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...Living Water Association is not plural.
Please note there is no "s" in Living Water, the new name of our association. We are just one big happy, singular Water.
All authorized clergy are invited to attend Healthy Practices for Ministry: Church Safety on Tuesday, March 12, 9AM-2PM, at Brecksville UCC (23 Public Square, Brecksville). Our Houses of Worship are often called sanctuaries. Yet, in our unpredictable and violent world we wonder if our sanctuaries are really safe spaces for all. The event is $ for pastors retired from ministry. An optional lunch is $10. Every person engaged in active authorized ministry with standing in the Living Water Association is required to complete a Healthy Practices for Ministry every two years.

Trinity United Church of Christ (215 High St, Wadsworth) along with the Living Water Association Ohio Northeast of the United Church of Christ invite you to the installation of Rev. Adam Marquette as pastor of Trinity UCC on Sunday, February 10 at 3PM in the sanctuary. A light reception will immediately follow the service in the fellowship hall (lower level of the building). Clergy are encouraged to vest (red stoles) and join the opening processional. Rev. Nayiri Karjian will participate on behalf of the association and Rev. Mark Frey will share the message.
cue seminaries
We are blessed to have three fine UCC seminaries in our region. Each provides quality education for pastors and lay leaders and provides research and resources that serve the entire UCC. On February 24, please join in supporting the current and future leadership of the UCC by celebrating Chicago, United, and Eden Seminaries. If you would like someone from a CUE Seminary to visit your congregation to help with worship leadership for Seminary Sunday, please contact
The UCC is offering an Our Whole Lives Training in Cleveland from Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9. In addition, this training has been subsidized for the first 15 UCC folks that sign up so that it is only $50 if you register before February 1. The curricula are not included in the cost of the training, however, UCC Resources offers a 25% discount on the materials to UCC folks who are taking an OWL training. Please call UCC Resources at 1-800-537-3394, tell them you are attending an OWL training, and request the discount on the materials you need.

The Community Engagement Prophetic Ministry Team is offering fall grants for congregations who are finding new ways of being Church in their wider communities and outside their church doors. A ministry is defined as community engagement when, among other things:
  • It builds connections and relationships in the wider community beyond the church
  • It partners with others in the larger community to do the ministry
  • It influences systemic change and progress toward well-being, justice and healing for all
Send applications by April 30, 2019 to Grants will be disbursed in June 2019.

The Strongsville UCC (13740 Pearl Rd, Strongsville) continues to offer its Free Lunch for All program every Wednesday from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. The lunch, which features a home-cooked meal, is open to anyone and gives people a good meal and a chance for fellowship with others. No reservations are required.
Located in Bellville, Ohio an hour south of Cleveland and an hour north of Columbus, Templed Hills Camp & Retreat Center is available year round to host your groups as small as 10 people and up to 300+ people in the summer and up to 154 the rest of the year. Free tours are always offered with the friendly staff. Please contact Andy & Miranda at 419-886-2380 to reserve your today.

The film How Are the Children? forms the centerpiece of an education curriculum designed by the UCC Palestine Israel Network for members of the United Church of Christ and is available on DVD or by streaming. Simple, specific presentation and study guidance is ready for your adult education program. Included are a website, curriculum, Q&A, bulletin inserts, posters, handouts, and vetted links. Questions? Email Pam or call/text 216-956-3436.

At its December meeting, the Ohio Conference Board of Directors voted to enter into a partnership grant process to fund a Director of Communications who would serve the Indiana-Kentucky, Illinois South and Ohio Conferences. The matching grant was recently approved by the Essential Conference Minister's fund to support this arrangement. The grant covers half of the compensation with the other half being split between the three conferences for a three year period. Email resumes to Rev. Chad Abbott, Conference Minister of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference by February 8.

West Park UCC is seeking a Director of Youth and Families to oversee Christian Education. Responsibilities include Sunday School, VBS and retreats. Candidate should have experience working with children and hold a degree in a related field. S/he will show expertise in time management, demonstrate good financial skills, and have a full understanding of professional boundaries. A preference will be given to ordained persons and/or seminary students. This is a half-time position with a salary between $15-$17K per year. No benefits are included. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to
Michael Bone Installation
10:15AM ♦ Sunday, February 3
301 N Main St ♦ Orrville

Adam Marquette Installation
3PM ♦ Sunday, February 10
215 High St ♦ Wadsworth
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Rev. M. Kenneth Morris. Ken died Thursday, January 10.
Coming Soon!
Be sure to mark your calendar.
Faith Formation Forum
Ohio Conference UCC
Speaker: Lillian Daniel
February 27-28
Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place ♦ Columbus

Worship Festival with Marcia McFee
Saturday, April 6
Avon Lake UCC
32801 Electric Blvd ♦ Avon Lake
Registration Opening Soon

Geberal Synod
United Church of Christ
June 21-25
Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave ♦ Milwaukee, WI
Anti Racism Forum
Ohio Conference
Speaker: Leonard Pitts
Tuesday, August 27
Details Soon

Living Water Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 2
Details Soon
Association Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Association Minister will be the next few Sundays.
February 3
301 N Main St ♦ Orrville

February 10
Emmanuel UCC
1480 Eastwood Ave ♦ Akron

215 High St ♦ Wadsworth

February 17
2300 Cleveland Ave NW ♦ Canton

February 24
2005 W Schaaf Rd ♦ Cleveland
Your Association's Staff
Nayiri Karjian
Associations General Minister

Sprite Johnson
Search & Call

Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Cheryl McGraw
Communications & Administration
Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry

Committee on Ministry Registrar
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