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From the Association General Minister
2021 Summer Read
White Savior: Congregational Discussion Guide
Created by our Minister of Faith in Action, Rev. Michael Howard, this discussion guide is for those looking to dig deep in their faith with bold questions about the relationship between White Supremacy and Christianity in America. The guide provides point-for-point discussion questions for the documentary, White Savior: Racism in the American Church.
Spring Vitality Festival Follow-Up
The 2021 Spring Vitality Festival was a great success! Many thanks to all the participants, who represented many churches across the Association, for engaging in fruitful conversation. We are also grateful to Rev. Dr. Patrick Duggan, Executive Director of the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund, for sharing his insights and expertise on Belonging, Building, and Becoming the Church. The full recording is now available on our YouTube page! There is also information about exploring the possibilities for your church’s future on our website – click here for the full document. You can check that out and more at
Resources for Worship
Anti Racism Resource Page
LW Technology Grant Opportunity
The Association has granted over one hundred thousand dollars in technology grants to our churches so they can continue to do vital ministry during COVID time and beyond.

The application period is coming to a close. Please note that May 31 is the deadline for applying to our technology grant. 
Weekly Online Check In
The Check In held on Tuesday mornings via Zoom will meet only 10 -11 am beginning the month of June. 

The Check in is for anyone who wishes to drop in to visit with the Association Ministers and others for a time of sharing and informal conversation. You can drop in and leave as you wish, as it fits your schedule. The link will remain the same. Join us! our CONGREGATIONS
Memorial Service for Rev. Jerry Baker
A memorial service will  be held for Rev.Jerry Baker on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Mt. Zwingli UCC at 2 pm.   Jerry served churches in Southern Ohio, Northern Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida. He served as the pastor of the Medina United Church of Christ Congregational for 10 years, and Mt. Zwingli United Church of Christ in Wadsworth for 13 years until his retirement in 1994.  He served a number interim ministries in the area as well as for the church association and conference.   He also served 2 terms on the Board for Homeland Ministries. 
Employment Opportunity
Now Hiring: Financial Secretary
Lakewood Congregational Church, an ONA congregation, is seeking a candidate responsible for processing and maintaining the financial records of the church and nursery school.
This is a part-time position, 8-10 hours per week. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Streaming/Online Worship the WIDER CHURCH
General Synod Registration NOW OPEN!
Camp is ON!
Camp is on! The Heartland Conference's Templed Hills Camp is open this summer for youth, families, and adults. We'll offer our annual options (from Choir Camp to Sports Camp and more) as well as opportunities for families and other groups to book time for retreats or group time away in a beautiful natural setting. 

Visit for details and to register for camp or book a visit.

You can register or book any time! Bookings after May 15 require full payment at the time of registration. We are taking appropriate COVID-19 precautions in order to make your experience as safe as possible.
UCC Digital Programming
Association Ministers
Nayiri Karjian
Associations General Minister
Michael Howard
Minister of Faith in Action
Association Staff
Machelle Miller
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Kellie Ramirez
Information Management and Media

Committee on Ministry Registrar
Don Hill
Financial Development Consultant

Gene McAfee
Dean of Northeast Ohio School of Ministry

Cheryl Lindsay
Communication Consultant
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