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It is with deep sadness and heartache that I write to share with you that Cheryl McGraw, our Administrative Assistant, Registrar and Communication specialist, on Sunday, May 12 after her struggle with lung cancer.

Cheryl had been with our Association for the last 8 years. Her presence, gifts and skills enriched the life of our Association. She will be truly missed. Please keep her family and loved ones in prayer and heart.

Please be patient and understanding with us at the Association office, as we navigate through our loss and move forward.

Nayiri Karjian, General Minister
Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
A federal appeals court has ruled that the clergy housing allowance authorized by the Internal Revenue Service is constitutional.
Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational
who is celebrating its bicentennial, invites all to
the ceremony of unveiling and dedication of a marker under the auspices of the Ohio History Connection on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 11:45 am immediately following the conclusion of its morning’s worship.

Following the ceremony, participants are invited to gather on the church lawn for light refreshments and conversation.

Medina UCC has served as an abiding, vibrant presence in its community. Come celebrate its living ministry!
First Congregational Church of Akron has opened registration for the Akron Fire summer camp, June 24-28! Open to grades 1-5, this camp is designed to unleash the fire within, and is focused on helping campers discover and develop their creative talents through various forms of art.
Programs offered will include arts and crafts, poetry/spoken word, theater/drama, dance, painting/drawing, jewelry making, yoga/meditation, team building exercises and playground time. Camp hours are 8am-4pm, and costs $25 per camper. Camp fee includes breakfast and lunch, snacks, and a camp t-shirt. To learn more, visit the website at or call 330.253.5109.
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 21 at Avon Lake UCC (32801 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake) from 9:30-11:30AM. 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 eight 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!
Please note that the Support Center hours will change on Fridays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Hours are:
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NEOSOM Open House
Find out about our Northeast Ohio School of Ministry (NEOSOM). Just visit the website f or all the details. Then plan on coming to the Open House on Thursday, June 13, 5-7PM, at Pilgrim UCC (130 Broad Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls).
On Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, First Congregational Church of Akron and Let’s Grow Akron will be hosting a Plant Sale from 9am-3pm, at 292 East Market Street, Akron OH 44308.
Available will be vegetable seedlings, annual and perennial seedlings, and herbs. This event will feature live music, children’s activities, and tours of First Church’s Feed My Sheep garden. Let’s Grow Akron staff will be on site to answer your gardening questions.
Proceeds will benefit the partnership between First Church Feed My Sheep garden ministry and Let’s Grow Akron. To learn more, visit the website at or call 330.253.5109.
Your special financial support of Ohio Conference General Synod Delegates is needed and appreciated. Your kind gifts may be given either online by going to  and clicking on "Special Synod Support" or by mailing a check to the Ohio Conference UCC, 6161 Busch Blvd, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43229. Please note "Special Synod Support" on the memo line. Thanks so very much for your support of our delegates who are so giving of their time for this important expression of our shared life.
The Ohio Conference UCC offers financial support to those who have discerned a call to and are preparing for authorized ministry. Through the gifts of generous individuals and churches, scholarships are available for seminary education expenses to persons preparing for ordination and, in some cases, preparation for licensed and commissioned ministries. Applicants may request funds to cover tuition, room and board, books and other expenses related to preparation for ministry.
Coming Soon!
Be sure to mark your calendar.
Northeast Ohio School of Ministry (NEOSOM) Open House
Thursday, June 13 ♦ 5-7PM
130 Broad Blvd ♦ Cuyahoga Falls

General Synod
United Church of Christ
June 21-25
Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave ♦ Milwaukee, WI
National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry
Saturday, September 21 ♦ 9:30-11:30AM
32801 Electric Blvd ♦ Avon Lake

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.
June 2
10786 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson

June 9
10 AM
St Peter's UCC
582 Church Street, Amherst

June 16
10 AM
Christ United Olmsted Falls
23114 West Rd., Olmsted Falls

May 26
301 N Main St, Orrville

June 9
10:15 AM
First Congregational Ravenna
266 S Chestnut St., Ravenna

June 16
10:30 AM
Trinity UCC Akron
915 N Main St., Akron

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

Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry
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