are offered to the public at no charge and require no reservations. Free parking is available on site.

As gifts to their communities, Middleburg Heights Community UCC (7165 Big Creek Parkway, Middleburg Heights) and South Haven UCC (415 Northfield Rd, Bedford) are hosting free holiday events. Experience the Christmas story reimagined through Jazz Noel: A Child is Born, featuring the music of the Oikos Ensemble. At the South Haven concert on Saturday, December 8 at 7PM, a free will offering will be taken to benefit the South East Clergy Hunger Center. The Middleburg concert, Sunday, December 9 at 3PM will include a free will offering to benefit the Cleveland Kids Book Bank.
The Strongsville UCC Church (13740 Pearl Rd, Strongsville) will have a Blue Christmas Service at 7PM December 9 as a time of reflection, remembrance and healing. It will be a Service of Remembrance of those who have passed on as well as a time of renewal and will be conducted by Pastor Heidi Denman McDougall. It is open to the public.
The Strongsville United Church of Christ (13740 Pearl Rd, Strongsville) will host the Strongsville City Jazz Band on Friday, December 14, 7:30PM. The concert will consist of traditional tunes with a modern touch, just in time to get you in the mood for Christmas. Tickets $10, available at the door.
Christkindl Concert
First Congregational Church (47 Aurora St, Hudson), in collaboration with Destination Hudson and sister city Landsberg, Germany, will present a Christkindl concert of Christmas music by German composers on Saturday, December 15 at 7PM. It will feature The Chancel Choir, Men's Ensemble and Charlotte Plank at the Wilhelm pipe organ. Admission is free.
Advent and the Christmas seasons are supposed to be times to celebrate hope, joy, love and peace, and yet it can be a time that is also full of depression, sadness and grief. You are invited to Congregational UCC (1530 Easton St NE, Canton) to a Blue Christmas Service-A Service of Remembrance and Hope on Sunday, December 16 at 4PM. This service will offer special recognition of the struggles that many people face during this season, but also offer hope, joy, love and peace for the coming weeks.
First Congregational Church of Hudson (47 Aurora St, Hudson) will present Ralph Vaughan Williams' great oratorio Dona Nobis Pacem in service on Sunday, March 3, 2019. It will feature the Midwest premiere of a new chamber orchestration which will be performed by members of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The text of the piece is largely taken from the works of Walt Whitman and is 95% in English. Rehearsals begin Monday, January 7, 2019 at the church. Interested singers should email Dr. Tom Scott.
The Akron City Council has threatened to evict 14 homeless people living at The Homeless Charity and Village. The village consists of a number of tents behind the Homeless Charity offices. It is clean, safe and designed to help people get out of homelessness. If you're interested in supporting their work, you can order a copy of their book.

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Michael Bone Installation
10:15AM ♦ Sunday, February 3
301 N Main St ♦ Orrville
We extend our deepest sympathies to Rev. Randy Gehres and family on the death of Randy's father Marlin Gehres November 23. Condolences may be sent to Rev. Randall Gehres, 1989 Primrose Lane, Orrville, OH 44667.
Coming Soon!
Be sure to mark your calendar.
Faith Formation Forum
Ohio Conference UCC
Speaker: Lillian Daniel
February 27-28, 2019
Details Soon

Worship Festival with Marcia McFee
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Details Soon

General Synod
United Church of Christ
June 21-25, 2019
Milwaukee, WI
Anti Racism Forum
Ohio Conference
Speaker: Leonard Pitts
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Details Soon

Living Water Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Details Soon
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
December 9
4081 Rock Spring Rd ♦ Ravenna
December 30
St John's UCC
51705 German Ridge Rd ♦ Powhatan Point
Your Association's 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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