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From the Association General Minister
Association Annual Meeting
21 Week Anti-Racism Challenge | Week 8
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.
Living Water Technology Grant Opportunity
Anti Racism Resource Page
Weekly Online Check In
Authorized Ministers gather Tuesdays at 10 am.
Healthy Practices for Ministry our CONGREGATIONS
Lift Every Voice Parade
Opportunities to Celebrate PRIDE with Living Water Association Churches
VIRTUAL PRIDE IN THE CLE September 25th at 7 PM
The second is our virtual Pride in the CLE event on September 25th at 7pm. this state-of-the-art, high-quality production will include local artists, musicians, local leaders, and more virtually to enjoy and interact with from the comfort of your home.
LWA ZOOM AFTER-PARTY October 10th at 2:30 PM
Have some fun socializing with other LGBTQ+ affirming folx in the Living Water Association. In these times it is critical to remember that you are not alone and that together we can find hope.
For more information and to coordinate efforts (including real time texting via WhatsAp if you share your mobile number) contact Rev. Ian Lynch (440)296-3116
Rummage Sale in Austinburg
Living Water Book Groups
Calling all Living Water ONE Book Groups! The Reading Group of Faith UCC in Richmond Heights would love to connect with our counterparts in other churches. If your church has a reading/book group, or if you would like to start one, we would love to hear from you. Please email our coordinator, Gail Robertson Yusko, at Perhaps a joint read is in our future!
Streaming/Online Worship the WIDER CHURCH
GLAUCE Pandemic Tool Box
Great Lakes Association of United Church Educators invites you to join us Wednesday, October 14, 10 am – 2:30 pm EST for a ZOOM gathering, Pandemic Tool Box. “I am about to do a new thing . . .” Isaiah 43:19. Offerings include an opening Biblical Study on our chosen scripture for all, breakout room workshops on Virtual Rituals, Anti-Racism tools for congregations, Advent Christmas planning and closing worship. Workshops offered twice. There is no cost; Registration required. 

We hope to see you in the ZOOM room.
Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging
The annual Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging on Friday, October 9, has options for a limited number to attend in-person, but for those who connect online, it’s free!
The theme, Power in Community: Overcoming Loneliness and Isolation, chosen over a year ago, is even more relevant and poignant than ever. We will have limited seating at the event center in Columbus, Ohio, but as a live webinar, the reach of our community will extend even farther.
One of the highlights will be the conversation with award-winning film makers Stu Maddux and Joe Applebaum, who were just about finished with their latest documentary, All the Lonely People. They have spent much of the past 2½ years interviewing individuals who share their first-hand experiences with loneliness and isolation. Stu and Joe have travelled the world learning about how communities are helping to address these issues. They have interviewed researchers and experts. And once the pandemic began, they found a way to send cameras back into the world to continue to document the experience of people in this new reality that we all are facing. Joe and Stu will be with us in person, premiering significant portions of this new project. We will also be able to participate in Q&A and conversation with them about what they have learned.
We will also hear from Robyn Golden, Associate Vice President of Population Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Robyn will help to lay the foundation for the day with her opening address about the power and connections in our communities needed to help improve the quality of life for older adults. 
Following the lunch break, we will lift up programs that are active in the world and that address loneliness and isolation of older adults while building community. We will hear about the Village concept, Age Friendly Communities, the RSVP program through an Area Agency on Aging and the role of service coordination to connect individuals to their community.
Our flier and full information about the event can be found below or on our registration page. Registration is required to ensure we have the tech support available for everyone joining online.
Need Help With Advent Worship? The Gift of Revitalization: Free 6-Week Interactive Online Worship Learning with Dr. Marcia McFee
We care about resourcing the churches in the Heartland Conference, and we are pleased to offer you the chance to participate in Dr. Marcia McFee's "Reboot Your Worship" training at no cost to you starting on September 20, 2020. Our participation gives you access to 6 weeks of downloadable resources (articles and videos) and 6 live webinars (also recorded for your archives) with Dr. McFee, a renowned worship designer, consultant, and educator (

She will be training churches in five basic ways to improve their worship immediately, no matter the size or style of worship and without a big budget or drastic change. Just as we have an occasional need to reboot our computers, "rebooting" your worship is simply a way to look through fresh eyes and get some fresh skills.

This course is also tailored to approach worship practices during the pandemic and will explore the basics of sensory-rich worship design while emphasizing safety protocols and getting creative for online expressions without burning out. AND Dr. McFee will be getting you ready for your best Advent season ever all along the way! All you need to do is register (at no charge) to receive the emails. You can invite unlimited members of your worship team (or potential worship team members) to receive these communications as well. We encourage you to take advantage of this free offer (usually $99 per church) made possible through the Heartland Conference's registration.
Islam within the Abrahamic Tradition
Basic Interim Ministry Training 2020
UCC Weekly Webinars
Upcoming Events
Healthy Practices for Ministry for Authorized Ministers
Digital Church
Speaker: Cameron Timble
Thursday, October 1, 2020 9 am - 2 pm | Zoom
Association Annual Meeting
The Church as a Spiritual Community
Speaker: Bishop Yvette Flunder
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Details Soon
Association Ministers
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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