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Healthy Practices for Ministry: Mental Health and the Church
for Authorized Ministers 
on Wednesday, March 11, 9am-2pm (registration 9-9:30 am) Lunch included
at the Church in Silver Lake UCC, 2951 Kent Road
Come to better understand mental health issues and learn about:
  • Common mental health disorders and what constitutes a mental health crisis.
  • How to minister to parishioners struggling with mental health issues
  • How to support those who struggle with mental health challenges
  • How to prevent such issues and promote holistic health and well being for all.
Rev. Jodi Shay, an authorized minister in our Association, is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Currently, she is co-developing a workshop specific to churches to address Religious Trauma Syndrome.
Generosity in the Time of Transition our CONGREGATIONS
Ordinations and Installations
Mardi Gras/ Shrove Tuesday Party at Bethany UCC
Free Alter Coverings
In a recent all-church declutter day Olmsted Community Church found two sets of altar coverings that we would be happy to give a new home. One set is white/green/red/purple with the altar cloth, pulpit and lectern pieces. The second set is reversible red/white and purple/green- also includes all three pieces for both sets. 
We also have several sets of brass candle holders to give away. 
Contact Rev. Holly MillerShank,  if interested. 
Pancake Supper at West Park
On Tuesday, February 25, West Park UCC (3909 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH 44111) will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 6-8pm in their social hall. Pancakes and sausages aplenty along with fun Lenten Trivia. Prepare for your Lenten fast with a buttery treat and good company! Suggested donation is $8. All are welcome!
Arts Festival at Bath UCC
21 st  Annual Epiphany Arts Festival  at Bath United Church of Christ (3980 W. Bath Rd., Akron 44333; 330-666-3520) is featuring 213 local artists with 450 pieces of photography, sculpture, oil/watercolor paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodcarvings, mixed media. Many pieces are for sale. The Festival opened January 25 and ends Sunday, February 23 with a program at 2:00 p.m. featuring the Bath Church adult and children’s vocal, brass and hand bell choirs. The Festival is free; open to the public: Sundays 12-3, Wednesdays 1-5 and Saturdays 10-3.
Youth Overnight Registration
There is still time to register for the Youth Overnighter! The event starts February 22nd at 7 pm at UCCC Vermilion (990 State St., Vermilion, OH), and will end with our 10:30 Sunday Worship on February 23rd. In between, there will be games, activities, and presentations about housing insecurity. Youth (grades 6-12) who attend are asked to raise money for Denison UCC's continuing efforts to shelter the homeless. Dinner and a continental breakfast will be provided. Questions? Call UCCC Vermilion at 440-967-5212 for more information. To register your church's participants, click the button below! the WIDER CHURCH
Faith Formation in the Heartland Conference
Upcoming Events
Generosity and Stewardship Festival
Theme: Can Money Be Sacred
Speaker: Michael Piazza
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 9 am - 3 pm
Kent United Church of Christ
1400 E. Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
Heartland Conference UCC
Faith Formation Forum
Friday, February 28 - Saturday, 29, 2010
Speaker: David Greenhaw,
President Eden Seminary 
Westerville Community UCC
770 County Line Road
Westerville, OH 43081
"Unite" 2020 National Youth Event (NYE)
July 22-25, 2020
Purdue University
For more information, visit:
Association Ministers' Schedules
Sunday, February 23 | 10 am
First Church in Oberlin UCC
106 N. Main St., Oberlin 44074
Farewell Liturgy for Brandy Bring
Sunday, March 1 | 10 am
Emmanuel UCC
6656 Center Rd, Valley City, OH 44280
Sunday, February 23 | 11 am
First Congregational Church of Akron
292 E Market St, Akron, OH 44308
Sunday, March 1 | 10:30 am
St. John's UCC
51736 German Ridge Rd
Powhatan Point, OH 43942
Association 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

Cheryl Lindsay
Communication and Website Consultant
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