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21 Week Anti-Racism Challenge | Week 18
Are you looking for ways to engage in the work of anti-racism? Are you having trouble finding the time or the right resources? Our 21 Week Challenge is just for you! The 21 Week Challenge is aimed at providing an accessible opportunity for congregational members to better understand systemic racism and to inspire local community engagement. Inspired by similar challenges across the country, this Challenge was developed by the YWCA Greater Cleveland. The Living Water Association is grateful to partner with the YWCA in hosting this Challenge.
Anti Racism Resource Page
Weekly Online Check In
LW Technology Grant Opportunity
5 for 5 Deadline
The deadline for 2020 OCWM and 5 for 5 giving is December 31, 2020. Please be aware that for these donations to be counted for the 2020 year it must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2020.  You can also make your donations online through our website giving link to meet that deadline.

5 for 5 Giving is credited to the year in which it is received regardless of when it was collected in your church. If you are normally a 5 for 5 church and want to be sure that you have given to all 5 during 2020, please send an email to financialadmin@livingwaterone.org, and Machelle will be glad to verify that for you.
Worship Gets a Remake in NEOSOM
The Introduction to Christian Worship course, part of NEOSOM's regular curriculum, has been redesigned as a team-taught, online course for the winter term. Beginning on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics about public worship: sources, resources, praying in public, how to make best use of sacred (and sacred online) space, traditional as well as creative and innovative worship, liturgical seasons, music – Introduction to Christian Worship covers it all! For experienced as well as new worship planners and leaders.  Watch this space for registration information, coming soon. 
Theology Courses in NEOSOM
...in our CONGREGATIONS
Congregations Collaborating for Blue Christmas
 If you have experienced loss during the past year, it is easy to feel out of step with celebrations of the season. If you are feeling blue, then Christmas may also feel blue for you. We are experiencing collective loss this year, so as the nights have lengthened, the need for the birth of the light of the world feels even more urgent. 

You are invited to join in a Blue Christmas service on the longest night, Monday, December 21st at 7:00 PM. A number of churches of the Living Water Association are collaborating to create this on-line service as a gift to any and all who care to attend. Join us on Zoom at zoom.us/j/4402563329
The Winter Project at East View United Church of Christ
Streaming/Online Worship
...in the WIDER CHURCH
Cultivating Generous Congregations
UCC Webinar--The EPA in 2021: Prioritizing Moral Accountability
Over the past four years, Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law Program has been tracking all of the federal environmental rules and protections that are being rolled back. This list of rollbacks is now over 100. It includes weakened limits on CO2 emissions, the removal of protections for more than half the nation's wetlands, and the undoing of restrictions on mercury pollution from power plants. The EPA's stated mission is to protect human health and the environment. What needs to happen in 2021 to repair and advance this mission? What do faith communities need to know to hold the EPA morally accountable? Caitlin McCoy from Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law Program will join us for this discussion along with Vernice Miller-Travis who was a contributing author to the UCC’s historic Toxic Wastes and Race report. Even if you can't make the webinar’s scheduled time on Wednesday, December 9th at 1 pm ET, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording of it. Sign up now to join the webinar!
An Afternoon of Holiday Music
Authorized Minister of Living Water Daniel Doty will present an afternoon of Holiday music on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00PM. This will be an online only concert and can be found on the Westerville Community United Church of Christ’s YouTube channel. 
UCC Weekly Webinars
Upcoming Events
Association Ministers
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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

Cheryl Lindsay
Communication and Website Consultant
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