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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Save the Date! 2022 Association Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 12, 9am-1pm

First Congregational Church of Hudson

Prayers for Rich Plant

Many of you may have heard by now that the Rev. Rich Plant, former Associate Association Minister, has been struggling with a diagnosis of cancer. His family has requested additional prayers for him through this difficult journey. Please keep Rich and his family in heart and prayer. 

Seeking Van for Camp Transportation

During the upcoming Little Cuyahoga camps, July 11-15 and July 18-22, we are seeking to rent or borrow a van with 15-20 passenger capacity each day from 9am-3pm. We will be transporting kids from Elizabeth Park in Akron to other local parks and back. If you or your congregation has a vehicle available, or you know someone who does, please contact Rev. Michael Howard, Thank you!

Association Office Summer Hours

Registration Open!

Little Cuyahoga Compassion Camp

Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22

Download the Flyer

Association Online Check-in Summer Hiatus

The online check-in is now on summer hiatus and will return in the fall. If you would like to have a conversation with Rev. Nayiri, please contact the Association office.


Employment Opportunities

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Pastor for Youth + Mission, UCC Congregational of Medina

Hours and Salary: Full time with salary and benefits based on education and experience.


Summary: The Pastor for Youth + Mission will have primary responsibility and oversight for the ministries with High School youth and young adults, engaging them in fellowship, worship, mission and faith exploration. The position will also engage the whole congregation in mission and justice ministries. The job description and our local church profile is posted on and you can view it here.

Worship Leader, Archwood UCC, Cleveland

Archwood United Church of Christ is looking for a worship leader.

AUCC is in Cleveland's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, just south of I-71 off Pearl. Download this description for details and how to apply.

Facilities Manager, Bethany UCC, Cuyahoga Falls

Summary:  Coordinate building/grounds usage by church groups and tenants, including scheduling, building usage agreements, keys, payment, and light room set up. Work with the Property Committee to schedule long-term maintenance, inspections and respond to emergency maintenance. 

Skilled in: Working with the public

                    Understanding basic building maintenance issues

                    Microsoft Office and Excel (for building use contracts and tracking information)

                    Google Calendar (for keeping the master calendar)

Physical Ability: Need to be able to lift up to 25 lbs; set up and take down tables

Working Hours: 8-10 hr per week on site; flexible schedule to meet needs of building use

Salary: $ 8320 per year with vacation time per Staff Policy Handbook.

To Apply: Send resume to Rev. Kim Cran –

Chaplain Opportunities at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio is seeking a full-time chaplain.

This United Church Homes Life Plan Community provides a spectrum of services for older adults. The chaplain provides the spiritual care programs to meet the needs of the residents, staff and their families. Leadership of the weekly worship service in the lovely chapel, additional worship experiences for those living with dementia, along with pastoral care, programming and small groups, spiritual assessments and participation on the leadership team are all a part of this ministry.

Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio is seeking a part-time chaplain: 32 hours/week with benefits. This community provides care for those needing rehab services, long-term nursing care and memory care. The chaplain works together with the leadership team and provides pastoral services with the residents, staff and their families. Spiritual assessments, pastoral care, small group programming and worship experiences are a part of the needs of this community. 

For details, requirements and more opportunities, download this flyer.

Music Director/Pianist (PT), Clague Road UCC, North Olmsted

Hiring a part-time Music Director, CRUCC is a family style congregation that enjoys a variety of music styles, works to coordinate music, art, faith formation into Sunday worship and the life of the church for adults, children, and youth. Responsibilities include planning services with the minister and worship team leader, directing and accompanying chancel choir, bell choir, hymns, and other music throughout the services.

Aside from Sundays, special holiday services occur throughout the year. The position offers flexibility without a set schedule. A general weekly time commitment necessary to meet expectations will be discussed during interviews.

More information and the application process can be discussed with the Search Committee. Please leave a message with the church office at 440-734-1040.

Music Director/Pianist (PT),

Congregational UCC, Canton

Congregational UCC in Canton is hiring a part-time Music Director/Pianist. CUCC is a friendly, fun, and progressive congregation that values a variety of music styles and works to coordinate music, art, faith formation, and more into Sunday worship and the life of the church. Responsibilities include planning services together with the pastor, directing choirs and other music groups, and generally enhancing our worship with meaningful, spiritual musical selections and expressions.

Aside from Sundays, special holiday services, and occasional meetings, the position offers a great deal of flexibility without a set schedule. A general weekly time commitment necessary to fulfill the duties of the position will be discussed with the chosen candidate.

More information and application information can be found with this link.

Musician, St. Paul's Community Church UCC (Cleveland)

St. Paul’s Community Church UCC is seeking a musician with skills in piano and voice to lead worship on Sundays. St. Paul’s is a progressive urban church in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland. Worship is a mix of traditional and contemporary and other styles, and we are seeking a musician with knowledge and interest in diverse musical styles and traditions. Responsibilities would include choosing the music for Sunday in coordination with the Pastor and other musicians, leading a rehearsal once a week, and coordinating with other musicians to provide music for our regular weekly services and occasional special services. Please send resume or any questions to Rev. Emily Culp Ashby at

Youth and Children's Director, The Bath Church

Seeking a dynamic, forward thinking, passionate, creative Youth Director!

The Bath Church, United Church of Christ in Bath, OH is seeking a half-time Youth Director dedicated to sustaining, growing, and nurturing the fellowship of the #BUCCSquad! The Bath Church youth program includes youth from 7th to 12th grade from multiple school districts.

We are looking for someone who can both re-vitalize what has already been created AND bring fresh perspective and creativity to serve the changing needs and lives of the youth today. We are looking for someone passionate about creating a space that extends God’s love and centers that in the life of our youth while helping them form bonds that will last beyond their youth.

Sound like you? Check out the details below, and then send us a profile with a cover letter. Show what you’ve done, but most importantly, tell us about who you are, and what makes you excited about this position. Please, also let us know when you would be available to start the position should you be hired.

Here’s a little more about the position.

Download Job Description
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Welcome to:

Greg Hogan, who begins settled ministry at First Congregational Church of Twinsburg on July 1

Dennis Landaw, who begins settled ministry at St. Paul's UCC in Navarre on July 1


Matthew Hogue-Smith

July 10, 3pm

First Congregational Church

36363 Center Ridge Road

North Ridgeville, OH44039

Pilgrim UCC 100th Anniversary

Pilgrim UCC in Elyria is celebrating our 100th Anniversary! We are going to commemorate the event on Sunday, June 26, starting with church service at 10am and following the service with a picnic of hot dogs, sloppy joes and all the trimmings. We plan to have fun with games and fellowship - outside, weather permitting. We are located at 523 E Broad St, Elyria, OH 44035

Streaming/Online Worship

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Save the Date! 2022 Interim Ministry Training

Sunday, October 9, 6pm – Thursday, October 13, 12pm

Heartland Conference Annual Gathering

... in the WIDER CHURCH

Pray with Italy, June 26, 2022 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Prayers for Italy Loving God In times when we feel lost, you are there to guide us. In times when we feel weak, we are blessed by the power of your Spirit. Like the ... Read more

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UCC Webinar — Wartime Threat

Increased Fossil Fuel Production at Home

Wednesday, July 6, 1pm

The fossil fuel industry is using the war in Ukraine to push for ramping up production in the United States. As a result, communities on the frontlines of the industry face the wartime threat of more pollution and more harm to their health. In this webinar, we will learn about the history that shapes the threats faced, and we will hear directly from those fighting at the grassroots to protect their families and communities. Featured speakers will include Roishetta Ozane from Healthy Gulf, Lois Bower-Bjornson from the Clean Air Council, and David J.X. González from the University of California-Berkeley. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 1 pm ET on Wednesday, July 6, still sign-up, and you will receive a recording. Register now!

Seeking Volunteers and Donations:

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Are you looking for a way to help individuals in your community? Consider becoming a Hospice of the Western Reserve Volunteer. Volunteers are needed to serve patients at the Hospice Houses, in their own homes, and area nursing homes/assisted living facilities. There are also many virtual and face-to-face opportunities at the newly reopened Medina Inpatient Unit and at Life’s Treasures Thrift Shop. Other opportunities include Veterans Serving Veterans, Attorney, Notary and Licensed Hairdresser. Virtual training series are held every month for new volunteers. Prospective volunteers may register for training once prerequisites are met. For more information, contact us at 216-255-9090 or fill out an online application at

Download Volunteer Flyer

Hospice of the Western Reserve holds Warehouse Sales throughout the year. We are looking for additional items to be donated for our next sale. Items needed include furniture, housewares, domestics, collectables, framed artwork, seasonal items, and fine & costume jewelry. Items are accepted up until two weeks before a sale. The sales are held at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. For more information on making a donation, please contact us at 216-255-9090. And mark September 17-18, 2022 on your calendars if you would like to attend the next sale.

Download Warehouse Sale Flyer

Help for Ukraine

In addition to our prayers, there are more ways to aid the people of Ukraine. Gifts made to UCC Ukraine Relief Fund will provide shelter, food, and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. Donate online with the link below or designate a check for Ukraine Relief and mail to United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 71957 Cleveland, OH 44194. Gifts made to Sharing America's Resources Abroad (S.A.R.A) provide food, clothing and sanitary items for refugees fleeing to Hungary. Donate online with the link below or designate a check for Ukraine Emergency Fund and mail to SARA, c/o Heartland Conference UCC, P.O. Box 1230

Worthington, OH 43085.

Please know that your gifts of any size make a difference in this critical time.

Donate to S.A.R.A.
Donate to UCC Global H.O.P.E.

UCC Webinars


Webinar Information and Registration

Association Staff

Nayiri Karjian

Association General Minister

Machelle Miller

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Don Hill

Financial Development Consultant

Michael Howard

Minister of Faith in Action

Kellie Ramirez

Information Management and Media:

Search and Call Secretary

Committee on Ministry Registrar

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