Keeping You Connected
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...the Vision Team Proposal is here!
It's available for your review. Just download the document and give it a good read before the Associations Special Meeting on Saturday, June 23. We hope you'll attend, ask any questions you may have and share your thoughts.
It has been a busy and exciting 4 months. I continue to revel in the warm welcome you offer me. Thank you!

Since I have met many of you, but not all of you, during the month of June I have scheduled active ministers' gatherings in what used to be known as program districts or area groups. All clergy serving congregations have received invitations from me to gather just to get acquainted so I can learn about you and your ministry and discuss how the Association can connect better and be a resource to you for the health and well-being of your congregation. I am looking forward to meeting/seeing you soon. I am grateful to the congregations that are hosting these gatherings.

Retired clergy and those who are not serving congregations at this time - chaplains, national staff, and MiDs - I have not forgotten you. I am plannning to schedule gatherings with you as well. So watch your email for invitations soon. I look forward to meeting/seeing you all so we can continue to partner in ministry.

Don't forget to come and hear the OH Conference Visioning Team's report on Saturday, June 23, at 10AM at First Congregational Church of Akron.


The Credentialing Working Group invites all licensed pastors of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations to an informal gathering with refreshments on Monday, July 9, 6:30-8:30PM, at Bethany UCC (1235 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls). Come to get acquainted, to connect and celebrate the ministry to which we have been called.
On May 9, Rev. Dr. Paul Kiewit received the first United Church Homes' (UCH) Diller Legacy Leadership Award. Paul first contributed to the organization through his church when he was 17 years old. Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of UCH, was able to completely surprise Paul as his three children and their spouses joined the Board for the honor. Paul was thanked for his leadership in the context of UCH's mission, his dedication to the church and his exemplary witness as someone who has been able to age abundantly.
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 pray about four of our congregations this week per their prayer notes. You are also invited to send us prayer requests for your church and we'll be glad to include them in Prayer Notes.

Your Board of Directors held a special meeting on June 11 in which they approved Rev. David M. Long-Higgins as our new Transitional Conference Minister. He will begin his ministry with us on September 1. The Search Committee was impressed with Dave's passion, spirituality, and deep understanding of the current reality within the Ohio Conference. It was also impressed with his communication skills, both written and oral, and felt these would be critical as the conference considers the recommendations from the Vision Team.

UPCaM is pleased to announce that the Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger has accepted the position of Campus Pastor and Executive Director effective August 1. Pastor Shelley is a Cleveland transplant after living near both coasts, within three National Parks and in Cincinnati and Columbus, OH.

You are invited to a Prayer Vigil and Rally for Action to join together as a community and work to bring an end to the atrocities committed against immigrant children and their families. Come to Congregational UCC (1530 Easton St NE, Canton) on Saturday, June 23, 4-6PM. Bring messages of hope and positive action and leave behind messages of hatred and violence.

Ordination of Beau Dansizen
Saturday, July 14 ♦ 10:30AM
Avon Lake UCC ♦ 32801 Electric Blvd ♦ Avon Lake

Installation of David Anderson
Sunday, July 29 ♦ 10AM
Paradise UCC ♦ 619 E Main St ♦ Louisville

Installation of Amy Gopp
Sunday, September 9 ♦ 10AM
Kent UCC ♦ 1400 E Main St ♦ Kent
We extend our deepest sympathies Pastor Vicki McGaw and family on the death of her daughter Megan McGaw. Megan died Tuesday, June 12. Pastor Charles Brown and family on the death of his son, Charles. Charles died Friday, June 15.
Associations Ministers' Schedules
Here's where your Associations Ministers will be the next few Sundays.
July 8
East View UCC
15615 Chagrin Blvd ♦ Shaker Heights
June 24

July 1
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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